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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!

Public bath in river or lake?

Posted by leowwang69 on 11/4/2012 at 20:46

Hi I am a male exhibitionist and would like to konw if there's any place I can shower in river or lake so that people can watch me? I know men take piss on street in vietnam, so I am wondering if I can let people watch me in a innocent situation(bathing in river in village area, taking piss in public or anything). Thank you. ...

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Football in Hanoi

Posted by Huckie72 on 13/4/2012 at 19:01

Hello, Can anyone help me with where I can watch the Rugby League State of Origin on the 23 May 2012 while I am in Hanoi? Cheers ...

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Travel warning for end of April in Vietnam

Posted by travellingsarah on 15/4/2012 at 01:37

Angela recently wrote in the Saigon blog about the upcoming Reunification Day and May Day holidays (30th April and 1st May). As I sit here trying to book a last minute trip away from Hanoi for the weekend, with little luck, I thought it worth re-enforcing the points she made about travel disruption: as it stands, flights out of Hanoi to most domestic destinations (OK, I haven't checked them all) are fully booked at least for a few of the days over the weekend, and there are no trains to Lao ...

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Just returned from Vietnam today (my thoughts)

Posted by xan310 on 8/4/2012 at 06:20

I arrived in Saigon and traveled by train to Hanoi stopping in Hoi An . Saigon didn't offer many interesting things and if I knew better I would have spend 0 days here so I had more time in Hoi An. The air quality in Saigon is terrible, if you come here have dinner at Monsoon Restaurant (very good). I went to the Ben Thanh Market, the sellers mostly woman will harass you until you just want to run out the door which it took me about 3 minutes. The train to Hoi An from Saigon was delayed and I ...

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NEVER AGAIN / Phuong Dong Hotel

Posted by owsiphilippines on 7/4/2012 at 19:27

NEVER AGAIN / Phuong Dong Hotel I stayed in Phuong Dong Hotel near Noi Bai Airport to stay close to the airport and save on travel time and was hoping to be bright eyed and bushy tailed for my early morning flight the following day. Was I wrong, did not have the good night rest that I expected. The bed sheets looked like it had not been changed, the bed and pillows are hard and the cost of the taxi service to the airport at 4:30 AM was exhorbitant, probably not considering that taxi in that par ...

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Sapa to halong bay...possible?

Posted by lachiec on 3/6/2011 at 11:52

Hey does anyone have any experience taking an overnight train back to Hanoi from sapa and getting straight on a pre Booked tour to halong bay? I'm worried it might be a bit hectic to do so much moving. but if we have a decent sleeper carriage will we get a sleep on the train? Also is it reliable to book a halong bay tour and assume we can get straight from the train station arriving at 4-5am to get to the tour start on time(we were going to book through Hanoi backpackers or follow the flashp ...

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Solo Traveler Vietnam April 14-20

Posted by escape4ever on 12/4/2012 at 07:17

I'm going to be in the following places and would love to meet up with some people. Ho Chi Minh City April 14-16 Hoi An April 16-18 Hanoi April 18-20 I'm a 29yr old female from Canada. ...

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Posted by p03924545 on 10/4/2012 at 16:20

Hi there Has anyone used to organise a Vietnam visa on arrival? They're the cheapest I've found at $14 (inc a 30% discount offer), but I cannot find any reviews to see if they are reputable. Thanks in advance P ...

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Viewed 2,196 times, with 1 reply. Last reply by busylizzy on 11/4/2012 at 00:14

15 days in Vietnam - help with plan

Posted by galyamal on 24/3/2012 at 09:08

Hi, we are a couple in their early 30th, and we have 19 days to Vietnam and Cambodia (in which we mainly plan to visit the Angkor Vat temples). What we have so far as a plan (mind you, we travel a week from now...) is: Days 1 and 2 - Hanoi (we arrive at day "0" at the evening, so days 1 and 2 are full days) Days 3 an 4 - Ha Long bay Day 5 - back from Ha Long bay to Hanoi, and catch the night train to Sa Pa Days 6, 7, 8 - Sa Pa and surroundings, catch night train ...

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Mount Fansipan 2D/1N - Finding Guides and Buddies

Posted by navilink on 9/4/2012 at 23:28

I'm looking for information and hiking buddy for climbing Mount Fansipan on 2day/1night. I will be in Sapa around 10-13May so any 2 days around that dates will do. I just need the basics - permit, guide, transport, food, tent and blanket. Meaning, the tour price only includes the hiking needs. I search many tours but they include hotel, porter, train transfer and other 'luxury' stuffs that I don't really need. I guess you can call this independent tour/guide. As I *might* be hiking alone, th ...

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Thang Long Tu tran - Four saints temple protect Hanoi

Posted by SheaBirds on 9/4/2012 at 02:28

Four saints temple protect Hanoi , also known as "Thang Long Tu tran", here are four places where sometimes Vietnamese people long living in Hanoi can not know, take a close look to four temples built to protect the city from all direction 1. East: Bach Ma Temple The oldest of the four sacred sites is Bach ma (White Horse) Temple, located at 76 Hang Buom Street, Hanoi. Bach Ma Temple was built in the ninth century to worship Long Do (Dragon's Belly) - a patron saint of Hanoi. Legen ...

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1 Night Cruise Halong Bay trying to narrow down the options & getting a headache from it ;-)

Posted by downundergal on 17/3/2012 at 23:35

Hi all, Researching and more researching. Looking for a 1 night cruise in Oct - not over the top expensive or top end but comfortable, clean (& pref no karaoke) have been looking at Annam & Glory - also been offered a great deal on the Cristina but again no idea. Any suggestions? Thanks for any help ...

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Viewed 3,630 times, with 3 replies. Last reply by susannna on 8/4/2012 at 05:04

Sapa Trekking

Posted by Ally_the_Cat on 20/3/2012 at 21:07

I am looking to spend about 6-7 days in Sapa in early April to do some trekking. The two treks I am most interested in are Fansipan and the Ban Ho village trek/hot springs (both found on travelfish). Is that enough time and any personal suggestions/experiences for homestays/hostels in a backpacker budget range that could also help arrange a guide? Any personal experiences/stories on these two treks would be greatly appreciated as well ...

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Viewed 4,828 times, with 15 replies. Last reply by navilink on 7/4/2012 at 12:21

Shipping baggage to USA

Posted by vietabroad on 3/4/2012 at 11:43

After my Viet Nam stay, I'll be moving on to China. I'd like to ship a suitcase (about 50 lbs) back to the USA and avoid the extra baggage fees. Any recommendations for a company that will do this? DHL is charging over $400 which is too expensive. I'd like to pay no more than the extra baggage fees I'd have to pay anyway, which will probably be a little over $200. ...

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Day Train to Sapa

Posted by ndeeds on 22/3/2012 at 20:13

I seem to be reading mixed reports about the day train to Sapa. Some say theres nothing to see, so the night train is better. Others say there is very interesting visuals along the way. So, from experience has anyone taken the DAY train, and Is the scenery worth it, or not? Even better, has anyone taken BOTH and could give a comparison? Thanks! ...

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Viewed 3,178 times, with 6 replies. Last reply by susannna on 7/4/2012 at 02:51

Vientiane to Vinh Bus Advice

Posted by book_reader1 on 5/4/2012 at 01:16

I will be traveling from the Vientiane bus station (GPS 18.0293,102.6501) (this is the Southern Bus Terminal (Dong Dok)) to the Vinh , Vietnam bus station (listed on Google maps as "Bến xe Vinh") (GPS 18.6793,105.6737). I am going to Hanoi , but I don't want to take a bus all the way. I am, therefore, going to take a bus to Vinh, so I can then walk to the Vinh train station (GPS 18.6882,105.6644) and just take a train to Hanoi from there. Basically, I am going to use a train ...

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Ca kho (Vietnamese simmered fish)

Posted by Scorpion123 on 4/4/2012 at 22:55

yes, I love this with rice! I tried one time in Vung Tau with my Mom. She loves that too! ...

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Viewed 1,959 times, with 1 reply. Last reply by susannna on 6/4/2012 at 08:35

Finding travel buddies 06-19May

Posted by navilink on 29/3/2012 at 08:25

I'll be going for backpack on a shoestring to Vietnam-Laos this coming May. Roughly my itinerary: 6-7 - Da Nang > Hue 8-9 - Hanoi, Halong Bay 10-13 - Sapa , Mt Fansipan 14-15 - Sapa > Dien Bien Phu > Muang Khua 16-17 - Luang Prabang 18-19 - Vang Vieng > Vientiane My highlight will be Sapa, where I'll like to hike up Mount Fansipan (or mount fancy pant ), highest mountain in Indochina! It will be great if someone can joinme there or any other places as mentioned above. Cheer ...

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Viewed 2,227 times, with 1 reply. Last reply by navilink on 29/3/2012 at 22:57

***Hotel Scam Warning - Mui Ne***

Posted by ShackJaymz on 27/3/2012 at 05:02

Be vigilant when booking hotels in Mui Ne, people We've just been scammed by this one - Basically it has been cloned We turned up and didn't have a clue about our booking There is the very same 'Vinh Hung Hotel' on Thu Khoa Huan St but at #237 not #44 as stated on the website #44 is a small cafe selling steaming hot Pho not a big comfortable bed Just a little heads up Hopefully Agoda will remove the link ASAP ...

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Help please! Tet in Vietnam 2012

Posted by mrufka on 13/12/2011 at 07:20

Hi ! I am planning a trip to Vietnam and unfortunaltely the last week of the trip is the Tet holiday. I was thinking of going to Sapa by an overninght train on the 17th Jan (5 days before Tet) and then going back to Hanoi (also by an overnight train) on the 21st Jan. Obviosuly I have not booked the tickets online, since I find it pretty troublesome. Has anyone experienced train travel just before Tet? Will it be possible to book the train tickets from Hanoi to Sapa three weeks in advance on ...

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