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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!

Saigon - What is the real deal?

Posted by beanspot on 12/2/2010 at 04:15

We will be traveling to Southern Vietnam soon and my husband has shown no interest in HCMC unlike myself. This our first time to Vietnam and he says HCMC will be dirty, gross and filled with nothing but thieves and beggars so wants to spend time onyl coming and going fromt he airport. Of course he has read nothing of this site he just assumes because it is a big city it will be comparable to a third world country but I am bound and determined to convince him otherwise. Any help and or advice w ...

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hotel help da lat

Posted by uktravelman on 12/7/2009 at 23:55

hi i want to book dreams hotel da lat as got a good rep but cant find web site , is it good idea to book via e.mail or just turn up cheers ...

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HCMC to PP overnight via Mekong - Sinh Travel vs Kim Travel OR ???

Posted by smash on 11/2/2010 at 04:50

Hey all I'm looking at booking an overnight trip through Sinh or Kim Travel online. Both have trips for US$35-US$40pp. Yes I could do this by myself/when I arrive, but with only 15 nights for Vietnam and Cambodia, I can't be bothered! So who would you recommend and why? Kim Travel has a slightly more expensive option which uses a fast boat to Phnom Penh which might actually be good for us as it would give us an afternoon there as opposed to arriving early evening. Thanks!! ...

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Diving in Vietnam

Posted by ruten on 4/9/2006 at 19:27

Hi! We are coming to Vietnam in early October, and want to dive quite a bit. Can anyone reccomend any good diving spots/diving operators from Phu Quoc and all the way up to Hanoi? We will be staing in Vietnam for 4 weeks, and hope to manager approx 10 dives. What prices are we to expect for eash dive? We will be flying in and out from HCMC, and plan on going to Phu Quoc first, then up towards Hanoi along the coast. Hope to dive at least 4-5 different places. Is there a possibility to ...

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Posted by paulsupermario on 9/2/2010 at 20:45

This travel company told me I was booking 1 bus, the Saigon to Hanoi bus, up to Hue. They were very clear about that when I bought the ticket. But of course the next day I turned up and was told it was 3 buses with a 12 hour stop at Nha Trang, and another at Hoi An. Wouldn't trust this travel company, go with someone else. ...

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2 Minsks for Sale

Posted by Nandoras on 9/2/2010 at 13:01

We have two Minsk motorbikes for sale, brilliant condition. We bought the Minsk motorbikes on the 8 of February via the Hanoi Youth Hostel. Unfortunately we have to sell them already. We planned to have a trip of two weeks to Sapa and back, but because of an heavy injured leg we can't go on anymore. Therefore we want to sale our very good Minsk motorbikes. 20th of February we are going back to Saigon, so it is also possible to buy it in Saigon. Ofcourse the bikes come with the p ...

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Phu Quoc or Nha Trang??

Posted by hamilove on 8/2/2010 at 13:48

Hey all, just trying to decide between flying from HCMC to phu quoc for a few days then flying from HCMC to Hanoi OR Travelling up the coast stopping at Nha Trang and Hoi an on the way to Hanoi by train?? Would I miss much not going to phu quoc as im leaning more towards the train travel so i can see more of the country side of Vietnam? ...

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Ho chi minh to sihanoukville

Posted by louisey405 on 8/2/2010 at 23:04

I'm Going to be in Ho chi minh city for a few days and sihanoukville in Cambodia has been highly recommended. Our plan originaly was to go to Phnom Pehn and siem reap so im hoping it wouldnt be so difficult to just start down south and work my way up. I was told that a bus would be the best way to go but i read somewhere that it is easier to go to phnom phen and then to sihanoukville but that seems like alot of hassle. Can anyone help me with this? ...

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Vietnam and Ankor wat in 12 days???

Posted by brunogiel on 2/2/2010 at 20:48

Hi, It would be great if someone can help me with this. I've been in BKK and Chiang mai, and now i'm in Koh Phi Phi. I dont have much time but i want to visit as much as I can of vietnam (would like to go to Halong Bay and the War tunnels). Im arriving at Saigon airport on the 6th or the 8th of february and I'm leaving asia from BKK the 20th of the same month. I want to see Angkor wat and as much as i can from Vietnam, and maybe (but don't think I have time) tubbing in Vang Vieng. What ...

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Travelling from Guilin to Hanoi

Posted by ham on 7/2/2010 at 04:40

I need information about travelling from Guilin to Hanoi by Train and Bus.Has anyone done this? ...

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train from HCM to Phan Thiet

Posted by laallee on 21/1/2010 at 20:57

has anyone tried the "soft seater" i want to avoid doing this trip by bus! ...

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Santa Maria / Columbus Cruise - any experience?

Posted by reikosan on 7/2/2010 at 01:26

Has anyone been in Columbus Cruise┬┤s Santa Maria junk? How is it? I have booked 1N/2D cruise with Santa Maria for early March. ...

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Phu Quoc - Need some Advice :)

Posted by maxcxa on 26/1/2010 at 00:53

Hi there, I am on a gap year before I go off to university and will travelling South East Asia. I am going with 3 friends and hope to get to Phu Quoc on the 15th March 2010. However we will be in Cambodia at that time. Is there a way to get to Phu Quoc from Cambodia by ferry? If there is, how does immigration work as I have read that Phu Quoc is Vietnam territory? Is it all simple enough? Thanks Max ...

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Visa for Vietnam in Cambodia?

Posted by emma066 on 27/1/2010 at 22:28

Does anyone know if you can get a visa for Vietnam in Cambodia at all? we'll be spending 4 days in Siem Reap before heading to Vietnam. Or as UK passport holders, would it best to get it in advance? Thanks! ...

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What should you expect from Halong Bay

Posted by luce_uk on 16/1/2010 at 13:33

I have spent time researching and reading reviews on Halong Bay and although i understand that the key to the H/B experience is the beauty of the heritage site itself i am interested in what you should expect, as there are so many variants and it would seem that some tours claim to offer more activities than others, so how can you be sure that you know what is on offer and was a proper daily structure offered, was it adhered to or/and was anything missed? Here are a few of the questions to kick ...

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Danang to Hoi An

Posted by foieslinger on 17/1/2010 at 02:52

approximately how much should I be paying for a taxi from the Danang airport to Hoi An ?? would also love some hotel reccomendations for Hoi An in the $500,000 vnd range. ...

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Wellcome to Thu Giang guesthouse

Posted by congpc on 3/2/2010 at 00:07

Since we opened our doors back in 1994, Thu Giang Guesthouse has been playing host to many friendly backpackers all around the world. Our guesthouse has received good reviews from various travel guides such as Lonely Planet, Let's Go, Routard, Rough Guides and many other travel websites. As such, Thu Giang Guesthouse is known to many travelers, in South East Asia and other parts of the world, as a top choice budget accommodation in Hanoi . We are located right in the centre of Hanoi capital, ...

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Booking tickets for

Posted by bleucheese on 26/1/2010 at 08:40

Oops I pushed enter by mistake. Here is my question- I will be traveling to Vietnam with my girlfriend from February 12 - February 22. I have read that I must book train and/or air tickets in advance since TET will be swarming with travelers. Is there a reliable agency that I can do this with now or should I wait until I arrive? Thanks BC ...

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To Halong or not to Halong!! Help

Posted by sklsk8s on 2/2/2010 at 13:43

So my question is;with (4) kids in tow and only six weeks, should Halong Bay be a for sure on our itinery? The more I read posts and web info I'm confused as to whether or not we shoould route away from this potential trap. Could someone please slap me with some straight advice? Love the site,you guy's are amazing.Thx in advance. ...

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Good motorbike route HCMC/Dalat/N.Trang

Posted by KIPPERTHAI on 30/1/2010 at 23:25

Hi, intending to rent a motorbike in Saigon, any good and trustworthy rental outlets ? Secondly, would like any advice on scenic routes, (not just A-B),for me the journey is the holiday.Did a similar thing up north, fabulous adventure, can offer advice on this. Must get a softer seat this time, bum has just mended now!! cheers chris ...

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