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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!

DIY DMZ Tour

Posted by nadirahmed on 21/2/2017 at 15:31

Hi everyone, I'm going to try to do something like this when I get to Hue in early April. Does anyone know if the minivans for Dong Ha goes from the northern or southern bus station in Hue? I'm assuming it's the northern one as that's the one you catch the bus to Dong Hai, which is beyond Dong Ha. Can anyone confirm? Does anyone know where in Dong Ha it would drop me off? Would it be the railway station? I'd like to get to the DMZ cafe from there (although I sent them an email a couple ...

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motorbike trip vietnam

Posted by dwcurran5 on 22/7/2010 at 02:49

I am looking to travel with a mate on motorbikes in vietnam from siagon to hanoi along the coastal road and then back to siagon thro the trial and mountains using minsk bikes, does anyone have any guide/info on the best way to buy the bikes routes roads, and anything we should watch out for. we will be starting in october so if anyone has any bikes let me know cheers ...

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Advice on itinerary and getting to Cambodia

Posted by Deema on 6/2/2017 at 05:00

Hi The following is a rough draft of our itinerary for Vietnam. 11th – Arrive Hanoi 12th – Hanoi 13th –Halong Bay 14th – Halong Bay 15th – Halong Bay 16th – Hoi An 17th – Hoi An 18th – Hoi An 19th – Beach 20th - Beach 21st– Beach 22nd– Ho Chi Minh 23rd – Ho Chi Minh 24th – Mekong Delta 25th – Mekong Delta 26th - Mekong Delta 27th – Phu Quoc 28th – Phu Quoc 29th – Phu Quoc 30th– Phu Quoc 1st July – Phu Quoc 2nd July – Fly Home fro ...

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Con Dao

Posted by RachelMue1972 on 16/1/2017 at 01:26

Hello, Can you recommend Con Dao or is it like Phu Quoc, where there are a lot of Building sites for Hotels ? We are Backpackers and would like to stay somewhere next to the beach. Does anybody know a nice place to stay ? Thank you! Rachel ...

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Halong Bay / Cat Ba Island Help

Posted by BAMAnug on 29/1/2017 at 11:22

Hello, I will be arriving in Halong Bay from Hanoi on April 19 for 2 nights, returning to Hanoi on April 21. I am wondering where I should spend my 3 days/2 nights in Halong Bay. I have read that Cat Ba Island is very touristy and not highly recommended. Are there other islands good for backpackers? Would it be better to simply stay on mainland in Halong? Please advise. Thank you. ...

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Ha Long Bay: Oriental Sails?

Posted by Danila on 1/2/2017 at 18:23

Greetings, I've read all the warnings, and many of the posts and questions and comments about Ha Long Bay tours, so I'm feeling a bit wary! Have booked to stay in an Airbnb apartment in Hanoi, and our host there has recommended Oriental Sails for a Ha Long Bay cruise. Any reviews of personal experiences are welcome. Also any comments on 1 night or 2 night trips please! Thanks in advance, Danila ...

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Visa for only 13 days?

Posted by inesms on 20/1/2017 at 08:36

Do I need to get a Visa to Vietname if I'm only staying for 13 days? I'm from Portugal. Thank you ...

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Da Nang- Hoian- Hue, should I travel with a tour?

Posted by SarahSw on 17/10/2016 at 00:06

Hello there! I found many visitors choosing those places and giving good reviews about this tour. I also found some said that it is not too difficult for travelling by yourself. Is this okay for a woman to travel alone ? I have never been in Vietnam and one more question is that what time should I visit to avoid crowded public space ? Thanks in advance. ...

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HCM to Hanoi Motorbike Trip

Posted by matthewmox on 15/12/2016 at 17:08

Hi there I'm Matt, from RSA. Looking to do a motorbike trip from HCM to Hanoi around Feb 7 to March 8. Anybody wants to join, give a shout! ...

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10 day trip: So far only Da Nang on the itinerary, need help with other places

Posted by pdesh1309 on 12/12/2016 at 01:52

Hello I have 10 days in Vietnam , and i will be arriving in HCM City. I have booked a flight to Da Nang immediately after a few hours of arrival, and will be in Da Nang for 4 days covering a day trip to Hoi An, Bach Ma , Marble Mountains and will be staying at My Khe beach. My problem is i have 6 additional days, so I was thinking of flying to Phu Quoc for 3 days and then return to HCM city for last 2 days and cover local sights. Can someone suggest a better alternative to Phu Quoc conside ...

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Bach Ma National Park

Posted by rossilfossil on 1/12/2016 at 19:02

Hello, I am heading to Bach Ma National Park for two nights at the end of December. I've read Caroline's article which was great, but was wondering if I should be booking in accommodation before arrival or if it is ok to do this at the information centre. I'm wondering just how busy it will be at this time of the year. Any other tips for Bach Ma are most welcome. Thank you! ...

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Visa question!

Posted by Bkkang on 8/12/2016 at 10:15

Hi we are in Laos and want to leave this country bit earlier than we planned.. We already acquired 3months visa for Vietnam but it only starts from 17th Dec. As Korean citizen we can enter Vietnam for 15 days visa exemption.. Can we enter Vietnam with visa exemption condition(prior to our 3 months visa start) and continue our staying 3months visa period? Or do we have to exit and re-enter to use our 3months visa? ...

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Mekong delta via My Tho>Ben Tre>Can Tho>Rach Gia>PQ island!

Posted by SeemaSEA2013 on 27/2/2013 at 07:24

Hello, I know there are several posts on the mekong but I'm spefically looking for a tour which will cover: My Tho, Ben Tre, Can Tho then down to Rach Gia and PQ island. I've read SomTams post on how to do it independantly but I was wondering if anyone had tried a tour that covered this... Any suggestions? Luckily time is not an issue, there are hundreds of trips to Phnom Penh via boat etc but I feel it skips other nice parts of the Delta! From PQ Island I would then go into Cambod ...

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Northern Vietnam

Posted by stoowie on 4/12/2016 at 10:44

I would like some ideas about remote places in Northern Vietnam. We just returned from a month in VN and after starting in HCMC and going north we visited Meo Vac, Cao Bang, Bac Son Valley. We decided against Sapa hearing it was to commercial and wee like to stay away from that. We are interested in being with locals and enjoying some hiking. Thasnk you ...

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Camera Repair in Vietnam

Posted by SteffenM on 1/12/2016 at 06:04

Hi there, I'm traveling with my Nikon D90 atm and it got a bit wet yesterday in the rain. Can't have been much as it was under my raincoat but there were tiny drops of water on the body/lens that must have gone into the device. It was in no way proper 'rained on' though. Anyway, it's damaged now but hopefully can be saved. Question is: I'm in Hoi An where there's no chance of repair. Does anyone know of a decent (no rip offs) repair place in Da Nang (1h away) or alternatively Dalat which ...

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Motor bike Transfer Hoi An to Hue

Posted by Bridgequeen on 15/11/2016 at 04:59

Hi I want to travel between Hoi An and Hue by motorbike (pillion) and wondered if anyone can recommend a good company. Le Family Riders are highly recommended but as they are based in Hue they will not take my suitcase by car but will strap it on the bike if I engage their services and I am concerned this will be a bit uncomfortable (never mind health and safety). I have to go Hoi An to Hue because of pre booked flights. Also, any advice for suitable attire for the journey for end of Fe ...

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Vietnam visa on arrival: true or not?

Posted by JeremyNicholl on 22/11/2016 at 06:20

I'm in Thailand at the moment and plan to go to Vietnam next week. Everything I've read says the easiest way to get a visa is through a Vietnamese travel agency who will arrange a VOA for collection when you arrive at a Vietnamese international airport. Then today I read this: < http://www.vietnamembassy-thailand.org/en/nr070521170031/nr150604213446/ns151110183200>. That's a pretty strict announcement from the Viet consulate that such visas are not legal, and that people should avoid deal ...

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Mekong Delta and Sapa

Posted by soomei on 9/11/2016 at 08:18

Hi, Help is needed. I am planning to travel to Vietnam on 1st Dec, for an approximately 10 days trip. I will be flying out from Kuala Lumpur. Would it be better to fly in to Hanoi or to Ho Chi Minh first? Safe to travel on my own in these places? How is the getting around in Sapa and Mekong should i travel on my own without engaging any travel agency? Thanks. ...

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Internet Speed Tests - pls participate if you're in Vietnam

Posted by ElizaBrit on 18/11/2016 at 09:30

Hello, if you're in Vietnam right now please can you go to www.speedtest.net and post the results along with your location and internet provider? I'm interested if it's possible for me to work and play in Vietnam in Jan and Feb 2017. I'm in Xitou, Nantou, Taiwan and I have Chunghwa tourist sim (unli data!) and my results are: Ping 18 Download 27.52 Upload 9.18 Beat that? ...

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Itinerary South to North in 17 nights...

Posted by basilisp on 14/11/2016 at 13:58

Hi guys, My wife and I will be in Vietnam (HCM) on the 3rd of February 2017 (after spending 4 nights in Siem Reap, considering Tet) and we would like help with our itinerary . We would leave Vietnam on the 20th of February (from Hanoi at 15:00) , so we have got 17 nights. Please do consider that we are low budget travelers ... Obviously because of the airplane tickets we have we will be traveling from South to North. We love landscapes,food,beautiful sites and people. Interested in seeing caves ...

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