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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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Hello!!
Finally, after lot of time, I 've decided to fly to Vietnam, for 20 days +/-
I will arrive next 14.10 from Barcelona, with Qatar, until 01.11
This will be more or less my plan:

14.10 1 BCN HO CHI MIN
15.10 2 HO CHI MIN (Cu chi)
16.10 3 HO CHI MIN
17.10 4 HO CHI MIN DANANG HOI-AN
18.10 5 HOI-AN (My Son)
19.10 6 HOI-AN HUE
20.10 7 HUE HANOI
21.10 8 HANOI
22.10 9 HANOI
23.10 10 HANOI TAM-COC
24.10 11 TAM-COC
25.10 12 TAM-COC SAPA
26.10 13 SAPA
27.10 14 SAPA HANOI
28.10 15 HANOI
29.10…

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Hi
has anyone crossed from Vietnam to Cambodia via
Via Le Tanh border?hoping to do this in January

Thank you

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Ideas!

Hi everyone

This has probably been asked a thousand times but any tips would be appreciated. Im traveling Vietnam for 27 days, flying into Hanoi and out of Saigon. I have a rough idea of going to sapa first then to the coast and working my way down.
Any thoughts on what I should see, places to stay, travel etc.?

Thanks!

Paul

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It sounds like everybody and their uncle are doing "Sapa trekking- homestay- tribes" packages! Obviously a profitable venture...I am wondering what the average recommended prices might be for a 2 or 3 day package from Sapa. I realize there are all kinds of perks and marketing ways of presenting it, we are looking for authentic, reasonably-priced as well as community-benefit. Would love to get some ballpark numbers and recommendations to consider for upcoming trip. Looking for moderate hiking…

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Hi

My wife will go to Vietnam this November to celebrate my birthday week.

Hope you can help us with my questions below.

  1. From Airport, we will be arriving at around 1:30am. Is is okay to take a taxi to Hanoi or we just wait 4:00am for the bus or van? Any reputable taxi from the airport that we can trust?

  2. Any particular location or inn at Hanoi that we can stay? near to delicious authentic Vietnamese food restaurant and cheap shopping find?

  3. For Halong Bay, Is…

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I was planning on the bus, boat, bus from Hanoi to Cat Ba Town (via Haipong), but I guess the Luong Yen Bus Station in Hanoi is closed as of August??? It that right? What is the most convenient transport at this time.

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Hello,
I have read that there are heavy rains during Oct and Nov in Hoi An. I will visit Hoi An for 2-3 days. In general I do not mind the rain, but do you think that it will be so heavy not to allow the typical sights? Would you cancelled the visit?
Thank you

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Hi,
I am a solo traveller. I want to travel in the overnight train from Hanoi to Sapa, in a 4 berth cabin. Is it safe for a female traveller?
Thank you

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Hello,

Will spend 20 days in Vietnam from 24th October, arrive in Hanoi and plan to travel south eventually taking plane/Train ? back up to Hanoi.

Would like to see as much as possible, would appreciate any Tips on what one should defiintely see while in Vietnam. have travel guide but would welcone any suggestions. Home stays seem to be a big Thing, any main agencey to organise this ??

many thanks

Grindie