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A guide to understand and visit Silver Pagoda Phnom Penh https://www.indochinavoyages.com/travel-blog/silver-pagoda-phnom-penh-cambodia

Southeast Asia is an emerging tourism industry, therefore, countries there are welcoming more and more foreign visitors. Not only do travelers relax and entertain but they also come there in order to discover the culture, religion and tradition. To plan your Indochina tours, Cambodia is a country which worth exploring. If you want to dig into the religion especially Buddhism, you should never miss Silver Pagoda in Phnom Penh. This article would provide you with a basic guide about the destination.

History of Silver Pagoda Phnom Penh

Silver Pagoda is located in the south position of Royal Palace, Phnom Penh. The official name of the pagoda is Wat Ubaosoth Ratanaram which means Temple of the Emerald Crystal of Buddha; but people usually call Wat Preah Keo for short. The pagoda used to be a place where the King worshiped, prayed and practiced every Buddhist Silas Day. Besides, Buddhist ceremonies were also held by royal family. It was originally a wooden construction in 1892 under King Norodom. After 11 years, the opening ceremony was held, in other words, it was called Banchos Khan Seima ceremony. 

 

Silver Pagoda

A corner of Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda

Later, the temple underwent through a serious damage and Queen Kosamak Neary Rath asked for the repair. Then the pagoda was dismantled and rebuilt in 1962 in the same site with reinforced concrete under the lead of Samdach Preah Norodom Sihanouk; who was the Queen’s son as well as the head of the state at that time. In the reconstruction, the structure was remained; yet the floor was laid with silver titles and the columns were covered with glass stone. It is the fact that 5,329 silver titles were used to cover the floor, then it is called Silver Pagoda like today. 

Silver Pagoda travel guide

Not only is the pagoda covered with more than 5,000 silver titles but the staircase leading to the pagoda is made of Italian marble, with the temple home to a life-sized gold Buddha dripping with 2,086 diamonds. The largest is said to weigh a 25 carats. Moreover, there are about 1,650 art objects which are mainly Buddha figures inside the temple. They are made of gold, silver, bronze and other valuable materials. These statues are gifts from the King, the royal family, dignitaries and other people worshiping at Preah Vihear Keo Morakot where they pray for peace and prosperity, for happiness and the preservation of Cambodian cultural heritage for the next generation. 

Objects of particular interest in the Preah Vihear Keo Morakot include the Preah Keo Morakot and the Emerald Buddha which sits atop throne in the center of the temple. Statues in other cabinets are the keepsakes and decorated objects for royal and Buddha ceremonies. The surrounding of Silver Pagoda also impresses you with lofty gallery. The wall of the gallery is hang with traditional paintings of the entire Ream Ke epic. It is said that these paintings were done by 40 Cambodian artists between 1903 and 1904. The 642-meter-long Ream Ke painting starts from the south of the eastern gallery and run around the gallery. Therefore, visitors have to walk in a circle so as to understand the historical stories.

 

Overview of Silver Pagoda

The overview of Silver Pagoda – the most famous pagoda in Cambodia

In front of Preah Vihear Preah Keo Morakot, there are two stupas and a statue under the roof. The south stupas hold the remain of King Ang Doung, the great-great grandfather of King Sihanouk. The north stupas hold cremains of King Norodom, the great grandfather of King Shihanouk. Both stupas were dedicated on March 13, 1980. 

In addition, a bell hat is installed in the West of Preah Vihear Preah Keo Morakot. The bell hat is used in various ceremonies and to mark the opening and closing of Silver Pagoda. This bell, in the past, was used to call monks studying Pali language in the pagoda. 

When you go there, you will be introduced about Tipitaka, the fundamental scriptural canon of Buddhism, include Sutta Pitaka. The Sutta Pitaka, or a collection of discourse, is composed based on the conversation between the Buddha and people. It consists of five groups of texts: Digha Nikaya – Collection of long discourses, Mijjhima Nikaya – Collection of medium discourses, Samyutta Nikaya – Collection of grouped discourses, Anguttara Nikaya – Collection of discourses on numbered topics and Khuddaka Nikaya – Collection of miscellaneous texts.

 

Silver pagoda

Travelers would understand more about Buddhism once visiting there

Silver Pagoda entrance fee

In order to visit Silver Pagoda, you have to go through the Royal Palace, therefore, your ticket include the visiting fee for both places. The destination is open to public everyday of the week on the schedule from 7:30 to 11:00 and from 14:00 to 17:00 (except for important events, the place is only available for the royal family or the government). The entrance fee is US$3 and the fee will be fluctuated depending on whether you take photos or not. US$2 is added for taking pictures. However, photography is allowed in the outside exhibition areas only. Visitors should remember that exposed knees and shoulders are considered disrespectful.

Suggested Phnom Penh tours

In conclusion, Silver Pagoda is a guide to help you understand about Cambodian culture and religion. Certainly, your horizon about Southeast Asia in general and Buddhism in particular will be expanded. Don’t hesitate, hit your road, plan your Cambodia tour package to visit Silver Pagoda.

 

Mai Linh – Travel Lover

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What to wear in Cambodia – Top useful tips for Cambodia travel https://www.indochinavoyages.com/travel-blog/what-to-wear-in-cambodia

There are several factors to keep in mind when planning your Indochina travel. What to wear in Cambodia is not an exception which is related to cultural elements, climate and activities you are planning to do.

Factors affect what to wear in Cambodia

Cultural element – Buddhism rules

Buddhism is the main religion of the country with 97% of population followers. Buddhism plays an important role in the daily lives of Cambodian, thus, people are very modest and gentle. As a result, modest dress is the rule in Cambodia, particularly for women. Even though Cambodians are very open to tourism industry, you should be aware of cultural elements and socially accepted norms to wear in an appropriate way.

Some people carry with them cute shorts or tank top when travelling around the world and also wear them in Cambodia and some people ending wearing these clothes when seeing others do, but my advice is NOT. Cambodia is a conservative country and people are too polite to comment but they will consider it as a way of disrespect their culture. The best advice is to look at what people are wearing and cover as much as possible.

 

What to wear in Cambodia

You should be aware of cultural elements and socially accepted norms to wear in an appropriate way

Cambodia weather

When travelling to Cambodia, it is important to bear in mind that the weather will be hot no matter what time of the year. Between March and June is the hottest time of the year and it is coolest in January, although it is still in high 20 degrees. So remember to wear clothes which are airy and breathy such as clothes made of natural fabrics e.g line, cotton and silk.

From April to October, it can be hot and wet with lot of rain, so always remember to carry lightweight raincoat with you.

Cambodia activities

Cambodia is not only famous for temples, pagodas and palaces but there are lot of more things you could do in this beautiful country. Either spending time trekking in jungle in the north east or relaxing on the beach at Koh Rong island or Sihanouk Village would be another exciting experience to do as well. If you are going to do a trek in the jungle, you should wear long – sleeved clothes and strong mosquito repellent. Also, good walking shoes and leeches short is a must. If you are coming to the beach, swimming suite and bikini of course would be on your packing list. Still, it is highly recommended to cover your skin by sarong or dress when you are on sand.

 

Jungle trekking in Cambodia

Wearing long – sleeved clothes for jungle trekking in Cambodia

General styles wearing tips

Clothing tips for women in Cambodia

It is difficult and you should think twice what to where when visiting Cambodia. Due to that you want to respect the culture to dress appropriately but still want to be comfortable as much as possible when touring outside, a suitable choice of clothes will make you feel happy to enjoy the whole day trip.

If you are going to visiting religious places or worship places, definitely your legs and your shoulders must be covered whatever you wear. So what is most suitable? Skirt or jeans? T-shirt or a long sleeve shirt? My advice is that you should wear a long loose pants with a T- shirt. It is also suitable if you are also going on tour by car, by tuk tuk or by bike. If you are still like to wear a dress, make sure to have a long scarf to cover your knees and legs when you are walking steps for the view and seeing more of the temple.

 

A long scarf for temple visiting.

A long scarf to cover your knees and legs is recommended for the temple visiting.

Clothes for men in Cambodia

Local men in Cambodia typically wear collared, short sleeved shirt and long pants. Even though, wearing shorts and T-shirt is find for travelers, still, covering your shoulder and knees when entering temples and pagodas is what you should do. Avoid short shorts, tank top, tight stretch/yoga pants or other clothing that is too revealing.

What footwear to wear in Cambodia

Depending on what activities, you could choose the most suitable shoes for you. Most of people will spend there time touring in temple, pagodas and palaces of Cambodia, thus a sandals is the most suitable one as it not only safe but also easy to take out when you are entering a religious sites. A pair of trekking sandals can be a good options if you are going on a jungle trip too. Still, I believe a good walking pair of shoes is the most suitable choice in this case.

 

A good walking pair of shoes

A good walking pair of shoes is the most suitable choice

Other things to pack

  • As Cambodia is really hot country, you should always carry sunscreen with you. Besides, sun hat and sun glasses is top things not to forget.
  • When you go out for tour activities, you often found the toilet unclean because of so many people in and out every day. Also, you should take your own little first aid kit such as anti bacterial hand-wash.
  • If you are staying in basic accommodation, bring a sleeping bag, mosquito net and your own toilet paper.
  • Bring/Buy big bottle of water not only for drinking but also use for brush your teeth as tap water is really unsafe for your stomach.
  • As it is expected to rain a lot from April to October, remember to carry a light rain jacket when you are outside.
  • Combine your bag with a handy backpack that will carry your daytime essentials during your Cambodia tour packages.

Some suggested Cambodia tours for your reference:

In conclusion, for the question what to wear in Cambodia, you should bring long, light, loose and cool clothes. Not only these clothes are good for weather but also appropriate for visiting Cambodia temples. Do not bring too much as you can buy good and cheap clothes in Cambodia, plus, laundry is quite reasonable at price here.

 

Van Do – Travel Specialist

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Vietnam visa and all you need to know for Vietnam travel https://www.indochinavoyages.com/travel-blog/vietnam-visa-all-you-need-to-know

Vietnam with life-long culture, historic sites, beautiful scenery, and flavorsome food is becoming an all-around prime travel spot for worldwide travelers. Among the necessary conditions to enter Vietnam, Vietnam visa may be considered the prerequisite. This article is a thorough outlook about Vietnam visa when planning Vietnam tours.

Definition of Vietnam visa

Vietnam visa is the official ticket for any foreign travelers who want to immigrate into Vietnam and stay in the country within a specified period. It is issued by the competent authorities of Vietnam like Vietnam Embassy/Consulate or Vietnam Immigration Department.

 

Vietnam visa

How to get Vietnam visa

Types and codes of Vietnam visa

According to purpose of Vietnam travel, Vietnam visa is categorized into up to 20 types with equivalent code. Among them, tourist visa (code DL) and business visa (code DN) are the two most prevalent types of visa applied by travelers to Vietnam.

According to the number of entries, Vietnam visa is categorized into two types of single entry visa and multiple entry visa. For single entry visa, you must stay in Vietnam during the visa validity. Once you have gone out of Vietnam’s border, even before the granted expiry date, your visa will automatically become unacceptable. If you want to come back to Vietnam, you will need to apply for a new visa. However, when you have a multiple entry visa, you can leave Vietnam and then re-enter the country during the visa period without applying for a new one.

According to visa validity, Vietnam visa is categorized into 1-month visa, 3-month visa, 6-month visa and 1-year visa.

 

A multiple entry tourist visa

A multiple entry tourist visa

Vietnam visa exemption policy

At present, Vietnam government frame an open visa exemption policy for foreigners.

For holders of a popular passport

From January 2019, regular passport holders from the following 24 countries do not need a tourist visa for Vietnam

Countries Passport Required Maximum stay
Chile Yes less than 90 days
Cambodia, Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand Yes less than 30 days
Philippines Yes less than 21 days
Belarus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Norway, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom Yes less than 15 days
Brunei, Myanmar Yes less than 14 days

For holders of a non-popular passport

The range of countries who adopt Vietnam visa exemption policy seems longer when their citizens have diplomatic or service passports. Significantly among them are Vietnamese counterpart countries in ASEAN like Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, some big countries in Europe like France, Germany, Italy and great friends in Asia like Japan, South Korea, China, India. Visa waiver agreements for diplomatic and service passports were signed with Ethiopia in August 2018, Greece in July 2018, Namibia on 19 Nov 2013 and Cameroon in December 2017 but have not come into force.

For those traveling to Phu Quoc Island

All travelers who directly visit Phu Quoc Island from a third country will be exempted from Vietnam visa requirements for up to 30 days. Travelers who are not exempted from visa requirements can visit Phu Quoc without a visa for up to 30 days.

Vietnam visa application – How to get Vietnam visa

Applying for Vietnam visa is getting easier and easier. Up to now, there are 3 convenient ways to get a valid and legitimate Vietnam visa. They can be named as applying for visa before arrival (at Vietnam Embassy/consulate), applying for visa on arrival, and applying for e-visa. Now, let’s find out about each individual way.

 

application for a Vietnam visa

There are 3 convenient ways to get a valid and legitimate Vietnam visa

Apply for visa at Vietnam embassy visa

This is the conventional way to achieve a visa for Vietnam. Visa will be issued by Vietnam embassy or consulate. To get this kind of visa, applicants will have to:

  • Log onto the website of the embassy/consulate with which they need to apply for the visa;
  • Complete the form, stick your photo there and sign it;
  • Travel to the embassy/consulate of Vietnam to submit the form together with original passport and other documents (as required) and pay the visa fee;
  • Come back home and wait;
  • Travel to the embassy/consulate again to receive the passport together with visa stamp.

The entire process may take 3 to 5 working days. And it is available for both tourists and business travelers to Vietnam. Cost of this kind differs by visa type and embassy as well.

Vietnam visa on arrival (VOA – also known as Vietnam visa at airport)

This type of visa is issued when travelers arrive at the airport. This option is the most frequently used way to get the visa today because it helps to save time, money and energy. Its application covers 3 simple steps as follows:

  • Applicants need to access to website of a Vietnam visa center, and register in advance by completing an online form, and making payment of service fee to such center;
  • After a certain period of time, normally 2 working days, they will receive a visa approval letter via email;
  • Then they will use the letter to pick up the stamped visa at the landing airport. They also have to pay the stamping fee at this time.

This kind of visa is accessible for both tourists and business travelers to Vietnam with a validity of up to 1 year. But it is for those traveling to Vietnam by AIR only. The Vietnam visa cost may vary by visa type, normal or urgent processing, number of applicants in a group. In addition, Vietnam visa fee also depends on the center which supplies the service for Vietnam visa on arrival.

 

Vietnam visa-on-arrival

Getting Vietnam visa on arrival at the immigration checkpoint in Vietnam international airports

Vietnam electronic visa (or Vietnam E-visa)

This is the newest way of getting a visa to Vietnam. It has been introduced since February 1, 2017 in a 2-year pilot duration. This kind of visa takes 3 working days for processing, costs US$25 and is granted for single entry visits for maximum of 30 days to nationals of the 80 eligible countries (the data has been updated since February 2019)

To apply for e-visas, those citizens need to access to the Vietnam visa online official website https://evisa.xuatnhapcanh.gov.vn/web/guest/trang-chu-ttdt, complete the form with required information and documents. After that, they will receive an application code and will be asked to pay a non-refundable fee online. After around 3 working days for tourists to find out if their applications have been approved or not. If yes, they will receive a loose-leaf e-visa with a QR code. This visa should be then printed and showed to the immigration officer at arrival gate in Vietnam as a part of the immigration process.

Vietnam visa requirements for US citizens

 

Vietnam visa requirements for US citizens

Vietnam visa requirements for US citizens

The visa regulation for US citizens has a considerable change since August 30th 2016. Before this time, the U.S citizens had several choices of visa to Vietnam. They were 1 or 3 months visa, single or multiple entries, depending on personal traveling plan. Also, the visa types were for either tourism purpose or business purpose. For business visa type, it can be up to one year and for multiple entries only. It’s very important to know that for the new regulations, 1 month or 3 month visas are no longer available. The only choice for US citizens now is 1 year visa to Vietnam for both purposes of tourism and business.

However, there is a huge difference between 1 year tourist visa and 1 year business visa. For 1 year tourist visa, you have to exit the country after 3 months of staying. But for 1 year business multiple entries visa, you can stay up to 1 year in Vietnam. Therefore, this type of visa is absolutely recommended in case you don’t want to run for the visa for every 3 months.

The article has basically given almost necessary information about Vietnam visa. If you need any more question, please contact Vietnam tour companies or our Indochina Voyages team for the best assistance here >>https://www.indochinavoyages.com/contact-us

 

Giang Tran – Travel Lover

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Thailand floating markets – top 5 lovely places to visit https://www.indochinavoyages.com/travel-blog/top-5-floating-markets-thailand

Floating market is a unique activity in Thailand so most travelers often add a day trip for this visit. There are different floating markets near Bangkok so which one is the best? Here below are my top 5 favorite Thailand floating markets that are accessible from Bangkok within a day.

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

This is the most well-known market that you may have already heard about. Damnoen Saduak floating market is located in the south of Bangkok – around 100 kilometers or almost 2 hours drive. If you are a photographer or one who loves taking pictures, Damnoen Saduak gives you endless photo opportunities. It is good if you do not mind getting up early in the morning; as an early departure will help you stay away from the heat and enjoy Damnoen Saduak at its best. To discover a floating market, you will board on a long tail boat. On the way to the market which costs around twenty minutes, you will have a chance to see the lives of local people who live in small wooden houses.

 

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market is the most famous place in Thailand

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market itself is interesting to see; especially if you have not seen any floating market before, as it is a unique concept. Along with vendors that sell tropical fruits and Thai food, you also find souvenirs and other touristy things. If you are a good bargainer, this is the place to show off your negotiation skills. Damnoen Saduak Floating Market is also a family-friendly attraction as kids like it. For local food lovers, you can enjoy the variety of food available at the market and the experience of eating while floating and sightseeing.

The market often gets quite crowded in the mornings; yet the crowd is expected to start thinning out after midday. If you see only the market, it will take a half day. For the rest of the day, you can add Sampran Riverside (also known as Rose Garden) – a Thai cultural village with interest shows performed in a beautiful park. Another option to spend your remaining day after seeing Damnoen Saduak Floating Market is the River Kwai area with natural and historical sites.

 

The bridge over River Wai

The bridge over River Wai

Amphawa Floating Market Bangkok

After Damnoen Saduak, Amphawa floating market is the second most well-known floating market; that is reachable from Bangkok center within 1.5 hours by car. The distance is approximately 50 km but sometimes it can take up to 3 hours to get there due to traffic jam. Amphawa is not as big as Damnoen Saduak Floating Market; yet personally, I find it more authentic and less commercial. There is an important note that you should keep in mind while designing your itinerary, Amphawa is only opened during weekends, Friday, Saturday and Sunday and from noon until evening.

This area used to be a small village back in the seventeenth century; nowadays, it is a favorite spot of local Thai people to spend their weekend and enjoy good food. There is a small and busy bridge which connected both sides of the market. Standing on this bridge, you will see the panoramic view of the market. Along the riverbanks, there are souvenir shops, fruit vendors while moored up boats filled with food and snacks. You can take a boat ride to see the boats selling their wares at the closest distance and also enjoy the river scenery. A highlight of my trip at Amphawa is enjoying fresh grilled seafood that cooked by the ladies in their boats. There are so many choices, from prawns, crab, squid, etc. and they all smell so good that you can help but having some for dinner.

 

Amphawa Floating Market

Amphawa Floating Market Bangkok by early evening

Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market

Khlong Lat Mayom is one of three floating markets that are located less than 20 kilometers from Bangkok. To come here, visitors can catch a taxi from Wongwian Yai (last station Silom Line route). Although Khlong Lat Mayom floating market is not as large as Damnoen Saduak or crowded as Amphawa, it brings the appeal and authenticity of rural market. And maybe you are the only foreigners walking around here. You can spend a few hours here and then visit the biggest floating market – Taling Chan floating market which is only a few kilometers.

Khlong Lat Mayom floating market is like a garden oasis, full of green trees, cool shade, and it is in a much more relaxed environment than the two mentioned above. Though there are plenty of shops and countless options for food, the market remains calm and low-key. It is a great place to unwind, and partake in a lovely meal on the edge of the canal.

 

Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market

Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market

Taling Chan Floating Market

My next favorite market is Taling Chan floating market. It is also the closest one if you stay in the downtown of Bangkok. It takes just around 40 minutes ride, you will reach a small floating market named Taling Chan. This is not a big market, yet there are enough unique features of a typical floating market with boats fulled of goods, handicrafts and good and cheap food along the canals. From Bangkok, you can get there by taxi, by bus or by private car.

Taling Chan also held during weekends, from 09:00 till 17:00; so you will not need to get up early for this visit. Not like floating markets in Mekong, Vietnam, Taling Chan floating market is located on a small river branch with selling boats and also food vendors along the bank. There are also wooden boats cross that river so you can see this market just on foot. At this market, travelers can enjoy a good seafood lunch, have a longtail boat ride and shop. You can also experience a traditional Thai food massage at around 200 baht. The plus point of Taling Chan is that it is not too crowded, and it is clean and also good quality products available.

 

Taling Chan Floating Market

Taling Chan Floating Market – a small market near Bangkok

Bang Nam Pheung Floating Market

Bang Nam Pheung floating market is close to Bangkok, only about 20 kilometers on the “green lung” of Bangkok. There are only just enough boats for it to be called a floating market, but this is certainly no tourist trap. It is lovely to wander among the locals sampling some delicious Thai food and buying local handmade crafts. The shade of trees and the mangrove offers a pleasant break from the humidity.

 

Bang Nam Pheung Floating Market

Bang Nam Pheung Floating Market

Suggested Thailand tours

Thailand floating markets are things that you are recommended to see if you have from 3 nights in Bangkok or more. Based on your time and interests, you can find out the best floating market among the above these places to enjoy your Indochina tours.

 

Huyen Nguyen – Travel Specialist

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How to catch a Hanoi bus https://www.indochinavoyages.com/travel-blog/how-catch-bus-hanoi

Hanoi welcomed more than 26 million of visitors in 2018 and hopes to increase this number to 29 million in 2019. With the continuous development all over the world, plus the reputation is getting more and more world-wide known, Hanoi has been trying to improve and to expand the tourism facilities including the buses and other public transportation. It is truly easy to understand that in that 26 million, it can be business travelers, leisure travelers who set the low budget for Vietnam holiday tour; or who love to explore the city in a local way. This article will help you understand more about the types of Hanoi bus and how to catch buses in Hanoi.

Types of bus in Hanoi

Bus is the main public transportation for many of local people in Hanoi from the officers, students, elders, etc. since it is convenient, cheap and a safe place to avoid the heat in the summer or the freeze in the winter. There are multiple of them on the street with red-yellow-white, blue or green; the blue and green buses are newer and with less routes than the other. Hanoi public buses pick passengers up and drop them in the stationary points on the streets . You can see that there is a pole topped by a small blue signboard; indicating the bus number and its route.

 

Hanoi bus

The red-yellow-white bus with its number and its route

Hop-on Hop-off bus

Another type of bus which was launched in just a couple of years specially for the travelers; which is Hop-on Hop-off bus. This is a type of double decker and top open bus with fun colors and design like many typical tourist buses in other countries in the world. It has 13 stops going through more than 20 famous attractions; allowing travelers to explore and experience the city in their own way; including Dong Kinh Nghia Thuc Square & Hoan Kiem Lake – St.Joseph’s Cathedral – The Flag Tower & the Museum of Military History – Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum: Ho Chi Minh Museum & One-pillar Pagoda – Quan Thanh Temple & West Lake – Tran Quoc Pagoda – Cua Bac Church – The Imperial Citadel of Thang Long – The Temple of Literature – Hoa Lo Prison – Vietnamese Women Museum – Hanoi Opera House – Hanoi Post Office – Hanoi Old Quarter.

 

Hanoi City tour Hop on – Hop off

Hanoi City tour Hop on – Hop off has 13 stops

These buses are operated everyday from 9 am to 6 pm and buses arrive every 30 minutes. You can buy the ticket online via www.hopon-hopoff.vn, at the ticket counters in Hoan Kiem Lake and buy it on the bus. The ticket price per person is 300,000 VND for 4 hours; 450,000 VND for 24 hours; and 650,000 VND for 48 hours. There are also night tours on bus which lasts about 1.5 hours and 4 hours but you will need to book in advance.

You do not have to stay on the bus all the time; and you are free to stop at board or disembark at any bus stop on the route. The tickets with the limitation of time includes multilingual audio guide (Vietnamese, English, French, Chinese), free Wifi, USB charging ports, the city maps; and also an English speaking guide on board to help the passengers get off at the bus stop that is nearest to their hotel.

Hanoi bus routes

Some important Hanoi bus routes

 

Bus stop

Bus stop on the street

  • #07 and #17: These two bus lines will stop at Noi Bai International Airport every 15 minutes. The #7 bus will cross the Thang Long Bridge and head to Cau Giay (you can stop to visit Museum of Ethonology on the way); while #17 buses go to the Old Quarter via Chuong Duong Bridge.
  • #1: Long Bien Bridge – Hang Ga street – Hanoi train station
  • #2: Hanoi Opera House – Temple of Literature – Van Phuc Silk village
  • #4: Long Bien Bridge – Hanoi Sofitel Legend Metropole Hotel – Hanoi Opera House
  • #8: Long Bien Bridge – Hoan Kiem Lake – Hanoi Opera House
  • #9: Hoan Kiem Lake – Hanoi Old Quarter – Hanoi Zoo – Lenin Monument
  • #11: Thong Nhat Park – Hanoi Opera House – Trang Tien Bookstore – Long Bien Bridge
  • #14: Hanoi Old Quarter – West Lake – Metro Thang Long – Thang Long Bridge
  • #23: Vincom Ba Trieu Tower – Temple of Literature – Fine Arts Museum – Hanoi Opera House
  • #43: Hanoi train station – Dong Anh town
  • #47: Dong Xuan market – Long Bien Bridge – Bat Trang ceramic village

How to find bus routes

There are 2 ways to find the bus routes. You can download Hanoibus app via link http://timbus.vn/ or search directly through Google maps. You simply insert your starting point and the destination, then click the transit option, it will show you the way to find the appropriate bus routes, how to reach the bus stop as well as bus timetable.

 

Bus route can be searched via Google Maps

Bus route can be searched via Google Maps

Notes for bus in Hanoi

You cannot buy this bus tickets online in advance since they only issue the paper ticket when you get on the bus. This ticket is handed to you by a staff and you have to pay him/her in cash. The average fee for a trip is 7,000 VND per person and more depending on the distance between the departure and the end point. Make sure you carry small bills when you plan to travel by bus.

The problem while using the public bus in Hanoi to the sites is it can be crowded at the peak times such as 7-8 am and 5-7 pm daily when people go to work and get back home. Also, pickpockets have several chances to “do their job” in a knitted bus; so make sure you cover your purse/wallet and valuable items or place the backpack at the front of you.

Besides, the bus drivers in Vietnam are always in hurry though they are actually not; so they tend to stop the bus at the stop in such a short time. Therefore, you will need to prepare and get to the bus at the front door; and also, get out of the bus by its back door as quickly as you can if you do not want to miss it.

To experience buses in Hanoi, you should have a look at these Vietnam itineraries then drop a message about what you expect:

In conclusion, traveling by bus is rather interesting for people who have long time in the capital city and also, are active and good at direction and using maps. But for everyone, I think it is still hard since you are traveling to another strange country where the traffic, the rules, the road designs… are different from your hometown. In case of having a short time in Hanoi and would like to have a private and personalized day trip, you can always contact us – Indochina Voyages!

 

Daniel Nguyen – Travel Specialist

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How to have a great Hai Van pass trip? https://www.indochinavoyages.com/travel-blog/great-hai-van-pass-trip

Hai Van Pass Vietnam stretches along the slopes of Hai Van mountain and 500m above sea level. It is the boundary of Thua Thien – Hue province and Da Nang city. As one of the most beautiful and impressive coastal passes in the world, Hai Van Pass is battered, meandering, striking between majestic green mountains. At times, it curls up along the mountainside and sometimes it suddenly turns to create strange zigzag lines.

Hai Van pass tour with a high mountain on the one side and the sea on the other side will give you a magnificent and mesmerizing nature picture. It is undeniable that this place is a wonderful work of natural creation and marvelous human work.

 

Hai Van pass

Hai Van is one of the most beautiful and impressive coastal passes in the world

Hai Van pass weather

This pass is so great when the clouds are overflowing with mountains and hills. How you can catch that timing? This is a very important factor if you want the upcoming cloud hunting period to be successful, avoiding storms and storms.

The best time to Hai Van is during the dry months from April to July. You can also visit Hai Van pass from December to March. But a note for you is that at this time, the weather is a bit cold. Therefore, you have to make sure to bring enough warm clothes with you.

From August to December, it rains a lot, the road is foggy and the beach may be cloudy. As a result, you will not only meet a dangerous situation when moving but also hard to take a nice picture and enjoy the beauty of this pass.

 

Hai Van pass

Choosing the right time is one of the most important factor to have wonderful picture in Hai Van pass

How to get to Hai Van pass

Hai Van pass from Hoi An

The most popular route to travel from Hue to Hoi An is through Hai Van Pass. You can rent a motorbike at the starting point (Hue or Hoi An) and return it at your destination. Your baggage can be delivered at the rental company and will be transported to the destination when you return the motorbike.

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Hai Van pass from Hue

It will be interesting if you drive along the coast from Hue. Follow the road 49 in Thuan An direction and along a large lake to return to National Highway 1A. Note that you should not take the highway from the beginning, because the road outside the highway is better and able to avoid many large trucks.

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Hai Van pass

The breathtaking views of the mountain and coast

Hai Van pass to Da Nang

Hai Van Pass is the boundary between Da Nang and Hue ancient capital. If you take a flight to Hue first, you can enjoy a wonderful Hai Van pass Hue to Da Nang. At the normal speed without stopping, it will take you about 4-5 hours for car driving from Hue to Da Nang. Therefore, to have both times to admire Hai Van pass nature and discover Da Nang, you should depart in the morning from 09:00 or 10:00.

For convenience, you should move in the direction from Da Nang city to the pass by hiring vehicles such as motorbikes, cars. However, as most cars choose to go through the tunnel pass, moving by car to the pass is quite limited. A motorbike is a good option for you to fully experience the feeling of conquering the pass with a high and dangerous slope. You can also freely stop at any place just for sightseeing, taking pictures of memories or resting.

Hai Van pass Lang Co beach

Down the Hai Van Pass is Lang Co Bay. At the time of the railway crossing along the pass road, you should stop to enjoy the beautiful view of Lang Co Bay that must be one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Occasionally, a train runs through the bay creating a beautiful and charming painting of nature.

People in Lang Co are very friendly and hospitable, so don’t be shy about talking and asking local people to find the way to the sandy beach at the foot of Lang Co Bridge.

Come here and merger with the clear blue water, you can feel the wonder of nature bringing to earth which is rarely found in another bay. The sea water here is very shallow so you can freely play but also note not to go too far from the shore. What a wonderful experience and one day of traveling Hai Van Pass to Lang Co.

 

Lang Co Beach

Lang Co Beach is one of the most beautiful and peaceful beach in Vietnam

Now you must be wondering in which way you should move to Hai Van pass. Here is the best option for you.

Vehicle to discover Hai Van pass

Hai Van pass motorbike tour

Motorbike is the best means for you to fully experience the feeling of conquering Hai Van Pass. Moving by motorbike, you can flexibly stop at many places on the pass to take sightseeing, take photos, take a rest, etc. If you move from Da Nang, after about 1 hour, you will reach Hai Van Pass.

You should note that when going down the mountain, you should check your motorbike, go at a low speed and the low motorbike numbers. It is best to go on your trip before sunset to avoid dangerous bends.

Hai Van pass cycling

To overcome this pass, you can sit in a car going through the 7km long pass tunnel. But it will be a much more interesting feeling if you pass 21km of the dangerous road yourself. It will certainly be really challenging and exciting at the same time when you have to cross the winding bends, with a steep slope.

You can stop each time tired, enjoy the fresh air where the altitude is over 500m to “load” energy before continuing the journey to conquer. Setting foot on the top of the pass will be a worthy reward where you can witness the amazing natural scenery that there is no camera lens can fully convey.

Hai Van pass train

Hai Van railway supply is located east of the road axis, close to the sea. You can see many sections, one side is the cliff, the other is deep. With the train, you can get through 18 bridges and 6 underground tunnels, of which the shortest is 85 m, the longest is 600m.

 

Hai Van Pass by train

Hopping on the train is the most enjoyable ways to get the dazzling view of Hai Van Pass

Suggested Vietnam tours going through Hai Van pass

In conclusion, no matter how you choose to conquer Hai Van pass, it is surely what you do not want to miss. You are recommended to contact Vietnam tour companies for the best Vietnam tour arrangement.

 

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