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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!

saigon to hanoi by land

Posted by cocoku on 18/12/2010 at 22:21

hello anyone has ever taken a land transport from saigon to hanoi? which is the fastest way and how long it takes? i am planning to spend 10 days in vietnam starts in saigon and i want to use land transport for the whole trip, tight budget thanks ...

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Good Food - Hanoi

Posted by daawgon on 2/12/2010 at 21:23

I just ate a great dinner in the Old Quarter at Blue Butterfly, 61 Hang Buom, really my best meal in some time in Vietnam. I was beginning to think all Viet dishes were either Pho or greasy fried foods, but now that I've had some good Viet cooking, I've changed my mind. This place is not real cheap, and not real expensive. I paid 170,000VND for a nice 3-course seafood dinner, and I will return real real soon. ...

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Saigon Airport Bus 152

Posted by jaizan on 18/12/2010 at 15:19

Bus 152 runs from the airport to the centre of town. This should cost 3000 dong. The driver was charging 6000 today. A ticket inspector got on part way through the route & confirmed the price should be 3000. Do I care about the 3000 dong? Not really. However, I certainly don't like to see the driver profiting from fraud. ...

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Backpacks for sale in Hoi An - genuine?

Posted by BG111986 on 17/12/2010 at 15:17

There are dozens of shops in Hoi An selling backpacks - mainly North Face. Are these the genuine article - or is there an easy way to tell If they are genuine? If so, how much should I be paying for a 75+15L pack? I'm looking to buy one to send home, which my hotel is able to arrange. ...

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overland from Hanoi to Chiang Mai?

Posted by barbaral on 16/12/2010 at 12:38

I am travelling to Vietnam, arriving in Hanoi , and need to be in Chiang Mai Thailand two and one half weeks later. I am curious about the least expensive, most interesting route to travel there and some ideas of costs and timeframes. If there some ideas of not to miss areas, .best routes, etc, I would certainly appreciate it. This is my first time in SE Asia. I will be arriving the middle of January, going to an orientation in Chiang Mai 25 days later and then working in an NGO in Phnom ...

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Posted by noakess on 19/11/2010 at 15:49

Hi, I'm arriving in Hanoi early next week and plan to travel south by trains after few days in the north. read lot of stories on stuck trains, people trapped for hours on tracks, no buses etc....has anyone travelled by train through central vietnam recently? is it that bad? not sure if it's safer to just fly down and skip most of the centre... really disappointed as i planned to spend full month in Vietnam. perhaps i should cut short and include Cambodia? ...

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Chau Doc to Ho Chi Minh

Posted by funky337 on 20/11/2010 at 18:01

We would like to make a trip form Chau Doc to Ho Chi Minh. Is there an arranged trip or is better to do to arrange it ourselves. ...

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Hanoi to Bankok flight on 21 dec to sell

Posted by thumaas on 5/12/2010 at 18:53

Hi everyone Since I changed my travel route I have an Air Asia flight from Hanoi (HAN) to Bankok (BKK) on the 21 december departing at 9:10am to offer. It includes one piece of luggage up to 15kg. The name and the date of the flight can be changed for 30 dollars. Anyone interested? ...

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Vietnam first time, 4 weeks. Tips?

Posted by Sparrk on 15/11/2010 at 10:20

Hello Me and a few friends are going to Vietnam in late december to end of january. Ifound a suggestion for vietnam in 2-3 weeks here on travelfish which I likedalot, what I dont know is how long to time to spend in each place. 1) Hanoi-> Ha Long Bay 2) Hanoi-> Hue 3) Hue-> Hoi An 4) Hoi An-> Nha Trang 5) NhaTrang -> Mui Ne 6) Mui Ne-> Ho Chi Minh City 7) Ho ChiMinh – Phu qouc Phu qouc – Sihanoukville 9)Sihanoukville – Siem Reap Is thereanyone that could give ...

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vietnam visas- get them in Korea or Bali??

Posted by MiaBritton on 5/12/2010 at 17:39

Hi, I'm off to Vietnam late Jan 2011 and need to get my visa. I'm living in South Korea at the moment and need some advice on getting the visa- has anyone got a Viet visa in Bali before? How much is it and how long did it take? We're in Bali for 10 days. Or has anyone got the visa from South Korea? What's the easiest and most convinient way to do it? Thanks! ...

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Visa and Onward travel

Posted by ChrisJenko on 8/11/2010 at 15:07

Ok so today i went to book my ticket to Ho Chi Minh from Sydney for next January and the lady at the travel agents was a little apprehensive on giving me a one way ticket, after a little coaxing finally she put it through but stated i would probably have trouble with immigration. Now I have read a heap of other posts here and on other sites where no-one has had a problem with this issue, and i would assume with 1000's of people over landing each year throughout SEA that i would have no issue w ...

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Hoi An Guesthouse (and foodie buddy)

Posted by nattitatti on 1/12/2010 at 17:02

Hi All Can anyone recommend a guesthouse (or hotel or hostel) in Hoi An ? Ive read all the posts but many are about 3 yrs old and was wondering if anyone has current recommendations? Ideally about the $10-$15 mark (or less On another note, Ive been told about a great restaurant in Hoi An called the Mango Room and was wondering if anyone wants to join me to go there. I should be in Hoi an by the weekend. Thanks for any help Nat ...

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One way ticket arriving into Vietnam

Posted by clair369 on 5/12/2010 at 08:48

Hi All, Im sure this question has been asked many times before however, I'm wondering if any one has recent experience or information they could share. I am arriving into Vietnam in early Feb 2011 on a one way ticket. I will have a bit of a look around Ho Chi Min and then head on to Siem Reap, Laos and Thailand, for an extended stay. I have travelled extensively in the region before however i have never arrived on a one way ticket or into Vietnam. As I plan to travel overland out of Vietnam I w ...

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Dong Hoi Farmstay

Posted by Drifter1dc on 18/11/2010 at 20:35

Last year I stayed at this wonderful farmstay near th Phong Nha Khe Bang area. Bich and Ben have created a great get away for people who love to go off the beaten track. If that is your cup of tea and you want a taste of rural village life in Viet Nam this is your place. Drifter ...

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Problems with catching any possible disease in Vietnam

Posted by swansil on 19/11/2010 at 07:02

Hello, I have been waiting for my graduation to come to go on a rather long trip to my beloved Vietnam, but soon after I got to know this website, I actually thought about the problem of diseases.. my immune system doesn't work anymore unfortunately and I catch diseases very easily here (in Italy), so I was wondering whether I'd probably waste time and money travelling to South-East Asia.... it is a pity though, what would any of you suggest me? ...

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So...Im going to Vietnam!

Posted by sidewinder on 24/11/2010 at 19:48

My first taste of Asia since a big trip last year...its only going to be 2-3 weeks but I'm excited. A few questions: We are going mid-late January until early Feburary. I'm aware that Tet occurs in early Feburary..I'm fully aware this might impact on our plans a bit but is travelling around still feasible during this time? Secondly, assuming the shorter period of 2 weeks, we hope to be able to travel the length of the country hopefully, stopping off in several places. We will be flying into H ...

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Drive/Fly From Ha Noi to Dien Bien

Posted by anhluc on 24/7/2009 at 23:25

Had planned to drive from Dien Bien to Sa Pa, but my wife wants a different route for exploring as we have already been to Sa Pa, and the road is passable, but not so comfortable. So, I'm thinking of flying from Ha Noi to Dien Bien and driving back or vice versa. Anyone have some experience with this route i.e. road conditions, travel time, layover points etc. It looks as if Mai Chau would be a good layover point, but is it on the more popular and most convenient route to get to Dien ...

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Vietnam & Cambodia in 9 days. Which direction and How? SR - PP - HCM - Hanoi

Posted by happyhipp0 on 30/11/2010 at 16:45

Hi, We are planning a 9 day trip to vietnam and cambodia, and would LOVE to help in the planning? 1. What direction shall we travel in (flying in from KL)? Hanoi - Ho Chi Minh city / Saigon - Phnom Penh - Siem Reap or reverse? (i.e. NORTH to SOUTH or SOUTH to NORTH) or would people recommend an alternative route? 2. How do we get between the different places? plane, train or bus? 3. I know its not long enough for a thorough visit - but is 2 days in each place reasonable? Planning to leave a ...

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Come back hometown on special occasion

Posted by onlybeu on 27/11/2010 at 11:39

I'm a overseas Vietnamese, I have gone farfrom my Vietnam hometown since childhood. Recently, I come back Vietnam, myhometown, on occasion of 1000 years Thanglong - Hanoi celebrate. It's a specialoccasion for overseas Vietnamese as me coming back hometown to reviewdevelopment of country. I and my friends (both overseas Vietnamese and foreign)set a team. We arrived in Vietnam on October 1st, meaned it's the first day ofcelebrate. Vietnam is really new and different from what I thought. It isn't ...

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Khanh Huyen hotel Catba Island

Posted by StuartG on 29/11/2010 at 04:08

Has anyone stayed at Khanh Huyen hotel, Catba Island. or know anything about the place? It's part of a KIM TOUR. Thanks, Stuart ...

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