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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!

vietnam and laos

Posted by blingy on 19/11/2009 at 13:08

hey all, i'm planning a trip to vietnam and laos for about 20 days on a budget. my trip starts in ho chi minh city and ends in Viang Chan. My questions are as follows: 1) How much time should i allot to each country? 2) is it hard to get from vietnam to laos overland? any advice would be much appreciated! thanks! ...

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3-day Mekong Delta tour from Pnohm Penh to Rach Gia- does it exist?

Posted by Seba on 17/11/2009 at 22:30

Hello everyone, since I have 3 days between leaving Pnomnh Penh and flying out from Rach Gia to Phu Quoc, I was wondering if anyone knows about a 3-day organized tour from PP ending in Rach Gia? ...

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Vietnam Motor Bike Ride - Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi

Posted by ozscott on 2/11/2009 at 09:05

Folks, Planning on doing a motor bike ride from Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi sometime next May to August 2010. Planning on landing in Ho Chi Minh, and taking 2+ weeks to ride to Hanoi. I'll be travelling with a friend on seperate bikes, we're both experienced road riders in Australia for many a year now, and I personally have already motor bike riden in the likes of Hanoi previously, and don't forsee any riding experience issues in Vietnam in doing this trip (other than getting lost). I'm planning ...

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Vietnam airlines

Posted by jessebear on 7/11/2009 at 02:09

Is Jetstar as reliable as Vietnam Airlines. Can we check a somewhat large suitcase on Jetstar? There seem to be different types of fares and before I book domestic flights, i want to make sure my suitcase or backpack--haven't decided which yet-- will make it to the next city. Thanks! ...

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Domestic travel advice through Vietnam

Posted by jessebear on 7/11/2009 at 01:10

My husband and I are taking our honeymoon to Vietnam this December. We only have about 10 days so we decided that we are using air travel throughout the country to save time. Toward the end of our trip we are going to Phu Quoc from Danang/ Hoi An but aren't sure the best way to do it. We could spend only 1 night in Hoi An and fly to HCMC late the next night and then ferry to Phu Quoc the next morning. Or we could spend 2 nights in Hoi An and fly to Phu Quoc w/ a connection in HCMC the next day. ...

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Traveling from Cam Rahn Airport to Dalat

Posted by mmeckel on 13/11/2009 at 11:34

We are traveling from Cam Rahn Airport to Dalat in early December. Our hotel in Dalat arranged for our transport through a company called Vinh Tuan, which they say is based in Nha Trang. Has anyone heard of that company, and is it safe and reputable? ...

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Contact Details for Thanh Kieu Beach Resort, Phu Quoc

Posted by RichMelZA on 9/11/2009 at 19:10

Hi all, I'm trying to get hold of contact for Thanh Kieu Beach Resort (Thanh Kieu Coco Beach Resort?) on Phu Quoc island. Unfortunately I'm not having my joy with Google searches. The only results coming up are for booking agencies charging exhorbitant booking fees. Does anyone know the official website or direct contact details for the resort? Much appreciated! Richard Heslop Durban, South Africa *Host city for the 2010 Soccer World Cup :-) * ...

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Vietnam tourist Visa for 31 days ???

Posted by jayanraj on 10/11/2009 at 21:35

Hi, I have booked Vietnam tour by end of this month (Nov 2009) for two weeks. I am reaching Hanoi airport on 25.11.2009 at 1720 PM and my visa is valid from next day 26.11.2009. So will I able to spend 4 to 5 hours after getting off my flight before seeing immigration desk ? Somewhere I read that Immigration department of Vietnam is very strict of laws. Also my visa starts from 26.11.2009 till 26.12.2009. It means total 31 days instead of 30. Is it just a typing error ? Do they is ...

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Christmas in Hanoi

Posted by RenaG on 9/11/2009 at 03:06

My partner and I will be Hanoi on Christmas and I'm wondering if anyone has a recommendation on how to spend the day, where to dine, what to see, etc. ...

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Vietnam Visa on arrival for Indian passport holders

Posted by jayanraj on 10/11/2009 at 00:35

I am an Indian from mumbai. Is it possible for Indian passport holders to get Vietnam tourist Visa on arrival (VOA) after reaching Hanoi ? I am leaving India on 25.11.2009 alongwith a 'Approval letter' sent to me by my Hanoi based travel agent. After reaching Hanoi my passport will be visa stamped. However another tour operator from USA said not posible. As per his e-mail Indian citizens leaving from India to Vietnam should obtain vietnam visa before leaving India. Advice is needed. ...

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Places to see at Hoi An - Vietnam

Posted by jayanraj on 8/11/2009 at 21:11

I am going to tour Vietnam by end of this month for 13 days (26 Nov 2009 - 08 Dec 2009). As per my tour programme I have a free day at Hoi An and would like to see few locations around Hoi An. Can anybody give me advice reagarding the same ? jayanraj ...

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train from saigon to hanoi: scenic or just plain boring??

Posted by effi_kiki on 8/11/2009 at 00:51

Hi, Ive been comparing flights with trains for this journey , and as theyre both roughly the same price, I'm not sure which to take. I know the train takes ages, but I think this might be fun as it goes all the way up the coast (or so ive heard) but obviously I dont want to do it if theres not much to see/ its an uncomfortable journey. If anyone has any experiences or has heard about the train journey that would be really helpful:) cheers Kiki. ...

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Post-Storm Situation - Advice Needed

Posted by Marlbs on 3/11/2009 at 18:34

I am supposed to be flying from Vientianne to Hanoi next week to then travel down the coast to HCM and across to Cambodia. I have just heard about the storm. Anyone there got more detailed info on the areas affected and how bad it is - ie should I avoid Vietnam altogether, delay or just pick a different route. The info on the net is very general and vague. Thanks. ...

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Vietnam Airways Check-in times

Posted by KazAussie on 28/9/2009 at 15:40

Hi, I just booked a flight from HCM to Phu Quoc. On the confirmation it says "Please be present at the airport for check in at least 2 hours prior to your scheduled departure." However the website says 60 minutes for a domestic flight. Any ideas which I should go with? ...

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malaria in sapa?

Posted by flash99 on 30/7/2008 at 06:45

I just returned from the travel clinic who told me that Sapa was a malaria risk area. Can anyone confirm or give stories of the mosquitoes? Thanks ...

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Lang Veigh

Posted by MADMAC on 28/10/2009 at 23:48

Has anyone here spent anytime in or around Lang Veigh? I would like to do a battlefield tour there IF I can find some locals who defended it against the NVA attack and knows the ground well. ...

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Lao Cai train station - a warning.

Posted by travellerwill on 3/11/2009 at 14:29

I arrived at the Lao Cai train station after taking the day train up from Hanoi which arrived about 1630 hrs. I was heading up to Sapa and there were lots of mini buses waiting and no surprise, lots of touts as well. The problems began when I tried to get on a mini bus, even the ones that were almost full. The touts started asking for ridiculous amounts of money, they started at $28 for the 40 km trip up. It soon became clear that the touts didn’t actually represent any of the mini b ...

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Youth Hostels in South Vietnam?

Posted by pdrysdale on 28/10/2009 at 16:09

There are youth/backpackers hostels in Hanoi but what about when heading South?, in particular Hoi An, Ho Chi Minh City, and Nah Trang. It seems to be just guesthouses/hostels. Making it harder for the lone traveller to meet people :-( ...

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14 days in December

Posted by yayorc on 23/10/2009 at 06:06

I'm finding a lot of conflicting reports, but I'm looking to go to Vietnam from November 29 to December 12, heading North to South, like: ha noi ha long bay hue hoi an nha trang ho chi minh Is this at all possible, taking a lot of night trains I guess? Will it be too rainy in the central region? ...

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Cambodian Visa In HCMC - Visa at the border?

Posted by aarondl on 31/10/2009 at 17:57

My wife and I visited the Cambodian consulate in HCMC to try to avoid any issues at the Cambodian border. First, they close at 11:30 until 2 pm, so we were out of luck at 11:35. Anyhow when we returned, we were told that visas would cost 500,000 dong each (they don't accept USD). I told him I was positive that it was only $20, or 360,000 dong; he replied that it would a rush, since it was after noon and so would cost 100,000 dong more. Obviously the extra 140,000 dong each were destined for his ...

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