In preparation for an upcoming trip, I wanted to get details of pre and post journey here.
Vietnam is a dramatic mix of Old and New and has taken its rightful place as one of Asia’s most vibrant, romantic, and traditional destinations. Explore dramatic, fascinating history in cities like Hanoi and Saigon, and relax on the country’s beautiful beaches.
Entry Requirements: You must have a valid passport and a visa (or pre-approval for a visa on arrival) to enter Vietnam. Your passport must be valid for six months beyond your planned stay, and you must have at least one blank visa page. Visit the Embassy of Vietnam website for the most current information. If you arrive in Vietnam without an appropriate visa (which could be an e-visa) or pre-approval for a visa on arrival, you will be denied entry.
Your e-visa should take no more than 7-days, but best to apply a few months in advance, in case you need to provide a few more details
Part of the APEC Business Travel program
• Expedited Passport Clearance
• All full members of APEC have no need to apply for a visa or entry permit, as the card is treated as such (except for transitional members, USA and Canada)
Halong Bay is best enjoyed as a 1-day cruise. Ending your stay in Hanoi, cruise Halong Bay and the next day be whisked off to the airport for your next destination in Vietnam or elsewhere. Halong Bay is at its best once all the day-trippers head back to Hanoi and you’re left with the sunset and silence. Plus, you will be picked up in Hanoi in a black car and get to board the ship the second you arrive in Halong Bay, rather than waiting in the lounge with everyone else.
for more information: my Vietnam Virtuoso Page
Here is a good place to start for some additional information on quality Hotels and Activities.
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page updated: November 2019