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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!

14 days in March or 19 days in July

Posted by Stillwater on 12/10/2015 at 13:41

Hello! I have a couple of options regarding travel times to Vietnam. This is my first time to Vietnam and there's a good chance I may not be able to travel to Vietnam again, so I'd really like to make it count. Which would you recommend: 14 days in mid- March or 19 days in July? I know March has great weather which I greatly appreciate, but it may feel a little rushed. Taking the trip in July affords me more time, however humid & hot weather along with rains may cause me to seek a cool, hote ...

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Nha Trang to Hoi An in early November - very rainy?

Posted by HUIG on 5/10/2015 at 18:17

I'm arriving in Saigon at end of October and will be leaving to explore the country in early November. I've got a contact for an "easy rider" type motorbike touring guide.... Nha Trang to Hoi An seems to be a very attractive route, but probably very rainy in early Nov. Saigon seems to be already in the dry season by then, but the route I'm planning not there any alternate routes that would be similarly exciting but perhaps better for the weather? Or am I making too much of a ...

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Obtaining Vietnam Visa in Vientiane

Posted by WriterTesting on 12/10/2015 at 13:45

Hello! So, I'm planning a trip for two and a half months to South East Asia (Thailand-Laos-Vietnam-Cambodia). I started planning quite late (I got an unexpected gap between jobs!) and it's something I've wanted to do for quite some time. My question is this - I understand that British nationals can obtain a visa for Vietnam in Vientiane at the Vietnamese embassy? I wanted to check that this was DEFINITELY still the case, as I've been looking into getting a visa from the London embassy before ...

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Visa on Arrival at port

Posted by Bridgequeen on 5/10/2015 at 02:30

Hi Does anyone know if you can get a visa on arrival at ports in Vietnam? My friends are planning a cruise and want to extend their stay there. Any info hugely welcome ...

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Like motorbiking, beaches and exploring?

Posted by SoManyMiles on 2/10/2015 at 22:52

Travelling by motorbike? Check out new coverage of the Vinh Hy-Binh Tien pass near Nha Trang and Cam Ranh: untouched beaches, quiet coastal road, scenic views, no foreign tourists. ...

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Getting robbed in Saigon, on video

Posted by somtam2000 on 6/10/2015 at 22:04

A friend of mine was robbed in a cafe the other day in Saigon - the video of the theft is a handy reminder of how brazen the thieves can be. Watch your stuff! ...

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Any ideas??

Posted by Tracy53 on 5/10/2015 at 02:09

hello,I have book flights to go to Vietnam 1st March and returning on the 20th.but a need to sort a route out.I would like to do Vietnam and Laos has anybody got any tips also would you travel on night trains or airplane when your there.what places are a must to visit,I've been to Thailand on a arranged tour but I thought I would plan this one myself with help from you guys😀😀also when I booked flights she said I need visa?i am going to buy a guide book but wondered if any one rec ...

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23 days in Vietnam and Phi Phi - Advice Needed

Posted by Moonbeam on 3/10/2015 at 05:15

Hi I'm planning a trip with my mum to Vietnam (leaving on 19 October) for just over 3 weeks and I would love to get some feedback on our itinerary below. We want to spend as little time as possible in the cities and will max do 1 day tour in [url= Hanoi -Vacations.html]Hanoi[/url] and HCM. I have been to Bangkok and while its very interesting, it's not for me. We mainly want to spend our time in the countryside or on the islands. I included a six n ...

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Hanoi to Quan Lan

Posted by piokopze on 24/9/2015 at 15:08

Hey All, Looking to get to Quan Lan island from Hanoi. I have searched the forum, and there is a thread is a couple of years old - so would like to check if there is updated information. Hopefully i can make the journey in less than a day. I am travelling alone, don't speak the language except few basic phrases. Thanks. ...

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Vietnam: full review

Posted by CookieNguyen on 14/9/2015 at 09:04

Vietnam answers the question "What if Filipinos were really tall? but not the women, though". Don't go to Vietnam if you're fat and/or black. Let me start by warning 2 very specific demographics, I'm a member of both and I can tell you that wherever you go there will be people taunting you and more people will laugh at you than a Comedian, in fact if you'd walk around in a clown's costume in the West you'd probably get looked at less than in Vietnam for simply looking non-Asian, but ...

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Advice needed: Nth Vietnam Early/Mid DEC for 4 nights (Hanoi/ Sapa/ Ninh Binh?)

Posted by Greenwoods on 13/9/2015 at 22:41

First post *Forum newbie* Hey guys! We are looking at continuing our journey up NTH from Hoi An for 5 days (4 nights) before flying back to Australia from BKK. Unfortunately we don't have much time so we are looking at it like a Nth Vietnam teaser to be continued at a later date... This post is in regards to the climate/weather in Sapa / Hanoi / Ninh Binh around the first weeks of December (beginning of winter). We have 2 options (as I see it!): 1. Hanoi/ Ninh Binh: Hanoi for 2 nights ...

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Buying essentials in Hanoi?

Posted by cakehoover on 9/9/2015 at 20:34

Hi all I've been travelling in China for a bit and am heading to Hanoi soon. I'd like to stock up on some essentials, could anyone give me some advice on where (or if) it's possible to obtain the following? Good-quality blister plasters - e.g. Compeed Antiseptic cream - e.g. Savlon Hand sanitiser (an essential for China and you can't get it here...) Amazon Kindle - mine went walkabout on the road We're staying in Hang Bac so if anyone knows a good pharmacy (or reliable non-fake source of K ...

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Holidays in hell: Castaway Island

Posted by somtam2000 on 3/8/2015 at 09:13

"Don't go up there," she said. "They're doing lines of their own vomit off the floor." Bless. Quite the story. ...

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14 Days in Vietnam

Posted by jenmalone1 on 11/9/2015 at 09:46

Hi all, I've just after booked flights to Ho Chi Minh arriving the evening of 19th December departing late 5th January, wish i could have more time but that's all i can escape from work. I'm just trying to plan my route during my stay and was hoping for a bit of advice on the following: 19/12 HCMC 20/12 Explore the city 21/12 Fly to Nha Trang 22/12 Relax in Nha Trang 23/12 Explore the surrounding islands of Nha Trang 24/12 Fly Nha Trang to Hoi An 25/12 Xmas Day in Hoi An 26/12 Hoi An 27/12 ...

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Hanoi Accommodation Advice

Posted by zhuang on 13/9/2015 at 10:18

Dear All, I'm very excited as I'll be in Hanoi in 6 days from now. I plan to book the accommodation in Hanoi. I'm thinking of Hanoi Golden Charm Hotel, Hanoi 3B Hotel and Church Legend Hotel. Has anyone stay in these hotels before? Which one is the most convenient - where the airport shuttle ( the tiger air and Vietanam airline shuttle )pass by? Looking forward to hearing from you. ...

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fly from. Vientiane to Hue

Posted by flano_2 on 11/9/2015 at 18:09

Is it possible to fly from Vientiane to Hue? ...

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Voluntary guide to Hanoi trip up to 7/10/2015!

Posted by hadopro on 9/9/2015 at 11:47

Hi, myname is Ha and you probably wonder what the title means and what is "voluntary"right? Yes, I mean every word there! If you are going to visit Vietnam and Hanoi in particular, you may be interested in what I say following [img]smileys/bigsmile.gif[/img] 1. Whatdo I do? If you want to enjoy your visit to Hanoi but don't want to book tour for the high price or too being rushed, you may think of the alternatives such as: - Go by yourself! It's great! As you can ...

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Vietnam long stay: Mui Ne hotel/apartment options?

Posted by wilscoop on 9/9/2015 at 08:52

Anyone got any up-to-date info on the cost of renting a house/flat//hotel room in Mui Ne? I'm talking long-stay - at least one month. Also specific leads would be welcome. Thank you. ...

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5 Day Visa for Vietnam travel

Posted by flyer99 on 3/9/2015 at 13:07

Is there any problem getting a transit visa for less than 5 days in Vietnam. I understand you will need airline tickets out within the 5 day period, but just wondering if any other issues. Quite a bit cheaper!! Anyone here have any recent experience with this?? ...

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The standard tourist south to north

Posted by Clay1963 on 30/8/2015 at 18:05

A revised 17-day itinerary. Did not get much response my last itinerary post but maybe because these are just destinations seen on many Vietnam itineraries. Any thoughts on these 5 destinations for a 17-day itinerary in Vietnam? I am not sure what excursion from Hanoi if any. Also, I thought about cutting Hoi An or Hue, or both, and flying to Siem Reap, or just adding those days to Hanoi and HCMC. Also have some interest in Phnom Penh and Luang Prabang (my son mentioned Bangkok) but inste ...

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