Vietnam visa exemption countries

Nationals of certain countries may visit Vietnam without visa for a period of time, here under is the list of countries and regions that have visa exemption arrangements with Vietnam.

CountryLength of Residence
SingaporeLess than 30 days
MalaysiaLess than 30 days
ThailandLess than 30 days
PhilipineLess than 30 days
LaosLess than 30 days
IndonesiaLess than 30 days
Japan15 days
South Korea15 days
Sweden15 days
Denmark15 days
Finland15 days
Norway15 days
Russia15 days


Citizens of Chile with valid Diplomatic passport no need visa for Vietnam less than 60 days.
APEC Business Travel Card (ABTC) holder may visit Vietnam less than 60 days.

Huffingtonpost: Vietnam is a dream trip you can actually afford

Vietnam is a dream trip you can actually afford: According to Huffingtonpost Vietnam is Home to beautiful beaches, vibrant cities, and a wealth of historical sites, Vietnam definitely deserves a spot on your dream trips list. 
World Spree offers a 12-day tour that includes airfare from San Francisco (or L.A., Chicago, Dallas, Atlanta, D.C., and New York City for an additional charge), making this amazing county more accessible than ever. 

The trip also gives you time to explore Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Hue, Hoi An, Hanoi, and takes you on a cruise around scenic Halong Bay at the end. All transfers, ground transportation, and intra-Vietnam flights are also part of the package price, as are most meals, a comprehensive sightseeing itinerary, and the services of English-speaking guides throughout. Several optional tours are also available for a little extra, including a half-day trip to see the infamous Cu Chi Tunnels ($40) and a half day historic tour of Hanoi's "Old Quarters," the "Hanoi Hilton," and a traditional water puppet show ($50), but you'll have a number of guided tours along the way that are included as well.

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Anthony Bourdain: i would travel to Nha Trang, Vietnam this summer

American chef Anthony Bourdain has some travel tips for your trip in this summer.

If you had time for one trip this summer, where would you go?
It's always life-changing to go to Japan for the first time. It's like life before acid and life after acid. Summer might not be the ideal time to visit there though; it's hot and Tokyo is a city full of people. I would also recommend South Vietnam, Nha Trang. A beach in Vietnam would be nice. Chances are it's very different from the everyday experiences that you are used to. Personally I just fell in love with that part of the world.

How do you get around in South Vietnam?
First and foremost, rent a scooter. That's the way to see Vietnam, no question. There is just this flow of thousands of people navigating the provinces on scooters and that's a magical thing to see and to be a part of. You want to be as close to the action as possible. You don't want to see Vietnam from a bus or inside an air conditioned car.

Where was your last visit to?
I just came from Shanghai and it was amazing. You can see the future and it doesn't include us. Just modern building and high-speed rail everywhere. We were up the Congo River where there were no toilets, but everywhere you go there is full signal on your iPhone.
Anthony Bourdain is an American chef, author, and television personality. He is known for his 2000 book Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly, and in 2005 he began hosting the Travel Channel's culinary and cultural adventure programs Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations and The Layover. In 2013, he joined CNN to host Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown.

AirAsia resume Kuala Lumpur - Da Nang service

AirAsia will resume flights between Kuala Lumpur-Danang route starting 29 August after suspending the service last year. The airline will fly Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays.

Using an Airbus A320, AK648 will depart Kuala Lumpur at 1135 and arrive in Danang at1330. The return flight AK649 will depart Danang at 1400 and arrive Kuala Lumpur at 1755.
AirAsia  first introduced Danang to its schedule in 16 December 2011, but terminated the route 10 June 2013 to rearrange its schedule.
The Kuala Lumpur-Danang service is the low-cost carrier’s third route to Vietnam after Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.
In 2009, Singapore-based SilkAir became the first foreign carrier to operate to Vietnam’s third largest city, although that honour from Bangkok would go to PB Air that flew to Danang in the early 2000s before going bust.
Danang is the closest city to Hoi An and Hue world heritage sites and is home to new golf courses and five-star resorts on beaches just outside the city. There was talk last year that THAI Smile would open a route to Danang, but the airline has been bogged down with company structure issues and making a profit on domestic routes.  Danang was  put on the back burner.

The route will be AirAsia’s third destination to Vietnam from Malaysia, apart from flights to Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi.

7 Must See floating markets in Mekong Delta, Vietnam

Let’s imagine that one early morning, you are surrounded by noise sounds, by lively colors, and you are sit on a boat flow along Mekong delta.. For travelers from afar, visiting a floating market is the best way to discover the unique characters in the South Vietnam.. Take time to explore the floating markets like: Cai Rang, Cai Be, Phung Hiep and Nga Bay… You will get a special feeling for the rhythm of daily life there..

Floating market - Cái Bè (Tiền Giang province)
Address: Cai Be, Cai Be district, Tien Giang province.
Cái Bè is the most famous floating market in Tien Giang as well as the most attractive destination. It is located along Tân Phong island where is a adjacence of three provinces: Tiền Giang, Bến Tre and Vĩnh Long. Floating market Cái Bè is an amazing place with hundreds of boats full of all kinds of goods, floating business, boats serving as homes. 
Cái Bè is also the largest fruit market of Tien Giang province so you can taste many kinds of fresh fruit of Vietnam there. You also can explore by yourself others destination on the islands nearby..

Cái Răng Floating market ( Cần Thơ)
Address: Cai Rang district, Can Tho
Cái Răng is one of the most attractive destination of Can Tho city. You should get up early at the dawn of the day to be sure that you won’t miss the great moments at the floating market. You can catch a small boat then enjoy the busy atmosphere of this special market. Like many other markets, floating marker Cai Rang is the place where people exchange goods, but you can see sellers there often stand quietly at their boat rather than cry out about their goods because every boat has a long upright pole at its bow on which samples of the goods for sale are hung. If you wanna buy something, you don’t need to ask what goods sellers sell, you just need watch these poles…  You will explore amazing things about the daily life of the local people in the vastness of the river. I believe that you will have unforgettable moments when you wake up in a beautiful morning and travel along a part of Mekong delta..

Ca Mau Floating market 
Address: Ca Mau city, Ca Mau province
Floating market Ca Mau is the place where go into traditional songs of Vietnamese. Located in Gành Gào river, Ca Mau city, floating market Ngã Năm attract a hundreds boats from many other rural areas to exchange goods such as: Nam Can, Dam Doi, Ngoc Hien, Cai Nuoc.. The floating market mainly provides agricultural products: mango, coconut, … The floating market open from the sun rises till the sun sets. And their way they exchange goods is the same the way traders do in the inland. 

Nga Nam Floating market 
Address: Nga Nam town, Nga Nam district, Soc Trang province
The original of the name “Ngã Năm” come from this floating market is an intersection point of five rivers flow to five directions:  Ca Mau, Vinh Quoi, Long My, Thanh Tri, Phung Hiep.. Nam Can is not being well-known like other floating market like Cai Rang, Cai Be. This helps floating market Nga Nam retains its wild beautiful from the hundreds years. This floating market is also the focal point of 3 provinces: Soc Trang, Hau Giang and Bac Lieu. By dint of being an intersection point of five rivers, Nga Nam market open whole day, sellers and buyers pass by very frequently, draw a lively picture. If you are a photographer, these spectacle may inspired you to create something unique.  

Phung Hiep Floating market
Address: Nga Bay, Hau Giang province
The alternative name of this floating market is: Nga Bay, belongs to Hau Giang province. This market shaped from the early 20s. It became well-known not only in province but also all over six provinces in the South Vietnam. Nga Bay market is the place where traders meet and exchange goods each other as well as an attractive destination especially foreign visitors. There are many kinds of goods there: from fruits to household items, seafood… etc.. Goods is flow to remote area of country or even export abroad. An Australian culture when visiting floating markets Nga Bay commented as: " It is marvelous open-air market , an explosion of color , sound , taste natural , human imbued Vietnamese behavior . A cultural community filled with sensual properties "

Tra On Floating market
Address: Tra On district, Vinh Long province
This is the last floating market on Hau River before emptying into the East Sea, Tra On market located junction of Hau river and river Mang Thit. It is particularly popular in this market is market open go after the water, usually crowded in the morning but the moment of raising water is the most crowded. Visitors can watch the beauty of the market in each moment of the day on the water. Goods here are sold and distributed by the group. The main unique feature has attracted a significant number of tourists come here every year to visit. And visitors should not miss the famous dish is beef noodles served with vegetables and bananas.

Phong Dien Floating market
Address: Phong Dien district, Can Tho city
Far from Can Tho city center is about 17km, Phong Dien floating market is a focal point of trade and tourism is very popular in Can Tho. This market often opens at 4-5am and closes at 8-9am. Goods in Phong Dien floating market diversity than Cai Rang floating market. If the Cai Rang floating market is primarily agricultural, the Phong Dien floating market sales of agricultural products, tools such activities as: boat, knives, machetes, baskets ... Tourists can combine visiting floating market with the grave Phan Van Tri bachelor or walk under fruit orchards of this fertile land.

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Vietnam: Hands-on adventure

We were picked up very early. Way too early given that we were on holiday, but we had to buy our produce at the markets before we started our cooking class.

It was all part of a culinary experience in Hoi An, a Vietnamese heritage town that used to be an important trading port on the country's east coast.

Visiting this area is a pleasant counterpoint to the incessant bustle of Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City, although some of the market sights made a few of our group a little squeamish.

It was all there out in the open air. No refrigeration - and no waste either. There was no smell and no flies, but our guide and cooking guru Van pointed out that prices got cheaper later in the day.

All sorts of meat, fish and poultry was sliced and diced, stacks of vegetables and herbs laid out and a formidable range of eggs shown, from what looked like marbles to ostrich ova. Van hand-picked all the goods before we headed back to her Green Bamboo Cooking School.

The pressure was on. Greta was a Junior Masterchef winner from Perth travelling with her food-mad dad; there was a British couple, a soon-to-be-wed Swiss duo and us.

Soon we were slicing, dicing, grinding, pounding and chopping for our international pride and self-respect as we each assembled our choices.

Our menu consisted of several chicken and prawn dishes, fish cakes, pork skewers and succulent sauces, vegetarian curry and pho soup.

Somehow my concoction got to be sampled first. After shredding the fish, garlic, ginger, chilli, spring onions, lime, fish sauce, coriander and sugar joined it in the mortar for my pounding pestle. The mixture had to be broken down into a paste before my oiled hands formed the fish cakes for cooking in batches. Van's guidance and the nods of approval allowed me to relax as the others endured their culinary tests.

Everyone passed no problem, and we managed to persuade Van to rustle up a few local beers to help us digest our platters until we sat down for the last course, the speciality pho broth Greta had been making. Like tom yum soup, its success lies in the balance of flavours.

None of us knew how difficult it was to create and we were all a little smug by now after surviving our inquisition. Greta was not fazed and with Van's instructions on how to slice and braise the beef and integrate the noodles to the spicy broth, she created the day's masterpiece.

The day had been something different from the usual tourist trail, a hands-on adventure made even more amiable as Van took us into her own kitchen rather than some warehouse.

She works hard at her business, in season operating every day while she runs the house and family with her Swedish husband and chef.

The fish cakes were fine, but I know I should have paid a little more attention to her tips on making the pho. My imitation since has been close, but not quite on the mark.


Getting there: Singapore Airlines flies From Auckland to Hanoi daily, with a stopover in Singapore.

Source: NZ Herald

Travel photos: Dalat, Vietnam

The city of Dalat (Da Lat) is one of the most beautiful cities of the south-central Vietnam. Lonely Planet wrote: "Dalat is quite different from anywhere else you’ll visit in Vietnam. You would almost be forgiven for thinking you’d stumbled into the French Alps in springtime. This was certainly how the former colonists treated it – escaping to their chalets to enjoy the cooler climate".

I can't remember how many times i rode my motorbike to get there. But i know that Dalat is one of the most places that i really love to travel.

Xuan Huong lake (the heart of Dalat)
A farm in Dalat, Vietnam

Dalat train station

Tuyen Lam lake (near the Truc Lam Zen Monastery Dalat)

Xuan Huong lake, Dalat, Vietnam

Hai Vinh Nguyen



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