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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!

Hanoi, Ha long and Sapa

Posted by mitten on 16/1/2010 at 02:35

Hi there, I'm planning a trip to Hanoi , Ha Long and Sapa . From everything I've read it seems as if the best way to get to Sapa is by over night train. I would like to know whether I can just buy the train ticket when I arrive on my first day in Hanoi for my departure the following day? Or do I need to book in advance online before I get to Hanoi? Also for the hotel in Sapa, should book online now or should i book when I arrive at Hanoi or just walk in when I arrive at Sapa? An ...

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Vinh Moc Tunnels

Posted by EdSue on 18/1/2010 at 09:34

Just read one of your travel advice pages and would like the bright spark who wrote it to confirm that indeed these tunnels don't collapse or have snakes crawling around in them!! ...

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5 Days in Northern Vietnam

Posted by mitten on 13/1/2010 at 21:51

Hi there, Im planning a trip to Northern Vietnam mid Feb for 5 days. Im thinking of going to Hanoi staying over night, then going to ha long bay stay over night. I would also like to go see the Phong Nha caves but it seems really far and Im not sure what is the best way to get there from Ha Long? And is it really worth the travelling to go all the way there? Is the best way to join a tour and if so which tour company is the best? Any tips and advice would be appreciated! Thanks! ...

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5 good codition minsk for sale with guarantee

Posted by hitravel on 16/1/2010 at 23:03

1st Minsk: Bike's number: 27f1-2930, rigisted in: 11/26th/1996 2nd Minsk: Bike's number: 27F3-6817, rigisted in: 11/15th/2002 3rd Minsk: Bike's number: 27F3-6623, rigisted in: 11/07th/2002 4th Minsk: Bike's number: 27F4-0824, rigisted in: 06/19th/2003 5th Minsk: Bike's number: 25F1-1338, rigisted in: 08/09th/2004 The bike is making more than 25 km a liter. You can run up to 85 km/hr. The tires are in very good condition. Basically, you have everything you need to hit the road immediately. ...

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7 hour layover in Hanoi. Can I leave the airport and come back with out obtaining a Visa?

Posted by jlschoenig on 16/1/2010 at 06:19

I seriously doubt it. I don't know anyplace you can do that. ...

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Vinh Moc tunnels by motorbike from Dong Hoi?

Posted by Dylan on 15/1/2010 at 15:59

Hi all, As I work my way up the length of Vietnam, I'd like to try and see the tunnels/beaches at Vinh Moc (after reading the DMZ feature articles, the many of the other sights don't seem to be worth doing on my own). Since Dong Ha seems to be an uncomfortable place to stay (and travel from), and since I'll only be hitting the north side of the DMZ, could I visit the tunnels as a daytrip from Dong Hoi? I'd hope to do it on my own by motorbike, if rental is available there; it appears ...

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Best current one way flight deal from London?

Posted by rokit on 13/1/2010 at 22:33

Hey guys I'm planning my trip for April time, and have a flight back from Bali in July. I need to book my flight to Vietnam for April now, and was wondering if anyone had found a good deal recently? Thanks for any help. ...

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Posted by mango551 on 11/1/2010 at 04:18

Hi as a virgin backpacker I was hoping some of you more experienced travellers may be able to help. I would like to travel into North Vietnam travelling Hanoi, Hoi An, Ho Chi Minh City then onto Phu Quoc Island. From there head to Cambodia - Sihanoukville / Phnom Penh / Seam Reap / Angor Wat. From there hit Southern Laos - Si Phan Don / Vietiane / Vang Vieng / Luang Prabang. From there hit Northern Thailand Chane Mai / Bangkok / Southern Thailand. I have looked for many differ ...

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Vietnam June 2nd-15th

Posted by Chrisalie on 3/1/2010 at 12:38

Hello all- My girlfriend and myself will be traveling SE Asia (Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, and Thailand) for 2 months and 10 days. We are working on our Vietnam travel plans right now. We are both slower pace kind of people but still want to see a lot. We have each done our fair share of travel, but this will be something very new as it will just be the two of us. :) We would like to relax more than feel rushed this is our tentitative plans thus far. June 2nd -Land in HCMC/Saigon (flig ...

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15 days in North Vietnam...

Posted by starfish on 7/1/2010 at 03:25

Hi! My sister and I will be meeting our mum in Hanoi and will have 18 days before she has to fly home. Her return flights are from Hanoi. We were planning on spending 5 days in Hanoi, 4 on a Topas tour from Hanoi to Sapa, so 1 night sleeper there, 2 nights at the lodge and one night train home, before spending some time on Cat Ba Island for a bit of beach time. However, Im not sure if that is going to be too much time on Ca Ba and was wondering if people have any suggestions of any o ...

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Hoi An accommodation

Posted by panther61 on 11/1/2010 at 08:32

We are a family of 4 planning on breaking our Vietnam trip with a quiet stay on the beach near Hoi An. We have been unable to book a family room (2 roooms connected) through the booking agency we have tried either do not deal with that resort or they do not recognise the room types. However we know they are available at the River Beach resort. Also the resort haas not returned my emails. Does anyone know how to get around this. Thanks for your time. ...

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Question about flights and staying in/near Vietnam

Posted by HenriPaul on 13/1/2010 at 04:23

Hi, Myself and a friend are going to be going to Vietnam in about 6 weeks time for about a month's holiday (to start with). We are thinking that we would like to have the option to stay out there if we found a month wasn' t enough so we were wondering if it is better to get a single flight out there and book the return flight when we were ready to come home or get a return and then change the booking whilst out there? Also, we were thinking of stopping over somewhere en route such as Hong ...

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Kim Travel for a Mekong Delta tour?

Posted by Rohan on 1/8/2009 at 19:53

Has anyone had any experience using an agent called Kim Travel? I am looking at travelling from Saigon to Phnom Penh through the Mekong Delta in January. I have found a website for a tour operator called Kim Travel which I quite like the look of as much of the tour through the Delta is by boat rather than bus: However, I am also aware of the reputation enjoyed by tour operators in Vietnam in general. Has anyone tried this or ...

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Vietnam visa in Battambang

Posted by looman on 21/12/2009 at 19:03

I've heard you can get Vietnam visas quickly in Battambang. Can anyone tell me where to get this. Is there a consulate there? Thanks ...

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Sapa Ban Ho village stay

Posted by panther61 on 11/1/2010 at 08:40

We are a family of 4 who would love to stay in the village around Sapa. We have heard of Ban Ho village and it appeals because of the hot springs and it appears that it is possible to organise it so that we reduce the length of the trek for the kids. Does anyone know if this true and how we could do it? Finally, is Ban Ho a nice place to go (keeping in mind the limitations created by the kids) Thanks everyone ...

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Sapa tour during Tet!?

Posted by elabuque on 30/12/2009 at 16:55

Hi everyone, we will visit Vietnam in February 2010. We will arrive Hanoi on the 11th of Feb. Our first overnight stay we┬┤ve already booked. As we heard that the Tet is around the time we want to do our tours, we started to ask ourselves if it is possible to do tours on your own or if the travel agency in Hanoi offer still their tours. Our "plan" as yet is to go to Sapa for 2 days and to Halong Bay for 2 days. So that we are back in Hanoi around the 16th of Feb. We wrote emails to d ...

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Hanoi Backpackers Hostel!

Posted by jclarkson on 12/1/2010 at 00:07

I typed a much longer message that didn't post but to summarize I booked my Ha Long Bay cruise through Hanoi Backpackers Hostel and was impressed with everything, boat, food, crowd etc. To put that in context I am a single 23 year old American guy with a penchant for partying. ...

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Hanoi / HCMC recommendations please (2 nights in each)

Posted by smash on 30/12/2009 at 04:43

Hey all Unfortunately due to a string of events, we've ended up having to really cut down our trip duration... We've got two nights in both Hanoi (arr 4pm, dep morning) and HCMC (arr 11am, dep morning). So my questions are: 1. What is the best area to stay in for each? We'll book accommodation before we go to save time/hassle 2. What are two MUST SEE sights for each that we could do in the AM and then PM on the full day we have. Thanks! Ash PS have posted something similar fo ...

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Minsk for sell in Dalat

Posted by splite on 10/1/2010 at 22:37

Hello ! To anybody looking for a minsk to buy !! I bought this Minsk in Hanoi and drove it to Dalat along the Ho Chi Minh road. I had no problem with this motorbike, work perfectly fine ! I ask 270$, I fixed some stuff on it, new front tyre, new cable for the front break, come with full face helmet and detail map of Vietnam. I can send you some pictures or we can manage an apointment to see/try the bike. Don't hesitate to ask me question. Cheers, Florian ...

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Hoi An mosquiotes and snorkeling

Posted by panther61 on 11/1/2010 at 08:33

Hello all After having malaria 3 times, we do not want the kids to get it. Does anyone know if the mosquitoes are a problem in July near the river around Hoi An? Finally, is the snorkelling near the nearby islands as good as they make out? Thanks for your time ...

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