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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!

HaNoi travel tips

Posted by brucemoon on 27/4/2009 at 15:08

Hello For those interested, here are two travel tips for HaNoi. - - - - - - Travel tip 1. There is a shuttle bus between HaNoi airport and the Old Quarter operated for Vietnam Airlines. The cost is 25000VN dong in early am/pm and 35,000VN dong during the middle of the day. A taxi will cost about 175,000VN dong for a one way trip. The Vietnam Airlines shuttle bus (a 15 seater Toyota van) picks up outside the Domestic terminal about every half hour. The bus leaves from outsid ...

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Vietnam Airlines for a long distance flight?

Posted by Hemsi on 12/8/2010 at 03:09

Hi everybody, after our last trip to Vietnam in May/June this year we're already into planning the next one Now, I found a very good offer for a non-stop return flight (Frankfurt-Saigon) with Vietnam Airlines. That's an 11,5-13h flight ... has anyone made any experience with this airline on long-distance flights? Would you recommend it in terms of safety/comfort/etc.? On our last trip we flew with Vietnam Airlines from Saigon to Nha Trang, that was absolutely ok ... but it was only a one hour ...

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Ho chi minh city to Mekong Delta

Posted by pdro on 12/7/2010 at 05:56

I'm travelling to Cambodia on the end of september and after want to visit the Mekong delta. I heard that the easiest way to do that is getting a tour from saigon to there. Someone knows how much a 2 days tour would coasts in average ? how is the trip by bus from phnom phen to saigon? thank you ...

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Rach Gia Tour Guide

Posted by nekigosu on 18/8/2010 at 12:44

I will be travelling to Rach Gia next month for a half leisure/half business trip. Does anyknow know who or where can i find a personal tour guide to bring us around in Rach Gia and other parts of Vietnam? ...

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Kampot -> Ha Tien + Phu Quoc ferry schedule

Posted by Mikko on 15/3/2010 at 22:25

Hi, we're thinking of doing the Kampot -> Kep -> Ha Tien -> ( Rach Gia ->) Phu Quoc trip later this week and I'd like to ask if someone has done this trip recently? How much should we expect to pay for motodop/tuktuk from Kampot - Kep and Kep - border/Ha Tien? From an earlier post I read that the last (only?) ferry from Ha Tien to Phu Quoc leaves at 13.00, does anyone know if this information is still up to date? If so, it would make it possible for us to do the whole trip i ...

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Am I going at the right time of year?

Posted by Brownpaperblag on 12/8/2010 at 20:57

Hi guys and girls. Im planning a trip loosely following the mekong from Vientiane all the way down to vietnam and then back up toward Hanoi before flying to KL. I was planning on going early April and spending 10-12 weeks doing this. (im in no hurry!) I was wondering if anybody could let me know what to expect in terms of weather at these times. I keep hearing conflicting reports. Some say that this is the beginning of the monsoon season and Its not a good time to go, others say this is perh ...

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Sapa, Fanshipan mountain

Posted by Shane10 on 18/5/2010 at 10:01

Hi,I'll be in Vietnam for 2 weeks and would be spending around 1 week in Sapa . Just like to know what's the best way to do Sapa cos I'm intending to climb Fansipan... Saw a lot of tour packages on Fanshipan but seems to be really ex and I'm on a pretty tight budget. Is there any way I can just get a guide through those backpackers hostels and how much you think it would cost? The equip, guide etc... for the mountain climb? Also 7 days in Sapa what are the things I can do? Going to give like ...

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Tet Festival 2011

Posted by banana8 on 8/8/2010 at 01:24

Hello all, I've just realised that I will be in Vietnam over the Tet festival (3rd Feb). I've heard that everything tends to shut down over the celebrations and I'm a bit worried about being able to get transport etc. I was planning on being in Hoi An or Hue over that period- does anyone have any advice in what would be the better location to be in? and how much I would have to get there before the festival starts/ how soon I could get away after? I was also hoping to do a DMZ tour in Hue b ...

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HCMC through Mekong Delta to Phu Quoc?

Posted by dougiepunk on 26/7/2010 at 17:29

Hell0! Anyone got any ideas about the best wayto do this? Best I've come up with is bus to Can Tho then boat to Ca Mau, then boat boat to Rach Gia and boat to Phu Quoc. Anyone got any better / more fun ideas / sugestions? I'm in Hoi An at the mo, leaving for Da Lat in an hour, with about two weeks left in Viet Nam before hopefully crossing to Cambodia via Ha Tien after Phu Quoc. Help would be fab as I can'r seem to find much about doing this anywhere else... Cheers! ...

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China Beach or Hoi An Beach?

Posted by LindaLovelace on 11/8/2010 at 11:46

Hi All, I will be in the Danang/ Hoi An area in the first week of November. I've been looking at accommodation and want to stay somewhere beachy (I dont mind spending up to around $150US a night). I cant decide between China Beach or Hoi An beach? Which is the better of the two locations? Gathering that the weather may not be ideal at that time of year, I'd prefer to stay somewhere with more activities/easy distance for day trips etc. Thanks Linda ...

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Weather issues Vietnam Aug/Sep??

Posted by buffa75 on 12/8/2010 at 15:37

we're wanting to travel through SE ASIA over 12 months and Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos are going to be a large part of our travel. Have read that the wet season is still very present through August September. How bad is it really? When would you recommend going to these places. can you recommend any other must stays around asia that aren't too affected by the wet through July to November ...

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Prek Chak/Xaxia (‘Ha Tien’) border crossing and E-visa

Posted by Pjotra on 22/7/2010 at 23:40

Hi there! Although I am sure you can cross these days at this borderxing, coming from Phu Quoc, it is not clear if one can pass on the famous Cambodian E-visa, obtainable through the net.(see the last on the subject)Does anyone have experience with passing with an E-visa on this crossing? ...

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Do you think I should open a hotel in such place?

Posted by dha6892 on 10/8/2010 at 03:28

Hello, I’m a Vietnamese student and I am going to study in Canada soon. My family has a house in the old quarter. Since I’m going and there will be just the two of my parents, they are going to move to an apartment. We may rent the house but some friends advised us to use the house to open a small hotel. I think it’s a great opportunity because…well… I just love the place I live. It’s in the old quarter. Now there is a temporary outdoor fruit market in front of the house. It can be a ...

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Choices of different kinds of tours, feedback please

Posted by TennisHaus on 3/8/2010 at 12:31

We are heading to Vietnam in two days, and I dont know which tours I want to do. 1. We will do the Halong Bay tour with Vega travel. 2days here. 2. What do people think of the Mai-Chau 1day excursion, (we cannot go to Sapa, because of time)? 3. Does anyone have feedback on the Pafume Pagoda tour? 4. Day 4 explore Ha Noi. Should we cut one of these out, because it is shite. We will then head to HCMC city for two days. 1. Mekong Delta-1 day trip 2. HCMC day exploring the city. Is Mekong Delta wor ...

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Travel partner in November in Vietnam

Posted by queanbeyan on 8/8/2010 at 10:12

Hi I plan to travel to VN arriving in HM on 1 November making my way to Hanoi then to Sapa then to DBP then cross in Laos and go from Udom Xai to Luang NamTha to Muang Sing then to Huay Xai then Chiang Rai - I have around 6 weeks and know the north of Laos and North of Thaiand fairly well. I am proficient in Lao and Thai lanugage but only just learning vietnamese. Is the border open at DBP? Do I need a prepaid visa? If you are thinking of travelling in a similar way at this time let m ...

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HCM Vietnam on 28.9.2010-1.10.2010

Posted by Barracuda on 5/8/2010 at 20:20

Hi, Im will b in HCM on these date. My question is do we need to get a visa to enter vietnam or there is VOA. Where is the best place to stay. Im looking for budget hotel and what are the must see place in HCM Thanks ...

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2 Minsk for sale in Hanoi - Good price!

Posted by drizzlmanizzl on 5/8/2010 at 11:54

Hello, We`re 2 students from Belgium who were persuaded to drive from Ho Chi Minh city to Hanoi. We had no driving experience and know nothing of motorbike mechanics. Luckily these two bikes took us here without any trouble. pictures: If you`re interested: +32 495 44 22 63 (only texting works) Vietfun hotel reception (Ngo Huyen str 1) The black one has new paintjo ...

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2 Minsk for sale in Hanoi - Good price!!!

Posted by drizzlmanizzl on 5/8/2010 at 11:46

Hello, We`re 2 students from Belgium who bought these Minsks in Ho Chi Minh city. We had no driving experience, and the two bikes took us from there to Hanoi in 7 days without problems. Pictures here: ...

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Vietnam and Thailand in 3 weeks

Posted by KJB29 on 4/8/2010 at 01:55

My girl and I have 3 weeks in December to visit Thailand and Vietnam. I have been to Thailand before (Chan Mai, Phi Phi, Koh Samui, Railay Beach etc) but this will be hers and my first time to Vietnam. Can anyone give me some advice as what not to miss in Vietnam and Thailand (for her sake). The time is really not enough, but if anyone has any pointers and can offer up and suggestions it would be greatly welcomed. ...

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9D8N Vietnam, too many things, too little time & money?

Posted by DomesticG on 2/8/2010 at 13:00

Hi all, my first post on Travel fish! Been a silent reader for a long time... Am currently planning my year end trip to Vietnam and I would really need some help... I am planning to depart from Singapore to Vietnam on Christmas day 25 Dec and return to Singapore on 2 Jan. My plan are as follows; 25/12: HCMC 26/12 & 27/12: Hue 28/12: Hoi An 29/12 - 31/12: Nha Trang (Confirmed: Take up diving courses) 1/1: Mui Ne (Confirmed: For the sand dunes) 2/1: HCMC back to SIN Also, I have a ver ...

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