And How You Can Unblocked It When You’re Traveling To Vietnam
A nice vacation is exciting and I bet, you’d want to share the experiences with your friends and family on Facebook. But for some reasons just like China, Vietnam government is also blocking Facebook from their country.
Don’t worry… there’s always a way to get around but in this case there are many ways to get around. I will mention a few and then give you an easy and faster solution. And I will show you how to do it too.
Two things I still don’t understand about the blocking is that the blocking seem to be at random and mobile devices don’t get blocked.
Facebook is not blocked all the time. Sometimes you can get on it without any problem at all. There’s no blocking and other times it’s blocked. So don’t think for a second that just because you’re able to logged in your Facebook account without making any changes or workaround that it’s a myth, “Vietnam Blocked Facebook”.
The blocked seem to happened with non-mobile devices like Laptops and PC. Your mobile phones usually don’t get blocked. I don’t remember I ever have to make any changes with my phones to get on Facebook. I am not sure about tablets because I don’t use one. When I have a I need for it then I’ll find out.
How to unblocked Facebook in Vietnam?
It’s pretty easy to access Facebook when you’re in Vietnam with Tor Browser. I used to use this to access my Facebook. It’s not bad. I still use it sometimes but for other reasons. Like accessing other websites that only allowed U.S. users. Tor Browser is a browser that let you surf the internet anonymously. I don’t know exactly how it hide your Vietnam ip. But it does work. You can learn more or download Tor Browser here. The reason I don’t use it for Facebook anymore is because it’s a little slow. And I have a better way. Yes, you can use other browsers like it but that’s not what I use.
You can use VPN Services (Virtual Private Network) like Private Internet Access, TorGuard, IPVanish, etc. There are paid and free services. And there are private and public VPN as well. I am still learning about these VPN myself. I’m having a friend help me setup a private VPN back in the U.S. for me. It’s for other reasons not for accessing Facebook. Accessing Facebook from Vietnam is much easier than that and it’s free.
The best way for me to access Facebook when in Vietnam.
I use Google public DNS. Yep, it’s that easy. If you don’t know anything about DNS like me then no worry. I will walk you through it. It only takes less than 2 minutes to setup and you only need to set it up once. Set it and forget it. It doesn’t harm your machine or slow it down in anywhere. Well, I don’t see any sign in the past 2 1/2 years that I have set it up.
If you’re on Windows 7 then follow these steps below.
- Go to Start > Control Panel.
- Click Network and Internet.
- Click Network and Sharing Center.
- Click Wireless Network Connection
- Click Properties
- Double click Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)
- Make exact changes how the picture below has it. Then click OK.
That’s it! You’ve now unblocked Facebook. You have access to Facebook anytime while you’re traveling Vietnam. Takes lot of pictures and share them with your family and friends on Facebook.
Note: If you have other Operating System then it’s pretty much the same. Just get to your Control Panel and start there. Its just look a little different but they all work the same. And if you’re wondering what is 188.8.131.52 and 184.108.40.206 then you’re happy to know that its Google public DNS. It’s reliable.
Update June 7, 2014
I’ve just found out more about mobile devices and Facebook in Vietnam. It’s not that mobile devices are not blocked but it’s Facebook app that’s not blocked. I’ve found that out when I noticed that my website VietnamTravelable.com’s Facebook widget not displaying on my mobile phone’s browser. I don’t usually use my browser to get on Facebook so I don’t noticed the blocked. The Facebook app works great. So anyway if you want to use your mobile device browsers to surf Facebook then it’s just as easy as your laptop, change your DNS to Google Public DNS.
No worry, it gets even easier. Go to Google Play Store and search for any “DNS Changer” apps. Install and open it. Then change the DNS. Some apps even have the Google Public DNS as an option to change to. You might have to reboot to get it to work. You’re done.