Visa on arrival information
You can obtain your visa on arrival by following these simple steps.
1) Obtain an written letter from an online Vietnamese travel agent. I personally use this company. https://www.visa4vietnam.com It takes between 2-3 business days for them to process your visa letter and the cost is around $15.00. When you receive the letter print it out in color. You can arrive at any airport when applying for a visa. The closest airport to Hoi An is Danang (DAD) Again, its not an issue if you change your plans and have to fly into Hanoi or Saigon. You cannot arrive earlier then the date you put on the online visa letter. You can arrive anytime after the date and you have 30 days from the date you put on your application. They will also ask you bring 2 passport size photos which I get from Walgreens or Costco.
2) When you arrive into Vietnam you will proceed to the Visa on Arrival window. You will fill out a customs form and hand the form to the customs officer along with your online letter, 2 passport photos, and $25 USD exact change. ( For my airline friends arriving into Vietnam the customs agent will want to see a round trip ticket so please print out a ticket even if you don't plan on using it)
Please watch this video on arriving into Vietnam.
Airlines that fly into Danang
Our Hotel In Hoi An
Our tours in Hoi An
Sabirama Cooking School http://restauranthoian.com
Heaven on Earth Bike Tour http://www.vietnam-bicycle.com
Custom Clothing http://tailorhoian.net
Streets Restaurant http://www.streetsinternational.org
We will have a group dinner here on our third night.
My personal top 5 restaurants to try in Hoi An
You really won’t have a bad meal while your in Hoi an! There are lots of choices and I have mentioned my top 5 below.
1) Mango Mango Restaurant
Mango Mango Restaurant is a colorful eatery that’s set along the tranquil Hoi An Riverside, offering contemporary Vietnamese delicacies and a wide range of signature cocktails. A popular spot for dinner after a day of exploring Hoi An, the spacious upstairs terrace overlooks the iconic Japanese Covered Bridge, Thu Bon River, and Hoi An Night Market. Mango Mango Restaurant offers a diverse a la carte menu, with appetisers starting at USD5 and mains for USD16 onwards. You can also opt for a four-course tasting menu which comes with a glass of sparkling wine for USD38. Standout dishes include the duck breast in five Asian spices, tiger prawns with fruity and spicy sauce, and papaya salad. Opening Hours: Daily 08:00 - 24:00 Address: 49 Nguyen Phuc Chu, Hoi An Tel: +84 510 391 1863 http://mangohoian.com
2) Miss Ly Cafeteria
For the past 21 years, Miss Ly has been cooking typical fare, such as cao lau, fried wonton and white roses, and her own designed dishes. Her small restaurant is a vibrant and friendly spot right in the heart of the historical town center. The menu’s ample selection, with a regional taster menu, provides an excellent opportunity for visitors to experience authentic Hoianian flavors at reasonable prices. The relaxed atmosphere and the charming interiors of the place is decorated with antique wall prints and paintings. This makes Miss Ly Cafeteria the ideal stop to unwind from the hustle and bustle of the center while still enjoying the beautiful view of the surrounding historical buildings.
22 Nguyen Hue St, Hoi An, Quang Nam, Vietnam, +84 510 3861 603
3) Morning Glory
At Morning Glory, customers are presented with many options, from classics like quang noodles (yellow rice noodles with shrimps, pork, vegetables and grilled rice paper) and coa lau to more contemporary creations. The owner, Ms Vy, shows her passion for Hoi An traditions and culture. She respects classic recipes by redesigning home-cooking that has been handed down by her grandmother, preserving the authentic flavors. The restaurant’s historic premises and the building’s façade are an evident reminder of the French colonial period, and the interior is finely decorated for a fine dining experience. Despite being pricier than other restaurants, Morning Glory retains the authenticity and quality of regional food.106 Nguyen Thai Hoc St, Hoi An, Vietnam, +84 510 3241 555
4) Aubergine 49 Restaurant in Hoi An
Aubergine 49 Restaurant features an attractive menu of Asian cuisine, exquisite wines, and special desserts. This dining venue is headed by Vietnamese chef Thinh, who has worked in Padstow’s The Seafood Restaurant, The Lanesborough Hote and Nihonryori Ryugin, a three- Michelin starred restaurant in Tokyo.
Priced from 5 USD, restaurant’s a la carte option include duck liver parfait, pistachio-crusted, goat cheese, miso- glazed sea bass, roasted rack of lamb, and stuffed squid. For dessert, we recommend for try special dessert such as the dark chocolate (5 USD) and ban coffee pie with brandy snap and yogurt sorbet (4 USD).
Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday 18:00 – 22:00 Address: 49A, Ly Thai To Street, Hoi An
5) U Café
A fusion of Japanese and Vietnamese flavors, U Café is located on the river, a 20-minute walk from the Old Town going towards Cua Dai beach. Ideal for a break away from shopping and sightseeing, U Café’ is 100% eco-friendly. Its structure and equipment are designed to reduce a negative impact on the river by recycling water. The same values are applied to the food, and the drinks and coffee they serve, which are sourced from the local market and from organic farms. Fishponds, plants and lotus flowers throughout the three levels of the cafe enhance the feeling of being in a green oasis.
Huyen Tran Cong Chua, near Tran Quang Khai, Thanh
Nam, Cam Chau, Hoi An, Vietnam, +84 510 3501 118
You must posses a valid passport with at least 6 months validity and a visa to enter Vietnam. You can either apply for a VOA (visa on arrival, allow 2-3 business days) or mail your passport to the North America Vietnamese consulate. You will need to have $25.00 and your VOA letter at customs to purchase your 30 day visa. Please have exact change or the immigration official will send you out of the line to retrieve funds from an ATM. You will also need two passport size photos if you are using the VOA. Walgreens or CVS can do this. Another option is to pay the local Vietnamese customs $2.00 to take photos on arrival which is convenient but may add to your time in customs, so I recommend bringing your own photos.
The Vietnamese currency is the Dong, insert joke here, and yes I am serious. Local currency can be withdrawn at the many ATM’s within Hoi An. 22,775 Dong equal $1.00 US dollar. The good news is crisp clean US dollars are widely accepted in most major Vietnamese cities. I usually bring about $200 USD and use my ATM to withdraw cash at the local banks only. Make sure you call your bank and credit card company before you leave to let them know where you will traveling too. Its also a good idea to download an currency conversion app on your phone. I use this one http://www.xe.com/apps/iphone/
Nothing ruins a vacation more then getting a horrible sunburn on your first day. You can purchase sunscreen at the local markets as most of you will not be checking bags.
The voltage in Vietnam is 220V which is different then the 120 voltage we have in the USA. Most of your cell phones and laptops can handle the fluctuations. You will need a plug adaptor to plug your electronics into the wall. https://blog.inspitrip.com/1760/vietnam-power-plug-and-voltage/
Temperatures will be in the mid 80’s, so bring shorts, t shirts, sun dresses, bathing suits, tennis shoes, and flip flops. Also, Hoi An is famous for the hundreds of local tailors. Pack light and bring back lots of really cool custom clothing home.
Please consume only bottled water in Vietnam. This applies to brushing your teeth and rinsing your mouth.
Your favorite spirits can be purchased in Vietnam, but they can be pricey. You are welcome to purchase duty free liquor at your connecting city. Beer is cheap and plentiful and this is what I usually drink.
Most everyone in the local hotels and restaurants speaks english. It may not be perfect english so please be patient and courteous. There are also a few apps available that can assist you with learning basic Vietnamese phrases This link has someone useful phrases. https:// en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Vietnamese/Common_phrases
Taxis are plentiful and cheap in Vietnam. Most also have wifi. Fares from Danang Airport to Hoi An are $20-$25 USD. Within Hoi An fares are usually $2.00-$4.00 within the city limits.
Here are my guidelines for tipping:
You will find that the standard of service in Vietnamese restaurants is way below what you would get in other tourism destinations, such as Thailand. If you do get good service, then 5% of the bill is a reasonable amount, which will usually equate to between 15,000-30,000VND. Less is too little, more is too much!