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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,
We will be arriving to Sapa on start of October and have few questions about treks in the area

1) I've read that the trek to Fansipan is in a bad condition - garbage everywhere and doesn't offer nice views on the way. also that the cable car ruined the authenticity of the trek.
To those who did it after the cable car was installed - How was it?
Can it be done alone in 1 day (going down with the cable car i guess)? If so, where can we find a good map of the path?

2) I would like to do a 3 day…

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Went to the Cu Chi tunnels today. Made our way through the tunnel I am 54 and husband 59. Husband had to crawl as he is a big man, but I was able to walk hunched over. We then visited the war remnants museum, it was totally confronting. I could have sobbed at human cruelty. Somehow I struggle with war history becoming tourist attractions but on the other hand it is history we need to know.

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Halong Bay

I am looking for a tour in Halong Bay on a small boat. We would like to do a 2 or 3 day trip in November. No luxury needed, just clean, good food and activity like kayak, exploring... without a big crown on board. Can anyone help... lots of websites, hard choice...

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We were badly ripped off today. We were out side Ben Thahn market when 2 men with a rickshaw each offered my husband and I a ride to the Hong Kong market for 150,000 dong each. We tried to pay upfront but they said to pay when we arrived at the market. When we got there they said they would wait for us and take us back to our hotel, after half an hour we returned and they began to take us back but stopped a block before our hotel and pulled out a laminated card with prices and said we owed them…

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Can anyone tell me of a modern air conditioned shopping centre in Ho Chi Minh city. Also does anyone know of anywhere to buy fake tan. Thank you

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The agent previously known as Cape Dragon Travel at 43 Nguyen Binh Chieu, has changed his name to Bao Travel (trading off the good name of the nice and honest Bao Quynh Bungalows resort on the opposite side of the road...please read their email letter below) and he is up to his dirty old tricks again
ie he told the driver, by text, of a car he had booked for us to get the 850,000 VND balance of the 1,800,000 VND fare to Ho Chi Minh city from us even though I had paid the agent the night before…

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You may have seen my post about going to Hanoi over Mid-Autumn Festival - well, we're going to return to Vietnam for lunar New Year, but this time to HCMC! (As expats in Taiwan we're also off at this time and tickets were ridiculously cheap - so why not return and explore the other end of the country?)

Here's the thing, since we are traveling because it's a holiday for us, too, we arrive late on the night before Tet, and our first day in HCMC is on Tet itself, January 27 (2017).

I know on that…

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I've just arrived in Ho Chi Minh City and think I have a urinary tract infection. I went to a pharmacy and they sold me antibiotics over the counter without a prescription is this normal practice am I safe to take these meds. I told the pharmacist I'm allergic to penicillin and she assured me the tablets weren't penicillin. Thanks for any advice

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Laundry

We are staying at the Novotel Saigon in Ho Chi Minh city we have just arrived and rather overwhelmed we desperately need wShing done. Hotel prices for laundry are expensive does anyone know of anywhere close by it can be done. We have walked around the nearby streets but can't understand the signs and didn't see anything. Thank you