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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!

Vietnam to offer Visa exemptions to 15 countries...

Posted by altmtl on 3/6/2015 at 15:20

"Starting this year through 2019, Vietnam will offer visa exemptions to visitors from Denmark, Finland, Japan, Norway, Russia, South Korea, and Sweden. But tourism officials have asked to add nine more countries to the list: Australia, Canada, France, Germany, India, Italy, New Zealand, Spain, and the UK." http://www.chiangraitimes.com/vietnam-offers-visa-exemptions-for-15-nations-except-usa.html ...

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Vietnam War Tours

Posted by chris9393 on 23/8/2014 at 11:31

First time going to Vietnam soon in which I will be spending a full month there. Has anyone done any war tours that they would recommend when in Vietnam as this is going to be one of the main highlights of my trip. Many Thanks ...

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11 day Honeymoon in North/Central Vietnam

Posted by mfeller87 on 26/10/2015 at 14:40

Hi all, I'm planning an 11 day itinerary for my wife and I's honeymoon. We fly into Hanoi and want to visit the following places Hanoi (2-4 days), Ha Long Bay cruise (2-3 days), Hoi An/Danang (2-3 days), Mai Chau (1-2 days) and Ninh Binh (1-2 days). Recomendations on how to make this a trip to remember and avoid common mistakes? Or any other suggestions at all for people that have done similar trips? EDIT: We'll be there in mid/late Decemeber, FYI ...

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Where to go during Tet

Posted by Bridgequeen on 4/9/2015 at 14:18

I have stupidly booked a (non changeable) ticket into KL and out of Bangkok from 28 Jan to 18 Feb which coincides nicely with Tet. The plan had been to do Hanoi, Nha TRang, Hoi An and Phuo Quoc but now I am wondering if that is such a good idea. Any advice would be welcome - I don't have to go to Vietnam, happy wandering around SE Asia and have done Cambodia, Lao and Malaysia trips - in fact I arrived in Kuching this year at the beginning of New year and everything was dead and closed - exce ...

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Ban Long, Cambodia to southern Laos

Posted by Ikat on 21/11/2015 at 22:32

Hi Is there a reasonable way to get from somewhere in NE Cambodia to southern Laos? I will be staying in Ban Long. I will get a Lao visa in advance so That wouldn't be an issue. Many thanks. ...

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Vietnam Visa

Posted by kevinhaz on 19/11/2015 at 06:34

Hi everyone, Sorry about this lame post but I need some advice. Going to Vietnam (UK passport holder) but entering the country twice within 10 days or so. Do I need a multi entry visa or am I ok with the exemption ? If I need the multi entry visa - how much is it - I can't find out anywhere ??? Kindest Regards Kevin ...

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Solo traveler : help in itenarary Vietnam cambodia

Posted by sheetalpasad1 on 15/11/2015 at 07:34

I hav booked flight kul to ho chi minh Intrested to visit meklong,phu quac,hanoi,Sapa, Hue, halong bay,hoi an,nha trang(if time permit),then cambodia 5 to 6 days max. *Planning for 20 to 25 days.(Jan end to Feb mid) *I hv not yet booked return ticket for India. *Local travel preferable (Comfort & Cheap) *I hv read some itinerary.they mention Vietname - Cambodia-Vietnam is it easily posible. Cuz then I get my return tkt frm vietnam only.it will be cheaper.but need to know some best options. ...

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Best 1 Day Mekong Tour

Posted by N45H on 9/11/2015 at 03:12

Hi all, I will be in HCMC with my girlfriend next week for just 3 days, and we are hoping to do a day tour of the Mekong. We've heard there is an abundance of tour operators but just hoping to get a recommendation as I'm sure there are a wide variety of qualities. We're happy to pay around the 400,000-500,000 mark (I've seen as cheap as 2-300k advertised) if we get a quality tour, and even better if we can get a smallish group as opposed to being herded around with 30+ other tourists. We'd just ...

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Proposed 2 1/2 week Vietnam itinerary - advice appreciated :)

Posted by sjb222 on 29/10/2015 at 09:11

I work full time, but will be meeting some friends who aretravelling round South Asia for 3 months when they go to Vietnam in lateFebruary/early March 2016. My holiday allowance at work means the max time Ican spend out there is 2 ½ weeks so I know I'll inevitably have to miss a lotof Vietnam. The itinerary below was suggested by a friend who did this route inJuly 2014. She said she had an amazing time, but would love any other perspectiveson this route and anything you'd chang ...

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Need a good place like home to stay in Hanoi?

Posted by travelpro679 on 11/10/2015 at 22:16

Hi guys, I will jump in Hanoi this November. I need a place like home to stay so I have recommended by my close friend a place call Hanoi Brother Inn at 21 Bat Dan str. But I hope to have more choices from you guys. Thanks ...

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Phu Quoc to PP

Posted by mikal83 on 21/10/2015 at 05:09

Can anyone help with an easy, best route from PQ to PP? ...

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Viewed 913 times, with 3 replies. Last reply by mikal83 on 2/11/2015 at 21:17

Please have a look at our draft itinerary - appreciate ur comments.

Posted by kevinhaz on 23/10/2015 at 06:08

We are a couple in our mid 40's who usually spend xmas and NY in Goa - this year we are going to do Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. We love good food and although we want to see the sights - we do not want to spend too much time on them. Please let me know what you think of our itinerary. Arrive in Hanoi day 1 - 4 nights - this includes 1 night at Halong bay. Fly to Luang Probang - 4 nights Fly to Siem Reap - 2 nights Boat to Phnom Pen - 2 nights Boat to HCMC - 3 nights Fly to Phu Quoc - ...

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transport from Bac La or Lao Cai by bus using new highway

Posted by IRISHMAGGIE on 9/10/2015 at 05:31

I am new to this forum but would appreciate any help you can give.We are three Irish friends visiting Vietnam forthree weeks in October We are very interested in the Sunday market in Bac La, I have read from research a reasonably fast bus service to Lao Cai using the new highway.. Ideally we hope to spend onenight in Bac La but it is beginning to look less lightly because of a shortage of time. We intend to take the night train to Lao Cai but were thinking a bus back. We were thinking of ...

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Itinerary Advice November

Posted by bells83 on 6/10/2015 at 08:03

Hi, Im heading with my wife to Vietnam in mid-november. We have 16 nights to play with & flying in/out of HCM. We'll probably do a couple of internal flights but just wanted to know how many days people would recommend spending in the below places, plus if we're missing places on the below? I'm guessing Sapa is worth the effort? - HCM - Hoi An - Da Nang - Hue - Hanoi - Ha Long Bay - Sapa ...

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Viewed 1,333 times, with 4 replies. Last reply by bells83 on 25/10/2015 at 06:36

2 months in Vietnam

Posted by sdevorkin on 20/10/2015 at 16:44

Hi all, I'm a solo female traveler, flying to Hanoi on November 4 and home from Phnom Penh on January 4. This is my first trip to Asia! My general plan is to spend the bulk of my time in Vietnam, with substantive stops in Laos and Cambodia. There's a lot I want to see, but I usually prefer spending more time in one place than moving around a lot. Could anyone give me advice on this rough itinerary? Hanoi - 10 or so days including Halong Bay Sapa and Bac Ha - 6 or so days Fly to Luang Pr ...

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Beach Destinations After HCMC?

Posted by Freyarose on 3/10/2015 at 23:33

Hello, I've been in Ho Chi Minh for almost a week now, more than enough for me! I'm looking for a nice, beach destination with a backpacker vibe but not too party party. Very grateful for any replies! ...

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Help Bike trip from Dalat early November weather and safety

Posted by IRISHMAGGIE on 17/10/2015 at 05:33

Based on research and knowing that it should be the trip of a life time I have booked a motorbike trip for first week of November going from Dalat to Hoi Ann We are three middle aged Irish woman . .We have also planned to do this trip with friends who are living in Malaysia There are 5 of us due to go on the trip We have all booked flights ,accommodation etc. I was doing some further research last night and came across these two comments regarding the safety of these bike trips and the awful we ...

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Mekong Delta heads for troubled waters

Posted by chinarocks on 20/10/2015 at 03:27

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-34407061 ...

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new online /e ticket booking system for VN railways

Posted by IRISHMAGGIE on 9/10/2015 at 19:51

We are going from Hanoi to Lao Cai on either Friday 6th October or Saturday 7th I have just read that there is a new online booking system with Viet Nam Railways I was thinking of doing the trip independently but it would be great not to have the hassle of going to the train station to buy a ticket The website seems to still be under development in relation to the English version but after some trial and error I think I could book and possibly pay for 3 sleeping berths in a four berth cabin ...

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Viewed 1,263 times, with 4 replies. Last reply by IRISHMAGGIE on 18/10/2015 at 10:32

Day of the Tiger in February 2016

Posted by sejmer on 9/10/2015 at 06:17

Hi, I've searched the internet for weeks without finding an accurate answer to the following question : What dates in February 2016 are the days of the Tiger and the days of the Monkey according to the Vietnamese Lunar calendar? I need this to visit the market in Lung Phin . Please no guesses, only answer if you are shore. I'll be most grateful for an answer ! Best regards Olle Andersson Sweden ...

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