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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!

Bac Ha area only

Posted by buster80 on 15/2/2011 at 22:23

Can anyone help, Was hoping to arrive in Lao Cai sunday morning and go directly to see Bac Ha market in morning, would then like to visit some local villages, stay in homestay and next day some light trekking and sightseeing and return to Lao Cai for overnight train to Hanoi. All tours seem to go via Sapa which we dont want to do! Has anyone done something like this? ...

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any travelling vietnam in april 2011?

Posted by katieking6 on 10/2/2011 at 15:14

Hi, I'm 23 from new zealand and flying into HCMC on April 7th and leaving on the 25th. I am planning to travel the length of the country and have a couple of questions.. - do i need to worry about safety given i'm youngish, female and travelling alone in Vietnam? - should i start and Hanoi and go south? or start in HCMC and go north? Any advice or help would be awesome! Thaaaanks! Katie. ...

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Reunification & Labor Day in Vietnam

Posted by London23F on 25/3/2011 at 20:43

Hello all, Im going to be in Vietnam over the Reunification & Labor public holidays (30th April, May 1st). I think we'll be in Sapa on the 30th & plan to take the night train back to Hanoi. Then on the 1st we hoped to travel to Nam Dinh & enjoy the sights around there. Can anyone tell me whether travel & sightseeing will be affected by the public holiday? Any info would be really helpful. Many thanks in advance! ...

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Ferry boat from Haiphong to Cat Ba town

Posted by jmwesby on 22/3/2011 at 17:50

Ferry boat (not hydrofoil) from Haiphong to Cat Ba town Today we took the public bus from NinhBinh to Haiphong (60,000 d – 2 ½ hours). The manager of our hoteltold us there was no 7am bus but only a 6:30 bus but that the buscould pick us up at the hotel and it would be the same price. We paidfor the ticket on the bus and this was the price posted on the signinside the bus station (we'd gone there the day before to scout forinfo). The bus picked us up at the hotel at 6:20 and then headed to ...

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Vietnam Ho Chi Minh June

Posted by gwokki on 26/3/2011 at 00:23

Hello, After using this site for several years decided to join after reading other posts, to see if any other travellers will be in Vietnam and would like to form up and make new friends . Im 23 M from Australia. Basically I'm going to be travelling solo in Ho Chi Minh City from the 16th June thru till July sometime. This is my 3rd time visiting Vietnam 1st time solo though. At the moment I don't have any plans, was going to wing it. I do have a tour booked from the 23rd-30th. So if anybod ...

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my vietnam visa

Posted by Puzzle on 29/9/2010 at 00:15

Hi I know there are a lot of posts regarding visas,but i would just like some up to date clear advice on using to get a visa on arrival at Ho Chi Minh Searching the web i have not found any negative comments, so far. Has anyone had any problems? The following is from the Vietnamese embassy in the U.K. It got me a bit worried Regarding visas on arrival and on-line visa application, please be advised that there have been so many cases in which airport authorities do not all ...

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Warning: don't go to Quang Long Guesthouse, Mui Ne

Posted by Roos on 24/3/2011 at 10:15

cackroaches everywhere, i think that says enough. ...

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Changing lots of Dong to USD

Posted by mattocmd on 21/3/2011 at 16:32

Hello, My friend works in HCMC and will leave soon. She works for an import company and is paid in Dong. She will leave soon and needs to change her dong to USD. We heard that the government isn't allowing dong to be changed to USD... Anyone know about this? Any advice as to where she can change over about $2,000 worth of dong into USD? Thank you! ...

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Dong Ha to South Lao

Posted by Gijsbos on 9/3/2011 at 07:45

I'm riding a motorbike through Vietnam (south -> north) but weather has gotten bad. Therefore I want to go from Dong Ha to south Laos. Question: are there alternative bus routes to Savannakhet? ...

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24 days south-to-north trip in April

Posted by Rahel on 21/3/2011 at 02:42

Hey there! Me and my boyfriend will be in Vietnam for 24 days in April. We're planning our trip right now and would love any comments on whether you'd leave out or change any stops! We're flying into HCMC and plan on staying there for 2 days, then spent 2 days in Can Tho to see the Mekong Delta. Then travel to Dalat for 3 days and do some motorcycle tours there. Next, three days in Nha Trang just relaxing at the beach and doing some scuba diving. Then, we want to travel to Quy Nhon and sta ...

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Ho Chi Minh City - Cu Chi Tunnel Tour - anyone want to split tour cost for half day on March 22?

Posted by cisdeluca on 20/3/2011 at 21:05

I am going to be in HCMC on March 22 (Tuesday) and am hoping to find some fellow Travelfishers to split a half day tour to the Cu Chi Tunnels. I am hoping to go in the afternoon - please let me know if you are interested!! ...

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Viewed 4,890 times, with 5 replies. Last reply by 69bertie on 22/3/2011 at 21:36

Accommodation in Ho Chi Minh?

Posted by sel206 on 22/3/2011 at 11:33

Ill be arriving in Ho Chi Minh city a week from now and have some questions about guest houses/hostels? Where are the best ones, or ones people would recommend? Pref. in District 1. Ill be arriving late, at about 11pm so it should be a place with 24hr reception. Dorms or single rooms are okay too. If anyone has a recommendation or advice let me know. ...

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Mai Chau/Sapa - escape the crowds

Posted by ElmoAustria on 14/2/2011 at 03:45

Hi. I am a new user, but have enjoyed spending hours reading posts on this great website. Thought I'd post this question having not found specific advice to date. I wonder if anyone can advise me which villages to visit on a 2-3 day trek to Northern Vietnam to avoid the most "touristy" areas but see as much variety and stunning scenery as we can. We are looking for a medium difficulty trek and intend on taking the overnight train. Recommendations of tours also welcome! Thanks for your ...

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Thailand - Laos - Vietnam - cambodia in 30 days?

Posted by WelshGem on 20/3/2011 at 00:49

I am planning a 30 day trip to SE Asia in June/July this year my plan is to fly into thailand travel through Laos to Vietnam, Once in Vietnam I'd like to travel North to South, travelling back to thailand through Cambodia. The 30 days is the total time I have to travel internally I have days either side for arriving/departing. My question is, is this completely crazy in 30 days? I appreciate I won't see much of either thailand, Laos or Cambodia my main aim is Vietnam but I'd rather take the tra ...

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Pre-booking trains - Vietnam

Posted by flipflip on 19/3/2011 at 22:01

My friends and I are travelling to Vietnam in April and from what I've read, its best to pre-book train rides in order to get the class etc that you want. We arrive in Hanoi on the 9th and want to catch the overnight train to Danang on the 12th (ie not alot of time!) so we definitely want to prebook our tickets before we leave. Can anyone recommend a reliable travel agent or similar service that could arrange the tickets for us? Have tried looked on seat61 for tips and they recommend a few ...

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Solo Traveler in Hanoi for 4 nights.

Posted by pdr_ml on 19/3/2011 at 09:44

Hi everyone, Will be flying to Hanoi tonight, planning to do some sightseeing tomorrow and a day trip on monday around Halong Bay - Can anyone recommend a good , honest and reliable ( I know , hard ... ) around there for a Day Trip ?! Ta ! ...

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Is it raining everywhere in Vietnam??

Posted by destroyingangel on 13/3/2011 at 03:08

Can anyone currently in Vietnam offer hope that the weather will clear by the end of this month/early April? We were looking forward to leaving the Oregon rain behind and enjoying some sunshine . . . was this naive? ...

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tailor in saigon /tailor in hochiminh city

Posted by famousmen on 21/2/2011 at 10:17

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

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Northern Vietnam & Northern Laos vs. Southern Vietnam and Southeast Cambodia

Posted by ccalvin09 on 16/3/2011 at 04:47

Myself (extremely weathered traveler) and my husband (newish traveler) are planning a 13-day trip to Vietnam and are torn between concentrating on the north vs. the south. I REALLY want to get into Sapa and beyond, Luang Prabang and Vientiane , but I am particularly concerned about the amount of time it takes to get from one point to the next via ground transport. I don't think we can afford to fly into Laos. However, this trip looks right up our alley — a few city days in a Hanoi and ...

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Ha Tien to Kampot?

Posted by emmryss on 1/2/2008 at 09:27

We're on lovely Phu Quoc island, enjoying it immensely, but will, at some point, have to leave. Does anyone know if you can get directly from Ha Tien (in Viet Nam) to Kampot (in Cambodia)? Oh, and what about from Kampot to Phnom Penh. many thanks, Murray ...

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