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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!

Reputable Travel Agents - Personal Experiences Only Please

Posted by Benno on 3/3/2012 at 05:02

Hi, I have been trawling the forums (TF & TA etc) and have had very little luck. Can anyone advise on travel agents they have personally dealt with for internet bookings and have had good experiences with. I am looking at booking Halong Bay cruise (2D3N) as well as Train tickets to SAPA etc. I am finding out that there are a number of cruises called "Paradise Cruises" all offering different services and prices and feel a bit better going through a well reputed agency for security. ...

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Ngan Nga Hotel

Posted by Bon2008 on 30/4/2012 at 03:49

Two guys stayed in Bac Ha on 28th April 2012 at Ngan Nga hotel new wing room 508. Hotel charged for $20/night icluded breakfast. But, the next day; 29th April 2012 they did not give back to receiptionist the room key pack with the power supply lock key and also did not pay any fee for the night. How do you think about this guys? ...

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Vietnam/SE Asia Itinerary--Are we crazy or smart?

Posted by tgeorge1792 on 25/4/2012 at 16:47

Hi, we are going to Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos in November. We are trying to do a 'greatest hits' of these countries in about 15 days. My question is regarding out Vietnam portion (and the whole thing, really)... Is this dumb?? See below. Should we cut Ninh Binh and do more days in [url= Hanoi -Vacations.html]Hanoi[/url]? I know this seems rushed. It also could be awesome. But we want to see so much. HELP!!! Thanks for your time. You guys are the expe ...

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Motorbike excursion from Saigon to Can Tho

Posted by hallf_brick on 22/4/2012 at 22:35

We're planning a 3 week trip to Vietnam in late July. We arrive into Saigon and are thinking of hiring motorbikes and heading to Can Tho and exploring a little of the Delta on the way. Not too much of it, just basically drive to Can Tho and make a few small excursions and stops on the way. We were thinking - One day travel there - A day exploring/motorbiking around the countryside - A day's travel back to Saigon Is that too short? It's just we want to fly up to Hanoi as soon as we get back ...

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my tentative it ok?

Posted by mp3province on 8/4/2012 at 09:05

Hi guys! I have been a long time spectator. Now I am planning a trip to Vietnam and Cambodia for 2 weeks. This what I've come up with for MAY 2012. 13th night: del to Hanoi (Sunday) 14th moring: arrive Hanoi (Monday) 14th night Hanoi (Monday) 15th night Hanoi (tuesday) 16th morning 8AM Hanoi to halong bay (wednesday)****** 16th night on the cuise (wednesday) 17th be back in Hanoi at 5:30 PM (thursday) 17th night train to sapa..17th nighton the train (thursday) 18th morning sapa at 6AM"¦. ...

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vietnam buses and travel to Laos

Posted by melich on 21/4/2012 at 07:13

Hello, in Hoian booking travel to Laos. Hotel suggested camel travel, tour bus to Savannakhet. First to Hue (I will spend a night or two) then Hue to Dong Ha (have? to spend night) and then through Lao Bao border and to Savannakhet. reading some bad reviews on camel, but most are old and almost all the bus reviews are bad. Any suggestions? thanks Mara ...

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Solo Traveller in Hanoi; 24 - 30 Apr

Posted by joe1985 on 18/4/2012 at 09:30

Hello - I'm going to be in Hanoi from the 24th to the 30th April, just me and my backpack! I want to do Halong Bay/Sapa, and trek to interesting areas, but I'm pretty flexible and will go with the flow. Let me know if you're planning anything and don't mind me tagging along, or want to meet up for a drink! I'm a 26 year-old british guy - a good egg! can be texted on: +44 7817576452 Cheers, Joe ...

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Travel planning from Vietnam to Thailand

Posted by emesa38 on 15/4/2012 at 17:33

Hello, Please help me create an itinerary from Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, and China. I am planning to travel for 4 weeks in total. Any recommendations and should I remove a city from itinerary? What will be the estimated cost or expenses to expect (such as transportation or visa fees)? For China I am only interested in Shanghai and Beijing for the Great Wall. Thank you! ...

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Nanning (China) to Mong Cai (Vietnam)

Posted by caiuss on 17/4/2012 at 05:26

Hi, Next week I'll arrive at Nanning train station at 8.15pm. Does someone know if it's possible still on the same day to catch a bus to Pingxiang (near the Friendship border), or to Dongxing (near the sea and near to another border crossing)? A night bus would also do it ... though due to the short distances I don't believe there are night buses. I want to get to Mong Cai (Mong Cai is on the Vietnamese side of the border of Dongxing) as soon as possible. I'm currently living in China, and hav ...

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Public bath in river or lake?

Posted by leowwang69 on 11/4/2012 at 20:46

Hi I am a male exhibitionist and would like to konw if there's any place I can shower in river or lake so that people can watch me? I know men take piss on street in vietnam, so I am wondering if I can let people watch me in a innocent situation(bathing in river in village area, taking piss in public or anything). Thank you. ...

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Football in Hanoi

Posted by Huckie72 on 13/4/2012 at 19:01

Hello, Can anyone help me with where I can watch the Rugby League State of Origin on the 23 May 2012 while I am in Hanoi? Cheers ...

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Viewed 2,740 times, with 6 replies. Last reply by travellingsarah on 15/4/2012 at 21:47

Travel warning for end of April in Vietnam

Posted by travellingsarah on 15/4/2012 at 01:37

Angela recently wrote in the Saigon blog about the upcoming Reunification Day and May Day holidays (30th April and 1st May). As I sit here trying to book a last minute trip away from Hanoi for the weekend, with little luck, I thought it worth re-enforcing the points she made about travel disruption: as it stands, flights out of Hanoi to most domestic destinations (OK, I haven't checked them all) are fully booked at least for a few of the days over the weekend, and there are no trains to Lao ...

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Just returned from Vietnam today (my thoughts)

Posted by xan310 on 8/4/2012 at 06:20

I arrived in Saigon and traveled by train to Hanoi stopping in Hoi An . Saigon didn't offer many interesting things and if I knew better I would have spend 0 days here so I had more time in Hoi An. The air quality in Saigon is terrible, if you come here have dinner at Monsoon Restaurant (very good). I went to the Ben Thanh Market, the sellers mostly woman will harass you until you just want to run out the door which it took me about 3 minutes. The train to Hoi An from Saigon was delayed and I ...

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NEVER AGAIN / Phuong Dong Hotel

Posted by owsiphilippines on 7/4/2012 at 19:27

NEVER AGAIN / Phuong Dong Hotel I stayed in Phuong Dong Hotel near Noi Bai Airport to stay close to the airport and save on travel time and was hoping to be bright eyed and bushy tailed for my early morning flight the following day. Was I wrong, did not have the good night rest that I expected. The bed sheets looked like it had not been changed, the bed and pillows are hard and the cost of the taxi service to the airport at 4:30 AM was exhorbitant, probably not considering that taxi in that par ...

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Sapa to halong bay...possible?

Posted by lachiec on 3/6/2011 at 11:52

Hey does anyone have any experience taking an overnight train back to Hanoi from sapa and getting straight on a pre Booked tour to halong bay? I'm worried it might be a bit hectic to do so much moving. but if we have a decent sleeper carriage will we get a sleep on the train? Also is it reliable to book a halong bay tour and assume we can get straight from the train station arriving at 4-5am to get to the tour start on time(we were going to book through Hanoi backpackers or follow the flashp ...

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Solo Traveler Vietnam April 14-20

Posted by escape4ever on 12/4/2012 at 07:17

I'm going to be in the following places and would love to meet up with some people. Ho Chi Minh City April 14-16 Hoi An April 16-18 Hanoi April 18-20 I'm a 29yr old female from Canada. ...

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Viewed 2,275 times, with no replies. - reviews?

Posted by p03924545 on 10/4/2012 at 16:20

Hi there Has anyone used to organise a Vietnam visa on arrival? They're the cheapest I've found at $14 (inc a 30% discount offer), but I cannot find any reviews to see if they are reputable. Thanks in advance P ...

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15 days in Vietnam - help with plan

Posted by galyamal on 24/3/2012 at 09:08

Hi, we are a couple in their early 30th, and we have 19 days to Vietnam and Cambodia (in which we mainly plan to visit the Angkor Vat temples). What we have so far as a plan (mind you, we travel a week from now...) is: Days 1 and 2 - Hanoi (we arrive at day "0" at the evening, so days 1 and 2 are full days) Days 3 an 4 - Ha Long bay Day 5 - back from Ha Long bay to Hanoi, and catch the night train to Sa Pa Days 6, 7, 8 - Sa Pa and surroundings, catch night train ...

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Mount Fansipan 2D/1N - Finding Guides and Buddies

Posted by navilink on 9/4/2012 at 23:28

I'm looking for information and hiking buddy for climbing Mount Fansipan on 2day/1night. I will be in Sapa around 10-13May so any 2 days around that dates will do. I just need the basics - permit, guide, transport, food, tent and blanket. Meaning, the tour price only includes the hiking needs. I search many tours but they include hotel, porter, train transfer and other 'luxury' stuffs that I don't really need. I guess you can call this independent tour/guide. As I *might* be hiking alone, th ...

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Thang Long Tu tran - Four saints temple protect Hanoi

Posted by SheaBirds on 9/4/2012 at 02:28

Four saints temple protect Hanoi , also known as "Thang Long Tu tran", here are four places where sometimes Vietnamese people long living in Hanoi can not know, take a close look to four temples built to protect the city from all direction 1. East: Bach Ma Temple The oldest of the four sacred sites is Bach ma (White Horse) Temple, located at 76 Hang Buom Street, Hanoi. Bach Ma Temple was built in the ninth century to worship Long Do (Dragon's Belly) - a patron saint of Hanoi. Legen ...

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