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any travelling vietnam in april 2011?

Posted by katieking6 on 10/2/2011 at 15:14

Hi, I'm 23 from new zealand and flying into HCMC on April 7th and leaving on the 25th. I am planning to travel the length of the country and have a couple of questions..

- do i need to worry about safety given i'm youngish, female and travelling alone in Vietnam?

- should i start and Hanoi and go south? or start in HCMC and go north?

Any advice or help would be awesome! Thaaaanks! Katie.

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Posted by shoestringer on 12/2/2011 at 20:55

Hi, i dont think you have anything to worry about, just keep your wits about you and dont go walking down dark alleys at night things like that. As for the north south question i dont think it makes a difference as you'll be seeing the same things either way. Im landing in Hanoi at the begining of april and working my way south.


enjoy

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Posted by destroyingangel on 15/2/2011 at 06:26

Katie,

We are a family of 3 (way cool mom plus 25 yr old son & 13 yr old daughter) from the US (we've actually been to NZ, mostly the North island) who will be in Vietnam from the end of March through the end of April 2011. We are flying into and out of Hanoi and would be happy to meet up with you. Other than popping over to Luang Prabang mid-month we haven't made any firm plans; we'll get settled in and then decide. Send me a private message if you'd like to keep in touch.

Teddy

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Posted by CCella on 15/2/2011 at 15:45

Teddy, you do not have private messaging enabled.
I too will be doing a similar trip.
I'm a young American student as well.
Would love to meet up.
Private message me, or enable yours!

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Posted by destroyingangel on 15/2/2011 at 16:01

CCella,
I didn't realize I had to set my profile to public to PM, but I've done that now. You have to do the same, I think; there's no PM option in your post.
Teddy

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Posted by octopus29 on 20/2/2011 at 14:41

hi.
u dont have to worry about safety here in vietnam. just need to watch ur steps when u cross the streets and be careful ur luxury items: camera, purse, expensive phone,...
it depends on where u wanna go next after Vietnam. e.g: if u wanna go to Laos next, then u should start from South. but if u wanna go to Cambodia next, u should start from north.
have a great trip!

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Posted by ijf001 on 5/3/2011 at 13:49

Katie, Teddy and CCella
I am hoping to do something similar in April also - at this stage cycling from Hanoi to HCM (or part thereof)... Was going to do it with an organised tour but now not so sure - dont want to be restricted by an itinery...

Would be good to meet up if you are interested.

Ian

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Posted by destroyingangel on 5/3/2011 at 13:53

Ian,

Please enable PM and set your profile to public so we can PM you!

Teddy

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Posted by ijf001 on 5/3/2011 at 14:16

Hi Teddy,
Have enabled...

Ian

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Posted by putnik on 8/3/2011 at 05:09

I am also arriving in HCMC 07 April. I will be there some time and then Hanoi.... Before HCMC I will spend few days in Nha Trang.
I am 29 year old guy from Netherlands. I am traveling alone, 2nd time in South East Asia, feel free to contact me. I will have a lot of time to mess around, I can't wait one month to go.

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Posted by djw7311 on 8/3/2011 at 05:31

Katie, Just read a blog about a young lady who bought a motorbike and did the length of the country without any prboblems. The advice from octopus is good, avoid back alleys and beware of people snatching your bag from a passing motor bike. Think how you would act in Auckland at 3.am on a Sunday morning and youll be fine.

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Posted by stevevn on 8/3/2011 at 09:56

Posted from within Vietnam.

Hi katie,

I think you should arrive in HCM first because there will be an exhibit about tourism take place in the center of HCM city. It will start from 7 April then maybe you will have more ideas about the next destination.

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Posted by katieking6 on 8/3/2011 at 12:30

Hey putnik and destroyingangel, Id be keen to catch up when I get there. Putnik, any chance you could enable your private messaging and I'll flick you a message.

To all others who haev given advice, thanks heeeaps!! :)

Cheers, katie

p.s. ijf001 I would have been so keen the cycle the length of the country but signed up to a contiki. You should def do it - it looks like it'd be awesome!

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Posted by putnik on 9/3/2011 at 06:35

private messaging enabled

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Posted by ijf001 on 13/3/2011 at 11:10

hey katieking... No probs

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Posted by Trek on 13/3/2011 at 19:09

Hi All,

I'm from Australia and my family runs a small restaurant near the airport in Saigon and i'll be there between March 22nd til 9th of April. Stop by if you like Rice paper rolls and we can have a chat. I've been to Vietnam several times and love the scooter experience. PM me if you're interested.

Trek.

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Posted by samantha30 on 15/3/2011 at 02:08

Hi All,

I am a 30 year old female from Oxford UK, I will be traveling by myself round South East Asia for six months. I will be flying into Bangkok on 5th April then i plan to fly to either Hanoi or Ho chi min on 7th April, same as some of you. I would like to travel the breadth of the country flying out of either Hanoi or Ho Chi Min (depending which one i arrived in) and leave around 4th May back to Bangkok to get ready to start my volunteering project on Koh Lipe Island on 8th May. I last traveled when i was twenty round Australia but have never done it by myself before so i am a bit concerned and nervous but i guess that is only natural! It would be great if any of you guys would like to hook up!? Its always great to share the experiences.

I look forward to hearing from you very soon.

Sam

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Posted by destroyingangel on 15/3/2011 at 06:34

Trek & Sam,

You need to set your profiles to public and enable PM before you can hear from anyone!

Cheers,

Teddy

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Posted by Trek on 15/3/2011 at 17:18

PM enabled

cheers,

Trek

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Posted by samantha30 on 15/3/2011 at 17:50

Sorry that would help!! Silly me!!

Thanks for the advice

All done, look forward to hearing from you all soon.

Sam ; )

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Posted by scrubs726 on 27/3/2011 at 04:05

Posted from within Vietnam.

Hi Everyone-

I'm a 25 yo Vietnamese-American Female, also traveling VN alone. I'm headed up to Hoi An today for a few days if anyone would like to meet up! PM me if you will be around.

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Posted by hungzino on 27/3/2011 at 23:09

Posted from within Vietnam.

Hello from Vietnam, im staying hanoi. If you arrive hanoi and need help, you can contact me or we can meet up for coffee, sightseeing or other things. Hope see you in hanoi.

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