Nowadays, the rate of tourists coming to Vietnam has been rapidly increasing. This is an ideal country for traveler all over the world, so do ones from South Africa. How to travel from South Africa to Vietnam? What do South African citizens need to know before visiting Vietnam? Let’s find out the answer together.
First, how to get Vietnam visa for South African citizens?
If you are a South African citizen or currently in this country and want to visit Vietnam, you are required to get a valid Vietnam visa for your travel. There are two common ways to get the Visa. The first way is applying online or Vietnam visa on arrival. This way is often chosen by most of the citizens for its convenience, especially by those who live far away from Vietnam Embassies and do not wish to send their passports away via post. Vietnam Immigration Department will be the issuing unit if you apply Visa on arrival. For more specific details, you can visit: https://www.vietnam-visa.com/how-to-apply-vietnam-visa-in-south-africa/
Visitors from South African who have Vietnam tourist visa are required to enter Vietnam at any of the 05 international airports in Hanoi, Hai Phong, Da Nang, Khanh Hoa and Ho Chi Minh City because Visa on arrival is accepted if applicants travel to Vietnam by AIR only.
The other way is applying for entry from the Embassy of Vietnam. It is compulsory to submit your original passport together with your visa application. Your Vietnam Visa in this case will be issued by Embassy of Vietnam. You can see brief comparision between these 2 options via: https://www.vietnam-visa.com/compare-vietnam-visa-on-arrival-and-embassy-visa/
Second, how can South African travel from South Africa to Vietnam?
Thanks to some good-value regional air deals and the combination of Vietnam with other Southeast Asian countries, traveling is becoming increasingly popular, a lot cheaper and easier. However, there are no direct flights from South Africa to Vietnam. Cheap flights to Vietnam can be found throughout the year. Visitors from South Africa can book cheap flights to Vietnam with South African Airways, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines, Air Mauritius, or Kenya Airways. Depending on your personal preference and your budget, any one of these airlines can provide you with amazing deals. As far as onboard offerings (such as food and drinks) and entertainment go, South African Airways and Qatar Airways often offer the best benefits. As with all discount airlines, prices depend on availability. The cheapest flights to Vietnam are usually to Ho Chi Minh City or Hanoi.
The peak tourism season in Vietnam is during the summer, which runs from November through April. Most tourists tend to visit Vietnam at this time. Thus, you’ll have to book flight tickets to Vietnam well in advance if you plan on traveling here during this season.
From May to October is a season where Vietnam is on the receiving end of rainy weather. Tourist crowds thinning out and flight prices reduced slightly. This could be called the off season of Vietnam.
General speaking, to avoid the risk of paying extra for late bookings, try to make your cheap flight arrangements to Vietnam as far along in advance as possible. You’ll have a better shot at securing the best rates if you book your flight tickets and accommodation three or four months ahead of your intended travel time. Although you may find last-minute promotional fares, the earlier you book, the better seat will be given to you.
Last but not least, the information below is top places to visit in Vietnam.
There are ten suggested Vietnam destinations if you travel from South Africa to Vietnam:
1. Cu Chi Tunnels
Cu Chi Tunnels, Ho Chi Minh City were the site of several military campaigns during the Vietnam War; and in 1968 it was used as a base for operations. This tunnel has become a war memorial area and a tourist attraction to South Vietnam after the liberation of Saigon.
2. Ham Rong bridge
Being built on the Han River, Ham Rong Bridge, Da Nang has been known as the longest bridge simulated the shape of the Ly dynasty in Vietnam. Ham Rong brings a vibrant scene to the city for being illuminated by thousands of LED lights every night.
3. Linh Phuoc Pagoda
Linh Phuoc Pagoda, which is completed in 1952, is one of the most famous temples in Vietnam with a 37-meter long bell tower, the highest in the country. The walls, ceiling, pillars, decorative dragon, and phoenix of the Pagoda are the delicate mosaic of porcelain and glass.
4. Son Doong Cave
Son Doong is considered the largest cave in the world as a height of over 200m, 150m wide and 5km long. It is located in Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park, Quang Binh Province. This is certainly one of the most exciting adventures that visitors can experience in Southeast Asia.
5. Phu Quoc Island
Phu Quoc Island has attracted a lot of tourists for the recent years. It is Vietnam’s largest island, where you can enjoy many activities on the white sand beaches such as windsurfing, scuba diving and relaxing on the beach. Also, this is a place to watch a beautiful sunset.
6. Ha Long Bay
Located 170 km east of Hanoi, Ha Long Bay is considered to be one of the natural wonders of the world, this UNESCO World Heritage listed region is simply breathtaking. Coming to Ha Long, tourists can enjoy a cruise on a Junk and explore remote offshore islands, kayak and swim in the warm waters.
7. Hoi An ancient town
UNESCO listed Hoi An as a former merchant trading post, beautifully preserved the architecture, ancient cobbled streets, and picturesque riverside location. Today, Hoi An is included art stalls and markets, fabulous restaurants and cooking schools, moreover streets literally lined with tailor-shops, all catering for the town’s thriving tourist trade. Nevertheless, Hoi An still manages to retain its traditional character and charm and with pedestrian streets avoid the chaos of traffic, Hoi An’s quiet and relaxed pace of life adds to its effortless appeal.
8. My Son Sanctuary
My Son Sanctuary considered the longest archaeological site in Indochina has been largely destroyed by time and war. The holy spot- a UNESCO World Heritage Site – is set in the damp jungle and small creepers sprouting from the cracks of the architecture bring out its extraordinary beauty.
Sapa, which was created by the French in 1922, is located in northwestern Vietnam, near the Chinese border. It attracts many tourists by its majestic landscape with terraced rice fields and unique houses of ethnic minorities. Sapa is also famous for its cold weather with snow falling from the sky when it comes to winter.
10. Cai Rang Floating Market
Cai Rang floating market is one of the most famous destinations in Vietnam that you shouldn’t miss. Visitors can buy fruit or anything on many boats while experiencing the feeling of water float when purchasing things there.
To sum up, Vietnam is an amazing country to travel to. With the information provided above, you can learn more about Vietnam and what you should prepare before travelling from South Africa to Vietnam.