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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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Hello, my husband and i will be traveling with our 6 yr old this April in Vietnam. We want to go from Dong Hoi to Cat ba, we are looking at a night train to Hanoi and then the bus, boat bus to Cat Ba. Questions:
1: do we have to go to Hanoi first or is there a faster way that does not include a lot of transfers all around. we do wish to take the train and not fly. as i see it now. we would be arriving in Hanoi about 4:50 am
2: if we do go to Hanoi first , where would we catch an easy transfer…

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Hi,

Just wanted to know if anybody has a recent update on the fines for overstaying the free 15 day visa for some nationalities, by 24-48 hours. Posts from a year or two ago suggest that it was around $25 per day and was considered to be acceptable by the authorities, with no complications.

Thanks, in advance, for any up to date advice on the matter.

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Hi troops, anyone got any info/ recommendations regarding guest houses/hotels close to the Cao Dai temple at Tay Ning.
Thanks

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Hello there! I am asking for some fellow travelers advice on whether to go to Hue, or not. Our current itinerary is as follows and we are having a tough time deciding what is our best option/and if it is worth the trip to go to Hue.

Day 1: Hanoi
Day 2/3: Ha Long Bay
Day 4: Ha Long Bay back to Hanoi (catch night train to Hue)
Day 5: (Arrive in Hue 11:00AM)
Day 6: (Hue ---> Phong Nha in the afternoon)

Day 7/8: Phong Nha
Day 9/10/11: Hoi An

The issue is that we'd really just be squeezing Hue in there…

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Hi! I am trying to figure out the best way to see the Mekong Delta on a trip from Ho Chi Minh City to Phu Quoc in about 4 days/3 nights.

Day 1: Leave HCMC early AM...

Day 2:

Day 3:

Day 4: ...Arrive at either Ha Tien or Rach Gia by AM to catch fast ferry to Phu Quoc. Ferries leave Ha Tien and Rach Gia between 7:30 AM and 2:00 PM

We don't know much about the Mekong Delta, but from what we've read/heard, we would love to do a homestay in Vinh Long, see a floating market, and explore sights…

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Hello

Just wondering if anybody can help?

I want to propose to my girlfriend at some point in Ha Long bay, preferable a private setting with a view of the bay after a short walk or I have read that a company set out a cave for a private meal with candles etc.

I have looked at boat cruises with Dragon legend and Indochina Junk. They look very good for the itinerary of things to do but it seems very structured and strict. Plus I don’t think I would get much time on my own.
Has anybody got any…

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Hello,

I'm looking to go to Coa Don island for a few days. I know there's a flight from Ho chi Minh to Coa Don but it seems to be sold out on the dates I need. Is there any other way of getting to and from there?

Looking to go from either April 2-4 or April 5-7.

Thanks in advance!

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Hi all,

Looking for serious travel buddies thatwant to travel south to north Vietnam on motor bikes, I arrive on the 20th April and will be leaving on the 3rd may, I have no real plans to see anything to I'm very flexible with desternationals but this is definitely something I want to do with like minded people. Message me or post a reply if you are interested :) happy travelling all :)

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Hi all
I'm hoping to travel from Hanoi to Hoi An in July...anyone know if this is straightforward by train? Any changes necessary. Many thanks
Best, Gordon