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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!

Hanoians celebrate 1000 years of existence

Posted by theCATALYST on 1/1/2010 at 10:07

Hanoians are celebrating their city's 1000 years of existence. Hundreds of thousands of residents and visitors are enjoying a seven-day festival of flowers at Hoan Kiem Lake (or lake of the return sword) located in the Old Quarter. One of the busiest streets of this city of hardworking people is converted into a virtual Eden. ...

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Twatpackers on Vietnam

Posted by somtam2000 on 19/12/2009 at 20:47

A very amusing site, bringing together some of the worst of travellers behaving badly in Vietnam. Quotes at a glance: "If you are "on a budget" then perhaps consider a shorter break. That way you'll be able to afford better places and everyone else will benefit when you go home sooner" "It turns out that Hanoi is an awful place. I am not sure who wrote the section in Lonely Planet guide, who stated that Hanoi is a gem and that it holds the trappings of the country on the rise punctuates ...

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Honeymoon In Vietnam

Posted by VanUk on 4/1/2010 at 12:04

Are you looking for a places to celebrate your honeymoon with your lover or find a special gift for your close-friend,...? Have you thought a honeymoon in Vietnam? Vietnam is a beautiful country where mountains, green rice paddies and crystal beaches make up a beautiful and exotic local. This Indochinese country is a perfect destination for newly -weds that wish to have a different sort of honeymoon trips. If you are looking for a cruising trips. Here some recommends: Ha long bay -The wo ...

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Longer term stay in HCMC?

Posted by Orfeo on 3/1/2010 at 17:11

I'm not sure this is entirely to topic, but i have reason to say in HCMC for 8 weeks from later this month and am looking for recommendations on places that would be good (preferably inexpensive) to stay. ...

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Mekong tours pre-book or not ?

Posted by freebird on 6/12/2009 at 09:04

We are planning on flying from Phu Quoc to Rach Gia on 19 Dec and was wondering if it is necessary to book anything, or will we just be able to make our way through the mekong on public transport etc. without booking anything... ? Is it better to stay on a boat overnight, or a hotel? What is a homestay I keep hearing about ? Thanks guys ! peace ...

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Mekong Delta tours - beware

Posted by grasshopper322 on 3/1/2010 at 05:36

We made the mistake of not investigating our tour (first tour of trip) - it was the worst tour of our adventure. Homestay was overbooked by 8 people - got there very late - everyone was hungry and crabby. We had to sleep in the owners bed with no linens, one guy had to sleep in a hammock on the porch - started raining at 0330...he was not happy. Guide spoke such poor English that we never really knew where we were going - once we thought we going to a brick factory, some thought a bread factory, ...

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Itinerary overview - March 2010

Posted by stuartaus on 24/9/2009 at 12:30

Hi All, First time post, just became a member and have been reading all your posts. My wife and I are going to Vietnam in March 2010,our first time, for 19days. We are backpacking it from North to South. I have put together an itinerary below. Could all of you Vietnam experienced travelers please have a look and make suggestions if I have missed something or something wont fit due to travel times ect. Yes it is the Bannana trail but we have added free days here and their to go off and ...

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Halong Bay - weather and # of days

Posted by kterrell on 31/12/2009 at 02:31

To say that I'm overwhelmed by the options for a Halong Bay junk boat trip is an understatement! My two basic questions are (1) what should I expect weatherwise in mid to late March? and (2) how many days do you recommend - 2D/1N or 3D/2N? I am leaning towards the longer trip but don't want to be out there too long if the weather isn't good. Oh, one more thing - is around $250 a reasonable price to pay for a 3D/2N trip on a mid-range junk? Thank you so much for any opinions. ...

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Help to complete itinerary to Vietnam

Posted by seaweed18 on 16/12/2009 at 16:22

I'm from Malaysia travelling with a friend but still deciding when (January or February). Please help us complete our itinerary: First day: stay in 50-USD hotel in Saigon, tour around the city Second Day: go to Hanoi, also stay in 50-USD hotel and city tour Third Day: cruise in Halong Bay Fourth Day: back to Hanoi Fifth Day: we don't know Sixth Day: we don't know Seventh Day: Go home ...

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Cheap Beach in Vietnam

Posted by Ruddiger1 on 23/11/2009 at 19:41

Hi, I am travelling from Ho Chi Minh up to Hanoi and am looking for a beach to chill out on for a few of days in Jan/feb. Just need cheap $5-10 basic bungalow, decent beach for swim, sunbathe, a place to have a cheap feed. Any suggestions welcome cheers ...

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Around Saigon during Xmas and New Year's

Posted by uncannyherbie on 9/11/2009 at 20:20

Hi everyone, I'm flying to Saigon on Dec21 and will be travelling around Vietnam and Cambodia until Jan5. I don't have too much time but I would like to see the Mekong Delta, Nha Trang , Da Nang, Hué and go over the border to Cambodia. My problem is that I don't know how should I set up my traveling plan. I have to be in Saigon in Dec31, that's the only solid event in my calendar. Do you have any recommendations where should I start and what routes shall I take to be efficient and a ...

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Train from HCM to Hue with parents and kids - any comfort issues?

Posted by Ingridf on 16/12/2009 at 14:20

I am planning a trip with my family (older parents not wishing to rough it and small kids including a baby). I have read mixed reviews about the train (we would be travelling from Mui Ne to Hue), in particular in relation to cleanliness. We're all experienced Asia travellers but I don't want my parents to be too uncomfortable. Any advice? ...

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New Year's Eve in HCMC

Posted by scarfie on 9/12/2009 at 03:08

Does anyone have any advice on any good concerts/parties, or just places to be to welcome in the New Year in Saigon? Is the western New Year a big thing in Vietnam, I'm aware of the Tet festivities in Feb and I assume they're a much bigger deal. Thanks in advance for any suggestions ...

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Overnight HCMC to Da Lat, Da Lat to Nha Tran

Posted by 21days on 29/12/2009 at 15:31

Hi, does anyone know any options to get to Da Lat from HCMC overnight(rad). And then from Da Lat to Nha Tran overnight?? We have only found day transport so far. thanks. ...

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Sapa to Dien Bien Phu

Posted by jasinorbit on 28/12/2009 at 13:23

Hi, We are thinking of travelling by road from Sapa to Dien Bien phu (then fly to Hanoi or continue by road depending on time). I can find lots of info on buses, and I dont know how to ride a motorbike - so what I need is more info on ravel by car. Hire a car (and a driver??) Is it worth it, what prices can we expect. Any info or opinions would be welcomed thankyou ...

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Columbus Cruises and Halong Bay

Posted by Rohan on 17/6/2009 at 18:11

I have read a lot of good things about Columbus Cruises for a Halong Bay cruise on this site. They have 3 boats. The Santa Maria is much pricier than the other 2, but the Pinta Gold is only a bit more than the Pinta Cruise. Does anyone know the difference between the Pinta Cruise and the Pinta Gold? ...

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Advices for 3 weeks intiary in Vietnam?

Posted by camerondir on 28/12/2009 at 14:17

I am currently in Hanoi to do a small study for my bachelor thesis. As part of my studies, I am going on a short field trip to Sapa , Halong, Hoa Bing , Hue, Hoi anh, Myson. The scheduling is still not in stone, but I expect to visit Sapa on the 16th of January as well as spending 3 full weeks starting on the 20th of January till the 10th of Febuary to Halong-hoabing-hue-hoianh-myson. Would like to get your suggestions on whether 3 full weeks enough for doing my small study in these loc ...

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Hanoi Station -> Airport Q

Posted by smash on 30/12/2009 at 07:17

Hey all Just wondering quickly... If my guest house books me on the train that arrives in Hanoi from Lao Cai at 4:30 AM, will I have enough time to make the Jetstar 7:25 AM flight to HCMC? Otherwise next flight is 9:10 AM... Cheers, Ash ...

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Bye Vietnam, Thanks!

Posted by silversnapper on 20/12/2009 at 17:16

We've just completed our 14-day journey of Vietnam. Writing a piece like this is the hardest part of all. I'm rushing this with with mixed emotions -- sad and happy. Sad because we're now leaving after we fell in love with almost everything we've been in Vietnam. Halong Bay, Sapa, Love market, city tour, hoan Kiem Lake, dong xuan market, Water puppet, ho chih minh mausoleum, too many to mention. It was a wonderful experience, and that's what we're happy about it. No troubles, except for the dan ...

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Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) safety / pickpockets /bag snatchers

Posted by sashanyc28 on 22/12/2009 at 09:07

I will be in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)for the first time for a few nights in eary January 2010.. Of course I have read all over the place to be careful.. Take only taxis at night, beware of pickpockets, bag snatchers on motorbikes, etc.. and Of course I will only take taxis at night, use a money belt, not carry any valuables, and try to avoid carrying a day pack or bag around the city with me.. From my travel experiences I have always found the media and most of the warnings all to b ...

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