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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:

  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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vietnam vespa adventer tours

Has anybody ever booked a tour with these people.
I did & I only got a reply saying that paypal have taken money for stephen mueller.
Any ideas?
Homerus.

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8 Days Northern Vietnam Itinerary

Hi All!

I'm planning on an 8 day trip to Vietnam. I'm planning to go to these places: Hanoi (obviously), Sapa, Ninh Binh/ Tam Coc and Halong Bay. Can someone plan an itinerary for me? Also I would like to stay in Hanoi on the third day of the trip, so that's the catch. Would very much appreciate your help, Thanks!

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How early can I (or need to) get a Vietnamese visa?

I'm hoping to get my 30 day Vietnamese visa in Bangkok in early March. I don't plan on visiting Vietnam, however, until sometime in either early April or late April. Is this alright? I assume it's not a problem, but I just wanted to double check that I shouldn't wait to get the Vietnamese visa until closer to my travel to the country. Thanks for the help.

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Tet - When do things return to normal

Hi,
I am planning a trip to Vietnam next month. I would like to avoid Tet but I'm not sure when things return to normal. I believe the Tet Holidays run up to the 23rd of February. Can anyone advise when would be best to visit. I will be travelling from Cambodia overland.
Thanks

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Thanh Thuy Border Crossing

I've seen references to Thanh Thuy border crossing into China, north of Ha Giang, but I'm not sure if it's operative or if foreigners can use it. Does anyone have any info? Thanks.

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Sleeper Bus in Vietnam

Hey there. I tried 3 different companies Dec 2014-Jan 2015.
The first two were really poor in general: TM Camel, and Nam Phuong (NOT Phoung Nam - there are lots of travel businesses with similar names and can be confusing).
On both of them you are treated like cattle, the drivers and assistants attitudes range from indifferent to downright rude. They order you around as you are boarding: "you, go here!", "you, over there!". When we arrived at our destination, the waiting horde of taxi and…

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Travelling Vietnam Cambodia Laos Thailand 2015

Hi guys,

Me and my boyfriend are planning on going travelling for a few months this summer before we head to Australia. The main places we want to spend time in are Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand. Thinking of spending about 3 months seeing them all. Just wondering what the best way to do it is. I was thinking Vietnam for a few weeks then Cambodia, Laos and finishing up in Thailand. Does this seem like the best route or would anybody do it any different? Plan on getting buses/trains…

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Mt Fansipan Trek starting on 27/01/2015

Hi all, I'm hoping to trek Mt Fansipan starting on Wednesday. Is there anyone on here that has done this around this time of year before? I realize it will be colder than most of the other time of the year but at the moment the weather forecast is looking decent, i understand this could obviously change. Also can anybody recommend a good company to do the trek with? http://www.accuweather.com/en/vn/sa-pa/416623/daily-weather-forecast/416623
Thanks

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Can Gio Mangrove Forest

Hi Guys,
we plan a cycle trip to Can Gio.
Are there any guest houses or hotels? All I could find is the Can Gia resort..
Did anybody stay at Van Sam eco park? ( I can´t open their website )

Afterwards we like to continue towards Go Cong but on the maps I don´t find any ferry.

If you have any information let me know, please.

Thanks in advance

Markus