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Hoi An - please help

Sydney, Australia
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Hoi An - please help

Hi guys,

Just booked a trip to Vietnam. Staying in Hoi An for 8 nights and just had a few questions.

1. We are travelling from sydney and have a 3 hour layover in hong kong, will our luggage be sent straight to Da Nang? We are going on cathay pacific to hong kong  and then on their sister flight, cathay dragon.

2. Can anyone make any good suggestions for day trips? Good cooking classes or must see placed? Is it better to book it prior to the trip or when we arrive, should we book via the hotel?

3. Can anyone make a suggestion for a good sim card to purchase and where to purchase?

4. Is the duty free any good at Da Nang airport?

5. Do we need to pay in USD for the visa? Can we pay in AUD?

6. We had vaccinations for a trip to Thailand a couple years ago, do we need anything additional for Vietnam?

7. Any suggestions for really good restaurants/cafes in the area?

8. Do vitamins and medication need to be in the original packaging or can it be in a ziploc bag?

Appreciate it :)

Melbourne, Australia
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for Vietnam, Hanoi
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1. Re: Hoi An - please help

1. If it's booked on the one ticket, then I'd think it would be checked right through.

Perhaps check with the airline?

2. I'd book when you're there.

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5. Pay in USD.

6. Ask you doctor.

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8. Don't believe so.


Houston, Texas
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for Hanoi, Vietnam
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2. Re: Hoi An - please help

3. Anywhere really. Da Nang just inaugurated its new international port a couple of weeks ago, so I don't know where the put the kiosk.

4. Same answer; and therefore, I have no idea if the duty-free shop is any good. (I normally don't look for it at any airport anyway.)



Da Lat, Vietnam
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3. Re: Hoi An - please help

I was in the area in May - Hoi An will be packed with Chinese and Korean tourists (and I do mean packed). I personally think http://www.ganesh.vn/site/ganesh-hoi-an.html is the best restaurant in town. A day trip to Ba Na Hills would be nice: http://banahills.sunworld.vn/en/

Albany, New York
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4. Re: Hoi An - please help

Depending on your interests - My Son sanctuary is a fascinating UNSECO world heritage site.

Hue, also, is a city worthy of consideration if history is of interest.

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5. Re: Hoi An - please help

Hi, We were in Hoi An a few weeks ago for 4 nights. In terms of somewhere to go and eat i don't really think that you can go wrong in Hoi An. However, one place that stood out for us was Nu Eatery. It's on the western side of the Japanese Bridge so the area was not as crammed. The food was delicious and it was in a cute shoebox type building.

As for things to do, we did a cooking class with Red Bridge, a food tour with Neville (The Original Taste of Hoi An) and we also did a trip to My Son. We also took a massage at White Rose Spa. All of these we arranged when we got to Hoi An and we found them by looking through TripAdvisor. I would recommend that if you do My Son, get your hotel to arrange a private driver and leave at sunrise. It was really lovely to have the place almost to ourselves before the bus tours arrived. All of what we did we thoroughly enjoyed and would recommend to others. :-)

Hope this helps.


Da Lat, Vietnam
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6. Re: Hoi An - please help

Just be sure to book a place with pool - almost essential in this heat. I was at the Atlas Hotel and their pool is wonderful (both shade and sun).

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