Erin P. (erinstotle) wrote in asiatravel,
Erin P.

Questions about traveling and living in Vietnam

Hi there. I will be living in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam this summer for 3 months. I am a female student and I live in Toronto. I just have a few questions:

  • How accessible is the internet? Wireless? Internet cafes? Am I able to bring my lap top?
  • Customs - what should I wear on the street as well as in the office (it's a student job)? What is considered inappropriate? Can girls wear shorts and tank tops in public in a tasteful manner?
  • Language - where can I learn Vietnamese in Vietnam (night courses or anything like this)?
  • What is the best way to travel from Ho Chi Minh City to Sapa, Halong Bay and Hanoi?
  • What are the best beaches in the south close to Ho Chi Minh City?
  • I have heard that the highways and roads in Vietnam can be quite dangerous. When traveling with a tour bus or a taxi to another part of Vietnam, how safe is this? Are the highways extremely dangerous and should tourists avoid them?
  • Is it safe to go out at night in Ho Chi Minh City?
  • Are there any neighbourhoods I should avoid?
  • Is there anything I should bring with me that I normally wouldn't think of bringing on a trip?

    Thank you very much!

    Xposted to asiatravel, vietnamese, ljtravel, world_travel
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