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Title: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: aussiebochur on June 27, 2012, 06:39:09 PM
Anyone ever been?

Thoughts?
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on June 27, 2012, 07:01:11 PM
LY got a license to fly to Hanoi a few days ago.
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: DrDanny on June 27, 2012, 07:58:41 PM
Superflyer has in that crazy trip he took (I know that's not very specific) but I'm referring to this one
 http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=8814.0
I think but I'm not sure
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: aussiebochur on June 27, 2012, 08:12:26 PM
Superflyer has in that crazy trip he took (I know that's not very specific) but I'm referring to this one
 http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=8814.0
I think but I'm not sure
Its one pic.

SF, any more details?
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on June 27, 2012, 08:13:10 PM
Superflyer has in that crazy trip he took he's taking (I know that's not very
specific) but I'm referring to this one
 http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=8814.0
I think but I'm not sure
FTFY
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: DrDanny on June 27, 2012, 08:37:57 PM
FTFY
Oh right he's still in the way to Vegas :)
Title: Flying into Vietnam
Post by: Drago on November 05, 2012, 04:30:32 PM
Anyone know which cities in 'north' Asia have direct flights into Vietnam with the OneWorld alliance, so Avios can be used?
For example, I can find Hong Kong to HAN on Dragon Air for 9k rt + $70 of fees.

Any other ideas from Korea, Japan, China...?
Title: Re: Flying into Vietnam
Post by: PlatinumGuy on November 06, 2012, 02:47:45 AM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noi_Bai_International_Airport

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tan_Son_Nhat_International_Airport

Don't forget to arrange a visa.

From Japan obviously you have JAL.
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 on November 22, 2012, 06:46:22 PM
Anyone spend time at Chabad in Ho Chi Minh? Food edible?
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: Achas Veachas on November 23, 2012, 08:36:03 AM
Anyone spend time at Chabad in Ho Chi Minh? Food edible?
Shouldn't this be in the restaurant thread :P
Though seriously; if you're traveling to Nam I don't think you have too many options....
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 on November 23, 2012, 10:35:14 AM
Shouldn't this be in the restaurant thread :P
Though seriously; if you're traveling to Nam I don't think you have too many options....

Other choice is to bring...
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: Achas Veachas on November 23, 2012, 10:57:26 AM
Haven't been there but I find it hard to imagine that it would be soooo bad that you have to shlepp food from the US.
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: farfallen on November 23, 2012, 03:02:59 PM
I spent a few months there couple of years ago I would be more than happy to answer any question about Vietnam

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Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: Platinum on November 23, 2012, 06:53:33 PM
Anyone spend time at Chabad in Ho Chi Minh? Food edible?
I spent there a Shabbos and the food was pretty good
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on November 24, 2012, 06:23:47 AM
I spent there a Shabbos and the food was pretty good
Was the meal full of tourists or business men?
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: Platinum on November 24, 2012, 10:04:34 PM
Was the meal full of tourists or business men?
There were maybe 40 people mostly business men and locals
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 17, 2013, 11:02:43 AM
I spent a few months there couple of years ago I would be more than happy to answer any question about Vietnam

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Thinking about going to SGN, any tips?
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 18, 2013, 01:31:51 AM
Hmm...Burn Jetsetter credit for 2 nights here with a private pool, but be a 25 minute taxi to the chabad house: http://www.jetsetter.com/hotels/vietnam/ho-chi-minh-city/2777/an-lam-saigon-river?nm=serplist&cl=2&ca=view-more

Or use 2 Hyatt anniversary certs here and be walking distance to chabad?
http://saigon.park.hyatt.com/hyatt/hotels/index.jsp?null
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on January 18, 2013, 02:27:54 AM
Hmm...Burn Jetsetter credit for 2 nights here with a private pool, but be a 25 minute taxi to the chabad house: http://www.jetsetter.com/hotels/vietnam/ho-chi-minh-city/2777/an-lam-saigon-river?nm=serplist&cl=2&ca=view-more

Or use 2 Hyatt anniversary certs here and be walking distance to chabad?
http://saigon.park.hyatt.com/hyatt/hotels/index.jsp?null

I would take the PH

Pics of that 'hotel' look like they are overrating the place.

Just make sure you get to NZ before moish :D
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 18, 2013, 02:30:34 AM
I would take the PH

Pics of that 'hotel' look like they are overrating the place.

Just make sure you get to NZ before moish :D
Forgot to say, both are rated #1 on TR:

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g293925-d2370854-Reviews-An_Lam_Saigon_River-Ho_Chi_Minh_City.html

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g293925-d577218-Reviews-Park_Hyatt_Saigon-Ho_Chi_Minh_City.html

Does that change anything?

Don't have the time to do NZ.  Thinking of 3 nights in SIN and 2 nights anywhere nearby with kosher food, which is why SGN came to mind. Have a better suggestion?
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on January 18, 2013, 02:34:23 AM
Forgot to say, both are rated #1 on TR:

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g293925-d2370854-Reviews-An_Lam_Saigon_River-Ho_Chi_Minh_City.html

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g293925-d577218-Reviews-Park_Hyatt_Saigon-Ho_Chi_Minh_City.html

Does that change anything?

Don't have the time to do NZ.  Thinking of 3 nights in SIN and 2 nights anywhere nearby with kosher food, which is why SGN came to mind. Have a better suggestion?

Haven't you been to SIN already? Trying to catch SINEWR before it's cancelled?

I haven't been to Vietnam so I am clueless.

I don't think I've ever been parts of Asia where you haven't, but I've heard Siem Reap, Cambodia is very interesting.


As far as hotels, I don't think being far from chabad is such an issue, I doubt theres anything going on there during the week anyway. I personally prefer city to beach but that just depends what you're looking for.
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 18, 2013, 02:37:18 AM
Haven't you been to SIN already? Trying to catch SINEWR before it's cancelled?

I haven't been to Vietnam so I am clueless.

I don't think I've ever been parts of Asia where you haven't, but I've heard Siem Reap, Cambodia is very interesting.
Never been to SIN.
Correct.
Surprised you haven't made it there yet :D
Anything kosher in Siem Reap?
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on January 18, 2013, 02:39:52 AM
Never been to SIN.
Correct.
Surprised you haven't made it there yet :D
Yes, I tried, even payed for a visa but didn't work out for some reason.

You can check out Taipei. Awesome W hotel. Hard to find info re the kosher food but theres a member here who knows.

If you've never been to Shanghai that's definitely a must. Whatever you do, do not order tuna sushi at chabad there.
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on January 18, 2013, 02:40:34 AM
Anything kosher in Siem Reap?
I missed that requirement in your post.
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 18, 2013, 02:46:01 AM
What went wrong with the Visa?
Shanghai is too cold in the winter.
Taipei would be cool but UA.com/AP.com isn't showing the SQ nonstops :(
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on January 18, 2013, 02:48:54 AM
What went wrong with the Visa?
Shanghai is too cold in the winter.
Taipei would be cool but UA.com/AP.com isn't showing the SQ nonstops :(
I got the visa, trip didn't work.
You can fly Eva with UA miles
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 18, 2013, 02:50:51 AM
You can fly Eva with UA miles
Any way to check availability without PUTPAC?
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on January 18, 2013, 02:52:53 AM
Any way to check availability without PUTPAC?
Should be identical to Evergreen. Just make sure you click through on evergreen to make sure it's not waitlisted.

BTW they serve Hermolis.
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on January 18, 2013, 03:03:05 AM
You can also go skiing
http://boardingarea.com/blogs/loyaltytraveler/2012/08/01/changbaishan-starwood-ski-resorts-in-china/
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 18, 2013, 03:03:24 AM
Should be identical to Evergreen. Just make sure you click through on evergreen to make sure it's not waitlisted.

BTW they serve Hermolis.
Waitlist for Y and J outbound and return :P

I guess SIN+SGN it is.
Unless I scrap that and go for MLE...
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 18, 2013, 03:03:53 AM
You can also go skiing
http://boardingarea.com/blogs/loyaltytraveler/2012/08/01/changbaishan-starwood-ski-resorts-in-china/
That I can do a lot closer to home ;)
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 18, 2013, 03:14:00 AM
Hmm...

I can use 20K FB in Y/40K FB in J+$80 to fly CI for SIN-TPE round-trip.
Or 22.5K DL in Y/35K in J+?? to fly CI for SIN-TPE round-trip.

Or SGN for free on the UA award.
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on January 18, 2013, 03:15:24 AM
Hmm...

I can use 20K FB in Y/40K FB in J+$80 to fly CI for SIN-TPE round-trip.
Or 22.5K DL in Y/35K in J+?? to fly CI for SIN-TPE round-trip.

Or SGN for free on the UA award.
TPE isn't all that great, just bringing it up

Why are you doing that RT? Why do u have to return from SIN?
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 18, 2013, 03:18:40 AM
TPE isn't all that great, just bringing it up

Why are you doing that RT? Why do u have to return from SIN?
Currently ticketed with 120K UA (CLE-EWR-SIN-MLE-SIN-EWR-CLE) in SQ J.
MLE hotels are all pretty booked up though already, so looking at alternatives to MLE.

Worth cancelling the SIN return to try something new? Recommendation?
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on January 18, 2013, 03:20:11 AM
Currently ticketed with 120K UA (CLE-EWR-SIN-MLE-SIN-EWR-CLE) in SQ J.
MLE hotels are all pretty booked up though already, so looking at alternatives to MLE.

Worth cancelling the SIN return to try something new? Recommendation?
I've never taken it but people don't really like that flight J is J and its a very long flight.

Maybe go to Korea and take the Korean A380 home? or you can try getting the BR lie flat to JFK or CZ A380 First via LAX.
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on January 18, 2013, 03:34:24 AM
OZ, JL, NH are all readily available these days.
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on January 18, 2013, 04:04:56 AM
There is kosher food in Siem Reap

http://www.lametayel.co.il/מסעדה+ישראלית+כשרה+בסיאם+ריפ

http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g297390-d2385341-r137424458-Mother_Earth_Restaurant-Siem_Reap_Siem_Reap_Province.html

http://www.mygola.com/vegetarian-restaurants-in-siem-reap/a25871#unitId112102 (also has some really nice pics)

Although I don't know how kosher it is.... Also seems like the main attraction is a temple.
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: SuperFlyer on January 18, 2013, 06:44:05 AM
Superflyer has in that crazy trip he took (I know that's not very specific) but I'm referring to this one
 http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=8814.0
I think but I'm not sure

Correct


Its one pic.

SF, any more details?

Sorry, replying a bit late...
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: ChikkyMonkey on January 18, 2013, 07:56:05 AM
Thinking about going to SGN, any tips?

Great city... you'll need to get a visa on arrival (need to apply in advance online then pay some more on arrival for them to stamp your passport)

I stayed in the Sheraton, but Hyatt seemed very nice...  The city is lots of fun... if you have questions I can try and answer..
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: mendoul on January 18, 2013, 10:20:32 AM
There is kosher food in Siem Reap

http://www.lametayel.co.il/מסעדה+ישראלית+כשרה+בסיאם+ריפ

http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g297390-d2385341-r137424458-Mother_Earth_Restaurant-Siem_Reap_Siem_Reap_Province.html

http://www.mygola.com/vegetarian-restaurants-in-siem-reap/a25871#unitId112102 (also has some really nice pics)

Although I don't know how kosher it is.... Also seems like the main attraction is a temple.

i went to siem reap this year
there is a restaurent the owner is a israeli called KOBI very nice guy every thing that he does is kosher but we cant know what he made in is kitchen before
but across a street from him there is two big supermarket when you could find allot of kosher items OU-STAR K....

in siem reap the main thing is Angkors (=the temples)
i also went to the floating village very nice also
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 18, 2013, 11:38:46 AM
Great city... you'll need to get a visa on arrival (need to apply in advance online then pay some more on arrival for them to stamp your passport)

I stayed in the Sheraton, but Hyatt seemed very nice...  The city is lots of fun... if you have questions I can try and answer..
By all means, please let us know what you did in an around SGN!

I've heard tailoring is cheap is well?
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on January 18, 2013, 12:21:05 PM
Dan why don't you go to Bali?
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 18, 2013, 03:07:35 PM
Maybe go to Korea and take the Korean A380 home?
Wow, I had no idea KE A380 F is that easy! Have something on hold now.
Been to ICN yet? Can it be "done" in a day?
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on January 18, 2013, 03:10:38 PM
Wow, I had no idea KE A380 F is that easy! Have something on hold now.
Been to ICN yet? Can it be "done" in a day?
I was in ICN, and it depends on what you want to do.
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: aussiebochur on January 18, 2013, 03:20:02 PM
Wow, I had no idea KE A380 F is that easy! Have something on hold now.
Been to ICN yet? Can it be "done" in a day?
Is Rafi going as well?

What does KE charge?
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 18, 2013, 03:27:35 PM
Is Rafi going as well?

What does KE charge?
Nope.
ICN-JFK F is 80K+$240
SIN-ICN-JFK F is 90K+ or 95K+ with a stopover.
Wide open, unreal.
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: aussiebochur on January 18, 2013, 03:32:03 PM
Nope.
ICN-JFK F is 80K+$240
SIN-ICN-JFK F is 90K+ or 95K+ with a stopover.
Wide open, unreal.
Was wondering re KE in-lap infant. Any idea?

How did you get 90K on SIN-ICN-JFK?
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 18, 2013, 03:41:22 PM
How did you get 90K on SIN-ICN-JFK?
180RT/2.
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: aussiebochur on January 18, 2013, 04:16:57 PM
180RT/2.
Am I reading something wrong?
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 21, 2013, 12:20:48 PM
Great city... you'll need to get a visa on arrival (need to apply in advance online then pay some more on arrival for them to stamp your passport)

I stayed in the Sheraton, but Hyatt seemed very nice...  The city is lots of fun... if you have questions I can try and answer..

By all means, please let us know what you did in an around SGN!

I've heard tailoring is cheap is well?
Bump?
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: Platinum on January 22, 2013, 10:46:58 AM
Tailoring is very cheap and quick I made some suits for under a $100 a piece.
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: ChikkyMonkey on January 22, 2013, 12:32:14 PM
Tailoring is very cheap and quick I made some suits for under a $100 a piece.

Seliton?
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: Platinum on January 22, 2013, 03:44:37 PM
Seliton?
I don'd think that was the name of the tailor. I will try to find his name.
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: M on January 23, 2013, 12:03:24 AM
Try nhut tailor
232 le thanh ton - vietnam

Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: mena613 on January 23, 2013, 01:47:17 PM

A college from our office just boarded a plane to Vietnam now (Hanoi) for a business trip.

Anyone know if there is Chabad there, if there is kosher food available?

She will be there for the next 5 days. Please share any leads !

Thanks
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: Achas Veachas on January 23, 2013, 01:59:55 PM
AFAIK There is only a Chabad in Ho Chi Min City.
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: mena613 on January 23, 2013, 02:15:22 PM

According to Google maps is a 26 hour drive from Hanoi...
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: mendoul on January 24, 2013, 04:02:19 PM
A college from our office just boarded a plane to Vietnam now (Hanoi) for a business trip.

Anyone know if there is Chabad there, if there is kosher food available?

She will be there for the next 5 days. Please share any leads !

Thanks

there is not chabad house in hanoi (yet)
he could found kosher items in big supermarket there
tell her to call the chabad rabbi in Ho Chi Minh Rabbi menachem Hartman (very nice person) 0838218055 or 0909166770 chabadvietnam@gmail.com

Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 25, 2013, 02:36:13 AM
Chabad Vietnam menu.
100,000=$4.80 currently.
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: mendoul on January 25, 2013, 07:12:14 AM
Chabad Vietnam menu.
100,000=$4.80 currently.

they don't always have everything in the menu
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 on January 25, 2013, 08:09:27 AM
Quite expensive and limited compared to BKK ;)
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: mendoul on January 25, 2013, 08:14:50 AM
Quite expensive and limited compared to BKK ;)
ye the meat come from BKK
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on February 18, 2013, 10:58:39 PM
Can this thread be added to the the master list please?

Not an earth shattering deal but this hotel is 16,000 Amex/Asia miles

http://www.lifestyle-resort-danang.com/default-en.html

http://www.asiamiles.com/am/en/redeem/holiday/award?refID=b40ed69c94b6c310VgnVCM1000000ad21c39RCRD&redOpt=MO
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: M on April 09, 2013, 09:03:13 AM
Can this thread be added to the the master list please?

Not an earth shattering deal but this hotel is 16,000 Amex/Asia miles

http://www.lifestyle-resort-danang.com/default-en.html

http://www.asiamiles.com/am/en/redeem/holiday/award?refID=b40ed69c94b6c310VgnVCM1000000ad21c39RCRD&redOpt=MO

Looks quite nice!
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: Drago on July 20, 2014, 05:57:53 AM
Anyone with recent experiences to share?
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: moish on July 20, 2014, 06:26:08 AM
Anyone with recent experiences to share?
what are you looking for?
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: Drago on July 20, 2014, 06:46:09 AM
what are you looking for?
Dunno.
Thinking about a 2015 trip, and have heard good things about Vietnam, and we enjoyed Bali, so maybe a combo.
Wanna get in one last trip b/f the AA deval.

How would you compare it to other options in the Far East.
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: moish on July 20, 2014, 06:55:06 AM
i was only there friday and shabbos and was in ho chi minh city. i visited the museums so i cant comment on the beach areas
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: Drago on July 20, 2014, 08:38:46 AM
i was only there friday and shabbos and was in ho chi minh city. i visited the museums so i cant comment on the beach areas
Ever been to Philippines?
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: moish on July 20, 2014, 09:20:43 AM
Ever been to Philippines?
i havent
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: Drago on October 02, 2014, 04:54:04 PM
So I've got a ticket on hold to SGN, but I was just convinced to do HAN instead.
Anyone been to the Chabad in Hanoi? How about their restaurant or just pick up kosher food while there?
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on October 02, 2014, 05:48:18 PM
Anyone for a computer science joke?
Gonna go visit the towers?
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: Drago on October 02, 2014, 11:38:53 PM
Anyone for a computer science joke?
Gonna go visit the towers?
I feel so very confused.
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: ual902 on October 03, 2014, 12:33:56 AM
So I've got a ticket on hold to SGN, but I was just convinced to do HAN instead.
Anyone been to the Chabad in Hanoi? How about their restaurant or just pick up kosher food while there?

I have been to Vietnam to both SGN & HAN, HAN is WAY more nicer then SGN,  SGN is if your a Vietnam war History buff then SGN is for you, HAN is  near Halong Bay which has AMAZING scenery, also  try to go to Hoi An also a very beautiful city way more nicer then SGN and you can also make custom made suits and shirts in Hoi An cheaper then Thailand. if you have questions about Vietnam and surrounding countries would be more then glad to give you advice.

 I was there right before chabad HAN opened up.
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: Drago on October 03, 2014, 01:56:04 AM
I have been to Vietnam to both SGN & HAN, HAN is WAY more nicer then SGN,  SGN is if your a Vietnam war History buff then SGN is for you, HAN is  near Halong Bay which has AMAZING scenery, also  try to go to Hoi An also a very beautiful city way more nicer then SGN and you can also make custom made suits and shirts in Hoi An cheaper then Thailand. if you have questions about Vietnam and surrounding countries would be more then glad to give you advice.

 I was there right before chabad HAN opened up.
Perfect.
I also want to chk out the amazing cave system that was recently opened close to HAN, and I was recommened the lantern city (Hoi An) as well.

Here is the email I got from a friend w/ a short list of northern activities.
"These are the spots we loved in the northern half of country-

Hanoi (nice for a day- your hub)

Hoi An- Lantern city (specialize in tailors- could be nice for shabbat)
     -I believe there are resorts and beach towns right near here where you fly into
Dong Hoi- (farms/rice paddies and cave system)
Halong Bay/Bai tu Long Bay- boat trip through the karsts)

And then there are mountain towns that are supposed to have epic hiking north of hanoi...."

And I heard about the tailoring. I'm not a suit kinda guy, but maybe s/t for the kids.

Flight from to HAN are only around $80 RT.
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: ual902 on October 03, 2014, 02:55:04 AM
Perfect.
I also want to chk out the amazing cave system that was recently opened close to HAN, and I was recommened the lantern city (Hoi An) as well.

Here is the email I got from a friend w/ a short list of northern activities.
"These are the spots we loved in the northern half of country-

Hanoi (nice for a day- your hub)

Hoi An- Lantern city (specialize in tailors- could be nice for shabbat)
     -I believe there are resorts and beach towns right near here where you fly into
Dong Hoi- (farms/rice paddies and cave system)
Halong Bay/Bai tu Long Bay- boat trip through the karsts)

And then there are mountain towns that are supposed to have epic hiking north of hanoi...."

And I heard about the tailoring. I'm not a suit kinda guy, but maybe s/t for the kids.

Flight from to HAN are only around $80 RT.
Your list is perfect, you can go on these over night trips outside of HAN and go on these rice paddy field treks near the border of china and the scenery is EPIC

Also halong bay has over night boats which has sleeping cabins, so you can view sunset and sun rise I highly reccomend this.

$80 from / to HAN from where?  You can fly in or out HAN to most major cities in Asia.
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: Drago on October 03, 2014, 03:24:16 AM
Your list is perfect, you can go on these over night trips outside of HAN and go on these rice paddy field treks near the border of china and the scenery is EPIC

Also halong bay has over night boats which has sleeping cabins, so you can view sunset and sun rise I highly reccomend this.

$80 from / to HAN from where?  You can fly in or out HAN to most major cities in Asia.
The airport next to Hoi An.
Thx for your advice. I'm happy I switched to HAN instead of SGN at the last moment.
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: Drago on October 13, 2014, 04:53:28 AM
So I've been in communication w/ the travel agency that a friend recommended, Eco Friendly Vietnam.

Here's a proposed trip they sent me. I'd be interested in hearing your thoughts.
(The Ho Chi Minh part of the trip wont happen since we're leaving beforehand)

Personally, I'd love to hit up the caves, but unsure how to work it into the trip.
I'd also rather spend the second shabbos in Hanoi so I can replenish kosher food and then hit up Hoi An for Sunday/Monday b/f returning to HAN for my return flight on Tuesday.

From the details you mentioned, there are some points we want to tell you before you can make decision:
- It is difficult to include Dong Hoi if you only have 2 weeks. It is not very convenient for the transportation to get there for a day.
- There only 1 crop per year for high mountain areas like Sapa, Bac Ha (near border with China) so there will be no rice in those areas at that time. The price terraces are still beautiful anyway. There are 2 or 3 crops per year for lower areas.

The itinerary can be:

Friday: Hanoi arrival
Saturday: Hanoi
Sunday: Ha Long bay - overnight on boat (the quiet part is Lan Ha bay). Please click here to see some options: http://ecofriendlyvietnam.com/?f=Tour&p=61&l=2
Monday: Ha Long bay - overnight in Tam Coc. Please click here: http://ecofriendlyvietnam.com/?f=Tour&p=91&l=2
Tuesday: Visit sites in Ninh Binh - take night train from Hanoi to Sapa
Wednesday: Sapa trekking - overnight at homestay or hotel. Please click here: http://ecofriendlyvietnam.com/?f=Tour&p=60&l=2
Thursday: Sapa trekking - take night train back to Hanoi
Friday: take morning flight to Danang - overnight in Hoi An
Saturday: Hoi An
Sunday: Take day trip to My Son and Hoi An biking.  Please click here: http://ecofriendlyvietnam.com/?f=Content&id=260&p=57
Monday: Take day trip to Hue - take flight to HCM in the late afternoon
Tuesday: Take day trip to visit Cu Chi tunnels + HCM city tour. Please click here: http://ecofriendlyvietnam.com/?f=Tour&p=59&id=334
Wednesday: Mekong tour - overnight at homestay or hotel. Please click here: http://ecofriendlyvietnam.com/?f=Tour&p=89&id=292
Thursday: Mekong - HCM and take flight back
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: ual902 on October 13, 2014, 09:37:15 PM
So I've been in communication w/ the travel agency that a friend recommended, Eco Friendly Vietnam.

Here's a proposed trip they sent me. I'd be interested in hearing your thoughts.
(The Ho Chi Minh part of the trip wont happen since we're leaving beforehand)

Personally, I'd love to hit up the caves, but unsure how to work it into the trip.
I'd also rather spend the second shabbos in Hanoi so I can replenish kosher food and then hit up Hoi An for Sunday/Monday b/f returning to HAN for my return flight on Tuesday.

From the details you mentioned, there are some points we want to tell you before you can make decision:
- It is difficult to include Dong Hoi if you only have 2 weeks. It is not very convenient for the transportation to get there for a day.
- There only 1 crop per year for high mountain areas like Sapa, Bac Ha (near border with China) so there will be no rice in those areas at that time. The price terraces are still beautiful anyway. There are 2 or 3 crops per year for lower areas.

The itinerary can be:

Friday: Hanoi arrival
Saturday: Hanoi
Sunday: Ha Long bay - overnight on boat (the quiet part is Lan Ha bay). Please click here to see some options: http://ecofriendlyvietnam.com/?f=Tour&p=61&l=2
Monday: Ha Long bay - overnight in Tam Coc. Please click here: http://ecofriendlyvietnam.com/?f=Tour&p=91&l=2
Tuesday: Visit sites in Ninh Binh - take night train from Hanoi to Sapa
Wednesday: Sapa trekking - overnight at homestay or hotel. Please click here: http://ecofriendlyvietnam.com/?f=Tour&p=60&l=2
Thursday: Sapa trekking - take night train back to Hanoi
Friday: take morning flight to Danang - overnight in Hoi An
Saturday: Hoi An
Sunday: Take day trip to My Son and Hoi An biking.  Please click here: http://ecofriendlyvietnam.com/?f=Content&id=260&p=57
Monday: Take day trip to Hue - take flight to HCM in the late afternoon
Tuesday: Take day trip to visit Cu Chi tunnels + HCM city tour. Please click here: http://ecofriendlyvietnam.com/?f=Tour&p=59&id=334
Wednesday: Mekong tour - overnight at homestay or hotel. Please click here: http://ecofriendlyvietnam.com/?f=Tour&p=89&id=292
Thursday: Mekong - HCM and take flight back


Pretty standard itinerary, I took the exact same itinerary.
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: Drago on October 14, 2014, 05:54:36 AM
Pretty standard itinerary, I took the exact same itinerary.
And...?
Would you recommend any changes? I asked about the Cuc Phuong National Park, but there isn't enough time.
If I can do the caves or Sapa, which would you pick?
Where did you stay in Sapa?

Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: Drago on October 14, 2014, 05:59:08 AM
Umm, $36 p/p for dinner?
http://www.jewishhanoi.com/templates/articlecco_cdo/aid/2667481/jewish/Kosher-Prepared-foods.htm

Looks like I'll be schlepping more food than I bargained for.

At least shabbat is 'free'.
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: ual902 on October 14, 2014, 08:56:04 AM
And...?
Would you recommend any changes? I asked about the Cuc Phuong National Park, but there isn't enough time.
If I can do the caves or Sapa, which would you pick?
Where did you stay in Sapa?



Sapa, I love nature.
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: Drago on October 16, 2014, 05:19:33 PM
Does this classify as an over the water villa?
http://www.ihg.com/intercontinental/hotels/gb/en/hanoi/hanhb/hoteldetail

Pretty looking hotel w/ rates at around 100 per night.
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: Drago on October 16, 2014, 05:20:37 PM


Sapa, I love nature.
Where did you stay?
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: ual902 on October 18, 2014, 11:23:13 PM
Where did you stay?

I booked the tour at Hanoi Backpackers, we stayed in a homestead with  a dozen backpackers, forgot the name, the tours to sapa are usually package deals and cheap.
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: Drago on November 02, 2014, 02:41:57 AM
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/02/travel/deep-in-vietnam-exploring-a-colossal-cave.html?action=click&contentCollection=U.S.&module=MostEmailed&version=Full&region=Marginalia&src=me&pgtype=article
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on November 02, 2014, 02:56:43 AM
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/02/travel/deep-in-vietnam-exploring-a-colossal-cave.html?action=click&contentCollection=U.S.&module=MostEmailed&version=Full&region=Marginalia&src=me&pgtype=article

Beautiful!
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: Drago on November 02, 2014, 03:02:19 AM
Beautiful!
Pretty affordable at 275.
The other cave costs around 4k, so I wonder what it includes to make it cost so much more.
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on November 02, 2014, 03:34:45 AM
Pretty affordable at 275.
The other cave costs around 4k, so I wonder what it includes to make it cost so much more.

Yes it very affordable. Will you be going there?
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: Drago on November 02, 2014, 03:50:56 AM
Yes it very affordable. Will you be going there?
3 lil ones...
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on November 02, 2014, 03:58:06 AM
3 lil ones...

Gotcha ;) Maybe leave them behind couple of days in Hanoi with wife..
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: AJK on January 04, 2015, 05:07:32 PM
@Drago --

Did you ever end up planning/taking a trip here?

Am thinking of perhaps doing a couple days in PVG/PEK/ICN/NRT (not sure which yet) and the balance in Vietnam.

I'm dying to do some caving while there...
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: Drago on January 05, 2015, 12:29:10 AM
@Drago --

Did you ever end up planning/taking a trip here?

Am thinking of perhaps doing a couple days in PVG/PEK/ICN/NRT (not sure which yet) and the balance in Vietnam.

I'm dying to do some caving while there...
In a few months.
Def look into the caving. I posted some links down thread, and can ask a relative who did it last year if you need.
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: AJK on January 05, 2015, 12:33:55 AM
What's your planned itin as of now?
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: Drago on January 05, 2015, 12:38:08 AM
What's your planned itin as of now?
A quieter bay close to Halong Bay, 2 days, 1 night in boat.
Sapa: 2 nights in train, 2 nights there.
Hoi An: Few nights including a shabbos
Hanoi: First shabbos, our base btw travels

All subject to chg of course.

Keep in mind I'm going w/ kids, so we're somewhat limited w/ the types of activities.
And I don't think the the suites in the train are on the same level as SQ suites, but on the plus side, they're a bit cheaper. :)
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: AJK on January 05, 2015, 12:50:00 AM
Trying to decide between Vietnam and PEK/NRT/PVG.
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: Drago on January 05, 2015, 01:29:01 AM
Trying to decide between Vietnam and PEK/NRT/PVG.
From what I've read, it's a much diff experience.
Much more third-wordly than places like Thailand, let alone your other options. And more so the north than the south.
Probably depends on what you're looking to do.
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: Drago on January 08, 2015, 03:50:29 PM
uhh, yea, I'll spend 25k IHG points at this place per night...
Might be one of their top values. Rates are over 350 per night, and the place is new.

http://theselfishyears.com/2013/02/26/the-intercontinental-danang-sun-peninsula-resort/
http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g298085-d2368744-Reviews-InterContinental_Danang_Sun_Peninsula_Resort-Da_Nang_Quang_Nam_Province.html
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: AJK on January 08, 2015, 04:21:08 PM
uhh, yea, I'll spend 25k IHG points at this place per night...
Might be one of their top values. Rates are over 350 per night, and the place is new.

http://theselfishyears.com/2013/02/26/the-intercontinental-danang-sun-peninsula-resort/
http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g298085-d2368744-Reviews-InterContinental_Danang_Sun_Peninsula_Resort-Da_Nang_Quang_Nam_Province.html

Beautiful. And a sick value. Love the patio. If only it had a private pool.

Reminds me of Conrad Koh Samui, just not as nice. CKS was an unbelievable value at 35K HH/night + $0.00. Definitely the nicest hotel I've ever stayed at.
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: bubble347 on January 08, 2015, 04:27:37 PM
Beautiful. And a sick value. Love the patio. If only it had a private pool.

Reminds me of Conrad Koh Samui, just not as nice. CKS was an unbelievable value at 35K HH/night + $0.00. Definitely the nicest hotel I've ever stayed at.
+1,000, though I don't have that broad a repertoire to compare it to.
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: Drago on January 08, 2015, 04:27:41 PM
Beautiful. And a sick value. Love the patio. If only it had a private pool.

Reminds me of Conrad Koh Samui, just not as nice. CKS was an unbelievable value at 35K HH/night + $0.00. Definitely the nicest hotel I've ever stayed at.
W/ kids, I can do w/o the private pool  :)

Just burned 100k points w/ them.

Also planning on using a IC Royal Amb account to book the IC in Hanoi w/ cash.
Chk it out, tell me what you think.

We'll likely hit up a AirBnB in Hoi An for shabbos, and do 5 days down there.
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: Drago on January 28, 2015, 04:14:41 AM
So it looks like we've got the plans more of less finished.

1) Crash at the Holiday Inn Hanoi after arriving late, and then leaving early the following morning. 10k HH per room. (The Opera House from Hilton looks very nice, but we'll be arriving and leaving while it's dark, so no point in spending the extra money.)
2) Do a 2 day, 1 night junk boat tour on a private boat in the bay.
3) Spend 2 nights including shabbat at the IC in Hanoi, which is a few minute walk from the Chabad family.
4) Take a 4 night, 3 day trip to Sapa, but not hitting up Bac Ha Sunday market. The 4 nights will be 2 nights on the train, and 2 nights in Homestays, roughing it with the locals. We could do hotels instead, but we want to experience the local living.
5) Fly to Danong, spend 2 nights at the IC, and then drive to Hoi An, stay 3 nights including shabbat at a AirBnB propery in the center of the old city.
6) Spend last night in Hanoi b/f flying back home.

Wish us luck...
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on January 28, 2015, 07:15:36 AM
Wow. With kids😯
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: Drago on January 28, 2015, 07:25:24 AM
Wow. With kids😯
I hope we're not overdoing it.
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: AharonInIsrael on January 28, 2015, 07:27:51 AM
I hope we're not overdoing it.
Looks fun!
When you leaving?
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: Drago on January 28, 2015, 07:31:43 AM
Looks fun!
When you leaving?
In the near future.
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: AharonInIsrael on January 28, 2015, 07:33:07 AM
In the near future.
Enjoy! Looking forward to getting a TR to add to the list of "See wife, we can travel with kids!"
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: Drago on January 28, 2015, 07:34:42 AM
Enjoy! Looking forward to getting a TR to add to the list of "See wife, we can travel with kids!"
Yea, I'd love to post a TR, but I've been promising around 5 of them, and haven't come through.
We've done Thailand and Bali with them, and would be happy to have our wives talk if you'd like.
You in Israel?
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: AharonInIsrael on January 28, 2015, 07:52:10 AM
Yea, I'd love to post a TR, but I've been promising around 5 of them, and haven't come through.
We've done Thailand and Bali with them, and would be happy to have our wives talk if you'd like.
You in Israel?
That'd be nice, thanks!
Yeah, we're here.
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: Drago on April 02, 2015, 09:37:50 AM
So the trip was wonderful, and it went off w/o a hitch (which isn't a given when traveling with small kids and bringing >100 pounds of food).

Below are some thoughts.

Hanoi:
You can skip it, unless you need want to stay for shabbat. If you do, the IC and Sheraton are both within a few minutes of the Rabbi's house, and it's a very nice experience.

We stayed at the IC, and were lucky enough to combine our 2 rooms into a single 2 bedroom suite which is over the water. Note that most of the rooms in the hotel only overlook the water (or city), but aren't actually over the water.

The old city is crazy for walking due to the traffic, and the shopping isn't anything special, but if you do go, I recommend paying the few dollars to have a cart take you around so you can avoid the need to cross streets.

The water puppet show is enjoyable, especially for the kids.

The area outside of the old city is nicer, but we didn't have time to check out the museums, or communist propoganda.

TBC
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: AharonInIsrael on April 02, 2015, 09:54:19 AM
So the trip was wonderful, and it went off w/o a hitch (which isn't a given when traveling with small kids and bringing >100 pounds of food).

Below are some thoughts.

Hanoi:
You can skip it, unless you need want to stay for shabbat. If you do, the IC and Sheraton are both within a few minutes of the Rabbi's house, and it's a very nice experience.

We stayed at the IC, and were lucky enough to combine our 2 rooms into a single 2 bedroom suite which is over the water. Note that most of the rooms in the hotel only overlook the water (or city), but aren't actually over the water.

The old city is crazy for walking due to the traffic, and the shopping isn't anything special, but if you do go, I recommend paying the few dollars to have a cart take you around so you can avoid the need to cross streets.

The water puppet show is enjoyable, especially for the kids.

The area outside of the old city is nicer, but we didn't have time to check out the museums, or communist propoganda.

TBC
Looking forward! Thanks for sharing and (a belated) welcome back!
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: robbie on June 25, 2015, 11:58:14 AM
getting a visa to vietnam... from my understanding you have to get approved to get a visa then youget one by the airport? what happens if im not going into vietnam via airport?
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: shwarmabob on June 25, 2015, 04:44:01 PM
getting a visa to vietnam... from my understanding you have to get approved to get a visa then youget one by the airport? what happens if im not going into vietnam via airport?
I got a visa in Phnom Penh many years ago on my way to Saigon. I think some guy jumped on a bike and rode to Sihanouk to get it, becasue that's where it was issued. I used the same agent that arranged my boat ride on the Mekong to Saigon, that way he had an incentive to get it back to me. The border at the time was some dusty outpost next to the river where we had to get off the boat for a half an hour to say hello to the Vietnamese border guards. This may have changed since then.
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: robbie on June 25, 2015, 05:20:36 PM
I got a visa in Phnom Penh many years ago on my way to Saigon. I think some guy jumped on a bike and rode to Sihanouk to get it, becasue that's where it was issued. I used the same agent that arranged my boat ride on the Mekong to Saigon, that way he had an incentive to get it back to me. The border at the time was some dusty outpost next to the river where we had to get off the boat for a half an hour to say hello to the Vietnamese border guards. This may have changed since then.
sounds like you went backpacking.. seems like I my be gettin my visas the same way.
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: moish on June 25, 2015, 06:10:21 PM
i got a full visa at the consulate
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: shwarmabob on June 25, 2015, 06:55:09 PM
sounds like you went backpacking.. seems like I my be gettin my visas the same way.
Indeed, it was a great trip. Phnom Phen - Saigon and then made my way up north to Hanoi over a few weeks.
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: knowitall on July 14, 2015, 04:31:30 PM
I'm planning on spending a few days in Hanoi.
What activities are recommended? I was thinking about an overnight trip in Ha Long Bay.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: knowitall on December 08, 2015, 09:08:13 AM
I spent a few days in Hanoi. I took a cruise in ha long bay also.
Feel free to pm any questions.
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: Agoldsc1 on December 30, 2015, 01:38:14 PM
Looks like the InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort doubled in points. I checked for this summer, and now it's 50,000/night  :(

Probably still a good value, but now half as good.
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: benjie1305 on February 15, 2016, 02:35:50 PM
Is it worth spending  2 HH weekend certs in Vietnam? SGN or Hanoi would be the locations. Or should I be looking into other chains that are a way greater bang for my buck there?
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: ual902 on February 16, 2016, 02:27:47 AM
Is it worth spending  2 HH weekend certs in Vietnam? SGN or Hanoi would be the locations. Or should I be looking into other chains that are a way greater bang for my buck there?

Depends what your looking for, everyone has different tastes  I stayed in Guest houses as I was doing day trips\Touring mostly by day.
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: Drago on February 16, 2016, 05:24:57 AM
Looks like the InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort doubled in points. I checked for this summer, and now it's 50,000/night  :(

Probably still a good value, but now half as good.
wow, was 25k when i went, amazing value

Is it worth spending  2 HH weekend certs in Vietnam? SGN or Hanoi would be the locations. Or should I be looking into other chains that are a way greater bang for my buck there?
save it for a more expensive country imo
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: benjie1305 on February 16, 2016, 07:47:27 AM


save it for a more expensive country imo

Its for my in laws and I'll be using 2 for Conrad Tokyo and was thinking of using another 2 for Vietnam when they get there.

Trying to figure out the best (nice) option for them in Saigon and Hanoi.
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: Emkay on February 16, 2016, 09:09:15 AM
Is it worth spending  2 HH weekend certs in Vietnam? SGN or Hanoi would be the locations. Or should I be looking into other chains that are a way greater bang for my buck there?
Why would you use them in a hotel where the revenue rate is below the resale value of the certs
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: benjie1305 on February 16, 2016, 09:13:23 AM
Why would you use them in a hotel where the revenue rate is below the resale value of the certs

Fair enough. I - at this point - hadn't looked into it too much yet but know that I could easily get another set of Certs so figured I'd ask in the thread.

As it seems to not be the best play, is there a sweet spot redemption in Vietnam at current rates? I'll be looking into it myself but just figured if someone knew from personal experience Ill gladly take the advice.
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: Emkay on February 16, 2016, 09:22:19 AM
Fair enough. I - at this point - hadn't looked into it too much yet but know that I could easily get another set of Certs so figured I'd ask in the thread.

As it seems to not be the best play, is there a sweet spot redemption in Vietnam at current rates? I'll be looking into it myself but just figured if someone knew from personal experience Ill gladly take the advice.
Vietnam is another exotic destination where you will likely/hopefully be spending more time outside then inside. I personally wouldn't splurge on a high end hotel and instead go with something like Sheraton Hanoi - amazing value at 3000 SPG
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: shwarmabob on February 19, 2016, 12:27:14 PM
anyone got a visa recently? it seems that the price depends on the location, time of day, weather and your hair color... How much did you pay?
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: ual902 on February 19, 2016, 04:16:50 PM
anyone got a visa recently? it seems that the price depends on the location, time of day, weather and your hair color... How much did you pay?

in 2012 I did via some agency I googles up in HAN for like $24 or something like that..
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: shwarmabob on February 20, 2016, 08:33:28 PM
in 2012 I did via some agency I googles up in HAN for like $24 or something like that..
Was that visa on arrival? isn't the $24 just for the visa on arrival approval and then you also have to pay at the border for the "stamp"? Kindly clarify, thanks
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: ual902 on February 20, 2016, 08:45:48 PM
Was that visa on arrival? isn't the $24 just for the visa on arrival approval and then you also have to pay at the border for the "stamp"? Kindly clarify, thanks


It was just like this:
http://www.myvietnamvisa.com/faqs.html#1

25 USD for single entry
What is visa on arrival?This is an alternative way to get your visa for Vietnam. You just need to fill in our "Online Application Form", pay the service fee, get your "Visa approval letter" within 2 working days and pick up your visa at your destination airport (Hanoi airport, Ho Chi Minh city airport, Cam Ranh Airport Nha Trang and Da Nang Airport) -

After we obtain the approval letter for you, we will forward you a copy by email. Copies of the same document will be forwarded on your behalf to Vietnam Immigration checkpoints at International Airports only. When you arrive in Viet Nam, the Immigration officers will have those documents ready and will be able to issue your entry visa quickly. (See our guide to visa procedure at Vietnam airports)See Also:  You can check out the information below for the detailed airport map where you will pick up your visa when you arrive.
Hanoi Airport Map - Hanoi airport visa-on-arrival counter.
Ho Chi Minh city airport map - Ho Chi Minh city airport visa-on-arrival counter.
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: shwarmabob on February 20, 2016, 08:52:43 PM
so it is the $20 for VOA + $25 Stamping Fee? as the site says
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: ual902 on February 20, 2016, 08:56:59 PM
so it is the $20 for VOA + $25 Stamping Fee? as the site says

Correct, just double check with them.
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: knowitall on February 20, 2016, 09:21:32 PM
I paid about $18 to get the approval letter.
In the airport the stamping fee used to be $45, now it's $25.
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: Emkay on March 01, 2016, 06:07:57 AM
in case anyone will be going to Vietnam this year. $0+ tax flights on VietJet Air.
  http://www.vietjetair.com/Sites/Web/en-US/NewsDetail/hot-deals/2246/its-time-to-vietjet?
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: benjie1305 on March 01, 2016, 07:50:00 AM

in case anyone will be going to Vietnam this year. $0+ tax flights on VietJet Air.
  http://www.vietjetair.com/Sites/Web/en-US/NewsDetail/hot-deals/2246/its-time-to-vietjet?

Awesome find! Thanks!
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: shwarmabob on March 01, 2016, 10:24:37 AM
in case anyone will be going to Vietnam this year. $0+ tax flights on VietJet Air.
  http://www.vietjetair.com/Sites/Web/en-US/NewsDetail/hot-deals/2246/its-time-to-vietjet?
thanks. Did anyone find these fares? The locals buy up all the promo fares the moment they are posted. I have yet never seen any of the promo fares available.

Awesome find! Thanks!
Any luck?
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: benjie1305 on May 12, 2016, 07:46:28 AM
Anyone have a reliable and decently priced driver that can take you on day trips? Feel free to PM. Thanks!
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: Emkay on May 12, 2016, 07:56:33 AM
Anyone have a reliable and decently priced driver that can take you on day trips? Feel free to PM. Thanks!
You plan on going?
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: benjie1305 on May 12, 2016, 08:20:15 AM
You plan on going?

Depends if you have someone to take me around or not..
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: Drago on May 12, 2016, 02:26:47 PM
Anyone have a reliable and decently priced driver that can take you on day trips? Feel free to PM. Thanks!
S/o just asked me about this today. I'll PM you the company we used
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: rabbij on May 22, 2016, 10:32:56 AM
Benjie. did you ever get the info on a driver for Vietnam?
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: knowitall on May 22, 2016, 04:13:04 PM
For Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh?
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: Feivish on June 20, 2016, 09:54:27 PM
Anyone get kosher breakfast at PH SGN?
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: Feivish on August 07, 2016, 11:33:52 PM
Anyone get kosher breakfast at PH SGN?
Data Point:
PH was more then happy to arrange a kosher. Was a nice selection catered by Chabad.
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: Hershelsdeals on August 07, 2016, 11:50:01 PM
Data Point:
PH was more then happy to arrange a kosher. Was a nice selection catered by Chabad.
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: MosheD on November 01, 2016, 06:30:46 AM
I paid about $18 to get the approval letter.
In the airport the stamping fee used to be $45, now it's $25.
Fee is now $135.
A lot less worth it
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: PillanSmye on January 28, 2017, 03:35:49 AM
Fee is now $135.
A lot less worth it

This is wrong. Stamp fee is $25 for 1 month single entry visa.  $135 is for a 1 year,  multi entry which would be a waste for most people.
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: PillanSmye on January 28, 2017, 03:59:42 AM
I'm in Saigon/HCMC right now.

For US citizens,  you need an invitation/approval letter that can be arranged through online resources.  I used http://www.vietnamvisa.govt.vn/.  The fee was $17.  In 48 hours they send you an approval letter.  Then you need the following:

1. Completely written Entry Applicant Form - download link for blank form: https://vietnamvisa.govt.vn/form-on-arrival.pdf
2. Passport photos  x2.   4 cm x 6 cm (one photo on the Entry Applicant Form and the other separate ) (They tell you to bring 2, but I only needed 1.
3. Printed Visa Approval Letter with full pages (no colored print required)
4. Stamp fee travelers will pay IN CASH at Vietnam airport in USD or VND:
1.     01 month or 03 month single entry: US$.25.00 / 01 applicant;
2.     01 month or 03 month multiple entry: US$.50.00 / 01 applicant;
3.     01 YEAR multiple entry: US$.135.00 / 01 applicant.

Upon arrival you will find the "Landing Visa"  counter by passport control.  You turn in the required docs and they call you back 5-10 minutes later.  Pay the fee and get your passort back with visa enclosed. 

Taxi from SGN to District 1 is $15 flat (was no option to use the meter)

Le Méridien is brand new and nice -  10K spg/night
Sheraton is older/run down -  10K spg/night
Grand Hyatt - didn't stay,  walked by it today,  it looks nicer than either SPG option but looks could be deceiving

Taxi around HCMC is cheap.

The exchange rate is hard to wrap your head around.  $1 is 22,600 Dong. I don't know why they dont shave three digits off. It's cool to get your bank statement though and have 6 billion in that checking account.

Really good local food can be found for cheap (although no one here but me cares about that ;) )  Interesting trying Saigon pho as opposed to Hanoi pho.

I took a Vespa Adventure tour one night.  Everyone had a lot of fun.  (60 ish Polish/German couple,  30 ish Canadian couple,  25 ish girls from Melbourne). 3 bars and 2 restaurants were visited in 4.5 hours.  $95.

Weather in January  is 30C day/25C night.  Humidity isn't bad.

People are friendly,  air is clean,  streets are relatively clean.  Definitely safe.  I'd have no problem coming with my wife and toddler and taking taxis,  walking the streets etc.  Only hassle I've had is some guy trying to take me to some "young girls for boom boom".
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: ranhan429 on January 28, 2017, 07:57:50 AM
I'm in Saigon/HCMC right now.

For US citizens,  you need an invitation/approval letter that can be arranged through online resources.  I used http://www.vietnamvisa.govt.vn/.  The fee was $17.  In 48 hours they send you an approval letter.  Then you need the following:

1. Completely written Entry Applicant Form - download link for blank form: https://vietnamvisa.govt.vn/form-on-arrival.pdf
2. Passport photos  x2.   4 cm x 6 cm (one photo on the Entry Applicant Form and the other separate ) (They tell you to bring 2, but I only needed 1.
3. Printed Visa Approval Letter with full pages (no colored print required)
4. Stamp fee travelers will pay IN CASH at Vietnam airport in USD or VND:
1.     01 month or 03 month single entry: US$.25.00 / 01 applicant;
2.     01 month or 03 month multiple entry: US$.50.00 / 01 applicant;
3.     01 YEAR multiple entry: US$.135.00 / 01 applicant.

Upon arrival you will find the "Landing Visa"  counter by passport control.  You turn in the required docs and they call you back 5-10 minutes later.  Pay the fee and get your passort back with visa enclosed. 

Taxi from SGN to District 1 is $15 flat (was no option to use the meter)

Le Méridien is brand new and nice -  10K spg/night
Sheraton is older/run down -  10K spg/night
Grand Hyatt - didn't stay,  walked by it today,  it looks nicer than either SPG option but looks could be deceiving

Taxi around HCMC is cheap.

The exchange rate is hard to wrap your head around.  $1 is 22,600 Dong. I don't know why they dont shave three digits off. It's cool to get your bank statement though and have 6 billion in that checking account.

Really good local food can be found for cheap (although no one here but me cares about that ;) )  Interesting trying Saigon pho as opposed to Hanoi pho.

I took a Vespa Adventure tour one night.  Everyone had a lot of fun.  (60 ish Polish/German couple,  30 ish Canadian couple,  25 ish girls from Melbourne). 3 bars and 2 restaurants were visited in 4.5 hours.  $95.

Weather in January  is 30C day/25C night.  Humidity isn't bad.

People are friendly,  air is clean,  streets are relatively clean.  Definitely safe.  I'd have no problem coming with my wife and toddler and taking taxis,  walking the streets etc.  Only hassle I've had is some guy trying to take me to some "young girls for boom boom".
Omg... "Young girls for boom boom" at least makes for hilarious story
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: PillanSmye on January 28, 2017, 12:58:37 PM
Omg... "Young girls for boom boom" at least makes for hilarious story

Lots of cities in Asia people are around the hotels trying to advertise prostitutes to solo foreigners.  Beijing,  Shanghai,  Guangzhou,  Xiamen,  Shenzhen,  Chengdu,  Wuhan,  Bangkok,  Manila and now HCMC.  Usually a firm "no thank you"  is sufficient.  This guy followed me for a block.     
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: MosheD on January 28, 2017, 06:23:21 PM
This is wrong. Stamp fee is $25 for 1 month single entry visa.  $135 is for a 1 year,  multi entry which would be a waste for most people.
Could be law was changed again.
When I was there one year multi entry was unfortunately the only option for US citizens. Trust me I tried getting the single entry
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: PillanSmye on January 29, 2017, 03:32:51 AM
Could be law was changed again.
When I was there one year multi entry was unfortunately the only option for US citizens. Trust me I tried getting the single entry

So you had an approved Visa Application Letter from Hanoi for a 30 or 90 day visa and the Landing Visa desk at the airport denied it?
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: nhrca on March 07, 2017, 10:32:56 AM
For anyone that has traveled there recently, I've read about the visa costing a range of amounts.  Do you think it would be better for me to take the approval letter/VOA route or to go to the embassy in NY?
(Side note- we plan to stay in Saigon and then fly on Vietjet to Da Nang with children of ages from 2-15)
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: mmgfarb on March 13, 2017, 06:15:14 PM
Anyone ever been to Phu Quoc? The new JW Resort looks like an amazing redemption for a category 5, 5/7 day cert.
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: shwarmabob on May 19, 2017, 03:21:03 PM
How much time is needed to get from city center in Saigon to the airport? Shabbos is over at 7pm, can I make it for a 10:30pm flight?
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: moish on May 20, 2017, 03:47:35 PM
How much time is needed to get from city center in Saigon to the airport? Shabbos is over at 7pm, can I make it for a 10:30pm flight?
if you leave at 7, i think you should be fine
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: nhrca on June 14, 2017, 03:20:04 PM
Agree, plenty of time
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: madhatter349 on July 11, 2017, 12:00:29 PM
Looking to travel to Vietnam for 5-6 weeks, beginning at the end July, wanted to see if anyone else is planning the same?
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: shwarmabob on July 11, 2017, 01:00:04 PM
Looking to travel to Vietnam for 5-6 weeks, beginning at the end July, wanted to see if anyone else is planning the same?
AFAIK visa with the longest validity is 30 days.
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: Saulius on July 11, 2017, 02:01:55 PM
AFAIK visa with the longest validity is 30 days.

Applying for an e-visa online you are limited to 30 days. It's possible to get longer through the embassy. One can also extend their visa in Vietnam. Also, one can use this company: http://www.vietnamvisapro.net

I was in Ho Cho Minh for 3 weeks, and hope to never see that country again.
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: shwarmabob on July 11, 2017, 02:52:14 PM
I was in Ho Cho Minh for 3 weeks, and hope to never see that country again.
Why? Did you get mugged?
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: Saulius on July 11, 2017, 03:06:11 PM
Why? Did you get mugged?

No, I was sent there by my employer, for a telecommunications project.
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: madhatter349 on July 11, 2017, 11:34:30 PM
Applying for an e-visa online you are limited to 30 days. It's possible to get longer through the embassy. One can also extend their visa in Vietnam. Also, one can use this company: http://www.vietnamvisapro.net

I was in Ho Cho Minh for 3 weeks, and hope to never see that country again.

That site seems to offer the 3 month visa.

Is it such an issue getting the visa at the airport when you land with the approval letter?
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: tmendy226 on July 12, 2017, 04:04:28 AM
That site seems to offer the 3 month visa.

Is it such an issue getting the visa at the airport when you land with the approval letter?

Pretty straightforward. there's a special counter where you go and give your papers + cash (make sure to have exact change in USD). One thing is that they don't always process passports in the order that it was received... you can also get someone to greet you at the airport and take care of the dealing for you - for a fee.
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: efflpetzel on July 12, 2017, 09:20:48 AM
No, I was sent there by my employer, for a telecommunications project.
What was so bad
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: shauly on October 17, 2017, 03:43:51 AM
Anyone know of a tailor in SGN that will ship the suits? I'll be there for only 24 hours.
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: efflpetzel on October 25, 2017, 11:11:16 AM
I'm looking for info on Laos
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: shwarmabob on October 25, 2017, 01:25:05 PM
I'm looking for info on Laos
the king is dead
don't step on mines
don't eat squirrels
don't be eaten by tigers
you may need malaria meds
what are you looking for?
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: efflpetzel on October 26, 2017, 06:36:24 PM
the king is dead
don't step on mines
don't eat squirrels
don't be eaten by tigers
you may need malaria meds
what are you looking for?
I think you're confusing Thailand with Laos,

Things people did there
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: ual902 on October 26, 2017, 06:57:02 PM
I'm looking for info on Laos

I was in laos it is a beautiful country, lots of beautful waterfalls with lagoons, from laos i went to Thailand by boat down the Mekong River which i highly reccomend.
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: shwarmabob on October 30, 2017, 02:28:00 PM
I think you're confusing Thailand with Laos,
Things people did there
nope, I don't confuse the two at all.  King of Lao has been dead for a while as the commies sent him to re-education camp and he never returned. Mines and unexploded ordnance is an issue in Laos and not in Thailand. Anyway, Luang Prabang is a good place to visit, but make sure your insurance covers medical evacuation.
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: efflpetzel on October 30, 2017, 02:45:59 PM
nope, I don't confuse the two at all.  King of Lao has been dead for a while as the commies sent him to re-education camp and he never returned. Mines and unexploded ordnance is an issue in Laos and not in Thailand. Anyway, Luang Prabang is a good place to visit, but make sure your insurance covers medical evacuation.
Gotcha.

It's on my list
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: ual902 on October 30, 2017, 04:30:50 PM
Gotcha.

It's on my list

I was in Laos your not going to step on mines unless your way off the beaten track, I felt very safe in luang prabang and vangveng and lots of tourist all around.
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: efflpetzel on October 30, 2017, 05:14:25 PM
I was in Laos your not going to step on mines unless your way off the beaten track, I felt very safe in luang prabang and vangveng and lots of tourist all around.
Did you do the Tham Kong Lo cave
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: ual902 on October 30, 2017, 07:24:54 PM
Did you do the Tham Kong Lo cave

No but it looks like a very nice place and there are defintly no mines there😊
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: Emkay on February 04, 2018, 06:43:33 AM
Anyone here spend shabbos in the Sheraton Hanoi?
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: mitchel89 on February 04, 2018, 09:10:29 AM
Anyone here spend shabbos in the Sheraton Hanoi?

Yes
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: Emkay on February 04, 2018, 10:15:39 AM
Yes
What were the shabbos issues? Automatic hotel doors? Sensors? Stairwell?.....
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: mitchel89 on February 04, 2018, 11:02:10 AM
What were the shabbos issues? Automatic hotel doors? Sensors? Stairwell?.....

IIRC There weren’t many issues, the front doors always had a door man and it was not electric. There were no sensors to the best of my recollection and they were very happy to hold our key for us when we left and had someone walk us up to our room and open the door for us.

Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: Emkay on February 04, 2018, 04:38:09 PM
Anyone went price shopping for tour agencies and has one to recommend?
Mainly for a private boat tour.
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: mitchel89 on February 04, 2018, 05:05:53 PM
Anyone went price shopping for tour agencies and has one to recommend?
Mainly for a private boat tour.

Where do u want to take the boat tour? I used an agency called Tonkin for most of my Vietnam trip  and I was overall pretty happy with them
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: Emkay on February 05, 2018, 01:56:49 AM
Where do u want to take the boat tour? I used an agency called Tonkin for most of my Vietnam trip  and I was overall pretty happy with them
Halong bay and Mekong Delta. I reached out to them. Thanks.
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: moish on February 05, 2018, 11:33:51 AM
No Zika concerns?
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: Emkay on February 05, 2018, 04:43:20 PM
No Zika concerns?
According to the CDC there is, but I'm sure you knew that.
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: moish on February 05, 2018, 07:26:10 PM
According to the CDC there is, but I'm sure you knew that.
I figured you did your own research and was hoping you'd share your findings
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: gsquared on February 14, 2018, 02:17:21 PM
before you book a boat trip through an agency, contact the boat directly and get there pricing.
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: Whywhy on August 11, 2018, 09:21:05 AM
New Chabad in Hoi An, Kosher fleishig restaurant.
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: tmendy226 on September 03, 2018, 02:22:35 PM
New Chabad in Hoi An, Kosher fleishig restaurant.

Opening soon. There are Bochurim for the summer
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: BarryLincoln on May 03, 2019, 01:04:04 AM
Halong bay and Mekong Delta. I reached out to them. Thanks.

Looking to cover those sites this summer.  Did you make it out there? Any advice or recommendations to share? 

Also looking for guidance on which Chabad (HCMC or Hanoi) is best for Shabbos stay?
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: Emkay on May 03, 2019, 03:18:56 AM


Looking to cover those sites this summer.  Did you make it out there? Any advice or recommendations to share? 

Also looking for guidance on which Chabad (HCMC or Hanoi) is best for Shabbos stay?

I skipped Halong Bay at the end. I was in Hanoi for shabbos and really enjoyed.
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on May 03, 2019, 09:51:48 AM
Hanoi is a nicer city in general
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: BarryLincoln on May 03, 2019, 10:46:02 AM
Did any of you make use of a tour organizer for one-day or two-day trips?
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: brodes18 on May 29, 2019, 09:43:47 PM
Considering a solo trip in June. Any thoughts on it being during rainy season? Also, anyone try out ha giang?
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: brodes18 on June 18, 2019, 10:43:12 PM
http://vietnamcoracle.com/ha-giang-extreme-north-motorbike-loop/

Officially added to my list.
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: AJK on August 05, 2019, 06:08:10 PM
Likely headed to Vietnam in the next few weeks. Will probably be there for 7-8 days and split my time between Phu Quoc at the JW or IHG (though I heard JW is awesome) and Hanoi and doing an overnight cruise of HaLong Bay.  If I can fit it in, I'd love to do some caving (I'd obv love to do Son Doong, but they have no availability for my dates, aside from the fact that it coss $3K PP, but I'm seeing if we can fit in Hang En cave, for a much more reasonable $330 PP).

Any recommendations for private Ha Long Bay overnight boat tours?

Any other recommendations?
Title: Re: Vietnam Master Thread
Post by: solls108 on November 03, 2019, 03:17:57 PM
Likely headed to Vietnam in the next few weeks. Will probably be there for 7-8 days and split my time between Phu Quoc at the JW or IHG (though I heard JW is awesome) and Hanoi and doing an overnight cruise of HaLong Bay.  If I can fit it in, I'd love to do some caving (I'd obv love to do Son Doong, but they have no availability for my dates, aside from the fact that it coss $3K PP, but I'm seeing if we can fit in Hang En cave, for a much more reasonable $330 PP).

Any recommendations for private Ha Long Bay overnight boat tours?

Any other recommendations?

How would you be traveling between phu quoc, the caves, and hanoi? I am trying to plan 7 days into and out of hanoi airport so I would love to hear what you have planned there