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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!

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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Looking for a minsk in saigon

Posted by floork on 5/4/2010 at 15:00

Hey everyone, I just arrived in Saigon and would like to buy a minsk. on this and other forums i see people offering theirs between 250 and 400. unfortunately they're all old adverts. Does anyone have one for sale or know a decent shop to go to (if one exists)? Thanks in advance, Floor ...

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Trip in Vietnam and Cambodia

Posted by NorwegianP on 24/6/2010 at 02:02

Hello! We are two guys travelling from Hanoi and Ha Long Bay down south for HCMC and later Cambodia. What are you guys' thoughts on Hue and Hoi An. We are much more keen on the scenery and nature than shopping and street life and are considering skipping a couple of days here, and save them for a Easy Rider trip from Da Lat to HCMC. How long does a trip from Da Lat to HCMC take? We are wanting to get off the beaten path, but still it's our first time to SE Asia, so even though we want ...

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Find a friend in Tam Ky

Posted by diemtrang on 24/6/2010 at 02:41

Hi, I've been trying to find my childhood friend for the past 5 years and unable to find him. The last information I know about him is he worked at Tam Ky hospital when he first graduated from Hue Medical School 20 years old. His name is Hoang Kim Thoi. If anyone knows about his whereabout or know Tam Ky hospital phone number, please email me at Many thanks for your help in advance. ...

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Help with Vietnam Embassy in US!

Posted by Melanie37 on 23/6/2010 at 03:21

I sent my passport and application to the Vietnam Embassy in the US. My passport and visa should have been shipped back to me last week via the express mail envelope I included. According to USPS tracking, the documents have not been shipped. I have been unable to reach anyone at the embassy by phone and my emails have not been answered (this has been going on for two days). I am supposed to leave on Monday (in just six days!). Any advice? ...

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20-30day Tours for Vietnam?

Posted by miamaziing on 14/5/2010 at 09:25

Hi! Me and my partner are plannign on arriving in Vietnam early August and were advised by a travel agent that it is the hardes of the 4 big s/e asian countries to get around as far as finding english speaking people/english signs, train travel etc.. is this the case? He recommended we look into a tour to start our trip (from Vietnam we plan on going through laos, cambodia and finishing in thailand) all up we'd like to be travelling for around 3½ months, so we have relatively around a month to ...

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Teaching english in Vietnam

Posted by JackHammer on 11/6/2010 at 10:21

Hey fellow travelers. I'm arriving in Hanoi in October for my TESOL course. I finish on the 31st October and i will have a Certificate IV. I'm Interested in getting some permanent work for at least 6 months. Any advice or know of organization looking for work or websites which you can let me know about to contact? Cheers. ...

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Best South Vietnam beach?

Posted by torilou on 14/6/2010 at 04:26

So, I've been researching beach resorts in Vietnam - Nha Trang, Mui Ne etc, and keep coming up with conflicting advice with regards to which would be the best to visit. My boyfriend and I will be in Vietnam for around 2 weeks and are planning on starting in Ho Chi Minh, then to Dalat, a beach resort, back to Ho Chi Minh then on to the Mekong. Any advice with regards to the beaches? I'd prefer something small and not overly touristy but still with a 'buzz'. If such a place exists! Tori ...

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