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Sunday, February 17, 2013

How to access Facebook in Vietnam?

No access to Facebook in Vietnam! What? Yes, outside some areas of Ho Chi Minh city and some big hotels in other cities of Vietnam, one cannot access Facebook. Absurd as it may sound, it is true. I heard about it from other travelers, but let it slip away from my head then. I got a first hand experience of it when I landed at Mui Ne in Vietnam. I had access to Facebook in Ho Chi Minh city as my friend’s house was in a neighborhood that allowed Facebook access. But, unfortunately for me that was my last access to Facebook in Vietnam.

Vietnam, like China has blocked Facebook access through all its Internet Service Providers. This might solve its purpose for managing government issues, but it is a big pain for tourists who use it for connecting with friends and family and for people like me who need Facebook access to update my page. I was a bit tired the first day, so I let the issue pass, but on the second day, I started trying out various ways to access Facebook in Vietnam through Google. I knew kproxy works in such situations, but it was blocked here too. Then, I tried the dynamic proxy site, one of the more popular engines used for Facebook access in China. They worked for me, but only for 25 minutes, after that I had to subscribe to their paid feature for access. I used the free version for 1 day and then luckily for me, I found a Russian friend, who helped me fix the issue permanently.

This solution ensures that you can access Facebook anywhere in Vietnam through any Internet Service Provider. All you have to do is go to your network and sharing center, find the properties to your ISP and then manually over ride the DNS Server settings to 8.8.8.8. This will ensure that you can access Facebook anywhere in Vietnam.

Happy Facebooking!!



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