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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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Current news about applying for a China visa in Hanoi? Are there any agency’s which are able to organize it? Thanks for you advice!!

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So am planning a family trip from 10 December to 28th December 2018. We are 4: 2 adults, 2 teens 14 and 17. 3 of us are avid photographers, Mum just likes to chill and shop!!

Was thinking of doing 2 weeks in Vietnam and then one in Cambodia.

Perhaps fly into Hanoi, the do over night in Ha Long Bay.

Then do Hoi An and Hue...not sure if both or one would be enough.

Then HCMC and fly to Cambodia from there.

haven't figured out what to do in Cambodia, but Angkor Wat should be enough I think.

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Hey! I'll be landing in Hanoi and I have 4 days to kill before my travel buddy joins me in Hanoi. I wanted to do a trek and did a bit of research. Most people recommend either Sapa or Mai Chau, but the same people also say that those places are really commercial.

Can anyone recommend an offbeat trek? I'll be alone and I'd prefer not to take a guide along. Thanks!

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Question for people who are quite familiar with the trains in Vietnam.

We will be traveling the following route:

Hanoi --> Ninh Binh --> Hue --> Hanoi

I just found out that it's not possible to board a sleeper car on the SE1 or SE3 in Ninh Binh. If we want to board a sleeper car in Ninh Binh we would have to take the SE19 instead, which departs Ninh Binh about an hour later.

I'm therefore considering traveling back up to Hanoi in order to board the SE1 overnight to Hue.

The reasons for…

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I understand that 2 weeks is short for Vietnam, so I'm thinking of staying mostly north, but I need ideas of where to go! I am not a city person really, nor do I like to party. I like smaller towns and natural beauty and lots of cultures. The place that I most am looking forward to is Ninh Binh, ha long bay, and the Mekong river. I'll be going in May as well, so where should I go, for how long and what are the biggest must see's/do's

I don't want to rush myself at all, I would prefer to see…

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I am Aussie , plan to go to Vietnam on August. need some advice.
Plan for 8 days – top places in Hanoi?
I want try local food, should I avoid any particular food? I am not vegetarian.
Is public transport safe?

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Hey guys.

I have a 3 month multiple entry visa for Vietnam in my Italian passport, which expires June 5th. I might travel to Laos and return to Vietnam after May 22. With an Italian passport, I can visit Vietnam for fifteen days without a visa. If I cross the border after May 22nd, it would make more sense for me to enter without a visa, but would an immigration official honor my request of ignoring my valid visa?

For example, if I enter Vietnam on June 4th, my visa would require me to exit…

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Is it a bad idea to visit all this in the same day? I mean: is it doable (and not TOO cramped) to visit the Citadel in the morning (or afternoon), have a short lunch, and do a Perfume River tour to see Thien Mu Pagoda and few tombs in the afternoon (or morning - interchangeable)?

How long would you give the Citadel, about 2 to 4 hours? Can I just walk up to the Citadel and visit by ourselves or find a guide at the entrance? Or best to go through the hotel? Any recommendation for a tour that…

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OK I haven't done any research yet, so pardon me if my questions aren't particularly well-thought out...

Is it feasible to visit Ha Giang, and spend 3-5 days just walking from village to village? Is there an obvious route that others have taken?

To be clear, I'm not referring to hiking in the mountains with a guide. I'm a talking about spending 4-8 hours/day wandering around, village to village.

I'm looking to spend 3-5 days (or up to a week) walking in Vietnam. I don't mind if some of it is…