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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…

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The following newspaper article reports on a new Saigon to Tuy Hoa train service.

http://en.vietnamplus.vn/new-railway-service-from-hcm-city-to-tuy-hoa-opens/96548.vnp

The article says, it takes between 12 and 15 hours, leaving Saigon Railway Station at 21.25 and arriving at Tuy Hoa Station at 17.25 the following day. Note: This is a period of TWENTY hours. Passengers will find it more convenient to travel up to Nha Trang on faster train, then change to the 0620 train to Tuy Hoa, arriving…

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Hi: I was just reading some of the recent posts and in one of them Herbie47 mentioned that there is a Danang Airport to HoiAn Shuttle Bus. Could someone give me more information on that please, like: Is there a website to check it out? Does it need to be pre-booked? Where in the airport to catch it?, Does it meet late flights or how late does it run?, Drop off procedure in HoiAn.
Also, I may stay in Danang for a couple of nights instead of going right down to HoiAn from the Airport is there a…

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I am going to be in SE Asia (Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand) for 4 months starting in January. I was planning to bring my Blackberry Passport phone and just use it for internet via wifi whenever I can get it. Is this a good idea, or is it worthwhile to get a SIM card? Is there a SIM card that will work in all of these countries, and how much would this cost?

I am mainly travelling and doing other things (rockclimbing, meditation retreat) in Thailand and Indonesia... but it is in Vietnam where I…

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PHONG NHA
We're going go to Phong Nha in August but we don't know exactly when we to arrive there. Anyone know if we have to do reservations for a tours day ? we want to see Paradise and Dark cave .
We're traveling with a 5 year old boy, anyone know if we could have a problem to book the tours . We know there're tours where the minimum age is 16 years.
Thank you

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There are many Vietnam visa agencies. Everything, including dispatch of the visa approval letter, is online, so their location doesn’t matter.

Let me warn you from vietnamvisaonline {dot} net. First, they refused to ask their bank for some crucial information on wire-transfer. That cost me a full-day trip to their office. Then, the Visa Dept. issued a faulty approval letter; everybody may make a mistake. Vietnamvisaonline {dot} net again refused to ask for quick correction. That cost me…

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Hi,

This year at the end of October we're going to Vietnam for almost 3 weeks. First time, so we're pretty excited :-)

I'm trying to find the best route for our trip, we're focusing on the north. Hopefully you can help me to find the perfect trip!

So far, this is what i've come up with:

Day 1: Brussels - Hanoi
Day 2: Hanoi
Day 3: Hanoi
Day 4: Hanoi
Day 5: Hanoi - Sapa
Day 6: Sapa
Day 7: Sapa
Day 8: Bac Ha Market
Day 9: Sapa - Bai Tu Long Bay
Day 10: Bai Tu Long Bay - Cat Ba Island
Day 11: Cat Ba -…

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Just a heads up and so you do not waste your time like I did but foreigners are no longer allowed to go to Nam Du Islands - you will be turned back at Rach Gia port

Vietnamese and Viet Kieu are allowed, so I am not sure why they are not allowing foreigners. My friend was there earlier this year and he said that there were about a half a dozen or so backpackers from various western countries there.

Safe travels!

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Hi Everyone

In 2008 I was in Ninh Binh, took the standard tours including Tam Toc and enjoyed them, but at the time I was sold on a similar tour to Tam Toc that I have never forgotten and loved every minute of. I was told it was recently new then and highly recommended. We loved loved loved every minute.

We now only have days left in Vietnam and would love to go back to the area and do the tour again. Its very similar to Tam Toc,, you are rowed slowly through caves, via river systems and…

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Hi!
I am thinking about going to Vietnam in the end of September, for 2 weeks. After researching a bit I've found opposite informations about the weather at that time.

I would fly in to Hanoi and visit also, at least, Sapa region, Halong Bay and would also go to Hoi an.

With your experience is this a good time to visit these regions? I see that in the north is Ok but what about the coastline?

Thanks!