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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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Current construction works in Saigon

View from the Rex

Enoy your trips through the maze..

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Solo female trip, 6 weeks, itinerary advices

Hi All,
I currently live in Hanoi and I will travel for 6 weeks from the 22th of November to the 8th of January. To sump-up I would like to avoid a rush-trip and taking loads of buses. I enjoy: nature, hiking, motorbike, swimming, temples/history and museums. I roughly know where I wanna go but I have trouble to balance my length of time.

I am 20 and my originate idea was to travel by motorbike, but my friends cannot join (all working); Unfortunately I fear 6 weeks is too much for a solo…

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Saigon and the Mekong Delta

I have spent 16 days visiting all that region from the Cambodian border (Chau Doc) to Saigon, except the coast. It is interesting but it becomes monotonous after a while : flat, with only rivers, channels, islands, rice fields and orchards.

CHAU DOC

I started with the speed boat Phnom Penh-Chau Doc, a good way to go from Cambodia to Vietnam or vice-versa. Departure Phnom Penh 13:00, arrival Chau Doc 17:00 (from Vietnam to Cambodia : departure Chau Doc 7:30, arrival Phnom Penh 12:30).…

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Phong Nha cave tour advice

We will have only two nights at Phong Nha. We will be coming from Hue, by some mode of transport (bus or taxi) and staying at the Phong Nha farmstay for two nights, after which we fly to Hanoi. So there's not much flexibility, and probably just leaves us with one day to explore the caves and park. We definitely want a good tour of the caves and, if there's time, some of the natural environment in the park. Can anyone suggest a good tour that we can take? Many of the ones I've seen include…

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visa from UK

applying for a visa off to Vietnam 9th December is it better to apply via vietnamvisachoice.com as suggested in LP? Anyone had any experience? Not been to Asia since 1986 so advice would be useful, mostly travelled in W. Africa. Any suggestions for accommodation in Ho Chi Minh on arrival until I get my bearings. Thanks

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Hue Google Hotel not what it used to be

My wife and I stayed one night at the Google Hotel in Hue Vietnam. We selected it because of the enthusiastic review in our Lonely Planet guide. Perhaps this hotel once was an "excellent new place" with "huge flat screen TV's" but those days are long gone. We reserved a "deluxe" room, for $30 per night. The first room they put us in, on the 3rd floor, was not satisfactory because the door would not latch and lock. In the second room, on the 4th floor, the door would lock, but it smelled as…

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DIY Mekong Delta 2/3/4 day from Cambodia side

Hi all,
will be exploring Mekong delta in mid December, entering it from Phu Quoc island and going to HCMC. Relatively flexi with time could spend 2-5 days, but obviously don't want to overstay. Interested in homestays, floating market and just basically explore the region. Maybe someone could help with itinerary, homestay contacts and thing to do/see.
traveling as couple
backpacker budget :)
thanx

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Phu Quoc or Mui Ne

We are going to Vietnam in November and also visiting Laos and northern Thailand. This will be our third trip and we wanted to finish at a nice beach. We are flying out of HCMC and were thinking Phu Quoc or Mui Ne for the last few days. We want to relax and have restaurants and bars close by preferably within walking distance. We were leaning towards Phu Quoc but as it's high season we are not so sure. Would any one who has been to both have any advice on which place would be better?…

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Visa run to Malaysia

Hi, I'm in Vietnam and need to go on a visa run soon, does anyone know how much a 3 or 6 month Vietnam visa costs in Kuala Lumpur? Better still can you recommend a travel agent who can sort it out?

Thanks