Photo: Canals of Ca Mau, Mekong Delta.

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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!

Confused about the weather

Posted by marianaamc on 6/1/2014 at 12:06

I keep on researching the weather in Northern Vietnam in July/August and reading completely opposite information from the best time of the year to go to and not even recommended. I'll quote some websites: 1.Some people might say that our summer months (June, July, August) are the best time to visit Vietnam. Unusually for Asia the weather in central Vietnam is likely to be sunny and clear during this time, and although there may be short downpours in the south and north, many people see no rain ...

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Con Dao or Phu Quoc (high season January)

Posted by Foolslena on 27/6/2013 at 09:56

I know this question has been asked before, but post seem a bit outdated. What is the better place to visit, Phu Quoc or Con Dao (Con Son)? Phu Quoc best days seem to have past by, from what I read, all being very touristy and very expensive now it seems. Is their still any nice beach place away from Western food places and overpriced resorts (between 10-30 $US in high season) that you could recommend? Is its possible to go snorkeling in January? Con Dao sounds lovely, apart from what I read a ...

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Perfume Pagoda, Tam Coc, Trang Anh: choosing between excursions from Hanoi

Posted by EdwardTrunk on 4/1/2014 at 14:22

We'll be in Hanoi mid-February and would value advice on the following questions about choosing between excursions from Hanoi. How does the river scenery compare on the boat trips to the Perfume Pagoda versus Tam Coc versus Trang Anh caves? We'd like some spectacular rock scenery. If you had to choose between these visits? Are there boat trips which include Tam Coc, Bich Dong and Bai Dinh Temple? I noticed web photos which showed Bai DinhTemple on a waterfront & I wondered if these places ...

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Phu quoc island dreadful

Posted by sayadian on 1/3/2009 at 08:27

Can someone tell me what is so special about this place? I've been here 2 days and it is probably the worst place I've visited in Vietnam. Dirty, muddy roads , lined with rundown expensive hotels which don't even have access to the beach.And the beaches- very ordinary. You'd be better off sticking to Hah Trang or Quy Nohn.This place sucks ...

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Language classes or tutors in Vietnam?

Posted by somanights on 2/1/2014 at 09:08

It's my birthday in 2 days, and, sad though it may seem, I can think of nothing I'd like to do better than learn some of the lingo here in Vietnam. I'd really like to go to a class or tutor that somebody can recommend, hopefully for more than one session. Can anybody help? Even better would be to be able to get lessons or tutelage somewhere nearby my current location - the Mekong Delta, preferably in Can Tho? Any help greatfully received! ...

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5 best beaches in Vietnam? (For Christmas)

Posted by somanights on 10/12/2013 at 23:54

Hey all Currently lounging with intent at Don Det, but thoughts are turning to Christmas and Vietnam. We REALLY want to be on or near a nice beach for Christmas, but have so far identified only Phu Quoc as an option. Can you guys help with any others? Deep online research isn't an option at the minute with the wifi as carefree as the atmosphere here. All recommendations greatly appreciated! ...

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Do I need a Transit visa for Vietnam?

Posted by Macedo on 1/1/2014 at 11:48

Hi, Could someone kindly assist me with an answer to this concern. I am a US citizen traveling from Jakarta, Indonesia to Vientiane, Laos on Vietnam Airlines. I have a stop in HCMC on January 4, 2014 for 2 hours and departing for Hanoi via the same Vietnam Airline flight. I will sleepover at Hanoi Airport and I don't intent to leave the airport. I will depart on January 5, 2014 also via a Vietnam Airline to Vientiane, Laos. Do I need a transit visa for Vietnam? Your urgent reply will be appre ...

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Visa overland border

Posted by dolicadol on 28/10/2013 at 09:09

Hi, We are coming overland with bus to Vietnam from Phnom Penh. Is it true that we can not get visa on the border? Is there any chance that we get visa direct on the border?! If not can we make visa in Bangkok in 1 day- in the morning we give and in the afternoon we pick our passports up. How much is the total price- visa + urgent fee? Thank you soooo much. ...

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Viewed 1,883 times, with 6 replies. Last reply by Johnkuan on 27/12/2013 at 22:53

Vietnam/Cambodia 2013 Trip - My Helpful Tips/Info

Posted by abs004 on 23/12/2013 at 07:56

I recently traveled to Vietnam and Cambodia. It was afantastic experience and I appreciated the help I received on this forum. Beloware some helpful info/stories/tips for future travelers. We were 2 couples inour 20s and 30s from USA, traveling in December. The itinerary: Flew into Saigon, stayed 2 nights. Bus to Siem Reap , stayed 3 nights. Flew to Hanoi , stayed 4 nights with overnight trip to HalongBay. Flew to Phu Quoc, stayed 4 nights. Flew to Saigon/HCMC, stayed 1 night then flew home. ...

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Viewed 2,350 times, with 4 replies. Last reply by Johnkuan on 27/12/2013 at 22:40

Recommended tour operators

Posted by blackhawk60 on 21/12/2013 at 05:06

Dear all, I want to join some tours in Vietnam in Febuary like Ha Long, Sapa, Mekong Delta,... Total daily cost should be max. 75USD. I'm a bit confused regarding the recommendations/ratings. It seems Sinh Cafe = SinhTourist (https://www.thesinhtourist.vn/) is highly recommended here as well as in some books. Yet they are missing in the series of Ha Long Bay article(s). Also, the tripadvisor rating is close to horrible http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Attraction_Review-g293924-d1933099-Reviews- ...

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Viewed 1,349 times, with 1 reply. Last reply by daawgon on 22/12/2013 at 18:48

Which National Park to visit in Vietnam?

Posted by cheeco on 17/11/2009 at 16:47

Hello everyone! I am just wondering which National Park is the best to visit in Vietnam? My husband and I are looking for best wildlife, easily accessible, and easiest to navigate (preferably with a guide). We are not big into hiking, nor do we have the equipment to be serious about it (running shoes only). 2 days would be fine. I have checked out these, and think they could be good, but looking for people to respond that have actually been to these places: Ba Be Bach Ma Ba Vi Phong ...

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To book or not to book (in advance) and other questions

Posted by arundhati on 9/12/2013 at 03:34

My family and I are backpacking across mainland South East Asia this winter for about three weeks, of which we will spend about ten days in Vietnam between the 20th and 29th of December. I realise this is bang in the middle of the high tourist season, and had a few questions about accommodation, transport and weather: 1. A lot of travel guides suggest that it is a good idea to book accommodation in advance while traveling the country, but we wanted to wing it slightly, and (apart from the first ...

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Itinerary 3 weeks Vietnam & questions

Posted by VietRoos on 9/12/2013 at 12:36

Hi there, Me and my friend are going to Vietnam in january. Never been to Asia so I'm exited We love nature, strolling around, food, having a beer, watching people living their lives and drive around on bikes (no motors!). We're not in great shape so trekking in the mountains isn't on our list. We have a few things arranged already (private tour Ninh Binh province, train to Hue , hotel in Hoi An and flight to HCMC). This is the plan so far: 1 Arrive early in the morning in Ha ...

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How to get Vietnam visa for Irish

Posted by bong192 on 2/4/2013 at 21:31

Hi everybody, I'am Irish. My family are going on holidays in Vietnam this summer but we don' know whether to go to Vietnam Embassy to get visa or there is another way easier and faster? As I know, there is no Vietnam Embassy in Ireland. Tks for your help. ...

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First time travel to Vietnam

Posted by danpackis on 18/12/2013 at 18:33

Hi Guys, This will be my first time travel to Vietnam. I was born in Sri lanka , so I'm kinds of used to the fun / tricks associated with third world life , but having lived in overseas for long and not knowing the local language is going to be bit challege. Purpose of my visit : To experience the local culture, just wanted to be with locals, eat / learn local cooking as I love cooking, travel in boat/cruise.. even try the fresh Vietnam Beer Duration of stay : 2004 Mar 12 till 20th Mar. Port ...

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Single issue Quang Nam -Da Nang: report from the journey

Posted by emmanuel1081 on 13/12/2013 at 21:33

1pm on 24/7 , put your foot down Danang station . New long ago felt the train insomnia . Only this morning did consume 3 cups of coffee this ship , in the service bays . The first is the right phone for you Polymers , and only about 5 minutes later , he realized the door of the furnace gas exploration . He polymers carrying NLB to find the hotel, and only had about 5 minutes after stopover hotel - small house , very close to the station SE . Also 1 single room , unfortunately it is unfortunat ...

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20 days in Vietnam - Advise on itinerary

Posted by Dutch on 17/4/2013 at 08:32

Hi, My girlfriend and I are planning a 3 week trip in Vietnam this summer (July/August) We will be traveling from South to North. Would be great to have some feedback on our itinerary: 2 Nights in Ho Chi Minh City (possibly a day tour to Mekong Delta) 1 Night train to Nha Trang 2 Nights in Nha Trang 3 Nights (4 days) Easy rider tour to Hoi An (Via Central Highlands) 2 Nights in Hoi An -> bus to Danang -> train to Hue 2 Nights in Hue 1 Night train to Ninh Binh (No flights from Hue ava ...

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Hotel in haiphong city

Posted by macman1945 on 27/4/2008 at 12:44

Can anybody advise me regards a good budget hotel in haiphong city? Looking at quang minh hotel but never recieve response after attempted online booking. ...

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Four Weeks Motorcycling Vietnam - Suggestions please ask!

Posted by jonvdh on 19/7/2013 at 02:03

Hi guys, In 2011 I spent four weeks motorcycling across Vietnam with my best mate. We flew into Ho Chi Minh city and having never rode a bike in our lives, purchased a couple, learned to ride them, then spent four weeks cruisuing at our own peril. It was one of the best experiences I've ever had. I've made a Web series based on our travels if you're interested @ http://www.thegreatesttrek.com/ We've also setup a Facebook page @ https://www.facebook.com/TheGreatestTrek Most importantly though ...

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How much money can I bring to Vietnam?

Posted by Hitengy on 6/12/2013 at 20:50

I am citizen of Sri Lanka. I wish to have a holiday in Vietnam to meet my friend. She helped me to apply for a visa to Vietnam at visaforvietnam.org.Now, I am very eager to travel to Vietnam. I wish that there is no any problem occurs.I am wondering how much money can I bring? Please give me advice. Thanks for any help. ...

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