We're currently in Vietnam, planning on China being the next leg of our trip but aren't sure which is the best way to get our visa. We can either cross by land in the north of Vietnam, or fly from Hanoi into Hong Kong, but aren't sure where it would be easier (fastest and cheapest) to get our visa's. We're planning on entering China in about three weeks, and should have a couple of days in Hanoi for processing if we choose to go overland.
Does anyone have an experience with either route or advice?
Hi guys, seems you are enjoying your little tour...overall, I'm certain it will be cheaper if you get you visa from Hanoi. It won't be difficult. Safe travel...
Not sure if you've looked at prices for flights but we went from Hanoi to Hong Kong a couple of years ago and it was muuuch cheaper for us to get a flight to Bangkok (this flight actually cost us $0, we just paid taxes) then from there to Macau (then ferry to HK). all with good ol' Air Asia...
I know that they now fly from Bangkok to Honk kong so you could miss out the Macau bit, not sure on prices though. I know this all sounds like a complete pain in the butt (2 hour journey becomes more like 8), but it saved us literally hundreds of dollars, which is always the deciding factor for us!
TBH I wished we'd done it overland, but sadly time wasn't on our side!
Take care and travel safe!
the situation with our flight is that we booked a return to Canada from Bangkok via Hong Kong as we heard there would be no hassles getting into Thailand with a return flight. Unfortunately for us we can't change that flight to go anywhere in the world (we don't have intentions on returning to Canada anytime soon). Fortunately we can use that flight to go from Asia to Asia, eg Hanoi to Hong Kong. We weren't 100% about flying to Hong Kong but I think it might be the only way we'll get to see the city on this trip.
So the flight situation isn't a huge deal for us, it's more of a choice between getting our visa in Hanoi and skipping Hong Kong or skipping northern Vietnam and seeing Hong Kong. I think we're leaning more towards flying though. Might as well use up the flight while we can!!
ahhh... if it was me, then I'd definately go to Hong Kong, we never got a chinese visa there but I've heard it's relatively easy. It's also an amazing city to explore and would be a shame to miss it.
Be prepared for the budget change though... Especially coming from Vietnam (we found accomodation extremely
good value in 'Nam). Thankfully we met up with my folks there and sponged off them for a whole week. That's what parents are good for right?
Getting Your Chinese Visa
All international travelers to China must carry two essential documents: passports from their home countries as well as Chinese visas. A passport is a form of identification that is recognized in nearly all countries, declaring the owner's country of citizenship. A visa is a travel document issued by the destination country, which grants permission for the visitor to be in that country. Passports and visas are matters of national security, and are taken very seriously by all countries.
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