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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!

Anyone stayed in/heard of the Golden Land Hotel in Hanoi

Posted by Gabrielah on 27/2/2010 at 09:36

I found out about it via trip advisor, and it has nearly perfect reviews. I haven't read about it anywhere else though, so I'm a bit wary. A friend recommended the Camellia hotel Hanoi, but I can afford something a bit nicer. (Golden Land Hotel is in the same area as Camellia hotel Hanoi.) If anyone knows anything about this spot, let me know! Thanks! ...

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Viewed 2,017 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by Gabrielah on 5/3/2010 at 15:29


Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia in a month

Posted by kye1 on 1/3/2010 at 10:04

Hi all, Im heading over to Vietnam, cambodia and Loas for a month in July and was going to fly in and out of Ho Chi Min. Then i was going to head up through cambodia and laos to Hanio and back down the coast of Vietnam. Just wondering what ppl thought were the best things to see through here and if i was wasting my time and should fly to major cities and look around the area instead of traveling on bus, scooter, boat (what ever) right through. Any tips would be muchly appreciated. I was also ...

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Viewed 3,835 times, with 5 replies. Last reply by Archmichael on 5/3/2010 at 11:45

Ripped off on public buses in Hanoi

Posted by rakkie on 6/2/2010 at 08:16

I recently visited Hanoi for the first time and decided to catch the public bus (#17) from the airport to save money. They charged me 50000 dong for me ticket which seemed expensive but they refused to give me any change even though I tried to argue (I later found out this was 10 times the normal price). I've never had problems with bus drivers in any other countries, so is there a good strategy to avoid this in Hanoi? ...

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Vang vieng to hanoi

Posted by tdandkk83 on 23/2/2010 at 21:02

i am going to asia for two months, i plan on flying to a number of places, but to save money i may get the bus, is the trip from vang vieng to hanoi really as bad as they say? the flight here appears to be expensive so i am thinking of using another aleternative but the buss appears to be the only option ...

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How long in Vietnam, Cambodia & Laos?

Posted by Vee on 28/2/2010 at 22:42

Hi, We have a month planned for Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. but we are not sure how long to spend to spend in each country? we were thinking Vietnam: 2 weeks Cambodia: 1 week Laos: 4 days the rest of the time being allowed for travel. Also, what would be the MUST SEES in these countries? thank you so much!!! Vee ...

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Viewed 5,890 times, with 6 replies. Last reply by francesstella on 3/3/2010 at 00:17

flying solo in Vietnam and Cambodia

Posted by FlashWanderer on 16/2/2010 at 16:14

Hi fellow TBs, I'm new to the site and even though I've gone over many postings covering similar topics...here we go again. The initial plan was to book with a tour group for both Vietnam and Cambodia, but after 3+ weeks of full-on-pre-plan-stress over 'ideal' itineraries, budgets, and the pursuit of CLEAN accommodations, I find myself without a tour booking and somehow feeling some semblance of calm about flying solo. How'd that happen? So in the interest of continuing the state of ...

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Viewed 2,722 times, with 11 replies. Last reply by FlashWanderer on 2/3/2010 at 17:05

Trekking/cycling tour in central/north Vietnam - recommendations?

Posted by mamaamis on 1/3/2010 at 09:33

I'll be traveling in Vietnam for 12 days in March, and I would like to do a combo motorcycling and trekking tour of the central and/or northern highlands. I'd like to travel for 4-5 days, working my way south to the coast, where I'll hang out somewhere between Danang to Nha Trang. I'm interested in cultural experiences and good scenery, basic clean budget accommodations and good local food, and I'd like to do some hiking in between stretches of motorbiking. I'm a fairly seasoned traveler ...

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Vietnam, Cambodia & Laos - In 11 days?

Posted by rooster on 8/2/2008 at 17:53

My freinds and I are due to travel to Hanoi on 17/03 returning from Hanoi on 28/03. This gives us 11 days, which we are hoping to go around Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. This is the provisional destination hittng list we have (to go round in this order) -Hanoi -Halong Bay or Hue -Hoi An -HCMC (Saigon) -Siem Reap (Angkor) -Phnom Penh -Vientiane -Luang Prabang -Hanoi There is a lot there so here are the Qs: 1) Time: is it feasible to do this within 11 days? 2) Priorities: Wha ...

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Viewed 3,482 times, with 20 replies. Last reply by christay2009 on 28/2/2010 at 02:27

Genuines and Fakes (Travel Agencies, Tours etc)

Posted by Shahmatt on 24/12/2009 at 09:42

Hi all. In my research on Vietnam travel I've found far too many fake agencies that use the name of established players to get ahead. This has been very irritating and extremely worrying, and I hate worrying when on holiday. I want to confirm the correct websites for the genuine agencies. I would appreciate it if users here could post up what they believe is the correct website and what the source of their information is if any (for example: Lonely Planet, edition XXX, page XX). Since pos ...

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Viewed 3,757 times, with 3 replies. Last reply by rubic on 27/2/2010 at 11:22

Fly or not from HCMC?

Posted by markacino on 24/2/2010 at 11:35

Hey all, am going to be in HCMC for a few nights before heading up north. I was planning on flying straight to Danang. Then spend a couple of weeks around danang/hoi an/hue. Then flying on up too Hanoi. I would be there mid May, so I am assuming weather would be nice for sightseeing/beaches etc. The other option is taking the train or open bus up to mid vietnam and seeing some sights on the way. This option would obviously limit my time in Danang/HoiAn/Hue due to the longer trip. I ...

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Viewed 1,044 times, with 6 replies. Last reply by daawgon on 26/2/2010 at 16:06

What to do / where to stay for 1 week in northern Vietnam in September

Posted by JesseJames12 on 23/2/2010 at 22:37

I plan to spend the second week of September in north / north central Vietnam flying in and out of Hanoi. I would like to hit 2 or 3 destinations, but cant decide where to go. The trip is the second half of my honeymoon, the first half will be spent on the beach in indonesia. The idea is to get out of the city for some adventure and culture, but still find some nice places to crash at night (aka. to keep the fiance happy and be romantic). Any suggestions of where to go and where to ...

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Viewed 2,908 times, with 3 replies. Last reply by JesseJames12 on 24/2/2010 at 23:33

Vietnam Visa - photo

Posted by FlashWanderer on 22/2/2010 at 14:58

Hi fellow travellers, I just received my visa a couple of days ago, and was pleasantly surprised because apparently I was told the Embassy in Canada was on holiday for the week. In anycase, the local travel agent (here in Canada) that helped me arrange my visa, expressed concern over my photo on the visa being black and white. Even though I submitted a colour one, it came back b/w. She's a specialist in Vietnam travel so I assume she knows what she's talking about when she says the phot ...

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Viewed 2,905 times, with 7 replies. Last reply by travel2vietnam2010 on 24/2/2010 at 23:17

Nha Trang Island day-trips - As bad as they sound?

Posted by WonderingTsar on 22/2/2010 at 08:57

Does anyone have good experiences of day trips to the islands around Nha Trang? I'm here (Nha Trang) and have collected a pile of (near-identical) itineries (see below) from various travel desks. Are these as bad as they sound? Has anyone been on this and loved it, or found a less tacky version. 0830 Pick up from your hotel 0915 The exciting boat trip starts 1000-11h30 AT MUN ISLAND Snorkelling on the extraordinary coral reefs which are covered with the multicoloured fishes 11h4 ...

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Viewed 12,403 times, with 6 replies. Last reply by foieslinger on 24/2/2010 at 20:46

Vietnam & Laos in 15 days?

Posted by lolamcg on 23/2/2010 at 03:17

Hello All, A friend and I are flying into Hanoi on March 5th and out of Ho Chi Minh on March 20th. Rather than spend so much time traveling down the coast, we thought it might be worth the flight cost to hit up Laos instead. Do you think this itinerary will work for us? I understand that less is more, but when you have full time jobs, two weeks a year is all you get and we want to make the most of it. Sadly, another trip back to Asia anytime soon is unlikely, and I've already seen and lov ...

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Viewed 1,223 times, with 5 replies. Last reply by daawgon on 24/2/2010 at 07:17

Flights to Vietnam

Posted by John67 on 15/2/2010 at 20:29

Just a quickie, I'm looking to go to Vietnam in March for 3-4 weeks travelling from Hanoi down to Saigon. Is it easier/cheaper to fly in and out of Bangkok with internal flights to Hanoi at the start and at the end from HCMC to BKK or get international flights in and out of the two Vietnamese cities ? Thanks John ...

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Viewed 1,275 times, with 6 replies. Last reply by NYTim on 22/2/2010 at 20:36

about Sinh cafe tours and tours in Sapa

Posted by laus on 19/2/2010 at 02:11

Hi!! I've read a lot about the bad and good experiences with the tours in Vietnam and I can conclude that Sinh Cafe is one of the better choices. Is that true???, do you know the address of their office in Hanoi and HCMC?? I really want to do some tours: Halong Bay, The Perfume Pagoda and Mekong Delta... I think I can get a better price if I book the tours in their office, isn't it???... is this their website: http://www.thesinhtourist.vn??? I also want to do a tour in Sapa and I've ...

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Viewed 4,724 times, with 3 replies. Last reply by rawjer on 21/2/2010 at 20:04

1 Week in September: Vietnam or Cambodia?

Posted by JesseJames12 on 6/2/2010 at 03:07

We are planning to spend the second half of my honeymoon (1 week) in either Vietnam or Cambodia in the middle of September 2010. We will be in Bali for the first half of the trip so we are not looking to spend time at the beach, but rather soak up the culture, scenery and food. If we go to Vietnam we are thinking about traveling around the North and ending up in Hanoi. I have not looked into Cambodia much, so i dont know were we would go if we decided on spending the week there. In particu ...

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Viewed 3,109 times, with 7 replies. Last reply by nasmej11 on 20/2/2010 at 16:52

Hanoi Traffic!

Posted by grasshopper322 on 10/1/2010 at 03:09

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rSsqEtmrDEY whoops...left off the url ...

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Viewed 2,013 times, with 13 replies. Last reply by daawgon on 20/2/2010 at 09:27

Train/Bus Travel Planning

Posted by smudge86 on 19/2/2010 at 04:42

Was just interested how far in advance people would recommend planning train or bus journeys in Vietnam (or any other country in Indochina)? and how clued up they are on the stations and routes before they touch down in the country? Obviously it helps to have good knowledge of the routes and stations regarding the destinations you wish to visit, but realistically how easy is it to get from A to B? I realise this is quite a general question because it depends on when and where, but any feed ...

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Viewed 1,067 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by smudge86 on 19/2/2010 at 15:44

Vietnam Visa but no particular dates

Posted by zoedimak on 17/2/2010 at 02:53

Hi! Sorry for posting another visa related question.. I know the visa for Vietnam is a tricky one as you need to get one in advance and not in arrival. I want to arrange the papers and everything but I don't have a ticket, or anything that proves when I'll be going in or out yet. We are planning to do the whole Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam etc trip but only have a ticket for Thailand so far and no fixed dates or papers for the rest? Any advice? Thanks in advance! z ...

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Viewed 1,185 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by rebeccafarrent on 18/2/2010 at 11:12


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