I just wanted to let people know that the Vietnam visa on arrival worked out fine for my companion and I when we arrived in Saigon by air a couple weeks ago. The cost of the service for the 3 month single entry visa was $33 and the stamp fee at the airport was another $25. We used www.guidevietnam.com and had a fine experience with them.
Having a splendid time in Vietnam so far.
im goin to be travelling vietnam early march...
i was going to go to bangkok to get my vietnam visa but if its easy as that then i may pay at the airport...my plans are a last minute thing to travel vietnam and cambodia so im stil not sure where im going first...if you have any advice or information on the cost of accomodation,,food and drink and traveling vietnam i would truely appreciate it.
#2 robk has been a member since 15/2/2009. Posts: 5
Well, it's not really "easy as that." You have to arrange it through the travel company first, which includes sending them the service fee through xoom.com or western union. They don't take credit. It takes some time and you have to print out the approval letter once they e-mail it to you. If you're starting your trip in VN then it makes sense but if you'll be in Bangkok, Phnomh Penh, Vientiane or somewhere like that before entering VN then it's defenitely cheaper and probably easier to just get it at the embassies in one of those places. I was coming directly from New York to Saigon so it saved me money; would have cost over $70 through the embassy in the states and entail sending my passport in for over ten days.
As for general advice for Vietnam, I'll just say this: know what you're doing. Make sure that when you arrive you have good travel info and try to become acquainted with the exchange rate before-hand. The first taxi driver we met outside the airport tried to charge 600,000 dong or U$35 for a ten minute ride to Pham Ngu Lao that shouldn't cost more than 50,000. Don't let the touts take advantage of you - be assertive and don't just 'give in'. Read the Travelfish guides (and/or other good info) and have a plan. If you have more specific questions I can try to answer them next time I find internet.
Hey Robk.....I second what DLuek wrote. Visa-on-arrival is a slight misnomer. You must arrange it beforehand through one travel agent or another. We had great luck with a fellow in Ha Noi, but there are many, many others. Just make sure they are reputable. You'll need to send them your passport info and pay via Western Union, bank transfer, Moneygram, etc. The agent will e-mail the approval, which, as DLuek said, you must print out and have with you upon arrival. Oh yes, one other thing. If you are going to enter VN, then go to Cambodia or Lao or wherever, then return to VN, you must have a Multiple-Entry Visa to begin with.
Just locking this thread as it is real honey spot for moronic Vietnamese travel agents you continue to spam the site peddling their wares.
Just to be clear, my comment isn't related to the posts above but rather to comments from spamming agencies that have posted (and been deleted) on this thread.
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