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Essential Tips For Traveling To Hoi An

Hoi An is one of the crown jewels of Vietnam and the most favorite destination of any traveler who has been to Vietnam at least once. The picturesque historical homes, street side cafes, rickety wooden shops, green fields of rice, everything you experience leaves a lasting impression on your heart. The ancient town of Vietnam holds the perfect combination of history, culture, architecture, cuisine, beaches,and nightlife. To enjoy these beautiful experience, arrange a Vietnam private tour package with your holiday trip organizer.

Visiting Hoi An is a relaxing experience as there are a lot of travel companies offering customized Vietnam private tours tailored to meet your personalized preferences. A good mix of accommodation from budget to deluxe depending on your interests and season Hoi An different from rest of the tourist spots.

Obtaining a visa to Vietnam is also not a daunting task, and if you opt for Vietnam visa on arrival, you can collect your visa upon arrival at the airport. Hoi An is an exciting city, and it hasn't earned its reputation for its old buildings and cultural heritage, but there aremany endless opportunities for fun.


How to get there
Hoi An has excellent connectivity by air, rail,and road; however, most travelers arrive via flight. The closest airport to Hoi An is Danang international airport (DAD) located 30 km away from the heart of the city. Vietnam Airlines and Jetstar Pacific offer several daily domestic services from Nha Trang and Hanoi. The airport also serves many international flights as well. From the airport, you can catch a taxi which would cost around VND 350,000 to Hoi An and will take around 45 to 50 minutes.

If you choose any Vietnam private tour, they may offer pickup services in their package. Railway station at Danang is also a convenient access point to Hoi Ain. Many tourists use the rail to reach Hoi An from Danang, Hanoi, and Nha Trang.  If you prefer to travel by road, then you can move from Hue to Hoi An within a three-hour journey. You can find many tourist transport services operating on the route for less than VND 200,000.

An easy option to move around Hoi An is by bicycling or by foot. Further, you can opt for metered taxis, which are reliable and affordable.

How to get a visa to Vietnam
Most of the travelers need to apply for a Vietnamese visa to enter the country, and in addition, it is inexpensive when compared to other countries. The convenient option is to choose Vietnam visa on arrival that requires a pre-arranged application to the immigration department and receiving the visa upon arrival in the country.

You can submit online visa application directly to the official link or find any reputed travel agency offering visa on arrival online and apply by filling the application form. Make the payment online which might come around $25- $55. Once you submit the request online, the agency will pass the details to the immigration office and get the visa approval letter. Within 2 to 5 days, you will receive a visa on arrival letter via mail, and with this, you can board the flight. After reaching Vietnam, you can present visa approval letter at the airport and get it stamped on the passport by paying the visa stamp fee.

Majority of the travelers choose Vietnam visa online as it saves you from queuing at the embassy and handling all the documents.

Visa tips
•    Choose a trustable and licensed agency to process your Vietnam visa online.
•    Avoid any typo mistake while applying for a visa online to avoid name related issues at the airport.
•    Check the visa regulations carefully before your travel as they often change especially things related to visa extensions.
•    Apply for an online visa at least 3 or 4 weeks in advance to avoid the urgent processing fee. 
•    Compare the price offered by agencies to get a cheap visa to Vietnam.
•    If you are exempted from visa but want to stay longer than your allowed time, the fee can be expensive, so you need to keep this in mind while planning your itinerary.

Vietnam visa exemption
Travelers from some countries can visit Vietnam without a visa for some period. For example, the below-mentioned countries have visa exemption arrangements with Vietnam.

•    United Kingdom - less than 15 days
•    Italy- Less than 15 days
•    Germany- Less than 15 days
•    France- less than 15 days
•    Spain- Less than 15 days
•    Denmark- Less than 15 days
•    Sweden- Less than 15 days
•    Finland- Less than 15 days
•    Japan- Less than 15 days
•    South Korea- less than 15 days
•    Singapore- Less than 30 days
•    Malaysia - Less than 30 days
•    Thailand- Less than 30 days
•    Indonesia- Less than 30 days
•    Laos - Less than 30 days
•    Philippines - Less than 21 days

Visa fee
Travelers need to pay some amount of fee for getting approval letter and for visa stamping on the passport. The amount of fee varies with a single entry and multiple entry visa as given below.

For single entry visa:   

Duration: 1 month: $17 for 1-3 pax, $15 for 4-6 pax, $13 for 7-9 pax and $10 for 10 pax and up
Duration: 3 months: $25 for 1-3 pax, $23 for 4-6 pax, $21 for 7-9 pax and $19 for 10 pax and up

For multiple entry visa:
Duration: 1 month: $ 20 for 1-3 pax, $18 for 4-6 pax, $16 for 7-9 pax and $14 for 10 pax and up
Duration: 3 months: $65 for 1-3 pax, $63 for 4-6 pax, $61 for 7-9 pax and $69 for 10 pax and up

Read more: Vietnam Visa: Key Information to Know

Hoi An tour Packages:
Vietnam family tour or private tours are ideal for travelers looking forward to experiencing the culture and history of Hoi An. Choose your trip from various travel packages offered by tour operators ranging from 1 day to 7 days.

Every reputed and experienced tour providers will offer convenient services like airport pickup and drop, complimentary meals, transport from hotel to famous tourist destinations, etc. You can also choose accommodation options based on your budget at the time of booking the tour. Every good private tour packages will have a personal guide who has years of local experience in the city.

Exciting Things to do in Hoi An

Explore My Son:
My son is a significant site believed to be the religious and intellectual center of ancient Vietnam, during the rule of Champa Kingdom. The location is in the ruined state, but still, the structures are quite impressive.

Relax on white sandy beaches:
Hoi has several amazing white sandy beaches that stretch as far as you can see. Located about 4km from Hoi An city center are 2 famous beaches in the town, An Bang,and Cua Dai.

Take a cooking lesson:
Delicious, distinct and unforgettable is what Vietnamese cuisine is all about! The cuisine lies on a balance of sweet, source, salty and hot flavors and lots of fresh herbs. You can find several restaurants which offer cooking lessons where you can learn to cook Vietnamese food. The prices may vary from anywhere around VND 300, 000 to 500,000.

Visit the central market:
Probably the best market in Vietnam is Hoi An’s central market located near the riverside. It has lots of excellent food outlets offering low prices. Here, you can pick up souvenirs, taste local food, buy spices and get your stitching done.

Go on guided motorcycle tours:
Enjoy guided motorcycle tours that will teach you everything about the local community, economy,and history of Hoi An. Many tour companies offer motorcycle tours that take you through the neighborhoods and rice paddies that you won't usually visit. 

Hoi An is a quite popular relaxing destination in Vietnam. At any time of the day, it is one of the beautiful towns in Vietnam. The country with streets lit up by colorful lanterns at night, feels almost like a dream. Arrange a Vietnam family tour with a reputed tour operator to explore Vietnam’s ancient royal vibe. If you are short of time and still want to get a taste of Hoi An, there are several single day private tours you can choose as per your convenience.

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