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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!

hanoi hotel

Posted by kerrysimon on 18/1/2011 at 05:23

hi! my husband and i are flying into hanoi april 1st and want to spend our first 2 nights in a nice hotel with a pool. (roughing it the rest of the trip thinking about the intercontinental westlake and the sheraton hanoi. i think the sofitel is bit overpriced from what i see on their website, but not ruling it out if it really is amazing. any ideas or opinions? thanks! ...

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Possible Itinerary Vietnam/Cambodia June 2011

Posted by itchy_feet_explorer on 20/5/2010 at 10:26

Hi everyone, Any opinions/advice on the following itinerary would be greatly appreciated. My husband and I have previously travelled to Vietnam and have been to Ho Chi Minh, Nha Trang and Mekong Delta. Day 1 Fly to Phnom Penh , private car to Sihanoukville , arriving late evening. Day 2 Sihanoukville Day 3 Day trip to Kep/Kampot Day 4 Drive Sihanoukville to Phnom Penh mid morning. Relaxing afternoon around the city, maybe head to the markets. Day 5 Tuol Sleng (s21 – Torture Pris ...

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5 day trip. I need travel advice!

Posted by Shahmatt on 17/12/2009 at 20:02

Hi. I am planning a 5 day trip. I will be at Hanoi on a Friday morning. I plan to do a 2 day 1N trip to Halong. What tour should I go for? I read that Handspan is good, and they have a 2D 1N for $115. Is this reasonable? If not, which tour should I go for? Or should I book through a hotel? After Hanoi I want to travel south to Dong Hoi to visit Phong Nha Ke Bang. I see very little info ...

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Bring USD or any currency to Vietnam??

Posted by pimlfo on 31/12/2010 at 12:39

I brought some USD, but there are ATMs there, so I just did a withdrawal and kept some USD as a backup. Most seemed to allow a max of 2million dong per, which was what I did since they also seemed to charge anywhere from 20,000-30,000 fees. There is a whole section on money here: How much in 2 weeks I think depends on what you plan to do - budget you could easily stay 10/night in hotels and a few dollars for food. On the other end you could spend 60/night o ...

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Hanoi & Sapa

Posted by husun on 20/1/2011 at 02:02

Hi, will be visiting Hanoi on the 20/02/2011 and Sapa on 22/02/2011. I had research that the weather for the particular time is cooling in Hanoi, range between 8oC - 18oC. But how about Sapa. I try to keep my luggage light visiting Sapa, that is why I will just bring a light jacket with my. But I was told that in late FEB, the weather in Sapa is extremely Cold! It's around 2oC in the night and 8o C in the day. anyone can clarify? Thank you very much!!! ...

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Bikes & Borders

Posted by gill1 on 17/1/2011 at 02:29

Sorry Guys I have searched but not found the answer to my question. Can I ask if we buy second hand bikes in Vietnam can we cross with them to Cambodia & Laos? Thanks ...

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Halong Bay Cruises companies: some advise?

Posted by dllvale on 8/1/2011 at 18:00

Hi everybody, female, 35 years, Italian... I will travel to Vietnam for my first time in March. I will be alone and I'd like to see the Halong Bay (3 days/2 nights). I'd like to have a good experience, not staying 3 days "beeing the candle" to newly married couples or only reading my books... Could you give me some comments about cruises companies you used there (prices budget, services quality, cleaning, type of other travellers) but above all some company names you can advise me to c ...

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What about this company

Posted by annaorthrox on 16/1/2011 at 14:46

Hi, I'm about to visit Halong bay in Vietnam. Yesterday, I've booked a tour for 2 days from this site . I saw them on google. I've made a deposite to them, Does anyone here know anything about this company? Are they good? Need more advice from you !! ...

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Mekong Delta to Phnom Penh

Posted by travelmonk on 11/1/2011 at 01:53

Hello, We are planning to visit the Mekong Delta after two weeks traveling from Hanoi. We will arrive in HCMC in early March. Some questions that I cannot find answers: 1. We will visit Cai Rang, but should I also visit Cai Be and/or Phong Dien for variety? 2. Is it better to spend more time at Cai Rang than trying to see both Cai Rang and Phong Dien on the same morning? 3. I heard that Mai Linh is no longer running from Can Tho to Chau Doc . Is the "lesser" bus line (eg. PHuoc ...

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Phnom Penh - Saigon

Posted by sholafish on 10/1/2011 at 01:48

Hi, quick piece of advice needed. Going from PP to Saigon but have enought time to explore the Mekong Delta for at least 2-3 days. I was wondering whether people thought it would be better to get the bus to Saigon first and then take a 2-3 day trip out to Chau Doc /Can Tho, or go direct from PP to Chau Doc on the boat and then move on to Saigon after? I know the latter would seem the more sensible but is that boat to Chau Doc more hassle than it's worth? Thanks in advance ...

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Hanoi Joy Hotel or Hong Ngoc 2?

Posted by destroyingangel on 5/1/2011 at 23:41

We will be arriving in Hanoi at the end of March for our first trip to SEA from the US. We will be staying for 4 weeks and will be doing the usual trekking, etc., plus popping out to Luang Prabang for the New Year and elephants. I would like our first few nights to be fairly stress-free as we get through our jet lag and culture shock. I've reviewed hotel recommendations that I've found online, and I'm trying to decide between Hotel Joy, where we are promised a deluxe triple with balcony for ...

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Hue to Vinh Moc Tunnels and Phong Nha Cave

Posted by roynolan on 1/9/2009 at 04:47

Hi again followong on from my previous question, is it a good idea to go to the Vinh Moc Tunnels and Phong Nha cave by motorbike, staying overnight in Dong Hoi. I don't want to do the whole DMZ tour. thanks again ...

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Vaccinations needed for Vietnam and HK?

Posted by kierantravelmonkey on 12/1/2011 at 04:15

Hi all, Was hoping someone might give me an idea of what vaccinations would be good to get for Thailand, Vietnam and Hong Kong. Would think that I will be travelling for around 4-6 weeks from mid Feb. The usual Hep A, Hep B and typhoid? Any others recommended? Cheers, Kieran. ...

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Share car from Mui Ne to HCMC

Posted by LiamTobin on 10/1/2011 at 12:08

Looking for one or two travellers to share a car with driver to travel from Mui Ne HCMC airport tomorrow Tuesday 11 Jan... Bus times dont suit my wife and I so are going for the direct route ... perhaps this works for you as well? The cost is 80USD spilt three or four ways.... Planning to leave around 1pm but flexible......let us know if you want to jump on board... LT LT ...

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Dong Hoi - Phong Nha Ke Bang, the world biggest caves

Posted by haphuongn on 11/10/2010 at 08:50

Anyone been visited the laggest cave in Phong Nha, the one that has just been discovered? Son Doong cave? we can share experience here! ...

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Sapa to Laos - anyone wants to join?

Posted by majkel on 2/12/2010 at 19:16

Guys, I'm travelling from Sapa to Laos via DBP on Sat 11th Dec or Sunday 12th. Anyone's on the same route and wants to join?!! cheers ...

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Phong Nha Caves to Vinh Moc Tunnels?

Posted by anissa on 19/12/2010 at 23:05

Hi, Does anyone know if it is possible to go to DMZ to visit the Vinh Moc Tunnels FROM the Phong Nha Caves? I read that we can do both FROM Hue, but I will be coming from the North. I plan to take a night train from Hanoi to Dong Hoi, go to the Phong Nha caves and then I would like to go directly to the Vinh Moc Tunnels and then, I want to go to Hoi An ( I am not planning to go to Hue). Thanks for your help! It is my first posting on Travelfish. I passed so many hours on Travelfish, r ...

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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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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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