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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!

Malaria Tablets for the Mekong?

Posted by sunday_stroll on 5/2/2012 at 02:57

Hi all, Do I need to bother taking Malaria Tablets when I go to the Mekong? I'll be doing a 2 day tour with Sinh Tourist which I figure will only go to the main touristy spots. I've read conflicting reports re Malaria cases in these areas from none to rare cases. Should I bother for two days? After the Mekong I'll be heading to Hoi An, Hue, Hanoi, Halong Bay and Sapa and am satisfied that I won't require tablets for any of those destinations. I'll be heading to Siem Reap afterwards and wil ...

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Vietnam - 2.5 weeks OTBP?

Posted by chinarocks on 30/1/2012 at 11:13

I was in Vietnam a few years ago as part of a RTW trip, spent 3 weeks there and did the usual trail for newcomers "“ Sapa, Hanoi, HB, Hoi An, Saigon, Mekong Delta and into Cambodia. After seeing the Top Gear programme recently in Vietnam, I have got a serious urge to go back and do some of the more non-touristy stuff/routes!! To this end, anybody have a feasible itinerary for 2.5 weeks (probably the max I could blag off work this year given other commitments) that would incorporate some ...

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Just Out Of Curiosity in My Son

Posted by Tukee on 28/1/2012 at 04:43

Not to be penny pinching, I wonder if the real entry fee to My Son is 60,000D. While waiting for my ride back home, I found a loitered ticket with the printed amount 30,000D. I wasn't concerned about the price before because I never found an article on the internet saying other than 60,000D. What arouses my curiosity is that the tour guide collected the fees from us while we were on the bus on the way with an excuse of trimming down the time and not wasting it. Also, I never received my ticket ...

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Trip Planning-12 Nights

Posted by CMac1968 on 30/1/2012 at 16:30

Hi All, Any help you can give on our upcoming trip to Vietnam (first time) starting in late March to early April. We fly into HCMC and out of Hanoi 13 days later. We are thinking of spending 3 nights in HCMC and taking the sleeper train to Nha Trang . Eventually we want to get to Hanoi and Halong Bay. How many nights do you recommend in Nha Trang and Hanoi? We have toyed with the idea of going to Hoi An for a couple of days, then on to Hanoi, but are not sure if that will be too much ...

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Tips to avoid scammers in Vietnam

Posted by gonorman on 23/1/2012 at 01:33

OK, here is some guid lines to help you avoid being over charge in Vietnam. Firstly, let's talk about ' Xe om' XE OM: (people who are motobike riders who offer to take you from here to there, you are best to avoid all of them, because they like to exaggerate their prices, even to Vietnamese people, not only to you. I don't trust them , I avoid them and you should too. It will never cost you more than $10 to go from this end of the city , to the other end). There are some xeom try to charge you ...

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Cambodia/Vietnam Itinerary-Please Advise

Posted by mayhe on 28/12/2011 at 19:17

Could you please take a look at my itinerary and let me know if it's too much to do in 25 days? We are using airline miles and the closest we could get to Cambodia/Vietnam was Beijing and since we have to pay for the visa anyway, we decided to include it in the trip. June 16: Arrive Beijing at 10:30pm July 17: Beijing/Phnom Penh July 18: Phnom Penh July 19: Phnom Penh/Siem Reap July 20: Angkor Wat July 21: Angkor Wat July 22: Siem Reap/Phnom Penh July 23: Phnom Penh July 26: Mekong Delta July ...

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Train to Hue at 19.00 after Ha Long trip - will I make it?

Posted by albatros11 on 28/1/2012 at 04:31

Another question. I am planning to catch a train to Hue at 19.00 from Hanoi just after I come back from Ha Long trip 2D1N. As far as I know, all trips return to Hanoi approx. at 16.30, which still gives some time before the train departures. My question is - does those Ha Long trips really arrive to Hanoi approx at 16.30, or they come back later? It is safer to book the train at 23.00 instead of this at 19.00? What is the best option? Thanks for any replies. ...

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Viewed 2,620 times, with 7 replies. Last reply by albatros11 on 29/1/2012 at 13:51

Stuff to do in Saigon

Posted by CrankyCarrot on 26/1/2012 at 08:21

Hey all, I'll be bumming around in Saigon for the next week or so, and was wondering what particular things people have seen and done here they felt were worth checking out. Cheers, CC ...

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Saigon Skin Doc

Posted by CrankyCarrot on 26/1/2012 at 09:10

Ok, this one's a little unusual for me, but can anyone recommend a dermatologist in HCMC? I'm travelling long term and have a couple of new moles I should probably get checked out sooner rather than later. Also, can anyone give me an idea of the cost involved in seeing an English speaking doctor here about such things? I'm planning on going onto Cambodia overland after I'm done here, so won't be going through Bangkok (which would otherwise be the logical place to get medical stuff seen to). ...

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Multiple Entry Visa Question (Re-Entry)

Posted by mrbump on 24/1/2012 at 01:00

Hi I am looking at the best way to get into Vietnam from China and travel around.. If I purchase one of the online applications and enter via the airport can I re-enter via land using this visa. I know if you travel in via land you are supposed to get the visa from the consulate. But I thought I should ask. Thanks Alot! ...

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Viewed 4,333 times, with 3 replies. Last reply by daawgon on 25/1/2012 at 13:21

Perfect Trip to Hoi An

Posted by Tukee on 25/1/2012 at 00:39

Just made the cut and bought my sleeper bus ticket to Hoi An upon my arrival in HCMC on the eve of Tet. Train ticket definitely out of the question. But the price I paid was US$50 - steep. The bus is OK, it's more like a bunk-on-wheels, a mini dorm or prison cell with three columns of two-level bunk beds, and no seats, no toilet either, and no complimentary box of treats. And without the sleeping mattresses and aircon we would be like slaves in a galley to be delivered to our destination in a ...

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Chuc Mung Nam Moi!

Posted by Tukee on 23/1/2012 at 06:55

I had some apprehensions prelude to my coming to Vietnam during Tet and same thing yesterday but I was glad to spend the New Year here in HCMC. It was less sunny but still a little muggy today than yesterday. In the afternoon the heat was tampered by refreshing breeze here in downtown area. The crowd was overflowing and festive, promenading at the almost one-kilometer Le Loi Ave. leading to the Opera House. It seems I'm always in the right place at the right time. Late morning, it's time to ...

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Just Be Very Careful And Alert

Posted by Tukee on 22/1/2012 at 06:40

This is not to let everyone down on their short stay in Vietnam. Like anywhere else, there are good and bad apples. The good locals give you that wonderful feeling while the unscrupulous ones just set it aside, coming from others' advise. My best wishes goes to the driver of bus 152 from Airport to Pham Ngu Lao where I have never felt so relaxed and assured. He told me "I'll tell when you need to get off". There's practically no problem with English no matter what station in life the ...

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Hanoi; Sapa; Halong Bay - weather in February?

Posted by JenHarley on 6/12/2011 at 03:06

Quick question. Does the weather in February have a massive impact on activities etc (particularly in Halong Bay and Sapa)? Have been reading a few posts stating it is really cold this time of year in those places but I am still very keen to go. Should I just brave the cold and head out anyway? Are Jeans and a long sleve top/rain coat enough to keep the chill away? Thanks all, ...

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Meeting in Saigon

Posted by peuge on 11/1/2012 at 10:32

Even though our vacation in Vietnam is over, the facebook group (where we planned our xmas dinner in Saigon) is still active. And for the request, I modified the group (name, description, made it public etc.) for more general direction. Meeting in Saigon: (yeah, the link still shows the previous name) - As the name says, you can arrange meetings in Ho Chi Minh (dinner, coffee etc. etc.) with other tourists and/or locals. - Some of the locals offered to ...

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Where should a backpacker spend Tet?

Posted by MikeTV on 15/1/2012 at 19:05

Hi, Any advice on where to go and what to do during the week of Tet? I'm currently in Mui Ne and will probably be headed to HCMC unless pursuaded to do otherwise. What's a backpacker to do? ...

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Free Public Events for Tet in HCMC

Posted by Tukee on 22/1/2012 at 05:41

What are the public events here in HCM tomorrow's Tet? ...

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motorbiking vietnam during tet?

Posted by henoo92 on 17/1/2012 at 02:47

hello, didnt realise about tet untill i arrived in hcmc and you cant buy open bus tickets because is too busy, buying bus tickets for each destination as you go seems to be very expensive. is it a good idea just buying a bike and travel north to hanoi stopping off at each place and then selling the bike at the end rather than taking buses? does anyone else fancy doing the same thing starting as soon as possible as my visa runs out on 13th feb. i dont really like the idea of riding all that way ...

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domestic flights in Vietnam

Posted by deco on 14/1/2012 at 13:28

Hi !! Is it possible to do the following single flights without going back to my starting point? Hanoi-hue,hue-Da nang,Da nang-Na trang,Na trang-HCM. I dont have many days so i want to save time. Any reccomentations are acceptaple. Thanks in advance. ...

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How long in Halong Bay!

Posted by stephanMc on 10/1/2012 at 15:50

How long is better to stay in Halong Bay with a boat trip? 1 or 2 nights? What do you do 3 days in Halong? ...

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