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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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Visa upon arrival from the States?

Good Morning : )

We're two US citizens looking to travel from the states to Hanoi. According to Vietnam embassy in NY, visas need to be obtained here.

Two of friend of a friend's have traveled to Vietnam with a visa upon arrival through a site called "myvietnamvisa" and have been an email to printout & had to just pay $45/person for the actual visa upon arrival in Hanoi.

Any suggestions on this please?? It is half the price through website of what it would be to go through embassy but I…

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2 to 3 weeks bike trip

Well just trying to find partners to go on a bike trip from Saigon to the unknown (already have some routes, guides, from the great Vietnamcoracle.com). I already bought a bike and i am ready to to start on Monday. but is aways better to have some other motorbikes on the group. if someone is interested please contact me at feten@hotmail.com.
Andrés.

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Malaria tablets in Vietnam

Does anyone know if you can purchase Malrone tablets in Vietnam?
Just wondering if it would be cheaper to get them their or do i need to purchase them from Australia before I leave.

thanks

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Weather and homestays in Ba Be National Park, November?

Hi, my wife and I arrive in Hanoi near the end of October. After a few days in Hanoi, we'll likely go to Ba Be National Park for a few days and then to Cat Ba Island/Halong bay for a few more days. Does anyone know how cool and wet the weather may be around Ba Be Nat'l park? We'd like to NOT have to book too far ahead - would also rather book with a more local business than what I see so far online- but has anyone stayed at any of the homestays in the National Park? Would we likely be able…

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Haiphong - Halong City

Hello, i am just wanting to see if anyone has any information about travelling from Haiphong City to Halong City by Boat through Lan Ha bay and then Hang Sung Sot, Dao Titop, Hang Dau Go & Hang Thien Cung. It would be a one way boat trip as i would like to head back to Hanoi after dinner in Halong City. Also i would like to do this trip in one day i.e.. Depart Hanoi at 0605 train to Haiphong arrive 0830 and explore town for an hour or 2 then get a boat cruising through the above itinerary…

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Cu Chi Tunnel Tours

Need help finding a good full-day or 1/2 day Cu Chi Tunnels tour vendor that will pick up and drop off at a HMC hotel.

Thanks.......................

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Tourist Visa for Vietnam

Hello,
I have a plan to visit Ho Chi Minh City for 4 days early next year, I will be on a return air ticket from Bangkok. In preparation I am trying to find out about entry requirements and finding all the information is either misleading or contradictive. So can someone please give me a simple answer.
When I arrive at Ho Chi Minh can I get a tourist visa on arrival, what forms do I have to fill in, where do I get those forms, how much do I pay and what on earth is a letter of approval!!
I am…

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Where to Volunteer?

Myself and my husband(ages 55 years old) are looking to volunteer in Vietnam for a month to six weeks in Jan-Feb 2015. Does anyone know of a reputable volunteer assocation? We are open to suggestions as to what kind of volunteerism. We are not looking for a home-stay, nor are we looking for a place in the middle of nowhere and we do not speak the language. Ideally we'd like to find an organization with an office in Canada or the US so as we can call them. Any suggestions?

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From PHU MY TO HO CHI MINH

Hi again I need advice, will be at the port of Phu My in November and would like to know how to get to Saigon for the day or if someone has a better suggestion of where to go that I can organize with a reasonable priced tour agent or on my own.I have Googled my fingers off and cant find anything that is of help to me. , so i throw myself on your mercy. Lesleigh