BEST TIME TO VISIT VIETNAM

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A land of staggering natural beauty and cultural mix, of dynamic mega-cities and hill-tribe villages, Vietnam is both exotic and compelling.

New Year’s holiday’s were approaching and we were still juggling to finalize the place – where to visit, on arrival visa, availability of good hotels etc etc. Then the name came to mind as Vietnam – near to the Philippines (which is my current base location), a beautiful place, with friendly people, and more importantly we found the availability in Intercontinental hotel. It was a 3 nights stay and we enjoyed our stay with beautiful ambiance and helpful staff.

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BEST TIME TO VISIT VIETNAM

Spring is one of the best times to visit Vietnam (February to April) and the second most favorable time is Autumn (August to October). The temperatures are not too hot and rainfall is less. Spring has pleasant weather though it is still cool on the north side.

If you want to see the whole country then it is difficult to decide on the best time to visit Vietnam. It is over 1000 km in length and has regional diversity. The best thing is, travel to any part of the country in any season is possible.

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VISA FOR VIETNAM

It is a very easy process. Apply online with your travel details. They will email you the confirmation of eVisa. On arrival at the Vietnam airport, show the confirmation letter and get the visa stamp. Visa fee is 45 USD per person (always check online as it changes from time to time), then they will scan your passport and grant a Visa of one month.

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TOP THINGS TO DO IN SAPA: VIETNAM

When you are visiting Hanoi then you should take out some time for SAPA. It is a small, mountain town in Lao Cai Province. It is around 350 km from Hanoi and very near to the Chinese border. Fan Si Pan is known as the country’s highest peak. Sapa village still contains their ethnic beauty with around 5 tribes in and around. Sapa is very famous among foreigner visitors and most tourists make their way to SAPA. This place is so beautiful with its iconic rice paradise and forest treks.

THINGS TO DO IN SAPA

There are many activities which include, hiking in Sapa mountains, Tribal village, enjoying local cuisine, visiting Hoang Lien National Park, cat cat village, bike trekking etc. One needs a minimum 2-3 days to cover all must seen tourist attractions.

TREKKING IN SAPA

FanSiPan is the highest mountain in Vietnam, it is only 19 km from town. It looks near but trek is very difficult on tough terrain and sometimes due to unpredictable weather. e9bd1901f14c28f3dca85fe7c0736f8e

Trekking in tribal villages is also very common in Sapa. You will have a guided tour and they will take you to these tribal villages, where you will have a chance to see their authentic culture, taste their local food and walk aside on terrace rice fields.

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WATERFALLS IN SAPA

Two waterfalls are very famous in Sapa, Love waterfall and Silver waterfall. Love waterfall is located in San Sa Ho and famous for its ancient folktale- “this waterfall was the bathing spot of fairies, then one fairy fell in love with a local boy. When the Father of Fairy heard about it, he forbidden the fairy from visiting this waterfall anymore. Then this fairy turned into a bird to be with the boy”. And from then it is known as Love Water Fall. It is around a 30 minutes ride from Sapa Town.
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Silver waterfall is equally famous in Sapa, its height is 100 meter and it is very beautiful. Do not go there if the weather is rainy or foggy as you will not be able to see the height of the waterfall. Silver waterfall is 15 km away from Sapa Town.

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SAPA LAKE AND CABLE RIDE TO FANSIPAN

Sapa lake is one of the picturesque tourist destinations, take lots of pictures for your album. Here you can walk along the stretch of the lake, sit at the bench and enjoy the fresh breeze.

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Cable ride is available to Fan si Pan for those who cannot trek. Tickets are 700,000 VND per adult.  The Sunworld Fansipan Legend cable car gives you mesmerizing views of Muong Hoa Valley and Hoang Lien Son Mountain range. It will be an enthralling ride, so don’t miss it.

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These are some of the activities and destinations famous among tourists. But there is more to do and explore at this place. Such as, spend time with tribes, learn to cook their authentic food, visit cat cat village, enjoy seeing their terrace rice fields etc.