Asia - South-East Asia Mainland
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The purpose of this thread is to provide answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about traveling in Vietnam I hope that this FAQ helps newcomers and others plan their trips to Vietnam. I would like to thank all the posters who have contributed information to this thread. To make searching easier for you, please find my index of some major topics as follows:
1. Visa for Vietnam => find posts #115, 117, 111
2. Ha Long bay tours/Cat Ba => #83, 84
3. Vietnam - China border crossings => #7
4. Vietnam - Laos border crossings => #8, 50, 58
5. Vietnam - Cambodia border crossings => #96, 107
6. What to see in Vietnam? => #12
7. Taxi/bus from airport to cities => #3
8. Train in Vietnam => #76
9. The lunar new year (Tet) => #23, 80, 114
10. Bus from Hanoi to Vientiane => #79
11. Bus/train from Hanoi to Kunming => #105, 106
12. Bus/train from Hanoi to Nanning => #95, 99, 100
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This branch covers:
Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam
Here you will find links to information on health issues, visas, transportation, volunteering, weather, food, and more. Links to well-regarded resources such as Travelfish, Tales of Asia, Canby, and so on are also here.
Note: This is a FAQ/internet resources post, not an area for asking questions (nobody will answer questions here) or a place to post personal blogs, photos, etc. Please do post updates or added information that will help others find their way around the Southeast Asia mainland.
To get the latest updates to any of our guidebooks - or to add your own - visit the Guidebook Feedback branch of the Thorn Tree. See below for links to all the guides relating to mainland SE Asia.
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Lonely Planet continues to receive disturbing reports of fatal accidents involving travellers tubing in and around Vang Vieng. There are several threads discussing this on Thorn Tree:
LAOS - VANG VIENG TUBING SCENE
Australian man died while tubing
as well as some newspaper coverage on the subject.
Lonely Planet advises extra care and wearing a life jacket when performing this activity, especially during the wet season when waters flow up to four times faster than normal. Travel insurance does not always cover more dangerous activities, and you won’t be covered if something happens to you while you’re under t... more »
I am part of a group five 21 year old female students heading to SE Asia for 6.5 weeks.
Firstly I have to admit the amount of research we have done regarding our trip is limited due our exams only finishing this week - we leave for Thailand this sunday.
- Basically our plan is flying into Bangkok and staying there for 3 nights (hostel booked) and then heading north to Chang mai for a few days. Following this we are not sure whether to go Vietnam- Cambodia - south Thailand or Cambodia - Vietnam- south Thailand
Also would love to get suggestions of the main things to see/do in Cambodia and Vietnam - i am doing some research of my own but would really appreciate advice from those who have 'seen it and done it.'
Hi guys please can I have some thoughts of this trip plan : we are going to leave the UK on Dec 21st and return Jan 18th (1 month) with a budget of £5000 max.
Fly to Bangkok - 2 nights here
Fly to the South and do Phuket, Krabi and Phi Phi (we've already done Chaing mai, Koh Samui and Full Moon Party)
Fly to Cambodia (we dont know where to go here so thoughts would be helpful, any travel now will be on bus/train)
Make our way up to Vietnam (again thoughts and info on this would be helpful)
Maybe do Laos then fly back to Bangkok and fly home
Please, please, please send us some more info.
Gooday! I will have my trip to Laos on mid of September (is the weather during that time ok?) Below is my brief itinerary, I would like to have your advice/recommendation especially on bus schedule from VV-phonsavan and phonsavanh to LP.
Day 1- Vientiane (city tour)
Day 2- depart to VV early morning, eta mid afternoon. Any guesthouse recommended/ any activities? Would like to stay at least 1 N
Day 3 - plan to go phonsavan (plain of jars), however, what is the bus schedule , do i need to stay a night there? so can visit P of J next morning
Day 4 - Phonsavan to LP (bus schedule?)
Day 5 - LP
Day 6 - LP
Day 7- depart to VTE
Day 8 - fly back home
Thanks first for your valuable advice !
We travel as a family of 4 (2 kids: 11 / 14 y.o.). I did a lot of research on the forum and like your feed back on my itinerary. I'd also have some more questions.
Budget for 2 weeks about USD 1.500.
28/6 arriving Yangon in the afternoon
Considering OCEAN PEARL or Motherland 2. Any feedback on these or other options
Planning to leave by bus to BAGAN in the begining of the night
What would be the most convenient place to stay for sight seeing and onward travel: old bagan, new bagan or Nyaung-U? Where do the busses from Yangon arrive?
Suggestions for Hotel?
Suggetions for Hotel?
Bus Bagan-Meiktila and continue by pick up to Thazi.
I read on the forum there is some tension between etnic groups in Mektilia, what could have bad infuence on travelling there. Any feedback on that?
I’ve heard from a local that this was not a good time do trek from Kalaw to Inle Lake because of the rainy season. Has anyone had recent experience with the trek? Another option is to take hikes around Kalaw during the day and then bus to Inle/Nyaungshwe.
Cambodia- Phnom penh to Laos- Vientiane overland
On this overland route
1. where should i stop?, I have 2 weeks to do it
2. What type of bus and how much should I pay?
3. Should i get visa before cross border, if at border will they take photo or do I have to have before?
4. Change money at border or just after?
5. After Vientiane have another 2 weeks where should i go?
Thanks for your help in advance.
Hello fellow Lonley Travellers!
I plan on taking a 2 -3 week trip to Asia from Melbourne, Australia within the next 8 months.
I would like to steer clear of the big cities for the majority of the trip, and focus more on 'hidden treasures' and the lovely landscape and nature.
I am an outdoors person and would enjoy something along these lines.
I have absolutely no itinerary at this stage, however I am interested in visiting historical sites such as the Killing Fields in Cambodia used by the Khmer Rouge.
I dont intend to make this trip a luxury one, however a few nights in a nice resort would be something I want to do.
I was told about the Vedana Lagoon Resort which looks lovely.
Any advice would be helpful including
-Dates/season to travel
-Where to go to maximise sightseeing/experience (must do's)
-How much money to take
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My day trip to Koh Rong Island near Sihanoukville, Cambodia. Pictures and report here:
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Im going to Vietnam Hoi Chi Minh City in a couple of weeks. Is there a hospital in the city that caters for the cities
expats ie English speaking doctors
Im looking to pay a visit to either a hospital or a clinic
Does anyone know if the Myanmar-India border is open to visitors to cross from Myanmar to India? If so, as much info would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
Interested in doing a Mekong Delta Cruise in January 2014. Has anyone recently used Mekong Eyes on a 2 or 3 day river cruise? Also should we prebook from home in Canada or just wait till we get to Vietnam? Any other tour company that anyone can recommend for a delta boat cruise? Thanks for any input.
I'm heading to Europe over Xmas and New Years and will be flying from Frankfurt to Ho Chi Minh for 5 weeks in Vietnam over January-February.
I wanted to fly in to Hanoi and travel north to south but no flights from Frankfurt, so it looks like I'll be traveling South to North.
My rough itinerary is as follows:
14/1/14 - Arrive in HCMC
1 day in HCMC
Few days Nha Trang
Few days Hoi An
Few days Hue
Few days Halong Bay
Few days Hanoi
Few days Vientiane, Laos
1-2 days Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Few days Sihanoukville, Cambodia
Back to HCMC for a few days
20/2/14 - Depart HCMC for Sydney
I know that's a lot of places to be seeing in 5 weeks, thinking to do the whole Vietnam coast line (HCMC - Hanoi) by train and then do Hanoi - Vientiane - Phnom Penh flying and Phnom Penh - Sihanoukville - HCMC by bus.
My questions are:
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We are thinking of making an album of "wedding photographs" in Hanoi. We would like to have some taken in studio and others taken at different locations in Hanoi maybe. It will be appreciated if anyone could recommend a studio or photographers they've used.
I was wondering how to get to the Old Quarter from the Hanoi airport without being hassled too much by touts. Any budget ideas? I am traveling with my wife and we didn't book a transfer. We are penny pinching at the moment.
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I am wondering if any one has tips about getting from Chiang Mai to Vietnam without having to go back through Bangkok.
Sorry if this a common question and i have missed the posts
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