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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!


Posted by erenemin on 11/9/2016 at 08:15

I will be travelling to Hanoi in two weeks to teach English for a year, can anyone suggest what to do for insurance? i will be travelling from England. I've made a brief enquiry, when i disclosed that i will be working the cost became ridiculous. I am 25 years old with no prior medical conditions. Should i pay the quoted £450?? ...

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Mekong Delta tour for 10 people

Posted by haminhan0916 on 8/9/2016 at 04:12

My family together with my close friend's family intend to travel in mid-September. We are very curious about floating markets in Southeast Asia; thus decide to make a tour of Mekong Delta in Vietnam. If having more free time, we will visit other places. Because we have 4 children at 10-12 years old, we want to book a family tour so that we don't have to worry about hotels, meals, etc. The number of people is 10. This is the first time we have travelled abroad; so we wonder which travel company ...

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Tet 2017 -travel delays?

Posted by Kara on 14/8/2016 at 16:13

Hi all! My husband and I (30s) are travelling to Vietnam and Cambodia in January 2017 and I am concerned about having problems around Tet. We are looking at 17-20 Days flying into Hanoi and out of Siem Reap via Bangkok. My question is how much do I need to have pre-planned to prevent problems, slowdowns, disappointment? I was going to book the flights based around the date that we should leave Vietnam. Loose itinerary: Hanoi 2 days Halong bay 2 days (unless you really Recmd the 2 nt cr ...

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Vietnam visas for citizens of the USA

Posted by daawgon on 28/8/2016 at 21:15

Several travelers to Vietnam have received notices similar to the following one. My VOA provider, sent me this one just yesterday, August 27, 2016. "Effective August 29, 2016, US citizens may apply for a 1 year multiple entries visa for Vietnam. It does not matter how long you plan to stay in Vietnam. "All Visa applications of US citizens will be only issued for 1 year multiple entries Visa." - The stamping fee you will pay at the airport is 135 USD. * Please n ...

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Posted by thomastetting on 24/8/2016 at 10:02

I will be in Da Nang and Hoi An April and May of 2017. The usual Fireworks competition in Da Nang is changing venue and maybe dates, with conflicting announcements at this time. Does anyone have any more precise info than what is on the websites at this time of August, 2016?????? I would like to be staying on the rooftop of the Minh Toan Galaxy Hotel sipping a cool beverage by the pool while taking in the show by the Sun Wheel to the SE skyline. Although I have reservations for the Apri ...

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Drink in Da Nang the 7th or 8th

Posted by ajhurley on 6/8/2016 at 06:53

Hello, I (Irish, 36) will be in Da Nang the 7th and the 8th - if anyone fancies a beer send me a PM or reply here. Andrew ...

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Buy or rent motorbike in Da nang / Hue / Hoi An

Posted by anselme on 7/12/2012 at 04:23

Hello, How are you? I'm a tourist travelling in Vietnam for the next month. My and my girlfriend are going to arrive in Da nang on sunday at noon. Our plans is to buy or rent a bike in Da Nang and go to Ho Chi Minh. I think it will be difficult to find a agency which rent some motorbikes that we can drop in Ho Chi Minh. So i guess the buying option is the best. But maybe you will know an adress where to look? I saw this forum and I was wondering if you could give us any tips or adress and t ...

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Auco cruises halong bay

Posted by rachel275 on 3/8/2016 at 06:09

We are looking at booking a 3 day 2 night Auco cruise online. I'm wondering if we are going to be paying a lot more to be booking online? Does anyone know what kind of price this cruise is if we turn up in Hanoi and book? It seems like a lot of money.. Thanks for any help. ...

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What to do

Posted by chooky5 on 21/6/2016 at 02:01

hi everyone we are going to Vietnam at the end of September we are a family of 4 with 2 teenage kids, can you recommend what we should do and see, should we stay in Ho Chi Minh city the whole time?? Please help ...

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motorbike rental phu quoc

Posted by simonega on 23/6/2016 at 01:58

Hi, Does anyone know the actual situationon renting a motorbike in phu quoc? Is it possible to rent a motorbike or it is still not allowed? what about the police? if they stop you they fine? how much? many thank SImone ...

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From Hoi An to Dalat

Posted by Annielay on 5/6/2016 at 22:57

Hello can anyone advise us two older travellers on the best way to get from Hoi An to Dalat and then to HCMC? Not recessarily the most basic or cheapest but with reasonable comfort and not too long time wise. And is it worth going to Dalat at all or is there somewhere else on the way down to HCMC? ...

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Halong cruise- Halong Bay Tours

Posted by Robprrtt on 1/4/2016 at 23:39

Hi,Next week, I have bussiness in Hanoi, Vietnam during a week, i have only 1 day break, i want to visit Halong Bay and enjoy cruise one night. Any recommendation about how to get halong bay from hanoi and what's best cruise in there.? Thanks a lot ...

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Fish Pollution in Central Vietnam- safe to travel?

Posted by LucySK on 22/7/2016 at 12:14

I have been reading about the current (June 30th 2016) fish pollution situation happening in Central Vietnam. I was hoping someone who was recently there (June or July 2016) can let me know how safe it is to eat and travel in Hue, Da Nang, and Hoi An. I would hate to plan a trip about these cities and have to avoid seafood and the beaches. ...

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trip report from ha giang from two independent ladies with no bikes!

Posted by melmariet on 28/2/2013 at 07:45

So we decided to create this post because we had such a problem finding good information about traveling in the ha giang province. We pretty much went on this adventure thinking, let's just take the dive and hope it works out. Good news! It did. With a little bit of hard work, you can travel through ha giang for quite cheap, without a guide, and without a motorcycle. First off, arranging your travel permit can be quite a bit trickier than we expected. Its extremely hard to find anyone who spea ...

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Is there any bus to go from Ha Giang to Cao Bang?

Posted by winniewong on 11/6/2016 at 00:15

Hi there, is there any bus available to travel from Ha Giang to Cao Bang? Kindly advice. Thank you. ...

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Ha Long Bay tour

Posted by vinnyvu on 15/6/2016 at 22:52

HI , I am planning a trip to Ha Noi in September 2016. I am figuring out a tour to Ha Long Bay and don't know where to begin. I would like to go for a 2 day 1 night tour and also see if they offer a kayaking tour of the caves. Can anyone help me? Thank You. ...

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Vietnam questions

Posted by ajhurley on 6/7/2016 at 04:34

Hello all, I'm going to Vietnam for almost 3 weeks from the end of July... Whilst I will probably take most of it as it comes, I was thinking of a rough itinery like Hanoi 3-4 days (I enjoy cities) Hué 1-2 days Hoi an 3-4 days Somewhere to relax 4-5 days Saigon 2-3 days Mekong Delta 2-3 days Any thoughts on the above? Could anyone recommend a nice places/places to spend 4-5 days? Essentially, the aim is to relax, read books, unwind, eat nice food. Probably thinking a nice beach area, id ...

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transportation from HoChiMinh to Turtle Island??

Posted by malibu on 24/6/2016 at 20:21

What is a reasonably easy yet not too expensive way to travel from Ho Chi Minh City to Turtle Island near My Tho in the Mekong Delta?? ...

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45 day visa

Posted by yukonwanderer on 14/6/2016 at 23:47

Canadian here wondering if a 45 day visa is possible to get and what it costs. I've scoured many websites but have only seen 30 day visa mentioned. I'm starting to get frustrated. ...

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Travelling Vietnam to Cambodia

Posted by Inlikeflynn15 on 15/6/2016 at 21:29

hey guys me and a mate are travelling from Vietnam to Cambodia starting in Hanoi for 3 weeks just want to know the best places to see while we are there. ...

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