Photo: Canals of Ca Mau, Mekong Delta.

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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!

when is best to go ? between sep-jan (north+south)

Posted by noakess on 14/3/2010 at 18:14

Hi, thanks to the forum i have a great itinerary - which i originally planned for nov-dec (vietnam north to south +cambodia in 6 weeks ish) - but now i'm not sure it will be the best time of year to go - looks like north will be quite cold - will i still be able to kayak in halong bay and enjoy sapa? i can go any time between sep-jan......thanks for your help - found some conflicting info egarding weather.... ...

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Con Dao

Posted by violets on 14/3/2010 at 20:32

I've just arrived in Con Dao and found the situation somewhat different from info I'd read. Given how little information is available I thought I should report on the situation I find here. The cheap hotel is full, and seemed very noisy anyway. I tried to book before I came but as they speak no English and my Vietnamese is not much better, we failed to get anywhere. The resorts are all pretty expensive for the budget traveller, and far more expensive than I've seen reported anywhere. Saigo ...

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Booking hostels online and airport pickup

Posted by Pokol on 29/9/2009 at 21:04

Hi, I'm thinking of booking a room using hostelbookers.com. Has anybody tries this? I can also book an airport pickup here. how does this work? Do they wait for you with a sign showing your name or how does this work? Can I trust booking online or should I just risk it and make it into HCMC and fins a room by myself? ...

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Stuck with planning between Da Nang and HCMC - please review and help....

Posted by noakess on 7/3/2010 at 01:28

Hi All, I've been spendign days on the forum prepering for my trip to Vietnam and Cambodia. I'm still not sure how long I have (waiting for boss to approve) but it'll min 4-5 weeks max 8. I sort of got stuck between Da Nang and HCMC. Def want to do train journey between Hue - Da Nang but not sure how to continue - what to skip... happy to fly or train, please see detailed trip below - Thank you!! Bangkok (1-2 nights) markets, rest Bangkok - Hanoi - flight $80 Hanoi (2 nights / 3 ...

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Hanoi is amazing !

Posted by foieslinger on 15/1/2010 at 16:58

after a 30 or so hour trip from Eastern Canada we finally arrived in Hanoi and literally slept for 24 hours after we checked into the hotel. took the suggestion from "Toxic 8" and are staying at the Holidays hotel at 24 bang manh street. $25 per room, nothing special but clean and comfortable. Good breakfast. Hotel is offering a 2 day/1 night cruise for $68 per person on Christina Cruise junk. Anyone have any experience with this tour ? ...

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Hanoi Halong Bay Train

Posted by BobG on 10/3/2010 at 19:40

Hi Read lots of reports on travel to Halong bay by minibus, travel times being about 3 hours on perhaps a cramped minibus. Understand from man in seat 61 that trains from Hanoi to Haiphong take about two hours. My question are, has anybody tried this way, how easy is it to book a day cruise arounf Halong Bay, which company would you recommend. Unfortunately we are limited to a day trip only. Many thanks in advance ...

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Advice on exporting a vespa or lambretta from Vietnam????

Posted by arcadian61 on 28/4/2009 at 01:17

Hi all, I tried a search and couldn't find an appropriate thread so i figured i'd start a new one. I am going to Vietnam in September with a few friends and we are all planning to buy motorbikes and ride from hanoi to Saigon over a few weeks. I am particularly keen on classic scooters like vespa's and lambretta's and i have owned both so i am pretty competent in the mechanical aspects required to keep them running... What i really want to know is if anyone has any knowledge of how diffi ...

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Sorting out the Mekong Delta

Posted by Doniwarner on 20/2/2010 at 22:57

The info here is GREAT!! However, I'm finding myself a little lost and I haven't even left home yet. I'm flying into HCMC and my intentions are to go up the Mekong to Cambodia and then make my way to an orphanage in Takeo. I have read that it is pretty easy to do the Mekong solo and that is my preference. I have also read that My Tho is the point from which all the tourist departures take place and that it can be difficult to get a boat from there. So here are the questions I'd like to ...

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Southern Hotel & villa Hoi An - any advice?

Posted by tassietraveller on 27/2/2010 at 12:29

I'm thinking of booking this hotel. Most of the recommended hotels in down town Hoi An seem to be booked out this seems the next best alternative.Does any one have any advice about it? ...

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Leaving Luggage for a day trip

Posted by Doniwarner on 8/3/2010 at 19:44

I'm wondering how safe it will be to leave my luggage in my room while I day trip in the Mekong? I'll be staying in moderate lodging (not high end and not dorm style). I plan on staying the night and exploring during the day - is it safe or even common to leave my larger pack at the hotel? I'm traveling with medical supplies and donations for an orphanage and don't want to drag them around all day long if I can avoid it. Of course I will take my valuable items with me but I don't want to los ...

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Vietnam/Cambodia April 10 - any comments please

Posted by jasinorbit on 8/3/2010 at 10:32

Hi, We are doing this trip in April, and we are flying a couple of legs to save time. (Hanoi - Phu Quoc)(PQ - HCMC). After reading the old posts about travel to Cambodia via Mekong Delta, Im thinking I should leave three days for this, instead of two. Any advice on what you would change. (one less day in Sapa maybe?) Any comments you have would be helpful. Thanks! ...

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Can Tho (Getting There & Being There)

Posted by caseyprich on 3/3/2010 at 10:35

I first want to give my highest recommendation for a trip to Can Tho . Though during Tet the floating market was down to a small hand full of boats - the coffee on the water and later the cruise through the canals (on a two person junk) was a great way to start the one day we had there. As well, the many local markets just 15 minutes walk west of the river are a wonderful place to get some hand-shaved iced, find a clean and smokey cafe to get a coffee in to beat the heat, or just bumble throu ...

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Luggage storage in HCMC

Posted by Vee on 8/3/2010 at 11:16

Hey, we are backpacking through Vietnam for about a month and need somewhere to store our excess baggage for that time. probably 2-3 bags. we have tried to find some hotels that offer a free baggage service but when we call, there seems to be alot of difficulty conveying what we are in need of. we will stay in HCMC for a few days, so we would be staying at the hotel that stores our luggage. Does anyone know of any hotels/ storage facilities that are not too expensive for 1 month stora ...

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Benchmark for costs of goods Ben Thanh market

Posted by kitten1 on 25/2/2010 at 13:58

Hi There I intend to do quite a bit of shopping in HCMC, however I would appreciate it if someone could let me know what benchmark i can use for negotiating on goods like: T-Shirts Hand Bags Sunglasses Other clothing Other? I just don't want to be ripped off (quite nervous of this as read a lot on many forums about this) but also don't want to be unreasonable when bargaining. Thanks so much ...

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Which hostel is the best in Hanoi?

Posted by xienz on 27/10/2009 at 15:04

Hi travellers, I'm going to Hanoi in November, and I wan to know which hostel is the best in Hanoi? I only know the Drift Backpackers Hostel and Hanoi Backpacker, but I need some experiences Thanks so much! ...

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Anyone stayed in/heard of the Golden Land Hotel in Hanoi

Posted by Gabrielah on 27/2/2010 at 09:36

I found out about it via trip advisor, and it has nearly perfect reviews. I haven't read about it anywhere else though, so I'm a bit wary. A friend recommended the Camellia hotel Hanoi, but I can afford something a bit nicer. (Golden Land Hotel is in the same area as Camellia hotel Hanoi.) If anyone knows anything about this spot, let me know! Thanks! ...

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Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia in a month

Posted by kye1 on 1/3/2010 at 10:04

Hi all, Im heading over to Vietnam, cambodia and Loas for a month in July and was going to fly in and out of Ho Chi Min. Then i was going to head up through cambodia and laos to Hanio and back down the coast of Vietnam. Just wondering what ppl thought were the best things to see through here and if i was wasting my time and should fly to major cities and look around the area instead of traveling on bus, scooter, boat (what ever) right through. Any tips would be muchly appreciated. I was also ...

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Ripped off on public buses in Hanoi

Posted by rakkie on 6/2/2010 at 08:16

I recently visited Hanoi for the first time and decided to catch the public bus (#17) from the airport to save money. They charged me 50000 dong for me ticket which seemed expensive but they refused to give me any change even though I tried to argue (I later found out this was 10 times the normal price). I've never had problems with bus drivers in any other countries, so is there a good strategy to avoid this in Hanoi? ...

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Vang vieng to hanoi

Posted by tdandkk83 on 23/2/2010 at 21:02

i am going to asia for two months, i plan on flying to a number of places, but to save money i may get the bus, is the trip from vang vieng to hanoi really as bad as they say? the flight here appears to be expensive so i am thinking of using another aleternative but the buss appears to be the only option ...

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How long in Vietnam, Cambodia & Laos?

Posted by Vee on 28/2/2010 at 22:42

Hi, We have a month planned for Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. but we are not sure how long to spend to spend in each country? we were thinking Vietnam: 2 weeks Cambodia: 1 week Laos: 4 days the rest of the time being allowed for travel. Also, what would be the MUST SEES in these countries? thank you so much!!! Vee ...

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