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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!

Vietnam, Cambodia, Southern Laos in 4 weeks (May)

Posted by dco000 on 16/2/2011 at 23:49

A friend and I are planning on the following route (roughly) for April 26 - May 23. Wondering if it seems feasible and if there are any suggestions? Ho Chi Minh --> Phnom Penh (up and back to Angkor/Siem Reap) Phnomh Penh --> Muang Khong and Pakse areas of Southern Loas East to Vietnam border and up to Hoi An Rent motorbikes if possible to make our way up to Ha Noi? Fly out of Ha Noi Anyone know if there are places to rent a bike in Hoi An/ Da Nang and drop it off in Ha Noi? Tha ...

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Ha Long Bay boat sinks, upto 12 feared dead

Posted by somtam2000 on 17/2/2011 at 13:39

News reports today of a Ha Long Bay tourist boat sinking at around 5am this morning, with upto 12 people feared drowned. Reports are still very sketchy, though it seems most of the dead were foreign tourists. The Sydney Morning Herald has a pretty good wrap with quotes describing the boat as "cheap" and "having engine problems". We were told by an agent in Hanoi that the operator of the boat was Truong Hai Ltd Boat Company. It's difficult to give advice as virtually eve ...

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Asia deluxe cruise - Anyone out there who did it?

Posted by romana on 22/2/2011 at 12:54

I've been offered a 3D2N for Asia deluxe cruise - one night on the boat and one in the Monkey Island resort (offer was made by a Sihn Cafe in Bat Dan St - Hotel Memory). The price is very good - 90$ - and from my research is more or less what other travellers have paid. However, I can't find any recent reviews and I was wondering if anyone has done this cruise recently and can share experiences with me. After the recent tragedy in Halong I'm concerned, but on the other hand I think it's probably ...

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Ha Long Bay Cruise

Posted by archiebaby on 27/9/2007 at 10:54

Hello, I am booked on the Bhaya Junk Boat for a 2 day 1 night cruise can anyone give me some feedback on this cruise please & what to expect. Thank You ...

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Solo Female traveling in Feb/March: Itinerary and advice

Posted by smillertime78 on 18/9/2010 at 20:19

Hello, all! I am a 31 year-old female backpacking solo throughout SE Asia beginning Feb and ending...??? I will be coming from India/Nepal/Bhutan, where I will have spent Dec/Jan backpacking with a friend. Although I have traveled extensively throughout Europe and Asia for work (the latter primarily in Hong Kong, Korea, and Tokyo), these trips are obviously not indicative of what I expect in SE Asia (which is why I'm going!) I am very flexible on my itinerary, but plan to fly into Bankok from ...

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Quang Binh province

Posted by MADMAC on 30/7/2009 at 03:01

My cleaning girl is from Quang Binh in vietnam and she's pestering me to go with her and see the village she grew up in and meet her family (Her dad fought with the Vietminh, so talking with him does interest me). Has anyone been there, and if so what did you think of the place? (And no, before you ask - we aren't doing it. No Romance.) ...

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Posted by colourco on 19/2/2011 at 06:15

This will be our first time in Vietnam and although we are not getting too wound up about the travel advice re: getting ripped off. It is of concern. We were thinking maybe use a guide with transport to take us around and provide travel advice. Is this a good idea or will they just support their friends? How much would you pay? Can anyone recommend someone who will do the right thing? Thanks Mick ...

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Hue Vietnam ; Phu Bai HUI Airport Temporary Closure.

Posted by 69bertie on 17/2/2011 at 10:00

Just been posted on another forum that Hue Airport will be closed 5th May to 6th June for renovation work. Checking Vietnam Airlines website shows no flights available to and from HUI during that period. ...

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vietnam over tet?

Posted by ann1986 on 8/12/2010 at 07:08

Hi, I'm thinking about traveling from Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi from January 29-February 7. I've read on some sites, though, that traveling in Vietnam over Tet is pretty unpleasant, due to crammed transport, closed businesses and big price mark-ups. Just wondering if anyone with personal experience of traveling over Tet could offer some advice. Is it really such a headache? Or are these sites exaggerating? Maybe it would be advisable to scrap my plans and go to another country instead? Thanks, An ...

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ha tien to phu quo

Posted by janet1686 on 6/2/2011 at 18:11

has anyone got the boat from ha tien to phu quo instead of going from rach gia and if so do they go every day and what times ...

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Laos into Vietnam (Hanoi): best option?

Posted by smillertime78 on 9/1/2011 at 20:53

Hello! I plan to be in Luang Prabang somewhere between 2/8 and 2/15 before heading into Hanoi to work my way down the Vietnam coast. Couple of questions for the many experts out there 1) I understand Tet is 2/3 this year, but do you think I will still have a very difficult time (also more expensive) if arriving around 2/15? 2) What is the best way to get from Luang Prabang to Hanoi? I originally preferred not to hit up Vientiane (I have a pretty tight schedule, and want to avoid if pos ...

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Viewed 3,361 times, with 8 replies. Last reply by jackdsilva12 on 11/2/2011 at 22:25 Vietnam(generally)

Posted by Randy on 6/2/2011 at 05:16

Hi to all international travellers into vn. This is Randy, from Canada and as frequent traveller into SEA, including Thailand, Cambodia and VN. My posts are solely from my own experiences that shaped up from my concept of "travel" and anybody could take as "advice" as they wish..To me, "travelling" means..exploring..learning and experiencing different cultures, ways of livings. Anywhere I come, I always try to...blend in with locals, live the way they do, eat the fo ...

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1 month - 2week Phil then 2 week vietnam?

Posted by London23 on 8/2/2011 at 23:30

Hello, Im planning a visit to SE Asia in May/ June this year. Original plan was to spend the whole month in the Philippines. Now Im considering trying 2 weeks in the Philippines, flying to Vietnam & spending 2 weeks there. Can anyone offer advice on this plan? Is 2 weeks too little time in each place? Or is 1 whole month just in the Philippines too much? Help?!! Thanks in advance for any replies! ...

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Motorbike Hire in Vietnam

Posted by trobs on 1/2/2011 at 19:45

I am quite keen to hire a motorbike while in Vietnam but keep hearing differing views about the legality of doing this. Is it possible/ feasible to get a Vietnamese motorbike licence while over there and thereby cover travel insurance and police worries. I have previously hired motorbikes in Bali but getting caught by the police only entails a ~$7 AUD "fine". My travel insurance covers me as long as I have a licence valid in the relevant country. I only have a car licence in Australia ...

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Face Book blocked in Vietnam

Posted by TomDo on 2/1/2011 at 21:33

Hello Tom, you can use this link: to access your facebook or change DNS Good luck ...

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Tour Agency.... Opinion?

Posted by jivie798 on 8/2/2011 at 17:38

I checked out sinhcafe's tours... Their budget tours appear to be very cheap amongst competitors.... Any opinion? Anyone tried their tour? If there is any other agency which is reliable and cheap....lets share... ...

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Itinerary advises needed!

Posted by littlenoire on 19/11/2010 at 12:01

Hi guys, My husband and I will be travelling in Vietnam from the Jan,28th to Feb 9th, Can someone take a look at my itinerary please? I am now really concern about travelling during Tet which hasnt been acrossed my mind before i booked the tickets.... 28/01 Fri Beijing- Hanoi -6pm Arrive in Hanoi -Hotel checkin and walk around the city 29/01 Sat Hanoi-Halong Bay(2days and 1 night) -Heading to Halong Bay(havent book the Junk yet, still in the process of comparing) 30/1 Sun Halong-Hanoi- Hue ...

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Punjabi Suit

Posted by chrystee on 8/2/2011 at 06:28

Hello, do tailors make punjabi suits in Vietnam? I'm going to KL for a wedding straight after my trip. ...

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Need advise and tips....First Timers from Malaysia....planning to Hanoi...

Posted by jivie798 on 6/2/2011 at 19:21

5 of us are planning a week trip to hanoi and ha long bay... But as a first time backpacker.... we need advise, eg. where should we leave our pasports while doing water activities like kayaking....can we trust them to the guide? If any of the members have tips, do tell us... Thank you.... ...

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Motorbiking Hanoi to Sapa. begining of Feb 2011. Any takers?

Posted by travellite on 7/2/2011 at 14:59

Hey everyone. I want to motorbike from Hanoi to Sapa and do some sightseeing up north in the next week or so. I don't want to do a scheduled tour with a tour operator, would rather go at it alone. Thats why I'm considering making the trip on a rented motor bike. I hear that the visibility in the area might be bad because of the altitude, so would this be a bad idea this time of year? Also I'm a solo traveller 23 yr old American traveller, so is anyone in the area and want to join up for ...

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