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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!

HCMC-Phnom Penh

Posted by hiong on 17/8/2006 at 12:09

Hi there, Thnks for the inputs and suggestions on my last posts!! OK now, from Hanoi-Hue is by train. Spending one night, then go straight to Hoi An. A couple of nights then head to Da Nang to catch the almost 24 hours train to HCMC (arriving before mid-day). I'm thinking of skipping HCMC and going directly to Phnom Penh via Cau Doc. From every source that I read, it seems like an easy and quite a hassle-free trip, is this true? How many times/day is it and there are lots of agents doing this ...

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Hoi An Trails Resort

Posted by runninggirlmelbourne on 16/8/2007 at 15:23

Hi, can anyone please help me with feedback on this hotel as well as an email address? Their website is currently under construction apparently. Much appreciated. Cheers, trish ...

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day trip from Hanoi

Posted by lc60 on 7/8/2007 at 11:45

Hi there, I'm travelling to Hanoi en route to Australia (only for a week, unfortunately) in January with my daughter. We will definitely book a tour of Halong Bay (with Handspan??) and are mostly going to spend the rest of the time getting to know Hanoi a little. However, I'm wondering about the possibility of travelling, as a day trip, to ninh binh/hoa lu/tam coc. How feasible (and easy!) is this to organise from Hanoi by myself, or would you recommend I try to do it with a guide/ ...

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Anan Hotel Saigon

Posted by pauly on 4/2/2007 at 14:22

Has anyone stayed at this hotel?Will be in Saigon mid March and hope to stay there.Was the service and room OK?Thanks.Paul. ...

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Best Travel Season to Vietnam

Posted by chopin on 14/8/2007 at 20:52

Can someone tell me what's the best months to travel to Vietnam? When are the dry, wet, cold, and hot seasons? ...

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Cambodia to Phu Quoc

Posted by jstroke on 13/8/2007 at 17:58

I may check out Shinoukville but would rather hit Phu Quoc then fly back to HCMC to catch my flight home. Any suggestions? Plan on hitting Siem Reap for a couple days and don't really care too much about Phnom Pehn. Sorry 'bout my spelling. ...

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Hoi An trains? Mui Ne?

Posted by travelian on 22/7/2007 at 09:21

Hello there, I'm wondering where the closest train station to Hoi An is. We want to train overnight to the Mui Ne area, do we have to go back to Danang? Actually, that leads me to my next question... where's the closest train station to Mui Ne? Thanks ...

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Easy Riders Nha Trang and Dalat

Posted by Jogilroy on 11/8/2007 at 19:38

Easy Riders are a group of motorbike tourguides who work independently of any travel agency or tour group. For a small fee (approx 40 US dollars per day) they will take you wherever you desire showing you the real Vietnam on the way While travelling in Thailand we had heard of these guys - one of them approached us in Nha Trang we signed up without a moments hesitation taking the recommendations we had recieved into consideration... and we had the best 5 days and nights of our whole SE Asia t ...

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Mui Ne >> Can Tho

Posted by talke on 10/8/2007 at 17:28

We want to travel from Mui Ne to Can Tho, if possible within one day, without staying another night in HCMC in between. Any good suggestions? Or otherwise - anybody in Mui Ne right now who wants to leave on Sunday (12th of August) as well (either Can Tho or sth on the way) and would like to share a car? Would also be happy about any suggestions on good hotels in Can Tho. Thanks! ...

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hotel feedback

Posted by steveandlesley on 3/8/2007 at 09:06

We have filled out a feedback form for every hotel that we have stayed in so far in Vietnam, but none of our feedback has appeared !! is there a problem?? ...

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Siagon to Phnom Phen

Posted by steveandlesley on 7/8/2007 at 10:12

How easy is it to get from Siagon to PP by boat ? has anyone done this recently ? any recomendations for agents in Siagon ? Many thanks Stev and Lesley ...

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Posted by RKL on 7/8/2007 at 21:25

Hello!!! First of all thanks to everybody for your comments in this forum, you help me so much to find some information for make my trip. Do you know tour operator or travel agencies for to pay and make a tour around mekong? Only 2 or 3 days. I know there are a lot of and I'm not sure what to shoose. I sow some by internet but very expensive I think (3 days/2 night tour for 210$). I want to find a trustworthy agency if it's possible. Thanks to all for your help. RAQUEL FROM BARCELONA ...

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mountain biking in sapa!

Posted by LaurenCD on 5/8/2007 at 20:19

hiya! anyone up for mountain biking in sapa? i'm travelling alone so it'd be nice to have some company (plus the more of us there are, the cheaper it gets...). i'd be looking to leave on 6th/7th august. kind of soon i know, but if you happen to be around just get in touch! lauren ...

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Mountain biking in Sapa Baguette and Chocolate Cafe Hotel

Posted by bksmith69 on 29/7/2007 at 09:46

Has anyone stayed here or eaten here? It is a place for the underprivelaged to start their careers and then move on to the larger hotles. I want to stay there for this reason, but curious at the same time if anyone else has tried. Has anyone been mountain biking in Sapa? We are going on our own and wanted to either rent/ join a group there in Sapa for a day or two. Any suggestions? Any information on the terrain? Thanks. Kerri ...

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Looking for review on Century Riverside Hotel - Hue

Posted by cjeadie on 2/8/2007 at 09:46

Has anyone stayed at the Century Riverside Hotel in Hue? Any advice/ experiences? ...

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Lonely Planet Vietnam 9th edition reviewed

Posted by somtam2000 on 1/8/2007 at 15:23

We've just added a book review for Lonely Planet's Vietnam 9th edition. If you're planning on going to Vietnam and are looking for a guide, despite some shortfalls, this is probably the best guide available. You can read the full review of Vietnam 9 here. If you've an opinion on the latest edition, please feel free to add it in here. Thanks! ...

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Where do I meet my brother at Hanoi Noibai Airport?

Posted by OishiiEats on 31/7/2007 at 23:58

I'll be flying in on Vietnam Airline about 30 minutes before my brother's China Airline flight into Hanoi. Do you have any suggestions on where we should meet at the airport? Is the baggage claim for all airlines in the same area? ...

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Need advice: Should I bring my laptop?

Posted by OishiiEats on 30/7/2007 at 13:42

I'm wanting to do some writing while I'm in Vietnam and I noticed a lot of Hanoi hostels & guest houses offering free wifi. Is there any reason that I shouldn't bring my laptop. What do you think? ...

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Rach Gia > Phu Quoc > Phnom Penh

Posted by danielmelbye on 30/7/2007 at 15:22

I am intending to travel through the Mekong Delta to Rach Gia and either pick up a ferry or take a plane to Phu Quoc with Vietnam Airlines. I was then hoping to head off to Cambodia. The easiest way seems to fly from Phu Quoc to Phnom Penh. Has anyone made this trip. Is it possible to take flights between Rach Gia to Phu Quoic and Pu Quoc to Phnom Penh? ...

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Trains from Nha Trang - HCMC/Saigon

Posted by travelian on 24/7/2007 at 18:09

I read this in the Getting there and away section of Nha Trang: Normal trains differ in journey time and number of stops, and seat prices also vary depending on the type of berth. The full national train timetable is avaliable at From Nha Trang to Saigon, trains run at the following times: SE1 - 22:00 (arr. 05:30) SE3 - 21:46 (arr. 04:30) SE5 - 12:30 (arr. 20:00) SE6 - 20:00 (arr.05:30) but i can't seem to find a SE6 train listed on the VNR timetable??? ...

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