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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!

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 Couldn't find any new entries in the forums, and the information in the "See & Do" guide of HCM is outdated.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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sapa.. the picture on the main page

Posted by think87 on 15/8/2011 at 11:54

where is it? Lol. Probably going to be in saps towards the end of my upcoming trip in january and that picture just looks like a killer place to have a beer and catch the view foggy or not. Is it a restaurant balcony, GH? Very curious ...

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Nice hotel in Hanoi

Posted by IrisVuur on 17/7/2011 at 19:55

Hi! I am going to Hanoi in December and are looking for a nice, clean, friendly (stafflike) hotel/hostel there. I get mixed signals about several hotels from different sites and books and now I'm lost. Has anybody visted Hanoi recently and found the perfect hotel for around $20/25? Thanks! Iris ...

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Cable car

Posted by christine1423 on 15/8/2011 at 15:23

Hi All, . Can we walk or do we need transport How easy is it to get to the cable car in Dalat Thank you Christine ...

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Con Dao

Posted by MotHaiBa on 7/8/2011 at 14:23

Hi guys, Just wondering if anyone could let me know about accommodation options on Can Dao apart from the 3 hotels that are listed about the place. Is there anything like guesthouses or something informal like that? Any other info also appreciated. Probably not looking at coming over until Feb next year. Thanks ...

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When to book Halong Bay/Sapa tours?

Posted by Rubixx on 11/8/2011 at 19:30

I want to go to Halong Bay and Sapa between 03/01/2012 and 11/01/2012. Should I book these when I get to the hotel in Hanoi or should I book them early online (if possible). I am one to like to have everything organised before I get there. What are your experiences? Also, should I book my train tickets from Hue - Danang - Nha Trang now, being that I will be travelling to those places close to the lunar new year? Any advice is appreciated. Thanks. ...

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Cat Ba - Where to stay

Posted by douluvme49 on 7/8/2011 at 20:28

Hey everyone We are heading to Cat Ba Island in a week and wondering if anyone knows good accomodation. We would like to spend $15 max. We like air con (who doesn't haha) Thanks in advance! ...

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tour in vietnam

Posted by pierdd on 7/8/2011 at 15:05

hi all what can I easily do by miself and what do I need an organised tour in vietnam? Chu Chi Galleries - tay ninh Delta Mekong Any reliable operator to suggest? Also, would it be possible to go to chu chi and then directly to cambodia? thanks ...

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Multiple Little Hanoi Hotels?

Posted by morgiane on 22/7/2011 at 04:42

Hi all, I'm planning a trip for the end of the year to Vietnam and was looking at Little Hanoi Hotel as a place to stay. However, in google searches i'm coming up with multiple Little Hanoi Hotels. Am I right in thinking there are copycats leveraging the original Little Hanoi Hotel name? I see two websites: and (And is the recommended one the one located at 48 Hang ga street?) Thank you! ...

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Avoid saigon hotel -Thai Nhi mini hotel

Posted by allatsea3 on 4/5/2009 at 13:50

surly rude obnoxious staff especially if you use their internet supposed to be for guests deliberately belching and callng out to distract. refused to give clean towels and soap .AVOID ...

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Travel agent

Posted by sagemode on 17/7/2011 at 21:33

Hi, Can anyone recommend good travel agent that does Halong Bay and Sapa tours? I will be going to Hanoi in August. Can anyone advise me on the weather in Hanoi and Sapa during this period. Also do I have to bring a thick jacket in sapa? Thanks Melvin ...

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How to get my Vietnam visa?

Posted by chicoelnino on 21/7/2011 at 22:49

Hey, I'm currently travelling around SE Asia and will be heading into Vietnam overland from Laos sometime around Oct. I was wondering how do I get my visa sorted before I enter Vietnam? Can I go into the embassy in Bangkok(I'll be there in a few weeks) and get it sorted? If so, then am I committed to entering Vietnam on a certain date? How long does it take to get the visa if I apply for it in person in Bangkok? Thanks for any help on this matter. ...

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Laptops , do many people take them?

Posted by laallee on 30/5/2009 at 22:13

we are travelling for 4 weeks and incredibly or not! we are reliant on my laptop for internet banking, emailing, addresses etc. any advice on travelling with the thing, should they be carried in your hand baggage? any tips are welcome as we have never "needed" to take one before. thanks, lee. ...

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Vietnam Border Run or Visa Extension?

Posted by AGRO on 27/7/2011 at 01:05

We will be arriving in Vietnam overland from Cambodia. I am Canadian and will be getting my Visa in Sihaunikville. My partner is Filipino and therefore does not require a Visa. She will be stamped 21 days. Since I'm allowed 30 days and she's allowed 21 days. We were hoping to stay at least 30 days, if not more. So we're wondering if we're allowed to extend our Visa's in Ho Chi Minh or even preferably Nha Trang. Or do we have to do a border run back into Cambodia? If a border run is the only ...

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Sigon Post Office

Posted by dcuhel on 4/6/2007 at 10:53

Can someone tell me about the HCM City Post office. Is it Reliable???? Is it Quick?? How much would a 1 Kilo package to the USA be??? Thanks for any help. ...

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Iphone 4 micro sim in Vietnam?

Posted by Fattymac on 29/7/2011 at 11:25

Just wondering whether anyone has managed to take their iphone 4 to Vietnam and use a local carrier who could provide the micro sim card. Otherwise I'll just take my 3GS which takes the normal sized sim.... Can anyone let me know one way or the other? I take it they have Iphone 4 there?? Thanks, Fatty ...

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Hoi An & Hue

Posted by krestniy on 26/7/2011 at 05:58

Hi everyone. We have 20 days to explore Northern and Central Vietnam. In your opinion, how many days should be spend in Hoi An and Hue each? We were planning 2 full days in Hoi An (including 1 day to visit My Son ruins) and 1 full day in Hue. ...

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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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