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Vietnam queries - advice needed

  • eagerbeaver

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    14th May, 2007
    Posts: 8

    Hey, I’m traveling to Vietnam in late June and have a few queries. I’d appreciate any advice:

    1) Is two days enough to spend in Saigon (not including a Mekong Delta) or is three days recommended?

    2) Has anyone been to Ha Long bay in June? Does the mist/fog make the visibility very poor?

    3) Is the Perfume Pagoda outside Hanoi worth a visit?

    4) I’m planning to spend 2/3 days in Sapa. Would you recommend buying a full tour from a travel agent in Hanoi or hiring a local guide after arriving in Sapa?

    If I find a guide immediately upon arrival in Sapa, are they usually willing to start the trek on that very same day or does the trek usually start on the next day?

    If I travel to Sapa independently, is it much cheaper to buy train tickets from Hanoi to Lao Cai at the train station in Hanoi rather than from a travel agent in Hanoi?

    Many thanks in advance for your help!

    #1 Posted: 21/5/2007 - 06:02

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  • robstuar

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    18th May, 2007
    Posts: 10

    1) Is two days enough to spend in Saigon (not including a Mekong Delta) or is three days recommended?

    **Two full days is enough if you're on a tight timetable.

    2) Has anyone been to Ha Long bay in June? Does the mist/fog make the visibility very poor?

    **Maybe we were lucky, but we were there in late June, and it was perfect.

    3) Is the Perfume Pagoda outside Hanoi worth a visit?

    ** It is a very strenuous trek, and the "pagoda" is not that wonderful. Put your effort & time into Tam Coc.

    4) I’m planning to spend 2/3 days in Sapa. Would you recommend buying a full tour from a travel agent in Hanoi or hiring a local guide after arriving in Sapa?

    ** Probably better in Sapa. Go to the Mountainview Hotel for advice.

    If I find a guide immediately upon arrival in Sapa, are they usually willing to start the trek on that very same day or does the trek usually start on the next day?

    ** If this is an issue, then it's better to make arrangements in Hanoi. Look at the APT TRAVEL website.

    If I travel to Sapa independently, is it much cheaper to buy train tickets from Hanoi to Lao Cai at the train station in Hanoi rather than from a travel agent in Hanoi?

    **You might spend hours of frustration to save a dollar. Make sure you're driven to the right station. There are two, you know, about 4 blocks apart in very congested traffic.

    Robin & Stuart

    #2 Posted: 21/5/2007 - 13:25

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