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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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In March 2018, I traveled solo through Northern Vietnam and had the pleasure of working with Sapa O'Chau, an organization that offers trekking and homestays to various villages. Every interaction with Sapa O'Chau has been excellent and top quality. From my first email, before leaving America, to the homestay in Bac Ha “Highlands Homestay” and the guided trek to Tha Phin with the guide “May.”

This organization has impressed me with the level of service, quality of locations, and the…

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Hello! Two lovely girls (Irish&Dutch) looking for some pals to do the Hai Van Pass from Hue to Hoi An with. We do not drive bikes so we are looking drivers and friends. In return we will provide drinks, snacks, laughter and photography! Does sombody know somebody? Or is there a special forum for these subjects?

Maeve&Kim

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Hello all!
Greetings from India!
I am travelling from Danang to Hai Phong on Tuesday, 8.30am - 9.40a.m flight for onward journey to Ha Long Bay.
1. I want to check if there are any Ha Long Bay cruise which I can take from Hai Phong Neighborhood ferry piers
Look to spend Tuesday night on Ha Long Cruise
Luxury.
Wednesday will check out post lunch from the cruise,

  1. I want to check if I should stay in Hanoi for Wednesday night or proceed by flight to Ho chi Minh city as Thursday I have a afternoon…
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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…