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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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Hey,
I'm going to Vietnam for 2 weeks in August, we have booked our flight back to London from Hanoi, but since we are already in SE Asia, we haven't book our flight to the country yet. My question is whether to fly to HCMC and travel up, or whether to just cut out the south altogether and focus on the north/mid vietnem.

Halong bay is top of our to do list, and I think 2 nights there would be preferable, Hoi An for 3 nights has also been recommended. I'm not bothered about beaches, so this is…

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selling a yamaha- scooter with a motorbike registration certficate

I bought it three weeks ago for 5 million vd. would like to sell it for about 3,5 mil.
it just came out of reperation. everything is fine accept for little probs with the pushstart but nothing to worry.
im gonna be in ,,hue,, central vietnam on the 28th and leaving on the 30th of march.

looking forward for your offers.
highest offer wins ;)

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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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Bunk

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!