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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/Da Nang to HCMC, through the Central Highlands?

Posted by WVdVHK on 5/6/2016 at 17:02

Hi there, I'll get right to it! Short version: two no-motercycle licensed people wondering how they cancombine the route from Hanoi / Da Nang to HCMC with the Central Highlands - allin more or less six days (in July). Any tips? Long(er) version: me and my girlfriend (both early 20's) will bevisiting Vietnam in July, and we're both trying to get a bit of the beatentouristy track. Our initial plan was to travel from Luang Prabang to Kasi andget a bit lost in daily Laos lif ...

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Overnight train to Sapa

Posted by didi71 on 18/4/2016 at 23:27

Hi , I was wondering if anyone can shed some light on overnight train to Sapa, there appears to be many to pick from that leave at same time?. Victoria,Sapaly,Fanispan,Chapa King, Orient and more . Can someone recommend one that is comfortable for sleeping and a awesome train experience to remember. thanks in Advance ...

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Travel by sleeper bus in Vietnam

Posted by Gr4v1ty on 22/5/2016 at 06:55

Hello. I have been informinf myself on TripAdvisor for sleeper buses between HCM-DA Lat-Mui Ne-HCM and they freaked me out for sleeper buses. Is there a company you suggest taking? ...

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Vietnam beaches or Thailand ?

Posted by Gnmoll on 26/5/2016 at 10:46

my husband and I plan to Spend 3 months in Vietnam starting in January . We had wanted to spend a month on the beaches. I Heard that you can't swim or eat the seafood due to some chemical spill. I'm now thinking we should spend our beach time in Thailand. Any thoughts or ideas are welcomed. ...

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Hello travelfishers,do i need a visa for a quick trip from thailand to vietnam

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Nights out in Saigon

Posted by somtam2000 on 13/5/2016 at 21:55

An interesting short film filmed entirely on Bui Vien St in Saigon. If you're familiar with the area, it is well worth a watch. ...

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Overnight cruising in Ha Long Bay to be banned ... soon

Posted by somtam2000 on 11/4/2016 at 00:54

Well the title says it all. Over the weekend Thnh Nien News reported that passenger ships will soon be banned from staying overnight in Ha Long and Bai Tu Long bays. They haven't said when this would happen and, looking at some some of the boats, this is probably a good idea. but expect the screams from the cruising industry to be loud and strong. The full story is here. ...

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Ho Chi Minh Airport logistics

Posted by jojo123 on 15/11/2010 at 04:21

We have a few questions on Ho Chi Minh airport(s?) that hopefully someone can answer... At the end of our Vietnam trip we are fly from Phu Quoc to HCM City airport in the afternoon, with an onward international flight that says it departs from Tan Son Nhat in the evening. Want to make sure we have enough time between the two flights that day. - is there only one airport locally ie is Tan Son Nhat the same as HCM City airport (it seems to be so just want to make sure)? - how do we get from Termi ...

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North Vietnam tour routing

Posted by Eric2000 on 25/4/2016 at 20:17

I'm planning a 4 week trip to Hanoi, Sapa, Bai Tu Long and Ninh Binh in September/October. Because of the climate differences, I want to stick to that sequence but I realise that all north Vietnam travel seems to involve constant looping back through Hanoi. Is there any way around this? ...

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Hanoi to Ba Be 5th March

Posted by Clairewindsor on 19/2/2016 at 06:57

Hi Planning to travel to Ba Be (Pac Ngoi) on 5th March from Hanoi - Any opinions on the best public transport route? I don't mind getting a taxi / organising a pick-up for the last leg. - On the offchance, if anyone is going that way, I'm travelling alone and would share costs for a vehicle. Thanks ...

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Viet Nam - Booking flights

Posted by davidvicky on 29/3/2016 at 22:32

Hi there I am wanting to book some internal flights in Vietnam and heard you can do it through the, chudu, ivivu, agoda, booking... website. Has anyone used this before? Does any one have any good or bad stories about it? It's prices seem a lot cheaper than what I have been quoted at a travel agency. Thanks! ...

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NW Viet Nam

Posted by murph440 on 18/4/2016 at 16:49

We are very experienced independent travelers in our 60's traveling for 6 weeks in VN and 1 +/- week in the NW. We would like to take the night train from Hanoi to Sapa and then on to Son La and Mai Chau before returning to Hanoi . Is this feasible by procuring our own travel arrangements or is a tour/guide necessary. Would buses or cars with drivers be best from town to town? Also, is a guide essential to trek into the minority villages or could this be done on our own. Thanks, murph ...

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Vietnam - few questions about our itinerary

Posted by Jakub on 17/4/2016 at 06:08

Hi, I have few questions about Vietnam itinerary. We have about 10-14 days. Is Hanoi or HCM better city to look around, visit some night clubs/rooftop bars? (we live in Bangkok btw) 1) Hanoi - arrival 1/5 at 8:30am - one day in Hanoi 2) Halong Bay 2/5 in the morning - mini/shuttle bus 6-12 usd p person - where to buy? - overnight hotel, then 1 night cruise - bus to Sapa : departs 4/5 5:30pm 3) Sapa: arrival 6am 5/4 - Sapa tour - should I buy online or in Hanoi or in Sapa? - how m ...

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Reach by flight from da-nang to hai-pong

Posted by gng on 18/4/2016 at 13:59

Does that make sense to take a flight from da -nanag to hai-pong in our way to ha-long Instead of flying to hanoy and thake the way to ha-long ...

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The REAL Easyriders!

Posted by EmjayReet on 16/5/2009 at 08:41

I am struggling to work out who the real Easyriders are... I have three websites that all look great. I have corresponded with two of them.. one telling me I can do Dalat - Saigon in 3 days, the other insisting you must do it over 4 days.... I am confused!!! Any help would be appreciated! Who/which operator is trustworthy and good (doenst necessarily have to be the original)? Can Dalat - Saigon be done in 3 days comfortably? What do you do with your luggage?? Thanks in advance Re ...

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How much cash to take to Vietnam

Posted by Komani27 on 13/4/2016 at 10:12

hi We travel to Vietnam in May and I was wondering how much cash we should take and in what currencies ? Nick ...

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sapa or central highlands

Posted by didi71 on 13/4/2016 at 00:29

Spending 3 weeks in may and want to reduce travel time and was wondering if can get same experience in central highland as in as in sapa. Want to visit mountain tribes and do have homestay with local villages. Thanks in advance ...

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Nam Du Island Ferry

Posted by SamSomewhere on 7/4/2016 at 00:44

Just after having a baffling experience in Rach Gia's Superdong ticket office. Went in, after having done research into the area (a lot through Travelfish), looking to get a ferry to Nam Du rather than Phu Quoc. A very disinterested lady informed me that tickets were "sold out" for tomorrow. Okay, I said, let's do the day after tomorrow. No dice. I whipped out my calendar after a few minutes of her pretending not to see me and asked when I can buy a ticket. "Sold out, sold out ...

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Good HCMC apartment agent

Posted by mipo81 on 7/4/2016 at 02:40

Hi all, I will be going to Ho Chi Minh City for 6 months from June 1 to November 30 with two fellow students. We don't have unlimited funds, so we would like to find a good agent to help us find a good apartment in district 2 as we will be working in district 9. Thanks in advance. Best, Michael, Trine and Nikoline ...

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Question about Private Car Transportation from Vietnam to Laos

Posted by RhodeIslander on 21/3/2016 at 11:25

Hello, I will be traveling to Southeast Asia on my honeymoon in July. We will be flying to Da Nang (from Hong Kong), spending about 1 week in Da Nang/ Hoi An / Hue and then hope to move on to Champasak (Laos) for a week and from there on to Siam Reap. Based on prior research it seems that our best option from getting to Da Nang/Hue/Hoi An to Champasak and from Champasak to Siem Reap is through hiring a private driver. Based on prior research I got the impression that a private ...

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