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5 best romantic places in Vietnam

by Hanh Pham @ Vietnam Visa in Singapore

For those who plan to travel with your beloved partner, here are the top list of romantic places in Vietnam which you should visit: Sapa, Halong, Hoi An, Danang & Dalat. Click for full details!

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Etihad A380 First Apartment – Flight EY 460 Abu Dhabi-AUH to Melbourne-MEL – Part 2

by jeffrey @ Weekend Blitz

This post is continued from Etihad A380 First Apartment – Flight EY 460 Abu Dhabi-AUH to Melbourne-MEL – Part 1. Check it out to see the first half of the review.

BATHROOM

Proving size was really the theme of the experience, even the bathroom was huge:

I took a quick glimpse of the stairs, just to confirm that we were, in fact, on the 2nd floor:

ON-BOARD BAR

Before turning in for the night, we walked around the cabin to explore the on-board bar.

The bar is situated on the top deck of the A380 aircraft, in-between First and Business class:

It was completely empty when we made our way over.

We were a bit dismayed to find that the bar wasn’t stocked as it normally is due to Ramadan, but you can certainly lounge in the area. A flight attendant came over and said that she’d be happy to discreetly make us a drink of our choice in the galley and then bring it in.

The bone-dry bar

The sitting/lounging area was very nice and had seating for 6. We took a few pictures and then headed back to our seats for bed.

THE SEAT – SLEEPING CONVERSION

Having had plenty of food and drinks for one day, we decided it was time to catch a few zzzzs. The flight attendant swiftly converted the suite to sleeping mode while we got ready for bed in the bathroom.

We returned to find the sofa portion of the seat folded down and nicely made up with comfortable sheets and pillows. One of the coolest parts is that, if the divider between the apartments is lowered, our beds were basically touching, so we had the illusion of sleeping in the same bed, which is a nice option if you’re traveling together.

While in the bathroom, we took the opportunity to change into the provided pajamas which was the perfect decision before hopping into the lavish bed.

Pajama time!

The bed is huge and is advertised as 6 feet 10 inches long!

SHOWER

About 3.5 hours before departure, the flight attendants realized that I was awake and came by to announce that I could have a shower whenever I wanted. I let her know soon after and she set off to prepare it. If one is offered the opportunity to shower at 6+ miles high in the sky, there is no choice but to take advantage.

The shower area was loaded down with Bergamote amenities:

Here are a few poor quality photos, sorry in advance:

Pretty crazy and surreal to shower in the sky. The bathroom is large enough to change in and there’s a hairdryer stocked there, too, so the shower is a comfortable experience.

INTERNET

After taking a refreshing shower, I enjoyed a cappuccino and did a bit of computer work.

I purchased Internet for the entire flight for $21.95 and found it to be quite fast and very usable! A quick speed test rendered download speeds of ~4.5 Mbps but upload speeds of only 0.17 Mbps, good thing sending emails and browsing the internet mostly relies on the download speed.

The sun was up [...]

Vietnam Tourist Visa: Application Requirements, Instructions, & Information

Vietnam Tourist Visa: Application Requirements, Instructions, & Information


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Need a Vietnam Tourist Visa Fast? Vietnam Tourist Visa Application Requirements, Instructions, & Consulate Information Guide for Vietnamese Tourism Visas.

Rachawadee Girls’ home goes green with Dr Seuss

by Jessica Naval @ PATA

BANGKOK, January 22, 2018 — International Environmental Education Day to be marked at Baan Rachawadee Ying orphanage in Nonthaburi. All are welcome… Read More   

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Seven Natural Beauty Brands From Vietnam

by Minh Nguyen @ Vietcetera

Vietnam’s cosmetic retail market rakes in US $1.78 billion per year and is expected to hit US $2.35 billion by the end of 2018. That’s one of the fastest compound annual growth rates on the planet. Currently, 90% of Vietnam’s cosmetic market share is dominated by multinationals including companies from South Korea, Europe, Japan, Thailand, […]

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Rosh Hashanah and Muharram Holiday Closings

by usvisaco @ US Visa Connection

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Back To Black With Conceptual Artist Phuc Van Dang

by David Kaye @ Vietcetera

Phuc Van Dang is an artist and storyteller who moved to Denmark when he was only nine. He now lives in a converted former prison that has become a cultural hub in the central Danish town of Horsens. Phuc works in a restricted palette of black and white in different mediums—ceramics, painting, and drawing—and with […]

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Beautiful Night Flower Market in Hanoi

by Hanh Pham @ Vietnam Visa in Singapore

Ignoring night flower market in Hanoi means that you 've missed a very distinctive culture of the land and the traditional Hanoians.

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How to travel with 2 passports: Hongkong and BNO

by Phuong Nguyen @ Vietnam-Visa.com: Vietnam Visa on Arrival

BNO passport & Hongkong passport - which passport you can use when applying visa to Vietnam in Hongkong? Details can be found here.

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A Guide For Getting Your Tourist Or 5-Year Exemption Vietnam Visa - Vietcetera

A Guide For Getting Your Tourist Or 5-Year Exemption Vietnam Visa - Vietcetera


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Resources online all say different things. So for your traveling needs, we’ve assembled all the resources you need to get a visa to Vietnam.

8 Must See Sites In The Beachside Resort Of Nha Trang

by Kristin Cooke @ Vietnam Visa » Vietnam Visa

If you enjoy leisurely days at sparkling beaches, delicious Vietnamese cuisine, or underwater adventures in coral reefs, Nha Trang is the spot for you to travel. Known as the most appealing beachside resort-town in Vietnam, Nha Trang Bay has an interesting history and a wide variety of activities to enjoy in and out of the […]

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8 Places You Must See In Ho Chi Minh City Saigon

by Kristin Cooke @ Vietnam Visa » Vietnam Visa

As the largest city in Vietnam and one of the most prosperous areas of the country, Ho Chi Minh City (also known as Saigon) is often known as the Paris of the Orient. With rich cultural influences from France and China, Ho Chi Minh City is the most multicultural city in Vietnam. Here you can […]

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Vietnamese Fashion Brands: The Future Of Brick And Mortar Retail

by Minh Nguyen @ Vietcetera

With the current Vietnam fashion retail market reported to be worth US $358 million, Vietnam is attracting global industry players drawn by its double-digit growth figures of 22.5%. For the consumer, that means choice across different segments; for the retailer, that means new strategies are required to increase sales both on- and offline. Despite impressive […]

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What is so great about Vietnam?

by Hoa Nguyen @ Vietnam-Visa.com: Vietnam Visa on Arrival

There is no wrong reason to visit a country, and no matter what lights up your day, you have plenty of destinations to choose from. However, Vietnam will offer you everything from above and more.

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Is obtaining visa in Vietnam Embassy in Brisbane possible?

by Hanh Pham @ VIETNAM EMBASSIES INFORMATION

There is no Vietnam Embassy in Brisbane but we will recommend to you the alternative, useful method to get Vietnam Visa in Australia.

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Now Arriving in Hanoi: What You Need to Know

by Vietnam Visa @ Vietnam Visa » Vietnam Visa

A premiere locale for seasoned jet-setters and new world travelers alike, Vietnam’s capital city of Hanoi welcomes you. As Vietnam’s capital and cultural hot spot, Hanoi has enjoyed a long, rich history, with settlement dating back to 3rd century BC. Many areas of the city reflect the remnants of its former French occupation, giving its […]

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3 Online Steps to get Vietnam Visa Approval Letter for South Africans

by Hanh Pham @ vietnam-visa.co.za

How to obtain a Vietnam visa approval letter for South Africans? These are 3 simple steps for you without submission of any document.

Embassy of Vietnam in Berlin – Things to be updated

by Hanh Pham @ VIETNAM EMBASSIES INFORMATION

The first way to get Vietnam visa for both Germans and foreigners living in Germany but not included in visa exemption list is apply for visa in person at Embassy of Vietnam in Berlin. This kind of visa is applicable for all kinds of travel. Click here for more useful information!

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Flying Blue Promo Awards: 25% off select Air France/KLM Routes June – July 2017

by jeffrey @ Weekend Blitz

Note: Booking began on Saturday, April 1, 2017.

Don’t miss out on Flying Blue’s spring promo, which allows you to book Air France/KLM awards for 20-25% less than normal in June and July 2017:

The Deal

Award bookings on Air France/KLM routes have been reduced by 20-25% for travel between June 1, 2017 – July 31, 2017.

For those of us sitting in ‘Merica, we’ll be most interested in:

REGION—- USA CITY——————————- Boston-BOS to Europe———– CABIN—— Business—— 1-way—- 46,875— Round-trip 93,750——-

 

All destinations below. Note:  Everything is to/from Europe.

25% off destinations

RegionEurope to/fromAirportCabinRound-tripDiscount AfricaLagos KinshasaFIHEconomy22,50025% off AfricaLagos KinshasaFIHBusiness45,00025% off AfricaDakarDKREconomy37,50025% off AfricaCotonouCOOEconomy37,50025% off Asia-PacificGuangzhouCANPrem Econ120,00025% off Asia-PacificBeijingPEKPrem Econ120,00025% off Asia-PacificShanghaiPVGPrem Econ120,00025% off Asia-PacificWuhanWUHPrem Econ120,00025% off Asia-PacificWuhanWUHBusiness150,00025% off Asia-PacificXiamenXMNBusiness150,00025% off Asia-PacificHong KongHKGPrem Econ120,00025% off Asia-PacificHo Chi MinhSGNPrem Econ120,00025% off CaribbeanHavanaHAVPrem Econ90,00025% off EuropeLyon, FranceLYSEconomy13,60020% off EuropeStuttgart, GermanySTREconomy13,60020% off EuropeBremen, GermanyBREEconomy13,60020% off EuropeInverness, ScotlandINVEconomy13,60020% off EuropeTurin, ItalyTRNEconomy16,80020% off EuropeHelsinkiHELEconomy16,80020% off EuropeGdansk, PolandGDNEconomy20,00020% off EuropeGraz, AustriaGRZEconomy16,80020% off USA/N. AmericaBostonBOSBusiness93,75025% off USA/N. AmericaMexicoMEXBusiness93,75025% off

 

How to Get It Head to Flying Blue here to see full list of routes: Promo Awards Reference our How-to: Booking Air France/KLM flight post Book between April 1 – 30, 2017 Enjoy your savings!

Don’t forget: 

Booking for this deal runs from April 1 to April 30, 2017 “Reservations must be made exclusively on www.airfrance.com or www.klm.com (except for bookings for children, infants and minors, who are not authorized to book an award on the website).” You’ll still get hit with fuel surcharges! We’ve got a How-to Guide for booking flights with Flying Blue points.

BOTTOM LINE: While the only relevant flight out of the US is Boston, 25% off is still better than nothing and will land you in Europe (or Northern Africa) for 93,750 miles + around $500 in Business Class.

Etihad Airways Flagship First Class Lounge – Abu Dhabi-AUH

by jeffrey @ Weekend Blitz

A trip to the Etihad Airways First Class Lounge in Abu Dhabi was the warm-up to the main event: flying the Etihad First Apartment from Abu Dhabi to Melbourne. It was essentially the only reason we had chosen to route from the US to Australia via the Middle East. And a visit to the brand new lounge was nearly as exciting as flying the A380 since our trip was just about 3 weeks after the May 30th grand opening–talk about timing!

As a result, we were purposely very, VERY early arriving at the airport for as much lounge-time as possible before heading to our gate. We checked in quickly and were welcomed into the lounge which is located immediately after going through security.

CHECK-IN/ACCESS

We were greeted at the entrance and, after checking our boarding passes, she ushered us onto an elevator. One of the best parts about this lounge is the exclusivity, access cannot be purchased at the gate and there are very few ways to gain access. Here’s a list of ways in:

Etihad guests of The Residence Etihad First Class guests Etihad Guest Platinum member + 1 guest Etihad Airways Partner airlines platinum members + 1 guest Virgin Australia Velocity Platinum members + 1 guest

First thoughts: the lounge is absolutely huge! It is apparently nearly 1,700 sq m (18,000+ sq ft) and has more than 16 “zones”, i.e. distinct areas that help break up the lounge and make it feel very private, even if you’re one of 100 guests.

FOOD & DINING

After arriving in the lounge, we kept up with the standard procedure of our trip thus far: eating a meal while not hungry in the least. A server showed us to a nice window seat and we began the quite elaborate dining process. In fact, I imagine this is how most people kill their limited time in the lounge. Our start-to-stop dining experience was nearly 1.5 hours.

–> FULL-SERVICE DINING

The full-service dining area was enormous

Full-service dining area

Views of…mainly construction + a few airplanes

Our server didn’t have to do too much arm twisting to convince us to try the 5-course Emirates Palace tasting menu.

Emirates Palace Dining Menu

The multi-course feast consisted of the following: starter (dates), foie gras de terrine (a course that we added from the a la carte menu), soup, scallops, lamb and then a great dessert.

The first course was a simple date filled with yogurt and crumbled pistachio. The sweet and delicious snack definitely left us wanting more.

Dates with Chami: fresh dates with local homemade yogurt

We added on a course of the Foie Gras Terrine, because, why not?

Foie Gras Terrine: slow-roasted plums, fig and ginger jam with bitter almond tuile

The chicken & barley soup was also good but we didn’t eat it all to save room for the next courses.

Chicken and Barley Soup: rich broth with tender poached pieces of chicken, onion and fresh coriander

The next dish, Scallops Mughrabia was by far the highlight of the meal. Mughrabia is a traditional ingredient in Lebanese cuisine and is essentially a type of [...]

3 options with Vietnam visa for South Africans to stay in Vietnam for just over 1 month

by Hanh Pham @ vietnam-visa.co.za

At the moment, all South Africans to Vietnam need to obtain a valid Vietnam visa. Vietnam visa for South Africans are now available in the following types, in terms of its length: 1 month visa; 3 months visa; 6 months visa; and 1 year visa. So, what if you just wish to stay in the […]

Cultural Spotlights of Hanoi (Experience Hanoi like a Local)

by Phuong Thuy @ The Christina's Blog

Hanoi is perfect for a trip of cultural exploration. Its culture is expressed in many of the remarkable attractions of the city. The culture, too, is in every activity that you see on the street. In this article, I will go through several casual cultural spotlights of Hanoi. A random cultural experience of the city, […]

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What is the Real ID Act and how does it affect me?

by usvisaco @ US Visa Connection

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Things you should know about Vietnam Embassy in Hague

by Hanh Pham @ VIETNAM EMBASSIES INFORMATION

What are functions of Vietnam Embassy in Hague? How can you get there? What should you prepare to apply for Vietnam Visa in this office? Get answers here!

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Vietnam visa on arrival for Indians for 5 days

by Hanh Pham @ Vietnam visa for Indian citizens | Vietnamvisa.org.in

Hi there, I read somewhere that to apply for Vietnam visa on arrival, I need to provide a copy of my passport and return ticket book. But I also read in your site that I do not need to do any thing, just complete your online form. So, which one is right? Please advise.

No Indonesia Visa Required For Citizens Of 45 Countries

by Chris Mitchell @ Travel Happy

The Indonesian Government recently announced citizens of forty five countries no longer need a tourist visa to enter Indonesia. Indonesia Immigration Stamp How Does Visa Free Entry To Indonesia Work? If you are a citizen of one of the countries listed below, arrive at one of the entry points below and proceed to Passport Control. […]

East West Brewing Co: The Craft Brewery Taking On Big Beer

by Jake Hornberger @ Vietcetera

Five years ago, there were only 2,000 craft breweries up and running in the US. But by the second quarter of 2017, America proved just how hopped up it had become as it surpassed the 5,500 craft brewery mark nationwide. The threat to the “big beer” industry had become a reality. Now, as bigtime, multinational […]

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Southeast Asia for New Zealanders – What to know about visa & travel

by Phuong Nguyen @ Vietnam-Visa.com: Vietnam Visa on Arrival

To begin your trip to the attractive Southeast Asia, let's figure out where you can initiate first and whether you need visa to these places or not.

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Vietnam visa requirements for business and tourist visas. Vietnam visa application form. Find out how, when and where to apply for your Vietnam visa.

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5 things to prepare when travelling to Vietnam from Malaysia

by Phuong Nguyen @ Vietnam-Visa.com: Vietnam Visa on Arrival

Visa to Vietnam from Malaysia, exchanging currency, health & travel insurances, checking the weather and learning about destinations in Vietnam are noted.

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Closure of Russia Consulate in San Francisco

by usvisaco @ US Visa Connection

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The Complete Guide to Applying for an Indian Visa for US Citizens

by Anna @ Global Gallivanting Travel Blog

FAQs and a complete step by step guide on how to apply for an Indian Visa for US Citizens. Guest Post by Patricia from...

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Required Documents to complete Application for Vietnam visa On arrival

by Hanh Pham @ vietnam-visa.co.za

Which kind of documents required to be provided to apply for Vietnam visa on arrival? Find the answer here.

7 Must See Sights In The Mekong Delta

by Kristin Cooke @ Vietnam Visa » Vietnam Visa

Come visit the Mekong Delta region of Southern Vietnam to discover hidden wonders. Ecotourism is a strong industry in this lush tropical region. Cruise down the Mekong River in a boat taxi and discover a world from the past. Floating markets, ancient temples, fruit orchards, museums, and scenic rice paddy farms dot the area. Here are 7 must see […]

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12 Years Of Travel: Perhentian Kecil Beach, Perhentian Islands, Malaysia

by Chris Mitchell @ Travel Happy

Malaysia’s Perhentian Islands are a backpacker haven with great beaches and cheap scuba diving Perhentian Kecil Beach, Perhentian Islands, Malaysia 28 June 2006, 9 Years Ago This Week: I’d been commissioned to write a story about diving in the Perhentian Islands by Asian Diver magazine – while it’s a bit of a trek to get […]

12 Years Of Travel: Bangkok Canal Bike Ride

by Chris Mitchell @ Travel Happy

One of the best ways to see everyday Bangkok is to take a bike ride into the sprawling suburbs Bangkok Canal Bike Ride 21 June 2014, 1 Year Ago This Week: Most people greet the idea of cycling in Bangkok with some variation of “Are you insane?”. And while the city’s traffic can be dangerous, […]

Full guide for Vietnam visa in Changi – Singapore

by Hanh Pham @ Vietnam Visa in Singapore

In this post, we will deal with two issues: Do you need a visa if you travel to Vietnam from Singapore? And how can you get the Vietnam visa in Changi? By reading through this post, we ensure you will save yourself a lot of time and cost.

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District Eight’s Marcus Loke’s Life In Furniture Production

by Vietcetera @ Vietcetera

[Article] Read the full story about Marcus Loke here

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The Best Boutique and Heritage Hotels in Goa

by Anna @ Global Gallivanting Travel Blog

The Best Boutique and Heritage Hotels in Goa The beautiful beaches, nature and laidback lifestyle of Goa make it a perennially popular destination for...

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Hamoos Travels celebrated Tamil Thaipongal with Kollywood stars & Ballys Entertainment in Colombo

by Jessica Naval @ PATA

COLOMBO, January 20, 2018 — Hamoos travels (Pvt) Ltd is one of the fastest growing travel company in Sri Lanka. It caters… Read More   

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2 ways to get Vietnam visa in Mumbai, India

by Hanh Pham @ Vietnam visa for Indian citizens | Vietnamvisa.org.in

If you are an Indian passport holder or a resident in Mumbai, India whose nationality is not included in the Vietnam visa exemption list, and you are planning a visit to Vietnam, then remember to apply for visa beforehand as you cannot get into the country without it. But how to get a visa for Vietnam in Mumbai, India? The answer is so easy.

(Updated 2017) Vietnam visa exemption agreement between Vietnam and India

by Hanh Pham @ Vietnam visa for Indian citizens | Vietnamvisa.org.in

Is Indian exempted from Vietnam Visa? How can Indian citizens and residents apply for Vietnam Visa? Click to find out!

How To Get A Vietnam Visa In Bangkok

How To Get A Vietnam Visa In Bangkok


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Wondering how to get a Vietnam visa in Bangkok? Read our step by step guide to locating the embassy, what to bring and current visa fees

Full guide for US citizens to get Vietnam visa

by Hanh Pham @ Vietnam visa for Indian citizens | Vietnamvisa.org.in

Vietnam is undoubtedly the fantastic nation which many tourists prefer to take a trip to in their holidays. More and more foreigners visit Vietnam, including the citizens of US. If you are looking for how to get visa for Vietnam from USA, below is useful information for you.

Everything you ever needed to know about Vietnam visas | InsideVietnam Blog

Everything you ever needed to know about Vietnam visas | InsideVietnam Blog


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If visas are giving you a headache, you have come to the right place. Here, we look at common questions about Vietnam visas and how to get one.

Must-known information about Vietnam Visa for Spanish passport holders

by Phuong Nguyen @ Vietnam-Visa.com: Vietnam Visa on Arrival

When will Spanish be exempted from Vietnam Visa? How to get Vietnam Visa for Spanish passport holders? How many types of Vietnam Visa? Click here.

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Etihad A380 First Apartment – Flight EY 460 Abu Dhabi-AUH to Melbourne-MEL – Part 1

by jeffrey @ Weekend Blitz

After spending a very enjoyable and luxurious 3+ hours in the Etihad Airways Flagship First Class Lounge – Abu Dhabi-AUH, it was time for the main event: The Etihad First Apartment!

BOOKING

We booked this bucket list flight using American Airlines AAdvantage miles for a total of 60,000 miles; this was before a major AAdvantage devaluation and now the flight would cost you 100,000 miles for the one-way route from the “Middle East” region to the “South Pacific” region. Furthermore, since we both have the Barclay AA credit card, we got a 10% rebate, driving the total price down to 54,000 miles + ~$79 in taxes each for the ~$6,300+ flight. We got even more value than that though since we arranged a 23 hours stopover in Melbourne-MEL before continuing on to Townsville, Australia-TSV in Qantas Business Class.

CHECK-IN

We were able to take advantage of the free Etihad Chauffeur Service from the Park Hyatt Dubai to Abu Dhabi International Airport for our Etihad flight.

Our (free!) chauffeur service

The trip took about 1.5 hours total.

The airport has a dedicated First & Business class check-in area.

And so the experience begins!

First Class check-in desks

We left the lounge and made the (extremely) long trek to Gate 61 in Terminal 3, literally the furthest away from the Lounge.

As we approached the gate area, they were doing a secondary document check:

BOARDING

Knowing it would be dark at the time of boarding, we snuck a few pictures before hopping in the lounge:

Etihad A6-APG sitting at the gate

We made our way down (ok, more so really up since we were on top deck) of the long jet bridge to board the flight.

We took a left after boarding to find the First Class cabin:

While I didn’t necessarily need to be shown to my seat since I’d studied it online numerous times and been counting down the days to this moment, a flight attendant escorted us anyway. She showed us to our seats, 3K and 4K:

Of the 9 First Class seats (well, 10 if you include The Residence), there were just 2 other passengers aboard, so 4 of us total.



SEAT

The seat was, well, let me just type a direct quote from McCown as we got settled it: “OMG. There was what I expected and anticipated from reading many, many reviews and then there’s the real thing. And let me just say, OMG.”

The sheer size and space and privacy are unprecedented and staggering.

The big, leather seat is luxurious and makes you feel like you’re visiting your grandfather instead of couped up on a plane.

The couch is perfect for having company over in your apartment. And then switched into a bed when you’re ready to sleep.

I mean, it’s realistically closer to a throne than a seat:

The empty neighboring suite

View from seat 4K

View of IFE and sofa (that converts to a bed)

The actual seat featured a few tactile buttons as well as a touchscreen for a variety of controls.

It was all really a sensory overload. The tiny compartments, sliding doors and gadgets and gizmos [...]

Insider’s View. Episode 7 – Jean Ngo (The Expat Shop)

by Sharyn @ Ho Chi Minh City Highlights

Editor’s Note: Episode 7 of Insider’s view comes from Jean Ngo, owner of “The Expat Shop.” Jean is yet another visitor who fell in love with this crazy city while on holidays and returned to make Saigon her home. As...

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How to get from the airport into Phnom Penh

by Lina @ Move to Cambodia

If you’re looking for a great introduction to Cambodia, there’s no better way to do it than to negotiate your transfer to Phnom Penh from Phnom Penh International Airport (nee Pochentong). Be aware that the taxi situation can border on … Continue reading

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Connecting you to the local experience – My day out with Inspitrip

by Sharyn @ Ho Chi Minh City Highlights

Well, I haven’t been out on a trip for quite a while. (I think the last one was with Saigon Treasure Hunt) The main reason is, I’ve been totally flat out writing and editing the second edition of my book...

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Vietnam Visa for Indian Citizens - PATA

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Indian citizen need a visa to Vietnam? Yes, Indian citizen need a visa to Vietnam prior departure. Vietnam Visa for… Read More   

The Best Homestays in Sapa (For An Authentic & Personal Experience)

by Phuong Thuy @ The Christina's Blog

H’mong, Dao, and Giay people speaking English more fluently than Vietnamese, tremendous natural vistas right outside your balcony, an early morning chill with clouds hovering over the mountains, this and more is what you should expect from Sapa! Located on the northern border of Vietnam, Sapa is the only region of the country that has […]

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Insider’s View Episode 8 – Fiona Briers

by Sharyn @ Ho Chi Minh City Highlights

Episode 8 of Insider’s View comes from Fiona Briers who runs the brilliant Bright Solutions in Vietnam. The work they do to empower women and produce gorgeous handicrafts is fabulous. She’s been here almost 9 years so I’d say she...

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12 reasons to visit Vietnam at least once in a lifetime

by Hoa Nguyen @ Vietnam-Visa.com: Vietnam Visa on Arrival

Located in Southeast Asia, Vietnam is not as celebrated as its regional cousins Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, and even Indonesia. However, this does not mean that it is any less intriguing or wonderful than they are.

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The Best 5 Star Resorts and Luxury Hotels in Goa

by Anna @ Global Gallivanting Travel Blog

The Best 5 Star Resorts and Luxury Hotels in Goa One of the best things about Goa is that this small, sunny, relaxed state...

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Best of Saigon Street Food and where you can find it

by Hanh Pham @ Vietnam Visa in Singapore

Best Saigon Street Food can be listed: Com suon, banh beo, banh da xuc hen, banh canh cua, banh cuon; along the useful local addresses for you to enjoy.

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Getting A Chinese Visa In Hanoi, Vietnam - NOMADasaurus Adventure Travel Blog

Getting A Chinese Visa In Hanoi, Vietnam - NOMADasaurus Adventure Travel Blog


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Everything you need to know about getting a Chinese visa in Hanoi, Vietnam. The cost, what you need to take with you and the whole application process.

A Foodie’s Guide to Hue, Vietnam

by Phuc Nguyen @ The Christina's Blog

Come to Hue and Eat like a Local Hue City is the old capital of Vietnam. Despite its location – next to Da Nang – the new economic center, Hue is calm and peaceful in a unique way. If you want to have a truly relaxing travel experience, Hue is definitely the city you must […]

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How to travel from South Africa to Vietnam?

by Hanh Pham @ vietnam-visa.co.za

Travelling from South Africa to Vietnam, you will need to take notice of Vietnam visa, the flight and some recommendations for Vietnamese sightseeings.

What with Vietnam visa if I’m far from the Embassy

by Hanh Pham @ vietnam-visa.co.za

I wanna obtain a Vietnam visa. But my place is far from the embassy. I’m in George. Do I have any other option? Please advise.

Hoi An, the ‘Yellow City’ of Vietnam

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The World Heritage site of Hoi An which is also known as the Yellow City of Vietnam is home to grand colonial houses mingled amid Chinese wooden trader’s houses.

Blitz Deal: ~$614 RT Raleigh, Baltimore, Boston or Chicago to Beijing-PEK in New Delta A350 Premium Select

by jeffrey @ Weekend Blitz

This fare first popped up about 2 weeks ago, but it’s still alive so I thought others might find it useful!

The Deal Active departure airports: Raleigh-RDU, Baltimore-BWI, Boston-BOS, Chicago-ORD, Chicago-MDW Destination: Beijing, China-PEK Active dates: Depends on the departure city but around January 2018 to April 2018. Price range: $614-696 depending on the dates and the departure city. You can pretty easily include a stopover at Detroit-DTW on either the outbound or return trip–but no idea why you would want to do that. This deal is for the NEW Delta Premium Select cabin on their brand new A350s. The new cabin is a proper premium economy cabin, similar to what the European or Asian carriers have been offering for years. According to Delta, the seats feature 75% more recline and 8″ more legroom than traditional economy.

How to Get It Head to Google.com/flights Enter departure airport as “RDU,BWI,BOS,MDW,ORD” (this will show you all of the options from the area) and arrival airport as “PEK“ Select “Premium Economy” as the class of service Everything for this deal will route through Detroit-DTW since that is the only route that Delta is currently flying it’s new A350 to Beijing-PEK, so if you want to limit your search to just 1-stop itineraries, you can click to limit the connection airport to only DTW. If you leave this blank or set to “Any connection”, you see all of the multi-stop itineraries that will most likely also go through Atlanta-ATL, Cincinnati-CVG, New York-JFK, etc. View the calendar to see the lowest fares available: Select your preferred flight times. A few things to watch out for here: Make sure your long-haul routes are from Detroit-DTW to Beijing-PEK and double check that the aircraft is an A350 in Premium Economy. The great news with Delta’s new service is that if you book Premium Select for your international routes, the domestic segments book into First Class. Double check that this is the case. At this stage, you can click to book directly with Delta or, if you search the route directly on the Delta website, you can view a few more options.

Don’t forget:

If you book with Delta, you can book today and will have 24 hours for a free cancellation. Delta’s Premium Select earns a 50% MQM bonus, so this trip would net 21,000+ MQMs, meaning you’ve nearly earned Silver Medallion with one trip. BOTTOM LINE:

This is a pretty awesome deal to try out Delta’s new Premium Select cabin for just about $100 more than economy. Redeeming miles for the same cabin would cost ~128,000 SkyMiles so this fare is quite a bargain. As an added bonus, the domestic segments book into Delta First and the MQM bonus will yield 20k+ MQMs for elite status qualification.

Phnom Penh metered taxis and taxi-booking apps

by Lina @ Move to Cambodia

In the last few years metered taxis have become popular in Phnom Penh, offering a safer and sometimes less expensive ride than the alternatives. Unlike in many major cities, taxis need to be reserved in advance by phone or app, … Continue reading

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Palacio Duhau – Park Hyatt Buenos Aires Review

by mccown @ Weekend Blitz

We loved staying right in the center of the Recoleta district of Buenos Aires on our trip to Argentina. While there are many wonderful neighborhoods in BA (all with very different personalities), this area is considered by many to be the most affluent neighborhood in the city, filled with lavish homes and fancy shops and restaurants. The famous Recoleta Cemetery is also located in this area, so there’s plenty to see and do all around.

BOOKING

We booked with Hyatt Cash+Points for $125 + 10,000 points per night. Cash rates are easily in the $500+ range, so it makes redeeming points a very attractive offer.

We used a Suite Night Award and were booked into a “Park Suite King” and “59 to 72 sqm: Sitting area: Shower and bathtub: Flat TV: DVD: Butler.”

CHECK-IN

When we were headed to the hotel from the domestic airport (Buenos Aires-AEP), the cab driver had never heard of the hotel– we had to show him name of hotel– but it wasn’t until he read the address that he finally had a general idea of where to take us. Then, he drove right past the entrance, but we said it was fine and just jumped out at the intersection. Walking up, the hotel staff obviously seemed a bit confused that we were arriving by (what looked to be) foot.

At check-in, she confirmed our stay and rate and said, “we have a great room for you in our historic building” — perfect. As it turns out, there are essentially 2 hotels in one: a newer building with many more rooms and the old, renovated “palace” or mansion, connected by a courtyard (and underground walkway).

underground walkway between the two buildings

ROOM

The room, a Park Suite on the Palace side, was very well appointed but somewhat small. In fact, I’m not sure that it could even qualify as a “suite” as it had no separate sitting area or room, just a bedroom with a very large bathroom. From what we’ve read online, the suites are much larger in the newer, more contemporary building, but we really liked the style, feel and decor of the Palace building with the very stately feel of the deep molding around the ceiling and the huge antique windows.

view from room window

Within a few hours of checking in, two of the “butlers” arrived with our welcome gift: a fruit tray with apples, some type of chocolate snack and a bottle of Malbec wine.

BATHROOM

The bathroom was huge- almost as big as the bedroom itself. There’s a bathtub in the main, open area with the sinks and then a closed-in shower and separate toilet area. Plenty of space for two people to get ready at the same time.

SERVICE

While we didn’t need anything special while we were there, we found the service at check-in, breakfast, etc. to be top-notch. They were very helpful if needed, and friendly- everything we’ve come to expect and appreciate in a Park Hyatt.

Welcome letter

PROPERTY

The historic property feels regal and luxurious and, for us, provided a comfortable [...]

Full guide for Vietnam visa in Novena – Singapore

by Hanh Pham @ Vietnam Visa in Singapore

Not too far from Singapore, Vietnam has long become a favorite destination of citizens and residents of Singapore in general and those in Novena in particular. Among several things to be prepared before the trip, Vietnam visa should be on the top of priority. To deal with this issue, we should answer two questions, consisting of: […]

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Discovering Sapa: A Comprehensive Guide to Visiting Vietnam’s Northern Hill Station

by Juliana Hahn @ The Christina's Blog

Sapa is famous for its beautiful landscapes full of verdant rice paddies, rolling hills, Vietnam’s highest mountain, and hidden trails in overgrown valleys. While the idea of coming here for a trek far off from the noise and pollution of the big cities inspires wanderlust, organizing it all can be a bit daunting, especially for […]

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Vietnam visa requirement for Nigerian - Vietnam e-visa & Visa On Arrival | Only From 8$

Vietnam visa requirement for Nigerian - Vietnam e-visa & Visa On Arrival | Only From 8$


Vietnam e-visa & Visa On Arrival | Only From 8$

Do Nigerian passport holders need to apply visa for entering Vietnam ? Nigeria passport holders the same as most nations in the Africa need applying visa to Vietnam. People can apply for Vietnam evisa (also called Vietnam visa on arrival) with the Vietnam Immigration Department. Vietnam Immigration Department is the second government organization beside Vietnam Ministry... read more »

Lufthansa A350 Business Class – Munich-MUC to Delhi-DEL LH 762

by jeffrey @ Weekend Blitz

After touching down a bit late from our inbound flight from Charlotte, we scurried from Terminal H to L by taking a short train. We were assigned gate L13 and, fortunately, the Lufthansa Lounge was directly across the hall. This allowed us about 45 mins to get showers and freshen up for the next 7-8 hour flight.

BOOKING

We booked this flight using United MileagePlus Miles. We spent a total of 90,000 miles each for the Business Class award, including:

Lufthansa Business Class Charlotte-CLT to Munich-MUC Lufthansa Business Class Munich-MUC to Delhi-DEL Air India Business Class Delhi-DEL to Colombo-CMB United Economy Class Charleston-CHS to Newark-EWR

We purposely switched our flights around to have the opportunity to fly Lufthansa’s first A350 since it was a bit of a novelty and was still basically brand new.

CHECK-IN

Although most of the check-in was performed in Charlotte-CLT the day before, the gate agent was checking visas before boarding and marking boarding passes to help speed up the process later.

Boarding and visa check prior to boarding

LH D-AIXA waiting at the gate

BOARDING

Boarding was, as I’m sure we’ll be used to soon once in India, disorganized and very pushy. Quite crazy that people are in such a hurry to get on a plane that isn’t going to leave anyone behind.

Instead of breaking the boarding up by class or zone, they had priority boarding of wheelchairs and babies. But, that’s all the announcements they seemed to make as business class travelers just sort of started going through. Then, people were jumping lines; it was confusing and we didn’t know what to do next. Plus, while the priority boarders were still waiting on the elevator to take them downstairs, the business class travelers were streaming past them to get to the stairs….beating the priority boarders onto the plane. A bit odd…especially since this was Lufthansa.

Business Class boarding area, the calm before the storm of pushy people

Once past the gates, the jet bridge had 2 boarding doors, one for Economy and another for just Business Class (well also for First but the A350 is 3 cabin, not 4).

Rounding the corner, we found the bright, new and clean cabin:

Right after boarding we were offered a welcome drink:

SEAT

We quickly got situated into seats 5A and 5C.

The seats on this A350 are nothing new; it’s the same exact Business Class seat you’ll find on their A330s, A340s, A380s, 747-8s, etc.

It is, by all means, a great product, but it is quickly getting outdated as many other airlines have already switched to an all-aisle access Business Class cabin– that is to say: 1 x 2 x 1 as a seating configuration. Lufthansa, by contrast, has installed their standard (and relatively new) 2 x 2 x 2 seating configuration on this brand new plane.

Here’s the seating chart from Lufthansa’s A350s:

The Business class section (split up by a galley and lavatories) has 8 rows x 6 seats for a total of 48 seats.

And, here’s the seating chart for a bunch of other airlines that have received the A350; all of their cabins feature the 1-2-1 [...]

Guide to Complete Online Application for Vietnam Visa for South Africans

by Hanh Pham @ vietnam-visa.co.za

All South Africans can obtain a Visa on arrival to Vietnam if they get into the country by air. So, how does the online application form look like? How to provide information? What information to provide? What information to provide? Following is the complete guide to do so.

Vietnam Travel Guide – Is Vietnam expensive for Indian citizens to explore?

by Hanh Pham @ Vietnam visa for Indian citizens | Vietnamvisa.org.in

Kindly read more on this article to estimate quickly your budget when staying in Vietnam, including visa fee, accomodation fee, foods & drinks fee, etc.

Why Otres Village is Sihanoukville’s new foodie hotspot

by Cassie @ Move to Cambodia

Once a peaceful river retreat between rice paddies, Sihanoukville’s Otres Village has quickly evolved into one of Cambodia’s coolest and most vibrant destinations. A short walk from Otres Beach, the village is home to locals, expats and tourists alike, offering … Continue reading

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Middle East & North Africa tourism consolidates recovery

by Jessica Naval @ PATA

MADRID, January 19, 2018 — International tourism in the Middle East and North Africa showed clear signs of recovery in 2017 with… Read More   

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Wide options for Vietnam visa for US available again

by Hanh Pham @ Vietnam Visa in Singapore

It is great that from December 15, 2016, US passport holders in general and those in Singapore in particular can apply again for other types of Vietnam visa.

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Aerolíneas Argentinas AR 1413 Mendoza-MDZ to Buenos Aires-AEP

by jeffrey @ Weekend Blitz

Aerolíneas Argentinas Flight # AR 1413 Mendoza-MDZ to Buenos Aires-AEP Dept 11:25 am Arrv 1:01 pm

Mendoza is quite a small, mostly domestic, airport. They have a few international flights, but mainly just to Santiago, Chile-SCL, just on the other side of the mountains. Our hotel advised us that arriving appx 1 hour before departure is more than enough time to check-in with bags when traveling to Buenos Aires.

BOOKING

We booked this segment as part of a larger Delta SkyMiles award ticket. Finding and adding Aerolíneas Argentinas award space to a Delta award reservation can be a bit tricky, so check out our guides here: Booking an Awesome Argentina Itinerary with Delta SkyMiles + Other SkyTeam Partners and All about our South American trip to Chile and Argentina: Santiago, Mendoza and Buenos Aires.

CHECK-IN

We arrived right at 10:25 am, one hour in advance, and made our way up to the Aerolíneas Argentinas check-in counter. There were only about 3 people in line with plenty of agents available to help. We handed over our passports and checked our 3 bags without any trouble.

BOARDING

There seem to be very few gates and waiting areas, so they had us wait until the small post-security gate was clear. Once we got on the other side of security, the waiting area was virtually empty:

Boarding, from what I could gather, started with rows 22-15 and then everyone else. This makes total sense: let those in the very back board first which, in theory, should speed up the boarding process.

SEAT

Our aircraft was a Boeing 737-700, in a 3 x 3 configuration with appx 22 rows of 6 across in economy + a 1st class cabin with 2 rows of 2 x 2:

We made it to our seats near the back of the plane:

The plane is noticeably older but still in fine shape with cloth seats. The pitch of the seats seemed quite small. It seemed like tighter legroom than most domestic Delta flights, probably more in line with AirAsia or Spirit Airlines.

The plane was only about 1/2 to 2/3 full with lots of empty seats. This might explain why they had already canceled a few of the flights before us in the morning: cancel one and just move those passengers to the later flight.

Seated by the window and ready to take off!

After a quick safety demonstration, we were airborne!

MEAL SERVICE

The drink and snack service was started promptly upon reaching cruising altitude so as to try and serve everyone on the relatively short flight.

While no choice was given, we were handed snack boxes with mini alfajores, cheese crackers, and another small pastry.

If nothing else, the boxes were cool and celebrated the history of flight and the airline

After a short flight, we began our descent into Buenos Aires.

Touchdown at Aeroparque Jorge Newbery, Buenos Aires!

After deplaning, we rushed off to baggage claim and then into the city to start our few days in Buenos Aires!

 

Visiting Saigon During TET – 2017

by Sharyn @ Ho Chi Minh City Highlights

TET or Lunar New Year occurs at the end of January in 2017. The lead up to the Year of the Rooster will be very festive, but during the actual holiday period, the atmosphere around the country will change completely. The...

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8 Best Places to Visit in Madhya Pradesh – the Heart of India

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The Best Places to Visit in Madhya Pradesh – the Heart of India You may not have heard of Madhya Pradesh in Central India...

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10 Things To Do In Hanoi Vietnam

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Known as the Paris of Asia, Hanoi beckons to millions of tourists each year to Vietnam thanks to its thriving arts scene, colonial architecture, museums, shopping districts, and the scenic natural beauty of over 20 lakes, pagodas, and over 50 Buddhist temples. Hanoi, the capitol of Vietnam, was ranked in the 2015 Traveler’s Choice Awards™ […]

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All-You-Need-to-Know about Vietnam Visa - The Christina's Blog

All-You-Need-to-Know about Vietnam Visa - The Christina's Blog


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Interested in traveling to Vietnam for tourist or business purposes? This is a complete guide for you in order to ease your process of getting Vietnam Visa.

Conquering Mount Fansipan the Right Way (Tallest Mountain in Vietnam)

by Anna Suszynski @ The Christina's Blog

Mount Fansipan is the highest mountain in Vietnam and Indochina peninsula, located in the Hoang Lien Son mountain range. It was once only visited by adventure seekers fit enough to make the strenuous hike, but now this mountain offers a few different experiences for all types of travelers. Regardless of the new tram that brings […]

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US Passport Book vs US Passport Card

by usvisaco @ US Visa Connection

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How to apply for a Vietnam Visa for Indian Citizens

How to apply for a Vietnam Visa for Indian Citizens


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How to apply for a Vietnam Visa for Indian Citizens Vietnam is a beautiful country full of gorgeous nature and a fascinating history and

12 Incredible Palaces and Heritage Hotels in India (for all budgets)

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12 of the Best Palaces and Heritage Hotels in India  India has an incredibly long and rich history and one of the highlights of a trip...

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10 Amazing Private Luxury Villas for Rent in Goa

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The best private luxury villas for rent in Goa Whether you’ve visited Goa  10 times or if it’s your first time, instead of staying in hotel...

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Vietnam Visa Online - Vietnam Visa On Arrival Services With 24/7 Support

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Vietnam visa on arrival is available for 192+ nations! Get visa for Vietnam: online visa, tourist visa, business visa, E visa to Vietnam with GREENVISA.IO

Columbus Day Holiday Closings

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Famous as the backdrop for the 2003 movie Under The Tuscan Sun, Cortona is a stunning medieval town perched above the surrounding countryside View from Cortona, Italy 11 June 2013, 2 Years Ago This Week: Despite the vast amount of information about every conceivable travel destination available, I still find myself occasionally stumbling upon places […]

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Is Chilean citizen exempted from Vietnam Visa?

by Hanh Pham @ VIETNAM EMBASSIES INFORMATION

This post will tell you exactly whether a Vietnam visa is required for Chilean passport holders. Also, this post introduces 2 way to apply for a legitimate Vietnam visa for Chilean citizens.

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Does French need a visa to Vietnam?

by Hanh Pham @ VIETNAM EMBASSIES INFORMATION

The post reveals when French citizens have to apply a visa to Vietnam & 2 ways to get Vietnam Visa from France. Click for full details.

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International Gastronomy Forum opens in Macao bringing together UNESCO Creative Cities to discuss “The Potential of Gastronomy”

by Jessica Naval @ PATA

MACAO, January 18, 2018 — The “International Gastronomy Forum, Macao 2018” opened today (January 18) in a ceremony presided by the Secretary… Read More   

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2 ways to get Vietnam visa in Delhi, India

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At the moment, there are up to 2 ways to get a Vietnam visa in Delhi India. Figure out them here, what they are and which is the best.

All legitimate ways to get Vietnam Visa for Czech citizens

by Phuong Nguyen @ Vietnam-Visa.com: Vietnam Visa on Arrival

A Visa to Vietnam is required for citizens of Czech Republic. This post will introduce you concisely 3 ways to apply for Vietnam Visa for Czech citizens, including Vietnam Embassy Visa, Vietnam Visa On Arrival and Vietnamese E-visa.

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Kirirom National Park: Pine trees, fresh air, and dinosaurs

by Pete Ford @ Move to Cambodia

The most southerly point of the Cardamom Mountain range, Kirirom National Park rises from the flat rice fields and mango plantations, and the natural beauty found its pine trees, mountain lakes, wildflowers, and seemingly endless vistas make the journey to … Continue reading

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12 Years Of Travel: Newquay Cliffs, Cornwall, UK

by Chris Mitchell @ Travel Happy

Famous for its burgeoning surfing scene, Newquay also has some stunningly beautiful scenic walks along its cliffs too. Newquay Cliffs, Cornwall 21 May 2013, 2 Years Ago This Week: Less than fifty miles from where I grew up, I’d never been to Newquay until this visit to see a friend who I’d first met in […]

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District Eight’s Marcus Loke’s Life In Furniture Production

by David Kaye @ Vietcetera

Marcus Loke is the production manager at District Eight. Like many of us, he found his vocation by chance. Disappointed by his high school exams, Marcus set off on his bike to the industrial zone near the edge of his hometown in the north of Malaysia to look for work. That journey led to a […]

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The Best Backpacker Hostels in Thailand (Recommended by Travel Bloggers)

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The Best Backpacker Hostels in Thailand (Recommended by Travel Bloggers) Thailand is an amazing place for backpacking, in my opinion it’s probably the best...

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Two Days in Hanoi – How to Make the Most of It

by Juliana Hahn @ The Christina's Blog

Small alleys crammed with food stalls, delicious smells filling the air of the quaint Old Town streets and imposing monuments honoring Vietnam’s rich and turbulent history— all that and more is Hanoi. If you are planning a short trip here and want to see all the main attractions, this two-day itinerary of the capital is […]

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Getting Vietnam visa for Indians traveling to to Vietnam by bus

by Hanh Pham @ Vietnam visa for Indian citizens | Vietnamvisa.org.in

In case Indian travelers to Vietnam by bus, there is only one option for them to obtain the visa for Vietnam which is to obtain it via Vietnam embassy. It can be Vietnam embassy in India or in any country before Vietnam.

Vietnam in spring – Best places to go

by Phuong Nguyen @ Vietnam-Visa.com: Vietnam Visa on Arrival

You will never regret when visiting Vietnam in spring! If you wonder which places are the most beautiful in our country during this season, don't hesitate to collect all information in this article.

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How Much Money Do I Need For Hong Kong?

by Guest Travel Writer @ Travel Happy

Hong Kong has it all – heavenly food, high-octane nightlife, striking architecture and top shopping all laced with heaps of culture and tradition. There are plenty of ways to spend a fortune, but Lee Cobaj explains how Hong Kong doesn’t have to be prohibitively expensive Hong Kong © barbara-pictures Compared to its SE Asian neighbours, […]

Initiatives from Portugal, Spain, India and Indonesia winners of UNWTO Awards for Innovation in Tourism

by Jessica Naval @ PATA

MADRID, January 18, 2018 — Turismo de Portugal I.P (Portugal), Ecotourism Trust (India), Tryponyu (Indonesia) and SEGGITUR (Spain) are the winners… Read More   

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Full Guide for Vietnam visa in Cape Town

by Hanh Pham @ vietnam-visa.co.za

Vietnam visa in Cape Town, South Africa. Are you looking for such issue? Do you want to know whether you need a visa to Vietnam or not and how to obtain a visa from this place. Let’s read through this post which will give you the answers.

Guide for Vietnam Visa Application through Vietnam Embassy in Ireland

by Hanh Pham @ VIETNAM EMBASSIES INFORMATION

What are traditional ways to apply Vietnam Visa? Can these methods be applied in Ireland? What if I want to apply via Vietnam Embassy in Ireland?

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Portugal – a destination for digital nomads all over the world

by Hoa Nguyen @ Vietnam-Visa.com: Vietnam Visa on Arrival

Portugal has unique surprises and treasures that are waiting to be discovered at the moment and is also an ideal country for digital entrepreneurs and nomads.

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Vietnam Tourist Visa Requirements

Vietnam Tourist Visa Requirements


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Many countries still require a Vietnam tourist visa to enter the country. Luckily with the Visa on Arrival process it's easier than ever to get.

Vietnam Visa guide for Brazilians

by Hanh Pham @ VIETNAM EMBASSIES INFORMATION

Brazilian passport holders can either get visa at Vietnam Embassy or apply for Vietnam visa on arrival before entering Vietnam.

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Advantages & disadvantages of 3 main legal ways to obtain Vietnam Visa

by Hanh Pham @ VIETNAM EMBASSIES INFORMATION

Vietnamese visa is one of important kind of travel documents issued by Vietnamese competent authorities. It allows foreigners to enter Vietnam. There are three legal ways to get a visa to Vietnam and each of which has its own advantages and disadvantages.

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Patriots Day: Remember, Reflect, & Honor

by usvisaco @ US Visa Connection

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Speed POS: Diagnostic Data For Reactive Restaurateurs

by Jake Hornberger @ Vietcetera

In 1883, Dayton, Ohio restaurateur James Ritty was growing frustrated at his staff. Cash kept going missing and customers thought he was overcharging them. In response, he invented the first ever “incorruptible cashier” or mechanical cash register. It could calculate the total price of each bill, keep a log of each day’s total sales, and […]

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Top 10 Sights In Hoi An Vietnam

by Kristin Cooke @ Vietnam Visa » Vietnam Visa

The historic city of Hoi An is on the central coast of Vietnam and was a major international trading port up until the 19th century. Hoi An has much to offer for tourists: excellent cuisine, ancient ruins, sandy beaches, great shopping, and enough historic buildings to make it a UNESCO World Heritage site. It’s one of the […]

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6 Historic Attractions In Hue Vietnam

by Kristin Cooke @ Vietnam Visa » Vietnam Visa

In the culturally rich city of Hue, Vietnam, you can explore many UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including The Forbidden City, 7 Royal Tombs, and many pagodas. Affordable hotels and savory cuisine beckon visitors year round. Countryside bike tours and river boat tours are also enjoyable ways to explore this scenic area. Hotels are located in the […]

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Suspension of Turkey Visa Services

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Best Things To See In Ha Long Bay Vietnam

by Kristin Cooke @ Vietnam Visa » Vietnam Visa

Ha Long Bay is the most popular travel destination in Vietnam, and just glancing at a friend’s travel photos will show you why. The emerald-green waters, verdant mountains, grottoes, and spectacular limestone islands sprinkled throughout the bay beckon tourists from all over the world. In this UNESCO World Heritage Site, there are so many ways […]

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The Best Yoga Teacher Training and Yoga Retreats in Goa

by Anna @ Global Gallivanting Travel Blog

The Best Yoga Retreats in Goa and Places for Yoga Teacher Training in Goa. When I first came to India learning yoga was on very...

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All you need to know about Vietnam tourist visa for Fillipino

by Hanh Pham @ Vietnam Visa in Singapore

At present, there are 2 ways to apply for Vietnam Tourist Visa for Filipnino citizens: Vietnam visa at Embassy or Vietnam visa on arrival.

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Short & long-term Vietnam Business Visa for Indian citizens

by Hanh Pham @ vietnam-visa.co.za

Every Indian passport holder is obliged to apply for Vietnam visa before entering this country for any purposes. For those who want to work or start business in Vietnam, owning a Vietnam business visa can also mean that you don’t have to apply for work permit, which is more time-consuming and intriguing.

A Backpacker’s Travel Guide to The Philippines

by Anna @ Global Gallivanting Travel Blog

A Backpacker’s Travel Guide to the Philippines Guest Post by John from PreTravels.com The Philippines is a beautiful country made up of over 7000 islands...

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How to get from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap (and vice versa)

by Lina @ Move to Cambodia

These days, there are a couple of easy ways to go from Phnom Penh and Siem Reap and from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh including bus, boat, plane, taxi, and mini-bus. There are options to fit every budget, but some … Continue reading

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Get Off the Beaten Track in Hue, Vietnam

by Phuong Thuy @ The Christina's Blog

Located on the bank of Perfume River, this city is the capital of Thua Thien Hue province, 700 kilometers to the south of Hanoi. Although you can visit Hue at any time of the year, the most charming season is surely from March to August, especially March through April when the temperature is at its […]

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PATA and AppNexus sign preferred partnership agreement

by Jessica Naval @ PATA

BANGKOK, January 22, 2018 – The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) and AppNexus, the world’s leading independent advertising technology company, today announced a… Read More   

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Singaporean and Cambodia to stay in Vietnam for 3 months

by Hanh Pham @ Vietnam Visa in Singapore

The best option regarding Vietnam visa for Singaporean and Cambodia to stay in Vietnam for more than 30 days. Read more here.

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Socially Responsible Travel in Hanoi (Travel and Give Back to the Community)

by Phuc Nguyen @ The Christina's Blog

The phrase “socially responsible travel” is a new trend followed by travelers all over the world, in the context that traveling and experiencing new cultures is popular nowadays. Hanoi, renown for the chaotic Old Quarter, many little temples, Dong Xuan Market that sells household goods and street food, already has so much to offer. However, […]

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6 Things we Learned Traveling Around the World by Bicycle

by Anna @ Global Gallivanting Travel Blog

6 Things we Learned Traveling Around the World by Bicycle Guest Post by Daniele Giannotta and Elena Stefanin from Cycloscope.net a blog about bicycle touring and...

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What should New Zealanders bring to Vietnam?

by Hanh Pham @ VIETNAM EMBASSIES INFORMATION

Some useful information about essential items that New Zealanders should prepare when travelling Vietnam. Click for full details!

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2 working hours to get Vietnam visa approval letter for South African

by Hanh Pham @ vietnam-visa.co.za

It is great news for all South African citizens traveling to Vietnam in urgent plan and has no visa yet as they now can obtain an visa approval letter for their visa on arrival within 2 hours. So, no need to worry any more.

Does Singaporeans Need Visa to Vietnam?

by Hanh Pham @ Vietnam Visa in Singapore

Vietnam visa is needed for Singaporean. Fortunately, a Vietnam tourist visa is not required for Singaporeans for their stay of up to 30 days in Vietnam.

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Visa cost between VOA Vietnam and Vietnam Embassy Visa

by Hanh Pham @ Vietnam visa for Indian citizens | Vietnamvisa.org.in

With the development of life, tourism has become a necessity for everyone, nowadays foreign travel is no longer too difficult, all procedures become easier, cost is also cheaper than. The demand for Visa and Passport also increases accordingly. So what is visa? How much is it and how can you save money as applying visa? In this post, we will propose the comparison cost between VOA (Visa on arrival) and embassy visa.

How long does it take to complete visa procedure at Vietnam airport

by Hanh Pham @ vietnam-visa.co.za

Hi there, thanks for your great work. I’ve got my visa approval letter as per your guarantee. But, I heard from some others that the process to get visa stamped at airport in Vietnam may takes long. Please advise.

Irma Update

by usvisaco @ US Visa Connection

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Friendly South-East Asian destinations for Indian

by Phuong Nguyen @ Vietnam-Visa.com: Vietnam Visa on Arrival

Here are list of beautiful Southeast Asian places which having friendly visa policy for Indian citizens. Easy to read and prepare for your next trip!

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Copper Cow Coffee: Vietnamese Pour-Over Goes Global

by David Kaye @ Vietcetera

Like her Copper Cow Coffee, Debbie Wei Mullan is a mix of Asian and American. She was raised in San Francisco by her Chinese-Vietnamese mother and American father, and although they assimilated into American culture, growing up, her mom’s kitchen was filled with the pungent aromas and intense flavors of Vietnamese and Chinese home-cooking. That […]

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Estimated costs for a Vietnam trip for US citizens

by Hanh Pham @ VIETNAM EMBASSIES INFORMATION

Let’s see how to estimate costs for Vietnam trip as follow criteria, including notes on visa, accomodation, transportation & food. Click for full details.

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Back To Black With Phuc Van Dang

by Vietcetera @ Vietcetera

[Article] Read the full story of Phuc Van Dang here

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Vietnam e-visa for Singaporeans

by Hanh Pham @ Vietnam Visa in Singapore

Hi there. I have ever heard about Vietnam e-visa and I see it rather cheap and convenient. Please let us know whether I can apply for such kind of visa. I'm Singaporeans. Michelle.

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A Thrilling Hai Van Pass Adventure With Onetrip

by Phuc Nguyen @ The Christina's Blog

Vietnam is a fabulous country that sings harmonies of the wild jungle and the people that venture through it. That is a destination that you must visit at least once in your life if you seek adventure. One of the most desired places to stay in Vietnam for both foreigners and locals alike is Da […]

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Singapore Airlines partners LASALLE College of the Arts to design SIA Innovation Lab

by Jessica Naval @ PATA

SINGAPORE, January 18, 2018 — Singapore Airlines (SIA) today announced a partnership with LASALLE College of the Arts under which LASALLE… Read More   

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Photo Gallery: Charleston, SC Snowmageddon / Snowpocalypse 2018

by jeffrey @ Weekend Blitz

Charleston, South Carolina got around 5-6" of snow on January 4, 2018. Here are a few pictures and videos of what it looked like:

Planning A Trip To Vietnam

by Cassandra Caballero Legge @ Vietnam Visa » Vietnam Visa

The country of Vietnam curls around the countries of Laos and Cambodia like a long comma on the Indochinese Peninsula, snugged up on the east against the South China Sea, and bordered on the north by China. The two most famous cities, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, are located on opposite ends of the […]

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12 Years Of Travel: Thames Barrier, Greenwich, London

by Chris Mitchell @ Travel Happy

London is steeped in history, but it’s also shaping the future of how we control the landscape Thames Barrier, Greenwich, London 10 June 2012, 3 Years Ago This Week: I spent a few days in Greenwich for my 40th birthday – it seemed appropriate to go back to the Source Of All Time as I […]

Vietnam Changes Visa Requirements for US Travelers

Vietnam Changes Visa Requirements for US Travelers


The Points Guy

Vietnam announced that it's changing its visa requirement for US-based travelers. Only one visa is needed for the entire year.

How to Get your Vietnam Tourist Visa » A guide for Vietnam Visa on Arrival - Love & Road

How to Get your Vietnam Tourist Visa » A guide for Vietnam Visa on Arrival - Love & Road


Love & Road

An easy guide about how to get the Vietnam tourist visa. The visa requirements, forms, visa fees and how to apply online for the Vietnam Visa on Arrival.

Bonsai Saigon River Cruise – Resurrection!

by Sharyn @ Ho Chi Minh City Highlights

Bonsai is Back!!! It’s my great pleasure to announce that as of April 2017, Bonsai Dinner Cruises has a brand new boat, “The Bonsai Legacy,” and is re-open for business. I often get queries from my readers about which night...

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How to get a visa for Vietnam in Cambodia

How to get a visa for Vietnam in Cambodia


Move to Cambodia

If you're headed to Vietnam after Cambodia, we've got the low-down on the best way to get a Vietnam visa while you are here (hint: don't go to the embassy).

Travel To Dalat: The Ultimate Guide To A Weekend Getaway

by Jake Hornberger @ Vietcetera

Dalat is one of the most famous destinations in Vietnam—and for good reason. From its gorgeous waterfalls, traditional silk factories, and buzzing night market, to its small batch coffee farms, Dalat makes for an ideal getaway from the major cities. In order to make your great escape a bit easier, Vietcetera popped over to the […]

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Vietnam visa cost in December 2016

by Hanh Pham @ Vietnam visa for Indian citizens | Vietnamvisa.org.in

Hello, I would like to know the price for a visa multi entry 90 days to Vietnam. How much should I put on the check to the Embassy ( visa + postal fees) ? I'm Indian. Thank you for the answer.

Getting Around in Hue, Vietnam

by Phuc Nguyen @ The Christina's Blog

Hue is the famous Imperial city of Central Vietnam, the throne of the Nguyen Dynasty from 1802 to 1945. Old and tranquil, Hue is frozen in time, standing amongst the remnants of a once glorious Asian empire. Because of this, getting around Hue is intriguing with many options available, and sights to see. A major […]

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Are you a U.S. Citizen traveling to Vietnam? | U.S. Embassy & Consulate in Vietnam

Are you a U.S. Citizen traveling to Vietnam? | U.S. Embassy & Consulate in Vietnam


U.S. Embassy & Consulate in Vietnam

You may obtain a Vietnamese visa in three ways:  (1) in advance from a Vietnamese consulate or Embassy; (2) a Vietnamese single-entry e-visa at the website of Vietnam Immigration Department (please view our E-visa Application Steps for more instructions); (3) or you may obtain a written approval letter for a visa upon arrival.  To obtain a written approval letter, you must ...

12 Years Of Travel: Jawfish With Eggs, Derawan, Indonesia

by Chris Mitchell @ Travel Happy

Indonesian Borneo has several islands with some great scuba diving – there are plenty of surprises waiting underwater Jawfish with eggs, Borneo 2 June 2010, 5 Years Ago This Week: Jawfish are one of my favourite sea creatures – they live in vertical tunnels dug in the sand and peer out over the top with […]

Traveling to Vietnam and Need a Tourist Visa? Read This First

Traveling to Vietnam and Need a Tourist Visa? Read This First


Travel Codex

*UPDATE 2/16/17* Vietnam recently introduced an e-Visa system for U.S. citizens. The process for obtaining a 30 day, single-entry visa is much easier and cheaper now. Click here for more information on how to obtain

Singapore City Tour during a 10-Hour Layover

by mccown @ Weekend Blitz

After flying in on Singapore Airlines from Jakarta (Singapore Airlines B777-200 First Class Jakarta-CGK to Singapore-SIN (SQ 953)), we were faced with a 10-hour layover in Singapore and, because we’ve never visited the city before, we took advantage of the layover and popped out of the airport (as impressive as it was) to see as much as we could in the short time.

Because Singapore is a hub, they’ve made sightseeing during a layover very easy! The airport offers free two-hour tours but, since we had more time than that, we opted to DIY and head out on the hop-on, hop-off bus. This gave us the freedom to do things on our own time and see more than the 2-hour free tour, plus Singapore Airlines/Silk Air boarding pass holders receive a 50% discount on bus tickets! We purchased adult tickets for just $19.50 SGD (roughly $14 USD) each once we hopped on a bus.

We knew that our luggage was checked through to our next destination, so we only had our carry-ons. We opted to store most of what we were carrying so we’d have less things to lug around with us all day and found the baggage storage at the airport to be more than adequate. Plus, there’s a storage area in all three terminals, so it’s very convenient no matter where you’re flying in/out (and pretty cheap for just carry-ons since they charge by weight).

Once we were free of everything but the day’s essentials, we headed through customs and right to the metro stop inside the airport (the metro leaves from Terminals 2 and 3).

It takes about an hour to get into the city center from the airport, so be sure to factor traveling time in your layover plan. We got off the metro at City Hall and walked to the nearby bus stop: aptly named City Hall, too.

Once on the Red Line bus, we decided to stay aboard until we found stops that we wanted to explore more, knowing that we’d get to see more stops if we stayed on the bus longer. Here are the stops where we got off for a bit and explored on foot:

Chinatown: having never been to China, Singapore’s Chinatown was as close as we’d get for a while, we figured. It was pretty similar to other Chinatowns we’ve seen, but still very cool to see and different from the rest of the city.

Old Customs House (near the Raffles Hotel): The famous Singapore Sling cocktail was originally concocted at the Raffles Hotel. We headed to the Long Bar Steakhouse in the luxury hotel to try it from the original place. It’ll cost ya, though… just one drink costs close to $30 (!!) but it does come with all-you-can-eat peanuts.  🙂

Note: The Long Bar Steakhouse is closed for renovations with plans to re-open in mid-2018, but you can still try the Singapore Sling at the nearby Bar & Billiard Room.

The grounds of the Raffles Hotel make you feel like you’re in a time machine to the colonial era since it [...]

Brand Africa and biodiversity focus of the 9th edition of INVESTOUR

by Jessica Naval @ PATA

MADRID, January 18, 2018 — Nearly 30 African Tourism ministers convened at INVESTOUR to debate and exchange experiences on the development of the sector in the continent. This unique Tourism… Read More   

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No Vietnam Visa Required For Citizens Of Britain, Germany, France, Italy and Spain

by Chris Mitchell @ Travel Happy

From July 2015, you don’t need to apply for a visa to enter Vietnam if you’re a citizen from Britain, Germany, France, Italy and Spain Vietnam Embassy, Bangkok The Vietnamese government have announced a important change for Vietnam tourist visas – if you’re from Britain, Germany, France, Italy or Spain, you no longer need to […]

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