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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!

One night in Ho Chi Minh

Posted by bryce_beamish on 2/5/2012 at 11:21

I have about 24 hours to kill in Ho Chi Minh. Staying at a hotel near the airport. What should I do? Is there a particular area of town that would be worth a days wander? Cheers, Bryce ...

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Cat Ba warning: avoid Hoang Gia Minh hotel and trips from Mr. Zoom

Posted by HanoiMargarita on 2/5/2012 at 15:50

I spent four days in Cat Ba and want to warn other people so they may avoid mistakes I did. First, if possible avoid Hoang Gia Minh hotel, 18 Duron Nui Ngoc, which is across and a bit up from Mr. Zoom restaurant. The rooms at the hotel are big and relatively clean (but you may have a couple of huge cockroaches running in the room and on your bed) and the price is good, but you might have an everyday headache from the guys at the reception desk. I do not even mention that they want you to tell th ...

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Vietnam and Laos 5th-30th May!

Posted by YY1884 on 28/4/2012 at 17:51

Hi Travelfish members, I'm leaving for Hanoi on Friday from New Zealand and have a question about: * Organising a visa for Laos in Vietnam (Hanoi) - what is the best way of doing this with no set itinerary i.e. probably won't have a flight ticket/proof of departure from Laos when I enter - is this an impossibility? I'd also like feedback on my 'itinerary' which is largely open. This will be my first time in this part of SE Asia. Previously I spent a month traveling around Bali in 2004 ...

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Dalat or Mui Ne

Posted by AmandaJordan on 3/6/2007 at 20:54

I am in Saigon and will be heading north in a day or 2. Still deciding between dalat and mui ne before heading to nha trang. Don't have time to go to both mui ne and dalat. Heard right now wasn't the ideal season for kite surfing or wind surfing and am not really the type to just lounge on the beach. Has anyone been at mui ne in june or recently? What was the weather like? Also was interested in the hardy dalat canyoning tours in dalat. Has anyone used this company? Any opinions on which place i ...

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Vietnam Airlines flight release schedule

Posted by suzienichols on 22/4/2012 at 03:19

Have plans for three week trip to Vietnam/ Cambodia end of March / beginning of April next year (2013). Anyone have any idea when VietnamAirlines releases it's flights (from London)? At the moment there are flights up until the end of March but they are coming up as silly money! My planned trip a month early would be £5000 just for the flights! I'm itching to get the flights booked and then start organising everything else! Long haul flights are usually released a year early, but I can't see ...

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Reputable Travel Agents - Personal Experiences Only Please

Posted by Benno on 3/3/2012 at 05:02

Hi, I have been trawling the forums (TF & TA etc) and have had very little luck. Can anyone advise on travel agents they have personally dealt with for internet bookings and have had good experiences with. I am looking at booking Halong Bay cruise (2D3N) as well as Train tickets to SAPA etc. I am finding out that there are a number of cruises called "Paradise Cruises" all offering different services and prices and feel a bit better going through a well reputed agency for security. ...

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Ngan Nga Hotel

Posted by Bon2008 on 30/4/2012 at 03:49

Two guys stayed in Bac Ha on 28th April 2012 at Ngan Nga hotel new wing room 508. Hotel charged for $20/night icluded breakfast. But, the next day; 29th April 2012 they did not give back to receiptionist the room key pack with the power supply lock key and also did not pay any fee for the night. How do you think about this guys? ...

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Vietnam/SE Asia Itinerary--Are we crazy or smart?

Posted by tgeorge1792 on 25/4/2012 at 16:47

Hi, we are going to Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos in November. We are trying to do a 'greatest hits' of these countries in about 15 days. My question is regarding out Vietnam portion (and the whole thing, really)... Is this dumb?? See below. Should we cut Ninh Binh and do more days in [url= Hanoi -Vacations.html]Hanoi[/url]? I know this seems rushed. It also could be awesome. But we want to see so much. HELP!!! Thanks for your time. You guys are the expe ...

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Motorbike excursion from Saigon to Can Tho

Posted by hallf_brick on 22/4/2012 at 22:35

We're planning a 3 week trip to Vietnam in late July. We arrive into Saigon and are thinking of hiring motorbikes and heading to Can Tho and exploring a little of the Delta on the way. Not too much of it, just basically drive to Can Tho and make a few small excursions and stops on the way. We were thinking - One day travel there - A day exploring/motorbiking around the countryside - A day's travel back to Saigon Is that too short? It's just we want to fly up to Hanoi as soon as we get back ...

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my tentative it ok?

Posted by mp3province on 8/4/2012 at 09:05

Hi guys! I have been a long time spectator. Now I am planning a trip to Vietnam and Cambodia for 2 weeks. This what I've come up with for MAY 2012. 13th night: del to Hanoi (Sunday) 14th moring: arrive Hanoi (Monday) 14th night Hanoi (Monday) 15th night Hanoi (tuesday) 16th morning 8AM Hanoi to halong bay (wednesday)****** 16th night on the cuise (wednesday) 17th be back in Hanoi at 5:30 PM (thursday) 17th night train to sapa..17th nighton the train (thursday) 18th morning sapa at 6AM"¦. ...

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vietnam buses and travel to Laos

Posted by melich on 21/4/2012 at 07:13

Hello, in Hoian booking travel to Laos. Hotel suggested camel travel, tour bus to Savannakhet. First to Hue (I will spend a night or two) then Hue to Dong Ha (have? to spend night) and then through Lao Bao border and to Savannakhet. reading some bad reviews on camel, but most are old and almost all the bus reviews are bad. Any suggestions? thanks Mara ...

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Solo Traveller in Hanoi; 24 - 30 Apr

Posted by joe1985 on 18/4/2012 at 09:30

Hello - I'm going to be in Hanoi from the 24th to the 30th April, just me and my backpack! I want to do Halong Bay/Sapa, and trek to interesting areas, but I'm pretty flexible and will go with the flow. Let me know if you're planning anything and don't mind me tagging along, or want to meet up for a drink! I'm a 26 year-old british guy - a good egg! can be texted on: +44 7817576452 Cheers, Joe ...

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Travel planning from Vietnam to Thailand

Posted by emesa38 on 15/4/2012 at 17:33

Hello, Please help me create an itinerary from Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, and China. I am planning to travel for 4 weeks in total. Any recommendations and should I remove a city from itinerary? What will be the estimated cost or expenses to expect (such as transportation or visa fees)? For China I am only interested in Shanghai and Beijing for the Great Wall. Thank you! ...

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Nanning (China) to Mong Cai (Vietnam)

Posted by caiuss on 17/4/2012 at 05:26

Hi, Next week I'll arrive at Nanning train station at 8.15pm. Does someone know if it's possible still on the same day to catch a bus to Pingxiang (near the Friendship border), or to Dongxing (near the sea and near to another border crossing)? A night bus would also do it ... though due to the short distances I don't believe there are night buses. I want to get to Mong Cai (Mong Cai is on the Vietnamese side of the border of Dongxing) as soon as possible. I'm currently living in China, and hav ...

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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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