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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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Hi everyone,

Just wondering if anyone could recommend a bus company from Hanoi to Sapa and back again.

Nick

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My information is out of date, but I know that it used to be easy for visitors on Tourist visas to get temporary work as English teachers in Vietnam, especially in HCM and Hanoi.

Is this still the case? Are there lots of opportunities to work for 1-2 months? Is there a big risk of trouble with authorities?

Any help appreciated!

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Can I visit the Mekong delta and Halong Bay without booking a tour? I have read mixed reviews.
For example, I read that you can do Mekong Delta on your own. However, I've read not to try & visit Halong Bay by yourself bc it takes to long to get to from Hanoi and the cost of a tour compared to doing it yourself is about the same. I heard that a tour is over $100. I need help, thanks!

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For Vietnam, the 3 month Multiple Entry visa allows for multiple entries within the allotted time of 90 days. My question concerns the maximum Length of Stay permitted when using this visa.

How long could a person with a US passport stay in Vietnam with a 3 month Multiple Entry visa? Could I do like in Thailand and exit a few days before the 90th day, return on the 89th day and stay an additional 90 days?

I haven't found any discussion about this particular point. Any help will be appreciated.

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Hello,
I’m gonna have a trip to Phan Rang this Friday and found there are many bus brands selling cheap ticket (about 45% lower) for seats at the last row. Is it worth to try?
Thank you!

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Dear guys,
My partner and I are travelling to South Vietnam and Cambodia and lastly in Phu Quoc Island before flying back to Saigon to end our trip back to Australia in late Oct 2017.
We are staying in cheap local guest hotels around USD 15 a night and probably give ourselves a treat by staying somewhere a little bit nicer & pricey in Phu Quoc at the end of the trip.
Can somebody recommend a nice clean private Bungalow with air cond, quite and close to beach and scenic place to chill out for around…

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I'm really interested in seeing the Hang En cave, but reading about it online it looks like you can only do it with an overnight tour with Oxalis (very expensive!!!). Does anyone know if it's possible to do it as a day hike e.g. arrive there around 7:30am and make it back before dark? It's around 20km return, so should be doable. Just don't want to make the trip out there if you get turned away for not being part of a tour group.

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Hello, where is the best place to rent motorbikes in this area? I've read people getting them for as little as $4/ day. Anybody know of such locations?

Also, we decided to stay in Tam Coc over Ninh binh. Is this the right move? Generally I like to avoid tourists but I have read that Tam Coc is much better to stay in over Ninh binh. Can anybody confirm? Also open to other suggestions of better places to stay.

Thanks in advance

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Does anyone know where in Hanoi,I can pick up a detailed map of North Viet Nam suitable for motorbiking.
something similar to GT Rider in Thailand--I dont currently have a smart phone and prefer something i can refer to physically that shows all the secondary roads . Cheers