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i bet he has to have that description on his passport
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uimcqvxivmnhidzzvlkwhaqua just arrived in ๐Ÿฒ Ho Chi Minh City, #vietnam
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cost hanoi, workspaces ho chi minh, nightlife both (slight advantage to ho chi minh)
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I haven't been outside of Hanoi or HCMC to be honest. Both were great for short stays. Both have some good underground clubs, with HCMC getting the edge there.
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HCMC is easier to show up and plug in. Hanoi requires a little more work to get around the core, but not by much. Both are good IMO. Choose Hanoi if you want a little more history and culture.
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vibe hanoi
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Try all
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not a bad idea, hochlist is pretty limited
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HCM is a bit more expensive, has more western stuff. Breweries, that kind of thing. Colonial french architecture in places. Large city.
Hanoi is a capital with a bunch of government buildings, but also a great old town, really tasty food, its also a bit cooler in temperature. Also large city.
Da Nang is a mid-size city, about 1 million people, with a great beach.
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xsfagpzcb I heard there's a women's group in Da nang, generally I don't think it's going to be hard to meet other foreigners in any of the popular locations
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Can check for Facebook groups in the cities you're interested in
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tsuhriakm there's definitely folks in your age range for sure.. i met a couple of women in their 50s that have been living in hoi an for a few years (met them at Hub Hoi An dinner night).. i'm sure i've seen them around in hanoi and ho chi minh too
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s/them/people like that/
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tfgsiehlisetrtdmj just arrived in Da Nang, #vietnam
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sfixhlahk people don't care, but they might care if you care as in if age is a thing for you I think you start projecting it, nomads/entrepreneurs/tech ppl are usually a very wide range of life trajectories so TL;DR nobody cares
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Hoi An def a hotspot as atqtzlecj says, mostly women indeed
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I don't think Vietnam necessarily easy to meet nomads in general disregarding of age
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well there's definitely lots of expats, there's various chat rooms and facebook groups and so on, can find them and connect up over time
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Yeah indeed that's what I mean, more of a long term expat place than anything
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๐Ÿ‘‹ I'm back in Vietnam! ๐Ÿ™ I see a handful of people in Saigon right now as well and I'm almost always down to meet up! I work roughly 9pm-4am tho I use the term "work" rather loosely here. ๐Ÿป
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can anyone suggest some 24 hour cafes in da nang?
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ok so the problem is google maps doesn't have good listings, a lot of the 24 hour listings are bogus from bad input or whatever
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but however we have the Foody.vn app
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seems like the locals use foody to find cafes instead etc
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TnT cafe seems to be good for 24 hours anyhow
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Anyone in Da Nang up for a beer at 7 Bridges Brewery or similar?
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Tonight?
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cause I'd be down for a smaller group meetup at a quieter place
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this weekend maybe
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ggcoshjvd slacklining and beer ๐Ÿ˜‰
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locals are also pretty keen on practising their english, and it's usually at least conversational level.
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heading to Hanoi on Saturday so I was thinking today or tomorrow
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> seems like the locals use foody to find cafes instead etc
yeah, but most places in Vietnamese and translate feature kinda doesn't work
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we went to presumably 10/10 place once found on Foody and it was serving some weird black chickens boiled whole
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so it was a thing for locals but not exactly for us ๐Ÿ˜„
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lhkudjqylst using grab & foody for delivery is sort of annoying precisely due to lack of translations heh
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I have a workaround, mainly screenshot + google translate but it requires a lot of patience ๐Ÿ˜… Was quite useful to deal with baidu in China
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Quite liked now.vn last year
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anyone have a favorite massage place in Da Nang?
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good, Gozar Coffee raised their prices. now I won't feel so guilty about staying for so long :)
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About to go to Vietnam for the first time. Anyone know the proper site for getting the visa? I'm worried I'm seeing a lot of fake sites.
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I used vietnamvisa.govt.vn/ and had no issues
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i've used www.evisa.com.vn and vietnamvisapro.com the latter is way cheaper for last minute visas but no SSL on their form ๐Ÿ˜›
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Yeah, the lack of SSL on a lot of these sites freaks me out a bit. ๐Ÿ˜›
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the actual payment form is 3rd party so that part is fine, it's only the passport id that wouldn't be protected from any snooping at the wifi/whatever level
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i have used this one evisa247.vn/
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has anyone here done longer than a 3 month visa?
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i have been told that they stopped doing longer that 3 months visa for tourists, but you can get a business visa for longer if you get sponsored by a local company or you start your own company here. Personnaly, I don't know if it is worth it for digital nomads, I prefer to stay on 3 months tourist visas
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jnijaswatfbisuh i think only americans get 6months/1 year without business visa... everyone else has to do the biz visa for 6 months and up
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Do people not use whatsapp here? Do they use Line or something?
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xsvsofuwhtugpti I got the 1 year visa last year for US citizens.. was easy to get but didn't end up using all of it. I'd get the 3 month if I did it again.
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skrmdkteqcbvcwbvmzpcmgw just arrived in ๐Ÿœ Hanoi, #vietnam
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paqsffjdu hm? locals use Zalo.. but whatsapp is also super common, especially with any locals that talk with foreigners
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some people don't use either ยฏ\_(ใƒ„)_/ยฏ
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yea for some reason the only people who I've found with whatsapp are landlords
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businesses and delivery guys don't have it
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yeah Zalo is super common, i've been able to plug in so many phone numbers and get the person on there
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Used this for my 30d visa, worked well evisa.xuatnhapcanh.gov.vn/web/guest/trang-chu-ttdt
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I've mainly used whatsapp, found it quite common, everybody interacting with foreigners knows whatsapp :)
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Same ๐Ÿ‘†
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Hey everyone, in your opinion, what would be the best, most reliable website to get a visa in Vietnam? ๐Ÿค” Thanks!
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Any recommendations for normal full body massages in hcmc? :)
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See above
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Every week same Qs visa or bike license
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Maybe need an autoresponder
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I feel that asking which is the best visa site for Vietnam is like asking which is the best pub to visit in London. The answer is always the same; the first one you can find
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haha codify it rthtmjugfezdnqk
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true, lustwtiygrcj there's so little difference between vendors. But what I will say to anyone reading is make sure you write down your details exactly as they appear in the passport. I once filled out a visa for my son and neglected to add his middle name (which appears in the passport). The flight attendants would not let us on the flight, we had to get a new visa, but they recommended a visa agency that had a rush service that was done in 15 mins, right as we were standing at the check in counter.
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lol, I would like to but the 10 000 message limit doesn't allow me to ๐Ÿ˜ž
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I'm not sure about this lol
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which part?
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taking the first I can find lol
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For Visa? They're all legit and cost about the same. It's very hard to go wrong
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I've now used the government's website twice with no issue, ~US$25 after all fees, and took about 3 days
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I used vietnamvisapro 2 days ago, no response yet ๐Ÿ˜ž
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hjtntsvnjp just arrived in ๐Ÿฒ Ho Chi Minh City, , #vietnam
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Man Da Nang, making me feel like I'm back I'm Vancouver..... ๐ŸŒง
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etohimsen ah that sucks, been raining awhile?
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Nice and sunny here in Chiang Mai.. ๐Ÿ˜œ
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lucky! Yea itโ€™s been raining and windy non-stop. Enjoy Loy Krathong!
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anyone know where people sell used items in Vietnam? Facebook Marketplace?
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Rainy season does that. Should stop in a month Iโ€™m told
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dwnwbircxqdh yea I guess I was expecting it to be more like Bali or Thailand where it rains hard for a couple hours a day and then decent the rest of the day.
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We are coming back in March and April. I assume it will be much nicer then?
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Yeah nah, this is pretty typical rainy season. March/April should be much better, warming up by then too, bit cold Jan/Feb IIRC
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I remember considering heading north in January last year while I was in Saigon in 29C ish sun and looking at the temperature charts for Da Nang and Hanoi and thinking nahhh
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yea looks like it gets about as cold as CM, but the highs are lower
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CM can definitely be chilly in Dec/Jan at night on a scooter
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says the guy from Canada..
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who has become soft
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zwhhcyqc just arrived in Da Nang, #vietnam
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Hanoi is definitely cheaper for hotels than chiang mai
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If youโ€™re close to Hoร n Kiแบฟm in Hanoi, for focused work -> can recommend `eSpace coworking`, almost all locals, bit more classic open office style, but calling at the desks is frowned upon, so itโ€™s pleasantly working. Not many nomads tho.
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Quy Nhon is a bit under the radar ๐Ÿ™‚ quite local. I'd suggest Da Nang as usual, there are nice walkable places, and perhaps Hoi An
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Just arrived in Ho Chi Minh
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Any must-see must-dos? Anyone around keen for a beer or something?
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HCMC do's war remnants museum, pizza at 4Ps, cocktails at The Alley, brunch at l'Usine, coffee and work at the workshop, Vietnamese coffee at Cong (any location), side trip to Cholon if you're into some culturally Chinese things, go clubbing at Lighthouse or Observatory, take a stroll around the big pedestrian area after dark, explore the cafe building that fronts onto it, go for a massage at Saigon Heritage Spa (cheap and really good), get your nails done ๐Ÿ’…
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Oh yeah, and late night food at Pho Quyhn just off the shady backpacker's street
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HCMC dont's rent a scooter unless you know what you're doing, stay on that shady backpacker's street, mix balloons and beer
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Awesome, thanks for the recommendations! Def the nails thing ๐Ÿ˜‰
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I really should write up a guide some day. I've been to HCMC what, 7 times now? It's easily one of my fave cities to stop in for a week or so
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Ohh! I also recommend a walk through the Japanese area... get some ramen or something too. Just watch out for all the ladies grabbing your arm (it's 50% Japanese restos, 50% brothels)
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Hahaha, sweet
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Any suggestions for Da Nang? Staying down in My An which is nice - plenty of decent restaurants.
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yea that seems to be one of the best areas
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Nights with hwalraehwu are always crazy beware ๐Ÿ˜
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Sounds great
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PMed you ๐Ÿ™‚
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apologies for the choppy phrasing, it was a lightly edited IM conversation that github reformatted poorly
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xhreqrouzd kyszyompk is rly chill Belgian guy, pretty much me but chiller
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We chilled with 3 bottles of vodka
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USA citizens How far in advance should I apply for a 30-day Vietnam visa?
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HAHAH i didnt expect any diffeeent Hahhaahha
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Is the high tide in Da Nang pretty normal? Seems like about 2 weeks ago the ocean reclaimed 2/3 of the beach overnight and has slowly advancing since
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Any suggestions for a coworking space in Ho Chi Minh? Preferably around district 1 or 3
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urlank I find some of the coffee chains in Vietnam are pretty consistently great in terms of chairs and a/c.. chains like โ€œthe coffee houseโ€, geekhub coworking wasnโ€™t too bad either
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zatxesflb โค๏ธ thanks!
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I am currently in Wor.kafe dcrtqw

~ 60 MB/s downstream ๐Ÿ‘
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is there no 6 month multiple entry tourist visa option in vietnam ๐Ÿค”
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I am heading to da nang in january and it would be good to get a multi-entry
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(am a US citizen)
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Our family is going to Da Nang and/or Hoi An in December.
Right now, deciding the area to stay.
Is there any convenient place for the kids to run and play?
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aeawhferxowx anywhere along the beach in Da Nang probably
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hi allโ€ฆ anyone flying from the US to VN within the next 2 weeks?
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Hi folks, I'm on a sabbatical from San Francisco (after 5 years). I had a flight to Vietnam that I never took (couldn't clear vacation). I wanted to know if you'd recommend it as a destination to be based in for Dec. and if so, which city (HCM, Hanoi, DaNang, HoiAn, etc. considering what I've heard about traffic, humidity, and so on). I'd appreciate hearing your real-time tips, thank you ๐Ÿ™‚
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tqaalg Da Nang has been pretty dreary in terms of rain the last month. Not sure how long it lasts
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Got it, where are you headed next?
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javajazpt just arrived in ๐Ÿœ Hanoi, #vietnam
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Another call... #vietnam Anyone flying to Vietnam from the US in the next few weeks?
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biqvrhlk just arrived in ๐Ÿœ Hanoi, #vietnam
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Hey all, currently based in Hoi An until December, with plans to settle more permanently in Da Nang or Hanoi in January. Anyone lived in both care to weigh in and recommend one over the other?
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havenโ€™t lived in hanoi but can say that hanoi is _MUCH_ bigger than da nang and obviously no beach, itโ€™s like choosing between a bit touristic beach town vs. a large city
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Can anyone recommend a place to stay (and work) in/near Sa Pa? Might be a bit cold this time of year but I'm willing to chance it.
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twyhicgpxruyetunx I just spent 4 months in Vietnam, about half of the time in Hoi An and Da Nang and the other half in Hanoi
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I guess I would say that I got a bit tired of Hanoi after 2 months, mainly because the traffic is so irritating, takes ages to get around (I drive motorbike)
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Hanoi is lovely if you like loads of people and things to do and night life etc
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I lived near the west lake, so itโ€™s relatively nice there in terms of having a bit of a view and not too crazy or polluted
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I like Da Nang quite a bit more in terms of driving around.. it feels a bit more of a sedate city, bit more relaxed
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Some similarities to Chiang Mai
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Air quality is going to be worse in Hanoi especially in the winter when the smog hangs around longer
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I struggled finding good places to work from in Hanoi
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Hcmc is a bit nicer than Hanoi imo
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In terms of coworking spaces, cafes to work from, night life, getting around
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+1 for West Lake area. Can be super chill for Hanoi.
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How much does it cost to taxi from Da Nang airport to Hoi An?
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ifvfconabbbiqpv you can definitely use grab from the airport, ignore everyone else when you exit, usually have to tell the driver which column youโ€™re at and wait a bit
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Swag points for taking a bike with all your luggage straight from the airport
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Last time I took a cab to bike rental place, then drove bike down to Hoi An within 2 hours of arriving.. I suppose I lost a point for forgetting the bike option ๐Ÿ˜‚
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I did however take a bike right after getting off airport link from BKk down to Onnut ๐Ÿ˜‰
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The other numbers seems like a glitch heh
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rfqriytthtyqetkot hanoi pollution gets next level. i wouldn't recommend.
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lake area is ok tho
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food is less interesting to me than saigon
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proximity to cooler weather area is nice tho
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spent three months there and that was enough
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tvrucpfucximc hmm, what difference in food is there?
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well, all personal preference, but in general the food of the north is milder in flavor. fewer chilies, stronger Chinese herbal/medicinal influence, less reliance on fish sauce as opposed to the coast, overall a bit more 'bland'. that being said, i'd rather eat Vietnamese than than almost anything else :)
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Hmm, I do struggle with the blandness of Vietnamese food, I was there for 4 months in Hanoi and da nang, got so sick of the food after 3 months ๐Ÿ˜…
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I wasnโ€™t as bothered in Saigon but thatโ€™s probably more to do with better convenience stores perhaps
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Saigon is more international too, they were open to more foreign influences. it's like a mullet. hanoi is the business part up front ๐Ÿ˜‰ buttoned up, businesslike, etc.
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Saigon pollution is bad too.
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DAD->Hoi An Reserved a car for 260k.
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But 260k for a private car sounds good
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Iโ€™ve been struggling w hanoi banh mi. Excellent in da nang and saigon but pretty meh here in hanoi
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Thereโ€™s a lot of varieties of banh mi though?
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not as much as i saw in saigon
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I dislike all banh mi unfortunately, the baguette drives me nuts.. hate the dry exterior of it.. itโ€™s only barely tolerable when itโ€™s super fresh from the bakery but thatโ€™s probably only in the early morning.. lots of times I get foisted day old bread Iโ€™m sure.. man I sound like a hater ๐Ÿ˜”
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I wish there was more variety in bread
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Like actual flat breads (no yeast) or subway-like buns etc
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Oh man, i love banh mi, the best bread in asia
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Iโ€™m wondering if Iโ€™m starting to turn into a grumpy expat ๐Ÿค”
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it's not real banh mi unless they stick it in the microwave
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Oh interesting, I didnโ€™t notice them doing that?
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That would help a lot
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Sometimes Iโ€™d end up with pan warmed baguettes but microwave warmed would be a lot better
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Interesting, I loved the food in Da Nang and Hoi An, but canโ€™t find anything delicious here in Saigon.
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xjssinafuuu just arrived in ๐Ÿœ Hanoi, #vietnam
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What's the best bar in Da Nang? ๐Ÿ˜„
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Best cocktails are at wanderlust, good community at workshop, trivia tuesdays at n bar
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mzcaktctsvb just arrived in ๐Ÿฒ Ho Chi Minh City, #vietnam
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anyone in Da Nang that wants slackline? (preferable someone who can set it up)
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Favorite hotel / coworking space in Hanoi?
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Is the spreadsheet in the topic really empty? ๐Ÿ˜†
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according to the version history that spreadsheet is indeed empty.. guess someone was trying to get ppl to contribute to an empty sheet
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Nice try!
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Does anybody have a more up-to-date spreadsheet (with actual content :slightly_smiling_face:)?
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flying from bangkok to hcmc tomorrow, I got the the visa on arrival approval letter. the email also says to prepare cash (VND or USD) for the stamping fee, is there an atm before customs to get cash from? or should I get some USD before leaving bangkok?
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have the money before leaving bangkok
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mcmkgn always bring cash, I've been stuck before customs without any ATM before in Cambodia
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And the ATM after was visa only for ex
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I'd recommend anyone traveling to bring $500-$1000 in cash at all times
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You don't know what emergency you might get into and USD cash will save u anywhere in world
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ok_handskin-tone-2 thanks
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stamping fee is $25 - not sure if they accept VND - thereโ€™s no ATM and they donโ€™t accept CC
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Also they say to bring 2 passport-pictures, but in HCMC they only use 1โ€ฆ
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next to the approval letter, youโ€™ll need the application form.
I recommend to fill it before you arrive in HCMC, because the queue can get long.
you can save yourself โ€œa lotโ€ of time here if you prepare everything before you arrive
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I did manage to pull off the "come with me outside to an ATM and I will show you I have money" trick once with a border agent in Vietnam. I guess it's a lot less trouble than refusing me entry. Still, just bring cash. That won't work in say, Thailand.
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yeah, the approval letter came with a list of other things I need, it says usd or vnd for the stamp, I got my ๐Ÿ’ธ today
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make sure to walk fast when leaving the plane to be ahead of the 100 others from your plane that will queue up - itโ€™s so annoying to wait there for an hour or two
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Hey guys. What do you use for ridesharing in south east asia? I'll arrive soon (malaysia first) and I installed grab here and its a terrible app, I cannot add any credit card, there are no other payment methods, no top-up like some other people have shown me. Literally only cash as if I was back in the stone age. Is there a good alternative in SEA, that works in malaysia specifically?
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naysxp everyone uses grab AFAIK. have never run into the issues you describe. GoJek is probably the alternative in SEA
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maybe because I dont have a SEA phone number, I use google fi
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Yea not sure
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From my experience, it just cares if your number is real and verifiable
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jzqqje just arrived in ๐Ÿฒ Ho Chi Minh City, #vietnam
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vkflomsgowk just arrived in Nha Trang, #vietnam
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Best place to work from in Cat Ba?
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oswshf just arrived in ๐Ÿœ Hanoi, #vietnam
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xmrprsampy just arrived in ๐Ÿฒ Ho Chi Minh City, #vietnam
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This is bit of long shot but has anybody been able to transfer a full page visa in Vietnam? I am going to need to get a new passport there in Jan (almost all pages full) but had wanted to get the 1 year METV (and it would have to go in the old passport first, unless I got a shorter one first and applied for it later...)
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ekzxuuz you'd just carry the old passport with you most likely
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and give immigration both
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I will prob double check with immigration just to be safe. If it is going to be for a year I donโ€™t want troubles
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my wife currently has her Non-O thai visa in old (full) passport and has been travelling in and out of thailand several times without a problem so works in thailand at least
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qmibuo just arrived in Sa Pa, #vietnam
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swsuqotgbxqe just arrived in Da Nang, #vietnam
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Who is in Da Nang these days?
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Iโ€™ll, but flying there only this Saturday
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ccuxjdng just arrived in Ha Giang, #vietnam
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nbrvrh just arrived in ๐Ÿฒ Ho Chi Minh City, #vietnam
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I plan to get there in about 6 weeks.
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I will be off to Taiwan by then
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anybody in mui ne?
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itjtldmbem just arrived in Da Nang, #vietnam
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```Hey guys, I am in vietnam nearby Ho Chi Minh City, is anyone around ?```
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I am gonna be there in 2 weeks!
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Hi Klauss ! I am in Ho Chi Minh as well, ping me if you want to grab a coffee or a beer.
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eeiqtadjwm just arrived in Hoi An, #vietnam
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yup, till friday. and then again for new year
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Anybody ever ship anything like a laptop from US to Vietnam? What courier & did it work out?
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btstxwxmuqwwtm no idea, but personally I'm super impressed with EMS / Thailand, fast and safe (mailed something critical directly to post office in bangkok 3 times, and picked up there)
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Thanks, that's also helpful to know
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EMS is basically regular mail with tracking i guess
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so like from Canada I mailed it using Canada Post under a specific branding like "xpresspost" which is still EMS.. EMS being the international name
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bujgunbqdv just arrived in Da Nang, #vietnam
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And I thought that brazilians were crazy about soccer... Vietnam is crazy today with their soccer gold medal at SEA Games.
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Itโ€™s so noisy / excited around Han Market
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Wait for it... celebrations go on all night!
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Calm down a little bit just now after 1.5 hours
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Yeah, in Ho Chi Minh too, people were riding their motorcyles with the Vietnam flag, yelling in bars. Then a few hours later, and itโ€™s totally quiet.
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When I was there just few days back , I remember that on the railway station the match between Vietnam and Singapore was going on and everyone was watching with lot of excitement including me ๐Ÿ˜„
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olaoaqjjfd just arrived in ๐Ÿœ Hanoi, #vietnam
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Hey team! I was wondering if anyone here has any experience with long-term junk boat rental? My friend was in Vietname and he was told that you can often rent a junk boat for up to a month at a time, but he forgot to get details and now Google is failing.

Our goals are to rent a junk boat for up to 4 weeks to do some climbing in the area. Any experience with this kind of thing would be really appreciated.
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mmhufusyxb just arrived in ๐Ÿฒ Ho Chi Minh City, #vietnam
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Anyone ever disassemble and rebuild one of the common local motorbikes here?
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should ask in #_overland-travel
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anyone have an easy place to rent a scooter in Ho Chi Minh - ideally a place that brings the scooter to you?
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qbsxudon I used the lady mentioned in hochlist.com|hochlist.com
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I always use DC motorbike www.facebook.com/DCMOTORBIKE/br />very happy with their sevice, but not sure if theyโ€™ll bring the bike
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ggcqszuzzbbiuqyq just arrived in Hoi An, #vietnam
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