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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!

Taking Thai Baht to Vietnam

Posted by CrankyCarrot on 10/12/2011 at 03:37

If I take a big stack of Thai 1000 baht notes with me to Vietnam, will I have any issues exchanging them for Dong in places like Hanoi and HCMC? OR Would I be better off converting all my excess baht into USD before leaving Thailand for Vietnam? Thanks ...

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Are hotel bookings really necessary?

Posted by MikeTV on 9/12/2011 at 13:42

Hello, I'll be traveling through Vietnam in Jan.-Feb. 2012. I've booked a room my first night in Hanoi but haven't booked anything else yet. Do I need to consider booking a room ahead of time to consider the Tet holiday? How long does it last? Secondly, Phu Quoc seems to be difficult to find accommodation as well. Do I need to book ahead in Phu Quoc to secure a 'good' place in a good location or can I wing it? Any info would be appreciated. Thanks. ...

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Basic transportation question...

Posted by KimDecker on 2/9/2007 at 14:48

Hi there. I just discovered Travelfish within the past half hour and I already get the feeling that it's going to be a real boon in planning a trip to Vietnam. Can't wait! But before I get started, I have a very basic, first-time traveler question: How practical is traveling solo in Vietnam--from north to south or vice versa--without booking a flight, joining a tour, or renting a car? My only other experience traveling in Asia was in Japan, where the transportation infrastructure is so finely ...

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Ha Long Bay or Bangkok?

Posted by OlaMaz on 28/12/2011 at 11:30

My friend and I are planning a cycling trip thru vietnam and cambodia, and are tossing between adding on a trip to Ha Long Bay before our tour or adding a few days in Bangkok after our tour.. These are two very different places and we're having a difficult time deciding! are 2-3 days enough to see Bangkok? and should I save that for a whole trip of Thailand? ...

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New years in long hai alone

Posted by Nondumido on 30/12/2011 at 01:48

Been in Nam for just over a month and want to relax in long hai before going to Cambodia. Any advice? Dont want to be in the city on new year's eve or the day after. ...

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Any nice-ish beaches near HCMC?

Posted by mhwillis on 28/12/2011 at 03:04

Will be in HCMC for a short four days in early January, but wondering if its possible to squeeze in a quick beach fix. Any nice beaches near HCMC (within an hour or two-at-most from the city)? Or are the great beaches elsewhere in the country like I've been reading? Perhaps the weather may not be all that cooperative anyway? Any insight would be great! ...

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flight from Da nang to Saigon 28 Jan

Posted by hackman_jkk on 17/12/2011 at 00:15

Hello. i will visit vietnam on 19 - 31 Jan. on my trip.start from Hanoi-Sapa-Hanoi-Danang-Hoi an-Danang-Saigon. On the way from Danang to Saigon i try to find flight ticket on 28 Jan 2012. i know butget airline from danang-saigon is Jetstar. but it sold out. Vietnamairline is too expersive for me. can some body suggest me other thing i have't known. ...

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Best movies about vietnam

Posted by nerja on 22/12/2011 at 06:33

Can anyone recomend me "good" movies about Vietnam? ...

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Serious boat accident in Cu Lao Cham-Hoi An

Posted by Pablot on 26/12/2011 at 04:32

A very serious boat accident occurred on Sunday at the river inlet between Hoi An and Cu Lao Cham The vessel appears to have hit a sand bank which is why its back (deadwood) was broken and it fell apart in the water. Before any tourists goes on a boat to Cu Lao Cham 10 miles offshore (or on any boat in Vietnam!) know weather conditions and the quality of your Operator and boat. Safest time to travel by boat to Cu Lao ...

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Nha Trang or Da Nang/Hoi An

Posted by dstrips on 10/1/2010 at 02:27

Hi, My wife and I are going to Vietnam for our honeymoon and we are trying to decide between Nha Trang or Da nang/Hoi An. We Will be at either one for three nights. It is the "honeymoon" part of the trip, nice beaches romantic etc. But we do not want to just sit on a beach for three days. We are looking for a blend of experiences and relaxation. Would really appreciate some input and recommendations on where to stay (kinda doing it up here:) Thanks ...

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Weather - late Dec / Jan

Posted by dsapsfo1 on 21/11/2011 at 09:45

I'm planning my trip to Vietnam over Christmas / New Year, a large part of which I want to spend on/around the beaches, but generall want to keep the sun on my back. How far North shoudl I consider in Vietnam before it starts to get colder/wetter around late December / early January? Thanks... ...

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Hanoi traffic video

Posted by daawgon on 21/12/2011 at 22:53

You'll love this one - youtube ...

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Hanoi Accomodation

Posted by caseyprich on 6/12/2011 at 20:48

I've been looking at the Hanoi Accommodation and can't really make up my mind. Budget is best - but no dorm, and want to stay North of the Lake. Anyone got a recommendation and/or contact (email) so I might make a reservation? ...

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yen to VND? or US$ to VND?

Posted by mexijew8 on 22/12/2011 at 00:17

Hello, I am going to Vietnam tomorrow. I currently live in Japan so all of my money is in Japanese yen. Though, I do have money via my debit card back in the states. Here are my options. which is the best one 1. Convert my japanese yen to U.S dollars at the airport in japan. 2. Use my debit card in Vietnam to get U.S dollars or VND. 3. Convert my Yen to VND once i get to vietnam (i dont know how viable this is but I wanted to put it out there). I know that generally airports dont give good rat ...

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Monkey Island Resort or Hotel in Cat Ba?

Posted by barbarajose53 on 22/12/2011 at 02:03

Dear All, I have plan to visit Cat Ba Island, I find some hotel and resort in Cat Ba. I see Monkey Island Resort is private island far from Cat ba Island 10 minutes go by boat, this is bungalow. I like it so much. But I afraid it is cold, who had come there, can you sharing experiance? Thanks Barbara Jose ...

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Saigon - Hanoi by Rental Motorbike

Posted by jammac on 23/11/2011 at 17:23

Hi all, I'm planning to rent a bike and ride it from Saigon to Hanoi, Via Cambodia and Laos and then back to Saigon. I've some questions on the roads and places to visit en route/return route; How many miles can you expect to cover in a day of riding? How often are repair centres? (I take it not all rental places keep their bikes in 'mint' condition) Do the roads differ in Vietnam/Cambodia/Laos? What places would you reccomend to visit/stay at? Is 3 weeks enough for this journey? approx 2500 ...

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Easy Rider recommendation for Nha Trang!

Posted by kartoscha on 20/12/2011 at 23:39

Since it is not easy to find a good Easy Rider, do to the mass of them, I thought I'd take the chance to just give a recommendation for one of them. I am travelling as a girl by myself, so of course I was very skeptical to get on a bike with some stranger. I had a 3-day tour from Nha Trang to Saigon and am very glad I took this alternative to the bus. The trip was just amazing! The Easy Rider I went with was Son, a 29 year old guy, who is been doing this for the last 6 years now. He showed m ...

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Christmas alone in HCMC!

Posted by theoryofhobbes on 18/10/2011 at 09:42

Are there any spots in HCMC/Saigon or surrounding areas where Western folks and ex-pats get together to celebrate Christmas? I'll be in HCMC until December 22, and may stick around through the holiday. Would love to celebrate with others! -Stephanie ...

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Phu Quoc island over new years

Posted by kylientanis on 20/12/2011 at 01:36

Hi! So we have been travelling around vietnam for 3 weeks and have had no trouble finding accommodation but now would like to head to Phu Quoc Island from 29/12/11- 5/01/12, having trouble finding accommodation on the net and wondering what everyones experience has been there, would we be completely crazy to show up and try and find somewhere or should we book whatever we can find now? thanks! ...

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Hue / Hoi An or Mekong - Siem Reap overland?

Posted by sunday_stroll on 19/12/2011 at 05:39

Hi Everybody I have almost three weeks in Vietnam which includes a few days at the end in Siem Reap to see Angkor Wat. Not nearly enough time but it is all I can manage unfortunately. I plan on seeing Hanoi, Halong Bay, maybe Sapa, Ho Chi Minh and the Mekong Delta. My question is: Do I include Hue / Hoi An in my trip or do I use that time and go overland from the Mekong to Siem Reap via Phnom Penh (via a local tour)? Am having trouble deciding how to best spend my time. Any advice would be g ...

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