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Passport / Visa

Passport / Visa

Short stays that do not require a visa (some as short as 15 days) are possible for citizens of Cambodia, Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, The Philippines, Brunei, Myanmar, Belarus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Norway, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom. Citizens of Chile can enter the country for 90 days, visa-free. Citizens of a further 46 world countries, including most countries in the Americas, Eastern Europe and Australia, are eligible for an E-visa as of February 2017. These are granted for a period of 30 days. To confirm whether or not you will need a visa to enter Vietnam, please contact your local consulate. Different rules may apply to cruise ship passengers on shore excursions. In late 2019, temporary visa slips could be obtained directly on board for a very small fee (under the condition that Vietnam is only visited as part of a cruise itinerary with a final destination elsewhere).
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Hoi An Ancient Town Entrance Ticket

Hoi An Ancient Town Entrance Ticket

A ticket is required in order to be admitted into the Ancient Town, although this is not strictly enforced if you are only planning to take stroll along the streets. If you plan to visit any attractions, a ticket is most definitely required; each ticket comes with 5 slips for any of the operating attractions of your choice (these include assembly halls, old merchant homes, etc.). Kiosks selling such tickets are spread through the old town and are yellow in colour, with a red sign. Each ticket is valid for 24 hours. The price as of 2019 is 120, 000 VND (~ 5 USD).
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Getting Around Hoi An

Getting Around Hoi An

Cycling is by far the easiest and cheapest way of getting around Hoi An during daylight hours, especially if your destination is not within walking distance (although this is rarely the case within town limits). When heading further afield (or after dark) you will most likely require a cab. There have been reports of local drivers refusing to turn on the meters or even refusing trips altogether for short distances, in which case you can either walk further down the road and try a different cab or call an operator to order the cab to come pick you up (although this may be difficult if you don't speak the language). You could also try negotiating a fare that suits both in advance. Mai Linh is known to have been a reliable company, although they have been getting mixed reviews lately. Grab is the local equivalent of Uber and is another option for getting around, but not speaking then language can be an obstacle here, too: it's best if you have your hotel's business card and/or a working map on your mobile to ease communication with drivers. As a last resort there are the 'xich lo' pedicabs, although these are much better suited for leisurely sightseeing tours rather than a functional way of getting from point A to B. This one is exclusively used by tourists.
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Da Nang International Airport

Da Nang International Airport

Da Nang International Airport is the air hub closest to Hoi An, located at around 40km from town, which makes for just under an hour's drive. The best options for reaching Hoi An from here include a pre-arranged transfer (some hotels offer this service), getting a taxi upon arrival (make sure to agree on the fare in no uncertain terms prior to starting the journey), or a shared shuttle bus offered by several local operators. Your Local Booking www.yourlocalbooking.com Hoi An Express http://hoianexpress.com.vn/ha/st_activity/shuttle-bus-da-nang-to-hoi-an-one-way
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