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Hanoi Travel is the capital of Socialist Republic of Vietnam. Ha Noi lies in Red River Delta and is situated in a tropical area having a strong monsoon influence. The name of Ha Noi (Interior side of a river) has been derived from an ancient language which is literally known as a land area located in the inner side of Red River. It does not mean that the city is inside the river, but it is embraced by about 100 km of the Red River dykes. Ha Noi has nine inner precincts (Hoan Kiem, Ba Dinh, Hai Ba Trung, Dong Da, Cau Giay, Tay Ho, Thanh Xuan, Long Bien, Hoang Mai) and five suburban districts (Tu Liem, Thanh Tri, Gia Lam, Dong Anh and Soc Son

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This post sounds like advertizing by a travel agency.

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Why are Americans allowed to travel to Communist Vietnam and not to Communist Cuba ?

Is is because we did not lose a war in Cuba?


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My sister-in-law vacationed in Vietnam . Perhaps if american citizens were able to travel to Cuba they might find that its not as bad to live there as our politicians tell us .
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Why are Americans allowed to travel to Communist Vietnam and not to Communist Cuba ?

Is is because we did not lose a war in Cuba?


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We didn't lose a war in China either; and we have been able to travel to communist China since the mid-70s. In fact, we can travel to many, many communist countries. Therefore, you have to look for another reason for the Cuba embargo.

BTW, one other country that used to be on the very short list of countries that we could not travel to was Albania. Now, Albania is a full member of NATO. Things change over time; seems everywhere, except Cuba.

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PS Vietnam is a wonderful country to see either on a cruise or overland. There is a large business catering to ex-GIs wanting to see the country.
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I would not mind visiting Vietnam, but I would want to visit Cuba as well and it is a lot closer.

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Americans were last allowed to travel to Cuba when the US supported dictator was in power in the late 50's .
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I would love to see Havana, if it were restored to the glory days of the 1950s. As for the rest of the country, there are a number of Caribbean islands with better infrastructure.
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I would love to see Havana, if it were restored to the glory days of the 1950s. As for the rest of the country, there are a number of Caribbean islands with better infrastructure.
Perhaps without Battista when it really was a paradise .
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Perhaps without Battista when it really was a paradise .
Henry, I am too young to have travelled to pre-Castro Cuba. What was it like when you went? Was the "paradise" just in the area around Havana (close to USA) or was it elsewhere in country? Did you fly from NYC or take a boat from Florida?

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Cuba may not be a Paradise but other Caribbean destinations are quite poor as well.

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HANOI May 17, 2014.
Vietnam flooded major cities with police to avert anti-China protests on Sunday, while Beijing evacuated thousands of citizens after a flare-up over disputed sovereignty in the South China Sea sparked rare and deadly rioting in Vietnam last week.
China has evacuated more than 3,000 nationals following the attacks on Chinese workers and Chinese-owned businesses at industrial parks in its southern neighbor.


China had arranged two chartered flights to bring nearly 300 people, many of them injured, home to its southwestern city of Chengdu, while five ships were on their way to Vietnam to bring out more people, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.
Sixteen critically injured were evacuated separately, aboard a chartered medical flight in the morning,

China's foreign ministry said. Several arrests were made in the capital Hanoi and commercial hub Ho Chi Minh City within minutes of groups trying to start protests, according to witnesses, as Vietnam's communist rulers stuck to their vow to thwart any repeat of last week's violence in three provinces in the south and center.
Fury has gripped Vietnam after Chinese state energy firm CNOOC deployed dozens of ships two weeks ago and towed a $1 billion oil rig to a location 240 kilometers (150 miles) off Vietnam's coast in an area both counties claim.

A protester gestures as he marches during an anti-China protest in Vietnam's southern Ho Chi Min …
It was one of the most assertive moves China has made in seas believed to be endowed with billions of barrels worth of oil.

Protests of hundreds in Vietnam's cities were allowed to a week ago, a rare move in a state that usually suppresses them. However, what started as a peaceful march in two southern industrialized provinces on Monday spiraled a day later into a rampage of arson, destruction and looting of Chinese-owned factories, and Taiwanese businesses mistaken for being Chinese.
Fighting between Vietnamese and Chinese workers broke out in central Ha Tinh province on Wednesday killing two people and wounding 140, the government said. China's foreign ministry also put the casualties at two dead and 100 injured, Xinhua said.

The severe violence targeting foreign companies in Vietnam since May 13, 2014 has caused casualties and property losses for Chinese nationals.


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That is definitely not necessarily true for all travel insurance. They are all different and have different requirements. For example, I know for a fact one particular insurance company that will cover you even if a travel warning is in effect because not all travel warnings have to do with terrorism. And they'll cover everything provided an actual terrorist event has not occurred within the 30 days prior to the purchase of the policy.

There is a travel warning in effect for Mexico and we just had a couple who had to leave their cruise in Mexico due to a family emergency and immediately fly home. Insurance paid 100% of their expenses.

So if you are traveling into an area where a travel warning is in effect, make sure you consult with your agent and carefully read your policy to find out whether or not you'll be covered since not all policies are created equal - some are definitely better than others and independent policies are much better than those offered through the airline or cruise line.

Just one big word of advice; make sure you are not purchasing travel protection and that you are purchasing travel insurance, because there is a huge difference!

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That is definitely not necessarily true for all travel insurance. They are all different and have different requirements. For example, I know for a fact one particular insurance company that will cover you even if a travel warning is in effect because not all travel warnings have to do with terrorism. And they'll cover everything provided an actual terrorist event has not occurred within the 30 days prior to the purchase of the policy.

There is a travel warning in effect for Mexico and we just had a couple who had to leave their cruise in Mexico due to a family emergency and immediately fly home. Insurance paid 100% of their expenses.

So if you are traveling into an area where a travel warning is in effect, make sure you consult with your agent and carefully read your policy to find out whether or not you'll be covered since not all policies are created equal - some are definitely better than others and independent policies are much better than those offered through the airline or cruise line.

Just one big word of advice; make sure you are not purchasing travel protection and that you are purchasing travel insurance, because there is a huge difference!

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Hey Pete


You are correct, Insurance coverage is specific as to what you are purchasing and every policy is different.



I do not recommend any purchaser of travel coverage to obtain specific information from a travel agent, it is essential to obtain the information direct from the insurer and in writing.
Questions pertaining to the specific policy can be documented and will allow for educated decision prior to purchase of said policy.

Medical coverage is very well defined as to what is covered and what is not covered and how the treatment is paid.


What many people don't understand is most travel policies concerning medical are secondary coverage with coverage limits, meaning they may accept financial liability after primary coverage has paid, further more, many policies are designed as a reimbursement program.


Some policies will only cover for one licensed physician and the nurses must be registered and or accredited, Example Mexico have pharmacies that will give out shots providing you purchase the med's, and supplies and flat fee to the person issuing the shot . Every policy contains language that may cause a denial.
Point being, READ THE FINE PRINT.


I have personally reviewed at least 20 insurers in the past year, the policies vary greatly and the purchase of primary medical coverage ranges a great deal, age, PRE-existing conditions, Countries to be visited and the term of the policy.
Most of the policies define what is not covered!

Emergency evacuation is also a separate coverage and many trip cancellation policies will include this specific coverage.
I have observed many versions of medical evacuation, including and not limited to transport to a local medical facility and not back to your home.


One key phrase in every policy is PRE-APPROVAL!


Changing the subject, I checked the coverage offered on my Visa Card for car rentals, I notice Jamaica and Ireland were excluded among two of many other Countries.
The majority of the Countries were listed on the US Travel Advisory "ALERT" notice.


To address the difference between a travel warning and a travel ALERT.
Americans traveling to a Country on the Travel Alert list published by the US Government may not be able to obtain any assistance in case of emergency, most travel ALERTS are in Countries where American Embassy have closed and or extreme violence or kidnappings are an issue.

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I do not recommend any purchaser of travel coverage to obtain specific information from a travel agent, it is essential to obtain the information direct from the insurer and in writing.
I would add a couple of things to that statement.

For example, a policy that we sell is not available to the general public. It's also not on the insurance company's website, because it is a special policy our company negotiated and contracted with them and only we sell it. So the only way to get a copy of the policy is to request it from the agent.

However, I do agree that once you have a copy of the policy and have any specific questions regarding any policy, including ours, you need to address them directly to the insurance company. The agent is simply a 'seller of insurance' and is not an insurance adjuster, so their knowledge is always going to be relatively limited. While they can usually any the normal general questions, they cannot make determinations as to whether something specific will or will not be covered in your precise situation.

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My sister-in-law vacationed in Vietnam . Perhaps if american citizens were able to travel to Cuba they might find that its not as bad to live there as our politicians tell us .


It's about time that we are allowed to travel to Cuba. I will skip Vietnam I already spent a year over there.


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I would love to see Havana, if it were restored to the glory days of the 1950s. As for the rest of the country, there are a number of Caribbean islands with better infrastructure.
I would love to visit the USA, if it was restored to the glory days of the 1950s. Canada, parts of Mexico, and a number of Caribbean Islands have a better infrastructure.
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