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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!

From Hanoi to Vientiane

Posted by rzrz on 11/1/2012 at 01:47

After reading several post I decided to break up the trip, however I need advice on how to go around doing this. This is what I've gathered so far: ① HN - Vinh Train : 300K VND (soft sleeper) SE1 -- 1900~0049 SE3 -- 23:00~0415 ② Vinh - (Lak Sao?) - Vientiane I am not sure how to do this route ② (or if there are any alternatives) appreciate if anybody has inputs? ...

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Visa Question

Posted by Twerto on 10/1/2012 at 20:20

Hi, I am going to be travelling to Vietnam in August/ September of this year for 3 - 4 weeks and as part of the trip i am planning to go to Thailand for 2 weeks on the back of it. Since it is cheaper to fly back to Hanoi where i am flyning to from the uk rather than get two singles I was wondering what type of Visa I should apply for? how how best to go about it. I will be in Vietnam for approx 21 days then travelling to Thailand for 14 days with 7 days going through Cambodia mainly to see A ...

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Mekong Express Bus - Ho Chi Minh to Phnom Penh

Posted by CHISEL440 on 16/1/2008 at 12:37

Hi Does anybody have a contact in Ho Chi Minh for booking the Mekong Express Bus from Ho Chi Minh going to Phnom Phen? We are arriving into Ho Chi Minh and want to travel to Cambodia a day and a half later so would like to book the bus before we leave Australia. I cannot find an email, phone or address to book through however. I have tried a few travel agents and our hotel in HM but had no success. Any assistance would be appreciated Regards Peter ...

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Air Mekong

Posted by AWUQ on 10/1/2012 at 21:30

Air Mekong: Any comments about this airliner, price, reliability and destinations including Dan Nang ...

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Tailor in Saigon

Posted by RayIV on 17/11/2009 at 02:10

Hello Where in Saigon can I find some god tailors, of course I want god quality, to a god price. Any addresses or homepages would be appreciated Thanks! ...

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Where to watch NFL playoffs in HCMC

Posted by fergydick on 9/1/2012 at 12:48

Could someone tell me where to watch the NFL playoffs in HCMC. We will be there the weekend of Jan. 21-22. Thanks ...

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Vietnam and beaches _ January

Posted by stephanMc on 9/1/2012 at 16:38

Hello, on 18th January i'm going alone to Vietnam for 23 days. I'd like to travel from Hanoi to Saigon and spend 6-7 days to relax me on a beach and also make party. rom 20th to 26th january i'll be in the north area: Hanoi, Sapa and Halong. Than i haven't plans. The only thing i know is to stay some times on a beautiulll beach. I've red that sea in Vietnam is not so good like Thailand and Malaysia. So i'm thinking to spend my last week of my holiday to Langkawi (Malaysia) or Koh Tao (Thai ...

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Northern Entry to Sapa Via China?

Posted by mrbump on 5/1/2012 at 15:31

Hi we are looking to travel down towards Hanoi from China after visiting Yangshou and Guilin. However after studying a map and where I would like to visit i notice Sapa is a bit of a detour from Hanoi and it might make sense for us to continue on into China and head south at somwhere like Kunming? Can anyone advise if this route is passable and if it is possible for a decent Visa/Boarder crossing this way. Dont mind travelling off the beaten track but it might make life easier to head straig ...

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in 3 weeks from north to south...a little help with planning

Posted by thronesofblood on 7/1/2012 at 09:40

hello dear travelfish members a good friend of mine (21) and i (20) plan to go to vietnam this summer (july). we want to travel from hanoi to ho-chi-minh city in 3 weeks. we only want to buy our flights and a travel insurance in advance. everything else (eg. train tickets, trips, hotels, ...) we would like to buy spontaneously when we're actually in vietnam. our route would roughly look like this: Hanoi -> Hue -> Hoi An -> Nha Trang -> Mui Ne -> Ho-Chi-Minh City things ...

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Hanoi or HCMC or Both

Posted by ColinToolbox on 28/9/2011 at 03:39

I am planning a trip to Vietnam at the end of November, staying for approximately 2 1/2 weeks. It will be a small group of lads so we are looking for places with a lively nightlife and adventurous things to do like caving, canyoning, kayaking, diving etc. Where do you think the best places in Vietnam would be for us to go? Ideally we would like to go to 3 or a maximum of 4 places whilst there. I have been to Thailand previously and really enjoyed Phi Phi, Ko Phangan and Ko Tao. Do you think ...

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Travel Partner Vietnam

Posted by garydeasy on 9/1/2012 at 05:24

Hi! I am a 26 yr old Irish guy. Who is looking to drive along the Vietnam coast on a motorbike. I will be hoping to drive for about 2-3 weeks and would love to do it with another person. I will be doing it sometime between Jan-Feb 2012 ...

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Tailor in Saigon/ ho chi minh city!

Posted by john85 on 17/3/2011 at 22:00

i will arrive in Saigon about middle of April. Want to have some shirts, pants and maybe suits made. Does anyone know where should i go for a good tailor? Any suggestion is appreciated. Tks John ...

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Hanoi visaonarrivalopeningtimes

Posted by theglesgaboy on 7/1/2012 at 06:12

hello there iam arriving in hanoi airport 18jan at 6.20.am does anyone know if the visa on arrival office is open at this time? ...

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coins in Vietnam?

Posted by Patrick01 on 13/12/2011 at 22:07

Is there coinage in Vietnam?It is unclear to me,after looking on Wykepedia.I like to have some coinage in the wallet,so I can feel it,and make sure it is still there.Hundreds of little slips of paper(VD)do little to ensure me that my money purse is still safely tucked into the deepest recesses of my cargo pants! ...

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Hostel in Hanoi Redux

Posted by alljokingaside on 5/1/2012 at 09:16

Hey all, A solo traveler here wondering if I should even bother to reserve a room/hostel for my first night in; word on the grapevine's that the hostel'll give your room away to anyone who comes earlier (w/ cash of course). The only caveat is that I fly in at around 11:30 and have the visa on arrival thing to deal with. Also, any recommendations for Ha Long tours? I'm thinking about 3 days and 2 nights w/ kayaking. I'm hearing word against Headsapan. How's Kangaroo Cafe or Ocean Tours? From t ...

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Somewhere a little off the beaten track between Hue and Da Lat?

Posted by jacquelinehope on 5/1/2012 at 10:17

Hi, My family and I are spending a month in Vietnam in March and doing the whole North-South thing. I was wondering if anyone had any recommendations for somewhere to spend one night to break up the trip between Hue and Da Lat. I've been to Vietnam before but am not very familiar with the central highlands and the stretch of coast between Danang and Nha Trang. For reference we are going to Hoi An and Danang before Hue and traveling to Hue via train and the Hai Van pass. I'd be really inte ...

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Train or Air: Danang to HCM

Posted by alljokingaside on 26/12/2011 at 23:12

Is the train worth the time, or should I just fly? I'll be coming to Danang from Hanoi by train so....will it be redundant? Actually, how amazing is the Mekong Delta? I've googled Mekong Delta/Tours but find little information that I find useful (basic itinenaries, warnings about crappy tours, the BUYMEBUYME ads, etc). What about the Delta appealed to you? Also, I'll be heading to Cambodia after, but may bypass the Delta and bus in overnight from Danang (assuming this is possible), depending ...

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Visa on arrival at HCMC

Posted by limeyben on 4/1/2012 at 18:26

Hi! This site has been so informative but I have a few enquiries you guys/gals could help me with. I'm flying to Bangkok on 9th Feb, arrive 10.30am and wait at airport for late pm flight to HCMC. I'm about to apply, online, for a "visa on arrival" approval letter that allows boarding the plane. This service costs about $20 The entry visa is stamped at the visa on arrival desk, costing $25. This service only available for air travel. I'm pretty sure these services are legit but I've hea ...

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Year Long SEA Journey

Posted by oneseatraveler on 3/1/2012 at 20:34

I'm looking to spend a year in SEA starting this fall (2012). I am currently thinking about flying into Hong Kong from the West Coast of the United States (where I'm from). From there I'd make my way to Ha Noi, Da Nang, and into Ho Chi Minh City. Then spend time in Cambodia, Thailand, come down through Malaysia, and fly home out of Singapore. I'm thinking I'd buy a motorbike in Vietnam. I plan on backpacking my way through the region. What are the most common itineraries for such expeditio ...

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Vietnam Visa Stuffup

Posted by CrankyCarrot on 4/1/2012 at 04:16

I can't believe it's taken me this long to notice, but I just had a closer look at my Vietnam visa and discovered they've short-changed me by a week. I definitely remember applying for 30 days, and surely this is the standard length of a tourist visa, but I've ultimately been granted 3 weeks. What's the deal? Now I'm left scrambling to figure out how not to p off immigration. As it stands, the visa expires this coming Saturday the 7th (it should have been the 14th). A woman working in my hotel ...

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