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Is it offensive to use 'Saigon' instead of 'Ho Chi Minh City'?

According to Fodor's Guide to Vietnam, 4th Edition, published 2016, under Introduction to Ho Chi Minh City on page 38: Still called Saigon by most residents, According to National Geographic ...
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I was denied boarding due to outdated information on passport validity? What to do?

Check-in staff go by Timatic, which is based on information provided to IATA by local immigration authorities. They won't change their mind even if you call an embassy in front of them. Unfortunately ...
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Is it offensive to use 'Saigon' instead of 'Ho Chi Minh City'?

My wife is Vietnamese, and her entire family. I also visited Vietnam with them previously. They all spent most of their life in Vietnam prior to moving to another country. When I inquired (while ...
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Is it offensive to use 'Saigon' instead of 'Ho Chi Minh City'?

I was born and grew up in Saigon. Saigon has always been and will forever be Saigon. Don't call it by any other name! A historical allusion to these naming is Leningrad, which, similar to most ...
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Can I travel to Vietnam for Christmas in 2020?

Nope. Not going to work. Stay home. Vietnam suspended most inbound commercial flights on December 1 and imposed other restrictions after detecting community transmission following a several month ...
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Is it offensive to use 'Saigon' instead of 'Ho Chi Minh City'?

No. Everyone will be fine with it. Ho Chi Minh City is the official name of the city, you need to use it in all paper work. No exception. The Vietnamese who stays in Ho Chi Minh City and its ...
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Overstaying visa in Vietnam by 5(!) minutes

Extended my visa in Da Nang. Costed me 70 USD and took 1 day :-) I am pretty sure you can just take the fine, but there is cases where you are sent back to the city to "fix it". So I didn't take the ...
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How can I pay in Vietnam?

Vietnam remains a cash society, and that cash is Vietnamese dong. US dollars may be accepted for larger purchases and places like airport shops. Credit cards are accepted at hotels and touristy/...
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How to prepare a picky eater for Thai, Cambodian, and Vietnamese cuisine?

Most typical Thai food is very flavorful. There is certainly a fare share of spicy dishes but there are also plenty of other flavors, herbal, fragrant, salty and sweet. Obviously, the difficult part ...
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Explaining ABTC at departure airport in Europe

Checking Timatic via another source (The Emirates website) shows an additional line under "Visa Exceptions" that is not shown by IATA Travel Center website. Passengers with an APEC Business ...
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How to prepare a picky eater for Thai, Cambodian, and Vietnamese cuisine?

Vietnamese Pho (most variants anyway- iirc Hue type is already spicy) noodle soup have the spice optionally added by the end user. Similarly the rice and vermicelli dishes are not inherently spicy (...
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What to do during a long stopover in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam?

Yes, you've got plenty of time. In your shoes I would get a day-use hotel room near the airport, so you can also freshen up and/or take a nap, and then go explore the city. You will need an ...
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Which other travel destinations have the same or similar vibe to Bali?

There's nothing quite like Bali, but some ideas: Gili Trawangan, off Lombok; only a few hours by boat from Bali Ko Samui, Thailand: nightlife in Chaweng, hip boutique hotels in Bophut and Choeng Mon, ...
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Is there ferry service from Vietnam to Borneo?

No, there isn't. More generally, as far as I'm aware there are no scheduled international ferry services from Vietnam to anywhere. The easiest (but not the cheapest) option for getting to Brunei is ...
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Dos and don'ts at a Vietnamese wedding

TL;DR: Give money, wear regular formal attire. Of course, if you know the groom very well, just ask him what will be expected of you. He will understand that you're not familiar with Vietnamese ...
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Cambodia Angkor Air: Da Nang to Siem Reap direct flights only until October 2023?

Siem Reap International Airport (REP) is being replaced with Siem Reap–Angkor International Airport (SAI). Cambodia Angkor Air will fly from Da Nang International Airport (DAD) to SAI from Oct 16, ...
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How to prepare a picky eater for Thai, Cambodian, and Vietnamese cuisine?

Thailand-specific advice here from someone who doesn’t tolerate any spice at all. In my experience, in Thailand there’s a huge number of small low-key local shops serving basic meals like rice/...
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Is it offensive to use 'Saigon' instead of 'Ho Chi Minh City'?

I'm Vietnamese born and raised in Saigon. No, most Vietnamese would not be offended if you were to use Saigon instead of HCM. I said "most" because obviously there will always be a minority of people ...
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Can I bring snake wine from Vietnam to Europe?

FYI, according to the information you can read in Carrying habushu (snake wine) from Japan to USA, it is not so easy to import alcohol with a snake to the U.S.: the main concern for bringing snake ...
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Vietnam e-visa with one nationality but two valid passports

I too have two passports issued by the same country (France), and have run once in a minor hiccup related to this. I was at Malaysia Immigration in KLIA, and the officer asked me whether I had another ...
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Do l need a room booked before arriving in Vietnam?

My very first trip to Vietnam, I was in the immigration line and the German guy ahead of me was trying to explain that he couldn't give the name of the hotel, because he had hired a guide, who was ...
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Vietnam e-visa with one nationality but two valid passports

Many countries don't allow more than one valid passport at a time And many do. In fact, while the proportion of individuals holding more than one valid passport from the same country is probably ...
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Running in Da Nang, Vietnam

Heat and humidity aside, the promenade alongside China Beach in Da Nang is probably one of the easiest places to run in Vietnam. Motorbikes tend to be kept off it, something that can't even be said ...
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Is it offensive to use 'Saigon' instead of 'Ho Chi Minh City'?

There are two aspects to it. One is simply that Ho-Chi-Minh City is the official name. Calling that city Saigon is somewhat like calling Tokyo by its former name Edo, calling India's Chennai Madras, ...
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