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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!

Markets - Sapa, Bac Ha purchases

Posted by takemeplaces on 12/12/2014 at 22:01

I would love to know, what's you're best purchases from markets around SE.asia? Bac ha, sapa colourful ethnic bags are popular- how much can you expect to pay for a small, medium and large bag? And can you find these hmong bags outside of northern vietnam - if so are they authentic and cheaper? -same with scarves, skirts etc -has anyone found some quirky jewellery finds at markets? If so- expected price of large colorful or silver tribal necklaces, earrings, rings etc? What markets did you ...

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Saigon to Kep in Cambodia

Posted by jpwiggy on 4/12/2014 at 21:38

Does anyone know if there is a bus that goes from HCMC to anywhere near to Kep? Currently in Mui Ne and want to go to Saigon/Mekong delta and perhaps Phu Quoc Island for a few days, then we move onto Cambodia (Kep). Many thanks Jonathan ...

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Vietnam during December 2014

Posted by ksmith3899 on 18/10/2014 at 13:08

Hi I am planning a back packing trip (first time) to Vietnam during December 2014 and early January 2015. I do not have specific plans and would like to 'wing' it and decide where to go as when I am there. Can anyone assist with up to date information on accommodation availability during this time, is it possible to book a few days in advance, I am quite happy to try hostels, guesthouses, hotels etc. Any up to date information woud be greatly appreciated. Thanks Ken ...

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Does arriving w/o photo for Vietnam Visa on Arrival slow things?

Posted by Chilliano on 1/12/2014 at 20:50

I found an earlier thread from 2013, but rather than revive an old one, thought I'd start new. I understand that if I arrive at SGN without a photo, I can get it taken there for a $2 fee. My question is whether or not this adds an extra step, different line, or extra time to the process. The $2 fee is cheaper than getting new passports taken before my trip, but if arriving without a photo adds more time... well, I reckon I'll go get the pics in advance. So, advice? Is getting/paying for ph ...

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Vietnam with teens for 21 days - which places to visit?

Posted by Familyman on 7/10/2014 at 14:17

Dear fellow travelers, We are a family of 4 who will be travelling to Vietnam for the first time in August 2015 for 21 days with two teens(15/17). During this trip we would like to visit: "¢ Hanoi "¢ Halong Bay "¢ Ninh Binh "¢ Hue "¢ Hoi An (beach) "¢ Ho Chi Min City "¢ Cu Chi "¢ Mekong Delta While traveling tru Vietnam we would like to stay at small boutique hotels with good beds (since I've got a poor back), airco, wifi and preferably a pool ...

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Surfing in Vietnam (january)

Posted by Pohjoisenpoika on 14/11/2014 at 03:22

Is there any descent surfing in Vietnam during January? I´ve read that Nha trang and Mui ne could possibly have spots. I´m pretty much beginner so I dont need waves that big. Thanks! ...

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Beware of Lily (179 De Tham St.) HCM

Posted by localnations on 20/4/2012 at 13:03

Lily is a bar near Go2 on the corner of De Tham and Bui Vien and I want to do as much as possible to warn people about it. Of course I want to do anything to hurt their business after what happened to me there a couple nights ago. There will probably be no other way to get back at them, but I want to do something to damage their business. Everyone should know what could happen to you. On Wednesday night, I went out by myself. I met a nice Russian girl, a Japanese guy and a few americans at some ...

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Ha Long bay in Mid December 2014

Posted by maniscomp on 6/11/2014 at 08:17

Hi, I am south indian male (31), traveling to Hanoi on Mid december 2014 (19-26), I am traveling solo, Like to meet some solo travel buddy. hit me if like to join and plan itinerary. ...

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Sinh cafe

Posted by jan1 on 14/11/2014 at 04:16

Hi Has sinh cafe in HCMC changed it name to Sinh tourist ? does any one have a link to it please Thanks Jan ...

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Should I Skip Hue?

Posted by BlingDiva on 20/11/2014 at 14:20

We are traveling to Vietnam in June. We have limited time. Originally I was going to visit Hue for two days. Now that I've done even more research Hanoi sounds really great and I only have 1day there. Should I skip Hue and add those two days to Hanoi? We are planning to spend 4 days in Hoi An. Your thoughts are appreciated. Thanks. ...

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Mekong Delta with a toddler

Posted by EchoEcho on 19/11/2014 at 23:00

Hi everyone We are booked to fly into HCMC mid-March next year for two weeks, me, my partner and daughter who will be by then 22 months old. We recently visited East Timor for a couple of weeks, however we spent most of our time in Dili. For this trip, we would like to see a bit of HCMC (2 days?) before venturing out, but not going too remote. We are interested in exploring the Delta region as well as a side trip to Phu Quoc, and wanted to know how feasible this is with our young daughter. ...

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Hoi an cloths

Posted by bonze on 26/1/2006 at 16:35

I've been told Hoi an is very good for getting clothes made. I want to get a few nice suits made. Can you recommend a tailor, and should I bring a suit with me to show them what I want? ...

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Custom made shoes in Vietnam

Posted by Isobel_123 on 4/12/2008 at 07:33

Hello, Ive heard that there are shoemakers in Vietnam who can custom make shoes for under $30. Can anyone suggest where to go to get this done? I have big feet for a girl so would that make it alot more expensive? Im dreading they wont have enough materials..haha Thanku! ...

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1 month travel itinerary Central Vietnam/Cambodia - help!

Posted by Billroy on 13/11/2014 at 00:26

Hi guys, I'm flying into Ho Chi Minh from Melbourne on January 7 2015 and returning home from Bangkok on February 7. I'm going with my girlfriend and we're both in our early 20s. I've been tasked with handling our itinerary and have been trying to figure out a good trip that isn't too rushed but we also want to see as much as possible (GF's first trip overseas!). We're pretty laidback - not in it for partying, but do enjoy a social atmosphere - essentially a trip that immerses us in both country ...

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Tailors in Bangkok

Posted by jetson on 6/1/2012 at 02:27

Does anyone have experience with this? I want to have some suits tailored suits made when I arrive. I have never been before and have heard this is possible. And a possible starting price point. I have read some reviews on another site and they are mixed emotions on which place to shop. thanks Jetson ...

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Rent or buy motorbike in Vietnam?

Posted by terran783 on 27/9/2014 at 21:05

Hi, I am currently planning my trip to Vietnam and Cambodia for end April. My girlfriend and want to figure out if we should buy or rent a motorbike while we are there. We have rented in other places and feel it's the best way to explore and not have to worry about public transportation. I would like it if someone could help shed some light on the topic for us. If you could provide some links and experience on this that would be great! We are wanting to see Ho Chi Minh City, Vung Tau, Mekong ...

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Pickpocket problem in Saigon

Posted by air420 on 6/11/2014 at 21:29

Can anyone comment on the pickpocket problems in Saigon? I've seen many entries on various forums (including many videos on Y-tube), telling about pickpocketing gangs as well as snatching peoples bags / backpacks using motorbikes. What's the best way to carry money and documents in the street since pockets are not safe and they use some knifes to cut the bags? Is it safe to store my (expensive) photo camera at the hotel (safe box? manager office?) while I'll go out to eat? Thanks ...

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Can multiple entry visas from vietnam visa choice be used at land borders?

Posted by JohnGroats on 10/11/2014 at 11:44

My Friends and I have been recommended this website (vietnamvisachoice) as the easiest and cheapest way to get a multiple entry visa into Vietnam. However someone also told me that the visa only works for entry by plane; I can't think why this would be true but I can't find any definite proof contradicting this. Could anyone help? Many thanks ...

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Motorbike south of Hoi An?

Posted by hdsjulian on 7/11/2014 at 05:35

Hi there, so i'm in Hué right now, with a motorbike, doing the Hai Van Pass tomorrow, then staying in Hoi An for a couple of days. But now i'm wondering where to go from there? I guess getting to Da Lat is the plan, but obviously not in one tour. Do I just take the HCM highway? Where are good places to stop? What to see? After Hoi An I have about 10 days to get to Saigon, so easy going. I could, however also get to da lat faster and then take a detour via Mui Ne or get to Saigon fast e ...

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Landing Hanoi on 19/11-24/11 Nov

Posted by tantan on 27/10/2014 at 06:15

Hi, What I must do and see in Hanoi for 5 days with three of us ? Am I looking for local travel agencies/guides for the tour or is that easy for three of us to do the DIY ? As my hostel already booked,any suggestions would be nice. Thanks and Cheers, Tantan ...

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