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heading to hanoi long term

  • pablocat

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    hi all,

    i'm leaving for hanoi in a few days to learn vietnamese and do some volunteer work and have finally decided to get organised...

    does anyone have any advice how to hook up with some cheap long term accomadation? share house, studio appartments - anything.

    Thanks :)

    #1 Posted: 28/10/2006 - 13:49

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  • somtam2000

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    Hi pablocat,

    Welcome to Travelfish!

    A good starting point are some of the expat-orientated cafes -- they often have messageboards with notes for rentals etc.

    #2 Posted: 29/10/2006 - 07:01

  • DakLak

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    28th August, 2006
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    You better understand a few things first!

    (1) You must have a visa for your stay in VietNam - no working on a tourist visa;

    (2) The premises you rent MUST be licenced for renting to Foreigners;

    (3) Your Landlord will need to copy the visa and your passport;

    (4) Cops can visit, and search, without a warrant or your consent. Cohabiting with VN females is illegal unless you have a marriage certificate with your name and the girls on it.

    For locating premises ... < www.livinginvietnam.com > or local English language papers.

    #3 Posted: 10/11/2006 - 02:39

  • pablocat

    Joined Travelfish
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    Posts: 5

    Posted from within Vietnam.

    thanks for the heads up you two - have been following your advice. i AM a female so at least i don't have to worry about no.4 :)

    #4 Posted: 10/11/2006 - 17:43

  • DakLak

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    Posts: 57

    Substitute male for female; man for girl!

    The principle is the same.

    One thing, certain personal feminine products are in short supply over here such as tampons, etc. Stock up before you come - also with birth control pills and other medication.

    #5 Posted: 12/11/2006 - 08:47

  • pablocat

    Joined Travelfish
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    Posts: 5

    Posted from within Vietnam.

    hey there,

    thanks for the tips again daklak. i've been in cambodia for a few months already and lao before that. i actually haven't found it too hard to stock up on tampons - definately not pads are everywhere i've found - i think they must be stocking up more on that stuff more than they used too.

    thanks again.

    #6 Posted: 12/11/2006 - 18:20

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