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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!

Bus to Mai Chau (Vietnam)

Posted by johnmanfc on 26/10/2010 at 17:12

Me and my friend plan to go to Mai Chau(Hao Binh), Vietnam in this november and stay there for 1 or 2 nights. have you got any idea about how to get there by bus? Which bus station and how much/per ? Thanks a lot ! John ...

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Ho chi Minh Place to stay $15 - $20?

Posted by chicho83 on 25/2/2009 at 23:24

Hi Does anyone one know a good place to stay in ho chi minh for between $15 and $20? Ive looked through all the reviews, but the choice is overwhelming. Dont want to get landed with a dump. thanks ...

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Vietnam itinerary confusion

Posted by dganitbz on 24/10/2010 at 05:11

My husband and I like nature and atmosphere…. (Like in Hoi An) We plan to be in Vietnam on March, 2011. I was wondering whether or not to include Hue in our itinerary… If we do include Hue we will only have one full day (not including the transportation time.) This will cause visiting Tam Coc, Ninh Binh , on Saturday and after spending one night in Ninh Binh-Departing to Hanoi on Sunday-I guess visiting Ninh Binh on weekend will probably not be the best time … too many people… Afte ...

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Cook Course in Hanoi

Posted by olodum on 20/10/2010 at 17:35

Hi, Can you recommend any cook class in Hanoi? How much approximately the prices are? ...

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HCMC to PP: tour or not

Posted by ljdeshayes on 22/10/2010 at 15:33

Ok my friend and I fly into HCMC 11/29 and want to travel thru the Mekong on the way to PP but am confounded by the posts and tours. Some posts say independently can be done over a couple of days for ~$50 US but tours priced at 4 times that. We have time to play with and am not trying to do this on a shoestring but am trying to avoid tourist trap like tours but ensure we can actually coordinate transport & accommodations as well as actual touring on our own during The relative high season. H ...

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Dien Bin Phu

Posted by MADMAC on 25/9/2010 at 17:20

I was wondering if anyone has been there and walk the old battlefield from 1954. Is there any visible residue to see? Any old veterans there to talk to? any battlefield tours available? I am not interested in the politics, only the military operations. ...

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Phu Quoc or Mui Ne?

Posted by SarahLennon on 25/10/2010 at 20:02

Hi all, In Nha Trang at the mo and then heading onto Dalat but have just read up a bit of Phu Quoc and am totally torn whether to visit there or Mui Ne? Flights are pretty cheap to get there so that wouldn't be a hassle but since they are both beach resorts its kind of hard to distinguish which would be better. Any help at all would be appreciated ...

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Viewed 3,665 times, with 4 replies. Last reply by SarahLennon on 26/10/2010 at 10:06

Need Itinerary Advice-lots of questions

Posted by jessicaf on 25/10/2010 at 11:37

Hi, forgive me because i know nothing about SE Asia so this itinterary may not make sense.... I am trying to plan a trip in March for about 6 weeks. We were thinking of starting in Hanoi and making out way down Vietnam, across Cambodia, and then into Thailand. Specifically (Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hoi An, Nha Trang, Mui Ne, Saigon, Phnom Pheh, Siem Riep, Bangkok (although we prefer to spend little time in the big cities), then down to the islands in Thailand). We would then fly out of Bangkok at ...

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Current weather in Saigon

Posted by summ3r on 25/10/2010 at 10:23

We would like to know the current weather in Saigon as we'll be travelling there this coming Wed. Has anyone just returned from the city and what's the current weather like? Have seen some news about flooding in the northern parts of Vietnam, not sure if Saigon is facing the same problem? Would it be safe to do Mekong tour during the monsoon too? Thanks in advance for any info provided! ...

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Ha Long independently

Posted by Buzz on 20/10/2010 at 18:05

me and a friend will of course want to see Ha Long Bay during our first visit to Vietnam, but we hate big tour groups, and while we are technically backpackers, are not big fans of the 'backpacker scene". Can Ha Long be done independently and reasonably? I was thinking of the following: Get a bus from Hanoi to Halong City (how easy is this without a tour? where do I get it?), then take a ferry to Cat Ba (do you really see the bay in such a cruise? is that a good way to do it?), spend ...

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Viewed 1,646 times, with 6 replies. Last reply by mikethediver on 24/10/2010 at 19:23

Vietnam Travel in November

Posted by travelcore on 21/10/2010 at 18:22

Had planned a holiday in Vietnam and Thailand in Nov and Dec, just seeing all the flood issues in central Vietnam, is it still ok to go there? Was thinking about Hanoi on to Ha Long Bay and then maybe the Island of Dao Phu Qui? ...

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Minsk for sale in Hanoi x 4

Posted by darren0771 on 13/7/2009 at 12:20

We have just arrived in Hanoi , and are looking to sell 4 Minsks. We are staying at the Hanoi Civility Hotel, a street behind Hanoi Backpackers Hostel Road. All the Minsks are in good condition, with spares, maps, phrase book and rain covers, 1 is a sports Model. They have been brilliant bikes and have just travelled from the Mekong Delta to Hanoi, VIA the central highlands We are looking for $400 per bike o.n.o Please email darrencounsell@hotmail.com, Come see the bikes at the Civi ...

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hcmc to phnom penh

Posted by galey200 on 23/10/2010 at 01:24

Hi, I have seen reviews of a 2 day cruise from hcmc to phnom penh...think it was boat to chau doc and then bus. I've trawlwd the internet but can't find anywhere less than 3 days? I'm a bit short on time so would be grateful if anybody has any knowledge please. Cheers ...

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Viewed 2,105 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by galey200 on 24/10/2010 at 02:30

Turboprop flights to Phu Quoc

Posted by averydka99 on 23/10/2010 at 23:13

Hello, Can anyone who has flown into Phu Quoc tell me how the flight was on Vietnam Airlines Turbo prop? I have flown on these before and usually get deathly motion sick. Was planning on the ferry from Rach Gia, but postings make it sound very unreliable. Thank you ...

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Buy a motorbike in Hue/Hoi An/Da Nang

Posted by ahtheking on 8/10/2010 at 10:42

Hello, me and a friend want to buy a motorbike (something like a Honda Wave or a Minsk) in Central Vietnam, something around Hue, Hoi An or Da Nang. When you want to sell your bike to us, let us know: ahkingma@gmail.com ...

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Halong Bay Cruises

Posted by scottyheather on 17/11/2009 at 15:24

Hi there. I've done quite a lot of internet research on these cruises and I know that there are obviously good and bad tours operating. I've seen a couple I like the look of (Vega Tours or Columbus Cruises) but am not sure how far ahead we have to book. My husband and I are travelling from Laos to Hanoi overland and hope to set off on Boxing Day (26/12) from Luang Prabang. We've allowed three days for travel and hope to arrive in Hanoi around 29th December. However we aren't really ...

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Ha Long Bay Tours

Posted by monkindy on 3/10/2010 at 16:37

Hey Guys There is a group of 8 of us looking to do a ha long bay cruise for new years eve. Ive been looking into it but with the huge amount of operators and the horror stories bout junk cruises i thought id be best to ask. So there are 8 of us and we are really looking to spend a max of 200-250 nz dollars (which is about 150 to 180 us) each but cheaper would be better. We arent expecting 5 star at this price but we don't want to be ripped off either. Any help would be greatly appreciated. ...

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Pongour Falls: has anybody been and can recommend?

Posted by cieciorka on 11/10/2010 at 02:51

I am thinking of going to Dalat, but only to see Pongour Falls (I've seen the pictures and have read that it is really worth visiting). However, if anybody has been there and can confirm if it's worth a special trip, it would help me a lot. I am planning to go 2nd half of November as it might have a meaning in this case. Many thanks ...

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SaPa in mid Frebruary

Posted by suwanneej on 15/10/2010 at 08:36

Just wondering if SaPa will be worth it in mid-February. I wanna trek some but if its cold, foggy and muddy...hmmm! Don't wanna huddle by a fireside or under electric blankets for my time there. I know the weather is unpredictable but would be interersted in some thoughts on this issue. Maybe I should plan to spread my four Sapa days over other places like Hue, Ninh Binh/Tam Coc and Hanoi ? ...

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Viewed 1,961 times, with 6 replies. Last reply by rawjer on 17/10/2010 at 15:12

Cristina Cruise, Halong Bay

Posted by RenaG on 10/11/2009 at 12:13

Hi- is anyone familiar with Cristina Cruise? It was recommended by my hotel and I just want to make sure it will be a nice experience b/c I've read some horror stories!It is a mid-range cruise. Thanks! ...

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Viewed 12,201 times, with 6 replies. Last reply by rawjer on 17/10/2010 at 15:05


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