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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,

Me and my sister are travelling through SE Asia next year and stopping off at Vietnam for 2 weeks. We are looking at making Ho Chi Minh & Hanoi our main bases.

Where looking at things to do but was wondering if anyone could mention the best places they went to and would recommend!? :)

Thanks in advance!

Charlotte & Emily

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I will be in Hcmc and Hoi An in August. Does anyone know of any dollhouse/miniature suppliers. Thanks in advance Leanne

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Hello!

I am planning my trip to Vietnam in the middle of July, and I found contradictory information on the bus from from Danang to Phong Nha. As the website of Easy Tiger Hostel states, there is a local bus from Danang at 1 p.m. (the company called Bao Vuong I think), and I found this bus on other sites as well (somewhere they say it's a minibus), but the website of Oxalis Adventure Tours says there is no reliable bus connection between the 2 towns.
Is there anyone who could give me first hand…

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we will travel to Vietnam next month with our 19 months son . I am wondering where I can find a good babysister around 4 hours in the evening.

Thanks all

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How is the best way to travel up the Mekong (or is it down the Mekong) to Siem Reap by boat?
I will be traveling around 16th July after 3 nights in Vietnam,

Thanks

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I have been to SEA 3 times in the last 10 or so years. I was a single mum traveller then with kids in toe. I only ever pre booked if I was coming to a new place in the evening and I never had trouble finding something the next day or extending our stay if I liked our guesthouse. This time I have my partner and our 5 year old. He has never travelled to SEA before and is a little nervous about nothing being pre booked in advance. I prefer to see places and rooms before i commit more than 1…

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http://tuoitrenews.vn/society/35542/vietnam-s-railway-resumes-normal-operation-as-bridge-rebuilt-after-collapse
"Train travelling between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City resumed to normal operation at first light on Saturday, as repairs to a collapsed railway bridge that plays a crucial role in north-to-south railway system were completed.....
Many train routes will also return to normal operation today, June 26, after disruption caused by the bridge collapse, according to Vietnam Railways (VNR), the…

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Hello -

My family of four adults is coming to vietnam 7/11-23. Due to meetings we are in Hanoi the first week. Looking for travel help from the 16-23. Should we stay north, head down to HCMC? would love to be able to see Cambodia as well. We are adventurous, love culture and of course food. Should we hire a tour guide/driver for that second week? halang bay, 2 day adventure. Which group to use? so many thoughts.. need help to clarify!

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Hi Guys,

2 questions:

  1. currency exchange in Da Nang - the rate is better at the airport or in the down town? via the commercial money changer or banker will get a better rate?

  2. taxi fare - how much the estimation from taxi fare from the airport to MY AN area?

  3. scooter/motorbike - any recommended shops in MY AN area?

thanks!