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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!

Cat ba island on Halong bay tour or not

Posted by Raaikie on 26/12/2015 at 13:08

Hello, We are planning to do a 3 day/2 night tour in Halong bay at the end of January. Now we are wondering if we would stay 2 nights on the boat or 1 night Boat/one night Cat Ba island. Since temperatures are not high in January and most tours offer a lot of swimming and kayaking during the 3 day our, we are more thinking about one night on Cat Ba... Anyone with experience on both options? Thanks ...

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Posted by MrBean09 on 23/12/2015 at 21:14

Sao Mai Resort covers an area of 10.5ha. advantage lies next to highway 51, opposite the industrial park adjacent to the Phu My, My Xuan, Cai Mep International Port SPPSA, Port, Thi Vai and Dai Tong Lam Pagoda, adjacent to the rear port Thi Vai. How famous tourist city VietNam. City 70km, 25km Long Hai, Vung Tau 40 km. Sao Mai Resort has 99 rooms and bungalows equipped with modern facilities. Meeting rooms are fully equipped with modern equipment can accommodate 30 to 300 seats. Besides the re ...

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Vietnam for 3 weeks, avoiding nasty locals

Posted by fontbleu on 3/7/2012 at 07:13

Hey, I have 3 weeks in Vietnam, part of a year long trip in Asia, and the number of horror stories about travellers getting ripped off is incredible. So, going there, I am looking to do something a bit different. I'd like to avoid the usual tourist traps, which I assume attract those looking to rip off travellers, and see a different side to Vietnam. This is pretty open ended I know, but if anyone has any ideas as to how this could look, or has experience of doing something similar they'd like ...

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Need info about tet festival.

Posted by sheetalpasad1 on 23/11/2015 at 06:29

Hi..anyone plz suggest about tet festival. How many days this festival celebrate.and all holiday..we don't get bus or any sapa, mai chau, halong bay?all close during fest..kindly suggest so accordingly I can plan my travel.what I can do in that day..all suggestion welcome. Obviously I ll celebrate this fest..but don't knw much about. ...

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Dong Anh train station

Posted by baruch88 on 14/12/2015 at 17:43

I land in Hanoi at 16:30 and want to continue that day by train to Sapa. At first I thought of going to the city center and take a train from the main station in Hanoi. But I found (alone, from Google maps) that there is a train station near the airport called Dong Anh. No reference about it in English on the web, but I found in that SP3 train stops there at 22:54. There is a public bus (line 17) from the airport which stops near the station. Does anyone know about this station? ...

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Travel Buddy Wanted! 3 weeks motorbike trip from Hanoi to HCMC (starting around 24th Dec)

Posted by jakub1ch on 15/12/2015 at 15:55

Hi, I am excited to discover Vietnam and to travel from North to South on a motorbike, so far solo traveller. I will be landing in Hanoi 24th December, want to buy a motorcycle and will have 3 weeks to travel all down to HCMC. If anyone wants to join me (or a group to accept me) for this crazy thing, it will be even more fun, I guarantee. ...

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Motorbiking the North in January

Posted by stef25 on 14/12/2015 at 04:15

I'm riding a motorcycle from Hanoi to Sapa , starting Jan 4th. I understand this isn't the best time of year for it. How bad does the weather actually get in the beginning of Jan? Can I expect constant fog & drizzle? I'm guessing temperatures in Hanoi / Son La will be ok but get worse as I climb further up the hills toward Sapa? Will the accommodation along the way have heated rooms, or is heating totally absent like in much of the rest of SE Asia? Finally, to p ...

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Planning for a trip to Northwest Vietnam

Posted by giangnt60014 on 25/11/2015 at 06:18

We are planning to go to Northwest Vietnam for pleasure with my ex-colleagues. With very few experiences about this place although I'm Vietnamese(Shame on this) The time is from 02/12/2015 to 07/12/2015 Our budget is 3.500.000 VND per person(air ticket is seperated) Our plan will go through below place: - Love waterfall(Sapa) - Pha Luong mountain(Moc Chau) - Garden of Tropical Flowers(Moc Chau) - Ham Rong mountain(Sapa) - O Quy Ho hill(Sapa) - Muong Hoa valley(Sapa) - Rose valley(Sapa) - Silve ...

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Itinerary help for South Vietnam start to mid January 2016

Posted by romka42 on 6/12/2015 at 13:39

Hello Everybody, we (wife & me, late 30s) are planning a trip to South vietnam for January (until 15.). We would be happy about suggestions on where else to go / what to skip and whether booking hotels in advance is necessary. Our schedule so far is (roughly): 2 d in Ho Chi Minh 2 d excursion to Mekong Delta 2d excursion to Cambodia (maybe with drop-off in Phu Quoc) 3-4 d in Phu Quoc 3-4 d Mui Ne (train from Ho Chi Minh) As for Phu Quoc, I heard there is a bus connection ...

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Vietnam + Cambodia (?) 35 days with a Child. Assistance would be great :)

Posted by RoyAlterAsia on 8/12/2015 at 22:22

Hi, Great to find this forum! To give you guys some context so you can help us better: We have 35 days to spend, with the goal of spending much of it relaxing, either on a clean beach or preferably an island. Having a 5 year old means we are limited in out transport options and would like to keep it somewhat simple. The kid is definitely not into walking a lot or hiking... Also budget-wise, flights at a minimum. Having said that we do not mind moving between locations. The trip can ...

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20 days in Thailand, Vietnam & Cambodia

Posted by cmaranhao on 29/11/2015 at 20:28

Hello travel enthusiasts of the world... I would like some tips and advice. My bfriend and I are planning a trip to SE Asia in March 2016, we have 19 days to explore Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia. We eliminated Laos due to time restrictions. So far this is our itinerary: Day 0 Arrive in BKK at 12 noon Day 1 and 2 - BKK Day 3 Ayutthaya Day 4 & 5 Chiang Mai Day 6 travel from Chiang Mai to Hanoi Day 7 Hanoi Day 8 & 9 Tour in Halong Bay Day 10 Hanoi Day 11 travel from H ...

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Monkey Bridge? Have you ever tried?

Posted by lilith235 on 4/12/2015 at 08:30

You know in Vietnam, that "Monkey Bridge" is the specific bridge of Vietnam. You only see it in South Vietnam, exactly is Mekong Delta. Have ever you tried to go through Monkey Bridge? I have some fact about that special bridge, in case someone never heard about it: "Almost all countries have characterized bridges. The bridges reflect the lifestyle and customs of the local people. There are extremely odd bridges that many tourists feel very scared when they pass them, like playing ...

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Motorcycle License - New Laws?

Posted by Dayyanum on 19/11/2015 at 13:30

I know this is a common topic, but after much searching I've found lots of conflicting articles and posts, and just want to make sure I'm preparing correctly. I'll be buying a bike and doing a ~30 day ride from HCMC to Hanoi in January. I am very experienced and have an international license/motorcycle license in the US. Some people say that I can easily get it 'converted' in HCMC, some say it requires tons of red tape and a 10+ day wait. Someone else said I could probably get it done online ...

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25 Days Vietnam Itinerary : Suggestions welcome :-)

Posted by sheetalpasad1 on 1/12/2015 at 05:27

Dear travel buddies Kindly check My vietnam travel plan Let me know if anything I can change. I booked HCMC & phu quoc flights. 26 Jan HCMC 27/28 Mekong delta trip 29 HCMC sight seeing 30,31 Phu quoc island flight 1 Feb Hanoi night started for Sapa trip 3 hanoi stay and local sightseeing 4/5 mai chau trip 6/7 halong bay day trip with cat ba stay. 8 to 10 Hanoi : Celebrate tet😃 10 night Hanoi to Hue Bus/Train 11,12 Hue 13,14,15 Hoi an 16,17,18 Danang 18 Da nang to Hanoi flight 1 ...

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saigon events website

Posted by edichner on 1/12/2015 at 20:33

There is a great website - It is a cultural magazine with lots of info about events, food, the arts, history of Ho Chi Minh City plus daily news about Vietnam. ...

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Vietnam visa stamp free: 25 or 45?

Posted by diegomarialuisa on 26/11/2015 at 03:12

Hi everyone. I'm planning a trip to Vietnam in January. In orden to get the Visa, I have seen that some online sites offer their fee (about 15) +25 for the on arrival stamp, but some others say their fee+45 on arrival stamp. Does anybody knows why? Is there a mistake? Which is the Visa on Arrival stamp fee rigor now, or better, in January 2016? I'm talking about a 30 days single visa. Thanks ...

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North Central Coast - motorbike rentals

Posted by Dayvit78 on 26/11/2015 at 03:57

Hi all, Anybody have any experience renting a motorbike in one of the North Central Coast cities? Thanh Hoa, Vinh, Ha Tinh, Dong Ha... Do most hotels rent them or specialist shops? Thanks! ...

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Hoi An: Warning about buying gas!!

Posted by enna4 on 26/11/2015 at 03:06

There are 2 gas stations in Hoi An. I highly recommend you buy at the one on Nguyen Tat Thanh. DO NOT buy at the one on Hai Ba Trung (the main street heading north out of town), called Hong Ha gas station. We live right nearby and we witness foreign tourists (and some locals) getting scammed every single day, many times a day. There are constant arguments, furious customers, attendants who have a good chuckle after people drive off. By the way, whenever you buy gas, ask for a specific amoun ...

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Vietnam to offer Visa exemptions to 15 countries...

Posted by altmtl on 3/6/2015 at 15:20

"Starting this year through 2019, Vietnam will offer visa exemptions to visitors from Denmark, Finland, Japan, Norway, Russia, South Korea, and Sweden. But tourism officials have asked to add nine more countries to the list: Australia, Canada, France, Germany, India, Italy, New Zealand, Spain, and the UK." ...

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Vietnam War Tours

Posted by chris9393 on 23/8/2014 at 11:31

First time going to Vietnam soon in which I will be spending a full month there. Has anyone done any war tours that they would recommend when in Vietnam as this is going to be one of the main highlights of my trip. Many Thanks ...

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