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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!

Help me make a decision!

Posted by Arigato9 on 17/8/2011 at 19:02

Travelfish! Ok, so I need some help making some decisions. I have 18 days to do a mini-adventure through vietnam (I arrive in Saigon Sept. 12), Laos, and Cambodia. The things i have had my sights on are ha long bay-cat ba island, sapa, luang prabang, and ankgor wat-siem reap-phnom Phen.. I have to leave by the 30th so, I was thinkin 8 days in vietnam and then 5 in each laos and camodia. Any and all suggestions are welcomed!! Jah Love, B ...

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Sihnaoukville/Perhentians/Nha Trang

Posted by chinarocks on 2/9/2011 at 20:21

All other things being equal (i.e. weather, costs etc), which one of the above would you recommend as a beach resort for a two week trip? It will mainly involve beach time but would also involve some nightlife and nice food is always a bonus. Thanks. CR ...

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Secluded beaches in hoi an

Posted by daniel4 on 12/7/2011 at 22:17

Looking for some secluded beaches somewhere between Hoi An and Nha Trang, with some decent accommodation . Not looking for party backpacker type of stuff. Any advice deeply appreciated. Or just south of Hoi An? Many thanks ...

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Vietnam Visa

Posted by Nixxypie on 20/8/2011 at 11:07

Hi guys, I'm currently in Chiang Mai and myself and a friend decided as a spur of the moment thing to go to Vietnam. We were looking at applying for a visa online but we're not sure which companies are real and if any are fakes as we don't want to pay the money and arrive to find we have no visa, or get completely over charged. We are travelling to Bangkok tonight on the sleeper train and staying in Bangkok 1 night before getting a bus to Siem Reap for 2-3 nights, Phnom Penh for 1 night ...

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Money exchange (Dongs) in Chau Doc

Posted by BB on 30/8/2011 at 21:24

Hi there! We will be arriving in Chau Doc from Phnom Penh by boat. My lonely planet guide says I should take care of exchanging money before I arrive as there is no place to get cash advances in Chau Doc... in your experiencie, what would be the best way to get dongs when arriving this way? is there a place where we can exchange usd? many thanks! ...

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Feedback on Itinerary

Posted by lithium on 27/8/2011 at 23:41

I have five weeks to spend in Vietnam and Laos between November 19th and December 26th. Still not sure which I'll be visiting first, how much time I'll be spending in each country and if I'll be doing Vietnam north to south or vice versa. My trip will start and end in Bangkok. I can afford to spend up to USD 100 on flights within Vietnam itself but don't mind overnight train rides. Would like to limit bus trips to a maximum of 6hrs each. My rough itinerary for Vietnam is very similar to everyon ...

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Da Nang Airport to Hoi An by bus

Posted by AGRO on 19/8/2011 at 20:31

Hi We will be landing in Da Nang around 11 30am and would like to take the bus straight to Hoi An as it's a much cheaper option than a taxi. Wikitravel says that there are frequent buses for 15 000 or so from the inter-city bus station but I was wondering how to get to the station from the airport? Or..... I heard there may be a cheap shuttle bus from the airport? ...

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Open Tour Bus ticket Hoi An to Nha Trang

Posted by AGRO on 27/8/2011 at 19:39

There are so many to choose from, I hear some are great and others are a bit of a scam on terrible buses. But how to choose? Anyone have any recommendations or experiences about what company to use? Are they pretty much all the same or not? Also I guess the same question would go for Nha Trang to HCMC Thanks! ...

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Motorbike NW loop then hanoi to hcmc in 28 days?

Posted by shing on 11/8/2011 at 20:35


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Bad experiences Hanoi and Sapa

Posted by Pernette on 13/3/2009 at 20:48

In Hanoi we got in a taxi with a corrupt taxidriver, his meter was running twice as we were really driving and when we wanted to stop, the driver threatened us with a stick. He wanted the money for the distance he had already driven (20.000 dong for 500 meter). There were 3 hotels with the same name in a row in Hanoi. We had booked one and the one we walked in said we had to wait until 8 am before we could get the room with window for 15 dollar (which they also said in a reservation e-mail) ...

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Holidays, festivals, December & January

Posted by UsTwo on 21/8/2011 at 14:54

We arrive in Saigon on 13th December, and depart Hanoi on 16th January. Are there any Holidays or Festivals we should be aware of during that time, that may affect our accommodation or travel? Our plan is Saigon - Mekong - Vung Tau/Nui Dat - Da Lat - Nha Trang - Buon Ma Thuot - Pleiku - Qui Nhon - Hoi An - DaNang - Hue - Hanoi - Sapa - Ha Long. We are very flexible, and realise that this is a very optimistic itinerary. The only absolutes are Mekong, Vung Tau/Nui Dat, Buon Ma ...

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Visa, train and initerary

Posted by JoggaPogga on 19/8/2011 at 05:40

Me and my girlfriend are travelling to Cambodia and through Vietnam in december and january. I have a few questions regarding the trip and our initerary? Getting a visa for Vietnam in Norway is expensive, and we're staying a few nights i Sihanoukville before entering Vietnam, and I've read that getting visas here is cheap and easy through the vietnamese cosulate. Will this be a problem between 23. and 25. december? (If it is, what about 25-27?) We're planning on entering Vietnamthrough t ...

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Phu Quoc to HCMC via Mekong

Posted by Fattymac on 1/8/2011 at 03:51

Good morning all, Next week I am going to be in Phu Quoc and was then going to make my way through Rach Gia to Can Tho, My Tho and then onto HCMC. I have given myself 5 or 6 days to do it. I know there have been heaps of topics on it but Im after updated information. What are the major flaws in doing this trip myself and catching local buses/boats? Are the buses still the best way to get from place to place? Anything to avoid? Any tips or good spots to look out for, even if they are o ...

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Posted by christine1423 on 15/8/2011 at 15:31

Hi all, I am really worried as I have made a very silly mistake. we arrive on9/9 and depart 9/10. in total this is 31 days and not 30. I was going to do VOA but am now getting worried. What can you guys advise. Thank you Christine UK ...

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Taylor and Optician in Hanoi

Posted by sagemode on 25/7/2011 at 18:02

Hi Can anyone recommend a good tailor and Optician in Hanoi. I am looking to make a couple of long sleeve shirts and pants. My budget is about USD$20-$50 for a shirt and the same for the pants. Also can anyone recommend a good optician. Looking to make a spectacle below USD$100. Any input in welcome Thanks Melvin ...

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day tours

Posted by christine1423 on 15/8/2011 at 15:27

hi, I have been reading a lot about Sinhtourist day tours,and they look interesting and affordable. I was wondering what peoples opinions were of these trips. Thank you Christine ...

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Not so organic!

Posted by daawgon on 18/8/2011 at 00:12

A man injects a chemical solution into a jackfruit to make it ripen quicker Fruit farmers in southern Vietnam are injecting their produce with chemicals to make them ripen quicker and go rotten slower. Orchard owners and fruit dealers -- particularly those dealing in jackfruit and durian -- have also been found soaking their goods in such chemicals, which experts say could be poisonous, according to a Tuoi Tre investigation wrapped up last month. Lan, a durian dealer from Dong Nai Provinc ...

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Critique my Trip Itinerary ?

Posted by powahgen on 17/8/2011 at 13:33

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18 Days in Vietnam

Posted by RookieEra on 23/10/2010 at 18:29

Hello all, A friend and i are heading all over SE asia for just short of three months, starting December. Our trip begins in Saigon, and our itinerary, specifically for vietnam, is as follows: Saigon: 3 nights Overnight train to Da Nang Hoi An : 4 nights Overnight train to Hanoi Hanoi and Surrounds: 9 nights. We are both young lads, and we've travelled thailand before. We love food, taking advantage of destinations' specialties (i.e. Hoi An and its tailors) and ofcourse a bit of nightlife, but n ...

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Cooking course Ho Chi Minh

Posted by Pontare on 8/3/2011 at 09:04

Hi! I'm looking to take a day or half-day cooking course in Saigon. Couldn't find any new entries in the forums, and the information in the "See & Do" guide of HCM is outdated. So I'd love to get a course recommended by someone who's tried it. ...

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