PLAN YOUR OWN TOUR OF VIETNAM

by Dwight Z.

Vietnam Visa Arrival

VIETNAM TRAVEL VISA

Do a little “leg work” on your own and you’ll have a great tour of Vietnam, at a great price.

Step 1. PASSPORT! Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after your planned arrival in Vietnam. If you don’t have a passport apply for one as soon as possible. For example: In the United States you’ll need your original birth certificate (not a copy), one other government form of identification and two small passport-sized pictures of yourself (try Walmart, Costco or neighborhood drugstore). Take these items to your post office along with $ or you can pay a passport service for expedited service – their fees vary. Regular “by mail” service can take 4 to 6 weeks. Check for times and fees in other countries.

Step 2. You’ll need a travel visa to enter Vietnam (unless your country has a reciprocity agreement with Vietnam). These can be obtained in 1 of 3 ways – You can apply on your own thru the Vietnamese Embassy or Consulate (fees vary by location), you can pay extra a visa service to get you a visa or you can arrange for a visa on arrival through a service agency in Vietnam (fees vary).

Step 3. Get a good (current)Vietnam Travel Guide and do research on the internet. The purposes of this are: 1) to find what interests you about the complex country of Vietnam. And – 2) Save you money by planning your own self-guided tour of Vietnam. Many people have traveled as tourists to Vietnam before you. You can rely on travel guides and other people’s documented experiences and have a successful and memorable trip. You can also plan on visiting other countries in the area – Cambodia, Thailand and Laos, maybe even China.

Step 4. Save big money by shopping online for airfares! By spending a couple of hours online you can save several hundred dollars on your airfare. You’ll find cheap fares offered by airlines themselves, consolidators and specialty travel agencies. You’ll be surprised how much a couple of hours work will save you. You’ll travel through a 3rd country more likely than not – Japan, Taiwan, Korea or Thailand. You might want to consider a “layover” for a day or two.

Step 5. Travel light and use a packing list compiled by a seasoned Vietnam traveler. Plan on bringing some “goodies” back with you. Be sure to check excess baggage charges levied by your airline.

HAVE A GOOD TRIP!

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