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…
We have 4 days and 3 nights open in our trip down the coast before we get to Hoi An. If you had your choice, would you spend it in Hue or Da Nang, or split it up and try to do both? (not my first choice)
Thanks for any thoughts!
I'm travelling with 2 of my sisters to Vietnam in March 2017 and we're having trouble getting started and agreeing what to do. We've had a couple of quotes from travel agents for tours for around $2800 each including airfares, accommodation, tours etc and some meals. I'm a bit reluctant to go on a tour with people we don't know but as none of us have been to Vietnam before I'm also a bit anxious about doing it ourselves. The prices we've been given seem a bit steep but it this a usual cost…
Hi there, I had my passport and wallet stolen in HCMC. Pleased to say I have just received my emergency passport and cash so not on the scrounge!! But I'm going to be in Saigon for a bit while my visas get sorted for my onward travel and wondered if anyone was around to meet up?
I w been travelling for the last three months in Sri Lanka, Borneo, Indonesia and now Vietnam. If you love diving I can definitely recommend some brilliant dive spots!
What do you think about going to Sapa in this last weeks of October? Probably all of the rice fields will be harvested at this time, right?
I know that "worth it" depends on each one, but I'm trying to get a general feeling about it. Also, are there any alternatives for this time of the year?
I'm spending 2 days next week in Sapa and there are a few things I'd like to know before I go. Generally I find travelling in Vietnam hasn't been as straightforward as in European countries, so I want to make sure I have everything perfectly planned before I go!
Firstly what's the best way to book the train? In the train station in Hanoi they're charging me 1,160,000 VND for the train and the bus return from Hanoi to Sapa town. However on the Lonely Planet website they say it's possible to book…
I am planning on going to Ho Chi Minh city and the end of December for about 9 days and I want to do a little 5-6 day bicycle tour of the Mekong. But I can't find anywhere that rents bicycles to get estimates on how much it'll cost, or to find out what kind of bikes they have, etc...
Does anyone have any idea?
Also I heard it's best to start outside of the city, are there any places to rent in places like My Tho? I'm right at the beginning of my planning so any info would help.
All I have…
We just arrived in Hanoi and we are getting mixed information about the situation in central vietnam after the flooding. Has anyone been there or is there at the moment? We were planning to travel south at the beginning of next week to visit the Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park with the caves and continue to Hue and Hoi An.
Is this still possible or rather recommended or should we alter our plans and skip central Vietnam?
Thanks for any advice
I have about 6 months to learn Vietnamese. Years ago (decades now) before I went to China, I taught myself more than enough to get by with books and tapes. Can anyone recommend any good teach yourself books/CDs or the like. It's a tonal language, so I definitely want the aural component, but I want to be able to read it also.
Also, does anyone know of any good in country classes - maybe including a home stay -but not for more than 2 weeks.