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I have a love-hate relationship with Vietnam. I’ve eluded to it in several posts prior to this so I figured now is the time to elaborate. Vietnam: Love it? Or hate it? Vietnam – The First Attempt I first visited Vietnam in 2003 when I’d just turned 21. I’d worked hard to afford the trip, spending 20+ hours a week in a call centre on top of full time study. I’d saved every penny I’d earnt for a whole year. My plan – to spend three weeks in Vietnam followed by three weeks in Thailand with a girl friend. However, things just didn’t work out and, after ten days in the country I bailed and came back to New Zealand. What happened to make me hate Vietnam?Constant Touting There’s a lot of hassle involved in travelling Vietnam. The biggest one without a doubt is the constant harassment from touts wanting you to look at their hotel room, check out their restaurant menu, visit their tailor shops, ride two blocks on their motorbike. It just never ends. For someone who had never travelled in the …

Vietnam Travel Tips: What You Need To Know

A tour to Vietnam can be one of the most life-changing and rewarding adventures for travelers, but also one of the most challenging. Making the best out of your visit is just a matter of knowing the tricks, and there’s certainly no better way to learn the ropes than to hear it from the locals. As a team that calls Hanoi home, we at Buffalo Tours know the tips and tricks to make the best of a trip to Vietnam. From the nitty gritty technical tips to the best-kept cultural secrets, these are the things you need to know before heading East. Visa or no visa? Most that come to Vietnam are required to have a visa before they arrive in the country. However, there are some countries which can enter the country sans-visa for certain periods of time. Those countries are: 30 day visit:Cambodia,Laos, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand 21 day visit: Philippines 15 day visit: Brunei, Denmark, Norway, South Korea, Finland, Russia, Sweden, Japan and recently Spain, Germany, United Kingdom, Fran…


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This is a guest post by Mike, a full-time traveler and lover of adventure quotes. He stumbled into the Old Town of Hoi An in Vietnam recently to help out HoiAnNow.com, sharing advice and tips for those who visit this magical place.  You’ve explored the Old Town in Hoi An and maybe even shopped until you’ve dropped. You’ve only got one day in Hoi An left, so what do you do? Check out this one-day bike ‘n’ beach itinerary and get inspired! Psst…make sure you bring a map, though. It’ll come in handy. A Perfect Day in Hoi An VietnamThe Morning 9.00 – 10.00: Breakfast at Cargo Club Start your day in the best way – with a hearty and tasty breakfast at Cargo Club, right on the Thu Bon river. Head to the balcony upstairs for the best views! Address: 107 Nguyen Thai Hoc Recommended: Eggs Benedict; this dish includes your choice of tea or coffee, plus a juice.   10.00 – 11.00: Grab a bike! Time to work off that breakfast with a DIY cycling tour you can do a guided tour but they typically take at l…


Thailand enjoys a 50% return rate for foreign tourists. In contrast, Vietnam only pulls back 5% of visitors.


Personally, I feel that Vietnam walks all over Thailand in almost every travel category except beaches. So, why do so many people have such bad experiences and never return to Vietnam?

I hope the list I have made below helps out first-time visitors. It may seem cynical and anti-Vietnamese. It’s not. I love this country; I want you to love it, too. I’d just like to alert travelers to beware of the common first-time mistakes that may sour their experience of the local people and the country overall.

Do your homework, know what to expect, and this is the most rewarding country in Southeast Asia to explore.

Here goes:

Yes, it seems like common sense, but I have seen tourists turned away at the airport for visa misinformation or failing to print their visa-on-arrival pre-approval paper. Double, triple check all of your informati…

Ho Chi Minh City Travel Tips - Helpful hints and advice on local destination information

Like Danang Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City is well equipped for tourists and the locals are very welcoming towards all nationalities. The main danger in the city is the traffic, so pedestrians should be very careful and if possible, shadow a local when crossing a busy road. Travelers who haven't driven in Asian cities should stick to public transport, as traffic is highly undisciplined and many local drivers act ruthlessly on the road. This from Chudu43

Customs and etiquette Vietnamese are very polite, gentle and welcoming people, who will often invite you to their homes or out for dinner. They are generally tolerant of foreign etiquette; however, there are some points to remember if you are eager to respect their traditions.

When visiting areas away from the beach resorts, it is more polite to dress conservatively and show as little skin as possible. This is particularly important when visiting a religious site such as a temple or mosque. Shoes should always be removed before enterin…

Vietnam Travel Tips: Must read before travel to Vietnam

Things to do before travelling: Stock up with medication that you might need.Read the guide books! Prepare a schedule of what/where to go.Things to remember: For good telephone/internet service make sure that you buy your sim card through an established service provider in Vietnam. You can also consider to buy Tourist SIM right at the airport. There are usually have some telecom booths or shops for you to choose from. The most-used brand there is Viettel, Mobifone and Vinaphone.
Avoid buying sim cards, tours, airport transfers etc from your hotel, they put a premium on all these services.
Do not drink tap water and choose only good mineral water kept away from the sun.Take a cyclo ride, if you enjoy breathing traffic fumes.
Avoid motorbike taxis (xe om), they charge a bit less than a taxi for the same distance but the risk of injury through accident is great, and you might not like the dandruff in the helmet they give you to wear. (Osaka Hote Da Nang)
There are three or four reliable taxi c…


Located on Tran Bach Dang Street, Osaka Da Nang Hotel is an unforgettable place for those who have come here. Walking from the hotel through Vo Nguyen Giap Street - the most beautiful route of Danang, visitors have been able to immediately feel the murmur of waves and salty taste in the wind.

From the hotel can see the famous Linh Ung Pagoda or Son Tra peninsula majestic poetic. The hotel consists of 17 rooms. Each room has its own airy window overlooking the American ocean at night. Located in the lovely area of ​​Danang City, Hotel Osaka enjoys a commanding position in the shopping, business, restaurants hub of Danang. From here, guests can enjoy easy access to all that the lively city has to offer.

Osaka Da Nang Hotel is an ideal getaway for travelers, where the space is quiet, the climate is cool throughout the day, security ensures you peace of mind when staying through Night or long working days.

At Osaka Hotel, every effort is made to make guests feel comfortable. To do so, the ho…