There are a lot of cheap air ticket deals in the market lately. We found a cheap ticket to Hanoi for only HK$620 + tax round trip from Hong Kong Airlines. (Total HK$1301 including tax) Since I’ve never been to Vietnam, we decided to take advantage of the deal and explore Hanoi. The major attraction in Hanoi is the Halong Bay & the Sapa area. To most people, Halong Bay would be the first choice but Mr Minion went to Halong Bay few years ago & we decided to go to Sapa for hiking & sight seeing this time.
Before the trip
Make sure you apply for the tourist visa before travelling to Vietnam. It will cost you about HK$500 for single entry tourist visa if you apply it from the consulate by yourself. There are many fake websites with the online visa application. It would be best to apply from the consulate in person and make sure you bring enough cash for visa.
Vietnam Consulate in Hong Kong
Address: 15/F, Great Smart Tower, 230 Wan Chai Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Bring US dollar to Vietname and you can easily exchange the local currency in airport. Some restaurants or shops accept USD.