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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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I am travelling to Vietnam with my family(2 children) end of july this year. we are going to Hanoi and Halong and thinking of travelling to Ha Giang and Meo Vac. Has any one been there and having an idea of the road condition in monsoon? Is it advisable to go or too dangerous? I am also happy about any suggestions for a bit nearer but also remote/beautiful destination. Thanks:)

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Hello,
I am planning to go to Vietnam end of October/beg November. I have been there, so I know some of the places, but due to short time I would like to focus on Northern part.
I would like to see the cities, nature, natural wonders etc + spend some days (4-5) n a nice beach or island - here is also the question - stay in Vietnam for a relax at the beach or go to any Thai island (which???)

Day 1 HANOI
Day 2 HANOI
Day 2 at night - travel to Sapa
Day 3-4 SAPA (or better Mai Chau or Ha Giang)
Day 4…

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I have decided to make a side trip to VN while on a month long trip to Thailand. 1. Does anyone know any travel companies that can help me with a visa and accommodate a custom itinerary.
2. I have heard that booking from Thailand may be easier/cheaper
3. How flexible is the visa; do you need to stick to a specific itinerary or can you diverge spontaneously?

Any help/advice is appreciated. -Rob-

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Hello,

me and my girlfriend will arrive in Saigon at 09.05 in the morning. After we would like to fly to Phu Quoc (Dong Dong). Viet Jet Air offers a flight at 12.50 o´clock.

In total, we have alomst 4 hours (3h 45 min) time to get this flight. Do you think that it is realistic to get this flight or do we need more time in-between?

Attached you will find the things we need to do:

  • Landing: 09.05 in Saigon
  • Get our baggages at the baggage claim
  • Make the immigration (Visa etc)
  • Walk to…
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I’m riding with a guy who’s bike keeps acting up. We’ve changed the oil, spark plug, removed carb (cleaned and drained it), checked the stator, rectifier, etc. It’s still just randomly breaking up and breaking down. Our next move is to drain and clean the fuel tank because. We found rusty water in the carb bowl, so we’re thinking the tank is rusty at the bottom. If this doesn’t work, the guy is willing to just have the engine rebuilt or replaced so that we can complete our trip to Hanoi…

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Hi all, if we wanted to travel From Hanoi to Hoi An, stopping at Bai Tu Long Bay or Halong, ninh Binh, Hue, hoi An and possibly Mai Chau, would we be able to organise a car and driver in each place to take us to the next one?

I’ve done this previously in Hoi An going to Hue, but I’m not sure if we can do so in other places.

We are considering either a private tour or pre-booking our hotels and taking private cars between stops. The reason for this is we are an elderly mother and her daughter…

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Hello

Need a little help here pls, me and my friends are flying from London to Bangkok then to Vietnam, straightaway after we landed then gonna be making our way back to Bangkok after two weeks in Vietnam (we're just gonna kinda wing it as part of experience) . So I would like to ask which is the best way to get back to Thailand from Vietnam other than plane?

Many Thanks

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Hello,

Im planning on travelling from nanning to Hanoi in June, I have an evisa. I have just discovered that the train isn't an option because it passes through dong dang, not Huu nghi. Does anyone know if it's possible to get a bus from nanning to Hanoi that crosses at the huu nghi border?

Cheers

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I am travelling to Vietnam in August with my husband. Our tentative itinerary of 7 days is like -
15th Wed - Hanoi
16th Thursday - Halong Bay
17th Friday - Hanoi
18th Saturday - ??
19th Sun - ??

20th Mon - Hoi chi Minh
21st Tue - Hoi chi minh
22nd Wed - Hoi chi minh
Please help suggest which place to cover over the weekend - Hoi an or Hue or Dalat or Nha Trang?
Our interest is mix of both relaxation and adventurous. We are not into historical places.
Also suggest things to do / visit at the place you…