12ish Hours in Hanoi (6/15/17 – 6/16/17)

My flight from Luang Prabang was to leave Laos at around 5pm and arrive in Vietnam a little after 6pm. I was nervous from the start, because the process for getting a visa for Vietnam is extremely confusing and there’s no official information online. Before I left home,  I applied and paid for an “approval letter” that is basically just a document from the Vietnamese government saying I had permission to enter the country on a tourism basis, but I would still need to get a visa before entering. From my understanding, this meant that I could get a visa on arrival using the letter, but everyone else I’d met so far on my trip that was planning to go to Vietnam had been going to the embassy and paying something around $60 to get the visa beforehand.