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  1. Lara
    December 8, 2017 @ 7:40 pm

    I love this article! Planing a trip to Vietnam soon and this helps quite a lot. 🙂

    So what about bargaing? Do you do it or not? 🙂 i think we have a similar way of traveling so what do you think its enough budget for one month in Vietnam?

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    • Trev
      December 10, 2017 @ 1:41 am

      Hi Lara, you definitely want to bargain! Basically everything is haggled over a bit. But remember, sometimes you’ll be fighting over a price of some souvenir and realize you’re fighting over 20 cents. Is it worth it? Just always keep a smile, have fun with it and don’t be afraid to walk away. They’ll often give you your price anyway!
      Not sure about a budget. Depends on what you want to do. Halong Bay and a trip to Sapa will be the costliest, so just factor that in. Have a great trip!!

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  2. Katie
    December 9, 2017 @ 3:22 am

    Great post. I totally agree with you about getting it of the tourist districts for food and buying gifts and souvenirs. I live in HCMC, so i eat in local districts everyday. Not only is the food cheaper it is so much better as well. Bun Cha is one of my favourite foods and when I went to Cat Ba island and ordered it, 1.it looked nothing like Bun Cha and 2. It was disgusting. If I was a tourist and had ordered it for the first time, it’s safe to say I would have been put off Bun Cha for life.

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    • dankiteski
      December 11, 2017 @ 12:52 am

      interesting story 🙂 glad to hear from an expat and I’m glad you loved the post. Your story just made me realize how much I miss Vietnamese food 😀

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  3. Aisha
    December 11, 2017 @ 11:34 am

    Thanks for sharing this insight. I especially appreciate the great photos that really showcase Vietnam well. It’s hard to conceive the motorcycle traffic you speak of without seeing those images illustrating the congestion.

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    • dankiteski
      December 12, 2017 @ 2:23 pm

      Definitely! I figured dense traffic just won’t describe the rush hour in Vietnam and the whole motorbike culture. I’m glad you liked it

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  4. Chittra M
    December 11, 2017 @ 8:52 pm

    i like how you have put this post as a kind of useful tips as well as a guide to follow in Vietnam. Need to head to Vietnam, just to be millionaire 😉

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    • dankiteski
      December 12, 2017 @ 2:24 pm

      I’m glad you liked it, Chittra. Btw, you don’t need to be a millionaire to travel, especially Vietnam. Everything is so cheap there;)

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  5. Penelope Silvers
    December 12, 2017 @ 3:34 am

    These are some wonderful tips that I’ll tuck away in case I ever get out of the U.S.! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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    • dankiteski
      December 12, 2017 @ 2:24 pm

      Thank you for your nice words, Penelope. I’m glad you liked the article 🙂

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  6. Claire
    December 12, 2017 @ 12:46 pm

    Haha crossing the street truly is a skill, that’s for sure! I have never experienced anything like that anywhere in the world!

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    • dankiteski
      December 12, 2017 @ 2:26 pm

      Absoultely! India is a first runner-up, but the Vietnam traffic is on another level 😀

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  7. lisa
    December 13, 2017 @ 8:22 am

    I Loved this post! It is really going to help me when I am there so I have booked marked it. I agree scooter is the way to go in any Asian country and shopping off the beaten track is what I have learnt too.

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    • dankiteski
      December 13, 2017 @ 4:08 pm

      I’m glad you could relate. Southeast Asia is just amazing 🙂

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  8. Followingtherivera
    December 13, 2017 @ 12:52 pm

    This is a great read, and it’s goo you’re honest about what they expect from western travellers. It’s such a sad mentality and it happens a lot in poorer countries. However, I loved my time in Vietnam, especially trying to cross those roads, what an art indeed!

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    • dankiteski
      December 13, 2017 @ 4:09 pm

      Absolutely, I’m always honest in my posts 😀 However, even though it has its backsides, Vietnam is still an amazing country.

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  9. Dory
    December 14, 2017 @ 2:57 pm

    Hi Daniel
    Great post. I’m heading up to Hoi Aun and Hue next. Any tips for a little fish?
    Cheers

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    • dankiteski
      December 15, 2017 @ 11:09 am

      Hoi an is amazing. One of my favourite cities in SE Asia. Don’t stay in the hotel room during the evening/night there. The real magic of the place happens at night. One of the most romantic places I’ve ever seen.
      Hue doesn’t have much except for the national park. A place to visit for history lovers. Very humid at this time of the year though… Good luck 😀

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  10. Kellyn
    December 17, 2017 @ 2:36 am

    Thanks for sharing these awesome tips. These are definitely useful, especially in reference to the beaches. I never realized how rocky they were. I’m also glad you mentioned the information about booking tourist attractions and fraud. Definitely useful when I start planning a trip to Vietnam.

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    • dankiteski
      December 18, 2017 @ 10:52 am

      Thank you, I’m glad you could find some useful tips here 🙂

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  11. Sandy N Vyjay
    December 17, 2017 @ 2:48 pm

    These are really some great tips for first timers to Vietnam. Nice of you to share your experiences so that others can benefit. It would feel nice to feel you are a millionaire when in Vietnam, but of course the money will expend fast too. I like your tip of heading out of the cities, as I feel the beauty of Vietnam lies in its countryside.

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    • dankiteski
      December 18, 2017 @ 10:53 am

      Absolutely, the countryside is just breathtaking. I’m happy to hear you liked the article 🙂

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  12. Harsh
    December 17, 2017 @ 7:26 pm

    ha ha, the price of everything is whatever we agree to pay for it… I need to be there in Vietnam. I think I’d definitely plan a trip to this SE Asian country next year. I’ve also heard a lot about the road crossing issue with so many motorbikes on the roads. Have to be careful with that.

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    • dankiteski
      December 18, 2017 @ 10:54 am

      Yes, you definitely should. Check out my other SE Asia articles too. You will get a lot of useful information for your trip there 🙂

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  13. Dee
    December 18, 2017 @ 12:16 pm

    Great information! I wush I knew these things before going as well!
    Crossing the steet was both a jinga game mixed with Centipede. It was fun and challenging at the same time!
    Its definitely worth going though and so glad I did!
    I wish I found the cheap beer!

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    • dankiteski
      December 18, 2017 @ 12:59 pm

      Hahah aboslutely, Vietnam is an amazing country and the experience is amazing. Wonder how you didn’t find the cheap beer though 😀

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  14. Amy @ Family Globetrotters
    May 25, 2018 @ 2:08 am

    Great post! Wish I read that before I went in January this year! I loved Sapa and Ninh Binh, the smaller towns rather than the bigger cities. So true about shopping and the price is whatever you wish to pay for it. I am Chinese and my partner is Caucasian. I get a much better starting price than her does which annoyed him a bit. But that’s just the sad reality of it.

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    • dankiteski
      May 26, 2018 @ 6:29 pm

      Thank you for your nice words, Amy and I’m really glad you enjoyed the article!

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