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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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The Halong Bay experience is something that I am sure we will want to do when we fly to Hanoi next week prior to a trip to trek up in Sapa and then over to Laos. But it also seems to me to be A HUGE tourist trap with everybody offering all kinds of combinations, permutations and marketing hype- at huge budget differences...Can you help? We are a couple in our 50's, well experienced and travelled at a budget to low mid range budget, very selective where we put more money into things...we are…

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Hi travelers!

I know there is probably a million different posts that are similar to mine, but after having done quite some research, and being relatively unfamiliar with Vietnam, I would like your input...! :)

My boyfriend and I only have 12 days to spare (next spring) but we are determined to do Northern Vietnam & Laos. Understandably, this will be a somewhat rushed itinerary but we are always up for an adventure! We are departing from the USA, therefore Day 2 will be our arrival in Hanoi…

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Hello,

Im trying to find the timetable for the bus from Hannoi to Halong bay.

I will arrive to Hannoi airport around 9:30AM and i want to take a bus directly to Halong bay.

Do anyone know if there is buses around 10:30-11:00 that leave to halong bay? or the timetable?

Thank you in advance,

Dov

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Hello!!
Finally, after lot of time, I 've decided to fly to Vietnam, for 20 days +/-
I will arrive next 14.10 from Barcelona, with Qatar, until 01.11
This will be more or less my plan:

14.10 1 BCN HO CHI MIN
15.10 2 HO CHI MIN (Cu chi)
16.10 3 HO CHI MIN
17.10 4 HO CHI MIN DANANG HOI-AN
18.10 5 HOI-AN (My Son)
19.10 6 HOI-AN HUE
20.10 7 HUE HANOI
21.10 8 HANOI
22.10 9 HANOI
23.10 10 HANOI TAM-COC
24.10 11 TAM-COC
25.10 12 TAM-COC SAPA
26.10 13 SAPA
27.10 14 SAPA HANOI
28.10 15 HANOI
29.10…

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Hi
has anyone crossed from Vietnam to Cambodia via
Via Le Tanh border?hoping to do this in January

Thank you

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Ideas!

Hi everyone

This has probably been asked a thousand times but any tips would be appreciated. Im traveling Vietnam for 27 days, flying into Hanoi and out of Saigon. I have a rough idea of going to sapa first then to the coast and working my way down.
Any thoughts on what I should see, places to stay, travel etc.?

Thanks!

Paul

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It sounds like everybody and their uncle are doing "Sapa trekking- homestay- tribes" packages! Obviously a profitable venture...I am wondering what the average recommended prices might be for a 2 or 3 day package from Sapa. I realize there are all kinds of perks and marketing ways of presenting it, we are looking for authentic, reasonably-priced as well as community-benefit. Would love to get some ballpark numbers and recommendations to consider for upcoming trip. Looking for moderate hiking…

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Hi

My wife will go to Vietnam this November to celebrate my birthday week.

Hope you can help us with my questions below.

  1. From Airport, we will be arriving at around 1:30am. Is is okay to take a taxi to Hanoi or we just wait 4:00am for the bus or van? Any reputable taxi from the airport that we can trust?

  2. Any particular location or inn at Hanoi that we can stay? near to delicious authentic Vietnamese food restaurant and cheap shopping find?

  3. For Halong Bay, Is…

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I was planning on the bus, boat, bus from Hanoi to Cat Ba Town (via Haipong), but I guess the Luong Yen Bus Station in Hanoi is closed as of August??? It that right? What is the most convenient transport at this time.