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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!

What is the best way to get from HCMC to Phu Quoc at Christmas time?

Posted by hanonthemove on 11/12/2011 at 21:29

Hi Folks, Any ideas? We don't want to fly and are trying to book our transport ahead aware that it is a busy time but we can't find any details/ websites for bus/ boat companies that do the HCMC to Phu Quoc journey. Can anyone recommend bus/boat companies and suggest any hints or tips for this stretch of the journey? Thanks! ...

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Phu Quoc - New Year's Eve

Posted by DW_Toronto on 29/11/2011 at 15:28

Wondering if anyone had any tips for good things to look for on Phu Quoc for (Western) New Year's Eve - am travelling alone and would love to find a party (nothing TOO crazy) for midnight. Thought I'd see if anyone had any tips or places they found particularly fun on New Year's Eve. First time doing a trip like this on my own so I'm a bit green and not sure what to expect when I arrive. Thanks! ...

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Christmas in Ho Chi Minh

Posted by liamjobrien on 19/11/2009 at 00:55

Hi, Me and my two friends are going to be in Ho Chi Minh for Christmas day and I was wondering would anyone have any recommendations of what to do? And more importantly where to go for Christmas dinner? Regards, Liam. ...

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Must-sees in Northern Vietnam?

Posted by jacquelinehope on 14/11/2011 at 21:10

Hi, I'm going to be in Vietnam for 22 days in March 2012 with my family and was wondering what people would recommend to see/visit in Northern Vietnam (north of Hue) I have a pretty good idea of where to go in the south (Hue, Hoi An, Nha Trang, Da Lat, Saigon) as I've travelled through the south before. Mum wants to go to Ha Long Bay and we are flying into Hanoi so that is probably four-five days of our trip gone. Thanks Jac ...

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Booking flight Hanoi-Bangkok

Posted by Ronald on 4/12/2011 at 08:30

Dear all, we wish to book a flight from Hanoi to Bangkok for January 2nd, but are wondering if it is best to book it upfront or last-minute in Hanoi. The problem is that there will be a slight chance that we won't make it to Hanoi and I don't want to spend money if it's not really necessary. So my question is: will there be a chance -being high season around Christmas- that flights are fully booked or will have dramatically higher rates? And is it better to book online or through local travel ...

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Favourite Vietnam Region

Posted by katerpillar on 8/12/2011 at 06:51

If you had only one region to visit in Vietnam, which one would you choose? I'm headed on my first backpacking trip through Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam this spring, and I'm only going to have about a week/10 days in Vietnam because I'm really trying to focus on the other 3 countries this time around. I would like a taste however, but I'm wondering what the best region to experience a little bit of Vietnam would be. Should we go to Ho Chi Minh and the Mekong Delta, exploring some of t ...

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kitesurfing mui ne? kittyesurfing vietnam?

Posted by andun on 21/11/2011 at 05:33

Hi has anybody tried kitesurfing in vietnam or the kitesurf school in mui ne?? Ive just started learning to kietsurf and would ike to continue some lessons as I will have 2 weeks travelling along the vietnam coast starting 26th november. Does anyone know of good spots or good schools to learn? thanks ...

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Dilemma - 11 days in Vietnam (4 lost up North) - Head straight South after?

Posted by alt on 9/12/2011 at 07:52

Folks, Arrived in Hanoi today, and between plans getting messed up previously, only have 11 days in Vietnam. Tomorrow we're going to stay in Hanoi and do a bit of sight-seeing. After that we're doing 2 days/1 night on a junk boat. This leaves us with a mere 7 days in Vietnam so are going to go South. The thing is (and trust me, we're doing our best to research) we're not sure where to go from there. We're into the outdoors, but my main interest in Vietnam would be a chance to get to know so ...

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Want to go on a junk boat in Halong Bay - who to book through?

Posted by alt on 9/12/2011 at 06:11

Hi folks, Just arrived in Hanoi, staying which gives an address of: 1B Cua Dong St., Hoan Kiem Dist., Hanoi We are just NW of the lake in the old quarter. We want to book a 1 night, 2 day junk boat (we should do 2 nights but don't have the time) but the problem is we just don't know who to book with... any time I try to google info it just comes up with scam tour 'operators' or 'agents'. Can anyone make any recommendations? Or somewhere I can go within walkin ...

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20 day Vietnam itinerary - help please

Posted by kanz on 30/11/2011 at 02:03

Hi, we are first time visitors to Vietnam and have compiled the following itinerary. Any input would be much appreciated. I am seriously considering completely changing the following and just doing the Northern and Southern regions and saving the Central region for another trip. 10/1/2012 Hanoi 11/1/2012 Hanoi 12/1/2012 Hanoi/Sapa 13/01/12 Sapa 14/01/12 Sapa 15/01/12 Hanoi/Halong 16/01/12 Halong Bay 17/01/12 Hanoi 18/01/12 Hue (but Train) 19/01/12 Hue/Da Nang 20/01/12 Hoi An 21/01/12 Hoi An ...

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Motorbiking Saigon to Hanoi Jan 2012 keen?

Posted by stik86 on 7/12/2011 at 20:56

I am planning a trip from the south of Vietnam to the north and am looking for a few things that this forum may help with: 1. Advice from people who have already done this trip 2. Others who would like to come for some or all of the trip 3. Places to go/see for trekking, relaxing and partying 4. best ways to go ie. highway or not highway, deviations ect If it is advice that you can offer please consider a one month time frame and a budget of about $50 USD per-day Thanks for your eyes and words ...

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Halong Bay Tour

Posted by suzienichols on 4/12/2011 at 05:29

Help please in choosing a Halong Bay Tour. I'm currently planning a Vietnam Cambodia trip for 2013 and am looking to book a 2 day/ 1 night trip to Halong Bay. I've done some research so far- internet/ Trip advisor but am still no closer to choosing a trip! Some of the packages seem extremely expensive for Vietnam. I'm not particularly looking for top end/ luxury. I just just want something that is clean, with decent food and is not going to rip us off! For the rest of our trip we will use mid ra ...

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Traffic in Vietnam

Posted by daawgon on 26/11/2011 at 00:42

Anyone considering driving or cycling in Vietnam would do well to read this article, A Matter of Mindset ...

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14 days Itinerary to Vietnam assistance

Posted by anna2922 on 5/6/2011 at 01:24

Hi all, We are a couple intending to visit Vietnam for 2 weeks during end of August to September 2011 I though about the following track, I would like to receive any feedbacks/suggestions any usefull information 21/08 - Landing in Hanoi - overnight at Hanoi ( m/p Hanoi elite hotel) 22/08 - Trip to Halong bay m/p with Dragon's pearl ( if they actually response my email) 23/08 - Halong bay 24/08 -Halong bay --> back to Hanoi here I have a question ??? Overnight at Hanoi or take the night trai ...

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A note to Vietnam-based businesses being banned

Posted by somtam2000 on 5/12/2011 at 20:54

Hi, Here at we know it is December because there is a deluge of new spam from Vietnam (primarily Hanoi and Hue) from Vietnam-based mostly travel agents, spruiking their wares. You're not welcome here. This post is just to save myself the trouble of replying to the dozen or so I've banned already in the last few days. If you are a Vietnam-based travel agent, planning to suggest your services, you are not welcome on That is all. We suggest you go post on Thorn ...

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Travel from Hoi An to Siem Reap

Posted by Patrickx8 on 28/8/2008 at 12:00

What is the easiest way to get from Hoi An to Siem Reap during January? I am assuming there is a place to cross into Laos and then into Cambodia? What do you suggest? ...

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Vietnam travel

Posted by ddoherty49 on 21/11/2011 at 11:51

Hi I am traveling from Hanoi to HCMC in early April 2012 and have four days to do it, any suggestions how and where would be appreciated as i want to see as much as possible ...

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32 days in Vietnam and Cambodia, our travel itinerary

Posted by KevandJho on 5/10/2011 at 09:24

My wife and I will land in HCMC on December 20th to begin a 32 day Vietnam/Cambodia vacation,most likely spending 16 days in each country. After much deliberation and asking tons of questions from other travelers, here is our itinerary. VIETNAM 2 full days in HCMC, which will include a city tour, then fly to..... Dong hoi for a 4 day stay at the " Phong Nha farmstay" already booked,in Phong Nha area Then bus (or train) to...... 2-3 day stay in Hoi An, with a night in H ...

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Vietnam to Thailand?

Posted by niceoneman on 2/12/2011 at 21:28

Can anyone help me with this question? I have read a few posts which are outdated. I am looking for the best/fastest way to get from Vietnam to Thailand? I am looking at ground travel as flights are a little$$ I am flying in from Canada and staying for 3-4 day and of to Thailand after that. Going to fly into Hanoi..thanks so much ...

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Hanoi to Siem Reap

Posted by backpacker21 on 25/11/2011 at 04:44

Hi, may I know if there's a way to Siem Reap from Hanoi ? What's the travel time? If there's none, can you please give me some insights on how we can maximize our time? We only have 7 days to explore Hanoi (Halong Bay) and Cambodia (Siem Reap). Our IT would be Saigon-Hanoi-Cambodia -Saigon. In base is Saigon. Plan to spend just a night there before flying back to the Philippines. Thanks for your help! ...

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