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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!

WARNING: re Ha Long Bay cruise touts Sticky!

Posted by somtam2000 on 22/12/2009 at 13:32

We're having ongoing issues banning accounts that belong to Vietnamese travel agents that are spamming the forum pretending to be customers either asking for advice or supposedly giving advice regarding boat tours on Ha Long Bay. The boats most commonly touted are: Columbus Bhaya Phoenix I would treat any comments or advice given concerning any of the above operators with EXTREME CAUTION -- especially if it is from a relatively new site member. As far as I am concerned, if a business ...

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Welcome and Terms of Use Sticky!

Posted by somtam2000 on 22/1/2006 at 16:30

Hi, I'm somtam2000 and I'll be moderating the Travelfish travel board. I'm here to answer all your questions -- or at least the ones I know the answer to -- as for those that are mysteries to me, perhaps other Travelfish members will be able to answer. You'll see you need to be a member to post a new question or answer an existing one, but if you're already a Travelfish member, you don't need to join again. Your existing login works just fine. A few of general pointers; 1) I do have to ...

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Tet 2017 -travel delays?

Posted by Kara on 14/8/2016 at 16:13

Hi all! My husband and I (30s) are travelling to Vietnam and Cambodia in January 2017 and I am concerned about having problems around Tet. We are looking at 17-20 Days flying into Hanoi and out of Siem Reap via Bangkok. My question is how much do I need to have pre-planned to prevent problems, slowdowns, disappointment? I was going to book the flights based around the date that we should leave Vietnam. Loose itinerary: Hanoi 2 days Halong bay 2 days (unless you really Recmd the 2 nt cr ...

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Posted by thomastetting on 24/8/2016 at 10:02

I will be in Da Nang and Hoi An April and May of 2017. The usual Fireworks competition in Da Nang is changing venue and maybe dates, with conflicting announcements at this time. Does anyone have any more precise info than what is on the websites at this time of August, 2016?????? I would like to be staying on the rooftop of the Minh Toan Galaxy Hotel sipping a cool beverage by the pool while taking in the show by the Sun Wheel to the SE skyline. Although I have reservations for the Apri ...

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Drink in Da Nang the 7th or 8th

Posted by ajhurley on 6/8/2016 at 06:53

Hello, I (Irish, 36) will be in Da Nang the 7th and the 8th - if anyone fancies a beer send me a PM or reply here. Andrew ...

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Buy or rent motorbike in Da nang / Hue / Hoi An

Posted by anselme on 7/12/2012 at 04:23

Hello, How are you? I'm a tourist travelling in Vietnam for the next month. My and my girlfriend are going to arrive in Da nang on sunday at noon. Our plans is to buy or rent a bike in Da Nang and go to Ho Chi Minh. I think it will be difficult to find a agency which rent some motorbikes that we can drop in Ho Chi Minh. So i guess the buying option is the best. But maybe you will know an adress where to look? I saw this forum and I was wondering if you could give us any tips or adress and t ...

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Auco cruises halong bay

Posted by rachel275 on 3/8/2016 at 06:09

We are looking at booking a 3 day 2 night Auco cruise online. I'm wondering if we are going to be paying a lot more to be booking online? Does anyone know what kind of price this cruise is if we turn up in Hanoi and book? It seems like a lot of money.. Thanks for any help. ...

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What to do

Posted by chooky5 on 21/6/2016 at 02:01

hi everyone we are going to Vietnam at the end of September we are a family of 4 with 2 teenage kids, can you recommend what we should do and see, should we stay in Ho Chi Minh city the whole time?? Please help ...

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Itinerary advice for 18 day trip

Posted by rachel275 on 8/6/2016 at 17:13

Hi folks, We have 18 full days in Vietnam in October (flying in to Ho Chi Min at night and out of Hanoi in the morning at the end). We are looking for some opinions on itinerary from people who have spent a bit of time in Vietnam. We are in our 40s, like a night out but not the backpacker party scene, don't fancy Sapa or Nha Trang. We both have some back issues so prolonged trekking and long bus or train journeys are out, but we can do a bit of both. Primarily we would like views on how ...

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Vietnam extends visa exemptions for tourists from Western Europe

Posted by Captain_Bob on 1/7/2016 at 00:29

"On June 30 (2016) the Vietnamese government issued a decree extending visa exemptions for tourists from the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain and Italy, reported the Vietnam News Agency. The Vietnamese government has decided to extend it until June 30, 2017. The exemption duration remains unchanged at 15 days." ...

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motorbike rental phu quoc

Posted by simonega on 23/6/2016 at 01:58

Hi, Does anyone know the actual situationon renting a motorbike in phu quoc? Is it possible to rent a motorbike or it is still not allowed? what about the police? if they stop you they fine? how much? many thank SImone ...

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From Hoi An to Dalat

Posted by Annielay on 5/6/2016 at 22:57

Hello can anyone advise us two older travellers on the best way to get from Hoi An to Dalat and then to HCMC? Not recessarily the most basic or cheapest but with reasonable comfort and not too long time wise. And is it worth going to Dalat at all or is there somewhere else on the way down to HCMC? ...

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Halong cruise- Halong Bay Tours

Posted by Robprrtt on 1/4/2016 at 23:39

Hi,Next week, I have bussiness in Hanoi, Vietnam during a week, i have only 1 day break, i want to visit Halong Bay and enjoy cruise one night. Any recommendation about how to get halong bay from hanoi and what's best cruise in there.? Thanks a lot ...

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Fish Pollution in Central Vietnam- safe to travel?

Posted by LucySK on 22/7/2016 at 12:14

I have been reading about the current (June 30th 2016) fish pollution situation happening in Central Vietnam. I was hoping someone who was recently there (June or July 2016) can let me know how safe it is to eat and travel in Hue, Da Nang, and Hoi An. I would hate to plan a trip about these cities and have to avoid seafood and the beaches. ...

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trip report from ha giang from two independent ladies with no bikes!

Posted by melmariet on 28/2/2013 at 07:45

So we decided to create this post because we had such a problem finding good information about traveling in the ha giang province. We pretty much went on this adventure thinking, let's just take the dive and hope it works out. Good news! It did. With a little bit of hard work, you can travel through ha giang for quite cheap, without a guide, and without a motorcycle. First off, arranging your travel permit can be quite a bit trickier than we expected. Its extremely hard to find anyone who spea ...

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Is there any bus to go from Ha Giang to Cao Bang?

Posted by winniewong on 11/6/2016 at 00:15

Hi there, is there any bus available to travel from Ha Giang to Cao Bang? Kindly advice. Thank you. ...

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Ha Long Bay tour

Posted by vinnyvu on 15/6/2016 at 22:52

HI , I am planning a trip to Ha Noi in September 2016. I am figuring out a tour to Ha Long Bay and don't know where to begin. I would like to go for a 2 day 1 night tour and also see if they offer a kayaking tour of the caves. Can anyone help me? Thank You. ...

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Cao Bang 1 day trip using Bus and Bike

Posted by NirmalR on 4/7/2016 at 05:42

Hi, I am travelling to vietnam on 21st July. My planning is a bit messy, so i'm planning a last minute trip to Cao Bang just to see the Ban Gioc waterfall and Nguoi Ngao Caves. Every tour i have checked shows that i have to stay minimum 1 night . Since i have a time restriction, below is the plan. 24th July:Travel to Cao bang taking the evening 7pm or 8pm Sleeper bus 25th July: Arrive at Cao Bang early morning in bus, (possibly 6am) Rent a bike and travel to the region where Ban Gioc Waterf ...

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Vietnam questions

Posted by ajhurley on 6/7/2016 at 04:34

Hello all, I'm going to Vietnam for almost 3 weeks from the end of July... Whilst I will probably take most of it as it comes, I was thinking of a rough itinery like Hanoi 3-4 days (I enjoy cities) Hué 1-2 days Hoi an 3-4 days Somewhere to relax 4-5 days Saigon 2-3 days Mekong Delta 2-3 days Any thoughts on the above? Could anyone recommend a nice places/places to spend 4-5 days? Essentially, the aim is to relax, read books, unwind, eat nice food. Probably thinking a nice beach area, id ...

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transportation from HoChiMinh to Turtle Island??

Posted by malibu on 24/6/2016 at 20:21

What is a reasonably easy yet not too expensive way to travel from Ho Chi Minh City to Turtle Island near My Tho in the Mekong Delta?? ...

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