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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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Hangout Hostel HCM - The best hostel for solo travellers in Vietnam on year 2019

Posted by hangouthostelhcm on 19/8/2019 at 14:52

Come and join us at the MOST POPULAR HOSTEL FOR SOLO & GROUP TRAVELLERS IN VIETNAM from the year 2017-2019 awarded by Travelinglifestyle, Hostelworld & Booking.com website. * * * * * * * Our price includes: - FREE breakfast from 07-10 AM every day - FREE coffee/tea on breakfast - FREE cold beer's & mixer on Happy Hour at night every day - FREE high-speed WI-FI throughout our building - FREE Air conditioning at all rooms include a common room - FREE City Map - FREE refill miner ...

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Small towns & villages around HCMH to explore?

Posted by sharontreloar on 14/8/2019 at 10:35

Hello, we’re staying in HCMH in early October, and I already know I’m gonna need to get out of town for a day... I was thinking of hopping on a train and finding a small town to explore, somewhere untouristy. Just a real town or village with a market and temple. Nothing flash. Old and rustic is good. Anyone have any ideas? Thanks. ...

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Ha Giang Weather and Visibility in late December/early January

Posted by gatoguts on 9/7/2019 at 18:02

I was just wondering if anyone who's been to Ha Giang in late December/early January can comment on the weather conditions and visibility. I don't mind so much the colder weather, but I'm concerned that foggy conditions may make the visibility so poor that I can't see the beautiful views very well. Also, if you took a motorbike, was it uncomfortable being on the motorbike for long periods of time in the cold weather? ...

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2 Weeks in Vietnam and Cambodia

Posted by Howparlaw on 7/6/2019 at 17:48

We arrive in Hanoi on 25 December and depart from Phnom Penh on 7 January for 14 total days. We plan on the first 4-5 days in Hanoi and Halong Bay and the last 4-5 in Siem Reap and Phnom Penh. But how should we use the 4-5 days in the middle? Ninh Binh, Sapa or elsewhere in North Vietnam (weather concerns in December?) or Battambang or other areas in Cambodia? We do not want to to spend all our time traveling, and are OK taking flights to speed the travel. Suggestions? Thanks ...

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Ha Giang to Cao Bang and/or Lam Son

Posted by gatoguts on 1/7/2019 at 22:35

I will be going to Ha Giang, and thinking of going afterwards to Cao Bang and/or Lam Son. Has anyone taken a bus from Ha Giang to Cao Bang or Lam Son? I know public transportation is virtually nonexistent from Dong Van to Cao Bang, but I assume there's a bus from Ha Giang city to Cao Bang and from Cao Bang to Lam Son. What are the bus travel times for these destinations? Also, for anyone who's been to these places, did you find them worth the effort to get there? (Ha Giang included) ...

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Thankfully, I Got Scammed in Vietnam, Too.

Posted by somtam2000 on 14/12/2018 at 07:21

“But what was there to be done? Storm out over the Kissinger comment? Refuse to pay? Cause a scene? Honestly, I was a bit curious about how it was all going to play out and just finished my beer. When I said it was time to get back to my hotel and get ready to catch my bus, my dining companion mysteriously did not return from his trip to the toilet. The bill came. It was probably around three times what the meal usually cost, but that only put me out an extra $30-$40. I was irritated, but didn ...

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Itinerary help for early July travel in SEA

Posted by yearn2travel on 3/6/2019 at 14:54

At the end of a 30 day trip around SEA we have about 4 days to make our way from Hanoi to Bangkok. We will have already visited, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Luang Prabang, Siem Reap, Halong Bay, Sapa and Hanoi. We like cultural sites, nature, good food and some smaller places that are laid back. Ideas we are tossing around: beach (Vietnam or Thailand), Saigon (interested in the war) Or any sites throughout Vietnam that you would recommend? Bangkok the entire time We could stay in Vietna ...

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13 days in Northern Vietnam and Cambodia- Itinerary Help

Posted by Howparlaw on 16/5/2019 at 20:28

We are traveling to Northern Vietnam and Cambodia for 13 days, arriving in Hanoi on Dec 26 and departing Phnom Penh on Jan 7. We are planning to spend the first 6 or 7 days in Northern Vietnam (Hanoi, Ninh Binh, Sapa, Halong Bay ?) and the last 6 or 7 days in Cambodia (Siem Reap, Battambang, Phnom Penh? ). We prefer to spend some time in rural areas, as well as in the cities, and would like to experience local customs and food. Probably want to be in Hanoi for New Year's Eve, but open t ...

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Recommendations for Tet in Vietnam

Posted by joelmathson on 10/12/2018 at 23:25

Hello there, we (my girlfriend and I) are currently planning a 6-month backpacking trip in southeast asia. As we have planned it so far, we will end up in Vietnam during Tet. I have read through the travelfish section on Tet in Vietnam, but i would like further recommendations from fellow travelers (or non advertising Vietnamese locals). One option is to go somewhere else during this time (go from Cambodia to Lao instead and go to Vietnam after Tet). But we have also considered staying as we ha ...

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Cookery class recommendations? Hue and Hoi An

Posted by ruthabelle on 14/9/2010 at 02:22

Hello I'd love a recommendation for a Vietnamese cookery class in either Hue or Hoi An. I'm a really keen cook so I'd like something hands on, not just demonstrations. Has anyone had a good experience? Thank you! Ruth ...

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2 weeks in Vietnam and Thailand from US

Posted by wfhrjw on 23/1/2019 at 16:38

We are planning to travel to Vietnam and Thailand for 2 weeks likely in September. We are trying to determine North or South as well as whether to book excursions individually with vendors or try to find a good 5-7 day tour package. We have never been in Asia. We also would love any ideas about how to effectively integrate the best of both countries. Likely some beach time in Thailand will be necessary. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. Thank you ...

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Vietnam in February / March

Posted by sassy on 31/1/2019 at 21:05

Hi all First time posting here. I am soon heading to Vietnam, (February / March for 6 weeks) I thought of starting from the North and making my way down and leave Phu Quoc and some beach time for the end, but apparently the weather is cold up north at this time. (February). Any suggestions ? Thanks. ...

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Sapa or Ha Giang

Posted by gatoguts on 9/5/2019 at 00:41

I have enough time to visit Sapa or Ha Giang, but probably not both. Can anyone who has been to both areas advise on which they would recommend and why? ...

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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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English Premier League Football

Posted by steviej on 16/1/2019 at 16:34

Hi All, Anybody on the ground in Can Tho know of any bars where I could watch football? Thanks StevieJ ...

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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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