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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!

Buying flights from Ho Chi Minh city to Thailand?

Posted by mrnice88 on 22/4/2010 at 17:05

Hello everyone Im hoping to save a bit of time by maybe getting a flight from Ho Chi Minh city to Phukhet if it is possible. Ive had a search around and the flight are very expensive. I was wondering if anyone had any tips on what would be the best way to get to Phukhet from Ho Chi Minh and maybe cut down on travel and time? Any answers appreciated Many Thanks Danny ...

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Conical hats?

Posted by omnithought on 20/4/2010 at 11:32

This may be a stupid question, but perhaps it's worth asking. With the weather in Vietnam, it seems the conical hat would be rather practical. Is it seen as ridiculous if a tourist wears one? Do the Vietnamese have any stigmas regarding that? Or is it a non-issue? ...

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Viewed 1,409 times, with 5 replies. Last reply by Archmichael on 22/4/2010 at 10:26

Favourite Hanoi eating spots

Posted by swag on 7/4/2010 at 11:39

Hi we will be in Hanoi off+on for 3 weeks this June. Both very keen on enjoying as much local fare as possible.Would love to hear of some peoples personal favourites. This could be street stalls,cafes,restaurants whatever. cheers ...

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Hanoi to Laos

Posted by jxs336 on 18/4/2010 at 05:16

does anyone know the cost to take a flight or train? and the time difference ...

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Viewed 1,395 times, with 6 replies. Last reply by MADMAC on 21/4/2010 at 15:23

WANTED minsk in Siagon/HCMC

Posted by archie15963 on 10/4/2010 at 11:57

Hi, im looking to do a bike tour around vietnam and looking for a bike/Minsk in siagon/HCMC if anyone has one please contact me on 01686515783 (viet) or archis01@student.uwa.edu.au cheers ...

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Best way to Cao Bang from Hanoi?

Posted by omnithought on 16/4/2010 at 03:05

When I take my trip to Vietnam, I'd like to check out Cao Bang. I'm having a hard time finding reliable info on the best way to get there from Hanoi. I don't want to join a tour. Wondering if I should take a bus to Lang Son first, or if I can get directly to Cao Bang from Hanoi. Anyone have knowledge of modes of transportation, their cost, timeline and comfort? Thanks much! ...

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Downpouring 4 days in Sapa--What to do? Help!

Posted by Lucie27 on 15/4/2010 at 07:26

Hi all, We arrived in Sapa yesterday and went on a short tour of a village via motobikes. We planned for an extensive tour today and woke up to the streets flooded with rain--a thunderstorm! Forecast says it will rain etc. for next 3 days--we must leave in 2 to catch a plain. While we are glad that the rain with help the dry rice crop this year, we are destitute, not knowing what to do now that we are here. Please help us find an itinerary in the monsoon! Thanks, Lucie ...

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Viewed 5,169 times, with 6 replies. Last reply by MADMAC on 17/4/2010 at 01:16

Hanoi-Halong Bay Train By Dongrim Transport

Posted by wombatfuz on 16/4/2010 at 10:31

Has anyone taken the Hanoi to Halong Bay tourist train operated by Dongrim Railway Transport Co of Korea Is it still in operation? Read on seat61 website that this train may have been discontinued. Appreciate any information on it ...

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Viewed 2,716 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by stillgoing on 16/4/2010 at 19:00

2 days in Ho Chi Minh

Posted by travisunderwood on 6/4/2010 at 10:45

Have a 2 day lay over in Ho Chi Minh city. Any suggestions on must see/what to do? Thanks! ...

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7 weeks in SE Asia trip plan, would you change sth?

Posted by AlexBCN on 22/3/2010 at 17:40

Hi Everyone, First of all, I would like to thank Travelfish, as this website has turned out to be really useful when planning my trip, so I would like to hear any suggestions you may have on my trip plan, considering time of the year travelling, lenght of the trip... I am leaving with my partner in the 1st of July and and we are planning to spend 3/4 days in Bangkok and take the overnight North train to Laos after that, visiting Vientiane (probably a couple of days), and then head north ...

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Viewed 3,396 times, with 6 replies. Last reply by Puggles on 15/4/2010 at 12:51

Please check my itinerary

Posted by kitsune on 10/4/2010 at 22:18

Hello! First of all, this forum has provided me with some invaluable information in the last weeks. Thank you! I'm off next month for two months to SE Asia. I'm planning to visit Vietnam, Camboya, Laos, Thailand, Malasia y Singapur. I've finally finished my Vietnam-Camboya itinerary (although I do not know what to do next... shall I go to Laos 4000 islands? or start directly in Vientiane and then go up and then down in Thailand? Argh! Lao Airlines is soooo expensive!) Could you please check ...

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crossing boarder from thailand to laos

Posted by jkariyadasa on 14/4/2010 at 00:03

i wish to cross boarder in nest august.if unrest prevails in thailand caused by red shirt what shall ido? ...

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Viewed 1,397 times, with 1 reply. Last reply by christay2009 on 14/4/2010 at 03:42

Recent Travel between Nha Trang & Quang Ngai?

Posted by Archmichael on 10/4/2010 at 21:26

Hi: Has anyone traveled recently (last couple of months) between Nha Trang and Quang Ngai? I am looking for some information about schedules for bus, train, mini-bus, whatever, between the two cities. Thanks! ...

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Viewed 3,376 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by Archmichael on 11/4/2010 at 20:59

2 Minsks for sale Ha Noi 3rd May 2010

Posted by jamlove on 11/4/2010 at 20:28

Two minsks for sale at the beginning of May, these bikes have been loved and well looked after see them buy them, contact +(84)0946486625 ...

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Viewed 1,353 times, with 1 reply. Last reply by jamlove on 11/4/2010 at 20:35

Arrive in Dong Hoi at 1 PM, any advice to plan a trip?

Posted by Parinya on 7/4/2010 at 23:35

I plan to fly from HCMC to Dong Hoi . I want to visit Phong Nha and Tien Son (dry) cave. After the cave I want to go to Hue and Hoi An, Nha Trang all the way down to HCMC. I also want to visit Vinh Moc Tunnels and the Ben Hai River bridge and monument. What should I do? The plane will arrive in Dong Hoi at 1 PM. I've got to check in the hotel and ready to travel around 2 PM (hopefully). It seems like I won't have time to go to the cave until next day. 1. Is it possilbe to rent a ...

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Viewed 2,550 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by stillgoing on 11/4/2010 at 12:35

visitors to your room

Posted by vin4564 on 26/1/2007 at 02:00

i had read somwhere that you couldnt have vietnamese woman in your hotel room -- is that in fact true--the local police harass you and come into your room to enforce it ...

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Viewed 2,759 times, with 6 replies. Last reply by 69bertie on 10/4/2010 at 22:21

Mai Linh Bus to Can Tho

Posted by nzlup on 11/2/2010 at 11:48

First day in Vietnam after 7 in Cambodia. We got a Mai Linh minibus from Chau Doc to Can Tho. All went pretty well except that at a roadside stop where a Viet passenger got off, a couple of men inserted themselves and started yelling at the foreigners (4 of us in the back) to "get out" , "Can Tho here" and pulling at arms that they could reach to try to pull us out of the bus. I was confused and the 2 girls were very upset to say the least. The driver said nothing and eventually told t ...

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Viewed 10,327 times, with 6 replies. Last reply by Vxh on 10/4/2010 at 12:57

From Tam Coc to Sapa

Posted by AlexBCN on 9/4/2010 at 23:30

Hi, I was planning my trip in North Vietnam, and was wondering if there is any way to go from Tam Coc to Sapa without having to head back to Hanoi. Is the overnight train to Sapa stopping anywhere or is it direct? Many thanks for the help travellers! ...

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Viewed 1,598 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by lexkssnbrg on 10/4/2010 at 11:05

10 days in North Vietnam, how to split them?

Posted by AlexBCN on 6/4/2010 at 22:12

Hi, We have around 10 days in North Vietnam before we head south... My initial plan was to spend: - 3D/2N in Halong Bay (is is better to book in Hanoi or wait until you reach Halong Bay?) - 3D/2N in Sapa , we would like to do some trekking to visit minorities village (any recommendations on good guides, etc.) - 3D/2N in Hanoi, one day possibly to visit the Perfume Pagoda (and the rest to visit the city). If anyone can please, give me some tips what's best to visit, where to ...

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Viewed 3,456 times, with 3 replies. Last reply by LaureneCao on 9/4/2010 at 17:16

Flight from HCMC to Los Angeles

Posted by grahamoleson on 7/4/2010 at 09:21

Hi all, I'm looking to buy a one way ticket home from HCMC to Los Angeles around June 20, 2010. I'm flexible with the exact date. Please share advice on where to find the best deal. Thank you and have a great day! --Graham ...

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