HAI PHONG, VIETNAM

Hai Phong is one of the most important cities of portal services in Vietnam; with the advantage of having deep-watered ports, maritime transport there is very developed. Hai Phong is also the 3rd largest city in Vietnam. The name means “coastal defense”. Hai Phong is also called “The City of the Red Flamboyant” because of having a lot of flamboyant trees planted in the city. The city shares the same border with Quang Ninh in the north, Hai Duong in the west, and with Thai Binh in the south.

Topography
In Hai Phong, hills account for 15%, mainly located in the north, forming a midland geological structure of plains along with hills alternately; southern terrain is low and flat, a typical delta sloping to the sea, with the elevations from 0.7 to 1.7 m above the sea level. The sea is bestowed with Cat Ba Island known as the pearl of Hai Phong, comprising of over 360 small and large islands adjacent to Ha Long Bay. Cat Ba Island is at an altitude of 200m above sea level, covering an area of about 100 km2, 30 nautical miles from the city centre.

Climate
Hai Phong features a humid subtropical climate, with hot, humid summers and warm, dry winters. The city is noticeably wetter from April through October. There is a noticeable difference in temperatures between the city’s winters and summers. Hai Phong’s coolest months, January and February, sees average high temperatures reach 20°C and average low temperatures at around 14oC. Its warmest months, June and July, sees average high temperatures hover around 33oC and average low temperatures at around 26°C. Sea temperatures range from a low of 21°C in February to a high of 30°C during the months of July and August.

Tourism
With the flourishing economy plus beautiful natural landscape, Hai Phong is not only an economic center but also a great tourist attraction. Staying at Hai Phong – the seaport city, visitors can enjoy many beauty spots (Cat Ba Island, Monkey Island, Do Son beach, etc.) as well as interesting festivals such as the buffalo fight festival. Besides, Hai Phong has many pagodas, temples, mausoleums and shrines namely Du Hang pagoda, Nghe temple, Hang Kenh communal house, etc.

Hai Phong lies on the tourism route: Hanoi – Hai Phong – Halong Bay, which is convenient for the city to develop tourism. Visiting Hai Phong, tourists will not only have opportunity to visit the well-known tourist attractions, but also take chance to enjoy the local seafood and specialties.

Hai Phong welcomes any tourists and it is becoming a great destination for relaxation and recreation after hard working days in noisy cities.

Transportation
Hai Phong is served by an important transportation network of sea routes, roads, railways, and airlines. Hai Phong is 102km from Hanoi. The National Highway No. 10 links Hai Phong to the provinces of Quang Ninh, Thai Binh and Thanh Hoa. In addition, there are connecting daily flights with Ho Chi Minh City, departed from Cat Bi Airport. Besides, daily ferries from the dock on Ben Binh St. for other destinations.The ferry runs from Haiphong to Cat Ba Island several times a day. The hydrofoil boats run between Hai Phong – Cat Ba and Hai Phong – Hon Gai.

DONG NAI, VIETNAM

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Dong Nai is located on the south of Vietnam. It is surrounded by Lam Dong in the north, Binh Thuan in the east, Ba Ria – Vung Tau in the south, Binh Duong, Binh Phuoc and Ho Chi Minh City in the west.

Topography
The topography of Dong Nai consists of plain and flat land with scattered mountains, gradually lower of height level in southwest direction, mainly form of plain, wave–shaped hills, low and relatively flat mountains.  The main kinds of land are bazan, alluvial soil. Therefore, it is good condition for industrial plants (rubber, coffee), and orchard.

Climate
Dong Nai lies in the monsoon tropical zone and is affected by the north-east and south-west monsoon. It is also put under the influence of Pacific Ocean tropic atmosphere between April and October. Climate is cloven in two distinct seasons. The rainy season lasts from March or April to November and the dry season from December to March or April of the following year. Average temperature goes between 24 – 29oC, much lower than standard level of the tropical regions (26 – 30oC). Dong Nai province’s weather with regular sunshine, rain and high humidity equally found in the localities facilitates agricultural production and development of industry and cultural and tourism activities.

Tourism
The local soil conditions are very suitable for the growth of cash crops and fruit trees.  The 100-km coastline in Dong Nai is a natural reserve for different kinds of seafood. In addition this coast is endowed with two beautiful beaches (Long Hai and Phuoc Hai beaches) which attract many swimmers and holiday makers.

Dong Nai is also a major industrial complex with about 100 major plants and enterprises. The province is easily accessible by land, river and sea routes.  It is endowed with many picturesque landscapes and tourist sites such as Tri An Water Fall, Cat Tien National Park and Tan Trieu Pomelo Village.

Tri An Waterfall in the Dong Nai river is 50 kilometers downstream from the capital township of Bien Hoa. The fall is 8 meters high and 30 meters wide. It offers a broad view of the magnificent natural surroundings. The bed of the fall is dotted with several islets and boulders.
Cat Tien is a primitive forest with an area of 3,500 hectares. The forest is a natural habitat and a diverse and rich bio mass. The forest is home to valuable and giant timber trees. It is also an ideal habitat for large wild animals such as elephants and bison and rhinoceros. What is attracting many archaeologists to the forest is that it still houses some valuable archeological relics. Cat Tien National Park is about 150 kilometers from Bien Hoa. Tan Trieu Pomelo Village, 25 kilometers from Bien Hoa, is reputed regionally for its many orchards of pomelo. Visitors to the village are likely to be offered several fruits to try for different taste that the several kinds of pomelo at Tan Trieu have to offer. The thanh tra pomelo is recognized easily for its mild sweetness and sour taste. Tan Trieu Pomelo Village is a very sought after in the domestic and foreign market.

The Cham and Khmer people who live in the province hold their own typical festivals: the Royal Haji ritual of the Cham people, and the Chol Chnam Thmay Festival of the Khmer.

Transportation
Bien Hoa City is 30km from Ho Chi Minh City, 1,684km from Hanoi following National Highway No.1A. It also is 278km from Dalat, 95km from Vung Tau, 198km from Can Tho.

VISA PROCEDURE

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Most visitors to Vietnam require a visa to enter the country. Visas are exempted for the citizens of the countries listed below:

  • Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Cambodia and Laos (30 day visa).
  • Brunei, Myanmar (14 day visa).
  • Philippines (21 day visa).
  • Japan, South Korea, Sweden, Norway, Russia, Denmark and Finland (15 day visa; required to hold a passport valid for at least 6 months on arrival and also must make 30 day pause between two arrivals)
  • United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy and Spain (15 day visa)
  • Belarus (15 day visa. This visa waiver is valid until 30 June 2020).
  • Kyrgyzstan (30 day visa).
  • Chilean citizens holding valid diplomatic passports are exempt from visa requirements (90 days).
  • Citizens of China, Cuba and North Korea holding normal passports endorsed “for public affairs” do not require a visa for Vietnam.
  • APEC Business Travel Card (ABTC) Holders from Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) member economies are exempted to stay within 60 days without visa.

Vietnam’s visa waiver policy is eligible for passport holders of Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Japan, Russia, South Korea, UK, France, Germany, Italia, Spain. Accordingly, those come from these countries are currently allowed to stay in Vietnam for only 15 days per visit and wait for at least 30 days if you want to apply for the next entry.

So in case citizen from those countries (Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Japan, Russia, South Korea, UK, France, Germany, Italia and Spain) wants to stay in Vietnam for more than 15 days or entry Vietnam more than once in less than 30 days, you should apply for single entry visa 30 days valid or multiple entry visas as other.Visa Approval Letter processing fee:

  • One-month Single-entry Visa: 15 USD.
  • One-month Multiple-entry Visa: 30 USD.

Note: The above rate does not cover the Visa Stamp Fee, which must be paid at the arrival airport to immigration officers: 25 USD Single Entry or 50 USD Multiple Entry.

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