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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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A Chinese friend is asking my advice on her summer holiday plans. She wants beaches and I've suggested that she look into spending some time on Phu Quoc island as I understand it offers a visa on arrival to Chinese tourist (Along with everyone else), I hope I'm right in this?

I have also suggested that she looks into going from there to Sihanoukville to see slightly different sea and sand but I'm now wondering if this is actually possible. I know that there used to be ferries/boats that did the…

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It is now official : the exemption of visa for French, Italians, Spanish, Germans and English is valid until 30 June 2017 for a stay of 15 days or less

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Hi guys,

I am going to explore the Dong Van karst plateau in July and am planning to see: Quan Ba, Yen Minh (drive by), Lung Cu, Vuong palace, Dong Van (trekking) and Meo Vac.

1)For the experience should I rent a private car /or motorbike with driver from Ha giang to Dong Van allowing us to stop in Quan Ba and Lung Cu or should I go by public transport and arrange day trips from Dong Van?

2)What is about average the cost of private tour 1 day from Ha giang to Dong van (and make stops by Quan…

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I am planning to do 2 weeks in Vietnam in September. Have read a few different bits of info around entering the country with a criminal record but a bit confused still.

For context I have two criminal convictions, one was for possession of a weapon which was a 'spent conviction' (meaning it doesn't show on my police clearance in Australia) and also a minor damage charge (this does show on my police clearance). This was 6 years ago roughly.

My situation is unique in that even though I've never…

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Hey guys,
I'm currently traveling in SE Asia and will arrive in Hanoi soon. The plan is to go for 6 days to Sapa and about 4 days to the ha long Bay. A traveller told me I shouldn't book any tours in advance from hanoi, such that I will get the same tour much (by at least a factor of 2) cheaper when I arrive at the destination by myself and look around. Is this true, or should I organize something from hanoi? I guess if I go with a decent tour operator it shouldn't make a huge difference…

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Hey guys,
I'm currently traveling in SE Asia and will arrive in Hanoi soon. The plan is to go for 6 days to Sapa and about 4 days to the ha long Bay. A traveller told me I shouldn't book any tours in advance from hanoi, such that I will get the same tour much (by at least a factor of 2) cheaper when I arrive at the destination by myself and look around. Is this true, or should I organize something from hanoi? I guess if I go with a decent tour operator it shouldn't make a huge difference…

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Hi
My girlfriend and I are considering taking a tour with easy riders across the central highlands. The destination will be Dalat. However, we are not sure what will be the optimal starting location. As we are starting our Vietnam trip in Hanoi, we are considering Hoi An and Nha Trang. Will you guys recommend the Hoi An-Dalat tour or the Nha Trang-Dalat tour?

Secondly, we are considering which company to use. In other forums, vietnameasyridertours.com owned by Mr. Happy has been recommended…

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My friends and I would like to go to Vietnam in November. We intend to stay Sai Gon in 3 days and then visit some places in Mekong Delta and Phu Quoc island. Do you know much about Phu Quoc? Places to see? And how to move from Sai Gon or Mekong Delta to Phu Quoc?
Many thanks!

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We're 2 girls traveling June 30 from Dalat to Nha Trang. Price is 65usd. Looking for one more person to share with us.