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International Mobile Top-up app. Pretty handy
Let me try, cuz Mobifone keep rejecting my cards
+1 for using Ding
Ding is dope and works with apple pay)
Hello All! I am looking to take a 2-week trip to Vietnam from the USA so I can vacation and remote work. (1st trip to Vietnam but have been to Thailand) mostlikely will stay AirBNB for workspace and wifi unless you suggest otherwise

How is it there right now?
Any covid restrictions for entry?
Will I need a visa?
Did not know about Ding but this looks fantastic
Itโ€™s lovely here. Been for 2.5 weeks, leaving tomorrow. Entry was super easy, just need a rapid antigen test done within 24 hours of flying which is cheap and easy to obtain.

No noticeable covid restrictions, social distancing doesnโ€™t seem to be a thing anymore, masks are common but it doesnโ€™t look to me like a legal requirement. Staff in many hotels iโ€™ve been to havenโ€™t worn them, and it seems more of a personal choice rather than a legal thing

You _might_ need a visa, depending on how many days youโ€™re coming. I got a 30 day one which was easy to get online because I was staying for 18 days but I only got 14 visa free days (as a UK citizen)
Why are you riding a bicycle?
because grab inconvenient and scooter very hard to rent (in comparison with Thailand)
If you have a US passport, then you are required to have a visa.

Best and easiest option is to get the 30-day e-visa from this official government website. Allow 3-5 business days for processing. Note you must enter through the port of entry that you select (eg, airport), but you don't have to exit via the port of exit that you select.

๐Ÿ›ฌ tqswwriagmody just arrived in ๐ŸŒ‰ Da Nang, #vietnam
Hey! I am going to Suoi Tien Theme Park tomorrow Sunday. Does anyone want to join?
More one way roads in D1 HCMC, oof
Where?
Those little arrows are annoying
in 2024 you can take the metro ๐Ÿ˜‚
I thought the new bridge was going to be for the metro this whole time.
same ๐Ÿ˜„
i doubt they'll open in 24 tho. 12 years of constrution is just not enough ๐Ÿ˜‰
Didnโ€™t Japanese already abandon the project
afaik they just kept it on hold until Saigon started paying their bills again
from what I can see in D1, progress was made during the 2 years I was away from VN
Hello :wave:
I just arrived in Da Nang, and I plan to stay for a few weeks and move around! Anyone in the city that would like to grab a coffee or a few beers?
I'm also planning to visit the city and around if someone is interested!
ppl of Saigon
Will be in East west for a few drinks in about 15min g.page/eastwestbrewery?share
welcome to join ๐Ÿ™‚
๐Ÿ›ฌ fvrrrrrvx just arrived in ๐Ÿฒ Ho Chi Minh City, #vietnam
Hello, is it safe to rent and drive a motorbike without an international license in Vietnam? I'm asking that because it's hard to go around (countryside) without it
Safe in what sense though?

People do it.

People get fined. ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™‚๏ธ
In a sense, what happens in the worst case? Do I have to pay a fine, and that's all? ๐Ÿ˜…
I've heard of bikes being confiscated on a rare occasion. Never heard of any major troubles. Usually the cops are only interested in settling it on the spot, if you follow my drift ๐Ÿ˜‚
I see, I see haha thanks for your input!
My friend also had successfully negotiated the fines down many times. They'll start super high. Like ok gives us ten million. He brought it down to 500,000 after several rounds of โ€œok let me talk to my bossโ€ dealership style.
If you see a cop, hide in a crowd of 38746137846 other scooters
His trick is to keep minimal money in one wallet. And in the worst case just show them โ€œoh that's all I gotโ€.
That sounds to be a good tip!
I'm not 100% convinced there are many police checks. But that's always better to know before doing it
There were a lot of police checks in Da Nang, especially around Tet and other holidays.
Oh damn, really? I didn't expect
I saw them setup shop almost weekly in certain areas. Don't know about other cities.
Ya and they were pretty petty with the rules. Like turning from a wrong lane or some such small thing.
And of course helmets, license checks, etc.
I think you can also procure a local license not that difficult apparently. Sometimes even a foreign license can be converted. Or some local helpers did it for a fee. I don't personally know anyone, but I know my friend was saying it's certainly possible.
I didn't know about the service to convert the driving license with a fee. Let me have a look at that online! Thanks!
1. showing my non-international license always worked for me in VN and TH. if I had to pay, it was not because of the invalid license.
2. worst case is not about fines by cops. worst case is you are having an accident and your insurance won't pay if they find out you were driving.
What dpomnryh said. There was a recent incident of an American girl in Bali who had to pay a hospital bill of $18k because her insurance didn't cover. I'd confirm that with yours before I jump on a bike - especially in a country like VN
Because it's impossible to mute and no matter how deep you are in do not disturb mode, iPhone and Apple Watch will buzz every minute until you read the message. It's insane!!
Theyโ€™re abusing the emergency message system?

Switch to Viettel, theyโ€™ll still spam you with sms but you can mute that
Isn't Americas used to paying thousands of dollars for every scratch?
Interesting ... never got those on Mobifone ๐Ÿค” But maybe it's a new thing?
I did get lots of random SMS crap, but that was easy to mute.
๐Ÿ›ฌ mzamezhumfen just arrived in ๐ŸŒ‰ Da Nang, #vietnam
WTF that's insane
If you have a Thai drivers license, which is supposed to be valid in all ASEAN countries, will this be valid in Vietnam from an insurance and legal standpoint?
What does the messages say?
Check SIM Applications to see if there is a way to opt out. But you might need someone VN-speaking to help translating the menu options.
Also the mobile app is pretty good, and had lots of settings too. I don't remember if it has opt out for spam, but it might.
I searched everywhere, I even went to Mobifone shop and ask them turn off everything
they did
still getting ton of sms and those
Did you check SIM Applications though? Many people don't even know what these are ๐Ÿ˜„
I did, you will like it)
it's not even something you can translate
and i;m sure I subscribe myself to more stuff just touching it))
๐Ÿ›ฌ wvoycz just arrived in ๐Ÿœ Hanoi, #vietnam
What do you need as proof of vaccine? Paper copy?
any recommendations for places/sites to book day tours from hanoi (ie halong bay)?
I decided to go to Costa Rica instead
my airBnB host or me in touch with
Bella Linh
Heliotrope Travel
+84 97 694 46 82

<@U0FJSLKQ9>

I went to Ninh Binh and her price was better than many others I saw and she was friendly and helpful
and if you haven't been to Sapa, consider a multi day trekking trip
GetYourGuide has worked well for me, especially for avoiding scams
cheers โ€” thanks everyone
In case you haven't seen it yet, Covid test no longer required for entry effective 15 May โ€ฆ
Best coworking space in Ho Chi Minh City?
Itโ€™s been a while, but I had a good time working from The Hive
๐Ÿ›ฌ troeuswwl just arrived in ๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ณ Phu Quoc, #vietnam
There is also The Hive in district 1 now.
Nha Trang === Brighton Beach
Pop quiz! In Vietnam when you are local, what is the first thing you do in the morning after you just open your eyes?!
Check your phone
Any interesting startup/business events in hcm in the next weeks?
Bridges Da Nang was good. They have a big kitchen with an open working space + gym. It's close to the beach and the manager is from Europe and quite chatty - she can give you a lot of tips. Overall a very relaxed place.
Turn off the alarm and sleep again
And the correct answer is
The first thing what local do is honk 2 times because absolutely :anger:NOTHING:rage::middle_finger:is happening in front of him
mkzqmhvnz of course, the friendly "everything's ok" honk
For mobilephone user, send sms TC to 9241 to cancel the sms ad
Also send HUY to 9220 for the flashing ad
Does TC turn off daily weather report?
I'm not sure, i'm not in Vietnam anymore, but try with HUY
Many years ago, Vietnam kicked out french from their land. Then why the F all websites constantly put their language to F French here?
Lol wut. I lived in Vietnam for 18 months during the pandemic and not once encountered a website set to French that wasnโ€™t a French website. Do you have Chrome set to auto-translate to French? Or try resetting your browser cookies?
set vpn to vietnam, go to booking com in incognito, then we can discuss cookies and reinstalling windows and turning off and on
Lets all debug ungluedโ€™s machine for him that sounds fun
Learn French, or save yourself and install Fedora
it was my browser, somehow it set frfrfrf by defaut.....
Sacrebleu
Holy baby Jesus! DUDE! THE CURSE IS LIFTED!!! I'M FREEEEE!!!11
Any Vietnam nomads want to meet?
sure, Nha Trang?
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