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Should I pay for visa, or is 15 days enough in Vietnam

Posted by Emmajm on 13/2/2016 at 05:37

Hi
After 2 months in Thailand and nearly a month in Laos, we have 2 and a half months left before we head to Myanmar. I was planning on a month in Cambodia, then taking advantage of the 15 day period that UK Citizens can spend in Vietnam without a visa then heading to Thailand again for the final month. Question is, am I just being tight not wanting to pay out for a visa for Vietnam and risk missing/rushing Vietnam because of this? I did think if we wanted to stay longer after the 15 days we could sort it out there, but I'm reading it's not that easy.
Love Thailand but have just had a couple months there and seen a lot of it before and finding a lot of the islands are over developed and expensive now.
Thoughts would be appreciated.
Emma ????

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Posted by travellingsarah on 15/2/2016 at 23:43 TF writer

I fear Vietnam may have shot itself in the foot with this 15 days free visa as I'm sure many people will wonder the same thing as you and cut their trip short. That would be a shame as I think it warrants a lot longer than that for those who have the time. I'd have a good think about where you'd like to visit and what you'd like to do while in Vietnam and base your decision on that: if you're only interested in a visit to Hanoi and Halong for example, then 15 days is fine, but if you find your list getting longer and you start compromising, pay the money. After all, it's not a lot in the big scheme of things. Sorry - perhaps not overly insightful, but basically, I'd say get the visa and stay longer!

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Posted by adrianlopez on 16/2/2016 at 01:19

In my oppinion, 15 days will be enough for you to discover around famous places in Vietnam.
Day 1-2: Around Hanoi
Day 3: Hanoi – Halong Bay – Princess Junk
Day 4: Vung Vieng Fishing Village – Hon Gai Harbor – Hanoi – Hue
Day 5: Hue city tour
Day 6: Hue – Da NangHoi An
Day 7: Hoi An – Free time
Day 8: Hoi An – Da Nang – Nha Trang
Day 9: Nha Trang – Phan ThietMui Ne
Day 10-11: Mui Ne
Day 12: Phan Thiet – Ho Chi Minh
Day 13: Ho Chi Minh – Mekong Delta
Day14: Ho Chi Minh – Departure
This is my itinerary last month to travel around Vietnam to Northern to Southen Vietnam with about US$1.800

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Posted by Captain_Bob on 16/2/2016 at 05:06

"I did think if we wanted to stay longer after the 15 days we could sort it out there, but I'm reading it's not that easy."

More specifically, it's not possible. After 15 days you have to leave and cannot come back in visa-exempt for another 30 days. You have a lot of time available and it would be a pity to be forced out when you're only halfway through the country. When in doubt get a proper tourist visa.

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Posted by travellingsarah on 16/2/2016 at 06:38 TF writer

With respect Adrian, your schedule looks exhausting! I get that not everyone has the luxury of time but when time is available I really wouldn't go at that pace. 15 days is fine for a few places but any more than that - get a visa.

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Posted by daawgon on 17/2/2016 at 12:00

Vietnam certainly deserves more than 15 days, and when considering how cheap the visa is, why not stay for at least 4 weeks. I've been to this great country 7 times (another coming up in March '16 for 5 weeks), and have yet to see it all (I just love Hanoi too much - most of that 5 weeks will be spent right in the city).

The really great thing about Vietnam - it's fantastic people!

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