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FAQs Vietnam-1

Visa Requirements

1. What is the process to apply for a Visa to Vietnam?

Vietnam Visa is easy to obtain and one does not have to go through a long tedious process. One can apply for a Vietnam Visa either online or by visiting the Vietnamese Embassy.

2. How long does it take to process a visa to Vietnam?

The e-visa generally get processed in three working days and it is a single-entry Visa valid for 30 days. Applying for a Vietnam Visa at the Vietnamese Embassy has a processing time of 7 to 10 working days.

3. What is the fee of visa to Vietnam for Indians?

Vietnam Visa stamp fee costs 25 USD and the processing fee is 6 USD, for single-entry 30 days tourist Visa. On arrival at one of the Vietnam international airports in Hanoi, Da Nang or Ho Chi Minh City, you will need to show your Approval Letter, passport, two passport-size photos (4cm x 6cm) and cash payment for the Stamping Fee to the Immigration Officer who will then stamp the Vietnam Visa in your passport.

Weather, health and safety

1. How is the weather in Vietnam? What is the best time to visit Vietnam?

Vietnam has a tropical climate, with heavy monsoon season between May and October. The time to visit Vietnam is from September to November and March and April, during this time you’ll enjoy mild temperature and little rainfall, perfect for outdoor excursions.

2. Is Vietnam safe for Solo Female Travellers?

Vietnam is known for being one of the safest countries to travel in the world. Most of the Vietnamese are too shy to confront foreigner and when they do, are very amicable and helpful. That being said, being careful around the bustling cities is very important, In cities especially Ho Chi Minh City, women should look out for bag snatchers, and pickpocketers.

3. What are the common illnesses travellers catch in Vietnam?

The worst one can catch is a common cold or upset stomach. Also, dehydration and heatstroke can be an issue during the hot season. Staying hydrated is THE KEY here!

Currency

1. What is the currency of Vietnam?

The currency of Vietnam is the Vietnamese Dong (VND). 1 INR is equal to 326.69 VND and 1 USD = 23,259 VND.

2. Where can I get my currency exchanged?

Money can be exchanged at the currency exchange counter available at airports, and many more spread out in the cities. You can also exchange money at the Banks and jewellery shops. The exchange rate at the jewellery shops would be fairly low than the exchange rates at the airport and banks. ATM’s are also available in almost every city and they accept international cards. Many big restaurants and hotels also accept international cards.

Trip Planning

1. What is the best time to visit Halong Bay?

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October to December is the best time to visit Halong Bay, it is the peak season with pleasant weather and low chances of rain but you can expect double the crowd. While June to September is the low season and has higher chances of storms, however prices drop to almost half. There are pro and cons of every season and the best time to visit for you depends on your schedule and budget.

2. What are the airlines that operate to Vietnam?

The major airlines that travel to Vietnam are Indigo, Thai Airways, Singapore Airlines, and Malaysia Airlines.

3. What is the process to book tours, boat rides, cruises tours and adventure activities in Vietnam?

Vietnam has plenty for outdoor activities including cruise tours in Halong Bay, boat rides in Mekong delta, a full day trip to Cu Chi tunnels, and much more. It is recommended that you book your trips and packages beforehand to avoid the last-minute hassles and high cost. Contact our travel experts for the best packages and deals.

4. What are the best souvenirs to buy in Vietnam?

Vietnamese coffee is one of the best things you could buy as a souvenir, selling almost everywhere. However, if you want to avoid the slight chance of scam and cheaper price, it is possible to buy great coffee in Hanoi, Da Lat or Tay Nguyen (Vietnam Central Highlands). Apart from the coffee, you can buy Ao Dai (Vietnamese long dress), traditional conical hats and silk products.

5. Is it easy to find Vegetarian food in Vietnam?

Yes, Vegetarian food is available almost everywhere in Vietnam. Vietnam is one of the most vegetarian-friendly countries in the world.

6. Is there a dress code for certain attractions in Vietnam?

When visiting temples and Buddhist pagodas, dress conservatively and cover your shoulders and knee. While entering the pagodas, remove your hat.

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