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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!

Land travel tips pleeeeease: Saigon to Hanoi

Posted by oranjelamb on 12/8/2007 at 21:27

Hi travelfishers: I am planning a trip from Saigon up to Hanoi. Only have about a week so if anyone has any suggestions on land travel that'd be most helpful. Thinking of a) the open bus trail Saigon-Nha Trang-Hoi An-Hue-Hanoi (staying a night at Hoi An), or b)Saigon-Danang-Hanoi (staying a night at Danang) by train, or c)a possible combination of bus and train? Could be a little strenous considering I don't have that much time, but I'm willing to rough it out. I could fly Saigon-H ...

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Vinh - Border crossing from Laos

Posted by pauljaymes on 16/7/2006 at 00:08

Hi, I'm planning to take the Vientiane-Lak Sao-Cau Treo-Vinh route from Laos to Vietnam. Indications are that I can get an early bus from Vientiane, change in Lak Sao and cross the border getting to Vinh on the same day. However, nowhere can I find any info about Vinh - is there any accomodation, when do the buses/trains leave for Hanoi? all that kind of stuff. Anyone done this route? Any tips? P ...

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1 week in Cambodia vs 3rd week in Northern Vietnam?

Posted by karuthless on 9/6/2011 at 08:39

Hi guys. As part of a larger 2 month Southeast Asia tour in September/August, a friend and I will be spending time in Northern Vietnam, Laos, and possibly Cambodia. The general preference in terms of travel style is: keep the overly touristed places to a minimum, without missing out on must-sees (eg Halong), generally trying to get a feel for the place/locals/way of life (eg just sitting around in cafes and walking around, instead of rushing from museum to mausoleum), without being drowned in pa ...

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junk cruises Halong bay

Posted by kevnic on 8/6/2011 at 06:18

Has anyone been on a junk cruise in Halong bay with Intrepid? I am told they own & operate their own junk boats using local crews. I am very interested what peoples experieces have been. I have found the more research I do on this the more confused I become, looking for an affordable company that have high safety standards, have read a lot of horror stories re- junks, sinking, scammers, rats, cockroaces etc. Also debating if should stay one or two nights. thankyou ...

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The other way to see South Vietnam

Posted by MSboodlefight on 9/6/2011 at 13:38

My recent trip in Ho Chi Minh Vietnam was unforgettable and memorable. We had a "Saigon After Dark Tour" which we experienced the real Saigon life at night. We had our tour with the Vespa Adventure, if u wanna go there, try this one. ...

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Hanoi - Beijing Train

Posted by jonny_lewis07 on 3/6/2011 at 04:17

Hitting Thailand > Laos > Cambodia > Vietnam from September onwards, and just crossed my mind that I may well be in Hanoi towards the end of January 2012. It also came to my attention today that Chinese New Year is February 3rd 2012, and sounds awesome! So obviously, just wondering if anybody has made the trip from North Vietnam to Beijing by train and has any information about price, length, tolerance etc? Plane stories also welcome, but I just figured immediately that it would cost ...

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Looking to buy 2 motorcycles in HCMC (Saigon) Vietnam

Posted by douluvme49 on 1/6/2011 at 19:25

My boyfriend and I are in Ho Chi Minh City right now (June 1) and looking to buy 2 motorcycles to ride up to Hanoi. If anyone is selling any please contact me. Preferably semi automatic, and with all the paperwork and ID cards. My email is Thanks ...

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Nha Trang Boat trip?

Posted by lachiec on 5/6/2011 at 13:52

Hey, from what ive read the island boat tours in Nha Trang seem to be the thing to do. I was wondering if anyone has done one of these lately? This site and lonely planet both recommend Mama Linh but the articles are a few years old. A lot of feedback seems to say that these tours have gone downhill and ive read a few bad reviews of mama linh's tour. So yeh, any recent experiences with good tour operators would be greatly appreciated thanks. ...

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Nha Trang or Sihanoukville

Posted by lachiec on 26/5/2011 at 16:39

Hey guys, Anyone have any recommendations on where to spend more time: Koh Rong/Sihanoukville or Nha Trang/surrounding area?? Will be there in July and want to spend a week at the beach. Cheerrrs ...

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Motor Bikes

Posted by daniel4 on 3/6/2011 at 19:09

Ahmmm! Silly question, but do you need a bike license in Vietnam? If you don't have one, can you use your car driving license? ...

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Vietnam and Thailand in 32 days - please check my itinerary and comment :)

Posted by prankmonkey on 9/2/2010 at 18:20

Dear SE Asia travellers, My girlfriend and I are planning a trip to Vietnam and Thailand, arriving in HCMC on the evening of 8 July and returning home from Bangkok on 8 August. I've put together an itinerary and would be very grateful if some experienced travellers could cast their eye over it. Recommendations, suggestions, changes would be greatly appreciated. We've included a few internal flights to save time. Here we go... Day 1 - HCMC Day 2 - HCMC Day 3 - HCMC (day trip to tunnels) ...

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2 motorbikes for sale in Hanoi!!

Posted by hayoub86 on 3/6/2011 at 17:01

Hello, If you're planning to adventure the fascinating Ho Chi Minh trail from Hanoi to HCMC/Saigon, we have two Honda's ready to go on this priceless excursion! For any info just reply to this thread.. ...

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Pho joints in Saigon - Update (and a comment on weasel poop coffee)

Posted by amazon_blonde on 8/3/2009 at 20:42

Just a little update to the noodle soup places listed in the Food & Drink section for Saigon, based on what I've found in the last few days ... Bun Bo Xu (listed at 4A Tran Hung Dao) is no longer there - the location is a bubble tea shop. But 3A3 Bun Bo Hue now has an outlet at 99 Pham Ngu Lao. A bowl of BBH Bo Tai is now about 26,000 dong. There are now at least 3 Pho 24 outlets near Ben Thanh market - one on the east side and one on the west side. But the pho is pricey, a bowl is now 3 ...

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Resort in Ha Long - Cat ba

Posted by Donal01 on 22/7/2010 at 14:24

Hi, My wife and I would like book Ha Long - cat ba ( 3days/2nights). overnight on Boat and resort. but my budget about : 90 - 150USD/person. Who can recommend to us? thanks ...

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Hanoi to Hong Kong

Posted by daniel4 on 1/6/2011 at 22:41

Hey everyone - I'm new to this forum and have really been impressed with the shared wealth and experience that people here have to offer. With this in mind, I was wondering whether anyone knows of the cheapest way to get from Hanoi to Hong Kong (no train )? What cheap airlines would you use? I'm traveling in the first week of August? Many thanks ...

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Hoian Stay

Posted by gatvietnam on 24/5/2011 at 15:26

What would we do if Hoian rained in our holidays? Go to somewhere else? Or .. ...

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eating snake in vietnam

Posted by moxy43 on 21/8/2007 at 03:13

My son and I are going to Vietnam in the spring, and has this thing in his head about eating snake hearts and drinking the blood to increase his sex life. dose anybody now whare you can do this? ...

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Ho Chi Minh City accommodation

Posted by markharrison on 24/5/2011 at 12:25

Am hoping to travel to Ho Chi Minh City for a 3-4 night stay with my family in January next year. I could do with some advice in regard to family friendly accommodation (I have a wife and three teenage daughters). Am looking for accommodation that is relatively central, not overly expensive (and a pool would be a nice bonus)! ...

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Vietnam Hotel,Flight and Location Guide

Posted by koala4u on 5/12/2008 at 09:02

I have travelled to Vietnam several times and have Vietnamese foster family,my Sis is in HCMC. Even for me though it is a headache to locate where hotels are and where street locations are? I am leaving for Vietnam this saturday for 5 weeks,and have found travelfish very helpful,so I join to help others if I can? 1. Finally found a way to locate addresses in Vietnam and hotel locations,and in English..^_* My Sis finally cracked is called,a Vietnamese 'Melways' so to spe ...

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Viewed 3,543 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by MsMalika on 31/5/2011 at 15:29

easy riding: warnings and recommendations

Posted by maria_s on 8/12/2009 at 13:08

when I was in dalat, I wanted to take an easy rider-trip to saigon via mui ne, and looked for the riders on a sunny afternoon. I walked into the "hangout cafe" because travelfish told me to do so :) there was nobody inside (bad sign) so I asked the barkeeper and he called a guy who showed up some minutes after that. his name was tuan and he spoke excellent english and seemed to know a lot of stuff. we chatted about possible routes and it seemed that anything is possible, and when I asked him, ...

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