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Vietnam is one of the most popular countries in SE Asia visited by the backpackers across the world, but it still isn’t the country that people go visiting back like its neighbor Thailand, which converts many of its visitors to permanent fans that end up going there back and forth. While Vietnam clicks with most people, it’s a shame that still many aren’t aware how gorgeous this country is! Maybe they didn’t know a few things or they hadn’t prepared or planned well. Whatever the reason is, I thought that knowing a few things before will give you an idea of what to expect in Vietnam, making you like and enjoy it when you visit. So go ahead and check out these things to know before going to Vietnam. Here are the things to know before going to Vietnam 1. Visa is easy, but come prepared Vietnam is easy on providing Visas, and it has different rules for different countries. If you have an Indian passport, you can either get the visa on arrival or get an eVisa. Similarly, nationals of more than 30+ countries are eligible for a visa on arrival. I have written a detailed post on how to get […]

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It is unfair that Negeri Sembilan is not popular as a tourist area, despite being loaded with tourist attractions and activities. One of the smallest states in Malaysia it is indeed well worth a visit and takes time to look around. Located very close to the Klang Valley and is easily accessible from Kuala Lumpur, Negeri Sembilan points of interest are worth visiting! The meaning of Negeri Sembilan is ‘Land of the Nine States’. There are nine districts in the state which is home to Minangkabau culture and community that settled here in the 15th Century. Negeri Sembilan boasts of an amazing architecture, historical buildings, museums, parks and more. If you’re planning to visit Negeri Sembilan, do check out this neat hotel booking app that’ll help you find quality hotels at reasonable prices in the area and make your trip all the more enjoyable. There is plenty to do and see in Negeri Sembilan, but here are some of the leading attractions to explore while here. Things To Do in Negeri Sembilan 1. Visit the royal capital of Negeri Sembilan, Sri Menanti Palace which is made of wood and serves as a museum of royal regalia. Look at the furniture, weapons, costumes […]

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Vietnam, one of the most popular countries on the list of every traveler in SE Asia is slowly catching up with Indian travelers. Vietnam Visa for Indians is not only very easy, you can get everything online. Here’s how to get Vietnam Visa from India! Vietnam Visa For Indians – All You Need To Know There are two ways of getting a Vietnam Visa with an Indian passport. If you are an Indian tourist traveling to Vietnam, you can opt for any of the two: One is the e-Visa, where you can get your visa before visiting Vietnam online. The e-Visa only gives you a single entry, which allows you to travel in Vietnam for 30 days. Note that there is no multiple-entries option in e-Visa. Secondly, Indian nationals holding a valid Indian passport are eligible for a Visa on arrival in Vietnam. This visa is granted upon receiving an approval letter from Vietnam embassy. You don’t have to visit the embassy office in India as you can apply for the approval letter online. Also, there are multiple entry options and 3 months validity options if you choose Visa on arrival. How to apply for approval letter online? I traveled to […]

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What to do in Ho Chi Minh? Or Saigon, as the place is popularly known? Well, being the biggest and the most popular city in South Vietnam, Saigon could be your last or the first city for most of us traveling to Vietnam. Mine was first, and it was a mixed bag of experiences in this city. I got introduced to Vietnam in little pieces of everything. I checked on things to do in Ho Chi Minh on Tripadvisor. And I was surprised at the list of top places to visit in Ho Chi Minh city. Because there are so many interesting Places In Ho Chi Minh! There is a whole list of things to do in Ho Chi Minh city, depending on your time and interests. Ho Chi Minh’s attractions Here are some interesting places in Ho Chi Minh First I’ll start with the top places to visit in Ho Chi Minh city, which are Saigon’s tourist attractions. 1. Explore the charismatic Ben Thanh market Ben Thanh market is one of the oldest markets in Vietnam. And more than the fact that it is an incredible place to shop, it was the architecture that I liked. The structure looks […]

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Vietnam – The most visited country in SE Asia after Thailand probably. Every backpacker’s haven, foodie’s delight and a nature lover’s paradise. Once you travel to Vietnam, you’ll realise that these adjectives that describe Vietnam’s essence are absolutely true. In this post, I’ll let you know what to do in Vietnam – It’s not an itinerary or complete travel guide. I am working on a complete travel guide to Vietnam & you can get a copy by just signing up or bookmarking this post to come back later. In this post, I have highlighted the summary of all the towns, which in turn will give you an idea of what to do in Vietnam. This includes all the fun, adventurous, awesome, fun and cool things to do in Vietnam! I traveled from the south to the north, starting in Saigon and ending in Hanoi. So I have put in the order that you can trace on the map for the places to visit in Vietnam What To Do in Vietnam? What to do in Saigon Ho Chi Minh or Saigon as it is fondly called by the Vietnamese was my first stop. Depending on what you like, you can base in […]

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During my Vietnam trip, there were storms one after the other, with floods hitting north-central regions of Vietnam. I was in the south, luckily having started my trip in Ho Chi Minh. I waited with prayers for the weather to clear. Because Hoi An was the town that I didn’t want to miss traveling at all. I got lucky and I did travel to Hoi An, and ended up staying for more than a week! So I have things to share with you on Hoi An, but let me first take you through the most Instagrammable places in Hoi An! I made sure that I stayed in the ancient town of Hoi An because that’s the best part of the town. If you ask anyone who has traveled to Vietnam, they would never miss saying that they loved Hoi An. Such is the charm of this city of lanterns. Throughout my stay in Hoi An, I felt like I was in some fiesta that never seemed to end. Hoi An is a riot of colors, and in the night, you feel transported to the old town. The vibrant lanterns deck up the walking streets, while the boats let you float candles […]

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I started my Vietnam trip of 25 days from the south, beginning from Ho Chi Minh. Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam was my last stop. By the time I arrived, I just had 2.5 days to spend. I spent a couple of extra days in the places I liked more, which resulted in this. But the good part is, I made the most of it. So if you end up like me, then don’t worry. In this post, I have written in detail about the things to do in Hanoi. Whether you have just a day or 2 or more, check out these places to visit in Hanoi. I wouldn’t call this the top 10 things to do in Hanoi as there are more than 10 things to do, and there is no particular order! Things To Do In Hanoi Visit The Oldest University of Vietnam – The Temple of Literature Confucius, the wise philosopher known for his deep philosophies needs no introduction. The students of Vietnam were luckier for they had him as their tutor. Not only that, he developed the syllabus for the students. Also, he mentored on several subjects in the temple of literature, the oldest university in […]

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I was lucky on my trip to Vietnam, for I had escaped heavy storms, rain and floods on my journey from the south to North Vietnam. After spending a week in Hoi An, I headed to Phong Nha (Son Trach), the town in north-central Vietnam known for the Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park, home to the best caves of Vietnam. My luck streak ended here, as I could do nothing because the heavy downpour that continued all night and day! Once the weather cooled down, I explored the caves of Phong Nha on my bike. Even if you have just a day to spare, don’t skip Phong Nha! In this post, I have compiled a detailed post on the things to do in Phong Nha. Check it out! Things to do in Phong Nha Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park Phong Nha Ke National Park is one of the most visited national parks in Vietnam and is also listed as a UNESCO heritage site for its hundreds of spectacular mystic caves and karst mountain area,  which is believed to be at least over 400 million years old and the largest in Asia. It is so massive that the terrain has its […]

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Despite having been to Goa many times – right from my college days to when I was working full time, I only discovered my love for Goa last year. I traveled to Goa 4 times at my pace, spending my time going off the beaten path, experiences, food and culture. My quest for unique Goan experience is still on this year too. And it led me to Olaulim Backyards homestay, and I ended up getting far more than I’d hoped I would discover. Imagine waking up by the banks of a river, surrounded by the birds, animals, palm trees, green fields and warm & kind hosts – Does this sound like something that you could imagine in Goa? No, right? But if I were to say that this is the exact thing that I experienced in Goa this time, would you believe it? Read ahead to know what this unique homestay in Goa offered me.   The Ambiance To me and most of you people, Goa is synonymous with its wide range of gorgeous beaches. So much that most of us miss all that lie beyond beaches. Also, thanks to this pretty good coastline and being a popular destination of […]

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After having a lot of fun, adventures and traveling in the south and central Vietnam, one of my first stops in the north was Tam Coc in Ninh Binh region of Vietnam. Despite being touristy, Tam Coc is unique because of its rural life, the rocky hills, the river and the lush greenery everywhere. I spent a good few days in Ninh Binh getting in touch with the countryside of Vietnam. I spent the first 2 days just cycling and roaming on my bike where I would stop by wherever I felt and watch the world go by. So for all those who want to get a glimpse of Vietnam that’s relatively untouched, Ninh Binh is the place to be. Here is all you want to know to plan your trip to Tam Coc, Ninh Binh. Places To Visit in Tam Coc Ninh Binh   Tam Coc Boat Tours – Trang An or Tam Coc? If you look up for the main attractions of Tam Coc or Ninh Binh, among the top things to do in Tam Coc would be the boat tours. And hence boat tours are obviously the most touristic of them all. Travelers have mixed opinion on […]

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