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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:

  1. Visa for Vietnam => find posts #115, 117, 111

  2. Ha Long bay tours/Cat Ba => #83, 84

  3. Vietnam - China border crossings => #7

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Place to Watch Super Bowl in Hoi An?

Hi there! I'm about to be in Hoi An for four days and am wondering if any bars or hotels will be showing the Super Bowl live on Monday, February 2nd at 6:30 AM Vietnam time. Does anyone know of any places that might be doing so? Thanks so much!

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Hanoi to Tam Coc and Sapa

Landing in Hanoi on Feb 24 and we want to go to Tam Coc first, then to Sapa. What transport would be best?
Do we need to return to Hanoi or is there a direct way to get to Sapa from Tam Coc?

Being older travellers, some consideration for comfort is required, but cost is a consideration too.
Thanks for any advice ....

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Visa on arrival - help

I am travelling from the UK to Hanoi
My flight first enters Vietnam at HCMC where I will only have 1 hour before my connecting flight leaves for Hanoi. This is all booked through the same airline.
Which airport do I need to put on my visa application?
If i have to do this at HCMC, will I have enough time to get my connecting flight to Hanoi?
Thanks

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Travelling to Vietnam from USA - Can I get a Visa when I arrive?

Hello fellow travelers!
I am considering traveling to Vietnam this Summer, specifically Ho Chi Minh City during a little Asian getaway. My goal is to stay there maybe 3-4 nights tops.

Here is my question. I know foreign travelers need a Visa to travel there. But I learned that I could get a Visa on arrival in Vietnam and pay significantly less than trying to send in documents and my passport to the U.S. Vietnamese embassy to get a Visa. Would that be the best way to go? I would prefer to…

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vietnam vespa adventer tours

Has anybody ever booked a tour with these people.
I did & I only got a reply saying that paypal have taken money for stephen mueller.
Any ideas?
Homerus.

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8 Days Northern Vietnam Itinerary

Hi All!

I'm planning on an 8 day trip to Vietnam. I'm planning to go to these places: Hanoi (obviously), Sapa, Ninh Binh/ Tam Coc and Halong Bay. Can someone plan an itinerary for me? Also I would like to stay in Hanoi on the third day of the trip, so that's the catch. Would very much appreciate your help, Thanks!

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How early can I (or need to) get a Vietnamese visa?

I'm hoping to get my 30 day Vietnamese visa in Bangkok in early March. I don't plan on visiting Vietnam, however, until sometime in either early April or late April. Is this alright? I assume it's not a problem, but I just wanted to double check that I shouldn't wait to get the Vietnamese visa until closer to my travel to the country. Thanks for the help.

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Tet - When do things return to normal

Hi,
I am planning a trip to Vietnam next month. I would like to avoid Tet but I'm not sure when things return to normal. I believe the Tet Holidays run up to the 23rd of February. Can anyone advise when would be best to visit. I will be travelling from Cambodia overland.
Thanks

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Thanh Thuy Border Crossing

I've seen references to Thanh Thuy border crossing into China, north of Ha Giang, but I'm not sure if it's operative or if foreigners can use it. Does anyone have any info? Thanks.