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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!

Climbing Halong Bay

Posted by Luckyralf on 16/4/2017 at 10:27

Hi, I'm Lucas from Sweden. I've been wanting to do a full day deep water solo climb in the Halong bay area. But you need to be at least 2 ppl for the tours i can find. If there is anyone interested in joining me I'm planing to do it around the 24 of april. Someone not to unexperienced would be preferable but it's not important. Thanks for reply! Lucas PS. My email is ...

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good and cheap malls in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh?

Posted by TamirHeyman on 10/4/2017 at 21:36

we will be there for 4 days so just if you know some good malls that sells cool electronic stuff and cheap good sports shoes thanks you! ...

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Free Tour guide in Hue

Posted by trantran on 7/4/2017 at 00:38

Hey, my name is Thanh. I’m from Hue , Vietnam. I’m a humorous girl with an eagerness to practice English, my English is not good. When you come to Hue, please contact me. I will be your free tour guide. You will be shown a different Hue which’s never been seen on TVs, magazines, books,etc. My email is ...

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Thailand vs Vietnam in September/October

Posted by apbryant on 28/3/2017 at 12:22

Hi Everyone! My boyfriend and I plan to travel to Southeast Asia from the US in September or October 2017 for about 10 days. I would LOVE to visit both Vietnam and Thailand, but realize that is not enough time to fully enjoy both. We are thinking about choosing one or two towns in either country for adventure/sightseeing/history and then traveling to a beach or island for some water activity and relaxation. While I have experience traveling in Southeast Asia and want to see the authentic cultur ...

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Ha Long Bay advice - what and how to book

Posted by nadirahmed on 5/2/2017 at 15:21

Hi everyone - long-time lurker but first time poster (and recent premium supporter cos of how awesome this site is!) I'm going to be in Vietnam from 24th March to 12th April 2017. I'm planning on cruising Ha Long Bay /Bai Tu Long Bay/Lan Ha Bay from 31st March to 2nd April (3 days/2 nights). I've been looking at the different boats and checking prices etc. both on aggregators/consolidators and directly with the boat companies themselves. I was very close to booking a boat, got prices etc. ...

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Vietnam Visa for UK citizens

Posted by Rosalie23 on 22/3/2017 at 09:37

My friend and I are backpacking around south east Asia this summer. We start in Bangkok and then we're going to head north to Chiang Mai and into Laos to then cross into Vietnam. We will also be returning to Vietnam after having visited Cambodia. What kind of Visa do we need? Online it says its free for UK nationals but is this for multiple entries? If we do need to buy one would you suggest buying one before we leave or once we get to Bangkok or Laos? Thanks ...

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Itinerary for ten days in Vietnam on a shoestring budget

Posted by Agnibesh on 17/3/2017 at 03:56

Hi, I am from India and am planning to visit Vietnam in February, 2018 for ten days. We will be two people travelling. I was thinking of touching Ha Long Bay, Hue, Saigon and the Me Kong delta, doing most of the internal travel by flight. What would be a good itinerary? ...

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Posted by Cucumber on 7/1/2017 at 10:44

can you reccommend some good restaurants for dinner in Hanoi. Nancy ...

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avoiding taxi scams, how?

Posted by rayjohn on 11/3/2017 at 10:17

today, when I was sitting in a coffee shop, I heard of a lady complaining to her children on Skype that she had to pay 200k VND for 5 minutes in a taxi. I was so surprised then sad. actually, some bad people took advantage of foreigners to raise price. I wish It hadn't happened to her. I'm sorry to her in silence. for foreigner, next time you visit Vietnam, you should use Uber or Grap. they'll supply car, motorbike for you. You know how much you have to pay and don't book if you think it's too e ...

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Visa and phu quoc

Posted by Hzagar on 1/3/2017 at 08:46

Hi can someone please give me advice? Is phu quoc island considered territory of Vietnam? Am I able to enter Vietnam ie Australia to SGN then fly from SGN to phu quoc island and that back to SGN from phu quoc if I only have a single entry visa to Vietnam???? I cannot find any information on this? ...

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Police stolling Mui Nehi guus!

Posted by Davidcalderon12 on 1/3/2017 at 09:51

Hi guys! So a few weeks ago a policeman stopped me on the motorbike outside of Mui Ne and wanted me to pay a bribe of 1,000,000 vnd. I said I wouldn't pay that and he said that he would keep my license until I payed. I figured that it was cheaper to get a new one back home than to pay the bribe, so I continued north. I met a guy in my hostel today who told me that because the guy has my license I will get into a lot of trouble when I get out of Vietnam and probably won't be able to return. Wha ...

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where to buy Vietnamese coffee filter

Posted by annavu0123 on 4/3/2017 at 03:12

hi guys, I'm travelling hanoi with my boyfriend. he is addicted with Vietnamese coffee filter. i can't see the reason but it's ok. it is his birthday in 2 weeks. i want to buy a coffee filter and make a cup of coffee for him when we returns to the US. i don't know where to buy Vietnamese coffee filter . somebody knows, please help me. we are going to come back the US on Monday. so buying it online is ok. thank you ...

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Phong Nha to Dong Hoi

Posted by sunshinelou on 23/1/2017 at 03:54

How easy to organise, how safe, how long would it take and what sort of cost would it be to have a private car/taxi on my own to take me from Phong Nha around 7pm back to Dong Hoi? ...

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Ly Son Island - Off coast near Quang Ngai

Posted by michien on 8/1/2015 at 20:23

Does anyone have any information on travel to Ly Son island? Sounds like it is relatively undiscovered at this point. ...

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Posted by nadirahmed on 21/2/2017 at 15:31

Hi everyone, I'm going to try to do something like this when I get to Hue in early April. Does anyone know if the minivans for Dong Ha goes from the northern or southern bus station in Hue? I'm assuming it's the northern one as that's the one you catch the bus to Dong Hai, which is beyond Dong Ha. Can anyone confirm? Does anyone know where in Dong Ha it would drop me off? Would it be the railway station? I'd like to get to the DMZ cafe from there (although I sent them an email a couple ...

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motorbike trip vietnam

Posted by dwcurran5 on 22/7/2010 at 02:49

I am looking to travel with a mate on motorbikes in vietnam from siagon to hanoi along the coastal road and then back to siagon thro the trial and mountains using minsk bikes, does anyone have any guide/info on the best way to buy the bikes routes roads, and anything we should watch out for. we will be starting in october so if anyone has any bikes let me know cheers ...

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Advice on itinerary and getting to Cambodia

Posted by Deema on 6/2/2017 at 05:00

Hi The following is a rough draft of our itinerary for Vietnam. 11th – Arrive Hanoi 12th – Hanoi 13th –Halong Bay 14th – Halong Bay 15th – Halong Bay 16th – Hoi An 17th – Hoi An 18th – Hoi An 19th – Beach 20th - Beach 21st– Beach 22nd– Ho Chi Minh 23rd – Ho Chi Minh 24th – Mekong Delta 25th – Mekong Delta 26th - Mekong Delta 27th – Phu Quoc 28th – Phu Quoc 29th – Phu Quoc 30th– Phu Quoc 1st July – Phu Quoc 2nd July – Fly Home fro ...

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Con Dao

Posted by RachelMue1972 on 16/1/2017 at 01:26

Hello, Can you recommend Con Dao or is it like Phu Quoc, where there are a lot of Building sites for Hotels ? We are Backpackers and would like to stay somewhere next to the beach. Does anybody know a nice place to stay ? Thank you! Rachel ...

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Halong Bay / Cat Ba Island Help

Posted by BAMAnug on 29/1/2017 at 11:22

Hello, I will be arriving in Halong Bay from Hanoi on April 19 for 2 nights, returning to Hanoi on April 21. I am wondering where I should spend my 3 days/2 nights in Halong Bay. I have read that Cat Ba Island is very touristy and not highly recommended. Are there other islands good for backpackers? Would it be better to simply stay on mainland in Halong? Please advise. Thank you. ...

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Ha Long Bay: Oriental Sails?

Posted by Danila on 1/2/2017 at 18:23

Greetings, I've read all the warnings, and many of the posts and questions and comments about Ha Long Bay tours, so I'm feeling a bit wary! Have booked to stay in an Airbnb apartment in Hanoi, and our host there has recommended Oriental Sails for a Ha Long Bay cruise. Any reviews of personal experiences are welcome. Also any comments on 1 night or 2 night trips please! Thanks in advance, Danila ...

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