Heading out to Vietnam on Thursday from LAX.
I want to be doing some blogging as I'll be gone for 2 months and would like my family to see what's going on.
Are there any sites that are blocked in Vietnam? I suppose I'd like to do something simple like blogger.com but am not sure if the countries block it. I know that you can't get to facebook and such.
Also, I need to buy a mosquito net before I go, am I looking for one that has hooks on it? or one that has 4 draw strings? I imagine I'll be using it most when I stay on the beach and such in little bungalows.
#1 maxlstylee has been a member since 31/5/2010. Posts: 1
Occasionally the government gets mad at one site or another (last year it was Yahoo), but I've never had a problem. I use the wonderful Travellerspoint.com for my blog - free unlimited photo storage there too. You will be surprised how free this country is - I always ask "so, where's the Communism" ? You'll probably be able to find those nets much easier in VN than at home, and cheaper too. Usually, locations that have a problem already have them installed at hotels, and now the whole place is A/C!
(the VN government could care less what tourists do/see/connect to - they're much more concerned with the VN youth and what they do online)
#2 daawgon has been a member since 17/4/2007. Posts: 1,083
Wordpress as well, good for blogging and creating your own stuff.
and indeed wouldn't bother for bringing a mosquito net. stayed in Vietnam last year for 2.5 months and never had any troubles with mosquito's!
as for Facebook, it's mostly banned in china but I've never saw it going down in Vietnam, so no problem.
Facbook was blocked in Vietnam when I was there in Dec 2009. I was able to use Facebook Lite: http://lite.facebook.com/
I just tested the link and it seems to now redirect to normal Facebook, so I'm not sure what the story is. Using the 'lite' link may still be a way around the ban, however.
For blogging, I liked travelpod.com. Had no problems in accessing this from any of the main SE countries that I was in.
Facebook shut down the Lite version about a month ago, and the main site was blocked here in Vietnam through at least March, 2010. I'm traveling with my laptop and I changed my DNS setting to use OpenDNS instead and that has worked all over the country. I'm not sure if Facebook is still actually blocked for everyone else, but I think it is. I know of at least one person who lives in Hanoi and even OpenDNS doesn't get you to Facebook at his place, so it's not foolproof.
I haven't heard of any other sites of any kind that are blocked in Vietnam, and have experienced nothing in 4 months while using OpenDNS. As daawgon mentioned above, the government doesn't seem interested in stopping anything except sites where locals might be encouraged to dislike the regime.
We got around the facebook block buy just googling "facebook proxy". Any number of sites will work. I have found this in various countries where certain sites are blocked. It seems they aren't very sophisticated in how they block them, so using proxies works.
#6 KazAussie has been a member since 18/7/2009. Posts: 221
Currently, Vietnam has a power shortage due to lack of rain, and this could well mean no power for anything! Pray for rain.
#7 daawgon has been a member since 17/4/2007. Posts: 1,083
I was in Vietnam last month and had no problems accessing Facebook. In some of the more rural locations the bandwidth was a bit feeble so i found it tricky to upload photos etc, but otherwise no problems in either the north or south of the country to update my status and read messages etc.
#8 ms1892 has been a member since 23/12/2009. Posts: 38
I think you'll find you get a mosquito net if you need one but you can buy them at the market in Saigon in Hai Ba Trung street, a block past the park, not far from the ridiculous pink church. 75000vnd for a double and 50000vnd for a single.
#9 violets has been a member since 6/7/2009. Posts: 151
I used travelpod.com while in SEA and it worked flawlessly.
#10 Doniwarner has been a member since 12/2/2010. Posts: 19
Keep in mind that when using free proxies you risk exposing your personal information to who knows who. My FB and hotmail accounts both got hacked while I was in Myanmar and using a free proxy.
I would go with a VPN. Express VPN was great for a recent two month stay in China:
I live in Saigon and do not have problems with accessing my Facebook here nor have I had problems accessing it before. As for blogs, I use blogger here without issue.
Mosquito nets are not necessary in many parts of Vietnam; if you are where you will need them you should be able to find them easily.