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  1. Milli
    05/12

    Hi Christine! I just booked a flight for a week trip to Vietnam and wanted to know if you think I should get a backpack or use a small roller carry-on? This is my first trip solo and I am scared and nervous as all hell!!!

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  2. angel
    04/26

    hi christine im planning to go hcmc this july but still cant make up my mind which hostel to stay coz read all the review it seems like the hostel in hcmc city is untrusted they are trying to cheat the tourist got any advise thanks alot

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    • Christine Ka’aloa
      05/01

      @Angel: There are LOADS of hostels and guesthouses in HCMC if you go to the backpacker area. They are all full with tourists. Basically, anywhere you go in SEA you’ll need to have your haggling & wits about you. If a place looks dodgy and you get a bad feeling, then that’s not a good sign.Ask to see a room first. If you’re smart, then you should be fine. Many guesthouses will ask for your passport to hold onto.. this seems standard. Keep your valuable items secure on you & when you’re walking in the streets be aware at all times. Just be smart and aware. Vietnam is one of the easier countries I’ve traveled and people aren’t out to get you… but your country probably has more money than theirs. Theft is the only big thing I’ve come across with them. Don’t freak yourself out right now– when you get there, you’ll realize it’s not so bad.

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  3. Gray
    08/23

    Wow, sounds like you had quite the adventure just finding a place to stay. Isn’t it the worst, though, arriving in a new place after dark? I’m glad everything worked out.

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    • Christine Ka’aloa
      08/23

      @Gray: Yeah, glad things worked out too. Traveling alone in a developing country, I would’ve avoided the late arrival if I could. I didn’t know there were hotel curfews around 11P and that things can be locked down. The alleys that house many hotels/guesthouses in the Old Quarter felt like the neighborhood areas behind the ghats of Varanasi. Small winding streets, low income and minimal light. The moment you walk down a dark dirt alley and see a hostels’ warehouse like door down, with locked gate, your imagination pulls ghosts.

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