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FAQ Thread for Vietnam

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 crossings => #7

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Itinerary Advice

Hi all,

Myself and 5 friends are travelling to Vietnam in January. We have narrowed down preliminary places we would all like to travel to (catering for six peoples opinions has been a challenge lol) but we now need advice on whether this is feasible and the travelling options between cities.
We are well aware that this is probably a bit ambitious to fit in to our 17 days we have available but we would love some guidance on logistics, places to cut out etc.
The places we have picked are:

Hano…

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Biking it from Hue to Hoi An

Hey guys
Whats the craic - its my first time in Vietnam and woooo what a country - its beautiful and fully of such lovely people. In headsing to Hue tomorrow and would like to bike it from there to Hoi An. Has anyone done this before? Any tips? How much did you pay to rent the bike?
Cheers lads happy travels :)

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January Weather

I am thinking of taking a 10 day trip to Vietnam in January (only time I can go) Is the weather worth the trip, or would somewhere like Thailand be a better trip at this time?

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Another visa question...

Hi,

Right so I'm going to Nepal for an unknown period of time and want to go to Vietnam after. The visa is a bit of a pain though. Does anyone have any suggestions as to where to get my Vietnam visa? I don't want to get it before I go to Nepal and end up only being able to use 15 days of my visa but it doesn't look like there's an embassy in Nepal. I'm guessing a stop for a few days in another country to sort my visa? Any other suggestions?

Cheers guys.

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euros or us $ - what is better in vietnam?

Which currency is more accepted / gets better rate? Thank you in advance

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using the new highway from hanoi to sapa by bus

Hi there,
do you know if it's working already, how long does it take ,what are the facilities & timetable , where do you buy tickets & where do you take the bus in Hanoi?
Thank you in advance,
Ron

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Canadian Visa for Vietnam

I am searching for a legit site to get my pre-approval letter for myself and my husband. Any suggestions? Has any Canadian applied for one one recently? I have not booked my flights yet, but dates will be approximately 10 Jan 15 to late March. I also plan on crossing over to Cambodia for a few days during that time frame. I realize that there is a chain dated a year ago about this topic, but some of the information on the chain is no longer valid. Any help would be appreciated.

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Questions about obtaining a Via on Arrival in Vietnam

Hi, I am doing my research but have some questions I cant seem to find answers to. I will be traveling through SEA but not on any particular schedule. Every move I make is going to be spontaneous. At some point I would like to meander through Vietnam, so how important is that I have specific dates in mind when applying for the letter? I can see they are asking me for proposed dates of travel, but will it be okay at the border if I show up sometime a bit later? I was hoping to get the letter of…

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Mai Chau Trek - anyone want to join for the private guided hard trek Nov 11, which looks much better than any group tours?

Trying to get a group together to do the private guided hard Mai Chau trek for 3 days and 2 nights, leaving from Hanoi on Nov 11th and returning the evening of Nov 13th. If interested please let me know and we can coordinate w/ the travel company. I am going to be a solo traveler.

Description below:
http://www.maichautrek.com/tours/mai-chau-pu-luong-3-days/

Does anyone have any suggestions for adventurous outdoor experiences in northern Vietnam that does not require and overnight train from…