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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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Just a heads up and so you do not waste your time like I did but foreigners are no longer allowed to go to Nam Du Islands - you will be turned back at Rach Gia port

Vietnamese and Viet Kieu are allowed, so I am not sure why they are not allowing foreigners. My friend was there earlier this year and he said that there were about a half a dozen or so backpackers from various western countries there.

Safe travels!

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Hi Everyone

In 2008 I was in Ninh Binh, took the standard tours including Tam Toc and enjoyed them, but at the time I was sold on a similar tour to Tam Toc that I have never forgotten and loved every minute of. I was told it was recently new then and highly recommended. We loved loved loved every minute.

We now only have days left in Vietnam and would love to go back to the area and do the tour again. Its very similar to Tam Toc,, you are rowed slowly through caves, via river systems and…

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Hi!
I am thinking about going to Vietnam in the end of September, for 2 weeks. After researching a bit I've found opposite informations about the weather at that time.

I would fly in to Hanoi and visit also, at least, Sapa region, Halong Bay and would also go to Hoi an.

With your experience is this a good time to visit these regions? I see that in the north is Ok but what about the coastline?

Thanks!

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A friend of mine told me of Ta Xua yesterday and I felt so excited to check out this place after reading more about it from this blog http://fionatravelsfromasia.com/cloud-hunting-ta-xua-unique-experience-vietnam/
However, it looks like not many foreign travellers have been there. I'm not even sure if it's safe and easy to go there as a lone traveller. Has anyone heard of this place before?

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Someone could recommend me some site for dinner at Chau Doc?

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Greetings;

My name is Danny. Arrived here in HCMC for about a week now and my knee is killing me. Right before my trip from America my doctor prescribed me tramadol but it's not helping. Can somebody recommend a pharmacy that carries Vicodin? I've tried several here in tan binh district but they just gave me ibuprofen.

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Hello.. I read in a blog that is possible go on boat fast from Chau Doc to Can Tho by the Mekong... Someone could tell me where hiring someone that makes this journey of form economic? Alone four people..Thanks

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Hi all,
I am having trouble deciding what type of travel card to get (Australian) as most cards don't have exchange rates for Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Philippines etc.
Does any one know the best type of travel card to go with throughout SE Asia?
Any suggestion will help :)
Thanks!

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We arrive after midnight at Hanoi airport , has anyone got advice on finding somewhere to stay at that late time .