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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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My wife, myself and our 2 kids will be visiting Vietnam in April 2016. It is part of a RWT that we are planning.

All four of us have duel citizenship (Canada and France and have a passport for each country). We are living in Canada. On our trip we will be arriving into Vietnam from Cambodia. My original plan is to go by land into Vietnam. I have a couple of questions:

1 - Would it be easier to get a pre-approved visa and fly into HMC than going into the country by land?
2 - Do I need to get…

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Hello,

We will be travelling to Vietnam in Jan 2016 as a group of 5. We are flying into Hanoi and then have bookings already for Halong Bay. I am think of using a company called Vietnamimpressive to book our trains from Hanoi to Dalang (so we can visit Hoi An) then from Dalang to Nha Trang for a few days at the beach. Then a bus to Dalat (hoping to book bus thru Hotel). Then either a bus to Saigon from Dalat or back to Nha Trang to get overnight train.
We have booked all hotels at all locations…

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Hi!!! I've been looking for information to go directly from the airport of da nang to hoi an. It seems that there is a shutlle bus (Hoi an express), some vans but in all of them they require you to book in advance. It is advisable to do so or is better to just find something in the airport (there is a local bus or perhaps I can share a car with somebody, or use the shuttle bus anyway)

Do you know at what time departs the last local bus ?? Thank you so much!!!

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I Will be travelling through Asia for 4 months (Thailand, Cambodia,Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar, India) and I have no problems planning a nice itinerary and finding decent yet cheap hotels for any of these countries except for Vietnam!
My plan was to arrive in HCMC on January 19, stay for 3 nights, then to either Dalat or Mui Ne, but I have been reading about both cities and especially Mui Ne seems unattractive after so many mixed reviews. Also hotel prices seem pretty steep. So should I head straight…

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Hi,

I am going to Vietnam 1-14 Nov and need some help with itinerary please! I am flying from Singapore and returning to London from there also. I was thinking about covering Sapa, Hanoi, maybe Halong Bay (just for the junk boat), Saigon, Phu Quoc and if I could ever fit it in Mekong Delta. Ambitious I know!

I wanted to do Phu Quoc for a few days R&R at the end of the holiday. Do you think I am intending to see too many places? Would you please help with suggestions of how long is…

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I’m going to visit Vietnam in October. I’ve planned to spend three days traveling around Hanoi. Never been in this city, so there are lots of things confusing me: where to stay, where to visit, what to eat and what to do for such a short time. Does anyone have some interesting suggestions or traveling tips in Hanoi to share with me?
My concerns are about accommodations, traditional cuisines, historiacal sites, traditional souvenir shops for buying gifts...everything for experiencing the local…

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Does anyone have experience of obtaining a visa on arrival at Da Nang airport? I have obtained one In Hanoi and friends have obtained them after arrival at SaiGon airport but I don't know any who has flown into Da Nang and got their visa there.

If yes, can you please advise of the costs? And was the waiting time very long? (my friends will be arriving with young children.) Any info would help.

Thanks everyone.

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Last Sunday I left my camera at this GoPro shop on Bui Vien to be repair. The problem: when the camera is turned on, the shutter cover keeps opening and closing repeatedly (winking). To stop this, the battery needs to be removed. Rendering the camera useless.

I asked if they could repair it. I was told to return the next day, Monday, at 3 pm for an appraisal… But they were closed! They have many other GoPro shops around D1… also all closed. Tuesday… still all closed! I was leaving HCMC on…

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Hi,

Travelling to Vietnam in December, staying in Ho Chi Minh for a few days then travelling to Cambodia. Spending the majority of time in Camboida, before returning to Vietnam and flying back out of Ho Chi Minh.

Visa questions - based on the info from https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/vietnam/entry-requirements do I need to get a visa as I will be entering Vietnam, staying a few days, departing to Cambodia, but then returning to Vietnam within 30 days of my departure back to the UK…