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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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In the next 2 weeks we will fly to Hanoi and stay there for 3 days. We have five days left in Vietnam. We have consulted aroka travel company in Hanoi. Please tell us some information about aroka travel company. If possible introduce to us some tourist attractions near Hanoi for 4 days which are convenient for children. Thank you

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Hi we plan to do a trip to Vietnam around the mid of April ( so next month) with my husbands parents and we have a 4 month old baby. We will be flying into Ho chi Minh and are thinking of spending 3 days there and probably fly to Danang for 3 night. Can any 1 give recommendations if we should follow another itinerary or any suggestions with a baby. Tia

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hi all,
i live in aussie and i am doing a trip through se.asia. the visa fees here in aussie are 95AUD or 72 USD for a 30 tourist visa.
i Read a quick post on another website https://www.travelfish.org/visas/vietnam about getting it in jakarta.
it is only 25usd in jakarta for a 30 day visa
does anyone have experience with this? will there be alot of language difficulty or other complications?
thank you

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We are intending to visit the north of Vietnam in May. We think that we will visit Hanoi- Halong-Sapa during 3 weeks. We heard that Mai Chau of Vietnam in May is beautiful, so it is worth to add Mai Chau into our itinerary? and how long we should spend in Mai Chau as well as how to get there?
P/s: we are a family with 2 kids (12 yrs old and 10 yrs old)
Thanks a lot

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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