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FAQ Thread for Vietnam

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:

Visa for Vietnam => find posts #115, 117, 111

Ha Long bay tours/Cat Ba => #83, 84

Vietnam - China border crossings => #7

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Vietnamese teacher in Hanoi

Can anyone recommend a teacher of Vietnamese in Hanoi for a complete beginner? I'll be there for 12 days starting January 5th. I'm thinking something like 10 2-hour daily lessons.

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Itinerary advice for 3-4 weeks in Vietnam, September 2015

Hi there

We're planning a trip for 4 adults and a 2-year-old in September 2015 and hoping for some itinerary advice.

Being from New Zealand we can manage lower temperatures up north. We understand at that time Hoi An may be flooded but we're prepared to take our chances there. However we would like to time our trip to Mekong Delta to avoid flooding.

We're travelling with a 2-year-old and won't be taking him on any boat trips which means we'll double up days for example in Halong Bay and…

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Flying in to HCMC and out of Hanoi

Hi - what's the cheapest way of flying in to HCMC and out of Hanoi (from Europe)? Are there some airlines who do this for a reasonable price, or is it better to take an internal flight back at the end? Thanks.

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Anyone interested in traveling together?

I will be visiting: Hanoi and surround areas of Vietnam Jan 2 – Jan 17
This is last minute I know, but am looking for someone to share time with.

I have no plans within Vietnam yet, but I will probably only go as far south as Phong Nha cave, but really am completely flexible.

So please let me know if we can meet in Hanoi, or if maybe there is someplace in Vietnam that you have always wanted to see - I would very much enjoy traveling with you.

And Happy (western) New Year!

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Application of entry and exit visa

When I received my approval letter for the visa, I also received a blank copy of the "Application of entry and exit visa" with a space for a 4x6 cm photo. It says to bring two copies, one for the Vietnam issuing office and one for the frontier, police post as I arrive. Are these guidelines correct? I am arriving a th HCM airport.

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Mui Ne

Traveling to Vietnam in February and want to relax on the beach in or around Mui Ne. Any suggestions for a nice mid range place to stay? It is our honeymoon.

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Hoi An or Hue?

Hello Fellow Wanderers,
I only have 20 days in Vietnam and would like to spend a good amount of time in the north. I feel like I need to decide between Hoi An and Hue for a 2 night stay at the beginning of my trip.

If you had to choose between these 2 locations which would you choose?

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Danang weather

Hi there,

Looking to book a trip to Danong in October next year but have heard it can be wet and humid. Has anyone been there recently and can they advise please on October weather? Any must-see's? Is the beach really nice to swim in?

Thanks in advance!

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from Phu Quoc to Sihanoukville

Hi
Could anybody update me on the options of getting from Phu Quoc to Cambodia? What are the prices at the moment?
Many thanks)