I was born in Vietnam but became a naturalized citizen of the USA. How long am I allowed to say in Vietnam? Should I or do I have dual citizenship?
I am not on a budget or time frame. This will be my first time back to Vietnam since I was born. I speak the language and am planning to reunite with some relatives. I am a die hard photographer. Can I pack an expensive DSLR camera? I hear train rides are slow...are they worth the scenic view to take? I am planning to fly to different cities and only get taxi to remote areas. I'm looking for perfect shots. Any advice on what cities I should see?
Also, I will be there in March. If you guys and gals who will be in Vietnam and need abit of help with the natives let me know. You are more than welcome to travel with me. You can email me if you need help of have answers to my questions. Contankerous at aol dot com
How long am I allowed to say in Vietnam? Should I or do I have dual citizenship?
Vietnam does not allow dual citizenship at this point. If can come to Vietnam with a normal tourist visa and later switch to a 6 month business visa easily. As long as you renew your visa, you can stay here.
Since you were born in Vietnam, bring your old birth certificate. You can get a new birth certificate issued by the current government which will allow you get to get a permanent resident card (yeah no visa ). You can also own property. Good deal for Viet Kieus
Do not worry about your camera. You can bring anything into Vietnam nowadays as long as you declare it at the airport.
Best of luck.
What you hear about trains is right - they are slow and late. We took a 3rd class train from Dong Dang to Hanoi and it was very scenic - good for camera shots and fun to be with the locals who use these slow trains to commute from village to village.
Watch out with that expensive camera! Vietnam is a poor country and full of petty thievery. So, keep it out of sight and in a secure bag when you are not using it. DO NOT carry it by a shoulder strap or it will be gone in an instant.
Pretty much everywhere we went in Vietnam was scenic - dramatic limestone mountains, brilliant green rice paddies, glinting beaches, moss covered jungle. But what I found more interesting to photograph was the people. Kids were always excited to get their pic taken and the people are so friendly that it is easy to sit and talk, then take photos.
Have fun with your photography!
Just don't worry much about what you should bring or say. An expensive camera is fine. It might be a bit unfamilar with life in Vietnam as you never lived here before. You should read a bit about Vietnamese culture to get more about Vietnamese habits, customs...so you will feel better when you directly see them. March is good to go to the sea like Ha Long Bay, Phu Quoc island...If you'd love to go to remote areas, Sapa is great for you. There are a lot of festival in March this year (post-time of lunar New Year), you should go to Hoi An, Hue, Hanoi to view these interesting festivals. Enjoy your time!
Thanks for all the great feedback! I speak vietnamese fluently so it shouldn't be hard for me to get around and adapt. What kind of pre shots I should take and what kind of things I must bring to vietnam?