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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!

Tourists Beware

Posted by SeaninHanoi on 27/11/2011 at 21:12

I have been travelling around Vietnam for 4 months and have even been given the chance to write about my experiences for a local magazine. Some tour groups are bad. They will charge whatever they want and if you query it, they will insult you and tell you to leave Vietnam. Kim Tours is one. Sinh Tours seems to be everywhere and it is impossible to tell which is the real one! Be careful and only use their official website. Most hotels will book your a trip but be careful, Sapa is easily done ...

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HCMC-Hanoi via Cambodia/Laos

Posted by ugogrrrl on 26/11/2011 at 14:39

I am flying into HCMC at the end of January 2012 and flying out of Hanoi a month later. I was planning on traveling through Vietnam but was thinking it might be fun to go throughCambodia/Laos and skip the middle of Vietnam. I am a solo female in my 40's. Has anyone traveled this route before? Can you recommend a route/places to visit in Cambodia/Laos (besides the obvious ones)? I have been to Thailand before so I could skip that country. I am more interested in trekking/beach/village experiences ...

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Vietnam Panorama Trip 10 days

Posted by Huetourist1 on 25/11/2011 at 21:20

Hello everyone, Huetourist is having a promotion program to Vietnam. Panorama Trip 10days. Please contact them to have details if you have any interest. Wishing you a nice trip! ...

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Vietnam Beaches to the North in Nov

Posted by melmoore on 26/10/2011 at 23:05

Hi all, I'm traveling alone through Vietnam in November. I wanted to hit up the beaches from Miu Ne up the coast, then fly to Hanoi. Anyone have and tips? Is this safe for am American female to do alone? Thanks ...

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Wildlife at Risk (WAR) in Vietnam

Posted by DCM on 23/11/2011 at 02:08

Hello, I have tried to search the forum and site but haven't had any luck finding info on the Wildlife Rescue Center in Vietnam. Have you been there? If so, could you please provide some feedback on your experience of the place? Easy to get to? Good cause to support/visit? Did you see much wildlife or get to help/or interact? Thank you for any info. David PS - I volunteered last year at the Elephant Nature Park in Thailand for 7 days and had a great time. Was looking for something somewha ...

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4 weeks in Vietnam- NEED HELP!

Posted by juniordart23 on 21/11/2011 at 01:51

Saturday 24th Dec Fly from Melbourne to Ho Chi minh Sunday 25th Dec Ho Chi Minh Monday 26th Dec Ho Chi Minh Tuesday 27th Dec Mekong Delta/can Tho Wednesday 28th Dec Mekong Delta/can Tho/ maybe Vinh Long Thursday 29th Dec Mekong Delta /Can tho Friday 30th Dec Back from Can Tho to HCMC Ho Chi Minhà fly to con dao island, arrive 2pm Saturday 31st Dec Con dao island Sunday 1st January Con dao island Monday 2nd January Fly back to HCMC, 2pm stay in HCMC Tuesday 3rd January Trav ...

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Best way to reach Vietnam

Posted by renald on 21/11/2011 at 03:01

Hi..... One of our relatives are planning to go for Vietnam next month with their family and 2 children of age 5 and 9. They are unaware of the ways to reach, what to explore, where to stay, cost of trip, climatic conditions... Please if anybody experienced personally to Vietnam help here with valuable sharings and suggest how to make a perfect trip there. Thanks in advance for helpful replies..... ...

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safe swimming halong bay?

Posted by andun on 21/11/2011 at 05:30

hi anybody been swimming in halong bay lately? I gather alote of tours stop to let customers swim, but i understand there can be alot of boat it safe/ clean? many thanks for any help ...

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Posted by caseyprich on 13/10/2011 at 09:08

Considering Hanoi- Hue -Hoi'an for between 6-8 days as a forerunner to my trip to Malaysia at the end of January. I have a friend moving to Hue and thought I'd take advantage to go visit just before the start of Tet - then I'm off to KL. Of course I've looked around the sight, but respect all your opinions and having never been to Northern Vietnam I thought I'd ask for recommendations for your particular favorites. Given time, and that I've seen karsts and want to travel budget, I'll probabl ...

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Phu Quoc to Siem Reap by bus or air?

Posted by WILLIAMS5 on 18/11/2011 at 14:14

What would be the best bus route to make this journey? Would you do it in one day or need to break at PP? Also .. is it cheaper to purchase domestic air tickets in Vietnam. We are travelling in January 2012 (peak season) so want to know if we should secure flights before we leave if really necessary. ...

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Vietnam for 3 full days

Posted by rukiasan on 20/11/2011 at 07:14

Hello guys, i just happen to bump into this forum and so far, its been helpful ....however, I'm wondering any of you can recommend/advise on what we can do in only 3 full days of visit in Vietnam..i know it's tooooo short but I do intend to go back. but for now, I wanted to just have a little get-away anyway with my husband. I read about Hoi An being preferred more than Nha Trang? Im beginning to be more interested with the idea of old town + culture + beach in Hoi An so, I'm wondering if our ...

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HOI TO HCMC - fly, train or bus

Posted by WILLIAMS5 on 16/11/2011 at 14:02

We are flying up to Hoi An from HCMC but considering travelling on land for the return leg. Is this a very scenic route worth travelling? Are sections of it more scenic than others or is it just a long strectch of highway? Happy to break it up with bus & overnight train if feasible? Any thoughts and suggestions much appreciated. Accom in Hoi An? - clean and central for 2A & 3 teenagers? ...

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Short Mekong DIY Tour HCMC to Rach Gia for Phu Quoc Ferry advice please

Posted by paulascott on 8/11/2011 at 00:39

Hi All We are a family with 2 teenagers on an adventure through Vietnam. Wanting to do a 2 night/3 day max Delta stopover on our way to Phu Quoc from HCMC. Would like to get the Ferry from Rach Gia. We would like to do it on the cheap so no tour package, but can anyone give me a few tips on the time needed and if the 2 days would be too rushed and where we should break the journey and overnight etc . What is there to really see & do on our way or are we better to just fly to Phu Quoc bo ...

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Flooding in Hoi An, Hue or My Son

Posted by shawthing5 on 13/11/2011 at 03:07

Just wondering if there was still any flooding in hoi an, hue or my son area? ...

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Flooding in Hoi An

Posted by Pablot on 8/11/2011 at 08:07

Last night and today flooding in Hoi An with up to about 1.5 - 2 meters water level on roads in the Ancient Town. Water levels seem to be coming down. Combination of heavy rains plus dam upriver being openned causing floods. Beware anyone coming to Hoi An! ...

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Posted by christine1423 on 26/7/2011 at 00:10

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 Ch ...

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buying train tickets abroad

Posted by Patrick01 on 16/11/2011 at 14:06

Has anyone had experience buying Vietnamese train tickets,outside Vietnam on the web?I found a lot of useful train info on the seat 61 website,i.e.,you must contact an actual travel service in Vietnam who will get the actual tickets for you,and send them to your hotel.I've e-mailed two different travel agents twice,and have not heard back.A bit frustrating. ...

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Dien Bien Phu to Hanoi

Posted by topogene88 on 8/10/2011 at 11:39

8 10 11 Oudomxai Laos Arriving in Vietnam, Dien Bien Phu on 10 10 11 from Muang Khua, Laos. Planing on going by bus on to Hanoi , stopping for a couple of days in Son La. Can anyone tell me just where in Hanoi is the My Dinh bus station or the district of My Dinh? If anyone needs up to date info on Dien Bien Phu or northern Laos please reply. Cheers Polesana ...

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con dao islands

Posted by loumichael on 28/9/2011 at 22:35

Please can anyone who has made the trip to the islands recently let me know if its worth while the flight and if its still as unspoilt as the reports say? I notice a few of the reports are a bit dated. If we are looking to do Phu quoc would you say they are similar and to only do one for a beach stay? Thanks in advance! ...

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choosing places in V/nam

Posted by mansinirjain on 7/11/2011 at 08:15

Hi, my best friend and I are going to Vietnam in Jan 2012 for 7 days only. we were suggested many beautiful places but cant understand what's practical. We love beaches and rural areas. Can you please suggest what all can be seen in this time. Hanoi Hue and Danang-Nha Trang, ha long. we certainly wish to see ha long, hanoi and at least one of the 2 beaches. rest is up for debate. please help. Cheers! ...

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