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Travelling from Saigon to Hanoi March 2011

Posted by Supergundo on 17/2/2011 at 22:17

Hey, I am 21yo British male looking for a travel buddy (or two) to go through Vietnam from south to north with. I will have been travelling in SE Asia for 6 weeks with two friends but we are heading off in separate directions for the second half of our trip. Some of the stops in between would be something like Mui Ne, Nha Trang, Hoi An, Hue and of course Ha Long Bay. Let me know what you think!

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Posted by Manners on 18/2/2011 at 06:17

Have you thought about doing a tour, or do you want to do it off your own back?

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Posted by Supergundo on 18/2/2011 at 16:06

I'm not too keen on the idea of a tour.. although in fairness I haven't looked at any. Have you seen one that looks good?

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Posted by Manners on 19/2/2011 at 14:43

I am doing a tour just because I am a young female travelling alone...with no sense of direction at all!! Plus I thought it would be a great chance to meet people to share my experience with. I'm doing mine through Gap Adventures I think it's called - I booked it through STA. It's called Roam Cambodia Vietnam and lasts about 20 days - all accom and travel sorted so makes life a lil easier. You should check it out.

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Posted by emily01 on 20/2/2011 at 16:42

I'm travelling the opposite direction in March! Might catch you somewhere around the middle!

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Posted by ryder80 on 21/2/2011 at 20:44

hi manners,

how much do these sort of tours cost, i know it all depends, since each one will differ from another, but just an idea... is there a website?

and i guess there all tour packages available for most of SE asia, i'm planning a 3 month back pack trip, and have no sense of direction either...

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Posted by Manners on 23/2/2011 at 16:28

Hi ryder

My tour cost me $2130NZ for a 20 day tour from Bangkok through Cambodia to Vietnam...includes all accommodation and travel with a tour guide to help you out so it's a good idea if you are travelling alone - if the tour is full there should end up being about 12 of you. I booked mine through STA Travel but I think the tour company is called Gap Adventures - they do all sorts of different tours to different places.

I haven't been on the tour yet - still got two weeks to go so can't judge yet but have heard a lot of good things

Hope this helps

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Posted by Supergundo on 26/2/2011 at 13:29

Hi Manners

I'm now in Cambodia already so I think the horse has probably bolted on that tour, hope it is a good one though.

If anybody will be in Phnom Penh in about 10 days from now and is looking for somebody to cross the border (at Chau Doc on the Vietnam side, not sure what the town on the Cambodian side is called...) with let me know.

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Posted by ganheplovely on 6/3/2011 at 18:41

Posted from within Vietnam.

Hello,
Will you head to Hanoi before Halong bay? Hope catch you there and i join you Halong bay :)

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Posted by Supergundo on 7/3/2011 at 16:10

Yeah I will be in Hanoi before Halong bay, any company will be good. Probably some time around the 25th March.

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Posted by emily01 on 8/3/2011 at 18:23

Posted from within Vietnam.

Let me know if you get to Hoi An soon... I'm here for a few days. Wont make the trip with you but would be nice to meet someone new!

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Posted by Supergundo on 15/3/2011 at 13:13

emily01 - I'll be in Nha Trang tomorrow morning for 3 days, let me know if you will be around. Sorry it's taken ages to reply.. I have been loving life in Saigon too much.

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Posted by adro48itly on 15/3/2011 at 23:28

I did the train stint from Saigon to Hanoi , so got to see some more of Vietnam in passing. I stopped at Hue, Hoi An and Mui Ne on the way down. The train journey was tremendous travel. When you get to Hanoi don't miss the Water Puppet Performance - well worth seeing. I've just put up a post about it. if you want to read it, check it out at
http://vietnamtrails.wordpress.com/2011/01/23/from-haggling-to-a-hanoi-water-puppet-performance/
enjoy your trip.

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