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Really depends on where - HCMC is ripoff central whereas Hanoi you have far less problems. To be fair though, the same thing can be said for places in Thailand as well - as long as you know what to look for you can get by without any major drama even in HCMC. 

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We ( chinese gf and i) were in vietnam last september for 8 days....visited Saigon ( HCMC) and Vung Tau. No problems at all.....allthough must say the matresses in all hotelbeds were realy hard!!! Not

Phoney Tony said there was WMD in Iraq.....Vietnam is the fastest growing tourist attraction with millions of visitors every year....enjoy the experience and relax

My (American) wife and I will be traveling for our third trip to Vietnam. Our previous two trips were lengthy and fun. Never once were did we feel taken advantage of or treated disrespectfully. We enj

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indeed, VN women are the most stunningly beautiful in Asia...

 

on a consulting assignment in 2006 'come over here babe and gimme some of that commie sugar...' 'commie sugar??? ye wanna put it in those terms then hold off and unhand me imperialist dog!!! (she had excellent english language skills amongst other things)...I ain't yer goddam banh mi crumpet!!!...'

 

the story of marital ruin foretold...

 

 

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6 hours ago, Ej2562 said:

I felt that there is still much animosity towards Americans(USA).

I visited HCMC last year. Did not have any problems with rip offs.

Food at the Street food market is fantastic. Stayed there 3 days. US citizens are required  to get a visa to enter Vietnam.  Most European countries are not required to get a visa to visit there. So the government changed it's thinking about the US fighting there.

Can you explain this animosity? Nearly the whole population is too young to remember or care. USA citizens can zip right through the regular immigration line with easy to get e visa for 30 days. Other countries, many less than you think, get ONLY two weeks. As another poster mentioned Americans get the great easy to get one year METV. For someone who spent just 3 days there you sure can tell a story. FYI I was just there 2 weeks ago and twice before that. How in the world did you experience any anti American stuff? Oh yah I’m not talking about the museums. 

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On 12/28/2019 at 8:21 AM, ChristianBlessing said:

My (American) wife and I will be traveling for our third trip to Vietnam. Our previous two trips were lengthy and fun. Never once were did we feel taken advantage of or treated disrespectfully. We enjoyed the local cuisine both on the street and in the restaurants. And, as always, we learned a few useful words and phrases and had our phone apps at the ready. Attempting the language is a nearly sure-fire way to evoke a smile or more. Enjoy your trip.

After what America did to Viet Nam and its villagers, this says a lot for the Vietnamese people.

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Thai wife and I went for a week to hoi an and couldn’t have been treated better everywhere we went from hotels, restaurants,markets,using taxis etc.

Staff in hotel were all well mannered and helpful and most spoke good English , in market areas all the shop sellers seemed to be very chatty and helpful and no problem if you didn’t buy , taxis all helpful and got to and from destinations without fear of crashing or being ripped off .

Reminded me of what it was like here about 12 year ago and would highly recommend Vietnam and go back in a second !

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13 hours ago, BritManToo said:

I never had any problems finding a Viet gf ..... for an hour.

12 hours ago, madmen said:

like I said its for couples only. I don't NEED a GF just a vast choice for a night and LOS is unbeatable

Couples only????? Where were u????

u can lead a horse to water ?????

if u can't find the water, stay in Thailand . 

Yes u r right, for the ease of finding hookers. 

Thats why God invented Thailand, so fat ugly guys can get laid too!

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Only been to HCMC some 3 years ago.  Found the Vietnamese to be far friendlier than Thais, the food excellent and no problems at airport as I had arranged visa online beforehand.  The only time a ripoff was attempted was when the wife and I took a pedicab tour with a couple of Cambodians.  They attempted to quadruple the agreed price at the end of tour but I stood my ground and they backed down, albeit after some time.  I would certainly not hesitate to go again.

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17 hours ago, Kaoboi Bebobp said:

Actually, you are misreading the visa situation. Only a few Euro nationalities get a visa waiver but it's only for a 15-day stay. Canadians, Aussies, Kiwis and dozens of others have to pay like Americans do.

Quite. I went to HCMC a few weeks back with a friend of mine who was over here on holiday from the UK. Although he lives in Northern Ireland he has an Irish passport and had to get a visa.

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20 hours ago, thenewgoo said:

Just arrived back from my first trip to Vietnam today. I have a headache from the cars and motorbikes beeping their way along the roads. Everybody will rip you off if they can - it makes Thailand look civilised. Stick to the 7/11 style mini-marts - I paid 4 different prices for the same pack of cigarettes. I will say however, people adhere to road rules - our taxi stuck to 60 kph even on the wide open road and I barely noticed a motorbike rider without a helmet on. I wish they would take a few zeros off their dong - sometimes difficult to get your head around. Friendliness on par with Thailand, maybe a little less friendly if anything. Good luck crossing roads - remember to look left first!

Pretty easy to cross the roads....just walk slowly and the traffic will avoid you. Run....and good luck on that one.

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13 hours ago, Huckenfell said:

After what America did to Viet Nam and its villagers, this says a lot for the Vietnamese people.

Most of the population is under the age of 35 and have about as much interest in the war (which they call the American War) as we did in WWI......all very long ago. They like music and dancing exactly like we did all those years ago.555

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11 hours ago, Mansell said:

Pretty easy to cross the roads....just walk slowly and the traffic will avoid you. Run....and good luck on that one.

yeah crossing a busy street is like wading thru the traffic, no quick moves and yer OK...same with motorbikes on sidewalks...

 

 

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