Hanoi, the country's capital has just celebrated its 1000-year anniversary. The city owns a long history, cultural richness and hospitality, which can be seen plenty charming facade, temples, pagodas and street insights.
Continue to visit West Lake, the largest lake of the capital, once was named as "Foggy Lake” fr om its misty condition. Its name was changed to "West Lake" in 1573 to avoid the given name of King Le The Tong. Visit to the Tran Quoc Pagoda, the oldest pagoda in the city, originally constructed in the sixth century during the reign of Emperor Ly Nam De, thus giving it an age of 1,400 years. When founded the temple was named Khai Quoc (National Founding) and sited on the shores of the Red River, outside of the Yen Phu Dyke. When confronted with the river's encroachment, the temple was relocated in 1615 to Kim Ngu (Golden Fish) islet of Ho Tay (West Lake) wh ere it is now situated. A small causeway links it to the mainland. The last major repair to the temple was undertaken in 1815 when the main sanctuary, reception hall and posterior hall of the dead were renovated. Enjoy a set menu lunch at a local restaurant.Afternoon, we visit Ngoc Son Temple which is located at the northern end of Sword Lake From the shore, walking on the Welcoming Morning Sunlight Bridge leads to the island. Admire buildings of the temple, including the Pen Tower, the ink-slab, the Moon Contemplation Pavilion and the Pavilion against Waves, all of which have symbolic meaning.
Take your time for wandering and exploring the Hanoi 36 Old Quarter streets. It is an area well-known for the history, the architecture, the enormous amount and diversity of products and even the everyday life of its residents. The Old Quarter is a reminder of Hanoi’s storied past-its history has long been tied to the ebb and flow of conquerors and traders over the past thousand years. Continue with Hanoi Street food tour through wet market to grill porks, fried pan cake, Vietnamese traditional bread, dried beef salad, mixed fruit, Hanoi beer, dessert sweet soup or coffe with chicken egg ( you can eat as much as you can - pay on your own).
Drop off at your hotel in Hanoi around 6:00 pm . End tour.
· Private air-conditioner car
· Experienced English speaking tour guide (other languages upon request)
· 01 lunch at local restaurant
· Local taxes & Service charge
· All drink and meals do not listed in itinerary.
· Insurance, gratuities and personal expenses.
· Tipping for guide, driver , etc.
· Food on street
We’ll immerse you in the diverse cultures of Vietnam by showcasing the unique local flavors. And with the perfect balance of included sightseeing and free time, you can customize your dream vacation with the things you have always wanted to do.
Most countries in South East Asia require you to obtain a visa. Please check carefully with your travel specialist regarding specific visa requirements for each country you plan to visit as the legislation does change frequently. Thailand offers a free visa on arrival to most nationalities. Other countries including Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar offer a “visa-on-arrival” service which requires you to pay a fee at the airport, or you may prefer to obtain this in advance through the relevant embassy or a visa agent. For visa-on-arrival in Vietnam, you must submit some paperwork before you arrive.
This is an option to get your visa for Vietnam instead of getting visa at the Vietnam consulate in your country.
Step 3: Send the visa approval letter via email to you after 2 working days
After we obtain the visa approval letter from the Immigration department for you, we will forward you a scanned copy of it by email (Your visa information then have been recorded to the Visa system of the Vietnam Immigration department).
Step 4: Get your visa stamp on your arrival
Just print the approval letter out, prepare 2 passport sized photos and an amount of USD for stamping fee ($45 for single entry visa; $65 for 1 month multiple entry visa and $95 for 3 multiple entry visa). Put all above mentioned things along with your passport in a package, then show them to Immigration officer at Vietnam arrival airports.
Upon arrival at Vietnam’s airport, expect a simple form to fill in (or you can download here to fill beforehand), present the visa approval letter, passport, photos to the Immigration officer inside the counter and look for a place to hear your name be called to get the passport back and pay for the stamping fee. The actual process takes around 15 minutes without hassle or trouble.
What are the differences between this process and getting visa at Vietnam embassies?
It is only applicable for those who travel to Vietnam by air. You only need fill out the visa application form online instead of visiting the Vietnam embassies or sending documents to Embassies over by post.The online visa application does not require sending your passport away.You get a visa approval letter issued by Vietnam Immigration Department indicating that you are allowed to enter Vietnam and have your visa stamped upon arrival at one of Vietnam international airports.
This is the best way to experience Hanoi for non-Vietnamese speakers. Our private guide spoke excellent English, met us at our hotel with a nice air conditioned van and arranged for and took us to the tomb of Ho Chi Minh, walked us around some of the beautiful gardens and muséums and answered all of our questions in a very candid manner which we appreciated. We ended the tour with a tour of the old part of town in bicycle rickshaws which was alot of fun and a bit scary with the crazy traffic. We'd highly recommend taking this tour!
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