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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!

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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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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Central Highlands by car

Posted by beanie53 on 4/2/2011 at 05:31

We have 16 nights/15 days to visit Vietnam, arriving Feb. 15, 2011. I've been doing a lot of research, and of course we can't do everything we would like, so I've tried to pick out a variety of experiences. Just wanted to run this proposed itinerary by you, and see if it's realistic, or too totally crazy... We are used to cramming a lot into our journeys, and like to see the countryside and local people, so don't mind a few fairly long travel days. Day 1, (Feb. 16th), land in HCMC at night, st ...

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Northbound from Can Tho

Posted by socal on 4/2/2011 at 00:52

I'm interested in traveling north from Can Tho to Dalat, but would like to avoid HCMC. Is this possible? Are there buses or boats? Can I do this in one day or do I need to stop along the way? Ta Cu Mountain could be a possible good stop. Any thoughts or advice greatly appreciated! Thanks, Maria ...

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cambodia to vietnam/hanoi

Posted by shedman120 on 6/2/2011 at 18:27

Hi, I'm currently in thailand, been here for a week now and just about to head off to koh chang, then cambodia, I will be stopping off in phnom penh and will then be heading to vietnam. Just trying to find out what the best way to get from cambodia to hanoi is, as i don't want to go to HCMC as I've heard it's expensive. thanks all ...

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Vietnam - Cambodia - Thailand in 6 - 7 weeks

Posted by LynneVermont on 6/2/2011 at 13:26

I am planning a trip in July - August with a family of four (two adults, two children ages 10 & 13) and am trying to find an airline that will allow us to fly into Hanoi and out of Bangkok, any suggestions? None of the websites seem to be set up for this arrangement and I prefer not to sit on hold at every airline just blindly calling around. My other question is around travel distances in SEA. I am having a hard time finding information around how long legs of the trip will take us. W ...

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Some aspects into Adventures of SEA

Posted by Randy on 6/2/2011 at 11:48

Here is my personal opinions/experiences/knowledges about Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam travel, generally. I'm not a fan of Lao travel even if Lao has a lot of un-touch areas and very friendly people, but due to Laotian land locked country, no ocean view could be seen...To me, Thailand and Cambodia as whole, they have almost similar cultures, same structures, heavily Indian influence with majority of beautiful temples, pagodas with complicated details..Thailand is more commercial and exspensive co ...

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Dalat to Nha Trang

Posted by MorrieC on 2/1/2011 at 23:56

Six of us will be traveling together in early March and would like to go from Dalat to Nha Trang . How long will this trip take? Can we hire a driver and a car in Dalat to drive us to Nha Trang or will we need to travel by other means? Thank you Morrie ...

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Beware: Purse Snatcher

Posted by tessagds on 5/2/2011 at 08:02

3 in 3 Days here in HCMC.... Especially women with regular purse... use fanny pack or sling style purse and keep it infront of you all the time... anything valuable should be kept invinsible...... they will watch you from block to be carefull.. DONT TELL ME I DIDNT WARN YOU. BTW.... They will snuck up at you from behind in a motor cycle...(fast ones) so you cant catch them and they work in two.. one drive up... one snatch your purse... ...

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