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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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Vietnam - Teaching English on a Tourist Visa

Posted by hsoa on 7/6/2017 at 16:41

My information is out of date, but I know that it used to be easy for visitors on Tourist visas to get temporary work as English teachers in Vietnam, especially in HCM and Hanoi. Is this still the case? Are there lots of opportunities to work for 1-2 months? Is there a big risk of trouble with authorities? For working short term, would it be better to initially apply for a Business visa rather than a Tourist visa? Any help appreciated! Thanks. ...

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Ninh Binh and Mai Chau vs. Sapa

Posted by TanyaCollins on 4/10/2017 at 07:32

My husband and I had wanted to go from Hanoi to Sapa in January and do some trekking with the Hill tribes. While it sounds beautiful, we are concerned by the commercialization and hounding to purchase things. We are wondering if anyone has travelled to Mai Chau and Ninh Binh and how they compare to Sapa ? Would we still meet Hill tribe people? Is the scenery as stunning? Is there nice trekking? We only plan to stay one night either place. In Sapa we had planned to stay in a home stay ...

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Train or private driver Hue to DaNang

Posted by TanyaCollins on 4/10/2017 at 07:39

My husband and I will be traveling from Hue to DaNang in January enroute to Hoi Ann. Is it a prettier trip by train or car? It looks like we will need a private driver/ car to get from DaNang to Hoi Ann ( we are not keen on bus travel and want to make the most of our time). Should we just hire a private driver/ car to go from Hue to Hoi Ann? If so , any idea of cost and any suggestion of a driver or company to contact? ...

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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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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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Mekong Delta boat tour or Mekong Delta bike tour with home stay

Posted by TanyaCollins on 4/10/2017 at 06:56

Trying to decide whether to do a 2 night tour of the Mekong Delta on the Mekong Eyes Boat or two night bike trip on the Delta including a home stay. Any advice? Both would be out our Pnom Penh. ...

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Need suggestions about our trip to Saigon - Mekong Delta

Posted by Maryhass on 21/9/2017 at 22:01

My family including a kid of 8 is preparing for the trip to Saigon in December. We intend to spend 4-5 days in Saigon, then move to and stay in Mekong Delta for one week. This is second time I have visited Vietnam and want to be involved in a lot of activities and explore many destinations. Very excited about floating markets and villages. How'll be Mekong Delta in December? After google search, I find that some areas in Mekong Delta have great flood. Does the flood obstruct our trip? Any sugges ...

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Overning on cruise in Halong

Posted by rrahimgrain on 17/9/2017 at 22:03

Hi fellow traveler, I hear that Halong government did not allow sleeping on cruise overnight anymore. right? In fact, I visited Halong one time 2 years ago but overnight not yet, so I want to spend vacation in Vietnam to enjoy 1 night in cruise in Halong because my friend told me that Halong in night really beauty ...

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3 week trip in Northern Vietnam

Posted by MacGrandexc on 13/9/2017 at 04:31

Hi everyone. My friend and I are planning a 3 week trip in the Northern Vietnam. We're interested in treks and of course scenic vistas. Where do you suggest? We're also open for any place worth to take a trek, even though it isn't in Northern Vietnam (Just skip Halong and Mai Chau because we took time to visit these places in last trip.) I''ll move on to Sapa: Ideas regarding stops? Thanks for any and all input. ...

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Vietnam Visa

Posted by kevinhaz on 19/11/2015 at 06:34

Hi everyone, Sorry about this lame post but I need some advice. Going to Vietnam (UK passport holder) but entering the country twice within 10 days or so. Do I need a multi entry visa or am I ok with the exemption ? If I need the multi entry visa - how much is it - I can't find out anywhere ??? Kindest Regards Kevin ...

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Vietnam and Siem Reap - 3 weeks itinerary in December

Posted by Salazes on 17/4/2017 at 05:00

Hello all, We are planning to visit Vietnam from North ( Hanoi ) to South (HCMC) in December, then stay few days in Cambodia to visit Angkor . We are a young couple of 31 years old. We are interested in : culture, nature, animals, temples, ancient architecture, people, markets, handcraft, food We are less interested in : war memorials and historical museums, lying on the beach doing nothing, modern cities, nightclubs and drinking Day 1 Hanoi : Early arrival in Hanoi. Hoan Kiem ...

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Hong Kong

Posted by Cateyze9 on 15/9/2017 at 11:10

Hi, can I still do a two or three day trip to Hong Kong from Hanoi or will that be a problem with a single entry visa to vietnam?I don't have the single entry visa yet. Plan to get in loas ...

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Hanoi-Halong-Sapa or Hanoi-Mai Chau-Halong for 4 days off in July

Posted by MacGrandexc on 21/6/2017 at 20:50

Hi guys, I will be free 4 days when visting Hanoi for business. Wantto find somewhere near Hanoi for relaxing in these days off. I've searchedthrough Internet and found out that Hanoi-Halong-Sapa and Hanoi-Mai Chau-Halongitinerary are often choosen. Which one is better for relaxing in 4 days? I canskip Hanoi because I am going to take time to visit there before having daysoff. I travel with group of 3 people, intend to come in the ending of July.Open for all suggesstions. Thanks a lot. ...

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The decline of the Cai Rang floating market

Posted by somtam2000 on 10/9/2017 at 00:20

An interesting AFP piece on the decline of the Cai Rang floating market (one of the large floating markets which is easily visited from Can Tho in the Mekong Delta). The villains are common—economic development, children moving to other more lucrative trades, supermarkets and so on. The story finishes with the concluding quote: "For vendors like Ly Hung, who has lived on the water for 26 years, visitors have helped to maintain a traditional way of life. "Without tourism this fl ...

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Please help with Vietnam itinerary :)

Posted by ag555 on 1/9/2017 at 09:11

Hi all! So happy I found this site and I've been getting great ideas from the itineraries and the forum - so thank you! My boyfriend and I will arrive Dec 30 to Hanoi we plan to spend ~ 10 days there (as part of a bigger SE Asia trip). Right now this is my rough draft itinerary: Hanoi (2 nights) Ha Long Bay (1 night) - was looking at the article here on which tour to use, haven't decided yet. A lot of people also talk about going straight to Cat Ba, staying there, and doing a day cruise to H ...

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Na Trang reasonably priced guest house

Posted by rayc101 on 5/9/2017 at 00:57

I am seeking recommendations from members who have stayed at Na Trang for a reasonably priced guest house or similar for a few nights. As a guide, say around $US20 ish per night, including WiFi and breakfast. My budget is reasnably flexible. Thanks in advance. Rayc101 ...

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Motaiba travel agency

Posted by kmofosho on 23/8/2017 at 17:07

Has anyone booked a Halong Bay tour through Motaiba travel? I'm thinking about booking one later this year, but was hoping to get some feedback from this group first just in case. Thanks for any information! ...

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Cu Chi Tunnels and Cao Dai Temple Tour suggestions

Posted by BlingDiva on 22/8/2017 at 08:02

My family of 4 will be traveling to HCMC mid December. We want to do a day trip to Cu Chi Tunnels and Cao Dai Temple. We are not fans of big bus tours. Any suggestions on Tour companies I can contact to organize a private or semi private tour to take us to these two sights? ...

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