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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!

What to skip in Vietnam? Travelling 2 weeks in August

Posted by seregua on 2/6/2015 at 07:13

Hi all! First post for me on Travelfish though I have been digging the site for info for all of our recent travels in South East Asia (Thailand twice\ Cambodia \ Malesia \ Indonesia). I am hoping to find some suggestions on how to arrange two weeks in Vietnam + one week in Laos this August. Contrary to most I need suggestions on what to skip! There is just too much to see and our time is limited. First of all: should we limit ourselves to Vietnam? Ideally I have the following plan, any suggestio ...

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two weeks in Vietnam in mid-October

Posted by rj47TK2 on 28/5/2015 at 08:37

Hi! A friend and I are going to Vietnam in mid-October. We will be there for a full 2 weeks. So far we only have our flights booked, so our itinerary is totally flexible. We are flying into Hanoi and flying back from Ho Chi Minh City . We are thinking 3 full days in Hanoi and 3 full days in Ho Chi Minh City. Does that sound about right? We fell in love with Asia when we visited Thailand and Cambodia. We especially enjoy visiting areas that haven't been discovered by a lot of tourists. We re ...

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Sapa Itinerary

Posted by SJR on 22/6/2015 at 15:05

Hi we will be spending approximately 3 nights in Sapa in November. We would like to do some trekking, see the local culture, stay in a homestay for a night or two, maybe have a cooking class. Can anyone suggest an agent to use, or some homestays etc? Thank you. ...

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Best time to travel Sapa

Posted by LucVince on 11/8/2015 at 22:47

The best time to travel Sapa is from March to May andfrom September to November. At these times, the weather is relatively stable with sunny days and coolnights. The first period is the summer time. At this time of the year, theethnic minorities grow rice on terraced fields. There are many beautifulflowers, which will blossom in this period, so you will see the wonderfulscenes. Abeautiful scenery of rice fields wherethe ethnic minorities transplanting rice, many the photographer want to goingth ...

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Halong Bay - should we?

Posted by patrirp on 5/8/2015 at 01:54

We are currently in Phong Nha, and our plan was moving north to Halong Bay for few days, but we've read in the news about the floodings in the north, and also met some travellers whose trips to Halong Bay have been cancelled few days ago, due to the bad conditions of the area. We've asked in our homestay but they don't really know what the situation is over there, and we can't really find any reliable information in the net.. Some travellers advice to spend few days before heading to that part, ...

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danang hoi-an hue which is the better place to spend time in.

Posted by byron24 on 17/7/2015 at 16:17

hey there everyone this will be my first post on travelfish and i'm sure it will not be the last. we are traveling back to Vietnam on the 5th of august and for the first time i seem to be stumped as to the best areas to spend our time in and i am hoping for some guidance from those that have gone before me we have done the south of vietnam and loved it heaps but this trip we would like to see the north at this stage i have booked flights into hanoi and have a place to stay to the 9th august ...

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North Vietnam with a baby (Sapa and Ha Giang)

Posted by Blt_travel on 22/7/2015 at 16:02

Hi, We are a couple with a baby (one year and a half). I have to thank Travelfish because this web has been really helpful for us to plan our trip to Vietnam. However, we still have some doubts about our trip, especially about Sapa . Taking into account that we travel with a baby, we are only considering activities with private guide and private car (in case it is needed). This might be more expensive but we need to go at our own pace. We want to be in Sapa for 5 days. We arrive in Satur ...

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Currency in Vietnam

Posted by HouseOfStark on 13/7/2015 at 22:45

Hi Folks, I am heading to Vietnam in August and are a bit unsure how to use money whilst over there. I was thinking of using some sort of prepaid card as conversion rates and fees were more favourable than own bank card but have heard some horror stories about usage at ATM's for example. Does anyone have experience of using travellers cheques in Vietnam? Any help would be much appreciated I will be travelling from the UK. Cheers Ross ...

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Posted by mikal83 on 30/6/2015 at 06:06

The overnight train up is the best for us but we wont see much of the countryside etc. The daytime back is the obvious choice but it appears to take ages with a late arrival. Is there a decent bus option????? ...

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Where is the best place to enjoy coffee in Ha Noi ?

Posted by halalu on 28/6/2015 at 06:08

Hello guys, Next week I will vistit to Hanoi for one month. In that period, as a part of my work, I want to learn and explore Hanoi's coffee culture. Could you guys recommend some good places to do that, especially somewhere to learn the process of making them. Thank you. ...

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Want to know the cost of hire car from Hanoi for Dien Bien Phu loop-North Vietnam

Posted by bliefish123 on 6/7/2015 at 16:52

Hi, Looking for rough daily cost of hiring a car & driver for the above Travel fish itinerary [about 5 days] starting in Hanoi looping north Mai Chou ....Sapa & back. Plus can anyone recommend a car hire firm in Hanoi. Traveling mid November 2015.....just incase someone wants to share. Thanx. ...

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Than Uyen near Sapa

Posted by Louisj14 on 5/10/2008 at 01:33

Is there anyone who has been to this place? It is in between Tuan Giao and Sapa. It's not on the main tourist highway, but I'm want to try it as an alternative. I've been googling endlessly, but only find descriptions of tourist agents in the style of 'Day X we will stay in a guesthouse in Than Uyen...." Any recommendation or story about Than Uyen is welcome, also what kind of minorities one can see there? Also, how's the road between Tuan Giao and Than Uyen? Many thanks, Dann ...

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Mosquito Nets - useful?

Posted by krestniy on 5/8/2011 at 14:22

Do I really need to carry a mosquito net? We'll be in Vietnam and Laos for 40 days total, including some tours. It seems that most nets come either with a hook that attaches in the center or with strings at each corner. I am wondering about how useful they will be. If a room has a place to tie the hook - wouldn't it have a mosquito net? And if it doesn't - where would the net be placed? Thanks! ...

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Getting to the Vinh Moc Tunnels

Posted by Laki on 21/5/2010 at 10:24

I am presently in Ho Chi Minh City and trying to plan out the rest of my time in Vietnam. Is there a way to get to Vinh Moc from Hue or Dong Ha without an organized tour of the DMZ? Are local buses an option, and if so, where, when and how do I get them? Failing that, how much ought a driver cost me? I'm from the states, so never driven a motorbike before, so I'm not sure if I want to chance that. I've been puzzled over the relative lack of solid information on alternate ways to exp ...

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17 Days in Vietnam

Posted by SJR on 21/6/2015 at 12:02

Hi there, me and my partner have booked to go to Vietnam in early November for 17 days (although 2 of those will be flying). We will be arriving in HCMC and then leaving from Hanoi. We need to build an itinerary and would appreciate any suggestions on places to include. We have read that we should miss out central vietnam due to weather at that time of year. Thank you. ...

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Sapa - Victoria Express

Posted by SJR on 21/6/2015 at 14:39

Does anyone know how to book the Victoria Express to Sapa? Many Thanks. ...

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Which tour should I take in Hoi An?

Posted by Jessica_284 on 17/6/2015 at 21:01

I am going to have a vacation in Hoi An, Viet Nam. After searching the Internet, I see lots of tours and I don't know which one I should take. So could you please help me recommend some interesting tours there? Thank you. p/s: I prefer eco-tour or river cruise. ...

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Travel planner referral

Posted by jiml on 16/6/2015 at 12:42

We've booked flights to Saigon, HK, Shanghai and Beijing for October. No experience, so we're looking for a personal travel planner who can guide us in preparing for the trip. Can anyone give us recommendations for someone? ...

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How to interact with locals during my trip to Vietnam?

Posted by ashleythorn988 on 16/6/2015 at 21:38

My boyfriend and I are planning for a trip to Vietnam in August, and we really look forward to learning more about the local culture. We'll stay in Hanoi for 5 days before flying to HCMC. Is there any tour, activity or event in Hanoi during that time that we can join so as to interact with local people? I don't want to be just another tourist who comes and goes. ...

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July Holiday in Vietnam - Beginner

Posted by bk on 20/5/2015 at 01:27

I have never been to Vietnam before, nor have I ever planned a trip to Asia so I need all the advise I can get. My husband and I are looking to do a 2-3 week Itinerary from 5th -24th July (approx. dates). I am open to suggestions really. I understand the weather varies and can be wet this time of year, are there places to avoid? We are happy taking our time really exploring an area and just kicking back and relaxing as my husband will have just returned from 4 month deployment. Right now we are ...

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