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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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Ninh Binh, Puluong Nature Reserve & Mai Chau

Posted by 2travelhappy on 21/11/2018 at 00:02

We have 4 to 5 nights available to see Ninh Binh, Puluong Nature Reserve & Mai Chau. Just wondering if we should skip Mai Chau. I am considering asking a tour company to make the arrangements and hire a private driver and guide. All thoughts and ideas appreciated. As always travelfish thank you for your valuable input. ...

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OVERNIGHT TRAIN HO CHI MINH TO DA NANG

Posted by 2travelhappy on 18/11/2018 at 00:32

Has anyone within the last year taken the overnight train from Ho Chi Minh to Da Nang or the train from Hue to Hanoi? Have been discourage by all of the negative reviews about this mode of travel. Hubby and I were planning to book a soft sleeper. Would appreciate hearing about your experience. Thank you. ...

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Volunteer in Northern Viet Nam!

Posted by veovolunteer on 8/11/2018 at 20:21

With the aim to help local communities and vulnerable groups through education, Volunteer for Education Organization (V.E.O) has been conducting volunteer work camp programs. In these programs, V.E.O runs a variety of voluntary projects focusing on rural areas, orphanage centers or schools for disadvantaged children. By working directly local communities and vulnerable groups, volunteers will help them with non-formal education and other activities, bringing them a chance to get new skills for t ...

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Luggage storage in Da Nang

Posted by Litpich on 24/10/2018 at 02:20

Hi there! Does anyone know if there is a luggage storage at Da Nang train station or anywhere around it? We are taking an overnight train to HMCH and wanted to check out Da Nang first during the day. I would appreciate any info. ...

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Hoi An for a week or so?

Posted by 2travelhappy on 1/10/2018 at 14:46

Hi there, We are planning a 62 night trip of SE Asia. We have 25 nights remaining for Vietnam from Feb 16th to March 12 2019. Our intention is to visit the country from the Meykong Delta to Cat Ba Island and fly from Hanoi to Hong Kong before heading home to Vancouver. Would appreciate any help and suggestions with our itinerary you can offer. We will enter Vietnam from Cambodia via boat transfer from Phnom Penn. 4 nights Meykong Delta area 3 nights Ho Chi Minh City We would like to ...

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Cha Pa Garden Hotel, Sapa, VN Still Active?

Posted by rjhintz on 13/7/2018 at 12:06

Agoda and Booking don't show availability when plugging in several dates. Google Maps shows as open. Web site from the TF listing directs to some casino site. (Didn't try calling.) Any current information is welcome. Thanks, Rich ...

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Typhoon and Hanoi/ Halong Bay Cruises

Posted by gee22chin11 on 14/9/2018 at 21:31

Hello, Anyone have any updated info on the current situation with the typhoon heading towards Vietnam’s Halong Bay and Hanoi? When are conditions expected to improve? Our hotels refuse to cancel our reservation and the boat operator say business as usual. However the news say otherwise. We are traveling with a baby and are being extra careful. Thanks. ...

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Vietnam-based travel agency

Posted by compdiff on 4/9/2018 at 09:51

We are looking to do a customized tour for 4 people in Vietnam. Cost is not our primary concern. We are photography enthusiasts and have identified private photo tours in Hoi An, Hanoi and HCMC that we plan to incorporate. We are looking for a good Vietnam-based travel company to put the trip together with private guides, vehicles and keeping us away from hoards of tourists while providing a high quality experience. We will make the trip in the second half of March 2019. We have found a few t ...

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Snake restaurants in Hanoi

Posted by madambovary1975 on 3/9/2018 at 10:58

Hi, I would love to try some snake culinary specialities in Hanoi, I wonder if any has been to Le Mat Village restaurant or if you could recommend me any place to taste the cobra dishes. Many thanks. Regards, Emma ...

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lacquered and horn jewelry in Hanoi

Posted by madambovary1975 on 3/9/2018 at 11:46

Hi, I would love to buy some good quality lacquered and horn jewelry in Hanoi or somewhere else in north of Vietnam, similar to the Hermes quality and design, any idea where to buy it? Thank you ...

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Itinerary north vietnam

Posted by madambovary1975 on 23/8/2018 at 15:17

Hi, I am traveling through the north of Vietnam for three weeks, starting and finishing my trip from Hanoi, I wonder if it's better to star from Hanoi-Sapa and going down or Hanoi-Halong bay and going up. Please let me know whats more convenient. If I have some time left I might go to Hue or Hoi An. Many thanks, Regards, Emma ...

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e-visa to Vietnam

Posted by madambovary1975 on 20/8/2018 at 22:53

Hi, I would like to ask if someone has used the e-visa to Vietnam and if you had any issues or still had to queue at the airport. I contacted the embassy in London and they told me that they are not affiliated to any online portal for visa and the only official place to apply for visa in the embassy. Many thanks ...

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Checking Baggage through to Hanoi Airport - Safe?

Posted by mtbakerstu on 24/4/2018 at 20:00

Hello, I'm wondering about folks experience checking bags through to Hanoi airport, as well as Da Nang. I'm on the fence regarding carry on vs. checking, and wanted to get folks feedback on experiences they've had, good or bad, with checking luggage. Thanks, and happy trails! MBS ...

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Complete novice on first solo trip anywhere - help!

Posted by martynhaigh on 8/4/2018 at 03:51

Hey, I've booked a 2.5 week solo trip to Vietnam starting May 2nd and I'm looking for advice. As the title says, I've never travelled solo before (actually never been outside the western world before) so I've no idea what to expect. I land in Hanoi and have booked a private room at the Central backpackers hostel Old quarter for a few nights whilst I find my feet, but then haven't planned anything else before my flight out from HCM. I'm a 39 year old guy from England who's not particularly ...

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H?i An: accommodation recommendation?

Posted by mtbakerstu on 21/3/2018 at 19:25

Hello, Headed to Hoi An in late April. Would you recommend staying in town, or on the beach? Either way, I'm looking for a hotel recommendation. Can you advise on places you've stayed that you enjoyed? Thanks, MBS ...

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Ask about North Vietnam Itinerary - Quality of Cruise to Halong and Catba

Posted by thaorosellazulab on 5/4/2018 at 03:21

In coming August, my family has a vacation in Vietnam. Now I cannot give the fixed time but maybe we'll spend about 2-3 weeks for the journey in Vietnam. Specific number of days depends on my husband's work. We're very excited about cruises through islands. Following are our itinerary for 2 weeks. + 4 days: Hanoi + 3 days: Halong cruise (Any ferries or high-quality cruises take us to Lan Ha Bay, Cat Ba??) + 1 day: Back Hanoi and take a train/bus to Sapa (Train or bus? Which one is more co ...

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In search of a great beach to visit in Vietnam - end of April

Posted by mtbakerstu on 15/3/2018 at 18:29

Hello Forum Members, I'm planning a trip to Vietnam at the end of April, and wanted to get any input you may have on where I could go for a few days to be on the beach. I'm partial to a beach village that has great, warm water waves for body surfing, and a mellow, indigenous beach scene- not overly developed. Any input super appreciated. I'm looking south for the warmest waters. Thanks, Mtbakerstu ...

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Mekong delta recommendations

Posted by Triblim on 16/3/2018 at 23:21

Hi there We're on Phu Quoc and not enjoying it (it's noisy and crowded) but don't fly out from Saigon until 29th March. So considering making our way to Saigon via the Mekong delta and hoping for some ideas on the best way to do this. We want to avoid busy places as much as possible; we need some peace and quiet, or as much as that's possible in Vietnam! Thank you Karen and Kev ...

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