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Vietnam (वियतनाम) itinerary from India

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Are your worrying about your trip to Vietnam from far away India? What to do and how to arrive and what to explore will be revealed on this review.

I. What is the best time for Vietnam itinerary?

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As a tropical country, like other Southeast Asian countries, Vietnam  possesses two typical seasons: the dry and rainy season. For tourism, traveling in the dry season should be better to enjoy the sunny sky, warm blue seas and exotic landscapes.

Vietnam is divided into three regions with different climate and natural beauty. The North in which you can visit Hanoi, Dien Bien, Mochau or Halong Bay experiences the most rainfall between June and September. Meanwhile, Central Vietnam like Danang, Hoian and Hue, rainfall happens during the winter months including October and November. Like the North, the South Vietnam if you choose Ho Chi Minh City or Vung Tau, it is on their highest rainfall in June, July, August and September. So if you want to spend your holiday in Vietnam in the most amazing weather to explore all sports and activities, avoid these months.

II. How to travel to Vietnam from India

1. How to get the tourist visa of Vietnam from India.

The entry requirements

 Indian Passport must be valid for at least 6 months beyond arrival date. Passport has 2 blank pages for visa stamp.

The available methods

 Visa at local embassy

If you are currently living outside of India, you can you also contact the local embassy in the country where are residing.
       Address: 17 Kautilya Marg, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi 110021, India
       Phone: (+91) (11) 2301 8059 / 0532
       Fax: (+91) (11) 2301 7714 / 8448
       Email: [email protected]
       Website: www.mofa.gov.vn/vnemb.india/

Visa on arrival

You can complete your visa application in just a few simple steps, receive the visa approval letter by email in 3-5 working days and print out the documents to pick up the visa upon arrival at Vietnam airport.

 E-Visa:

In February 2017, Vietnam launched the e-Visa program to simplify the process to enter the country. Now citizens of 46 countries, including India, can apply online and get their e-Visa electronically.

What do I need to apply for a Vietnam e-Visa?

You are required to have the following in order to submit your application: a Passport (Valid for at least 6 months after arrival to Vietnam), a Credit / Debit card / Paypal account, digital Passport Scan (main page), digital ID/Passport image

How long does it take to obtain an e-Visa?

It depends on the method of processing time you choose. There are three options: standard Processing (5 business days), rush Processing (4 business days ), super Rush Processing (3 business days).

How long is the Vietnam e-Visa valid for?

The Vietnam e-Visa is valid for 30 days after arrival and it is a single entry visa.The visa cost for Vietnam e-Visa is 25 USD. Additionally, there is a service fee of 20 USD for standard processing. For rush processing and super rush processing the service fee is 30 USD and 60 USD, respectively.

2. How to arrive in Vietnam from India?

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By Air

Ho Chi Minh and the Hanoi and Danang are three cities with important international airports. Many airlines like the Silk Air, Jet Airways, Air India, Emirates and Qatar Airways have direct flights to Vietnam from India. The Danang International Airport, Tan Son Nhat International Airport, and the Noi Bai International Airport have visa on arrival services for the Indian passengers.

By Sea

You can travel by sea through the Mekong Delta via Cambodia. They have a ferry or a cruise service to choose from depending on your choice of luxury. Duration of Travel: It will take you about 7-8 hours to travel by sea. Approximate cost per person: It will cost you INR 3000-4000 approximately if you take a ferry or INR 6000-7000 if you opt for a cruise.

By Road

If you are visiting Laos and Cambodia, road should be an ideal choice. There are six crossing at the borders from the Lao Bao Dansavanh, Nam Can Nong Haet, Na Meo Nam Xoi, Cau Treo Nam Phao, Cha Lo Na Phao, Bo y Attapeu. Reaching Vietnam is easy to reach Cambodia from Cambodia than from Laos. Duration of Travel: It will take more than 12 hours to reach Vietnam depending on the travel time.

Estimated price: INR 1200-2000/ bus.

III. Highlights of Vietnam itinerary for Indians

1. Day 1: Hanoi

As the center of the political, cultural, historical, and social -economic quintessence built up over a thousand years of national construction of the Vietnamese nation, lots of meaningful places in Hanoi are waiting for visitors to explore.

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

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Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is one of the most popular destinations in Hanoi. It is the final resting place of Ho Chi Minh, the most iconic and popular leader of Vietnam, known to his people as ‘Uncle Ho’.

Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son temple

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Right on the center of Hanoi, Hoan Kiem Lake or ‘Lake of the Returned Sword’ attracts visitors and locals looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of this modern city. Peaceful and quiet, and green water, the lake surrounded by plenty of trees and shaded spots make visitors more comfortable and relaxing.

The Old Quarter

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The most noticeable evidence of over-100-year-of-French-colony influence is The Old Quarter where one of Hanoi’s most common sights is that of streets packed with bicycles or scooters and cars swarming around pedestrians like a school of fish.

The Temple of Literature

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As the first university of Vietnam, the Temple of Literature is often cited as one of Hanoi’s most picturesque tourist destinations.  When coming to the Temple of Literature, visitors will discover historic buildings from the Ly and Tran dynasties with thousands of first doctors’ graduate’s names engraved on a stone stele in Vietnam – the memorial to education and literature.

What to eat?

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A unique cuisine that attracts both Hanoi foodie and many travelers is street food Hanoi. This is a city that takes the phrase “street food” seriously – food is literally everywhere. You need an expert or simply a Hanoi foodie lead the way to the best food stands or local restaurants in Hanoi Old Quarter (near Hoan Kiem lake). The variety of cuisines from local dish, street food to high-end restaurant made Hanoi one of the world best destination for hungry travelers. Also by tasting Hanoi cuisine, visitors can learn more about Vietnam culture, history as well as observing the local life in this thousand years old town. But do not worry about the prices as street food is cheap eats Hanoi.

What to eat? Do not worry, as when traveling to Hanoi, you are “lost” in the food heaven: Pho, Pho Bo, Cha Ca, Xoi, Che, Bun Cha, Banh Cuon and many other.

I do hope that these above are useful tips for those coming to Hanoi, especially for the first time.

2. Day 2: Halong Bay

Twice recognized as World Heritage Site of the outstanding, universal aesthetic value, amazing geological and geomorphological value by UNESCO, and especially one of New 7 Natural Wonders in 2012, Halong bay is one of the most attractive destinations in the Northern Vietnam.

One of the most satisfying things when coming to beaches and especially a world natural wonder is sunbathing or swimming. With thousands of limestone, Halong Bay is an ideal place for relaxing swimming, sunbathing, snorkeling, fishing, or kayaking upon cruising around. While enjoying the landscapes, especially floating villages in a traditional boat is a great way to experience a Halong bay at a relaxing pace.

Amazingly, there is no better way to witness Halong bay wonderful limestone karsts and caves from the Seaplane. I am sure that it will certainly be much more spectacular and appealing as there are many karsts as well as islands rising in the bay than sitting on cruises. And all famous islands and landscapes of Halong bay such as Dau Go Cave (Hang Đầu Gỗ), Tuan Chau Island (Đảo Tuần Châu), and almost amazing Halong bay beaches will be on the eye.

3. Day 3: Sapa

If you wish for a more adventurous trip, do not miss Sapa, which is such a hit with tourists for stunningly beautiful places, lush green valleys as well as diversified hill tribes including the Black H’Mong, the Red Dao and the Giay. Known as “Dalat of Northern Vietnam”, Sapa is a famous and favorite tourist attraction for both domestic visitors and foreigners.

Traveling to Sapa, tourists will be amazed by the marvelous mountains looming in front of them. The steep hills, the brilliantly-colorful rice terraces, and the heaven-touching mountain peaks are an irresistible appeal to visitors.

Also home to many tribal groups such as H’ Mong, Tay, and Dao, Sapa is a perfect place for an authentic rural experience of the tribal people in Vietnam. You will get closer to their daily life by visiting their local villages like Ta Van and Cat Cat, following them to the terraces, or going to the local market and even visiting their houses, trying to make their local dishes and enjoying the specialties such as dried-buffalo meat, wine, or Thang Co.

4. Day 4: Nha Trang

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If you are looking for a beach to spend on your holiday, it is such a big pity if you miss Nha Trang beach – the beach heaven with long coastal, white smooth sand and crystal blue water, which gives tourists amazing and relaxing feeling at the first sight.  The main attraction will be Vinpearl land, the pearl of the ocean queen’s crown, offering a marvelous scene and excellent services.

Another ideal destination is Po Naga Cham towers, which represent the Cham ethic, are older than 1200 years, which is extremely great for taking photos. Other must-see attractions are Po Nagar Cham Towers, Oceanographic Museum of Vietnam, and many different places more. So what is more amazing than enjoying the stunning landscapes and exploring the culture uniqueness at the same time in Nha Trang?

5. Day 5: Hue

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It is no surprise when Hue is one of the top destinations must-see in Vietnam as its peaceful, outstanding natural landscapes together with friendly and helpful people. Located along the banks of the Huong River, Hue, the regional economic, cultural, touristic, scientific, specialized health, education and training hub of central Viet Nam is an attractive destination.

It is famous for its temples, bastions, mausoleums, architecture, and natural landscapes mostly covered by a layer of green moss, which creates a relaxing sensation. And spending time visiting Hue is considered as one of the top things to do in Vietnam.

Where to visit?

Hue Citadel

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Situated on the northern bank of the Huong River, Hue Citadel was built on a surface area of more than 500 ha, including the Hoang Thanh and Tu Cam Thanh Citadel. It was the administrative center of the Nguyen dynasty and served as the living quarters of the Emperor and the Royal Family. The Citadel belongs to the old Imperial Capital of Hue, recognized the by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage site in 1993.

In Hue, visitors can travel back in time to admire a citadel system, the result of a harmonious blend of Eastern and Western architecture. It is really amazing to travel to Vietnam, travel to Hue – a historic and dreamy land.

Entrance to the Citadel is 150,000 VND per person.

Trang Tien bridge

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In Hue, visitors should also not miss Trang Tien Bridge, which has been the city’s most iconic bridge for over 100 years. Trang Tien Bridge, also called Truong Tien Bridge, spans the Huong River. Trang Tien Bridge is 402.60 m in length, comprising six coronary comb steel beams, each spanning 67 m aperture. The bridge is six meters wide and was designed in the Gothic style. The northern bridgehead is located in Phu Hoa Ward and southern one in Phu Hoi Ward.

Over 100 years in existence, the bridge experienced much historic upheaval. The Trang Tien Bridge light show is a wonderful nocturnal display. There are thousands of shimmering electric lights changing color. Some people compare Trang Tien Bridge at night to the beauty of a rainbow. If visitors want to enjoy the spectacle, they should wait until the weekend and go at night for the nicest views.

Ngo Mon Square

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Ngo Mon Square is the bare land between the Southern Gate and the Citadel. More precisely, it’s bounded by Street 23/8 in the north at the foot of the Southern end of the Imperial City, a short way behind the The Nhan Gate (usually referred to as the Ngan Gate) in the east and just behind Quang Duc Gate in the west. Its width is about 125m north to south and 360m east to west.

Ngo Mon Square is a venue for important national and local ceremonies. Today, the appearance of the Square has changed, but it remains a focal point during the Festival period. Furthermore, Ngo Mon Square has become a place for local people to enjoy themselves and spend time outdoors in Hue.

6. Day 6: Hoian

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It is now surprise when Hoian, the most beautiful gem of Vietnam is on the list of must-see destinations when coming to this beautiful country. Being one of the oldest cities in the country, Hoian attracts thousands and millions of tourists every year for its unique architectures, ancient streets perfectly dotted with unobtrusive street vendors in their Vietnamese silk pajamas. It is also the best place for foreigners to get deeper understanding about Vietnamese lives, tradition and customs.

Hoian is not just famous for its ancient beauty and beautiful landscapes recognized many times worldwide, but also for its authentic cuisine as one of the 25 most attractive destinations for foodies around the world. Do not forget that you are in a heaven of street food.

What to explore?

Cao lau – Hoian’s signature dish

Cao Lau or Hoi An’s secret noodle is one of the most famous dishes in Hoi An. It is the best taste when being enjoyed in Hoi An and just available in Hoi An. Cao Lau is a delectable dark pork broth with fat yellow noodles, slices of juicy pork, and served with bean sprouts, green vegetables, slices of and crispy croutons.

Hoian Chicken Rice – Com Ga Hoi An

Another dish is Hoian chicken rice – Com ga, one of the most favorably delicious fluffy rice cooked in chicken stock with a tiny bit of turmeric for color, thrown in a wok and served with boiled, coarsely shredded chicken.

White Rose in Hoian

White rose is actually not a flower. It is a type of shrimp dumpling made from translucent white dough bunched up to look like a rose. Shrimp and pork or other ingredients are placed on top the carefully folded noodles and topped with crispy shallot. Hot chilies, lemon together with sugar are mixed to create a special dipping sauce.

Quang Noodle – Mi Quang

When travelling to Hoian, it is such a big pity when you forget Mi Quang, a noodle dish typical for Quang Nam province. Like Cao Lau, Mi Quang is served with a little broth. It is yellow or white in color and made from rice flour. It is mixed with shrimp, pork and vegetables, and topped with grilled rice paper and spices. This noodle dish is a complex mixture of flavors and texture. Unlike other noodle soups, Mi Quang is almost like a dry noodle dish or noodle salad with the broth serving to bring all the flavors together.

7. Day 7: Danang with Golden Bridge

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As the most livable city of Vietnam, if you want to enjoy fresh air in golden sands, gentle waves, year-round warm water and surrounding coconut palm trees, Danang is the most amazing choice. The traffic here is very light and safe, excellent accommodation with luxurious resorts, international standard villas are available.

What to explore?

My Khe Beach

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Rated as one of the six most charming beaches on the planet in 2015 (Forbes) and one of the ten best beaches in Asia by Sunday Herald Sun Magazine of Australia, My Khe is worth visiting. In addition to swimming, tourists can participate in many fun activities like scuba diving and observing coral reefs, regatta, flash mobbing and many more activities in the beach. My Khe beach has something to suit all tastes.  Watching the sunset and views of Da Nang City is also an enjoyable experience at My Khe. You can enjoy city views without all the noise from here.

Golden Bridge

Famous as a phenomenon since 2018 for its special architecture of gray hands and beauty, Golden Bridge is also a must-see spot. Lobelia Chrysanthemum is along the path on the bridge, creating accents of color and attracting all visitors. Standing on this amazing bridge, you can admire the entire endless landscapes and marvelous nature of Ba Na area.

Golden Bridge is located in Thien Thai Garden of Sun World Ba Na Hills, thus if you wish to visit this unique architecture, please travel to Ba Na Hills.

The bridge is open from 8.00 am to 18.30 pm all day of the week.

Price for Ba Na Hills: 700.000 VND/adult, 550.000 VND/child, free for children under 1m3

Other places

Da Nang is truly blessed with outstanding nature. Apart from My Khe Beach, you should spend some time during your trip to travel to other attractions, such as Son Tra Peninsula, Ba Na Hills Mountain Resort, The Ngu Hanh Son Mount or Hoi An. You will discover uniqueness in every place you come to. So when being in this Danang tailor-made tour, visitors can not admire the beauty of My Khe Beach, but other breathtaking places as well.

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