Scandal in the bus Danang - Hoi An, fighting against scammers

Submitted by David Baggins on Mon, 11/05/2018 - 09:11

The scam on public buses #1 from Danang Bus Station / Da Nang downtown to Hoi An City, Vietnam, my experience including the description of scandal.

What do I think about Vietnam?

In Hoi An, university students from neighboring Danang interviewed me twice in the street. Among questions, there were "What do you think about Vietnam", "What do you think about Vietnamese people", "What do you think about Hoi An"...

Getting Vietnam visa in Savannakhet, Laos (October 2018), my report

Submitted by David Baggins on Thu, 10/25/2018 - 16:28

This is a story about how I got Vietnam single entry tourist visa for 3 months in Savannakhet, Laos.

Typically, people heading to Vietnam get a special approval letter online and, having it, they can apply for Vietnam visa on arrival at some airports of Vietnam. The thing is much described so I will pass it.

Unfortunately, this scheme does not work when you arrive in Vietnam by road. If you are traveling in Laos, for instance, and have big plans for Vietnam, you need to apply for Vietnam visa in Vientiane or Savannakhet.

This is what I did.

Bus Da Nang - Hoi An. Timetable, prices, scams (October 2018)

Submitted by David Baggins on Thu, 10/25/2018 - 14:20

Shortly, only facts about Da Nang - Hoi An buses.

There is a pleasant feature of Danang --- this Vietnamese city has public transportation, buses. And even a website about this, danangbus.vn with the English version.

To get all timetables, prices and routes, download the app DanaBus. A good one, I use it, this is for free. This app will change your life if you are going to stay in Danang for long.

From Danang to Savannakhet by buses. Review on my ride from Central Vietnam to Laos through Lao Bao

Submitted by David Baggins on Mon, 06/04/2018 - 05:01

What I learned, what I planned and how it eventually happened - about my bus trip from Danang to Laos in May 2018.

After reading much on the internet, I still was not sure how to do the trip. So many different statements about prices and the timetable... And no guarantee that all that pile of information is not obsolete.

Thai visa in Vientiane 2018

Submitted by David Baggins on Thu, 01/18/2018 - 12:00

So many stories about visa-runs to Vientiane! But the visa rules tend to change fast so I am going to share my experience of the new year. Read the last details on getting Thai visa in Vientiane, Laos (January 2018).

So I spent a month in Thailand allowed by the passport stamp I got at an airport and I wanted to extend my stay here. This is how I did it.

Savannakhet bus station. Schedules and fares

Submitted by David Baggins on Wed, 11/29/2017 - 02:47

Are buses from Savannakhet to Mukdahan frequent? Are there buses from Savannakhet to Vietnam? Is it expensive to travel by bus through Laos, for example, from Savannakhet to Thakhek?

The answers and more are below. I updated the info about timetables and fares in 2018. Still, this is Laos, and you should understand that ..buses can start earlier or later or can be just canceled...

Baking soda in Thailand. [Solved]. Where to buy sodium bicarbonate?

Submitted by David Baggins on Fri, 05/05/2017 - 03:12

Hi, guys! This is a short story about where to buy baking soda in Thailand.

I had never had the necessity to get the baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) in Thailand until my gums got sore and, as it is known, gargling mouth with baking soda dissolved in warm water is an effective treatment in such a situation. I visited three 7-eleven shops (in a small city called Prachuap) but they had no baking soda there (I used Google.Translate on my smartphone to explain to them what I needed).

How to read Thai. For travelers

Submitted by David Baggins on Sat, 03/04/2017 - 02:59

Want to learn how to read Thai? Start from here and you'll get the core idea of the Thai script in just a few minutes! For travelers and other non-linguists.

Hi, guys! Let me tell you my story of learning Thai. So I traveled to Thailand twice and spent several months in total there but I could never read Thai letters. I tried to understand the Wikipedia article on Thai script but failed twice. I gave up and invented the explanation that it is just too complicated for a person who is not talented in linguistics, a person like me...