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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!

Wanting to buy a motorbike

Posted by chenyang1618 on 26/8/2009 at 16:49

Hey all Looking for a reliable motorbike in HCM City to buy on the 19th or the 20th of November. Anything more than 100cc is preferred as long as it will go to Hanoi without too much trouble. Ownership paper required as well. Thanks Chen ...

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Guesthouses holding your passport....

Posted by think87 on 4/10/2009 at 09:03

I've read on someones blog that twice in Vietnam he literally had to fight to get his passport back trying to check out. once was settled after a verbal altercation, the second literally resulted in him literally having to pull it from the owner waiving it around in the arguing. One of the places the owner wouldnt give it back unless he booked a tour through them. This makes me very weary, do you really have to surrender your passport everytime you sleep and if so has anyone else ran into ...

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Viewed 1,662 times, with 7 replies. Last reply by jessiedoherty on 5/10/2009 at 10:42

Con Dao or Phu Quoc?

Posted by Jarradm on 5/10/2009 at 06:41

I am planning on visiting either one of these Islands around the end of October. Which one is the better option? Weather, cost, a certain amount of deserted beaches and accommodation are obvious factors for me.. Thanks very much. ...

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Hanoi/Ha Long/Sapa or HCMC/Mekong Delta?

Posted by Seba on 29/9/2009 at 04:48

Hi, I can't choose between going to Northern Vietnam (Hanoi/HaLong Bay/Sapa) and HCMC (inclusive Mekong delta tour). The timing is beginning to mid-December. What do you experienced travellers recommend? ...

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Layover in Ho Chi Minh Airport

Posted by Jarradm on 5/10/2009 at 04:40

On Jan 8, I am flying from Bangkok to arrive at HCM airport at around 3pm, to catch a Delta flight back to the states which leaves at 6 am. Is there anyway to leave the airport and go into the city for a few hours or get a hotel room? I will be waiting for 12 hours otherwise... What are my options? I have a Vietnam one time entry visa for mid-oct to mid-nov, so I dont think that will even help my case...any suggestions? ...

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Vietnam/Laos/Cambodia

Posted by asabaum on 5/10/2009 at 04:21

Going to Vietnam 10/14 was wondering how the forcast was going to be in Hanoi, Halong and Phu Quoc. Saw the problem in Hoi An how bad is the flooding? Is this the time to avoid all, if so when is best time to see all and are there any festivals around a better time? Thanks ...

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mekong delta help

Posted by uktravelman on 3/10/2009 at 18:38

hi can anyone tell me if one day or 2 day tour on delta is better or would you be better off exploring on your own cheers ...

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Viewed 2,941 times, with 1 reply. Last reply by onceuponthe on 4/10/2009 at 00:46

Hanoi to Halong Bay by Motorbike?

Posted by sevi87 on 5/9/2009 at 19:09

Hi, I was wondering if it is possible to take a Motorbike from Hanoi to Halong Bay and then hop on a reliable boat? Anyone ever done it before? Also which one is a reputable/reliable company to get around in Halong Bay? Or should I try to go to Cat Island? Thank you! ...

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Late night accomodation in Saigon, airline reviews

Posted by jclarkson on 29/9/2009 at 09:28

Hello all I am picking flights for a December trip to Vietnam and had a few questions. First, one of the flights I am looking at doesn't get into Saigon until around midnight and I was wondering if I'll be able to find affordable accommodation with an open reception desk that late at night. Second, has anyone flown Northwest or China Airlines and have any opinion on coach on either airline? ...

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Jetstar, HAN-SGN

Posted by AdamS on 28/12/2008 at 00:02

I am seeing super cheap flights second week of Jan. So cheap it seems too good to be true, since judging by online seat selection, the planes are empty. Do they often cancel flights if there are not enough passengers to make the flight profitable? Should I book a flight earlier in the day so if I get stuck, there are later flights I can catch? ...

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Viewed 2,791 times, with 7 replies. Last reply by macman1945 on 1/10/2009 at 17:02

Intrepid travel spirit of vietnam tours

Posted by joanne123 on 26/9/2009 at 10:20

I have not used this forum before but have enjoyed reading messages from others in relation to Vietnam. 4 of us - 2 adults and 2 teenagers are looking into doing an Intrepid travel "spirit of Vietnam" tour in December. My husband and I did alot of backpacking through Asia before we had children but none since. The kids have not done any more travel than to Australia so have never been to Asia. I wondered if anyone had done this tour and whether you would recommend it or any other 10 day tour. We ...

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Viewed 2,710 times, with 4 replies. Last reply by joanne123 on 30/9/2009 at 10:52

quad rooms in hoi an

Posted by danudy on 19/8/2009 at 01:04

Hi, I'm travelling as a group of four from hanoi to HCMC, leaving next monday. we have our hanoi accomodation sorted, but are yet to find any other places in our destinations which have rooms for four people (four person dorms are fine). we're stopping off in hoi an, nha trang and mui ne before HCMC (and then finally phu quoc). anyone know of any good places? cheers ...

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Boat or plane from HCMC to PP

Posted by tverity on 24/9/2009 at 16:32

I have heard you can take a 3 day 2 night boat trip through the mekong delta from HCMC to PP. Is this true? Is it worth it? Or would you just recommend flying? ...

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Viewed 1,733 times, with 4 replies. Last reply by somtam2000 on 29/9/2009 at 07:17

Christmas in Vietnam

Posted by spakky on 27/9/2009 at 23:50

My boyfriend and I will be in Vietnam until after Christmas and can't decide where to spend the festive season. Any suggestions where might be good? We have a completely open mind as to what 'good' might mean! I'd love to hear any views. Thanks in advance. x ...

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Viewed 1,135 times, with 3 replies. Last reply by spakky on 28/9/2009 at 22:24

2 tourists dead in Halong Bay boat accident

Posted by idreamofdurian on 28/9/2009 at 18:26

Yikes.... last week it was in Vang Vieng, now Halong Bay. From BBC.com : http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8277894.stm Two Britons die on Vietnam boat Boats in Halong Bay Halong Bay is a popular tourist destination Two British tourists were among five people to drown when a packed boat overturned in wild seas off Vietnam, the Foreign Office has confirmed. A French man and two Vietnamese people were also killed when the vessel capsized carrying 25 passengers and seven cre ...

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Hoi An or Da Nang??

Posted by nzchanty on 5/8/2007 at 22:41

I was wondering what people would recommend as their favourite place to base themselves. We have 3 to 4 nights in this area. ...

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Viewed 7,391 times, with 10 replies. Last reply by flamingosuites on 28/9/2009 at 16:34

money and mekong delta help please

Posted by uktravelman on 28/9/2009 at 01:11

hi do you recomend travellers cheques and is it easy to change them , and whats the best delta tours and who with thank you ...

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Viewed 1,302 times, with 1 reply. Last reply by violets on 28/9/2009 at 15:23

Louang Phabang-Phonsavan-SouthernLaos- Hoi An

Posted by jackieanddavid on 27/9/2009 at 05:53

Will be traveling through Southeast Asia for 6 weeks in Dec/Jan. with children (10 & 12). Interested on suggestions on the best route from Louang Phabang - Phonsavang - Southern Laos _ Hoi An. ...

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Viewed 2,686 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by jackieanddavid on 28/9/2009 at 07:28

Halong Bay tour boat sinks - 3 dead

Posted by tino2009 on 26/9/2009 at 14:14

Thought people might be interested; http://www.straitstimes.com/Breaking%2BNews/SE%2BAsia/Story/STIStory_434684.html ...

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flight times hue to saigon

Posted by EdSue on 25/9/2009 at 23:08

can anyone tell us how long the flight is from hue to saigon pls ...

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