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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!

Registrationdocument for motorbikes in Vietnam

Posted by JosefI on 15/1/2013 at 07:18

Hi, I'm planing to buy a motorbike in HCM-City in feb.'13 and I would like to have the 'right papers' in hand when I leave HCM-City to the north. What I mean is every paper can be faked and how can I be sure to have the right papers when I don't have any idea how the real ones look like. If anybody can show me a photocopy of the registrationdocument for motorbikes in Vietnam it would help me a lot. Thank you for your help. ...

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What happens if we miss our train connection?

Posted by Davnew2 on 21/4/2012 at 21:05

My wife and I are traveling by train from Saigon to Sapa in July. We will need to switch trains in Hanoi. We have 2 hours between when our train is scheduled to arrive in Hanoi, and when our train to Lao Cai? Is this enough time. If me miss our connection, will be able to take the next train. We haven't purchased any tickets yet. ...

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Pre tet travel

Posted by SaltwaterGem on 17/1/2013 at 03:37

Will get to Saigon the 3rd or so.. Would it be a problem to go to Mui Ne until the 8th? As far as getting transport and accommodation? I have a flight out on the 9th so I can't afford to get stuck. ...

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6 Week itinerary for Vietnam, Laos & Cambodia

Posted by langleym1 on 12/1/2013 at 12:20

Hi, im flying to Hanoi on 8th August and flying home from SGN on 20th September, which is 6 weeks in total. Im wondering about itinerary. I was thinking: land in hanoi, go to ha long bay, bus to luang prabang, vang vieng, vientiene and back to hanoi or straight to Hue. Then from hue to ho chi minh stopping off at all the nice places along the way. then bus from ho chi minh to phnom penh and siem reap and back to ho chi minh to fly back home. Is this a feasible route for 6 weeks? or shou ...

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Travel Guide Cost

Posted by crafte on 11/1/2013 at 21:18

Hi, There is a group of 6 of us that are traveling SE asia (vietnam, cambodia, thailand) and we got quotes from travel agents that are helping with all accommodations which includes tour guides. We're planners and its our first trip so we feel more comfortable booking everything ahead of time even though many folks have told us to do it once you get there. For a guides in each city throughout our trip, they quoted us a per person rate for a private guide. Is this normal as I would of though ...

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Help - itinerary

Posted by SBKM on 14/1/2013 at 23:27

Hello lovely people, We land in Hanoi in two days with the intention of travelling down the coast over the next 30 days in order to make our way to Cambodia (not the first people to do this route...) The issue we have is that we have heard the weather in North and Central Vietnam isn't the best at the moment. Would we encounter better weather along our travels were we to fly straight to HCMC once we get to Hanoi? This way we would travel up to coast back up to the North over a 30 day period ...

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The week before tet: how soon should I book transport?

Posted by GhostOfTomJoad on 14/1/2013 at 19:56

I've read the article that travelfish put up about tet, and it answered a few of my questions but just need a bit of help regarding this. I plan to travel to Hanoi from Hue on February 5th, will I have trouble getting train or bus tickets if I leave this until I get to hue, which will probably be the 2nd? Or should I book it online by the end of January? I don't mind taking a soft seat on the train, or a night bus so I am flexible. ...

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Train Tickets

Posted by dnev101 on 4/1/2013 at 11:13

hi all, Me and my girlfriend are in Vietnam mid Feb and we are looking for some advice on trains. we will be flying into hanoi on the 12th but want to get the train to hue on the 15th...........will the 12th be too late to book the overnight SE1 train and get seats together in softsleeper class? as i know it is a busy period. I am in email contact with a hotel that I have reserved and they say they will arrange the train for me but say it will be between $54 and $57 each i thought that seemed ...

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TET Festival 2013

Posted by StevenAM on 4/1/2013 at 13:21

Hi Everyone, I am very new to this website and it has already been exceedingly helpful. My partner and I are travelling to Vietnam arriving in Ho Chi Minh City on the 25th January. Now I know this has been covered in other posts but they are seemingly a couple of years old and the time tends to vary. I am just wondering what others views are on the TET Festival and the best places to be and whether it is as hard to get accommodation and to travel around this time as what some are making it ou ...

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Eating Food Washed in Water

Posted by crafte on 12/1/2013 at 05:24

Hi, I'm from USA and I've gotten mixed messages on what we should eat when traveling. This is our first time to Vietnam and I was wondering if its safe to eat the greens and veggies that normally comes with many of the traditional vietnamese meals such as Pho and Bun Bo Hue. The greens and bean sprouts are what really makes the dish for me! I've talked to a season traveler to SE asia (he travels there probably 3 times a year over the past several years) and he says he eats everything. He jus ...

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Bicycle Rental/Lockup

Posted by StevenAM on 8/1/2013 at 16:39

Hi, Now this may seem like a very stupid question to some, but in most of my travels so far I have used taxis/tours. I am wondering about the hiring of pushbikes while travelling through Vietnam (also Cambodia and Laos). It seems as if they are an awesome way to travel around and something I plan to do a fair bit. But the thing to me is no where explains how to keep them safe when you are visiting sites. Do the places you hire the bikes from usually supply locks or is this something that is imp ...

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Viewed 2,479 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by LolaNguyen on 9/1/2013 at 20:40

Sapa trek question

Posted by bascanvas on 26/9/2012 at 12:02

Hi everybody' This is my first post here but i've been looking around here a long time and found a lot of usefull info for our upcoming 6 month trip to SE Asia. Now i have one question about Sapa, we love to trek into the mountains but i can't find any usefull info about organizing a multi day trek while in Sapa. is this easy to arrange on the spot or is it better to arrange this before hand in Hanoi. Thank you for your time and keep up the good work. ...

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Con Dao worth it?

Posted by Lost_Vagabond on 30/11/2012 at 16:27

Hi there, I'm planning on a 3 week trip to Vietnam in April and was thinking of checking out Con Dao. I'm not sure if it would be worth the extra expense? It seems like its not been touched significantly by mass tourism (yet). I'm aware of the fact that it will be a plane trip there and also most likely elevated prices on the island. Is there actually any budget/reasonable accommodation on the island? ...

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Nha Trang to Hoi An by van?

Posted by MorrieC on 31/12/2012 at 16:13

We are traveling as a group which is combined of 8 adult and are considering an overland trip by van through the highlands from Nha Trang to Hoi An. Visiting some of the ethnic villages and stopping at sites on the way. Is this a good way to travel from Nha Trang to Hoi An? How are the accommodations on this route. We need recommendations for a travel company that can arrange this type of trip? Thanks for the help. Morrie ...

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Short Changed by HSBC

Posted by foieslinger on 1/2/2010 at 13:59

has anyone had any recent issues with HSBC ATM machines in Saigon?? The one on Bui Vien Street shorted me $800,000 dong yesterday. EIGHT HUNDRED THOUSAND !!! ($42 usd) ...

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3 weeks Vietnam Cambodia and Thailand

Posted by Liveley on 25/12/2012 at 11:18

Please help me and my girlfriend are flying into HCMC 4th January and fly out of Bangkok 24th January. I have read so much and with Christmas as well my brain is starting to get fried so many places so little time and I fully accept the last thing I want to be doing is spending hours on buses, trains and travelling. I have a plan in my head but would appreciate any advice - DAY 1- 2 HCMC couple of days in Saigon, a cookery course Sunday market and a Spa treatment. DAY 2 - 7 Fly to Phu Quoc fro ...

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3 weeks taking it easy: skip South and Central Vietnam?

Posted by saranneman on 31/12/2012 at 09:29

Hi there! we plan to go to Vietnam in June for 3 weeks. It's our first time we're going to SE Asia. We're 25 and we like different types of traveling, like trekking (West Highland Way in Scotland, some trekking in Norway and last year the GR20 in Corsica), but we can also enjoy a 3 week road trip in the USA! But we never discovered a non-western culture. So this time we wanted to combine beautiful nature with a different culture. So we made our choice, Vietnam it is. I still have a lot to read ...

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Travelling between Hoi An and Quy Nhon on the 27th Jan

Posted by kiwigrant on 29/12/2012 at 06:02

I hope someone can help! We are honeymooning in Vietnam in Jan and need to get to the Bai Tram Hideaway Resort from Hoi An on the 27th Jan. The resort offers transfers from Quy Nhon Airport but we cant seem to make flights work. We planned to arrange a private transfer but cant seem to find any companies offering the service. If anyone has got any ideas on who we could use that will be great... trying to avoid screwing up this early into married life! Cheers, Grant ...

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12 days itinerary

Posted by gogofowad on 1/1/2013 at 18:37

My husband and I will be traveling in Vietnam for 12 days in April. We're flying into Hanoi and out of Ho Chi Minh. This is what we're thinking for an itinerary: 1 night in Hanoi 1 night in Halong Bay 3 nights Sapa (includes 2 overnight trains) 4 nights in Hoi An 3 nights in Ho Chi Minh A couple of questions: We decided to skip Hue to allow more time to relax in Hoi An. Is Hue a must-see? What's best in Ho Chi Minh? For those who visited Sapa recently - did you take mala ...

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Viewed 2,056 times, with 1 reply. Last reply by somtam2000 on 1/1/2013 at 22:27

open bus ticket - prices

Posted by ozmo on 20/3/2007 at 17:05

hello, just a word about the prices of the open bus ticket: a ticket with 5 stops should cost something around 20$-23$ if you buying it in Hanoi and around 15$-18$ if you buying it in Saigon. a ticket that include all the stops points will cost something around 25$ in Hanoi, and less in Saigon. I'm just telling you this because i met same people that paid 35$ because the travel agency told them that they will get special bus, but eventually, all of them got to the same bus like the ...

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