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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 crossings => #7

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Hello,

I'm looking for a reliable rental car company, and advices.
I will be in Hanoi in late june, and I want to go to Ninh Binh. We'll be 4, and I pay for the whole group, so the car option sounds good.

So far, the info I got from the web is questionable. Rates go from 60$ to 200$ a day. I have no answers to my emails to the car companies. The only solid info I have is that taxi companies charge about 0.75 cents a kilometer.

What is the best way to find a car & driver? What kind of…

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Hey,

I'm going to Vietnam next Saturday. My exams have just finished so I'm just getting around to sorting out what to bring. I'm sorted for t-shirts, and swimming shorts. I'm not sure of what shorts/ trousers to bring though. I'm going for three weeks, travelling from Hanoi to HCMC.

I'm looking at these shorts, however I'm not sure how good they will be, especially considering the weather.

http://www.uniqlo.com/uk/store/goods/139132-03-004

In terms of trousers, I'm not sure what to bring…

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Hi all,

I'll be in vietnam for 2 week 08-23 july 2015.
I would like to experience the Vietnamise food culture, including: learn how to cook local dishes, prepare noodles, try all the best and weird street food and dishes, go through the markets, walk into locals' houses or behind restaurant kitchens and talk directly with chef, housewives, have dinner at home wih them ecc...

Basically, I am looking for an authentic genuine experience, not "thicking the box" with a touristic "made for…

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I'm going to be in the Mekong for three days. I need to be in Chau Doc on the last day. Is it better to book tours ahead of time or when I'm there? Recommendations are or course welcome. I'll be in MD June 27 to June 30.

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Hello everyone,

I’m having a plan to Vietnam next month. Where do you think is the best place to start our trip? Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh city? How’re they different? What make them interesting? If I visit both, where I should stay longer?

Many thanks to your advice.

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This will be in June.
Day 1: Saigon
Day 2: Cu Chi
Day 3: Saigon
Day 4: Nha Trang
Day 5: Nha Trang
Day 6: Nha Trang
Day 7: Hoi An
Day 8: Hoi An
Day 9: Hue
Day 10: Hue/DMZ
Day 11: Phong Nha-Ke Bang
Day 12: Phong Nha-Ke Bang
Day 13: Hanoi
Day 14: Sapa
Day 15: Sapa
Day 16: Hanoi
Day 17: Halong Bay
Day 18: Hanoi
Day 19: Leave from Hanoi

My main worry about this is that I might be trying to squeeze too much into my time there, and with the long travel times between most places…

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Hi there,

I am flying to Ho Chi Minh from Luang Prabang, Laos.

I will be doing a Visa On Arrival but my flight schedule is Luang Prabang > Hanoi > Ho Chi Minh.

I am wondering what I should declare my entry point is, because I will offically enter in Hanoi but I am not sure if I will go through customs/VOA process in Hanoi or HCM.

If anyone has done a process similar to this (international flight to Vietnam then Domestic flight within Vietnam with VOA) and has advise on the VOA process…

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Hello!
I am flying into Ho Chi Minh mid-July. It's a last minute decision and I really have no idea what to expect of Vietnam having never been to SE Asia before, also doing it alone (female).
I have a very low budget and am thinking of spending three weeks travelling from Ho Chi Minh up north and flying out from Hanoi. If anyone who has any advice at all on great hostels/accomm they stayed in/ cheap, unusual tours they enjoyed or have had limited time like myself and managed to sort out a good…

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Hi all,

Travelling to Vietnam for my first visit on Sunday. I will need to send receive emails on my phone so i'm asking for any help with SIM cards for iPhones. Does anybody have any info about this that they want to share?

Thanks for your help and stay awesome!