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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!

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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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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Vietnam Airlines flight to Phu Quoc Island

Posted by hotwings on 13/6/2007 at 13:33

Hello, I understand there are 2 routes to Phu Quoc island. One from Rach Gia and the other from HCMC. I also read that both flights are significantly more expensive when not purchasing within Vietnam. Does anyone have an idea on how much it would cost purchasing a ticket outside of Vietnam? Say in Hong Kong or in Cambodia? I would like to purchase the ticket in advance since i hear the flights to Phu Quoc are very popular. Thanks! ...

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Questions about trekking Sapa (hotel and backpack)

Posted by amarie on 2/7/2011 at 23:57

Hello, I'm going to be trekking in Sapa in Mid-July and am wondering if I need to book a hotel in advance. If so, are there any suggestions? I've heard good things about the Cat Cat Hotel and am wondering if anyone can verify this choice. Also, if I plan on staying for three or so days, should I get a hotel for one night and then head off on a trek? Is an overnight stay in a village worthwhile or necessary? Should I just use my small day pack for an overnight stay in a village? It seems ...

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Train from Hanoi to Saigon..Hop ON/OFF

Posted by CRASHT1224 on 5/3/2010 at 00:18

I'll be traveling through Vietnam in April. Looking to go from Hanoi down to Saigon. From everything Ive read, the train does the whole leg, but Id like to get on and off at various spots. I looked at this schedule provided by travelfish: but am confused about how to book tickets/costs. How do I calculate the cost from ex: Hanoi to Hue .. then another train from Hue to Saigon? Im so confused :( ...

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Guesthouse for 2 months in District 1

Posted by modestyblaise08 on 9/7/2011 at 11:32

I am a medical student and will be spending my 6 week elective at Cho Ray hospital in HCMC. I am looking for a safe, clean guesthouse for 1 person (20-something female) to spend around 2 months, preferrably in District 1. Ideally there would be AC, WIFI in the room and if possible the shower would have a cubicle. I wouldn't mind a balcony or rooftop where I could get some fresh air and study etc. Been looking at Miss Loi's but heard not so great reviews in regards to bookings and reservations ...

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Finding NGO work in Vietnam

Posted by hfergu on 8/7/2011 at 07:39

Hello there, I'm looking for advice on how to find employment in Vietnam. More specifically, I'm a Canadian looking into the possibility of working for a local Vietnamese NGO or a development agency for a year or two in order to gain more practical experience in my field and to work on a community level. To give a bit of background on my situation: I currently hold a BA in International Development, an MA in Human Geography and an MA in Public Policy and Administration. By the time I'm ready ...

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central backpacker hostel cruise

Posted by sharpie84 on 10/7/2011 at 16:10

hey again, we have arrived in hanoi and seen the mine fields of halong bay tours. We have heard really great things about the hanoi backpacker hostel halong bay cruise but is a bit expensive for our budget. We found on the central backpacker website that the offer the 3 day cruise for $95 which seems very reasonable although i cant sem to find much info from people who have taken this actual tour. Anyone here taken the halong tour with these guys or heard reviews from others? Any other suggestio ...

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Travel and Tours of Vietnam

Posted by muffworm on 8/7/2011 at 19:26

OK so I've spent days now reading every forum and the good and bad regarding general travel and tours in Vietnam and how everyone is looking to rip you off. What I can make out so far is..... There are a million and one FAKE Sinh Cafes and should try to be avoided at all costs. Kim Travel should be avoided. Delta Adventure Tours should be avoided. Sinhbalo was the originator and founder of the Sinh Cafe and their website is - these are a safe operator to use? Please give ad ...

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Sapa in January?

Posted by Joey82 on 8/7/2011 at 03:12

Hi, I will be travelling South through Vietnam next year and will be in Hanoi around late January. I was really looking forward to going upto Sapa but only just read about the climate and it sounds really cold at this time in the north. Has anyone been there in January? If it's going to be really cold i will probably give it a miss as i don't have room in my backpack for winter jacket! Please can someone advise : ) ...

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Best Advice For rekking in Sapa

Posted by eoinfitz on 21/4/2007 at 09:39

Hey There Can anyone let us know a reliable and fairly priced trip around sapa? Quoted $90 per person for a group of 4. That was 3 nights 2 days. Any ideas how much a guide should cost if we get the train independently? Cheers ...

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2 weeks in Vietnam!! advice needed

Posted by DeviouslySweet on 3/7/2011 at 19:57

Hi, I'm going travelling alone to Vietnam in Sep(or the beginning of Oct), and I'm only going to be able to spend 2 weeks there. I'm thinking of flying into Hanoi(2nights) and then travelling Sapa(1) -> Hue(1) -> Hoi An(1) -> Da Lat(2) -> Nha Trang(3) and Ho Chi Minh(2). How does this plan sound to you? I’m not sure if it’s better to travel from Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi. + Any recommendations for a day trip in Ho Chi Minh and Nha Trang? I know it’s a little early to plan for Sep, ...

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I have Vietnamese Money In Vancouver.

Posted by baminem on 14/6/2011 at 08:37

I unfortunately took 1.1 million dong out of Vietnam, and it appears I'm stuck with it. If anyone is around Vancouver B.C and heading to Vietnam, I would like to do an exchange. I have lots of small bills which are very handy, no one likes the 100,000's Thanks. ...

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motorbiking Vietnam: June/July

Posted by vanbors on 28/6/2011 at 13:51

Hey guys, I'm a 25yo guy from the US, currently (as of June 28) in Saigon with my motorbike. I want to bike up to the North starting in a couple days or in July and was wondering if there's anyone else out there doing the same - I'd love to have some company! Definitely want to experience as much of the country as possible - the mountains, beaches, nightlife, etc. Feel free to get in touch, or if you're simply in Saigon now let's meet for a couple drinks! Mike ...

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Hanoi Airport \

Posted by Faterocky on 7/7/2011 at 23:09

Arrived at Hanoi Airport today and somehow, after travelling around South East Asia many times and should have been knowing better, but being tired and keen to get to our hostel, we found ourselves in an unmarked "Taxi" after a man in the Terminal building flashed us a "License" without getting even a vauge idea of the cost before hand - Stupid but surprisingly easy mistake when your tired and let your guard down for a moment around these "Taxi" guys. So as w ...

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Vietnam - a 60 day itinerary - comments

Posted by kandpfishos on 9/6/2011 at 20:06

G’Day We will bein SE Asia later this year, and into Vietnam in 2012. We would appreciate your comments and fine-tuning of our itinerary for the Vietnam component of the trip. We are two mid/late-60’s Australian blokes, accustomed to independent travel and each other (we have lived and travelled together for over 35 years – so we know each others foibles and habits too well!) We will be entering into VN at Ha Noi on February 20 2012. We leave Australia in September 2011 and by our VN t ...

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travelling to Vietnam for the second time

Posted by domb on 4/7/2011 at 11:16

Hi, I'm planning on travelling to Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam soon, it will be my second time in Vietnam, during my time there, i visited Ho Chi Minh, did a family stay on the Meekong Delta, Hanoi, Halong Bay, Cat Ba Island, Hue, Sapa, Nha Trang and Hoi An (i'm pretty sure thats all the places from what i remember) There are a few places i wouldn't mind returning to (Hoi An, Meekong Delta) however i was just wondering if i could get any advice on places i missed the first time that are worth ...

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How to get from Dong Hoi to Hue

Posted by michbabyy on 4/7/2011 at 22:58

Hi. I have been doing my research on getting from Dong Hoi to Hue but I have not be able to to get anything. Can someone please shed some light on this? Thanks! ...

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Christmas, phu quoc or sihanoukville?!?

Posted by Dancharles100 on 6/7/2011 at 19:49

I was just wondering what every1's suggestions would be for spending Christmas in Asia. I've narrowed it down to 2 places. Sihanoukville or phu quoc island. I want good places to eat and nightlife. But the beaches to be relatively quiet during the day. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Dan. X ...

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