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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!


Posted by narfie on 20/5/2010 at 06:30

Hello, Has anyone booked a Halong bay tour with Saigon Cafe? ( I'm hoping this is the company that Travelfish used in the mid-range Halong Bay tour feature. I'm curious to see what their "3-star deluxe junk" looked like. I'm heading to Hanoi in mid-July and am looking for a 2d/1n HLB cruise for around $85. ...

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Vietnam & Burma 6 weeks - advice please

Posted by noakess on 30/5/2010 at 05:35

Hi, I had a 3 months plan for SE Asia - but can now only go for 6 weeks (due to work) between Nov-Dec. thinking of dropping Cambodia+Island, and visiting Vietnam and Burma. will prob fly to bangkok. happy to fly between destinations, and was hoping to start in Hanoi/Sapa (hoping the earlier i go the warmer the weather), then work my way down to HCMC. can do Burma at the beginning or end. not sure whats best. first time traveler...please help! i'm really disappointed my trip is cut short - so nee ...

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Leather Shop in Hanoi

Posted by Laki on 27/5/2010 at 17:13

I am toying with returning Stateside soon to travel the country by motorcycle. As such, I will be in need of appropriate dress, and figured it might be more economical to grab what I need while in Vietnam. The next major city I'll have some time in will most likely be Hanoi, so any advice on reliable and honest leather workers/shops there? Also, what type of prices should I anticipate? Lastly, are there any second-hand shops where I might be able to cheap it up another notch and get some han ...

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Fishermen Bai Tu Long tour?

Posted by yan on 27/5/2010 at 00:34

Greetings! I wonder if anyone's used Footprint Vietnam Travel before or heard about them? In particular, I was wondering if their fishermen tour in Bai Tu Long is a good choice as I was looking for something different in the Halong surrounds. Grateful for any feedback or advice. ...

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2 x minsk for sale in Hanoi

Posted by expert79 on 18/11/2009 at 10:01

both good condition with paperwork 1 has new chain and sprockets, new clutch, recent engine overhaul before we set off from saigon, has a full toolbag and some spares. comes with usual packrack bungee cords and a helmet. all ready to go the other has new chain and sprockets and has a honda cdi style ignition, new front forks and rear shocks, new rear tyre, twin side pack racks and also has a helmet. looking for around $400 bucks each. will be in hanoi on saturday, weather permiting ...

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Minsk for sale Hanoi

Posted by Sarah23 on 2/4/2010 at 13:12

I will be arriving in Hanoi on the 7th of April with my Minsk and am looking to sell. It's been a really good bike, and apart from a puncture and small spark plug issue, haven't had any real problems with it. The front wheel, brakes and forks have been replaced with new Honda front forks and a disk brake which greatly improves the stopping power and overall quality of the ride. Asking price is $350 but this is negotiable. Shoot me an email at if you're interested or ...

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Transportation from Ho Chi Minh to Can Tho

Posted by LeslieJ on 7/1/2010 at 21:49

I am arriving to Ho Chi Minh after 5 pm and would like to know the best way to get directly to Can Tho - is it safe to take a taxi at night? ...

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Ho Chi Minh Harbour ( Port )

Posted by albaby on 21/5/2010 at 12:12

where is HCM harbour in relation to city and how do we get there ...

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travel via mekong delta to cambodia

Posted by netstar on 3/1/2007 at 09:27

A friend and I want to travel to cambodia via the mekong delta (starting out in Saigon). I have heard people talk about delta adventures. Do they do a 2 day trip? We have a pretty tight schedule. thanks net ...

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northeast vietnam: how easy to travel in?

Posted by eversjef on 21/5/2010 at 02:55

Hello travelfishers, First of all thanks for all the valuable information this community produces. When we’re back we will certainly share any useful info, like the whole idea of swapping info. Me and my girlfriend are from western Europe and are planning a trip to South east Asia (Vietnam & Cambodja,, maybe Laos). We booked a airplane-ticket arrival: Ha Noi; departure: HCMC. We stay for 2 months (begin july till end of august). We are planning to travel low-medium budget, and are in to ...

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Hong Kong to Hanoi by train

Posted by hfergu on 17/5/2010 at 23:08

Hello, Has anyone here done the train trip from Hong Kong to Hanoi (HK to Guangzhou, Guangshou to Nanning, Nanning to Hanoi)? If you could share your exeperiences with me that would be wonderful! If this portion of my trip occurs, I'll be getting my Chinese visa in Toronto and my Vietnamese visa in Hong Kong (since I won't be flying in an evisa won't be possible). Thanks! ...

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Visa application over 30 days

Posted by doolough on 18/5/2010 at 23:46

Hi, We fly into Hanoi on June 28th. We return home, to Ireland, on August 14th. We will travel south through Vietnam - maybe for 3/4 weeks, and spend the rest of the time in Cambodia and Laos and then fly back into Hanoi for a night or two before our flight home. I have looked up the Vietnam Embassy website and the FAQ section here. My understanding is that you can get a 30 day Visa and that you can extend it when you are out there. Do I just apply for the standard 30 day Visa and then get ...

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1 Month in Vietnam

Posted by Barghy on 16/5/2010 at 08:09

I will be arriving in Vietnam around 4th June and leaving around 6th July (no plane booked yet). The plane will arrive at and leave from Ho Chi Minh City. I will be travelling with another friend and am reasonably well travelled but have never been to South-East Asia. Just looking for some advice really. The initial plan was to take in Laos and Cambodia as well although I am unsure we'd have enough time to enjoy 3 countries in a month so I think we will stick to just Vietnam. Planning to obviou ...

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Vietnam in 7 days. Is it possible?

Posted by farsidetravel on 5/5/2010 at 22:00

I have 7 days to see Vietnam (at least a glimpse). I plan on flying into Hanoi , go see Ha Long Bay, take the train to Hoi An, and the train or plane to Ho Chi Mien City (Saigon). I think the overnight train from Hanoi to Da Nang is ok. But not sure about Da Nang to HCMC (Saigon). Should I skip that train section and just fly? ...

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Hotel warning in Saigon

Posted by Mwags on 3/5/2009 at 14:36

Ive been in Vietnam for about a month now and just wanted to give a heads up to people about a not very good hotel in Ho Chi Minh City. The hotel is called Xinh Hotel and its at the Pham Ngu Lao end of Mini Hotel alley. The staff are very rude and as soon as you leave you room let themselves in. We went to a restaurant next door and went back ten mins later to get something to find they had been in our room. Also we asked them to do some laundry for us, they told us we could get it back ...

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Malaria & anti-Malarials --> Do I really need them?

Posted by tatham on 10/5/2010 at 22:43

Hi everyone, I will be embarking on a much needed and anticipated trip of SEA (Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and N. Thailand in particular) and am gradually working through my research. I am however split between taking anti-malarials (where needed), and not doing so. I am a South African and am only too familiar with the disease as I have done quite a bit of Africa travel. The general thinking amongst my friends and family is that the medication makes you feel sooo bad that you may as well be s ...

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Tropical Sails/ Emeraude prices

Posted by jmdma808 on 3/5/2010 at 17:28

Hi fellow travelfishers :) i searched quite a bit before posting this and i couldnt find my answer so i hope im not bothering anybody. im thinking about checking out ha long bay this summer in august. dont want to deal with sketchy tours so im thinking about tropical sails or emeraude. i want to do a 3 day 2 night or 4 day 3 night tour but i cant find any prices on their website. Does anybody know the approximate price for them for a tour of this length? thank you!!! ...

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sapa and fansipan

Posted by genne on 10/5/2010 at 12:11

hi there! i'll be arriving in hanoi in a week's time and am hoping to go sapa and fansipan. i've checked out tour packages online and they are rather steep. i understand planning the trip on your own is much cheaper. am jus concerned that i might not be able to get the train tickets when i reach there. i'm arriving tuesday and hope to board the evening train from hanoi to lao cai. do their tickets sell out very fast? also will it be possible to get a guide to fansipan from sapa itsel ...

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How do I book a train from Hoi An to Dalat

Posted by Lora on 11/5/2010 at 21:03

Hi, does anyone know how I would book a train to get to Dalat from hoi Ann? Do I have to go to Nah Trang first then bus? If so, is the only way to book a train by going to Danang? I checked with a travel agent in Hoi Ann and they said they could book the train at a cost of $30, which sounds high to me. Is there a Sinh Cafe in hoi Anne? Any suggestions appreciated! Thanks kindly ...

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Posted by AlexBCN on 11/5/2010 at 00:07

Hi, I am planning to fly into Hanoi from Luang Prabang in july, and I have seen that it is possible to get a Visa On Arrival (VOA) for Vietnam. I am not sure when I'll be flying into Vietnam exactly as I might buy the tickets just few days in adavance. Does anyone know how long it takes to get a VOA arranged? Has anyone anyone who can have 2 arranged for my with just a couple of days notice? Or is there any agency in Luang Prabang doing this? On the other hand, is it possible to ...

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