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If you're a first time visitor to Vietnam, we'll point you to the Ha Long Bay thread for points to keep in mind when selecting the right Ha Long Bay tour for you. If you've questions about a potential itinerary, do take a look at the itinerary section of the site as well. We'll also apologise in advance for the persistent spamming by Vietnam-based travel agents -- we do try to delete them as quickly as they come in. Sorry!

Hanoi to Quan Lan

Posted by piokopze on 24/9/2015 at 15:08

Hey All, Looking to get to Quan Lan island from Hanoi. I have searched the forum, and there is a thread is a couple of years old - so would like to check if there is updated information. Hopefully i can make the journey in less than a day. I am travelling alone, don't speak the language except few basic phrases. Thanks. ...

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Vietnam: full review

Posted by CookieNguyen on 14/9/2015 at 09:04

Vietnam answers the question "What if Filipinos were really tall? but not the women, though". Don't go to Vietnam if you're fat and/or black. Let me start by warning 2 very specific demographics, I'm a member of both and I can tell you that wherever you go there will be people taunting you and more people will laugh at you than a Comedian, in fact if you'd walk around in a clown's costume in the West you'd probably get looked at less than in Vietnam for simply looking non-Asian, but ...

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Advice needed: Nth Vietnam Early/Mid DEC for 4 nights (Hanoi/ Sapa/ Ninh Binh?)

Posted by Greenwoods on 13/9/2015 at 22:41

First post *Forum newbie* Hey guys! We are looking at continuing our journey up NTH from Hoi An for 5 days (4 nights) before flying back to Australia from BKK. Unfortunately we don't have much time so we are looking at it like a Nth Vietnam teaser to be continued at a later date... This post is in regards to the climate/weather in Sapa / Hanoi / Ninh Binh around the first weeks of December (beginning of winter). We have 2 options (as I see it!): 1. Hanoi/ Ninh Binh: Hanoi for 2 nights ...

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Buying essentials in Hanoi?

Posted by cakehoover on 9/9/2015 at 20:34

Hi all I've been travelling in China for a bit and am heading to Hanoi soon. I'd like to stock up on some essentials, could anyone give me some advice on where (or if) it's possible to obtain the following? Good-quality blister plasters - e.g. Compeed Antiseptic cream - e.g. Savlon Hand sanitiser (an essential for China and you can't get it here...) Amazon Kindle - mine went walkabout on the road We're staying in Hang Bac so if anyone knows a good pharmacy (or reliable non-fake source of K ...

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Holidays in hell: Castaway Island

Posted by somtam2000 on 3/8/2015 at 09:13

"Don't go up there," she said. "They're doing lines of their own vomit off the floor." Bless. Quite the story. ...

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14 Days in Vietnam

Posted by jenmalone1 on 11/9/2015 at 09:46

Hi all, I've just after booked flights to Ho Chi Minh arriving the evening of 19th December departing late 5th January, wish i could have more time but that's all i can escape from work. I'm just trying to plan my route during my stay and was hoping for a bit of advice on the following: 19/12 HCMC 20/12 Explore the city 21/12 Fly to Nha Trang 22/12 Relax in Nha Trang 23/12 Explore the surrounding islands of Nha Trang 24/12 Fly Nha Trang to Hoi An 25/12 Xmas Day in Hoi An 26/12 Hoi An 27/12 ...

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Hanoi Accommodation Advice

Posted by zhuang on 13/9/2015 at 10:18

Dear All, I'm very excited as I'll be in Hanoi in 6 days from now. I plan to book the accommodation in Hanoi. I'm thinking of Hanoi Golden Charm Hotel, Hanoi 3B Hotel and Church Legend Hotel. Has anyone stay in these hotels before? Which one is the most convenient - where the airport shuttle ( the tiger air and Vietanam airline shuttle )pass by? Looking forward to hearing from you. ...

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fly from. Vientiane to Hue

Posted by flano_2 on 11/9/2015 at 18:09

Is it possible to fly from Vientiane to Hue? ...

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Voluntary guide to Hanoi trip up to 7/10/2015!

Posted by hadopro on 9/9/2015 at 11:47

Hi, myname is Ha and you probably wonder what the title means and what is "voluntary"¬Ěright? Yes, I mean every word there! If you are going to visit Vietnam and Hanoi in particular, you may be interested in what I say following [img]smileys/bigsmile.gif[/img] 1. Whatdo I do? If you want to enjoy your visit to Hanoi but don't want to book tour for the high price or too being rushed, you may think of the alternatives such as: - Go by yourself! It's great! As you can ...

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Vietnam long stay: Mui Ne hotel/apartment options?

Posted by wilscoop on 9/9/2015 at 08:52

Anyone got any up-to-date info on the cost of renting a house/flat//hotel room in Mui Ne? I'm talking long-stay - at least one month. Also specific leads would be welcome. Thank you. ...

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5 Day Visa for Vietnam travel

Posted by flyer99 on 3/9/2015 at 13:07

Is there any problem getting a transit visa for less than 5 days in Vietnam. I understand you will need airline tickets out within the 5 day period, but just wondering if any other issues. Quite a bit cheaper!! Anyone here have any recent experience with this?? ...

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The standard tourist south to north

Posted by Clay1963 on 30/8/2015 at 18:05

A revised 17-day itinerary. Did not get much response my last itinerary post but maybe because these are just destinations seen on many Vietnam itineraries. Any thoughts on these 5 destinations for a 17-day itinerary in Vietnam? I am not sure what excursion from Hanoi if any. Also, I thought about cutting Hoi An or Hue, or both, and flying to Siem Reap, or just adding those days to Hanoi and HCMC. Also have some interest in Phnom Penh and Luang Prabang (my son mentioned Bangkok) but inste ...

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Visa

Posted by mikal83 on 22/8/2015 at 09:02

We arrive at bkk on a monday afternoon and fly out to Hanoi that Wednesday at 2pm. Have read here that its easiest to get a voa for Vietnam whilst in Asia. Our stay in Vietnam will be about 30 days long. Are we cutting it too fine to get a voa in bkk in less than 2 days? Also I have read that if we get a voa in the uk, b4 we fly out, (mid sept), the 30 days starts from day of issue. My guess to the easiest would be to apply for a 3 month voa now, here in the UK. What company did you use? ...

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Cat Ba islands

Posted by Oakjand on 28/8/2015 at 23:08

I have been communicating with a "reputable" travel agency/tour company in Hanoi. I asked about going to Halong Bay and Cat Ba and they wrote the following, which seems strange: "Cat Ba island is unrecommended because it's almost for local people only." Why would they tell us this? Should I drop this idea? ...

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Sapa and Ha Giang

Posted by zhuang on 16/7/2015 at 12:16

Dear All, We ( 2 ladies) willbe arrive Hanoi on 19 Sep(Sat) and leave from Hanoi on 27 Sept (Sun). We love nature and beautiful landscape. We would like to visit Sapa and Ha Giang. Wewould like to hear advice from experienced tralvellers. Our questions: 1. Is 1 week enoughto visit Ha Giang ( Dong Van Karst Plateu Geopark) , Muong Hua Valley in Sapaand Bac Ha market? 2. We will arrive at Hanoi about 1 pm on Saturday and planto take the night train to Lao Cai , have our breakfast ...

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17-Day Itinerary

Posted by Clay1963 on 19/8/2015 at 00:44

17-Days. Fly into HCMC. Fly out of Hanoi . HCMC (3 nights) (visit a friend, get over jet lag), speedboat to Can Tho Mekong Delta (1 night), fly Can Tho to Da Nang Hoi An (4 nights), fly Da Nang to Hanoi Hanoi (5 nights) Halong Bay (2 day/1 night cruise), seaplane Hanoi to Halong Bay, return bus to Hanoi Sapa (2 nights train and 1 night Sapa) We like cities, culture, history, architecture, food, nice hotels. We enjoy beaches but not seeking them. Have some interest in the Vietnam ...

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2-3 weeks in september

Posted by travelingfamily on 26/8/2015 at 10:29

Hi all! We are two families going to Vietnam in Septembe, 4 adults and 3 children, ages 3-7 y/o. We will be there for a full 2 weeks together and then myself, my husband and our daughter are going to stay for 5 more days. So far we only have our arrival flight booked, so our itinerary is totally flexible. We like hiking, and if it is possible we will loved 1-2d near the beach. So far, my itinerary is: 14/9-15/9 Hanoi 16/9-17/9 Halong Bay 18/9 Hanoi 19/9-21/9 Sa Pa (via night train) 22/9 arrive ...

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Furuya Homestay in Hanoi

Posted by homestayinhanoi on 26/8/2015 at 05:28

Hi There, I am a 30 year old living in Ba Dinh district, Hanoi, Vietnam. I have been working in hospitality in about 10 years. My house has the rooms for rent for shorten stay guests who would like enjoy the real Vietnamese daily life: shopping, eating, living.... My house have all service: house-keeping, tour tailor, car rental,.... [img]https://www.facebook.com/pages/Furuya-Housing-Service/623266664477139?ref=bookmarks[/img] My contact: Duong Van Hien Add: No., 12, Lane 71, Linh Lang str., ...

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What to skip in Vietnam? Travelling 2 weeks in August

Posted by seregua on 2/6/2015 at 07:13

Hi all! First post for me on Travelfish though I have been digging the site for info for all of our recent travels in South East Asia (Thailand twice\ Cambodia \ Malesia \ Indonesia). I am hoping to find some suggestions on how to arrange two weeks in Vietnam + one week in Laos this August. Contrary to most I need suggestions on what to skip! There is just too much to see and our time is limited. First of all: should we limit ourselves to Vietnam? Ideally I have the following plan, any suggestio ...

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two weeks in Vietnam in mid-October

Posted by rj47TK2 on 28/5/2015 at 08:37

Hi! A friend and I are going to Vietnam in mid-October. We will be there for a full 2 weeks. So far we only have our flights booked, so our itinerary is totally flexible. We are flying into Hanoi and flying back from Ho Chi Minh City . We are thinking 3 full days in Hanoi and 3 full days in Ho Chi Minh City. Does that sound about right? We fell in love with Asia when we visited Thailand and Cambodia. We especially enjoy visiting areas that haven't been discovered by a lot of tourists. We re ...

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