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The easternmost country on the Indochina Peninsula in Southeast Asia

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What is the correct visa type to attend a conference in Vietnam?

I have been invited for a talk in a conference by the organizers to be held in Vietnam. I am working as a scientist for the government of India and have an Indian passport. I wish to get a visa for ...
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Vietnamese visa question

I am traveling to Vietnam. My initial plan was to start in Ho Chi Minh, but due to a long story you don't care about, we have opted to land in HCMC and then fly directly to Hanoi. Since we are now ...
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Hanoi: 1.8 million VND taxi fare? [closed]

I got an ABC taxi from Hanoi night market at 19:00 to the Airport terminal 2. It seemed legit: clean, with the sign on top and all. Followed the meter and got a receipt. He charged me 1.8 million VND,...
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Chinese citizen visa on arrival for Vietnam

My girlfriend is a Chinese citizen. We are in mainland China (Shanghai) and would like to go to Vietnam. Vietnam requires a visa for Chinese citizens. I read about a visa on arrival program, but that ...
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In Vietnam, which is the best bank for withdrawing from Mastercard?

I visit Vietnam occasionally. Something that strikes me is how very restrictive and imposing the ATM's are. Many of them seem to have a withdrawal limit of 3000000 VND which is only about 110 USD. ...
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Can an electronic visa for Vietnam be extended?

This year, getting an e-visa for Vietnam was introduced for my country, Romania. However, it is only for 30 days (touristic purpose), yet I want to stay longer. Is it possible to extend an e-visa ...
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What is the visa policy of Vietnam for Indian citizens?

I'm planning to travel to Vietnam but I have found no reliable information online. Websites suggest that Vietnam offers Visa on Arrival for Indian citizens but I'm not sure if it's actually a ...
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Is a bike tout in Ho Chin Minh a scam for tourists?

Walking at night alone (around 23:00 to 4:00) at the center of Ho Chi Minh (mostly district 1), so many touts tried to get me on their bike. I have never got on it, but it might be that they talk to ...
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Vietnamese customs/paperwork

I have a question about customs in Vietnam. I’m traveling there to teach a short course on computing at a local university, and am bringing with me some equipment for students to use in the course. ...
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Withhold number when calling local numbers in Vietnam

On a trip I'll be making to Vietnam in the near future I will be using a local phone. I would like to withhold my number when calling people. In the UK this is done using 141 followed by the phone ...
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Why is using plugs so difficult in Vietnam?

It requires a lot of force to plugs thing in Vietnam. All plugs I have found look like European ones with two round prongs but do they use a different standard than Europeans? In many places there ...
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What time of the year is the sky clear in Vietnam?

According to my guidebook, spring is the best time to visit Vietnam because it is not cold and not hot. Indeed, it is about 26C most days and the Vietnamese repeat often that this is good weather. ...
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Transit in Korea

I'm Vietnamese and now studying in the US. I also have a Vietnamese passport and US visa. If I come from San Francisco to Vietnam and I have to transit in Korea 3 days, can I go outside to travel with ...
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Valid Vietnam tourist visa in old passport

I get a new passport, but I have a valid Vietnam tourist visa in my old passport. Can I travel with both passports to Vietnam without applying for a new visa? (I'm a portuguese citizen).
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I got denied boarding due to outdated information on passport validity? What to do?

I (Swedish citizen) was to board a flight to Vietnam but got stopped and they said I couldn't board due to my passport expiring in 5 months and that I need at least 6 months. My visit was for 15 days ...
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Is it possible to catch a bus or train from Vietnam to places in Cambodia that are famous?

Looking to travel in Cambodia, but flights to nearby cities like Ho Chi Minh in Vietnam are about 70% cheaper right now. The only problem is that these are in Vietnam. Is it possible to catch a bus ...
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May a French citizen obtain a visa for Vietnam while in the country during the visa “free” 15 days?

As a French citizen I can enter Vietnam without a visa for a stay that doesn't exceed 15 days. Is it possible during those 15 days to get a visa while already in the country?
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Is it offensive to use 'Saigon' instead of 'Ho Chi Minh City'?

I've heard some people talking about Saigon instead of Ho Chi Minh City. Besides the fact that those people usually were French (I'm French myself as well) I was wondering if that could be considered ...
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How to prepare a picky eater for Thai, Cambodian, and Vietnamese cuisine?

My in-laws are heading overseas on a guided tour of Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam. While my mother-in-law is a little more on the adventurous side when it comes to new flavours and textures, my ...
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Vietnam visa requirements [closed]

I'm traveling to Vietnam on the 1st of the month and leave on 15th. I'm getting some conflicting information on visa exemption times. Am I allowed to stay for the 15 days with no visa ? As some ...
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How can a Canadian citizen obtain a Vietnamese visa while abroad in a country without a Vietnamese embassy?

How can I get a legitimate visa-on-arrival letter or visa for Vietnam? I am Canadian but am in Ecuador, which does not have a Vietnamese embassy. This means that I cannot apply in person. I am also ...
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Ha Long Bay Viewpoints

Plenty of images show Ha Long Bay from what seems to be a somewhat elevated viewpoint. Look at the top 3 rows images from here for example. Where are high viewpoints from which to appreciate Ha Long ...
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Is there ferry service from Vietnam to Borneo?

I saw a question about ferries around Borneo and I'm in a similar position. I'd like to make my way through Vietnam by whatever transportation means available, and then visit a friend in Brunei. Are ...
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New SIM card in Laos and Vietnam [closed]

How easy (in terms of procedure time, accessibility and cost) is it to get a new SIM in Laos and Vietnam? I'm traveling to Laos by air and Vietnam by land. Will I be able to get a SIM at Laos airport? ...
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Best way to travel to and inside Vietnam

I am entering Vietnam from Luang Prabang and would like to reach Ho Chi Minh city 12 days henceforth. I would like to cover as much Vietnam as possible (Sapa, Hanoi, Hoi An, Ho Chi Minh city) What is ...
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Indian travelling by road through Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam

I intend to do a month-long travel through Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam. I think flying in/out the region from India and then travelling across these regions on road will help me get a budget trip. How ...
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Statistics on how often certain flights are cancelled

Is there a reliable way of finding statistics on how often certain airlines cancel flights or certain routes get cancelled? Bonus points if that varies depending on the season. I'm planning a trip in ...
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What is the cheapest way to mail a package from Vietnam to the United States?

I'm going to be traveling in Vietnam this summer and would like to send back some tailored clothing. What's the cheapest way (can be take as long as necessary) to ship an under 10KG package to the US ...
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Is Luong Yen bus station still operational?

I am trying to take a bus from Luong Yen bus station in Hanoi (to Cat Ba island), and some Vietnamese news web sites mention that the bus station is no longer operational. However, a travel agent ...
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Can I cross the border from Vietnam to China with a motorcycle? [closed]

Last year, I spent one month in Vietnam. I know it is very easy to buy a used motorcycle there. Crossing the border to Cambodia is very difficult. I met people who made it into Cambodia with their ...
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Vietnam visa exemption by land

Last year Vietnam gave nationals of some countries a 15-days visa exemption. I have been looking for information about the conditions to apply but I can't find anything referring to which are the ...
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Dos and don'ts at a Vietnamese wedding

I'm invited to a wedding in Ho Chi Minh City. I know virtually nothing about Vietnam, I'll be there for the first time in my life. I know a little about Asian culture, but the only country I've ...
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Do I need multiple-entry visa for Vietnam if only transiting airport the second entry?

I am travelling to Vietnam landing at Hanoi then departing 9 days later from HCMC (Ho Chi Minh city). I am then travelling to Siem Reap, returning to HCMC airport to just transit onwards to London. ...
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Transit Visa for Vietnam

I am an American living in Korea, and I bought a flight to Singapore with a layover in Ho Chi Minh City through Kayak/Kiwidotcom. When I arrived at the airport I was not allowed on board because, ...
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Is it possible to travel to Co To island, Vietnam without a special permit now?

I am planning to visit Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, Sapa, Da Nang, and Hội An in Vietnam in the next week. I heard that Co To Island (near Ha Long Bay) is really beautiful and worth a visit. When searching ...
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Re entering Vietnam every 90 days

Longest visa to stay in Vietnam is 3 months, 'letter of approval' must be arranged before entering country and has to happen by air into one of major airports. To remain pretty much indefinitely Is ...
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Phone service crossing borders, Vietnam>Thailand>Laos>Cambodia

I'll be traveling to SE Asia, and want one phone service. If I buy a SIM card with Viettel in Vietnam, will it function in Thailand and in Laos and in Cambodia? If it does, will I be charged ...
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Is river travel to Vientiane and Phnom Penh recommended?

I am planning a trip to SE Asia late Sept through Nov. One route idea is fly in to Ho Chi Minh, explore south and delta, road north to Hanoi, fly to Bangkok, road north to Chiang Mai, road to Chiang ...
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how much is Vietnam train ticket? [closed]

if possible to purchase direct from train station without through an agent, how much cost a SEAT ONLY ticket from Lao Cai to Hanoi on 1 of the morning departing trains from Lao Cai train station ? ...
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Are start and end days included in the duration of a Vietnamese visa-on-arrival?

I'm getting a 15-day visa on arrival in Vietnam as a tourist. If I plan when to fly in and when to fly out (maximizing the duration of my stay) do I have to include the date of arrival and departure ...
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US citizen traveling to Vietnam with unexpired Vietnam passport [duplicate]

I recently became US citizen and going to travel back to Vietnam. Is it possible to travel to Vietnam with an unexpired Vietnam passport instead of applying for a Vietnam visa?
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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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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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Is it possible to get a free 15 day visa upon arrival at Hanoi airport?

I read somewhere its possible to get a free 15 day Vietnam visa upon arrival at Hanoi airport as long as I show proof I'm leaving Vietnam within 15 days, which I am. I'm flying to Hanoi from Kuala ...
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Is it possible to rent a bike in one city and drop off in another, when traveling to Vietnam?

I want to rent a motorbike or a mountain bike in Bai Thom (north of Phu Quoc), travel to the south or middle of Phu Quoc, and return it there. Likely we would return it in Duong Dong before catching a ...
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Does the Vietnam Phu Quoc National Park allow visitors to camp on the grounds?

We (group of two) want to travel to Phu Quoc Island, arriving at Bai Thom (north), rent some mountain bikes and travel through the National Park to the south of the island. Is there a possibility to ...
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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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1 day Hạ Long Bay tours from Hanoi, Vietnam

Next week, I have business in Hanoi, Vietnam. I have only a 1-day break. I want to visit HaLong Bay and enjoy a cruise for one night. Any recommendations about how to get to HaLong Bay from Hanoi and ...
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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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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 ...