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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!

Long term accommodation in HCMC

Posted by mean684 on 1/1/2011 at 07:49

I am moving to HCMC for 2 years to work on volunteer project-- thus minimum income. I will be working in District 10. I thought I would stay in hotel or guesthouse for first month until I get my feet before finding something for the rest of my time. Any suggestions for something close to this district that is cheap and as I will be there for a month would be good to have a balcony or roof garden -- family run type place Other suggestions for finding good long term accommodation also welcom ...

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Volunteers

Posted by booboo on 8/1/2011 at 15:58

My partner and myself will be heading to Vietnam in 2 months and will be staying there for a 2 months or possibly more. We would very much like to volunteer and are happy to either pay reasonable costs or to sort out our own accomodation etc. We both have an i-to-i certificate in TEFL. However we are happy to be involved in any useful project and we are finding it difficult to find one that isn't just based on paying a huge fee. We are unfortunately don't have the funds for this on this trip alt ...

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Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi

Posted by keef82 on 11/12/2010 at 23:30

I will be travelling around SE Asia for 6 weeks in the New Year comprising of Thailand, Cambodia Vietnam & Laos. I would like to travel up the Vietnamese coast from Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi. I'm pretty sure I would like to go to Ha Long Bay but other than that it's pretty open. Any advice would be greatly appreciated e.g.: - How long should I factor for this section of the trip? - Is it best to spend most of my time in the cities or spread it out travelling between the 2? - Are there any areas ...

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Riding 7 days North Vietnam starting January 14th, anyone want to join?

Posted by flyingcub on 5/1/2011 at 22:54

Hi:-) I am taking the train on January 13th to Lao Cai ( Sapa ) and after a day light trek on Friday 14th will do a 7 day loop on a 125cc motorcycle (scooter actually) with a local guide, going through Sapa - Bac Ha - Ha Giang - Meo Vac - Dong Van - Yen Minh - Vu Linh- Hanoi (arrive in Hanoi on 21st) Is anyone interested in joining me? The cost is around $450 w/ the trek for Honda 125cc, gas and Dao guide/mechanic (less if more people) + $20-$25/day for hotel & food. I'm from Paris ...

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Vietnam East Coast Boat Tours

Posted by na77 on 5/1/2011 at 20:17

Hi, I will be spending 1 month in Vietnam, was wondering if anyone can recommend any east coast boat tours, as I have heard it's a great way to see the east coast. Also any other 'essentials' that I shouldn't miss would be greatly appreciated. Cheers, N ...

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Anyone want to swap their USD for VND?

Posted by joeaddison79 on 5/1/2011 at 02:02

My Vietnamese girlfriend is visiting me in Michigan until the end of January. She has a bunch of Dong she wants to convert to USD so she can buy a new computer for her brother. The banks give us a bad rate. If you're heading to Vietnam in the next few months, we will swap our Dong for your USD using the current exchange rate. This will save you having to exchange currency in Vietnam at a bank and getting a bad rate or making withdraws at an ATM and getting international transaction fees. If ...

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taxi from HCMC airport

Posted by jwgacy on 2/1/2011 at 18:08

Hi I've been looking for a price guideline for taxis from HCMC airport and district 1 I've booked a room online and they say they will pick me up for $15 can anyone suggest anything better JW ...

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West from Hanoi: Sa Pa or Mai Chau/Moc Chau/Son La?

Posted by linolanayseda on 14/12/2010 at 00:10

Hello all, My husband and I are traveling to Vietnam and Laos for three weeks (mid-Feb. to early Mar.) and we're planning on going overland west from Hanoi to the Tay Trang border crossing. Trouble is, I can't make up my mind which way to go, between these two routes. If you could offer your advice or experiences, I would greatly appreciate it. We would have about four days' time to reach Dien Bien Phu. For instance, we would take an overnight train from Hanoi to Sa Pa on Friday night, s ...

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Is Onepay safe to use?

Posted by LaraP on 17/8/2010 at 18:36

Hey, Just want to check whether onepay.vn (the vietnamese paypal) is a safe way to make payments for bookings? Cheers! Lara ...

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Vietnam....free roaming!

Posted by kierantravelmonkey on 31/12/2010 at 04:28

Hey all, Am looking to fly into Saigon from Bangkok around the middle of Feb and then take my time travelling up the coast to Hanoi before flying to Hong Kong. May book a hotel in HCMC but apart from that I'm thinking of winging it completely with nothing planned (apart from a rough route and sights to see etc). Will be travelling by myself and, after reading up lots, it looks like accommodation and travel should be ok to find. Is this true? Does anyone have any advice on whether it is bett ...

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4 wks left in SEA...Vietnam or Laos/Camb?

Posted by theothervaletguy on 11/12/2010 at 11:34

4 wks left in SEA...Should I spend them in Vietnam or Laos/Camb? ...

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Ha Giang tour advice please?

Posted by hypersigil on 12/12/2010 at 01:34

I am going to be in the North of Vietnam with my brother at the beginning of March. We are looking to visit Ha Giang and the area north of there. I read the NYT article on the region and have seen other travellers' reports and it seems like a really beautiful place, and I am a beautychaser. Anyway, it's hard to find info on good tours of the area. My understanding is that: 1. We need a permit to visit this area. 2. There is no proper public transportation in the area. Therefore, we prefer to d ...

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Mai Chau- getting there & where to stay.

Posted by MiaBritton on 30/12/2010 at 07:44

I'm off to Vietnam in February and have a couple of days with nothing planned so far. I can spend more time in the Mekong and Hanoi or take a 1d1n trip to Mai Chau. Am I allowing enough time to get there, see a bit and get back to Hanoi again? There's a bit of info on the buses, but no estimates on how long the trip is- can anyone tell me? Also, what homestays did you go to, where were they (I know a few of the better ones are out of the main area) and how much were they? Thanks ...

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Accommodation

Posted by ChrisJenko on 28/12/2010 at 15:53

Hi all, Hope everyone has had a great xmas... anyways im after some advice for accommodation in Ho Chi Minh for next week. i'll be flying into Vietnam on the 4th Jan to start my 12th month tour of South East Asia ... getting excited its so close... And i havent booked any accommodation yet, now i know that Pham Ngu Lao is the backpacker district and where much of the cheap hotels ect are located. I have a few places in mind that i am leaning towards booking for the first 1-2 nights... my post ...

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Arriving in Ho Chi Minh at 1230 am

Posted by nickolt on 28/12/2010 at 13:39

Hello. My bf and I will be travelling through SE Asia this Jan through May. We have a flight booked from Manila into Ho Chi Minh. The only problem is that our flight lands at 1230 am in HCM. How safe/advisable is it to take a taxi into the city at this time ? Would it just be better to hang out in the airport till daylight? We will be booking our hostel ahead of time so that it wont be a problem finding somewhere to stay. Just not sure if taking a taxi at that time is going to be safe or if the ...

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Travelling from Phu Quoc Island to Cambodia

Posted by NorwegianP on 30/6/2010 at 22:14

Hi! So we are travelling to the Phu Quoc Island s from the Mekong area, but we were wondering if it is possible (and recommend) to travel strait from Phu Quoc Island to Cambodia. For example: get from Phu Quoc Island to Phnom Penh some how, and the take a cruise to Siem Reap. What do you guys think about getting of Phu Quoc Island? Thanks Norwegian P ...

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Trains Hanoi-Nanning

Posted by Danka on 13/7/2006 at 21:25

Hi, Does anyone know which days the train goes from Hanoi to Nanning in China? I heard it only goes on two days a week and apparently the online schedules from the Vietnamese railway are not correct. I want to go Liuzhou eventually but as you don't cover China I won't go into much detail here. Any help would be very much appreciated. Thanks. Danka ...

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Wet season - is it busy or dead?

Posted by km0193 on 24/12/2010 at 06:26

Hi, First off, great forum's. Very very useful indeed. I'm going to do a 3 month trip around SEA (Thai/Laos/Cam/Vitnam/Indo) from June 2011. I have done loads of research and I realise that it'll be hot, humid and wet. This doesn't really bother me. What I have not managed to find out however is just how quiet it will be with backpackers at this time. I know it'll be quieter, but will it be dead?? I'm travelling solo and this is my main fear, one of the the main purpose's of my trip is to meet ...

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Need help in planning a trip

Posted by MorrieC on 27/12/2010 at 13:04

There are six of us traveling to Ho Chi Minh City arriving at the end of February and staying for 15 days. My wife is Vietnamese and her sister an husband will be traveling with us as well so the language should not be a problem. This is there first trip back to Saigon for my wife and her sister in 35 years so there is a lot they want to see (which is my concern, trying to do too much). The following is a tentative schedule. Feb 25 - 27 Ho Chi Minh City Feb 28 Fly to Hue ...

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3 weeks in Vietnam - Advice

Posted by ChrisJenko on 20/11/2010 at 10:07

As the title suggest i am looking to start my trip with a south to north 3 week tour of vietnam. I am looking to book a flight from Sydney to HCMC on the 4th January 2011 with a flight from Hanoi to Phnom Penh, Cambodia on the 27th Jan 2011. This leaves me with 23 days to get from south to north and im after any advice on my itinerary, transport, must see sites ect. So far it looks like i will land in HCMC spend a few days here and a day trip thro the Mekong Delta possibly to Can Tho and t ...

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