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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!

revised plans.. Thanks Travelfishers

Posted by hotdiggeydog2 on 14/5/2008 at 12:37

First of all thank you all for your replies and comments. We have revised our plans as our last ones were too rushed . So I'm back for another shot.......... HCMC 2 days staying at Bich Duyen Hotel Fly to Danang, by car to Hoi An Hoi An 3 days, staying at Ha An Hotel 1 day tavel from Hoi An to Hue stopping at the sights on the way and going over the pass(I forgot it's name) 2 Days Hue, staying at Orchid Hotel Fly Hue to Hanoi 2 days Ninh Binh Staying at (I wouldn't have a clue!!!) ...

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3 weeks in the nam.what do u guys think

Posted by hotdiggeydog2 on 3/5/2008 at 10:33

Hi all My lovely wife and I are going to the nam for 23 days and doing a bit of research on thorn tree and travelfish have tried to come up with a it goes HCMC 2 days Mekong Delta - Hire a motorbike and cruise around for 3 days Travel HCMC to Dalat 1 Day (Bus) Dalat 1 day Travel Dalat to Nha Thrang 1 day (Bus) Nha Thrang 2 Days to Dive.I really need to dive!!!! Travel Nha Thrang to Danang then to Hoi An (Fly) Hoi An 2 days Travel Hoi An to Hue 1 day (car) Hue 1 day T ...

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cholera situation

Posted by macman1945 on 14/5/2008 at 05:16

Hi all, Wondering if anyone has up to date information on the cholera outbreak in hanoi in recent times? Also scams in nha trang at night? Will be travelling soon and need reassurance. ...

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Jungle Beach

Posted by thegingerbird on 12/5/2008 at 01:12

Hi again I was just wondering the best way to get from Nha Trang to Jungle beach. Also do you think i should book accommodation in advance? I will be getting there around 10-17th june depending on how much i like the other places i hit first! Cheers TGB ...

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Dog intestine sausages

Posted by packtoofull on 13/5/2008 at 15:23

Yes, you read the title right. I've just been editing our Bac Ha coverage, and came across the following in a review for a guesthouse there: "Still, the best value for the price of all the budget places we saw, and the owner here can cook you up an authentic dinner for a song. We left the choice up to her though, and got sausages made of dog intestines. So, maybe be more specific than we were." Don, our primary Vietnam researcher has a penchant for giving most things a try - and while w ...

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Vietnam Itinerary

Posted by CJHorn85 on 12/5/2008 at 20:19

Hey all, I will be travelling to SEA from mid-July to mid September (just under 2 1/2 months). I have posted on Lonely Planet forums, but this site appears to be the best of the best when it comes to SEA, so I thought I would try and get some opinions on here as well. Since this is the Vietnam destination part, I thought I would stick to that, and post my itinerary up for the other countries in the relevant sections. Here is my planned itinerary: Hanoi - 3 days Ha Long Bay - 3 day 2 ni ...

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Phu Quoc or mainland beaches in June?

Posted by andrea73 on 10/5/2008 at 03:25

Hi There -- We leave on May 19th for a six-week trip to Thailand, Laos and Vietnam. Our (rough) itinerary will have us in Bangkok for a few days, Chiang Mai for a week, LP for a week, Hanoi for a week, few days in Ha Long Bay and Hue/Hoi Ann for a week. We fly out of Saigon on July 2. My question has to do with beaches, generally, and Phu Quoc specifically. Because we are missing the Thailand beaches (on our first trip to Thailand, too!), we'd like to experience a bit of Vietnam's sun and ...

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5 Star Express Train

Posted by chichinic on 27/2/2008 at 14:42

Hi, I am arriving in to Ho Chi Minh on March 2nd at 2 pm and I would like to catch a night train to Nha Trang. I have tried to book a ticket with through the 5 Star Express Train yet I have not received despite sending many emails and even Fax's. My questions are : Will is be easy to secure a sleeper at such short notice? Also, where is the best place to purchase the tickets when I arrive in town? Cheers! ...

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What are the current prices of things in Vietnam?

Posted by kongxh on 9/5/2008 at 11:02

Can any folks staying in vietnam provide some updates as to the current prices of daily items? I'm travelling there in June, and i understand that inflation coupled with certain unfortunate circumstances have caused prices of almost everything to skyrocket over the past few months. I would be grateful if you could correct my errors. Budget accomodation in a major city: US$10 Street food in a major city: US$1.50 Restaurant food in a major city: US$5 A 2007 dated guidebook lists the ma ...

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crossing the border from Hanoi into China to Kunming.

Posted by harajuku4me_pls on 6/5/2008 at 04:36

hi guys. i was wondering whats involved in travelling from Hanoi to Kunming in China. i plan to secure a Chinese visa before i leave for Asia, but is it a big deal to cross the border into China? do buses or trains follow a route i could use? is it expensive, is it safe? cheers. ...

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Looking for 2 travel mates: Northeast Vietnam 4WD trip in early June

Posted by kongxh on 23/4/2008 at 23:22

Hi folks, My friend and i are 21yr old students from Singapore, and we're looking for 2 people to share the cost of a 4WD tour to Northeast Vietnam in early June 2008. Details below: Day 01: Hanoi – Bac Kan - Ba Be National Park Day 02: Boating around Ba Be lake Day 03: Ba Be – Bac Me – Ha Giang Day 04: Ha Giang – Quan Ba – Yen Minh – Dong Van – Meo Vac Day 05: Meo Vac – Ha Giang – Viet Quang Day 06: Viet Quang – Tuyen Quang – Hanoi The operator is Vega Tra ...

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Viewed 2,670 times, with 7 replies. Last reply by kongxh on 9/5/2008 at 01:01

How To Order a Rail Ticket In SaiGon From Overseas

Posted by CatBa on 8/5/2008 at 23:16

A number of Travelfish members have been unsuccessful in contacting 5-Star aka Golden Train. This operation might be rich enough to finance a complete train set but it is a neophyte when it comes to running a business! The owner proudly told me they didn't use the web site anymore "as they had changed their name". It has an office on Pham Ngu Lao, the HCMC backpacker area, but it doesn't sell tickets. For this you have to go to: SaiGon Railway Station 1 Nguyen Thong District / Qua ...

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PADI in Nha Trang

Posted by thegingerbird on 7/5/2008 at 04:39

Me again Just wondering if anyone has completed their PADI in Nha Trang and if you have any recommendations on who to do it through. Cheers TGB ...

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Sorry stupid question but essential for a ginger!

Posted by thegingerbird on 5/5/2008 at 19:32

Hi Alas i am a red head and tend to become a crispy critter in the sun. Does anyone know if i will be able to get high factor sun screen in vietnam or do i need to stock up before i go? Cheers TGB ...

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Acceptable clothing in vietnam

Posted by macman1945 on 6/5/2008 at 06:09

Hi all, I suppose this has been covered before but tips please for what I can wear without offending locals. I really prefer shorts , t- shirt (with collar) and thongs or sandals. Can anybody help please? Of course this is only for internal travel , I know the advise regards entry and exit. ...

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Accommodation Sapa- Cat Cat View

Posted by shakester on 11/4/2008 at 15:25

Hi fishers just back from Hanoir and around, here are my thoughts on a couple of places I stayed at. Cat Cat View Hotel, Sapa Room: ‘Standard room’. Fantastic views, high up. Spacious, comfortable room. Bed, chairs, table, small tv (not switched on at all), shower and tub in bathroom, continous warm water, window that opens out to the corridor and therefore- did I mention- fantastic views. Location: Location per se is not very relevant in Sapa town, I think, except in terms of the ...

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day visa

Posted by barrylad66 on 28/4/2008 at 18:48

hi everyone am planning to visit vietnam on my forthcoming trip. i understand i will have to sort out my visa in loas before i arrive,but i'm sure i read somewhere on travelfish i can renew the visa on a daily basis. is this the case,and if so how do i go about it many thanks for any replys ...

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5star express

Posted by goldilocks on 25/4/2008 at 03:24

I have been informed that 5 star express is now named Golden Trains.Has anyone got up to date information eg time table osts etc.Is the website changed. ...

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Travel to Mui Ne in June

Posted by hkgator on 1/5/2008 at 22:06

I'm planning to travel to Mui Ne in June with my two sons and wife. I plan to arrive on June 14 and spend a week there my questions are. 1, I would like to spend a day in HCMC, recommendation on how to get to hotel, is it safe to hire a taxi from airport, if not waht are the alternatives. 2. I heard there is now a train from HCMC to Mui Ne, is it better than taking a mini-bus, any other travel method recommended? ...

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opening and closing times of ticket sales at HCMC station

Posted by thegingerbird on 1/5/2008 at 05:07

Hi I was just wondering if anyone knew the times that the train ticket office was open at HCMC. Ive tried the VNR website but had no luck. The VNR website also mentions e-ticket windows. Does this mean that i could book my ticket online and collect it there? Thanks in advance TGB ...

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