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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!

Mai Chau or Lake Ba Be?

Posted by krestniy on 27/7/2011 at 13:53

Hi everyone, Given our schedule and limited time, which of the following in northern Vietnam would be a shame to miss: -Mai Chau? -Lake Ba be (perhaps a 4-day Northeast loop tour that Handspan has)? -Tam Coc/Coc Phuang Nat park? (maybe can be done as daytrips from Hanoi) If you have any preferences, please let me know how many days I should allocate to the place as well. Thank you! ...

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National Day, Sep 2

Posted by Cerritos on 30/7/2011 at 00:53

I will be in Hanoi on Sept 2, the Vietnam National day. Assume it is similar to the US 4th of July. Are there any events/parades/displays worth attending? Thanks ...

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Viewed 2,368 times, with 1 reply. Last reply by travellingsarah on 30/7/2011 at 13:44

Buddhist retreat/ meditation group in Vietnam

Posted by malthoff on 13/9/2008 at 11:47

Just wondering if anybody knows of any kind of meditation retreats, meditation groups, etc. in Vietnam. Do any of the monasteries do activities for non-Vietnamese? And yes, it would need to be in English (or German). Any pointers would be much appreciated! ...

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Viewed 19,960 times, with 3 replies. Last reply by haivanvietnam on 29/7/2011 at 10:34

Airport pick-up by a hotel

Posted by kyuyori on 23/5/2011 at 06:34

Hey guys. I'll be traveling in Vietnam in June and booked an inexpensive hotel in the Old Quarter. They offered to pick me up at the airport for $20 USD (5-seat vehicle) or $25 (7-seat vehicle), as there are many scams at the airport and this would be safe and convenient. Looking around, this fare sounds rather steep and I was wondering if taking a No.17 bus and using any other method of transportation would be more prudent. Any advice would be much appreciated. ...

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Viewed 2,947 times, with 4 replies. Last reply by travellingsarah on 28/7/2011 at 14:11

Travel from Vietnam to Singapore

Posted by lloray on 19/7/2011 at 00:34

Hello, What is the best way to travel from Vietnam to Singapore? are there any ferrys etc? Thanks ...

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transport Nha trang to hoi an

Posted by christine1423 on 27/7/2011 at 03:27

hi all, We are planning on staying in Nha Trang for 4 nights and then taking the train to Hoi An . The best schedule by train ii think is SE6 depart 20:18 and arrive 05:38 ? would we be able to get from danang to Hoi An this early time in the morning? If not is there anything we can do in Danang this early? The alternative would be to get the Sinh tourist open bus which i believe is fairly comfortable and goes direct. what would you folks suggest from past experience. thank you Chris ...

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hue to hanoi on sleeper 'vip' train

Posted by splashtree on 14/9/2009 at 18:11

as per title, looking to get from hue to hanoi. heard some good things about and overnight train but cant find anything about on web. anyone any ideas? thanks ...

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Can Cou or Bac Ha Market?

Posted by Tessie on 19/7/2011 at 19:25

Hi All, My husband & I will be travelling to Lao Cai Province in Vietnam in January. It has been suggested to us that we might want to skip Bac Ha Markets in favour of the smaller & less 'touristy' Can Cou markets. Has anybody been to either or both? Which did you prefer? While we are not overly adventurous, we do like to get off the tourist track a little. Happy to hear any honest opinions & suggestions you may have. Thanks Tessie ...

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Sleeper Train from HCMC to Nha Trang

Posted by tayls on 8/2/2009 at 15:47

I am planing on using a night train to get from HCMC to Nha Trang to save some time and cash. I cannot access the Vietnam Rail website's timetable page. Having been to seat61.co.uk it looks like the best option (time wise)is to use the TN10 train however it is suggested that this train only runs every 2nd night. Does anyone know if it runs on set nights during the week or if I could find out what dates it runs? Has anyone used this service and is it clean, reliable, etc... (heard the t ...

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Viewed 8,552 times, with 5 replies. Last reply by violets on 25/7/2011 at 07:59

Haircut in HCMC

Posted by Randy on 6/2/2011 at 02:30

...To me, every trip into vn, one of my "habits" is...HairCut in Vietnam. Compared to Western environments, I couldn't find NOWHERE would give you a better, detail haircut services...and...as CHEAP as in Vietnam. In fact, every trip in vn, I visited barbershops every...10 days. There, you can relax or even nap on the chair(which sometimes I did) while the barber carefully trims your hair the way you want, listen to music...the way you want if you don't want to listen to...their Vietnam ...

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Viewed 4,103 times, with 7 replies. Last reply by riverspot on 24/7/2011 at 04:25

Halong Bay:Oriental Sail/Tropical Sails or Columbus Travel?

Posted by noakess on 10/6/2010 at 00:20

Hi, I'm looking for 2 day/1 night tour of Halong Bay. don't mind paying a little extra - for nice food/cabin/guideā€¦ have contacted these 3 (after reading travelfish/tripadvisor forums)- all replied within 24 hours and all offer similar tours. 1. Oriental Sails/Calypso Cruiser 2 Tropical Sails (Dragon's Pearl or Lagoon Explorer 3. Columbus Travel - Pinta cruiser (Pint Gold has retired) Can anyone recommend one of th e3? plan to go around Nov 2oth 2010. We are a 30 year old couple. Thanks! ...

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Viewed 7,878 times, with 14 replies. Last reply by Kama on 23/7/2011 at 05:09

Tailor Made Polo Shirts

Posted by colourco on 19/2/2011 at 05:31

We will be in Hanoi from March 3 to 10 and want to get about 100 polo shirts made with embroidery. Is this something that they can do? Where is the best place to go to get good quality shirts without getting ripped off? Anyone have any idea what they cost? Any advice will be appreciated. ...

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tailor in saigon

Posted by lee123 on 21/2/2011 at 10:29

I wanted clothes, I can sew clothes where ...

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Trip planning from NY to SE Asia

Posted by esmith5112 on 20/7/2011 at 00:26

I am planning to visit Ho Chi Minh City for 1.5 weeks at the end of September and then travelling to Bangkok for 1.5 weeks at the beginning of October. Are there any concerns with the weather during this time of the year? I know that it is still the rainy season but I wasn't sure if it would make the trip much better to try and push it back to November. I want to have the best experience I can for my first trip to SE Asia but the Sept to Oct works better with my schedule. Also, any flight/ ...

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Viewed 3,031 times, with 4 replies. Last reply by esmith5112 on 22/7/2011 at 01:33

Long term rental Mui Ne Bay

Posted by EvelienVeenstra on 22/9/2008 at 21:02

Hello! i'm from holland and planning a trip to Vietnam, Mui Ne Bay for a period of 3 months. I'm looking for a long term rental (house/apartment) with a internet cornection. The internet cornection is important for me because i have to do my work from this place. Can anybody give me some information about this? Thanks! greetings Evelien ...

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Phu Quoc quiet place to stay

Posted by bamigoreng257 on 18/7/2011 at 14:52

Hi guys, I was wondering if somebody could tell me nice place to stay on Phu Quoc island. My girlfriend and I will be flying down on the 22nd of July and we'll be staying for about a week.Our plan was to go to Mui Ne but I found out that its really crowded so we decided to go to Phu Quoc instead. We are looking for a quiet romantic place,few or even better no people on the beach and it should be affordable aswell (not more than 15 USD a night). I'd really appreciate it if someone could help m ...

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Viewed 3,367 times, with 3 replies. Last reply by eastwest on 19/7/2011 at 14:02

Chau Doc to Vinh Long Bus?

Posted by fredrowe on 19/7/2011 at 07:17

Are there buses between Chau Doc and Vinh Long? If not, what is the best way to do this trip? If so, I'd appreciate advice on where to catch them, frequency of buses, duration of trip and cost. Thanks. ...

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Sleeper train from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh via Hue

Posted by kelpeta on 16/11/2007 at 16:53

Hi I'm trying to find out if I buy a ticket on the overnight train from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh... 1)can I get off at Hue, wonder around for the day, and get back on the next overnight train in Hue to get to Ho Chi Minh City or would I need two separate tickets? 2)Any ideas of the cost of tickets? I've heard US$35, but not sure if thats just to Hue or through to HCMC. 3)Is Hue worth the stop if Im pushed for time? Thinking about maybe flying from Hanoi to HCMC, but budget wise I want to ...

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Hanoi Itinery Suggestion

Posted by jas663 on 13/7/2011 at 02:29

This is my first time to Vietnam and I have only 8 days. Arrival and departure in Hanoi airport. Basically will focus more in Hanoi. I will be travel next week. I have list out some places which I would like to explore and please suggest some other places which can fit into my schedule. I love food and also any good or nice food to recommend, thank you!!! 1st & 2nd day- Stay in Old Quarter and explore the city (what and where can I explore?) 3rd day- Grab an overnight train to Lao Cao, th ...

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Viewed 2,620 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by jas663 on 13/7/2011 at 14:22

Hanoi route

Posted by lagale on 10/7/2011 at 20:43

All the guidebooks state you should go Hanoi--Hue--Hoi An--HCM. However my friend who travels often there says he prefers Hanoi--Hoi An--Hue--HCM. It seems the travel time is the same although it does 'appear' to be backtracking. Any comments? ...

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