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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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Overcharging of Foreigners in Vietnam is a chronic issue

Posted by martini on 14/6/2017 at 20:29

The Nexy hostel in Hanoi deserves its hight rating. However, a note of significant concern: I advise strongly against booking trips, holiday packages, buses, taxis or tours through the reception desk at Nexy without thorough research and price comparisions with any of the myriad booking agents nearby, one of them less than 10 paces from Nexy. Nexy does not declare its extremely high markups - but believe me they are way, way too much. Walk across the road - 10 paces - to Bamboo travel - and ...

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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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Traveling around Southeast Asia during 2 months

Posted by razmanmv on 4/6/2017 at 23:55

Hi fellow My question is the same with the title of the post. I am thinking about traveling through SEA during 2 months. Any comment for me? P/s: I am girl, 21 yrs old and travel alone ...

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Vietnam cambodia itinerary route

Posted by marsh9 on 12/6/2017 at 01:54

Looking for some advise on the best route to take for our trip. flying in and out of Ho Chi Minh,we have 21 days once me arrive. Looking to see Angor , Siem reap and then Halong bay and travel back down to Ho Chi Minh to fly out. need advise or a round trip if possible from HCMC. happy to pay to fly if that means saving travel time. Thank you ...

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My Second Honeymoon.

Posted by gomesal1 on 14/6/2017 at 00:18

Need itinerary for Vietnam Expedition. Me and my wife love traveling and this September we have got our anniversary and I want to take her on second honeymoon. This will be a surprise expedition for her. Kindly suggest me best places in Vietnam to visit, itinerary, hotels and must do things there. Also i would love suggestion on budget part too. Thank You in advance. ...

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Danang train station to Hoi An

Posted by TerroirTravel on 16/2/2014 at 23:22

Hi, This seems to be a common trip, but I couldn't find any recent posts. I'm taking the train from Nha Trang to Danang, and would like to catch a bus down to Hoi An. I'm on the SE22, that gets to Danang around 7:00 am. I see a note on the Transport link to catch the bus on Le Duan street near the crossroads with the street opposite the train station (looks like that's Hoang Hoa Tram on my map). That was a 3 year old comment- is this still the case? Any other tips happily appreciated, thanks ...

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North-east of Halong Bay up to the Chinese border at Móng Cái, along the QL 18 road

Posted by JurajBen on 22/5/2017 at 13:37

Hi there, I've tried to find a reading or a post regarding the info about the 145km stretch of land + islands from Halong Bay towards the Chinese border. Except the boat trips to Bai Tu Long Bay here isn't much so I thought I ask because I'd love to explore it up there this June. A little background to my question first. Last year I visited Halong Bay and stayed few nights in Cat Ba. While it felt like a bit more independent experience if compared to the fully organised by a tour operator, the ...

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1 week Vietnam itinerary suggestions

Posted by pulkit024 on 27/5/2017 at 05:46

We are a group of 5 guys planning to visit Vietnam for a week in August 2017. Now we know that a week is quite less to do much but would like to cover scuba diving(first timers), chill out at beaches and a couple of days at a place with some night life. We would also like to keep the travel to a minimum. Suggestions for other things to do are also welcome as we have just started researching about the area. Thanks in advance Pulkit ...

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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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What should we absolutely see between Ho Chi minh and Hanoi?

Posted by Nemo78 on 3/6/2017 at 10:49

Hi Everybody! My girlfriend and I will go to Vietnam for two weeks the next summer. We would like to reach Hanoi from Ho Chi Minh but we have only two weeks. Did one of you ever do that? What must we see between this two cities? Thank you very much for your answers. Ps : Please excuse me if my english is bad sometimes, that's not my native language. ...

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If you travelling with kids - beware of balloons!

Posted by andrewfive on 4/6/2017 at 02:18

I am a typical expat – have been living in Ho Chi Minh City for just under 12 years; I am originally from the US; married to a wonderful Vietnamesewomen ; with three beautiful children (6, 3, and 1). I work fairly long hours with a multinationalfirm; language and cultural differences can be frustrating; air quality coulddefinitely improve; traffic seems to be getting worse; but I wouldn’t change athing! Saturdays and Sundays are devotedto my children as that is the only time I can spend ...

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Vietnam (wet season) in 12 days?

Posted by Kal123 on 29/5/2017 at 20:19

Hello Travelfish! Booked sale flights to Vietnam on a whim – 12 days, end of July / beginning of August. After researching, I've come up with a possible itinerary – Day 1: Arrive Saigon (late, 9pm) Day 2: Saigon Day 3: Motorcycle trip to Da Lat (depart early morning, overnight destination TBA?) Day 4: Motorcycle trip cont. – arrive Da Lat (afternoon/evening) Day 5: Da Lat Day 6: Da Lat (sleeper bus to Saigon) Day 7: Saigon (early), bus to Ben Tre (arrive by midday?) Day 8: Ben Tr ...

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Best Bai Tu Long Bay Cruise

Posted by emily1018 on 29/5/2017 at 09:30

Hi! I'm interested in a Bai Tu Long Bay Cruise - any suggestions of which boat/tour agency to go through?? I've read a lot of reviews on Agoda but it seems like mostly Halong Bay tours. I'm traveling in September. ...

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Best beach in Hoi An or Danang

Posted by Iamsam43 on 23/4/2017 at 00:15

We are traveling to Danang after a short stay in Hanoi and Halong Bay and want to stay in a resort on a very nice beach either in Danang or Hoi An. I would appreciate some recommendations and feedback. ...

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2 day trek in Sapa in September for birthday

Posted by SallyDC on 3/4/2017 at 22:19

Hi all, I am looking for some treks for 2 days/ 1 nights from Sapa in September for two people. Which places worth to take visits in such short time? I was hoping to be stay in the mountains somewhere, not in Sapa, can anyone give recommendations or some information about hotel 3*? It is a trip for my girlfriend's birthday and I would like to have a nice memory. Could you share some special things to do there for this special day? Thanks in advance. ...

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Visit some places around Hanoi: Sapa, Ninh Binh or Mai Chau (Moc Chau)

Posted by joellarutten on 26/3/2017 at 21:04

My family will take a trip to Vietnam. I'm not sure about the time to visit, maybe early August or November this year. Which one is a better choice??? First, we will land in Hanoi and maybe spend 2 days here for visiting. Besides, Hanoi Old Quarter, are there any other interesting things to explore here? We have more 3 days in the north. I find that many people choose to go to take a cruise in Halong but I hear that it is so crowded and the expense for services is very expensive. Is this tru ...

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2 weeks for the vacation in Vietnam

Posted by Shelliemeadors on 9/5/2017 at 20:56

I'm going have a vacation in Vietnam in June for 2 weeks. Is it summer in Vietnam, right?. If so, do you know any good beaches in Vietnam? I don't want to spend my vacation in some too noisy and crowded places. Any suggestion about places to visit? Thanks in advance. ...

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Ho Chi Minh city and then? advice on itinerary

Posted by CarinaL on 7/5/2017 at 10:31

Hello We are a family of four, age between 60 and 19, who will travel to Vietnam in the second half of June, for 15 days. We will start with Hanoi, Halong Bay, Cat Ba, total 8 days, travelling with another family. We will then fly to HCMC, and plan to visit the tunnels and Mekong delta, one day each, leaving us four more days before we fly home from HCMC. What is the best way to spend these days, (three nights before returning for the flight home)? We have discussed flying to Siem Reap to vis ...

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