Heading to Vietnam? 5 Quick things you need to know

2017-03-13 12:01 - Louzel Lombard Steyn
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Cape Town - If you're looking to #FindYourEscape in Vietnam real soon, we say GO FOR IT! 

The food is to die for, the currency welcoming and the experience - just incredible. 

First things first, however - a quick introductory guide for South Africans to plan a budget-friendly escape. 

In terms of visas, you need to apply for your Vietnam visa-on-arrival BEFORE you get to the airport counter in Vietnam, to avoid a lengthy immigration process. 

You can either do so through the Vietnamese Embassy in SA, or directly via the Vietnam Governmental website online. This will cost about $17 or R230 and takes a minimum of 2 days. Once you get to immigration in Vietnam, you will need the pre-approved paperwork, correct photographs and another $25 or about R335 to pay for the actual visa-on-arrival before getting the stamp in your passport. 

Once you have the stamp of approval, you can head out exploring.

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And if you're brave, here are a few useful phrases to study before you leave. (Be under no illusions, Vietnamese is difficult to speak and understand.) 

Hello = Chao ban
Thank you = Cam on ban
Please = Xin vui long
How much = Bao nhieu
Beer = Bia 

For more info, check out the video below - 

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