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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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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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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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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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HCMC to Vung Tau

Posted by bman88 on 9/2/2018 at 21:52

There used to be a Russian hydro-plane ferry from HCMC to Vung Tau, but I think there stopped that service due to an accident. Currently, what is the best way to travel from HCMC to VT? ...

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Looking to travel to Vietnam in February.

Posted by BuzzmFrog84 on 21/12/2017 at 16:10

Hi everyone. As I said, February looks like the month that will be best for me to travel. I'm looking to spend about a month abroad. In 2015 I spent a month in Thailand but I don't have much other experience with Southeast Asia. How is the month of February when it comes to Vietnam? I should have $3000 usd to spend but if I could spend less, I wouldn't be against that. All I've heard is that Vietnam is beautiful so I don't even know where to start! Could someone help me plan a route? I heard ...

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Vietnam visa scam at airports?

Posted by KirstyB on 29/12/2017 at 02:20

Not a question per se, but more a cautionary tale. This could be a case of airline staff incompetency, but it seems more likely that it’s yet another Vietnam visa scam… What happens: As you check in for your flight, check-in staff are telling passengers who are eligible for 15 days visa free on arrival that they need a visa in advance. They then put you in contact with a travel company that can sort this out and charge up to US$200 for the privilege. I came across this via this blog post a ...

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5 weeks in Vietnam with a 4 year old

Posted by Ramalhoto on 22/12/2017 at 06:03

Hello to all We will be heading to Vietnam from mid-January, and we will stay there for 5 weeks before heading to Cambodia, actually we have a 90 days visa in Vietname, so if we want we can stay longer in Vietname. When we arrive we will stay 10 days in Hanoi. Then we are thinking of heading south. We are 2 adults and a 4-year-old child, so we want to take a slow pace. We are finding different places where we can stay for longer and make day trips to places nearby. One of the places we were thin ...

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Independant transport from Mui Ne/Phan Thiet to Ke Ga lighthouse

Posted by Kametkamet on 18/12/2017 at 10:14

Hi Travelfish community! I need your help as I couldn't find answers to my questions over the Internet. I would really like to travel from Mui Ne or Phan Thiet to the Ke Ga Lighthouse independantly along the coast, stopping when I want to. BUT, i can't drive a motorcycle by myself. My question is, is it possible to do it by riding a bicycle, and if so, how long would it take? OR, is it possible to hire a motorbike with a driver for a day at a reasonable price (a Xe Om maybe?)? I woul ...

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Phu Quoc to Sihanoukville by bus & boat

Posted by CraignGem on 1/12/2017 at 05:55

Hello Travelfish community!! I posted here once or twice before my backpacking days but i'm now the one booking people's holidays! I have a client who is travelling to Vietnam in Jan/Feb and is looking to get from Phu Quoc to Sihanoukville independently. I can see that there are lots of people posting about a bus/boat combination which takes most of the day. This is good enough information however nowhere seems to show which days the service runs. From backpacking myself I don't recall having ...

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Mekong River Cruise from Phnom Penh to Saigon

Posted by ambersaffron on 18/11/2017 at 21:12

I'd like to take a river cruise from Phnom Penh to Saigon. All of the tours I've seen online are really expensive. I was hoping to pay around $100 per person. Does anyone have any recommendations? Thanks! ...

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Nam Du Questions

Posted by jeannem on 9/11/2017 at 11:23

I have a few questions about Nam Du island for anyone that can help? 1) Do foreigners need a letter from the police station to go to Nam Du and if so is it easy to get? 2) Can you hire motorbikes on Nam Du or must I hire in Rach Gai and take on the ferry with me? Thanks ...

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A week in Saigon

Posted by madflava13 on 13/11/2017 at 18:56

I'm planning a trip for next year and we'll have a Marriott Cat. 5 certificate to use. Is a full week in Saigon too much? We loved Bangkok and could go back for another week, but it would be our third trip there. Saigon seemed like the only other good use for a cert. We considered Phu Quoc Island, but to us a beach is a beach and we can do that anywhere... The other option might be use the cert in Saigon, but leave Vietnam for 2 days to hit Angor Wat. Thoughts? Thanks in advance! ...

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Weather Hoi An

Posted by rmintz on 9/11/2017 at 22:25

Can anyone say the current weather conditions/forecast in Hoi An? Is there flooding? Would arrive there approximately Nov 15. Thanks. ...

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Weather in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Posted by rmintz on 9/11/2017 at 22:33

Planning a one-day cave trip next week. Anyone know current conditions? Thanks. ...

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Halong Bay overnight boat tour or Bai Tu Long Bay overnight boat Tour

Posted by TanyaCollins on 4/10/2017 at 07:20

We have heard that Halong Bay can be very congested with tourists and perhaps a boat tour on Bai Tu Long Bay would be nicer. Is it as spectacular scenery in both places ? We would like a tour where you have an opportunity to kayak as well. Any suggestions? ...

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Kayaking in Halong Bay

Posted by thaorosellazulab on 2/11/2017 at 02:21

Our family is gonna visit Halong in December. I'm searching for some info about the tours for Halong Bay. I'm thinking about going kayaking and taking a cruise in Halong Bay to explore caves and watch the landscape on the bay. Can you share any experience about kayaking and cruise in Halong? Is kayaking in Halong safe to take? Many thanks. ...

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Worry about the weather in Danang in November

Posted by Shelliemeadors on 29/9/2017 at 03:23

Hi everyone! I wanna spend two weeks in Danang to enjoy a beach holiday in November this year but worry about the weather. Any suggestions about a beach trip or a trek in November? I already spent time exploring some beaches in the North: Halong, Cat Ba and Do Son. Thanks. ...

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Daily direct bus service between Sam Neua and Thanh Hoa

Posted by tf_geckozy on 19/5/2010 at 01:39

Now there exist several direct bus services beteween Sam Neua and Thanh Hoa , and the massages at Sam Neua East & South bus stations & Luang Prabang North bus station & Nong Khiaw bus station are telling us about those direct bus services, but all of them are not daily service but 3~4 buses a week at least now. DAILY DIRECT BUS SERVICE To the contorary, there exists another one "Daily" direct bus service between Sam Neua and Thanh Hoa operated by a Vietname ...

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