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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!

Blackjack scam

Posted by BanhMi on 10/7/2010 at 10:21

This happened to me yesterday in Saigon. There's posts on Lonely Planet from 2008 describing it almost exactly, but I couldnt find any here, so I thought I'd get the word out. Not like you're comming to Vietnam to cheat at cards in some strangers house, but just in case... Two very nice ladies, a little older, very innocent, dressed like tourists, ask you where you are from, and then say that they're sister is coincidentally going to study there and would like to ask some questions. When you g ...

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Minsk for sale in Saigon

Posted by vicio on 12/7/2010 at 18:59

Hi, I just arrived in Saigon and I want to sell my minsk. I bought "her" in Hanoi from Coung's shop, did a big loop in the north and than through the highland following the HCM trail. The bike never stopped even in the worst muddy roads!!! I had to change my mind about it after my first impression (I was used to drive toys like Honda wave and similar). I'm glad to have chosen the old model (probably also louder than the new ones): above all with the older Vietnamese has been always ...

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Never, ever catch a night bus

Posted by Rohan on 9/1/2010 at 15:04

Having seen nothing in guide books about the night buses in Vietnam except that they are a good budget option, I thought I would make a posting letting people know about my experience between Hue and Hanoi. I caught the Sinh Cafe night bus and lived to regret it. The condition of the bus was not bad - it looked far better than some other buses that left at the same time that used mattresses with odd looking stains on them. However, these buses are not designed with large westerners in min ...

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Biking down Vietnam. GREAT!

Posted by bikerbabe2004 on 11/7/2010 at 18:33

I have just done a trip from Hanoi to Hoi Chi Minh city by bike. I started in Hanoi and bought my bike from 2 reputable guys by the name of Anthony and Felix. They took me to there warehouse full of bikes. Minsks, dirt bikes, scooters, low riders etc. After messing around and re-adjusting to riding bikes, I decided to go with the 2 stroke Russian 125 cc Minsk. Something about the Minsk caught my eye and what a success it was. I left Hanoi and travelled down to Mai Chau . ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFU ...

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Looking for unspoiled beach in Vietnam

Posted by Indoluso on 24/5/2010 at 17:14

Hi all, We're looking for an unspoiled, authentic, calm beach in Vietnam for this summer (July/August) to spend 3/4 days. We were thinking of Mui Ne as being out of Nha Trang's tourism boom but I just read about people saying that they found plastic bags floating in Mui Ne. Is it easy to find small unspoilled fishing villages with clean beaches in the South Central Coast while being in the area? Otherwise we were thinking of the eastern part of Con Dao as apparently it is good in the summer, ...

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Motorbiek For Sale, Hanoi (july 2010)

Posted by dorjeb on 11/7/2010 at 11:27 ...

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Ho Chi Minh City to Luang Prabang

Posted by pdro on 10/7/2010 at 12:11

Is there any flight from saigon to luang prabang ? which air company has this trip ? thanks ...

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Phu Quoc Ha Tien Boat

Posted by apertyx on 10/9/2009 at 19:40

Good Day, Any current news on a passenger ferry from Phu Quoc to Ha Tien? I've seen one referenced but described as "unreliable". I'm trying to get to Chau Doc in one day and would like to avoid flying. Thanks ...

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ho chi minh travel agent recommendation

Posted by marikazabina on 24/6/2010 at 13:27

I am flying into Ho Chi Minh next week and want to plan a trip to Angkor Wat, then on to Bangkok. I'm wondering if anyone can recommend a trusted travel agent in HCM, a tour company, or maybe offer some tips on planning this trip? I'd like to take care of most details (travel, lodging) before I leave HCM that way I don't have to worry about them while in Cambodia. Many thanks! ...

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Nha Trang 1 week

Posted by clarerarks on 21/7/2009 at 12:52

Hi All, W're looking to spend 5 nights in Nha Trang, do you think this is to long and are there any day trips anyone could reccommend to do? Thanks ...

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MINSK 125ccm 1998 FOR SALE!

Posted by burnthewitch on 9/7/2010 at 17:17

Hey, i´m in Saigon only on 12. and 13. July and will sell my MINSK. It´s in really good condition and took me from Hanoi to Nha Trang without any trouble yet. It comes with a lot of tools and repairing parts like a second electric box, tube, clutch, bowden cable etc like a chain and a lock.... I did a full service at Mr. Cuong (Doc Minsk) in Hanoi for 1000000 VND 2,5 weeks before! 250 USD would be fine, it´s also possible to pay in Euro. Just contact me via vietnam moblie or mail: 008416 ...

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Western new year (Dec 31) in the south of Vietnam

Posted by murphy_213 on 6/7/2010 at 08:35

So we arive in Vietnam to start our 2 month SE Asia trip on the 27th of December, landing in Saigon at 9.20pm. We are considering our options for New years eve (31st December). Is there much to do at this time? So far we are considering the option of staying in Saigon or going to Phu Quoc island. Furthermore, we plan on either going through the Mekong from Saigon to get to Phu Quoc or do it on the return. If anyone has any advice or experience with this route We'll consider all options. Thank ...

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New Years Eve in Halong Bay

Posted by neadom on 8/7/2010 at 03:47

Hi! I'm planning a 3 week trip of Vietnam arriving first in Hanoi . We are a young couple and like the idea of taking a trip to Halong Bay for New Years Eve. I've checked prices online and they look pretty expensive for a 2day 1 night trip at about $200 each.... Is this the going rate we should expect? Should we wait until we arrive in Hanoi to book the trip or as its a popular night should we book early before we go? Any advice greatly appreciated!! Thanks. ...

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Chau Doc border crossing and Cambodia Visa

Posted by torilou on 7/7/2010 at 09:00

My boyfriend and I weren't sure where it was we would want to cross back into Cambodia from Vietnam so chose Chau Doc as we had heard the journey was a pleasent one view-wise. We have since tried to change the exit point, finding out it was expensive, and are looking to see if anyone has done said crossing recently and what they thought of it? Also, we had planned on doing an e-visa, which we used when crossing into the Cambodia originally, but they aren't accepted at Chau Doc - is it possibl ...

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Cost of tuk tuk from airport to Saigon?

Posted by emma066 on 19/6/2010 at 16:23

Does anyone know the answer to this? Our hotel have offered to pick us up for 13 usd. Seems a bit steep? Thanks Emma ...

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odd house in VN?

Posted by stephka on 24/3/2007 at 18:35

I read somewhere on the net months ago about some very eccentric house that was built here in VN by a woman, that is available to tourists to visit. I can't find it in my guidebook, and having trouble doing a netsearch. Does anyone know what I'm talking about? ...

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Electricity cuts results in food poisoning

Posted by Pablot on 7/5/2010 at 14:33

Beware of eating in parts of Vietnam which are now having extensive electricity cuts (12 hours or more every few days) because in the heat this results in meat rotting and food poisoning at some restaurants. This is a big problem for smaller restaurants, larger resorts & hotels have their own generators so this is not a problem. ...

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2 Minsks for sale Hanoi

Posted by edgeworth on 4/7/2010 at 12:26

My friend Chris and I have been riding our two Russian Minsks up from Saigon since May, and we are planning to arrive in Hanoi on the 7th of July. We've had a fantastic trip but we're now bound for China, so we need to sell them to some other travellers venturing south. We don't have phones, but you can email Chris at or Mitch at We plan to get the bikes serviced by a proper Minsk mechanic in Hanoi (virtually impossible to find decent mechanics furth ...

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Hoi An or Mekong

Posted by torilou on 3/7/2010 at 08:41

Accidently sent the message without writing it! My boyfriend and I are currently in Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh to be exact. From here we are travelling to Dalat, then to Nha Trang, but are stuck on where to go from there! We have around 6 days to play with and can't decided between travelling up to Hoi An or down to Mui Ne, back to HCMC then to the Mekong. I'm trying to find info about the transport to Hoi An - which we'll have to use there and back within the time frame above. Has anyone done th ...

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Sapa or Chiang Mai for trekking?

Posted by mariamini on 24/8/2007 at 21:17

Hello, Advice needed please: Is it worth doing both Chiang Mai and Sapa, or which one is the prefered option? Thanks, Maria ...

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