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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!

Ha Long Bay Tours

Posted by monkindy on 3/10/2010 at 16:37

Hey Guys There is a group of 8 of us looking to do a ha long bay cruise for new years eve. Ive been looking into it but with the huge amount of operators and the horror stories bout junk cruises i thought id be best to ask. So there are 8 of us and we are really looking to spend a max of 200-250 nz dollars (which is about 150 to 180 us) each but cheaper would be better. We arent expecting 5 star at this price but we don't want to be ripped off either. Any help would be greatly appreciated. ...

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Pongour Falls: has anybody been and can recommend?

Posted by cieciorka on 11/10/2010 at 02:51

I am thinking of going to Dalat, but only to see Pongour Falls (I've seen the pictures and have read that it is really worth visiting). However, if anybody has been there and can confirm if it's worth a special trip, it would help me a lot. I am planning to go 2nd half of November as it might have a meaning in this case. Many thanks ...

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SaPa in mid Frebruary

Posted by suwanneej on 15/10/2010 at 08:36

Just wondering if SaPa will be worth it in mid-February. I wanna trek some but if its cold, foggy and muddy...hmmm! Don't wanna huddle by a fireside or under electric blankets for my time there. I know the weather is unpredictable but would be interersted in some thoughts on this issue. Maybe I should plan to spread my four Sapa days over other places like Hue, Ninh Binh/Tam Coc and Hanoi ? ...

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Cristina Cruise, Halong Bay

Posted by RenaG on 10/11/2009 at 12:13

Hi- is anyone familiar with Cristina Cruise? It was recommended by my hotel and I just want to make sure it will be a nice experience b/c I've read some horror stories!It is a mid-range cruise. Thanks! ...

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Connection times for flight?

Posted by jonyd1 on 16/10/2010 at 01:15

Hi again all! So, I am about to book my flight into Siem Reap (for a trip that continues on to vietnam for the majority), and I was curious if anyone had any tips on how much time is reccomended to make a connection - the flight I am looking at goes from JFK-ICN-REP, and there is a 1 hour layover in ICN - do you think that is enough? I figure worst case, I have to catch the flight the next night (it looks like there is only 1 flight in each night?), but I thought I would run it by you knowledg ...

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Buying a used kite in Mui Ne

Posted by cadavret on 14/10/2010 at 20:12

I'm going to Mui Ne in a couple of days and wonder if there is someone who can sell or knows someone who sell used kites and harnesses for a reasonable price? I'm thinking about staying there for a few weeks and it would be quite expensive to rent one for that long of a period. // Cadavret ...

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another weather in november question

Posted by snowfish on 18/10/2009 at 06:24

Please review our itinerary- Nov 4 till 19 2 days Hanoi 4 days Sapa trekking 4 days Ha long bay /Cat Ba 4 days Hoi An Bach Ma national park trekking 4 days Mekong Delta Question is4 days in Hoi An risky weatherwise ? Should we stay longer around Hanoi ? Thank you ! ...

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Processing Time for Vietnam Visa in Kuala Lumpur

Posted by gdansk on 11/10/2010 at 20:48

Hi all I was wandering how long it will take to get a visa in KL? Also does anyone know the cost of 90day multiple entry visa? Thanks. Marek ...

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Ocean Tours - Ha Noi/Ha Long Bay :-)

Posted by andrea73 on 25/6/2008 at 19:07

They are Brilliant!! We only took the two-day, one-night Ha Long Bay tour, as it was all the time we had, but oh how great they wêre! Great service, and wonderful guides. We opted to stay on their private beach in a lovely bungalow - AWESOME. You can see the glỉttering lights of Cat Ba Town from the beach, but hear none of the noise - just the sounds of surf and jungle. The bungalows are smart and clean (and thêre are only a dozen or so), and apparently they are tơtally unique ...

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anywhere we must visit in Vietnam?

Posted by sems on 4/9/2010 at 11:36

whoops new computer... we are traveling to Vietnam in two weeks. Cat Ba, Hanoi, Dong Hoi, Hue, Danang, Hoi An and Ho Chi Minh. Aside from all the regular stuff that is aimed at the tourist trade does anyone have any suggestions of anything that isn't widely touted but was an amazing experience, great dinner, cool activity or the like? I am sick of coming back from hoildays and people going "Oh you should have gone there...that was the best ever" Any suggestions gratefully received.. ...

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Thoughts on itinerary?

Posted by jonyd1 on 29/9/2010 at 02:55

Hi everyone - first post here - it seemed like this was the place to go for good advice in this part of the world. I am currently planning my first trip to Vietnam (and a little Cambodia) for later this year, and I wanted to get your opinions on the start of my plans. I suppose I should preface this with a bit of what I am looking for. I like to try and get off the beaten path at least a bit. Anyway, here is what I had in mind so far: -Fly into Phnom Penh, take bus to Siem Reap , and spend a ...

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Travel Saigon to Hanoi by motorbike asap!

Posted by dansace on 6/10/2010 at 18:42

Hi, I'm an english male looking to travel north through vietnam by motorbike. My plan is to ride a route similar to the ho chi minh highway ( through the countryside ) and to try avoid highway 1 as much as possible. I am currently in Saigon and looking for a bike and someone to join me. I am hoping to set off as soon as possible! I do not ride a motorbike back in the UK, so i am a novice rider, but i have been riding rental bikes throughout asia. My vietnamese mobile number is 0904568341 Dan ...

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Irish Male Travelling from Hanoi to Saigon on motorbike 26Oct -20Nov

Posted by Colin23 on 5/10/2010 at 13:54

Hello!, My name is Colin im 23yr's old and I am looking to travel with some 1 from Hanoi -Saigon on a motorbike in roughly about a month,I will travel by myself but i feel it would b alot more fun with more people! I think this is enough time to do this trip?????,I would like to see some of Vietnam's beautifull mountain's and scenery and stop off as many places as possible. I am a honest,genuine laid back person, up 4 a laugh open minded not fussy about how I go about this trip, just up for a ...

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A train to Sapa-Where to Book the tickets?

Posted by dganitbz on 3/10/2010 at 21:03

I would like to book the train tickets to Sapa in advance-that is before we arrive to Vietnam. (because we want to travel on weekend un a private sleeping cabin for 2). Can anyone recomend a reliable agency where I can book on web? Thanks ...

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Getting from Hanoi to Hue

Posted by Manhattan_Minx on 30/9/2010 at 17:05

Myself and my friend will be travelling around Vietnam in December for 5 weeks. I have already booked an internal flight from HCMC to Hanoi where we will be for a week before heading onto Hue. I was wondering the best way to get from Hanoi to Hue. Our plan is then to take in Lang Co, Danang before heading south towards Nha Trang. Any advice on getting form place to place would be great. ...

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Ha Long Bay in One Day

Posted by LindaLovelace on 29/9/2010 at 14:04

Hey fellow travellers, I will be heading to HaNoi in about 1 month and Ha Long Bay is on the top of my to-do list. The only problem is - I hate boats! Obviously I understand that this is a boating activity and therefore can cope for awhile - however I'd prefer to only do it one day. Is it worthwhile doing a daytrip? Or are you really missing out by not doing an overnight trip? Also is sea-sickness an issue or is it relatively calm/flat being a bay? Cheers Linda ...

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12 days, hanoi to hcmc

Posted by kellipoop on 24/9/2010 at 01:56

Hello, I'm currently planning my trip to vietnam and I have 12 days to get from hanoi to hcmc... Tentatively it goes like this: Day 1: hanoi Day 2: hanoi Day 3: hanoi Day 4: ha long bay Day 5: hoi an or hue Day 6: hoi an or hue Day 7: nha trang Day 8: nha trang Day 9 hcmc Day 10: hcmc Day 11: hcmc Day 12: hcmc Is this itinerary doable given that this is all overland travel, using train or buses? Any suggestions would be great! Thanks! ...

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Cookery class recommendations? Hue and Hoi An

Posted by ruthabelle on 14/9/2010 at 02:22

Hello I'd love a recommendation for a Vietnamese cookery class in either Hue or Hoi An. I'm a really keen cook so I'd like something hands on, not just demonstrations. Has anyone had a good experience? Thank you! Ruth ...

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Phu Quoc Boat Shakedown

Posted by petrarch1603 on 28/9/2010 at 18:47

So I bought a ticket from Kampot to Phu Quoc island from my guesthouse. We cross the border and its mostly fine. One girl didn't have her visa, so she got stuck, but other than that it was a breeze. So the minivan drops us off at a tour agent in Ha Tien. The tour agent give me the boat ticket and tries to sell me transportation to my hotel once I get to Phu Quoc. I politely decline and she continues trying to sell it to me. It was only $3 but I didn't like the hard sell and just wanted to try ...

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Hoi An to Dalat by motorbike around Oct 7

Posted by IdRatherTravel on 28/9/2010 at 04:39

I have recently hired Genuine Easy Rider of Dalat to take a 4-5 daymotorbike tour from Hoi An to Dalat. I will be traveling solo andwanted to post to see if any other travelers will be in the same areaand are interested in joining me. I am a 30 year old female fromCalifornia. My dates are a bit flexible but I plan to arrive to Hoi Anfrom Hanoi around the 4th. ...

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