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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!

November bus travel with flooding

Posted by chelsea on 8/11/2010 at 16:31

I'm currently in Saigon and was hoping to travel to Hanoi on an open bus ticket beginning this week, stopping in Dalat, Mui Ne, Nha Trang, Hoi An and Hue. The travel agent said "the water is going down" but then said she was unsure whether the bus would be able to get past Nha Trang. What are your thoughts, folks on the ground? Should I just fly? I'm also considering settling down in Hanoi for a bit, so I could travel in the centre in the new year. I do feel for the folks who rely ...

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Getting to Da Lat from Hanoi

Posted by sampowers07 on 9/11/2010 at 08:19

I will be in Hanoi, and my next destination is Da Lat. I read that I can get a flight for about $100. I'm just trying to make it there as cheap as I can, but also have limited time in the country. I'm not picky about sleeping situations on trains/bus or anything like that. But if those are going to take way too much of my time I'd rather fly. I can't seem to find anything on taking a train to the destination. Anyone have any suggestions? ...

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Health Clubs

Posted by NYTim on 18/5/2010 at 00:22

Are there gyms or health clubs in HCMC or Hanoi that one can use on a daily basis? ...

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How long to stay in Sapa and other Vietnam/Laos questions

Posted by linolanayseda on 4/11/2010 at 09:10

Hi everyone! My husband and I are going to Vietnam and Laos for the first time this coming February/early March for 19 days. We're flying into Hanoi , then plan to go to NW Vietnam, across the Tay Trang border crossing, then down the Nam Ou to Luang Prabang. I've been trying to draw up an itinerary, but I have one floating day, and I'm wondering where to allot it. The options are: Hanoi, Sapa , or another day on the river/in river villages. Here's what I'm tentatively planning, in order: ...

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Bus or Rail from Nanning to Hanoi?

Posted by mundovagabunda on 1/11/2010 at 18:02

Hi there, Is it better to take the train or bus from Nanning (china) to Hanoi? Does anyone know the cost of the train? I think it is about $120USD, but trying to double check this. How does the border crossing work with the train vs the bus and how long does it normally take? I've also read that you switch buses once in Vietnam and if you take the train, the customs stop lasts about 4 hours. Any and all advice would be greatly appreciated. This is our first time in Asia. Thank you!! ...

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Siem Reap to Chau Doc in 1 day?

Posted by jonyd1 on 2/11/2010 at 07:47

Hi everyone - I have been looking into how to get to Chau Doc from Siem Reap (looks like I am just going to explore the Mekong area on my own instead of a tour out of Saigon - seem like a better idea?). From what I have found it looks like the best bet from SR to PP is a bus with either the Mekong Express, or Mai Linh (spelling?). It looked like those would arrive in PP sometime afternoon. After that it looked like the way to go would be to get a boat from PP to Chau Doc with Hang Chau boat ...

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Ha Long Bay or Sapa - only time for one

Posted by heidisueelvus on 1/9/2010 at 11:04

Hi Everyone, In December we are flying into Hanoi on our way to Luang Prabang and have decided to spend a few nights in Hanoi. We're trying to decide between 4 nights Hanoi vs 2 nights Hanoi + 2 nights Sapa , vs + 2 nights Hanoi + 2 nights Ha Long Bay. All sound wonderful, however we are a bit concerned about Sapa and Ha Long bay being too touristy/crowded. Appreciate any opinions on the best plan. ...

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3 x Minsk Motorcycles for Sale in Saigon

Posted by mattlambe on 17/7/2009 at 16:49

Hi, We have 3 x Minsk Motorcycles for sale in Saigon. Loads of spares, 2 x riding jackets, 3 x Helmets, Luggage Straps, Padlocks & Chain, Vietnamese Registration, Maps & Loads more. $399.99 each or just make an offer. You can contact us on: Matt - -or- Cat - +447830118513 Thanks! ...

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Viewed 12,050 times, with 19 replies. Last reply by namtriptravelvietnam on 3/11/2010 at 10:07

Updated Vietnam coverage

Posted by somtam2000 on 2/11/2010 at 15:52

Just a quick note that I've just updated our coverage on Hoa Binh Mai Chau Moc Chau Son La and Yen Chau -- yes, you guessed it, the Highlights of Northwest Vietnam - I bet you're packing your bags right now More to come though - tomorrow Dien Bien Phu and all the two horse towns between there and Sapa . ...

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New Years Eve in Vietnam

Posted by tombola on 1/11/2010 at 22:05

Hi everybody! Me and my friend wants to go to Vietnam at New Years Eve. We appreciate every tip we can get. We would like a nice party and nice people... ...

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Sapa Tour

Posted by husun on 29/10/2010 at 01:11

Have booked my Jan 2011 Sapa from a tour operator. Can someone advise on the price I'd pay, is it a resonable one? A 4N3D Sapa group tour inclusive of the Bac Ha market tour. One way transfer from Hanoi hotel to the train station. Returned train tickets ( I book the Tulico Deluxe 4 berth cabin, all the berth for me and my wife), a 2 nights stay at a 3* Hotel in Sapa. I paid 430$/ 2 persons for this entire tour. Is it a reasonable one? Hope someone could comments. And preferably what to do ...

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Viewed 2,846 times, with 4 replies. Last reply by husun on 31/10/2010 at 16:25

Hanoi train station to the airport

Posted by dganitbz on 31/10/2010 at 02:40

I really need your advise on this: We plan to take the train from SAPA to Hanoi and depart to Bangkok at the same day. The train arrives to Hanoi about 06:00Am [some websites say-05:00Am or even 04:35AM(???)] and the flight from Hanoi to Bangkok departs on 09:05 AM - Do we have enough time?is it safe? How much and how long is the taxi from the train station to Bangkok? Thanks Dganit ...

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How to get to Laos and itinerary check!!

Posted by masem143 on 31/10/2010 at 03:10

Hi I fly into Bangkok on 22nd November with boyfriend (1st time SE asia- we are both 22yrs old) and have a month in S.E Asia. Here is my plan.. -2 nights Bangkok (need to sort Vietnam visa-does anyone know how best to do this and how long it takes?) -Travel to Ho Chi Minh/Saigon (3nights ish)- fly -Travel to Nha Trang (3nights ish)-train?? -Travel to Hoi An (4-5nights) - train?? -Travel to Hanoi & Halong Bay (5nights ish) - fly? -Travel to Laos for tubing with friends (4nights) - I am not ...

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Hanoi by foot only?

Posted by husun on 28/10/2010 at 23:15

Anyone knows? If I stay at Hoen Kiem area and only want to go DongXuan market, Ho Chi Minh museum by foot. Is it a "walkable" distance? I am not taking taxi and cyclo to avoid any rip off. ...

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honda win, 4 sale in hcmc-now

Posted by jonello on 29/10/2010 at 13:28

Hi folks,I have a wonderful bike thats longing for a trip north, just needs a rider.!! 110cc of magic power, manual gears, with clutch, poncho, zeus helmet (2 months old), d- lock,spare key,tools, straps,carrier fitted..Was 100% reliable on trip from Hanoi,serviced and new front tyre fitted aswell..Take the beast for a test run and feel the grunt..First registered on 04' 06' 2007 and going for around $325..It's alot of fun on the road. can be got hold of at rainbow hotel, off pham ngu lao or joh ...

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Buses going to Mai Chau

Posted by tf_geckozy on 28/10/2010 at 15:07

Buses going to Mai Chau leave "Ha Dong bus station", about 10km south-west of city center(around Old Quarter) and "My Dinh bus station", about 7km west of city center(around Old Quarter). And if you will stay at Mai Chau for a few days, you never need to hurry for going to Mai Chau because it takes 3~3.5 hours only from Ha Noi , and My Dinh bus station has 3 buses a day (07:00am/14:00pm/14:30pm) as far as i cheched Sep.9 2010 and actually took a bus at My Dinh. ...

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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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Viewed 5,093 times, with 7 replies. Last reply by Indoluso on 28/10/2010 at 20:43

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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Viewed 1,489 times, with 6 replies. Last reply by dganitbz on 27/10/2010 at 19:28

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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Viewed 1,652 times, with 8 replies. Last reply by travellingsarah on 27/10/2010 at 15:34

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