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:
Visa for Vietnam => find posts #115, 117, 111
Ha Long bay tours/Cat Ba => #83, 84
Vietnam - China border…
I've read about the pre-arranged visas, where you use an agency to email you an approval letter, then pay for your visa on arrival.
This sounds far easier, if less fun, than going up to London to visit the embassy. Can anyone recommend a reputable agency for me? (UK passport, if it makes a difference).
doing my homework and looking for THE beach/es...you know white sand, turquoise water and not 'too' overcrowded.
I stumbled across Phu Quoc Island and it looks like the ideal place if there were not a few 'ifs':
1-Overpriced resorts: 250€ a night for something nice?!?!?
2-Mixed reports about friendliness of people, noise, crowds of local tourists and stray dogs ...
Any advice on this regard? You know a few huts on the beach, nice restaurants around, laid back atmosphere and…
I could not find any topics on prices in Vietnam. If possible, could you please share the average prices of food, products etc. Also, I have heard that sleep-on buses are horrible. Is it true? They are so much cheaper than trains that I just do not really want to spend so much if the train is almost the same. What is the cheapest way to get from Hanoi to SaPa? From city to city till I get there?
I'll be in Vietnam in February 2016 and I'd like to visit the Halong bay. The thing is I'm feeling lost between the guides and the internet informations. The prices of the tours I found seem very expensive. Do you have some tips ? Moreover, I'd like to see the terrestrial Halong bay. Any recommendations ?
Thank you :)
Is there any need to book hotels/guesthouses (low end of the budget) in advance, or can I just turn up and find something fairly easily? Also for trains, any need to book more than a couple of days in advance?
Thinking of mid Feb (after Tet) to mid March, if time of year makes a difference.
I am planning to go to Vietnam for one month starting on the 20th of November. What would be a recommended itinerary, considering that I'd like to do a bit of culture, trekking, beaches and scenic landscapes? I did my homework but it seems like there is plenty to see and I'd rather stick to the highlights. Any advice on this regard?
I'm planning a visit to Vietnam for a month, starting around mid Feb.
Given the climate at this time of year, am I right in thinking it would be better to start in the south and head north? Or does it really not make much difference?
Is a month even enough to over the length of the country, or would it be more sensible to stick to one region - if so, which part do you recommend?