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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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I am doing three month in Thailand, Vietnam and China. I will be in Thailand before Vietnam and I do not have my tourist visa for China yet, and thought about getting it in Vietnam. Anyone has done that recently? I will enter China by train not by plane..

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Hi!

I'll be traveling to Vietnam for 9 days in late June/early July to visit some French colonial buildings in Hanoi, Haiphong, and Ho Chi Minh City for graduate school research. A friend is coming with me, and we'd like to tour more of the country while we are there. We're really interested in spending some time hiking near Sapa and visiting Hoi An or Hue.

Do you have recommendations on what would be a good itinerary for 9 days?

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We received our authorisation letter for VOA and on the visa application form it specifies "standard size passport photo 4 x 6 cm", which is rather large or doesn't it matter, if the photo is smaller. What is your experience? Thanks for any input...

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Hello everyone,

I would like to do a meditation course in Vietnam, for example a ten day vipassana course. There are several locations and I would like to know if any of you have either good or bad experiences with the different courses in Vietnam.

Thank you for any tips and recommendations!
Anita

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Hello everybody!

Was just wondering if anyone could possibly help, I have some VND in cash and I wanted to explore my options of being able to transfer this into my UK bank account, are there any Vietnamese banks that would enable this? I know that Western union won't let me send money out of Vietnam and I'm not too keen on using Paypal so was hoping to pick your brains to see if there are any other options!

Thanks in advance!

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We will be in Halong Bay for a few nights and want to do a day tour on a junk or boat. I can only find day tours from Hanoi. Any suggestions on how to do this or companies that offer day excursions from Halong rather than Hanoi.

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I am from New Zealand and will apply online for Visa on arrival. My girlfriend is from Philippines can someone tell me if she has to apply online as well . Do we have to have airline tickets to depart Vietnam to allow us to board flight into Vietnam ??

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Hi, a friend and I have booked to go for just two weeks in Vietnam the last week of August and first week of September, flying into Ho Chi Minh City.

We have heard reports of heavy rain in the North so are thinking of sticking to the south and central region: going as far down as the U Minh forests in CA Mau on the Mekong and as far up as Hue.

We were thinking ideally of heading down the Mekong and then up to Hoi An / Hue /Da Nang area to hopefully get some beach days at the end of our trip…