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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!

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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5 am wake up with loud propaganda announcements

Posted by Pablot on 25/7/2010 at 06:45

If you are in smaller towns & villages across VN one of the most annoying things for tourists is the 5 am wake up to loud Communist Party propaganda complete with music, etc.! this can go on for at least 1 hour! cities do not seem to suffer the same mistreatment. China stopped doing this about 30 years ago! There are almost no public annoucements in English for disasters such as flooding, etc. So if you are travelling and you hear what appears to be a public annoucement outside of the 5 a ...

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Hoi An vs Hanoi -- Which is "child friendly"?

Posted by placeshifter on 28/7/2010 at 21:14

We have a 3 year old who loves to run around outside all day, all night, esp. in grassy environments. Which would be a better place for a family to spent a few weeks in, Hoi An or Hanoi? ...

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Motorbiking from Hanoi to the south? Company?

Posted by mckayb on 31/7/2010 at 16:24

Hey guys, I just bought myself a Honda Dream in Hanoi . I am planning to go as far south as I can. If anyone in Hanoi is planning on doing the same thing in the next few days you can join me. I am planning on staying away from HHighway 1 as much as possible and am taking Ho Chi Minh Trail...I actually am following the route recommednded here on TF in the motorbiking forum. Looking forward to the ride down Cheers, Ben M. ...

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5 weeks in Oct Vietnam and Cambodia**

Posted by SarahIre on 30/7/2010 at 07:52

Ok so that didn't work out too well above. Anyways this is my very first time posting to a site like this or at all ha so bear with me pls. Myself and my boyfriend are leaving Australia mid Oct - though we are Irish and are planning to travel around Vietnam/Cambodia for 5 weeks (our return flight to Ire is November 17th). I have come across this website and am really impressed, it is making me 2nd think buying the LP book SE Asia on a Shoestring cos if I can get all the info here for free why no ...

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3 week Vietnam\ cambodia itineray?? help

Posted by seaolon1 on 29/7/2010 at 21:36

Help and suggestions needed for with 3 week Vietnam cambodia itineray. Myself and girlfriend are heading in a few weeks. Is this stretched, should i leave out one place to spend more time elsewhere Tues - Arrive Hanoi Wed - Hanoi Thurs - Head to Halong bay spent one night on Boat Fri - Back in Hanoi Sat - Fly to Hue arrive 13:45 (or get train previous night) Sun - Hue Mon - Train to Hoi An Tues - Hoi An Wed - Hoi An Thurs - Fly to Nha Trang (or get train previous night) Fri - Nha Trang S ...

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Ocean Travel - Dishonest Travel Agent in Hanoi (Recommended by Lonely Planet)

Posted by CakeFace on 1/5/2009 at 13:30

This is a bit of a long story but I think it needs to be told so that people aren't ripped off or treated badly by Ocean Tours in Hanoi . Ocean Tours are recommended in the 2007 edition of Lonely Planet Vietnam but the experience I had with them makes me strongly believe that they should be removed from future editions. My girlfriend and I spent a morning of 27 April 2009 going round various travel agencies in Hanoi's old quarter in order to get some different prices for a trip to Halong Bay ...

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Nice swimming pool in Hanoi

Posted by shaydan_01 on 27/7/2010 at 16:05

Bit late I know, but thought it worth a try anyway. It's my boyfriends birthday tomorrow and I would like to take him to a fancy hotel to use the swimming pool for a couple of hours if the weather is nice. I'm not sure if all big hotels will let outsiders pay to use the pool and I sort of want to plan where we're going before we go there. Any recommendations would be lovely, and any other ideas are welcome too of course, open to all random suggestions for birthday fun! ...

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Passport pages added in Hanoi

Posted by TennisHaus on 27/7/2010 at 08:14

Can I get passport pages added in Hanoi . I have one blenk page for the Vietnam visa and stamps. I do not have room for the Cambodian visa and stamps plus the Thailand stamps. Does US embassy in Hanoi add passport pages? Has anyone gotten their passport filled at this embassy? TIA ...

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Bus company to aviod

Posted by mikethediver on 27/7/2010 at 12:16

Hi, Just a little warning about a bus company called 'AN PHU TOURIST' part of the 'open bus' system. We got this bus from Mui Ne to Dalat and it falls way below acceptable: *Non functioning air con *2 seats broken free from the floor which was very dangerous!! *Insufficent roon for luggage in the 'hold', so bags were piled in the isle which the bus driver & his several friends trod on, sat on & slept on!! (I did complain & moved my bag, which blocked the isle even more!) *All the ...

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Travel in September October

Posted by timmy2legs on 26/7/2010 at 18:40

I'll be in SE Asia, during September and October during this time I hope to do a month in Vietnam. I realise it is the wet season, and I know the variations along the length of the country. Most things tend to say rain will be only in short intense showers, is this right? From what I can make out, the weather in the north shouldn't be too bad? Would there be potential flooding in the Mekong delta? Are there anythings that the wet season makes difficult to do? Thanks ...

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Vietnam Virgins

Posted by roopd on 16/7/2010 at 12:31

Hi all, My husband and I planning a two week trip through SE Asia. We are flying into HCMC form Hongkong on the 28th of July and leaving on the 3rd of Aug. Ideally we would love to be able to bike our way up to Hanoi but we know that is not going to be possible in the time we have there. One of our main reasons for going to Vietnam is the food. We do not necessarily do the more touristy things like going to museums and stuff but prefer to step off the beaten path and get to know the people an ...

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Visa requirements for Cambodia and Vietnam

Posted by NYTim on 20/7/2010 at 21:51

I have a multiple entry visa for Vietnam. I am going to Cambodia for a few days. Can anyone tell me what documentation I would require to enter and leave Cambodia -- passport photos etc? Thanks ...

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Where to stop between Hoi An and Hanoi

Posted by shaydan_01 on 22/7/2010 at 19:50

Hi guys, My partner and I are currently in Hoi An and are planning on making our way up to Hanoi but would like to break up the trip by stopping off somewhere along the way, preferably somewhere on the coast where we can bum on a beach for a few days. We might visit Hue as well, but are hoping to find somewhere to relax if we're all cultured out. I've done a bit of research but all of the beach destinations I have read about sound mostly unimpressive. We aren't asking for paradise, just ...

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Contact number for Rainbow Hotel, Nha Thrang?

Posted by louise_hooton on 22/7/2010 at 17:33

Hi, Does anyone have a telephone number that works for the Rainbow Hotel in Nha Thrang. I can't seem to reach them on Tel: (84-58) 810501. Thanks! ...

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In vietnam for 3 weeks from aug 6th and nervous

Posted by kfitz7151 on 19/7/2010 at 03:28

Hi there. Anyone else travelling in vietnam throughout august? Im coming with a mate and a bit nervous as never back packed before. Anyone tell me how much i should take to spend for 3 weeks? is it expensive? cheers ...

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vietnam blocks facebook

Posted by maria_s on 16/11/2009 at 15:46

I arrived in vietnam today coming from indonesia, and not only did I leave warm weather behind but also freedom of speech! apparently some of the major providers followed an order by the Vietnam’s Ministry of Public Security and blocked facebook: didn't know that it was that bad here. am shocked. wanna go back. too much traffic here in hanoi, too. ...

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Private Halong tour 31.7-1.8!

Posted by reale on 22/7/2010 at 11:13

Are you interested in avoiding the hassle, the scams and the crowds of Halong Bay? I would like to go on a private tour to Halong Bay on Saturday, July 31st with Cat Ba Ventures ( ) and it would be nice to have you to join. The 2d/1n itinerary starts from Cat Ba island. The boat is small, it fits 4 people which is why it is possible to explore remote caves, deserted beaches and avoid the legion of tourist boats on Halong Bay. If we are 4 people, the price is 70$/person, an ...

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Itinerary for Vietnam......

Posted by TennisHaus on 19/7/2010 at 10:38

Im looking for some help on our plans for the Vietnam part of our trip. WE would like to do the following: 1. Ha long Bay 2. Motorbike tour 2days, which one is best, we can do it in HCMC or Hanoi . 3. HCMC and some tours around there. Our problem is time. We are not backpackers, but we are adventurers. WE both have minimal motorcycle experience. What do people recommend to do above all other things in Hanoi and HCMC? Aug 6th through 13th is our time frame. TIA ...

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Luckyhotel 69 Tran Duy Hung - the idial destination for you

Posted by vietgoldstar on 16/7/2010 at 15:04

Lucky Hotel is located on Tran Duy Hung road, in the economic area, commercial development of Ha Noi city, adjacent to “Trung Hoa Nhan Chinh” urban areas , Big C supermarket, the National Conference Center, major banks, shopping centers, big buildings tower, the representative offices of foreign companies, Japanese, Korean restaurants. This is an ideal place for customers to stop in the trip or sightseeing tour. Lucky Hotel is a hotel of international standard, 2 **, fully equipped with qua ...

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