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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 bought a bus ticket to Cambodia from Vietnam for the day that my visa expired, they emailed me later and said that all the buses are full so I'm going to have to get the bus the next day. So basically I'm going to have to over stay my visa by 1 day.

I've read online that you have to pay a fine at the airport if you are leaving the country by air but I was just wondering whether it works the same way by land? And how much will the fine be? Thank you very much

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Hi,
We're spending this weekend in Hanoi and that includes April 30th, the Reunification Day.

Could somebody say whether shops/restaurants/museums will be closed?

Also what is the best place to observe local celebrations? Is there some official program (even if in Vietnamese)?
Thanks!

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Has anyone tried booking a bus ticket on their website? Does the website reflect the actual availability of the seats?

I will be flying into Ho Chi Minh and arrive around 8 plus in the morning on Sunday (30 April). I'm planning to head to Mui Ne as soon as I get into HCM but I'm not sure if i should get my ticket online or just head down to get the ticket in person. What are the odds of not being able to get a bus ticket out? Thanks in advance!

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Is it cheaper to book when we get to the bay? The prices I see online are not really in our price range. Wondering if we take an independent bus to the area and book with one of the cruises, will our price be quoted the same as on their website?

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Hello,

My question is in reference to the route in the subject. What is the best way to do this without hiring a private car? I found some similar posts but none of them are that recent. I read I have to go back to Lao Cai from Bac Ha to get to Ha Giang, is that true?

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Hi Guys,

Just booked a trip to Hanoi. This will be my second time there but its been about 5 years so a while ago. Just have a few questions which i hope you can help me with.

Halong bay - whats the approx rate for a 1 night/ 2 day cruise leaving from Hanoi. I remember last time i went, there were a range of prices, however the boats all looked pretty much the same. I even remember that even the rooms on my boat were all sold at different prices ( obviously different agents have different mark…

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Visited "Life's a Beach" 2 years ago and will return in June this year.
Would like to email Steve & Gavin, but even after a close look at their website I can't seem to find their email address.
It would be nice to get in touch with them.
Anyone have an email address?
Thanks.

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Hey folks!

Just wondering if anyone's crossed over from northern Vietnam around Hekou/Lao Cai over to south Western China, travelling towards the direction of Kunming? I'm hoping to either get the bus or train up to Kunming from the border... Any tips, things I should be aware of, any experiences shared would be greatly appreciated! Not sure how to go about the crossing at all yet!

Thanks in advance,
Shaz

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Hi folks,

We have just booked flights to Vietnam. We haven't booked accommodation or internal flights yet. We are only going for 2 weeks.

We fly into Ho Chi Minh on 23rd September (in the evening). We plan to spend 3 nights there (should include a city tour, day trip to Mekong, Cu Chi etc).

On the 27th I am looking at a flight to Da Nang from HCM and then get a taxi down to Hoi An for 3 nights.

On the 30th we would get a taxi to Hue and stay for one night before flying on the 1st to Hanoi…