Some nationalities need a visa in advance for all visits, some don't. The standard length of stay for tourist visas is 30 days; for visa-exempt nationalities it is 15 days.
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Most travellers enter Vietnam by plane or bus, but there are also train links from China and boat connections from Cambodia via the Mekong River. Flights, cars and tours can be booked online at www.lonelyplanet.com/bookings.
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Buses are the main mode of transport for locals in Vietnam, but travellers tend to prefer planes, trains and automobiles.
Train Reasonably priced and comfortable enough in air-conditioned carriages (and sleepers). But note there are no real express trains.
Plane Cheap if you book ahead, and the network is pretty comprehensive. However, cancellations are not unknown.
Car Very useful for travelling at your own pace or for visiting regions with minimal public transport. Cars always come with a driver.
Taxi Relatively inexpensive and very convenient in towns and cities.
Bus On main highways services are very frequent, although it's not a particularly relaxing way to travel. In the sticks things deteriorate rapidly. Open-tour buses are not pricey and worth considering.