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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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Da Nang- Hoian- Hue, should I travel with a tour?

Posted by SarahSw on 17/10/2016 at 00:06

Hello there! I found many visitors choosing those places and giving good reviews about this tour. I also found some said that it is not too difficult for travelling by yourself. Is this okay for a woman to travel alone ? I have never been in Vietnam and one more question is that what time should I visit to avoid crowded public space ? Thanks in advance. ...

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any ideas for 2 days between halong bay and hanoi?

Posted by benji123 on 17/10/2016 at 08:15

Hi everyone, i will be arriving Hiphong next week, and intend to do the halong bay cruise. after finishing the tour i will have 2 more days to get to hanoi for my flight back home. any suggestions for something intersting to do on the way (possibaly with 1 night sleep)? please note i have luggege and going around by bus, or getting to hotel at night is not an option. thank you very much, Benji ...

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15 day itinerary- advice please

Posted by LauraLeaf on 11/10/2016 at 16:45

Can I please have thoughts/advice on my 15 day itinerary from North to Central Vietnam. I found a travel blog that suggested this itinerary and it includes all the places in Vietnam I would love to visit. Day 1- Flight into Hanoi early morning- spend day and night exploring Hanoi. Day 2-5 - Depart for 2 day 1 night cruise on Bai Tu Long Bay with Paloma Cruise. - Get back to Hanoi around 5pm on day 5- grab some food then get night train to Sapa for 2 day 1 night trek an ...

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Halong Bay

Posted by wsaunders45 on 6/10/2016 at 10:56

We are a retired couple who wish to take a two night cruise in Halong Bay during January, 2017. We seek recommendations on the best company that is reasonably priced with whom to book. And should we make our booking prior to departure or in Hanoi? Thanks much. ...

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Where to go when Con Dao is sold out?

Posted by ZoeRR on 30/9/2016 at 16:48

Hi My boyfriend and I are visiting Vietnam in February for two weeks, visiting HCMC and Hoi An. We then planned to go to Con Dao for four days but have fallen victim to the flights suddenly being completely sold out. So disappointed as had done lots of research and Con Dao sounds brilliant. Where would be the next best place to visit? Phu Quoc sounds like it's a big building site and we're really looking for somewhere more or less untouched to relax, but with the opportunity to explore a littl ...

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legenda travel? any feedback?

Posted by mcorv on 11/10/2016 at 15:26

Hi! I was looking online for cruises in HalongBay, and someone from this agency "Legenda Travel" sent me an email (via tripadvisor) with some tour options, but I cannot find much info or reviews on the inernet about it! does anyone knows if it's trustful and a good travel agency? thanks! ...

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Sea plane Halong Bay

Posted by radumza on 9/10/2016 at 16:01

Hello, We are planing to do a 1 day trip to Halong Bay using this company Has anyone dealt with them, any feadback? We would like to go with them as package for pick up early morning from Hanoi , 11:30 Halong Bay, plane tour for 25 min, then at 12:00 a cruise, so that at 16:00 we can leave and make it to 19:30 the latest to the Hanoi airport for a flight that leaves at 21:25 to Ho Chi Minh. Thank you all for your help. ...

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in Hanoi a few days

Posted by slugga21 on 8/10/2016 at 16:26

Hi travelling with my wife on a organised tour, but have some free time in Hanoi,what would be the best things to see in such a small time frame(one day),thinking about the old quarter and recommendations on best places to eat,as we have a few nights there,any help would be appreciated ........Thanks ...

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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's tourist return rates

Posted by somtam2000 on 8/10/2010 at 14:46

The Economist has a very interesting story on Vietnam's tourism mob, discussing how some aspects of the promotion of Vietnam as a destination haven't been handled perhaps as well as they should be. You can read the full story here The quote that really stood out for me though was this one: "Vietnam has a return rate of just 5% compared to Thailand’s whopping 50%." Wow. Vietnam tends to elicit strong reactions from people -- they either love it to bits, or loathe it with a passio ...

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Train from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh and hotel

Posted by wags3671 on 20/9/2016 at 20:49

I am a 57 year old single woman traveling in Vietnam. I am looking to take the train straight from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh. Any advice would be helpful. How long is the trip because I am seeing mixed things on line. Also any recommendations for the type of train seat would be great. I am also looking for any hotel accommodations that are reasonable once I arrive in Ho Chi Minh. I would like to be near the floating markets. Thank you ...

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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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NIGHT TARAIN TO SAPA - plaese help!

Posted by benji123 on 17/9/2016 at 05:16

hi everyone, i am trying to order online tickets to SAPA with night train providers (sapaly, fanxipan). tryed a few websites like and vietnam-railways the problem is first - they don't let u choose the cabin number and second - seems like the site is not connected to the operator's data base to check if tickets are avilable. i tryed for instance ordering 20 tickets for next week and the site let me proceed. please help with your advice how to order. notice i will be hea ...

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touring sapa

Posted by benji123 on 17/9/2016 at 02:03

hi everyone. i will be visiting sapa in the begining of October for 3 days. thought of trekking the villages and teraces, and as time will allow , visit theTram Ton pass and bac ha market. regarding the village trek - 1. do you recommend trekking the vally east to sapa (Ta Van) or the one north-west to Sapa (Ta phin)? 2. do you recomend trekking independently or with a tour? 3. any homestay recomandations? lhow do you know a homesstay is registered? 4. how often dose the bus to hanoi ...

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Best itinerary for travelling in Vietnam in November?

Posted by Burmeseblue on 16/9/2016 at 09:24

we are starting our trip in mid November; probably flying to Bangkok then looking almost immediately (post jet lag) to head to Vietnam. We would like to start somewhere that's reasonably quiet and scenic then move along the coast. My question is two fold; where's the best place to start (I've seen a number reviews about Phu Quoc and the rubbish on the beaches) and will Hoi An and Hue be pretty rainy? We'll be in south east Asia for three months so are quite flexible. Welcome thoughts on whe ...

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sapa region

Posted by benji123 on 14/9/2016 at 15:34

HI everyone, i will be in Sapa in the begining of October. would like your advice about: 1. recommondations for night train operator to Sapa 2. treks around sapa - heavan gate? the Mohng Vally? 3. should i oreder a tour ahead (in the net or in Hanoi) or trek independently? thank u, benji ...

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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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Posted by erenemin on 11/9/2016 at 08:15

I will be travelling to Hanoi in two weeks to teach English for a year, can anyone suggest what to do for insurance? i will be travelling from England. I've made a brief enquiry, when i disclosed that i will be working the cost became ridiculous. I am 25 years old with no prior medical conditions. Should i pay the quoted £450?? ...

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