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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!

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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10 days in vietnam : North vs South ? Both ?

Posted by robkius on 2/7/2010 at 15:47

hello, I was reading posts in this forum for quite a while now but I still couldn't find an answer to my question.. Me and my GF are traveling to Vietnam at the end of August. We are planning to spend there around 10 days. Would love to spend at least few of them motorcycling. What would be our best shot in terms of seeing places combined with motorcycling outside of big cities? I was thinking of renting a motorcycle and traveling to Halong Bay and then to Sapa, but I guess there is not enough ...

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No problems with Vietnam Visa on Arrival

Posted by DLuek on 17/2/2009 at 20:13

Hi, I just wanted to let people know that the Vietnam visa on arrival worked out fine for my companion and I when we arrived in Saigon by air a couple weeks ago. The cost of the service for the 3 month single entry visa was $33 and the stamp fee at the airport was another $25. We used and had a fine experience with them. Having a splendid time in Vietnam so far. Best, DL We ...

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Options - Saigon to Phuket

Posted by LGR_2010 on 30/6/2010 at 11:51

Was trying to check what options there are for this.. I tried looking on the Asia Air site and nothing comes up when I click on saigon (SGN) to phuket (HKT). Not sure if Bangkok airways has flights and /or good prices for Saigon to Phuket. I did see one with thaiairways -a little out of our budget at about USD 245. Travelling by air would really be the only option as I only have 4 days (after arriving in thailand from saigon) If there's aren't enough options, we might end up settling for j ...

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Blogs and mosquito nets

Posted by maxlstylee on 31/5/2010 at 22:33

Howdy, Heading out to Vietnam on Thursday from LAX. I want to be doing some blogging as I'll be gone for 2 months and would like my family to see what's going on. Are there any sites that are blocked in Vietnam? I suppose I'd like to do something simple like but am not sure if the countries block it. I know that you can't get to facebook and such. Also, I need to buy a mosquito net before I go, am I looking for one that has hooks on it? or one that has 4 draw strings? I imagine I ...

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Mekong - Chau Doc to Takeo Cambodia

Posted by Doniwarner on 7/4/2010 at 00:32

I will be traveling from HCMC to Cambodia the first week of May and was wondering if anyone has gone from Chau Doc to Takeo ? I know I can go through Phnom Penh but I'm wondering if there is anything directly from the border to Takeo without going to PP and having to backtrack? At present my plans are to go with a tour from HCMC for two days and end up in Chau Doc, from there I will travel on my own - any recommendations or suggestions of a good tour company are certainly welcomed! I'll ...

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Another Visa question

Posted by BanhMi on 28/6/2010 at 18:38

I know theres a ton of visa info out there, but I feel my situaion may be a bit unique so here goes... Due to a clerical error on the three month multiple entry visa I got at the Vietnamese Embassy in San Francisco, it was cancelled at Hanoi airport and I was reissued a one month single entry visa. The problem is that my return flight leaves in 5 weeks from Hanoi, and I was going to go to Cambodia in between. I am in Hoi An now, and the desk at the hotel say they cannot help me, and I need ...

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Best way to travel Vietnam?

Posted by DLuek on 2/1/2009 at 10:16

Any suggestions on how best to see Vietnam as close up as possible without spending a fortune? Better to take bus/train from place to place and hire drivers out of each destination, or hire a driver/car for the duration of our time there? Feedback from those who have done either (or both) is appreciated. ...

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How many days in Hanoi en rote to Laos?

Posted by glomer on 26/6/2010 at 02:15

Ok, after a medical delay, our honeymoon plans are back on for December. We will only have 10 days and want to spend the majority in/around Luang Prabang (and maybe Nong Kiau). That said, we are flying in and out of Hanoi, and want to spend some time exploring. Would three days be enough? We will save Halong Bay for another trip. Thanks... ...

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doxycycline (Anti-Malaria) in Hanoi

Posted by CharlieP on 26/6/2010 at 14:39

Hi Guys, Does anyone know if i can get hold of any doxycycline or any other anti-malaria drug in North Vietnam, i have run out Any help would be great, Cheers ...

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Any smokers out there?

Posted by mikethediver on 20/6/2010 at 18:34

hi all, Currently in Cambodia & moving to Vietnam in a few weeks. Cigarettes here are $4:50 for 200 L&M. Can anyone tell me the cost of similar and is it worth stocking up before leaving Cambodia? Cheers, Mike ...

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