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Top 5 Reasons Why Delhi Should Be On Your Bucket List

Delhi has an undiluted charm of its own. It is a melting pot of cultures, traditions, and lifestyle. This is the city where thriving history and modernity find its own place together. Known as the city of extremes, you will discover the towering monuments shouting loud about its splendid past and at the same time, you will see the high-rise buildings claiming to embrace modernity. While the ever crowded, disorderly, noisy, bumpy drive in a rickshaw can take you through the tiny alleys in Chandni Chowk in Old Delhi, you can also experience the best high-end luxury in the same metropolis. This cosmopolitan city can take you for a ride of a lifetime with a plethora of offerings from tourist spots, shopping malls, street markets to a variety of food options, cultural events, upscale cafes, restaurants, hotels and much more.

History Overloaded

Delhi - History overloaded - Vietnam visa

If you are a history buff or someone who enjoys knowing about the glorious past of any culture, architectures and its monuments, Delhi will amaze you with its enriching tales from the past. From Mughals to British, Delhi has seen numerous battles and it is painted with thousands of fascinating stories of its celebrated past. Whether it’s the magnificent Red Fort, World’s tallest minaret named Qutab Minar, the majestic Humayun Tomb, or architectural wonder like Jantar Mantar, these historical sites transport you back to the Mughal era. The religious and spiritual places like Jama Masjid, Lotus Temple, Akshardham Temple, and Gurudwara Bangla Sahib introduce you to secularism that India takes pride in. Delhi is definitely one of the top historical destinations in the world.

Culturally Enriched

Culturally Enriched Delhi - India - Visa to Vietnam

Delhi is also known as the cultural capital of India. From Film Festivals, Theater performances, World Book fairs, Music & Dance festival and a variety of cultural events, Delhi hosts plentiful such events throughout the year. Delhi has become a new cultural hub in India. It attracts a lot of […]

July 21st, 2017|Categories: World Travel||

A fantastic Vietnam Itinerary by Thrifty Family Travels

Vietnam is a fantastic family friendly destination.  With its chaotic cities, majestic bays, peaceful countryside, stunning beaches and exotic waterways your family will be mesmerized by the variety of places to visit.

I recently took my family on a three week adventure from the north of Vietnam down to the tip of the south.  Whilst we didn’t get to see everything in this trip, we certainly managed to see the main highlights of Vietnam.  3 weeks travelling through Vietnam is an ideal time travelling with a young family as it gives you plenty of down time to relax as well.

A fantastic Vietnam Itinerary by Thrifty Family Travels

Hanoi

Hanoi

Hanoi – by Thrifty Family Travels

We arrived in the chaotic city of Hanoi where we spent 4 nights in the Old Quarter.

The Old Quarter is full of life. As soon as you arrive, your senses come alive.  You are bombarded with the sounds of the traffic, motorbikes, and cars continually beeping their horns.  Your eyes are drawn to the fabulously bright colours of the French influenced buildings, as well as the colourful fruits and vegetables that fill the little stalls that spill onto the pavements.

During our stay in Hanoi we did a food tour with Hanoi Street Food Tours, a city tour with Hanoi Kids, a cyclo tour around town and lots of exploring on our own.  Other activities and attractions include:

  • Full day Tour of Hoa Lu and Tam Coc
  • Water Puppet Show
  • City Cyclo Tour
  • Ho Chi Minh Complex
  • Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum
  • The Temple of Literature and Museum of Ethnology
  • Hoan Kiem Lake
  • French Quarter
  • Perfume Pagoda Day Tour
  • Bai Dinh Pagoda and Trang An Eco-Tourism Complex

I’d recommend staying in the Old Quarter where there is plenty of great budget hotels.  We stayed at the Real Hanoi Hotel which is in a very central location.

Halong Bay

Halong Bay

Halong Bay – by Thrifty Family Travels

After a few days in Hanoi, we arranged an overnight cruise on Halong Bay.

Located 4 hours from Hanoi, Halong […]

June 13th, 2017|Categories: World Travel||

Further 1 year of Vietnam visa exemption for UK, Spanish, German, Italian and French

Citizens from five European countries enjoy vietnam visa exemptionAs all may know, Vietnam Government officially exempted Vietnam visa for UK, Spanish, German, Italian and French from July 1, 2015 with the first period of 1 year. After that, it was extended for another 1 year starting from July 1, 2016. This extension duration will be soon expired on this June 30. However, its expiration does not mean an end to this policy. Recently, the Vietnam Government has decided to extend this policy for another 1 year.

Accordingly, all UK, Spanish, German, Italian or French passport holders continues to get Vietnam visa exemption from now on until June 30, 2018 if:

  • Their passport is valid for at least 6 months since their arrival in Vietnam;
  • Their arrival date does not fall within 30 days from exit date of their last stay in Vietnam with visa exemption.

In addition, those nationals and others are also entitled to 30-day visa exemption if they directly travel to Phu Quoc island of Vietnam from any external country/territory. After that, if they wish to visit other destination(s) in Vietnam, they can request a visa on spot.

Tips: What if those nationals wish to stay in Vietnam for more than 15 days?

There will be 2 cases:

1. If they wish to stay for no more than 30 days:

  • They can obtain a Vietnam e-visa, which is just for tourists with single entry;
  • They can obtain a Vietnam visa on arrival, which is just for those traveling to Vietnam by air; OR
  • They can obtain a Vietnam visa at Vietnam embassy, which is maybe just convenient for those very close to Vietnam Embassy.

2. If they wish to stay for more than 30 days:

  • They can obtain a Vietnam visa on arrival, which is just for those traveling to Vietnam by air;
  • They must obtain Vietnam visa at Vietnam embassy if they do not travel to Vietnam by air.

A brief comparison between these two ways can be found here: https://www.vietnam-visa.com/why-use-vietnam-visa-on-arrival-service/.

June 9th, 2017|Categories: Vietnam Visa News||

5 reasons why India should be your next holiday

India is the land of culture diversity, colours, and rich heritage. Visiting the vast country like India is all about discovering yourself. India has so many to offer to its guests, giving you enough reasons to come, enjoy and relax for a memorable holiday of life. We have compiled best five reasons why you should start packing your bags for India.

                                                 Below 5 reasons to visit India right now

#1: Country of UNESCO heritage sitesUnesco Heritage site of India - Vietnam visa

As per official UNESCO.org site, India is the home of 35 properties inscribed on the World Heritage List. These lists have 27 cultural, 7 Natural and one under mixed category. The list itself is sufficient to welcome travellers who love to see the vast diversity of India. The capital city Delhi host two cultural heritage site. 1) Qutub Minar 2) Red Fort. Do refer the comprehensive guide on things to do in Delhi before you start your journey.

#2: Country of endangered one horn Rhino

India - country of Rhino - Vietnam visa

Only 3555 one horn Rhino is left in the wild (as per 2015 WWF). If you are the one who loves to see animals in their original habitat, Kaziranga National Park in the Assam state of India will give you the lifetime opportunity. Royal couple Kate and Prince William went on the jungle safari at Kaziranga National Park. When in the park we highly recommend taking the elephant safari. The safari is surely going to give the best moment of your life. We recommend reading our guide on Kaziranga National Park.

#3: Country of Nature wonders and changing Landscapes

India - the country of changing nature - Vietnam visa

A very diverse, agile and vibrant landscape, flora and fauna and that is what exactly is India to you. From mighty Himalaya in the north to the rough Indian Ocean to the south. The East India will welcome you with her hilly and challenging […]

May 24th, 2017|Categories: World Travel||

Can Australian passport holder obtain e-visa to Vietnam

Can Australian passport holder obtain e-visa to Vietnam?

Dear Lindsay,

We are very to say that Australians are not in the list of those eligible to e-visa to Vietnam. Only citizens of 40 countries are eligible for that, excluding Australia.

In case you travel to Vietnam by air, we recommend you Vietnam visa on arrival for convenience.

To obtain it, it only need to apply for a visa approval letter online and then get visa stamped upon arrival at Vietnam international airport.
Here is the link to apply: https://booking.vietnam-visa.com/step1.html.

Otherwise, please contact the nearest Vietnam embassy to apply for the visa.

Should you need any further information, please feel free to let us know via:
Tel.: +84.946.583.583
Email: Sales@Vietnam-visa.com

Best regards,

Vietnam-visa.com

May 15th, 2017|Categories: Vietnam visa questions||

5 things you should do on your trip to India

The Republic of India, which lies across the Tropic of Cancer, comprises most of the Indian sub-continent. India is the largest democracy in the world, the seventh largest country by area, with the second largest population. Located entirely in the Northern Hemisphere, it is bound by Pakistan, Afghanistan, China, Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar and Bangladesh. The Arabian Sea, the Indian Ocean and the Bay of Bengal border its coastline. Being a sub-continent India offers lots of options for tourists to roam around. If you are planning a trip to India then below are some of the things you should plan for.

1. Toy trains

Mountain railways in India are often referred to as toy trains or Chhotey lines. These are the narrow gauge lines that were built during the nineteenth century by the British. The Indian railways has maintained the legacy and is still operating and maintaining these trains.

Mathera - Indian luxury trai - Vietnam visa

There are 5 popular toy train routes in India.

  • Darjeeling Himalayan Railway
  • Nilgiri Mountain Railway
  • Kalka–ShimlaRailway
  • MatheranHill Railway
  • Kangra Valley Railway

2. Luxury trains in India

If you plan to explore the beauty of India, the best way to do is travel by train. The 4th largest rail network in the world covers most of the parts of the country and offer some of the best sightseeing moments to the passengers. The network covers all major tourist spots in some way or the other by means of passenger trains, toy trains and luxury trains. The railways is not only a mode of commutation to the people rather it is the backbone of the tourism sector in India. In this blog we bring you the list of 5 luxury trains in India

Deccan-Odyssey - Luxury train in India - Vietnam visa

3. Explore of the most iconic historical places in India

With the existence of 5000 year old civilization, India has witnessed the evolution of various cultures and heritages. There is nothing much to say about these marvelous monuments rather than witnessing and indulging the beauty of these places. Watch out this video show casing some of the major historical monuments in India.

4. Visit […]

April 28th, 2017|Categories: World Travel||

Vietnam Visa on Arrival for Moc Bai gate

Can I use Visa on arrival to enter Vietnam via Moc Bai border?

Thanks. Lindsay.

Dear Ms. Lindsay,

We are sorry to say that Vietnam visa on arrival works at Vietnam international airports only (Noi Bai – Hanoi, Cam Ranh – Khanh Hoa, Da Nang – Da Nang, Cat Bi – Hai Phong and Tan Son Nhat – Ho Chi Minh City), not land or sea border gates.

In your case, please see whether you can apply for an e-visa or not as this kind of visa is available for nationals of 40 countries only. Here is the list of such countries: https://www.vietnam-visa.com/vietnam-officially-launched-vietnam-e-visa-for-visitors-from-40-countries/.

Otherwise, please contact the nearest Vietnam embassy to obtain the visa.

Should you need any further information, please feel free to let us know.

Kind regards,

Vietnam-visa.com

April 18th, 2017|Categories: Vietnam visa questions||

Hanoi in 1 day – where to go and what to do

Hanoi – the capital city of Vietnam which owns over 1,000 years of history. 1 day in Hanoi? If  you have just 1 day in this city, you might think it’s too short, and you also might think you could do nothing. But, you might be wrong. If you well manage your time and and read the following tips, your 1 day in Hanoi will have every minute worth.

In the morning

Get up early in the morning and enjoy a bowl of Pho is the best way to start the day in this city. After that, take your camera and visit Ho Chi Minh Complex which is the must-stop destination in Hanoi.

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in Hanoi - Vietnam visa

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in Hanoi

The first stop in the Complex is Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum whose building is built between 1973 and 1875, inspired by Lenin’s Mausoleum in Moscow, but cleverly designed with Vietnamese architecture which is a combination of hero worship and modern art. This is the place where the national hero’s remains are well kept.

Other places to visit in the complex are Ho Chi Minh Stilt House, the Presidential Palace and Ho Chi Minh Museum.

It may takes you 2-3 hours to enjoy everything here. If there is more time to spend, it’s a good idea to visit the famous Temple of Literature which is the first university of Vietnam and just 20 – 25 minutes walking from the complex.

Temple of Literature - Hanoi - Vietnam visa apply

Temple of Literature – Hanoi

Lunch

After the Temple of Literature, it’s time for lunch. And if you have enjoyed Pho for breakfast, just find another local dish for this lunch. And to enjoy the best dishes of Hanoi, just spend some minutes to the Hanoi Old Quarter, the food hub of this city famous for Bun Cha (1 Hang Manh Str.), Cha Ca La Vong (14 Cha Ca Str.), or Bun Bo Nam Bo (67 Hang Dieu).

After the […]

April 11th, 2017|Categories: Vietnam Travel Tips||

Chin State, Myanmar

Michael Pollock
traveltoasiaandback.com
December 2016

Our handcrafted wooden boat, not much bigger than a canoe, struggled against the current as we made our way up the Lemro River in western Myanmar. The vessel was essentially a smaller version of a long-tail boat commonly seen on Bangkok’s Chao Phraya River.  Powered by a tiny two-stroke engine, the boat was not built for speed and it took the better part of two hours to reach our first destination; a cluster of tiny villages in Chin State, home to a remarkable group of women known as the Tattooed Ladies.

Tattooed Ladies - Chin State - Myanmar - Vietnam visa

Sharing borders with Rakhine State and Bangladesh, Chin State in western Myanmar is a remote and largely undeveloped region. Covering an area of over 13,000 square miles (36,000 km²), it has the highest poverty rate of any state in the country. Many of its mountainside villages are essentially isolated due to a lack of infrastructure. Most of the state’s 780,000 people are known as the Chin. They are one of Myanmar’s “major ethnic groups”. The Chin people are further subdivided into numerous tribes.

Visiting ethnic villages in neighboring Chin State is a popular activity with the few travelers that make the journey to Mrauk-U in Rakhine State. The highlight of the trip is meeting and interacting with the famous tattooed ladies. Generations ago the young girls of these villages had their faces covered in tattoos. Applied with plant thorns, intricate patterns were painfully applied using soot from burned tree bark mixed with leaves and water as ink.

Tattooed Ladies in Chin State - Myanmar - Apply Vietnam visa

There are several possible explanations for this unusual custom. One theory is that the women were marked to make them unattractive and therefore less likely to be kidnapped by rival ethnic groups. Others think that the markings were done as a way to differentiate people from various clans or villages. As time passed the tradition became an accepted cultural norm and the tattoos were […]

April 1st, 2017|Categories: World Travel||