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Yes, it WILL be an issue, unless you're very, very lucky. The whole point of a visa is that the government of that country has taken into account who you are and where you are from, and issued a set of days that it's happy for you to be in its country for. Flouting those, due to ignorance, accident, or even (some would say unfairly) conditions out of your ...


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If you leave after your visa has expired, you will be "fined" but allowed to leave the country. Depending on the situation and where you are leaving the country (eg, airport v's overland) the "fine" may be an actual fine, or it could just be a border official taking the money for themselves. In general, expect somewhere around US$5-20/day as the "fine". ...


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For such broad flight searches, a matrix flight search engine is the optimal solution. You could use for example Google's Matrix Airfare Search. I did a simple search for you: For that search query I used Berlin, Germany and all surrounding airports within 1000 miles as origin and all major airports in Vietnam as destination. The screenshots shows the ...


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My experience with Vietnam was that it really didn't matter - there are literally hundreds of travel agencies and many of them share the same tour operators. You get picked up at the travel agency you booked at and the bus continues on to 5-10 other places to pick up everyone else. The only thing you really need consider is the price (which shouldn't vary by ...


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The ferries between Koh Kong and Sihanoukville ended a few years ago, and the service seems unlikely to return. Between the paving of the southern road, the rise in fuel prices, and the fall in foreign tourism it is no longer economically feasible, and despite the election of the Shinawatra government, tensions between the two countries are high due to ...


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I did feel that major cities in Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh, Ha Noi) felt touristy, but considerably less compared to Thailand. Bag-snatching is somewhat common in the nightlife areas in Ho Chi Minh City but otherwise I didn't feel unsafe in any cities I visited. While I haven't been there, Ha Long Bay is particularly well-known for its beauty and there are enough ...


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How often do cameras get stolen? Every. Single. Day. You should always guard your camera, and any other valuables, as if they were expensive, and could walk off at any time because, well, they are expensive, and could walk off at any time. Certainly the degree to which you guard your belongings can be very region-dependent, but will generally be a lot more ...


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Since you're not using an agency, you'll need a credit card with a big enough limit. In order to get the confirmation in order, they will need to get the charge approved and posted to your account. When you cancel, you'll get a credit from them. Time it so that the debit and credit fall within the same billing cycle to avoid having to make a payment or ...


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The Minibus from the Oasisbar in Ha Tien to Kampot via Kep leaves at noon as I mention in this answer. Though the motorbike taxis leave whenever you want. And yes it is not as safe as in a car. Though the driver can take your backpack between his legs in front of him like shown in the picture. So you either take a little risk or get the minivan at noon. ...


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Here is the official visa page for the Chinese embassy in Saigon. You can download a Word doc with English instructions; for the same information in HTML form visit the Chinese consulate in Vietnam's official site, last updated 2008. Here is the English version of visa application form (PDF, direct link). In addition to the obvious forms, photos, money and ...


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I think to get from Saigon to Kampot, you have to go through Phnom Penh. The main roads and bus lines go that way. Even if there are more direct roads, I doubt they can be used by buses because of the condition of many bridges in the area. Usually you can always get a private taxi to take you anywhere, but I doubt you'll find someone in Saigon driving you ...


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This sounds like a very poor judgment on behalf of Korean Airlines. Technically speaking, it is required that the ticket will show the same name on the passport but first and last are sufficient. I've traveled so many times from the US and never placed a middle name. You're not only entitled to get your money back but you're also entitled for a compensation ...


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From the site of The Embassy of Viet Nam: We do not recommend visa-on-arrival and online visa. These types of visa are issued by un-recognised websites with no connections with the embassy. We cannot verify the validity of such visa and cannot provide assistance to travelers in case they are refused entry while using these types of visa. Please read the ...


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Will you need visas? Yes Based on hippietrail's great comment, here's the breakdown: Canadian: Fiji: No visa Indonesia: Visa on Arrival (VOA) Thailand: No visa (expect to get entry stamps in your passports) Cambodia: VOA Laos: VOA Vietnam: Visa required before entry (or pre-approval, read below) Swede (same requirements as Canada for these countries): ...


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Current information for Chinese visa application process in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam as of 8 April, 2015 First the bad news. They only issue single-entry thirty-day tourist visas in HCMC, and I get the impression this will be the case also in Hanoi. (There may be a chance Vietnamese or US citizens can get other types of visas here, since those ...


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The travel desk at my hotel has made some calls so I'll share the information. Three days left is no problem. It will be ready tomorrow afternoon much faster than my hotel in MCMC! It will cost USD $40 $20 cheaper than both my initial visa and the price I was quoted by my hotel in HCMC. Actually there was a misunderstanding about when I should pay so ...


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There are no "ferries" that travel the route. Ferries are not available for this distance since the minimum distance (bee line) from Hong Kong to Vietnam is 600+ kilometers. You would rather get on board a cruise ship. Here are some cruises departing from various places in Vietnam, this one here for example going from Singapore via Vietnam to Hong Kong. As ...


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I can't vouch for micro SIMs, but this wiki (very handy) will give you the lowdown on getting prepaid SIMs most everywhere you need to go. Shops or airport kiosks will probably know more about getting a micro SIM. If all else fails, though, you can use a SIM cutter.


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I agree with Jozzas. It doesn't really matter. I recently returned from Vietnam. Most hotels that you stay in at Hanoi have tie-ups with some tour operators, especially for tours to Sapa and Ha Long Bay. I did not travel to Sapa, but we had our hotel book us a 1 night-2 day Ha Long Bay tour. We travelled with Cristina Cruises on their Vietnamese junk ...


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Generally tipping is not required or expected in Vietnam. However, any extra money is appreciated. Tipping bellmen is always appreciated, even a token amount. Round up to the nearest 5,000 Dong (or greater) when paying cabbies (you don't want a lot of 1,000 Dong notes since they're almost worthless) There are some some locations where people actively ...


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A VOA for Vietnam requires that your visa request be pre-approved by the government before you travel. The "Approval Letter" is the document the government will issue once it has approved your request for a visa. To get a VOA it is easiest to ask the tour company you are traveling with to organize the VOA on your behalf. There are also some agencies in ...


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Here's a community wiki to add to if there are more than these two: Embassy in Hanoi, as expected: 46 Hoang Dieu Rd, ☎ +84 4 3845-3736. Consulate in Ho Chi Minh, as expected: 175 Hai Bà Trưng, District 1, ☎ +84 8 3829-2463, fax: +84 8 3827-5845 These first two answers are from Wikivoyage. I went through each page for each city in Vietnam and did not ...


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NO IT IS NOT OPEN TO FOREIGNERS! My suspicions this time turned out to be warranted. I arrived at the Chrey Thum border checkpoint at 5.30pm yesterday afternoon. Even though I intended to spend a night in a guesthouse and cross today I thought it prudent to wander down and talk to the guards. There was a language barrier but they nonetheless made it ...


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If you're going directly from Bangkok to Vietnam, shortest path is Bangkok-Nakhon Phanom/Thakek-Vinh (and then either north to Hanoi or south to Hue). Luang Prabang is definitely not on the way, Vientiane is quite a detour. For casual touring, one interesting route may be to go from Bangkok to north of Thailand, cross over the Mekhong to Laos in Chiang ...


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From wikitravel regarding Saigon - Ha Tien: There are buses to Ha Tien from Ho Chi Minh City's Mien Tay terminal (about 8h). To get to Mien Tay Bus Station (Western bus station): Take bus No. 139 from Tran Hung Dao Street. I found this on Tripadvisor, a nightbus to Ha Tien the bus leaves from the Western Bus Station in Saigon,at 21.00 and gets ...


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Viet Nam is mostly accessible via hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). I know that since France has historical relationships with Viet Nam, there are direct flights from Paris to Hanoi on Vietnam Airlines. They are expensive though. I know there are also flights with Qatar Airways, through Doha. They are getting expensive early though, so you should book ...


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I was there last year, and I remember connecting to internet in a café. The internet was really ok; nothing to complain about. Moreover, in general in Vietnam the internet connection is good. Some places censor Facebook though


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As far as I can tell, the official answer seems to be nothing. As a Philippines passport holder, you don't need a visa for either country for stays of less than 21 days. But since the ASEAN visa-free zone isn't quite as smooth in practice as it is in theory, do bring along any written documentation about why you are going to Vietnam, who you are meeting, ...


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This website contains all the pertinent information. Specifically, it says that while your friend as to apply for the visa at the German embassy in Vietnam, your "Verpflichtungserklärung" should be submitted to the "Ausländerbehörden" in your hometown. Presumably it will then contact the embassy. But there looms a bigger problem: Die ...


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No, you will need to send your passport to Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City or Danang to have your visa extended. You can also find a travel agency in Dong Hoi who can assist you in extending your visa.



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