Vietnam Journals

Vietnam in 2 Weeks

A January 2011 trip to Vietnam by tammyhayano

Ha Long Bay (Halong Bay) Photo, Halong Bay, Vietnam More Photos
Quote: Here's some pho for thought about planning a trip to Vietnam. (Sorry, I couldn't resist.)

Visa on Arrival

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If you are flying in to Vietnam, you MUST have a visa letter before you board your flight. The airline counter from your port of departure will ask for it and check your documents. The steps are fairly straightforward, but it helps to know a few things along the way.1. Go to http://www.myvietnamvisa.com/2. Fill out the online application and pay the fee by credit card.3. I had to ask for expedite service, and they were able to email me my visa within 24 hours. 4. For non-expedite service, expect a maximum of 48 hours. This all depends on when you submit your application based on local time. Also take into consideration that Saturdays and Sundays are non-business days.5. ...Read More

I Could Live Here

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Tailor-made skirts Photo, Hoi An, Vietnam
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I am not a shopper. When it comes to clothes, I really can’t be bothered. So it was to my surprise how much I loved Hoi An. This river town is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, otherwise known as "ancient town." You could spend days wandering along the narrow streets, where every turn is picturesque and a supply of charming restaurants beckons you.Things to do:Shop! After all, you are in THE place to get tailor-made clothes. Even if you may not have any intention of buying clothes, shops after shops display its fashions and after awhile you can’t help but think, "Yes, I should own at least one silk dress with embroidery." The process is quite efficient and straightforward: 1. Pic...Read More

Ha Long Bay (Halong Bay)

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Attraction | "The Quietest Place in Vietnam"

Ha Long Bay (Halong Bay) Photo, Halong Bay, Vietnam
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The first thing I noticed was the silence. And it was loud. Once I stepped aboard my junk cruise, it was like being swept away into quietness that is, um, unheard of in the cities of Vietnam. Our trip kickstarted with an excellent seafood lunch with so many dishes that I lost count. It was fine dining, with white tablecloths, silverware and booth seating. Next, we were shown our cabins. My sister and I shared a twin room, complete with down comforters, comfortable beds, ensuite bathroom, hot water, and even heat! To our surprise, it was probably one of the nicest places we had stayed on our trip. Excursions for the day included a kayak trip (highly recommended), a cave (quite vast), and an optional to...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 21, 2011

Ha Long Bay (Halong Bay)
Gulf of Tonkin
Halong Bay, Northeastern Vietnam

Little Hanoi Hotel

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Hotel | "Customer Service Cranked Up"

Little Hanoi Hotel Photo, Hanoi, Vietnam
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Little Hanoi Hotel (also goes by Little Hanoi Hostel) has won awards in "best hostel" and "best staff." It is rather obvious that they are striving to be the defending champion in this esteemed title. The free airport pick-up (if you stay 3 or more nights) arrives impeccably on time, and we arrrive at the hotel in about 40 minutes. Upon entering the hotel, the front desk calls out, "Hello! Welcome! Hello! Would you like some tea?" I am escorted to a nearby chair and observe a few guests crowding around the front desk counter for information while others stream in and out the door. Each time a guest enters the hotel, they are greeted with, "Hello everyone! Hello!" Each time a guest leaves t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 24, 2011

Little Hanoi Hotel
48 Hang Ga Street
Hanoi, Vietnam