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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!

Current Weather in Vietnam

Posted by CoCo09 on 23/9/2009 at 16:48

Hi, I will be in Vietnam from next week onwards. I am keeping an eye on the weather forcast for the next 6-10 days. Every location says it currently has scattered thunder storms and rain... Is anybody over there at the mo, and if so how often during the day is it raining? Cheers. Co ...

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Sim cards in Vietnam?

Posted by bc3000 on 29/4/2009 at 22:29

Hi, I was just wondering what the best sim card was for calling abroad in Vietnam. I have a Mobifone one at the moment but I seem to run out of credit really quickly! Is there a time of day that's cheaper or something maybe? ...

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Hanoi - Dien Bien Phu by bus?

Posted by hjpot on 5/10/2012 at 06:05

I'm planning to cross overland into Laos from Dien Bien Phu. I'm currently in Hanoi . While I can find lots of information on the actual crossing, or on getting to DBP from Sapa , I can't seem to find any info on taking a direct bus from Hanoi to DBP. People have told me to take a train from Hanoi to Sapa and then the bus to DBP, but if I look at a map this just doesn't seem to make any sense. The train would take a whole day (or night) and as far as I know it's then another full day to get to ...

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How long in each city? 3 weeks: Angkor Wat --> Hanoi

Posted by pencl658 on 7/10/2012 at 04:07

Hi all, I just about think I have an itinerary sorted but I'm having that age old dilema of tossing up how many days will do justice to each place. It will be my first time in this area of the world, so I'm looking forward to some fun (and delicious!) exploring. Any advice or comments on the following would be wonderful: (2-3 days) 11-13 Dec: Siem Reap /Angkor Wat (1 day roughly) 14 Dec: bus from Siem Reap to Saigon (4 days) 15-18 Dec: in Saigon overnight 18 Dec: train to Danang (heading for ...

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Vietnam railways PDF

Posted by Barnett on 25/9/2012 at 06:13

Hello, This is probally me justbeing daft but i'm struggling to find the Travel Fish PDF on the Vietnam Railway system in the Members Centre? Any help? Andy ...

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Itinerary advice on 18night trip from Hanoi -> Siem Reap

Posted by astewart_123 on 6/10/2012 at 02:05

This is an itinerary I have come up with for a 18 night stay in Vietnam and Cambodia. Any advice at all on any of it would be fantastic. Thank you! (HANOI) Arrive - Hanoi (Noi Bai) International Airport @ 8:15am (NO SLEEP) 23rd/24th 1 Night Accommodation @ ? Activities - city tour, museum, zoo, architecture, etc. 24th/25th 1 Night Accommodation @ ? In the morning book Bus -> Boat -> Bus to Cat Ba Island (all booked through "Hoang Long" Transport Company) at the L ...

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Ho Chi Minh motorbike trip to Hanoi

Posted by taavipl on 2/10/2012 at 22:00

Hi! I am already in HCMC and looking for people with the same idea in mind. 3 weeks of motorbike riding trough amazing countryside, coastal and mainland whilst stopping in more then 15 cities along the way. Give me a call or text and we can meet and discuss about heading out together! 01254098951 ...

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Double-Entry Visa (Vietnam) - Experience with port of entry/date

Posted by caseyprich on 30/9/2012 at 04:18

Okay - my question is not if I will need one, I know that. I'm wondering what experience people have had with using them. I'm planning a trip this February flying into HCM City and then going into Cambodia, I'll come back to Vietnam to fly back home. I've heard you have to give an intended port of entry on the double entry, but that is where things get a little sticky for me. I don't know if we'd be coming back into Vietnam at Kaam Samnor/Ving Xuong, Phnom Den/Tinh Bien or even back at Bavet ...

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Hanoi a few days before tet 2013

Posted by travelbug86 on 20/9/2012 at 06:14

Hi everyone! I was just wondering if anyone knows what Hanoi is like a few days before tet. My travel party and I fly into Hanoi on the 6th of February. We have heard that many things close down a few days before tet. What will Hanoi be like from the 6th to the 9th of February? Many thanks, Travel bug ...

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Vietnamese sim cards?

Posted by chicho83 on 17/2/2009 at 04:32

is it possible to buy a sim in vietnam for my phone and use as normal pay as you go? cheers ...

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Can Cau and Bac Ha markets

Posted by downundergal on 24/9/2012 at 16:00

Hi - Will be in Sapa next month and wanting to visit either of the above markets. It seems Bac Ha gets pretty over run with tourists so just wondering if Can Cau may be a better option on the Saturday instead? We have already booked accommodation in Sapa so overnighting is not an option. Can anyone advise which would be a better option? ...

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Day Trips from Sapa - any suggestions or guide recommendations

Posted by downundergal on 21/9/2012 at 22:52

Hi - arriving off the night train on Friday morning and spending 2 nights in Sapa before returning on the 1730 train Sunday night. I have booked accomm in Sapa but looking for recommendations on our time there. We really want to visit the markets, take in the scenery but without spending a full 8 hours hard trekking. Any suggestions would be appreciated? Thanks. ...

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Where to for a banging new years in Vietnam??

Posted by roshii on 22/9/2012 at 14:18

Hi, We're two 23 y.o. girls who will be traveling Vietnam in December and are trying to settle on the best place to spend NYE. We've considered HCMC, Hanoi and Nha Trang. Which of these would be best for a great party / atmosphere and are there any other locations you can suggest? Thanks! ...

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Ho Chi Minh

Posted by bidamobile on 21/9/2012 at 05:43

Hi There I will be travelling around SE Asia around November/December time. My first stop is Thailand however I would like to take a trip to Vietnam for a few days. Can anyone recommend a good hostel in Ho Chi Minh, particulary Pham Nhu Lao street? I'm travelling by myself so I'd like a good social hostel easy to meet other travellers. Thanks Guys!! ...

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3 weeks in Vietnam/Cambodia- itinerary advice!

Posted by junebug on 12/9/2012 at 16:10

We're visiting Vietnam and Cambodia (mostly Vietnam) for three weeks in December and I was hoping to get a bit of feedback on our draft itinerary. We're looking for a mix of adventure, relaxation and culture. Day 1 travel to Hanoi 2 Hanoi 3 Hanoi 4 Ha Giang tour (posted on this a while back and decided to go for it!) 5 Ha Giang tour 6 Ha Giang tour 7 Ha Giang tour 8 Ha Giang tour 9 Fly/overnight train to Dong Hoi- Phong Nha Farmstay 10 Phong Nha Farmstay 11 Phong Nha Farmstay 12 Bus to Hue, f ...

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Nha Trang - Dalat (Motortour)

Posted by bartdebruijn87 on 27/8/2012 at 15:38

Hi, I'm planning to take a 3 day trip with a motor tour (like easy riders), starting in Nha Trang and finishing in Dalat. Is this recommended because most itineraries i see online are the reversed route (Dalat - Nha Trang). Does anybody has good advice on good tour operators in Nha Trang who provide such tours? Many thanks in advance.\ Kind regards, Bart ...

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Itinerary for family of 4

Posted by Junespice on 14/9/2012 at 15:27

Hi guys I need help with our itinerary. My family is going to HCMC in January for 20 days. The children are aged 4 and 6 and are avid travellers. We are escaping the Scandinavian cold and would like to visit an island or a coastal area with beach, preferably one with snorkeling. We are also interested in history and minorities. Here's the deal. We are looking at different options: Going from HCMC to Siem Reap . Very expensive flights. Cheapest ones are $ 1100 for all of us. Is there an easy ...

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is 17$ a fair price for a ride from airport to old city?

Posted by sykocan on 27/8/2012 at 09:53

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Hoi An bike tours, Off the beaten path.

Posted by aslocran on 21/2/2008 at 13:31

There are two or three groups offering both short and long haul bike trips in the back country around Hoi An. The Sleepy Gecko bar and the Light House offer custom tours of various lengths through the adjacent islands of Cam Kim etc. These tours can last from a couple of hours to all day and prices vary depending on length of tour and which company you pick. But... some of the back country is amazingly beautiful and there are some spectacular Monkey (bamboo) bridges in the area that are a t ...

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Travel Ideas and Advice

Posted by Geer1 on 14/9/2012 at 12:31

Hi, I am currently planning a trip through SEA and have found a bunch of good information on this site. Was just hoping people could review my rough plans so far and see if there is anything I should add, not bother with etc. My plan is to fly into Hanoi and then travel down the coast via train, bus etc to Ho Chi Minh City and then up into Cambodia. Some of the sights I plan on trying to see in between are Ha Long Bay, DMZ, Hue, Hoi An, Nha Trang, Da Lat, Ho Chi Minh City and then the Me ...

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