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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!

alternatives to Sapa

Posted by circcirc on 15/12/2010 at 19:28

I'm planning a trip to Vietnam next march and I'm in the planning stage. I'm going to spend some time in the northwest and I'm looking for recommendations. Sapa seems like the obvious and popular choice, but I'm not sure I want to spend time there. From what I have read it sounds very touristy. I live in a touristy part of my own city and find it rather tiresome. I would like to get away from the typical backpacker trail as much as possible while in Vietnam. What are some other good places in ...

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First time in Vietnam - couple of questions

Posted by grishgori on 4/5/2013 at 06:12

I'm heading to Vietnam for 3 weeks in September and I've got a couple of questions because im trying to do the tour as independently as possible 1.I'm planning on doing Mekong Delta without an agency for 2 full days(returning to saigon in the evening for a sleeper bus to da lat) the locations im looking to explore are : Ben Tre , Vinh Long(homestay) , Can Tho and Tra Vinh - what would be the best way to arrange the route ? starting in saigon early morning on the first day and returning on ...

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Ha Giang province - restricted areas?

Posted by UsTwo on 16/2/2012 at 03:38

I'm planning a bike trip from Ha Noi to Mai Chau, Dien Bien, Sa Pa, Lao Cai, Ha Giang, Ba Be NP, Cao Bang, Lang Son, Cam Pha, Ha Long, Ha Noi. My problem is with the Ha Giang to Cao Bang section. I want to travel due north from Ha Giang, through Tam Son, Yen Minh, Meo Vac, Bao Lac, Ba Be NP, and on to Cao Bang. There are several places of interest close to the China border, but it seems some of them are restricted by the police at Ha Giang. I can't find any definitive info ...

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Spending some Days in Saigon - any Guesthouse to recommend?

Posted by KidCat on 30/8/2013 at 07:19

I am going to stay some Days in Saigon Does anybody have some real cool Suggestions, where to stay in Saigon? Not the Cheapest, but nice, cozy and good Value for Money? Thanks in Advance ...

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Chau Doc to Can Tho Buses

Posted by secreteights on 19/9/2012 at 12:30

Hello. I will be arriving to Chau Doc on the Blue Cruiser boat at 17:30 and need to get to Can Tho by nightfall. Are the Mai Link buses still running? If not, what other bus services are there? And what times do they run? Thanks! ...

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Problems entering vietnam without a return ticket out of vietnam?

Posted by Matty161 on 19/8/2013 at 06:23

Hi. Im going on a 3 and a half month trip to SE Asia this week. Ill be leaving from London and flying into Ho chi minh, but my return ticket is out of Bangkok. Do you think I will have any problem getting into Vietnam? or will I need to show some sort of proof that ill be leaving within 30 days? ...

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Anyone have been to Monkey Island in Catba

Posted by trulyasialand on 4/12/2012 at 10:21

I am on my way to Hanoi and intend to travel to Halong bay and Catba island for some days. I head about kayaking in Lan Ha bay and swim at Monkey Island beach. Have you ever done this tour and any of you head about Monkey Island Resort bungalows there? Is it reliable to stay for some nights? ...

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Ha Long - Cat Ba DIY

Posted by elchapel on 24/8/2013 at 08:10

Just been reading the Doing Ha long Bay on your own article and was wondering if anyone has done this recently? the article says 80,000D for the one way trip which seems very cheap is this right? If anyone has any updates on this it would be appreciated Our plan is make our own way from Hanoi to Ha Long City then a day trip to Cat Ba and onto Nam Cat Island cheers elchapel ...

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Tips for homestays in North Vietnam

Posted by trekker on 26/8/2013 at 15:18

Hi, I'm gonna stay many nights at homestays in different villages. Could you share your tips please? Is it safe to leave your backpack in your room while you're at the bathroom or out walking around at night before you go to bed? I'd buy my water at homestays, do the water need to be boiled before drinking? Any other general tips are welcomed as it is all new to me Thank you. ...

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Is it possible to trek Mai Chau - Pu Luong without a guide?

Posted by trekker on 3/8/2013 at 07:42

Hi, I'm arriving North Vietnam on Sept 1st for 3 weeks, and want to start off my trip with a week in Mai Chau - Pu Luong Nature Reserve, to trek from one village to another. Is it possible to do it without a guide? I'm not sure whether the local villages / tribes welcome lone travelers, and whether I could sleep at homestays without a guide. Thanks! ...

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First Time To Asia (Vietnam) Solo

Posted by fergal25 on 24/7/2013 at 14:35

I Hope someone might be able to help me out a bit. I'm Currently on the fence about booking a 3 week trip to Vietnam.I probably would have booked it if i had not read so much about scams and unfriendly people on the internet from the Airport taxi's to the Hotel and tour operaters. To Be honest Id be Anxious enough going to somewhere so new and different but i know i could adapt. I have the dates set visa sorted all i have to do is Pay and Book September 24th.I really do want to go but theres a ...

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Viewed 8,826 times, with 14 replies. Last reply by antoniamitchell on 21/8/2013 at 14:08

Weasel coffee not allowed in by Australian Quarantine

Posted by sanpedro on 3/2/2010 at 19:07

We have just got back from Vietnam and had our package of Weasel Coffee confiscated at quarantine when we declared it on arrival in Australia. Just thought I would let people know as this is a recent change that occurred on 15 Jan 2010 and isn't on the AQIS factsheets they only mention raw or green coffee beans. Heres the details: http://www.aqis.gov.au/icon32/asp/ex_topiccontent.asp?TopicType=Quarantine+Alert&TopicID=22904 ...

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How to get from Ha Giang to Guilin (Yangshuo)?

Posted by trekker on 11/8/2013 at 06:29

Hi, I wanna end my 3 weeks in Vietnam in Ha Giang, and then go to Yangshuo (Guilin) for another 3 days backpacking. How could I get from Ha Giang to Yangshuo? Is there a train that goes this way? Thanks a lot ...

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Seeking Travel Info/Advice on NW/North Vietnam Trip

Posted by Rango on 12/8/2013 at 08:28

I am planning my 8th trip to Vietnam for 3 months starting in January 2014. After spending 5 days during Tet in Hanoi , I plan to travel extensively around Northwest/North Vietnam for 4-6 weeks. Below is a rough sketch of my plans. I am mostly interested in getting current/updated information on public bus routes/schedules and accommodations. Any suggestions on "must-see" places/stops is also welcomed. At first I was thinking I would fly to Dien Bien Phu (DBP) and start my ...

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Sagion to Rach Gia by boat

Posted by Stuke on 10/8/2013 at 19:45

Can anyone tell me if there is a boat ride to Rach Gia that ISN'T a cabin boat ? Can you hire a boat to ride you down to the floating markets and then take a taxi into Rach Gia ? Or is it only freighter boats ? We don't want to spend a ton of monies offered by the tour operators of house boats. They seem like very nice boats, but are very expensive and take too long. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your time & consideration ...

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Cambodia and Vietnam

Posted by NH0510 on 9/8/2013 at 07:54

Hi I am planning on travelling to Vietnam and Cambodia in November with a friend of mine. We only have 7 days and was wondering if there were any suggestions as to what the "must see" places are in both of these countries. We would like to experience the culture, do some market shopping, sight-seeing and also include some time on the beach. Any suggestions would be welcome. Would it be a better experience to rather only visit one of these destinations instead of both? ...

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Island trips off the coast of Vietnam?

Posted by pucca_girl45 on 15/11/2012 at 23:12

Hello, I'll be traveling in Vietnam in January and would like to do a 4-5 day trip to a remote island chain. I've heard that the Con Dao Island system is spectacular. Are there any other island trips that anyone would recommend that are off the beaten path? We'll likely be interested in trekking around, snorkeling, diving, and beach combing. Thanks for any advice! Pucca ...

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3-weeks South Vietnam and South Laos itinerary

Posted by Foolslena on 19/6/2013 at 07:15

Hi everyone, thank you for all your informative posts. I wanted to know if anyone has travelled around South Vietnam and (South) Laos within the short time of about 3 weeks? Is it doable without to much stress? I think to travel about this route Fly to: HCMC (1 night) - Phu Quoc (Flight) (stay about 2 nights)- Mekong Delta (Ferry, Bus) (about 2-3 nights)- HCMC (Bus) (1 night)- Hoi An / Da Nang (Train or Bus) (stay 1 night) - Pakse (Bus) (stay 1 night) -Thousand Islands (Bus or Mi ...

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Vietnam and Angkor wat trip - help!

Posted by Rinny on 15/5/2013 at 15:08

Hi everyone Happy to be in this forum and thanks for the help! My boyfriend and me are flying to vietnam Next august and staying three weeks, so i just want to ask some tips. We're planning 2 days in Saigon and then going to Chau Doc by bus to get the boat to Pnom Phen early in the morning. First question: - is there a night bus from Saigon to Chau Doc? Does it worth staying in Chau Doc for a day? Then, from PhnomPen we'll take the bus to Siam Reap and spend 2days in Angkor Wat. -Are 2days ...

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Cell Phone Use in Vietnam & general safety

Posted by Picasso on 25/7/2013 at 08:02

My daughter is travelling to Vietnam soon for 3 months with a world wide youth group. I ordered a sim card online for her that will 'supposedly' soon get here (Canada). They promote these sim cards by saying "get it before you go so your friends and family will have your number etc...before you leave". It was $50 or so with special speedy delivery. Website www.simcardsasia.com Then I forgot about it until I received an email that stated: Vietnamese law requires all sim cards to be regi ...

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