Questions for anyone who has traveled through Vietnam.
I'm planning on traveling through Vietnam next week, does anyone know of any great places that are off the tourist track? And has anyone stayed in Vietnam after their passport expired...mines is only valid for 2 weeks and I'm not sure if that's enough. Can you just pay to extend it while you're there?
> Vietnam after their passport expired...mines is only valid for 2 weeks
Hold it there! - you probably won't be allowed to enter the country - if you leave the country you are in now they probably won't let you back in.... you could be in quiet a mess. Where ever you are now - get yourself to an embassy and get a new passport.
Now the nice bit!
There are so many great places to visit in Vietnam that are on the tourist track, my visa of 1 month (february so 28 days) was only just long enough to get from one end to the other. Halong bay is spectacular, Hoi An an amazing old city (you'll probably end up buying more suits and clothes than you can carry!), Mui Ne has some magnificant sand dunes... I went from highlighted place to highlighted place in the Lonely Planet and was very happy with my experience there...
What type of attractions do you like the most? diving, treking, architecture, history, beach?
Most countries insist you have at least 6 months left on your passport.
The Mekong delta in the far south is worth visiting, especially the floating markets at Canh Tho. Hoi An was our favourite place, although it is popular with tourists.
Are you sure you meant your passport was valid for only 2 weeks and not visa? If Passport, then cancel the trip and get a new one. If visa then ask around if you can extend it in Vietnam (don't know myself) and if not and you want to stay longer than planned then get a longer one before you go. With that said, Vietnam lately seems to be the one place where people are quite happy to leave, and usually do before they had planned to do so.