The easternmost country on the Indochina Peninsula in Southeast Asia

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How can I know in advance which areas of Vietnam I'm not allowed to travel in, or need a permit, as a foreigner?

Today I hitchhiked northwest out of Buon Ma Thuot in Dak Lak province, getting as far as Ea Sup. I went this way because it was the route Google Maps suggested as the shortest or quickest in the ...
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Legality of Driving a Motorcyle in Vietnam as a Foreigner

Motor scooters and mopeds are the main form of transport in Vietnam. They can be seen everywhere from the smallest alley in a city to remote mountain villages. As such, many tourists choose to adopt a ...
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How do I choose a travel agency to book tours from in Hanoi, Vietnam?

I am travelling to Vietnam in December and would like to book with a travel agency in the Hanoi area. There are so many to choose from, what are things that I should consider when picking a travel ...
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Vietnam visa has wrong dates, ending too early

I have a Vietnam visa (U.S. citizen) valid from April 17 - May 17. I applied for the visa months ago, and didn't realize the visa was only good for those dates, and my plans changed. I entered Vietnam ...
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How to travel with a (small) child in Vietnam?

My partner and I have done quite a bit of travel with each other over the last few years and are now expecting a baby. We realise that we probably won't be able to travel in the same way that we have ...
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Flight flown + operated by completely different, non-code-share airline?

Yesterday (March 3) I flew Jetstar Pacific 596 from SGN to DAD. The airplane contained markings for vueling.com, the crew was wearing vueling uniforms, and despite being a domestic flight in Vietnam, ...
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Which airlines with routes connecting Vietnam and China have free cancellations and can be booked online?

Due to China's visa rules I need to have a return flight booked in order to obtain a visa. But once I have the visa I am free to enter overland and not use the flight. On my previous trip I had a ...
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Can I attend a conference on a tourist visa in Vietnam?

I, a US citizen, am planning a trip to Vietnam for an academic conference to which I've been invited. The conference web page suggests getting a tourist visa and points to two websites which allow one ...
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Traveling from Thailand to Laos to Vietnam

This summer I'm planning to go to Thailand, Laos and then through to Vietnam. I know very little about this. I was wondering if somebody would be able to tell me if this could be done comfortably and ...
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How to apply for Vietnam tourist visa

My passport is Canadian, and I live in Japan. I have a 10 hour stopover in Hanoi and a 16 hour stopover in Ho Chi Minh 2 weeks later. I'd like to explore the cities during at least one of these ...
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Which is the cheapest way to get to Vietnam from Europe in summer? [closed]

The complete question is: Which is the cheapest way to get to Vietnam in summer by flying from Europe? I'm planning a one-month trip to Vietnam for this summer, but I cannot find any reference on what ...
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Travel between Ho Chi Minh City and Kampot

I'm looking for a relatively painless but interesting way to get from Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) and Kampot in Cambodia. The most commonly suggested route seems to be the bus from HCMC to Phnom Pehn, ...
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Running in Da Nang, Vietnam

I will be visiting Da Nang, Vietnam for business in a week. I'm heavily addicted to running and trail running in particular. I've never visited Vietnam before. Throughout the week I will have to run ...
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British National flying to Vietnam from Bangkok - Can I get the Visa on arrival?

I will be flying to Vietnam from Bangkok this summer and am trying to figure out if I will need to apply for my visa in advance. As I understand it (from various 'vietnam visa' websites) as I am from ...
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Transport options from Ha Tien, Vietnam to Kep, Cambodia

I've been looking for ways to travel from Ha Tien to Kep. Most of the information suggests motobikes (which sound high risk) or busses, which don't go until noon, and I was hoping to get away earlier ...
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Can foreigners cross from Cambodia to Vietnam at the Binh Di river?

I'm thinking of going to Angkor Borei in Cambodia to visit a friend who is volunteering there in my last days before my visa runs out and I cross into Vietnam. I already have my Vietnam visa. I can ...
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What is the cost to store luggage in Ho Chi Minh airport (Vietnam)?

I would like to store a bag for up to a month in Ho Chi Minh while I travel. I have read everywhere that there is a storage facility in the airport, but most blogs and forums say that the price is ...
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Trains in Vietnam

I am going to Vietnam in August and was wondering does anyone have experience with the train system? There will be four of us so we are thinking soft cabins as they appear to be four berth. Is it ...
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If I'm searching for a cheap room in Hanoi on foot, where should l look?

I'm arriving alone at Hanoi airport in the morning and I plan to search on foot for a cheap room with a fan. What areas of Hanoi can I go to that have a variety and dense concentration of hotels, ...
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Tipping in Vietnam

I will be going to Vietnam next year for tourism. I would like to not offend locals so I was wondering if someone could tell me what the policy for tipping is over there ?
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Is there any ferry to the south of Thailand from Vietnam or Cambodia?

I would like to go to the south of Thailand (anywhere south of Bangkok) from Cambodia or Vietnam. I have some old information (2007) about a ferry between Sihanoukville and Chanthaburi (in Spanish). ...
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Can I get compensation for an early flight?

I was in Vietnam with a ticket booked to Cambodia. I received an email from Vietnam Airlines customer services asking me to call them. When I call then I was surprised that my flight was put forward ...
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Booking a Vietnam Tour through a Vietnamese operator - what to be aware of?

Myself and my partner are planning a two week trip to Vietnam from the UK As part of this we've contacted a bunch of tour companies for possible itinaries and quotes. (We're aware that doing it alone ...
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Can I buy airfare using one passport (visa required) and then use another (no visa required) to enter the country?

I am travelling from Australia to China to Vietnam to Cambodia to Australia. I have two passports, namely Russian and Australian (the first and last names are identical in both but the numbers are ...
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Travel from Thailand to Vietnam through Laos - good idea?

I'm trying to plan a trip route which include traveling from north Thailand to Vietnam. Since I don't have a strict time limitation, I thought that maybe instead of taking a flight I could travel by ...
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How close to the end of my Vietnam tourist visa can I still get an extension (through an agent)?

I've got three days left on my tourist visa in Vietnam and really wouldn't mind staying. When I was in Ho Chi Minh City I went to the immigration office and was told it's currently only possible to ...
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Overstaying visa in Vietnam by 5(!) minutes

I am in a situation where I landed in Vietnam, and found out I only get 15 days of visa by default. I landed 730am Jan 24th and leaves 00:05am on Feb 9th, which by hours is within 15 days, but if you ...
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Is there any ferry from Vietnam to Hong Kong?

I would like to have an Asia trip from Malaysia to Hong Kong (if possible). Is there anyone who has been doing this kind of trip? And I wonder if there is any sea transportation that provides a ...
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What is an “Approval Letter”, and how do I get one?

I was doing a bit of reading up on how to get a visa on arrival for Vietnam, and several sources mention that I need to get an "Approval Letter" to pick up my visa at the airport. What is an ...
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Visit Germany from Vietnam

I'm planning to invite a friend to come to Germany over Christmas. I will pay everything for this trip including plane tickets, since my friend can't afford this trip at all and can't prove any ...
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Map of Vietnam to mark up and draw on ahead of time

I am planning to go to Vietnam for more or less 12 days next year. I am looking for a good map to mark up routes and sites for historic areas and parks in some of the major cities. I can't see inside ...
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Luggage lockers in downtown Hanoi?

I'm going to be visiting Hanoi for one day and taking an overnight train. Is there a place in downtown Hanoi where I can lock my luggage for the day? Alternatively, does the Hanoi train station have a ...
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What are the risks of drinking tap water in Vietnam?

Which rules should be obeyed when drinking tap water in Vietnam to avoid infectious diseases? Is it safe to drink tap water in big cities like Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh? In case it is not recommended - ...
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Micro SIM cards in Vietnam and Cambodia?

I'm looking to get prepaid SIM cards while I'm travelling in SE Asia this fall. How is the availability of micro SIM cards (i.e. the kind you use for Iphones) in Vietnam and Cambodia. And more ...
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Middle name on ticket and passport but not in system — missed flight

I booked a ticket for my aunt to visit me, from Vietnam to the U.S. via Korean Airlines (booked through orbitz). There is my aunt's middle name on the ticket and on the passport. However, at the ...
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1 day Hạ Long Bay tours from Hanoi, Vietnam

Next week, I have business in Hanoi, Vietnam during a week, I have only 1 day break, I want to visit Ha Long Bay and enjoy cruise one night. Any recommendation about how to get Ha Long Bay from Hanoi ...
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Transportation and cost to get to Tay Ninh from Ho Chi Minh City?

If coming from Ho Chi Minh City, what is the fastest mode of transportation I can take to go to Export Processing Zone and Industrial Park in Tay Ninh and how much will it cost? I've been searching ...
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Are there actually accommodation options in Cần Thơ, Vietnam for less than USD $10?

Here in Cần Thơ in Southern Vietnam all the usual ways I use to find cheap accommodation fail to turn up anything less than USD $10 - and that one, where I am now, is quite a bit cheaper than anything ...
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Least expensive Vietnam visa for Australian citizen from Cambodia?

There is a lot of conflicting information on visas for Vietnam on the internet these days, I'm trying to clear up just what is the cheapest way to get one for an Aussie who is already in Cambodia and ...
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What are the current requirements and process of obtaining a multiple-entry Chinese visa for an Australian citizen in Ho Chi Minh City?

As usual, lots of fake/spam sites when trying to Google this. And also information that is out of date, applies to other nationalities only, or applies to getting the visa in another location. Often ...
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Do l need a room booked before arriving in Vietnam?

I'm soon to arrive Hanoi airport and the arrival form is asking my address in Vietnam, but because I'm arriving early I was actually planning to walk around the old quarter and look for a room. So my ...
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How much does a tourist visa for Vietnam cost?

The US Vietnamese embassy website lists the requirements for the visa application, but does not list the fee for doing so (though it does say how to pay it). The only information on the page about the ...
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How often do cameras get stolen while someone is using them in SE Asia?

I'm traveling to Vietnam and was wondering how much I should be on gaurd about theives looking to cut my camera strap and run off or grab it while driving by? It's a nice looking SLR camera with a ...
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What mobile network in Vietnam has the best 3G coverage?

I will be traveling all over Vietnam and I would like to be as often connected as possible. So having a sim card with the mobile network having the best 3G coverage is key to this aim.
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Getting from Laos to Hoi An, Vietnam

I am considering travelling in Laos and the northern half of Vietnam, namely Hanoi and Hoi An. After a few searches from Luang Prabang to Hoi An on Rome2Rio for terrestrial transportation, there seems ...
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Is there a bus or train that goes from Bangkok to Ho Chi Minh City?

I'm looking to fly into Bangkok in September and would like to travel across Thailand, Cambodia and finally Vietnam to Ho Chi Minh City. My trip will be a total of 7 days. I'm more interested in ...
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Arriving in Vietnam right in the middle of Tết - will all accommodation be full (or inflated prices)?

I arrived overland in Cambodia from Laos on the 19th of January and the immigration guy put 19th of February on my visa (a bonus extra day!) so that's the day I'll cross the land border from Cambodia ...
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Possible to extend a Vietnamese tourist visa in Dong Hoi?

I have an Australian passport with a C1 tourist visa for Vietnam. Is it possible for me to get a standard 30 day (or longer) extension for my visa in Dong Hoi (the major town east of Phong Nha ...
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Can anyone recommend the most interesting 2 or 3 day cycle in Vietnam? [closed]

If I wanted to go on a supported cycle in Vietnam for 2 or 3 days, where would be a good place to start/end? It would be good to see the countryside, some of the more rural areas, be off the main ...
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Visa? Changing planes twice in Vietnam!

I am flying from Australia to UK, changing planes in Ho Chi Minh City then Hanoi. Do I need a visa? Wasn't sure as the HCM to Hanoi is domestic.