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      type of power outlets/plugs

      Vietnam Oct 9, 2016 at 11:32 PM

      I have read that the most common one is the two pin flat or round but also three pins are used to. In North Vietnam guest houses which ones would be the most common?

    • Visa on arrival for Indian

      Vietnam Oct 13, 2016 at 4:10 AM

      Hi we are group of 4 travelling to Vietnam on 12th Nov 2016. Can we get visa on arrival after showing the approval letter from vietnam immigration. If yes what is the procedure to get this approval letter?

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      Public transport to get around the city

      Hanoi Oct 11, 2016 at 4:06 AM

      I am moving to Hanoi in a couple of weeks for work and will need to get around fairly quickly to different areas (teaching in different language centres). I was wondering if the buses are fairly easy and stress free to use a couple of times a day to get around, because I reeeeally don't want to get a bike. Thanks!

    • Halong Bay to Hanoi Airport - Day cruise Halong

      Vietnam Oct 10, 2016 at 3:22 PM

      Has anyone traveled from Halong Bag to Hanoi Airport by car?

      If so, how long did it take you?
      Was there much traffic?

      We have a domestic flight at 21:15, and we can be in Halong on the same day at 11:30 the latest by car.

      So are not sure, when we are there if we have time for a cruise and for the trip back to the airport by 19:30 latest so we can catch the flight at 21:15.

      Thanks in advance

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      Visa from Indian Embassy in HCMC

      Ho Chi Minh City 7 hours ago

      Hi there, I'm a UK citizen and I had my passport and wallet stolen in HCMC. I've now got an emergency passport and am in the process of getting all the visas I need for my onward journey.

      However I'm a bit confused... My flight back to the UK involves a one and a half hour stop over in Delhi to change planes. On the UK gov site it says that people travelling on an ETD ( emergency passport) need a visa and TWO ETD's - one to enter Delhi and one to leave Delhi. I'm having trouble finding out if this is true as I've had no reply to my emails and can't get through on the phone to the Indian Embassy. Can anyone help?

    • visa extentions

      Vietnam Sep 21, 2016 at 7:00 AM

      IS there any update on visa extensions? Are they again possible? I would like to enter Vietnam for 4-5 months- and so need to extend after the initial 3 months VOA have expired, can I do this by land or agent in Mui Nei? (where i will be based)

      Whats the length of visa they give you if you go to Cambodia for a day? And indictations on price would also be great.

      Thank you

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      2 days or 3 days

      Ha Long Oct 9, 2016 at 10:22 PM

      Interested to know your thoughts on this.
      3D2N on boat
      3D2N one night on boat and one night on island
      2D1N on boat
      Have you done this recently? Any recommended agency/boat

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      Vietnam Sep 25, 2016 at 2:45 AM

      Hi there We are from Cape Town, South Africa and are planning a trip to Vietnam in December 2016 for about 7 weeks. We are wondering whether to visit the neighbouring countries of Laos, Myanmar and Cambodia as well. We have been to Thailand (Bangkok and Phuket) before but would like to maybe spent some time there in a place we haven't been before. We would like to stay at least 5 days in one place so we would like to select the best places. We would appreciate your advice as to an which cities and towns to visit and the itinerary. If we have to miss 1 or 2 countries, which one's would you suggest. We will arrive and depart from Hanoi. Possible cities to visit include: Hanoi Hue Ho Chi Minh Siem Reap Phnom Penh Vientiane Luang Prabang Hanoi Thanks in advance. Have a good day. Johann

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      Northwest loop

      Hanoi Oct 9, 2016 at 10:26 PM

      We are interested in doing a 5-6-7 day tour (organised, not by motorbike) of the NW.
      Mai Chao, Son La, Dien Bien Phu, Lai Chau, Sapa and Bac Ha market.
      Anyone done this recently. If so, any recommendations for agencies or tour companies.
      Thanks in advance.

    • Is February a good month to travel and visit Hanoi?

      Vietnam Sep 27, 2016 at 12:21 AM

      I'm planning to travel to Hanoi February of next year. Would that be okay? I mean is the weather good for travelers visiting Hanoi during February? Thank you all for your replies.


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    • Lao Cai to Hanoi by express bus?

      by PickelHead Online Now Apr 1, 2015 at 2:49 PM

      Anyone aware of an express bus/minivan departing from Lao Cai & going to Hanoi that uses the new highway??

      4 Answers Apr 10, 2015 at 1:28 AM
    • Sapa Express bus

      by PickelHead Online Now Apr 1, 2015 at 2:54 AM

      I was hoping to catch the new Express bus as it passes by Lao Cai on the way from Sapa to Hanoi. Through email, the company has told me that they can pick me up at the highway round-about(!), but due to the language barrier, they have not been able to tell me if the bus automatically stops here. I am nervous that the bus will go flying past me and leave me stranded there for the night. I would appreciate it if someone who has taken this bus can assure me that they do indeed make an automatic stop at the Lao Cai round-about. Thanks in advance!

      9 Answers Mar 4, 2016 at 10:35 PM
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      Lao Cai Transport

      by stscreen Online Now Aug 4, 2010 at 7:51 PM

      I'm and my husband will travelling to Sapa at mid Nov, we are independent and
      would like to know:
      1. Is it easy to get transport to Saomai Hotel from train station?
      2. How far is sunday market from that hotel?
      3. I also consider to hire a jeep, may i know what is the cost and where can
      i book?

      Would love to get feed back from anyone.

      Thank you.

      3 Answers Aug 6, 2010 at 5:05 AM
    • Has anyone gone from to Lao Cai to China

      by kyleaz Online Now Jan 13, 2010 at 10:57 AM

      Hi we will be going back to Vietnam again this year and I'm starting my research.
      Has anyone crossed the border at Lao Cai to China. What is there to do and see around there. I heard that it's a great place to shop but I have no clue what I would buy.

      4 Answers Feb 11, 2010 at 9:37 PM
    • Train from kunming to lao-Cai

      by rachel269 Online Now Apr 28, 2008 at 7:07 AM

      What with China making it very tricky to get a 1 month visa during and just aftre the Olympics they are asking for entry and exit tickets to and from China.

      Does anyone know if it is possible to pre book a ticket from China to Vietnam (confimation to be used to get Chinese visa), i guess Kunming - Lao-Cai is a well worn route?

      Thanks a lot!

      2 Answers Apr 28, 2008 at 11:57 PM
    • Lao Cai to Hanoi DayTrain

      by RobStuar Online Now Jan 4, 2008 at 8:52 PM

      Has anyone out there taken the day train from Lao Cai to Hanoi. What is it like? The scenery, comfortor lack thereof, anything?

      Thank you,

      Stuart of Oz

      2 Answers Aug 4, 2010 at 10:21 PM
    • Kunming to Lao Cai

      by vthayer Online Now Apr 19, 2007 at 12:15 PM

      Can you currently get from kunming to lao cai by train? If not, what is the best way to get to China from Lao Cai?

      3 Answers Apr 21, 2007 at 5:42 PM
    • Weather in Sapa

      by afourney Online Now Aug 15, 2004 at 10:24 PM

      I'm traveling to Sapa at the beginning of Sept. What will the weather be like? Should I take hiking boots or will tennis shoes be adequate for day trekking? Thanks

      2 Answers Aug 17, 2004 at 1:05 AM
    • Advice needed!

      by Baj Online Now Nov 6, 2003 at 8:49 AM

      Not being a hardened traveller I am looking for some practical advice. I'm off to Lao Cai, Vietnam, next week to assist on some film shoots, staying in the households we are filming in. Has anyone any advice as to useful things to take, wear etc? I understand the weather is humid and damp? As we will be trekking about a bit, with cameras, I need to be as comfortable as possible so as not to effect filming. Thanks to anyone that can help. x

      4 Answers Nov 8, 2003 at 1:47 AM