My useful Vietnam

On 17 March 2014 by From elephants to kangaroos

I continue my useful country that can help travelers with my interests and more!

To find all my articles on Vietnam and so my experiences by city, click here.
When I was there, the exchange rate was : 1€ = 29085 VND (make it to do simple 1€ = 30 000VND)

Visa
As I explain in this article, the Vietnamese visa can easily get to the airport Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh if you request in advance on the internet via the site visa-vietnam.org. You fill in the requested form, they send you in about 3 days the confirmation by email and you must print official paper and present you with as well as the attached form and $ 45 at the border. This solution has the advantage of being more economical than making your visa at the embassy in France. Attention, however, this only works if you go through one of two airports (does not work if you go by road for example).

Sinh Tourist Café : this is a very famous tourist agency in the country, which will allow you booker your buses / trains / flights and they also organize tours. They are very reliable. You can find offices in all major cities. Attention, however, in Vietnam there is no property name or logo so fake addresses were created over time repeating the same name, the same logo and even putting the wrong address on their fronts. So one way to find the right (especially in Hanoi) look at the phone number listed! This is the only thing they can not copy :)

Now by city:

HANOI
Housing: Backpakers GH – $ 7.5 per night in dorm with breakfast included. They have 2 locations in Hanoi, the “dowtown” is more alive because all travelers will meet in the evening to drink and another but the rooms / bathrooms are less pleasant. The “original” is my most pleasant and cozy feel liked to sleep and 2 being only 10min walk, nothing prevents you from going to party the other night! And besides, they have a piano …
Restaus: nothing special to note, I ate in the street all the time, best quality / price ratio far! And full of nice cafes where to ask for a drink!
Visits: of course make the trip to the Ha Long Bay from Hanoi! In the center, walk the streets, visit the French Quarter, the lake, the mausoleum and stroll!

HUE
Housing: I was in the same Backpakers GH that Hanoi (they have an address in Hue), same price, same principle. Friendly and well placed.
Restau: again nothing special to give you advice for lunch or dinner but run to the French bakery (next to the Sinh Tourist office) that is excellent! Breakfast or snack break, everything is eaten sandwiches … also good to get the long bus journeys!
Visits the Imperial Citadel and if the weather is nice, I think it’s nice to take a boat ride on the river to perfumes and join the main tombs (but I have not seen it raining non-stop)

HOI AN
Housing: Hop Yen GH , $ 6 per night in dorm (3 beds in my room) without breakfast. well located
Restau : restaus many pleasant riverside and a mini market in the evening near the Japanese bridge. Cargo club during breakfast !
Visits: there is nothing in itself to visit Hoi An , no monument or temple. But life there is super nice, especially at night when the lights come on across the city . Full of small bridges , pretty houses … There are also 2 beaches if you want to swim a sudden bang Year smaller and less touristy and Cua Dai (I did not see that the ) .
Take advantage of your visit to Hoi An for a cooking class at Gioan , 2 addresses , one at the edge of the city on the river side ( 94B Bach Dang St) that I recommend. This is one of the most famous places in the country for food!
And also Hoi An is the place for you to make clothes bespoke cheap so do not hesitate , either directly in the fabric market or via the many tailors that you will find anywhere , quality work is insured, and all super fast and cheap . FYI, normally the price per meter of cloth is fixed at $ 4 ! It is good to know if you want to just buy the fabric and make your own things .
And small pub for a store which pays half of the funds to an association for children: Tohe (6 hoang god st), the staff are lovely and you do a good deed. It is there that I also discovered photographer Rehahn!

DALAT
Housing: Peace GH , $ 8 the night Private room with 2 beds and private bathroom itself . No breakfast included. Well placed and you can order during breakfast at Restau GH .
Restau : the best place to dine is the night market on the main street leading to the lake . Bakery ok Hoan Hy Cake Shop ( but not worth those of Hue, Hoi An and HCMC ) .
Visits : interesting to see a day around Dalat by motorbike taxi , some places are complicated to find one . Elephant falls are really beautiful and impressive. You will also see a giant seated Buddha who laughs . Ask your guide to take you to a small minority village. I did it with Easy Riders, motorcycle taxi company very reliable and our guide called Quy (book just 1 guide and 2 motobikes if you are 2 and you one of you feels driving, you’ll pay less).
Do not miss also the day canyoning I recommend doing with the agency Highland Holidays Tours ( 47 rue Truong Dinh leave ) and if you can, ask the guides and Son Vo , they are great!

HO CHI MINH (Saigon)
Housing: Khoi GH , $ 8 dorm with breakfast , super friendly and well placed . This is the same family as the Long GH which is just opposite ( same price and same rooms )
Restau : Always Market for lunch at Ben Thanh market and in the evening in the small streets of Backpakers neighborhood. I have not tested but apparently the 3T is one of the best addresses in town (take the small alley next to the great glacier Fanny Street Ton That Thiep ) . The address I was advised by the French couple who holds the bakery ” a day in Paris ” Street Duong Le Thanh Ton , which I also recommend!
Visits: full of things to see in HCMC ! The central post office , Notre Dame Cathedral , the theater, the towers , the Bitexco tower to admire the sunset over the city , the Museum of War Remnants ( attention to sensitive souls ) , the gardens, the Cholon district . and .. if you have time (unlike me) , I think trips to the Mekong Delta 3 or 5 days are really tops. However I ‘ve heard very different opinions on the tour in the tunnels of Cu Chi war (and I have not tested it myself ) .

Bon voyage à tous…

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