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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!

Taxi or scooter for 6 months in HCMC

Posted by dooky on 29/2/2016 at 08:34

Hi all, I will be staying in Ho Chi Minh City for 6 months with 2 classmates. We have app. 7-8 km from the apartment to where we will work, but is unsure if we should make some sort of taxi arrangement or if we should rent a scooter and go on our own. The implications of being involved in an accident looks a bit severe with high prison sentences. Does anyone know what a trip by taxi from district 2 to district 9 (8 km) will cost? Perhaps some sort of permanent arrangement if possible. Than ...

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Visa letter

Posted by Annielay on 24/2/2016 at 01:03

Hello, can anyone tell me if a letter for a visa to Vietnam can come from Vietnam friend individual or is it just through travel agents? ...

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Vietnam in June

Posted by tagotra on 20/2/2016 at 03:37

Hello fellow travellers! My wife and I (in late 20s - from India) want to visit Vietnam in first week of June for 10-12 days. Ideally, we would like to cover Sapa, Hanoi, Halong Bay Cruise, Hoi An and Saigon (HCMC), but I read up at several places that June is the high domestic crowd season, and almost all places will be very hot. May I have your valuable feedback on what places in North, Central and South are best suited for a vacation in first week of June that't not unbearably hot and not ...

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Compulsory Christmas Eve Gala

Posted by mrakovan on 25/2/2016 at 12:12

Hello, My first time to Vietnam. I am getting quotes from hotels in Phu Quoc for Dec 24 - Dec 26 and they all want to include a compulsory Christmas eve gala like $100-$150 USD per person? What are these? are they customary? why so costly? Thank you for all your help! Monica ...

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Nam Du homestay

Posted by Potbellypirate on 25/2/2016 at 16:37

Hello fellow travellers! My husband and I are in the early stages of planning a trip to vietnam and love the idea of visiting somewhere a little less touristy than the major sites. I saw in the recent newsletter the article on nam du, and I think this place looks fantastic. Definitley suits our style of travel - fresh seafood, ocean breeze, and no major hotel behemoths in sight. Seeing as my husband and I don't speak a scrap of vietnamese does anyone know if any of the guesthouses or homestay ...

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Three British travellers dead near Da Lat

Posted by somtam2000 on 26/2/2016 at 17:13

A tragic accident by the sound of things at a popular waterfall near Da Lat - apparently the guide was "unofficial" and admissions had been skipped but the three were wearing life jackets. Read the full story here. ...

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HCMC for a day, what to do?

Posted by savorygal on 23/2/2016 at 01:51

Hi travel fishers, Vietjet airlines has just changed my flight time so now I will be in HCMC for 9 hours without a plan. I am arriving on the train station, from Hue, at 5 am. Fight leaves at 2 pm ( domestic) to Phu Quoc. Any suggestions on what I could do? I'm stumped. I will have my bags with me, so I'm not up for traversing the city on foot. Thanks so much ...

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Halong Bay Cruise for 26 years old couple

Posted by franz on 31/3/2013 at 22:07

My wife and I would like to spend 2 nights for Halong bay cruise. We prefer Dragon Pearl of indochina junk as we have heard the cave dining is amazing! But unfortunately the junk is fully booked on our travel date that was fixed! Now, I'm considering Paloma cruise. Has anyone experience on it? By the way, I found that the prices are difference from various sites: $268/room from ...

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vietnam to Laos border crossing

Posted by travellingwombles on 13/2/2016 at 15:42

We are an extremely active in our sixties couple, love to travel. Used to back pack, just gave that away, so resorting to cases. We are going to travel around Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, bus train whatever! Wondering which border crossing, north Vietnam to Laos is best. And an idea of cost. Thanks ...

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Phong Nha-Ke Bang - Dark Cave

Posted by tigershoot on 15/2/2016 at 06:35

As part of a three week trip my wife and I are going to visit Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park. One thing that I fancy doing is the dark cave trip, lots of mud, zip lines etc! I reckon on hiring a scooter and doing this trip myself. My wife doesn't fancy it as she hates heights, and wouldn't fancy the cave either! Does anyone know if you can go to this place and simply enjoy kayaking and relaxing rather than doing all the adventurous stuff? Why I ask, is that if she can't, then I need to find a ...

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HELP!! 2-3 Weeks in Vietnam

Posted by alexs227 on 6/2/2016 at 22:13

Hey guys, I will be flying into Ho Chi Minh City in May to spend a 2-3 weeks in Vietnam before I meet my friends in Thailand. I was hoping to do all of Vietnam and need your help! I am in my 20's and want to have a fun time and also see some incredible sights. Any suggestions for an outline of an itinerary? Names of hostels you stayed at, places you liked more/least are all a plus too, but mainly just curious on the places and things to see and do. Thank you so much!! ...

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Should I pay for visa, or is 15 days enough in Vietnam

Posted by Emmajm on 13/2/2016 at 05:37

Hi After 2 months in Thailand and nearly a month in Laos, we have 2 and a half months left before we head to Myanmar. I was planning on a month in Cambodia, then taking advantage of the 15 day period that UK Citizens can spend in Vietnam without a visa then heading to Thailand again for the final month. Question is, am I just being tight not wanting to pay out for a visa for Vietnam and risk missing/rushing Vietnam because of this? I did think if we wanted to stay longer after the 15 days we cou ...

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Good news for foreign workers in Vietnam (all fields)

Posted by daawgon on 16/2/2016 at 12:27

The rules have been eased - read the article from Thanh Nien News ...

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Cai Be to Chau Doc

Posted by Josha on 5/2/2016 at 19:30

Is it possible to travel via boat / river / water way by boat (from Cai Be or Can Tho) to Chau Doc? We would then continue via fast boat to PP. Most tours put everyone on a bus for this part of the river. I would like to travel on the river to slow down and enjoy the scenery. It does not have to be luxury / commercial. On local transport or hitching a ride sounds good. Is this worth while ? Thanks in Advance ...

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Booking Coach out of Vietnam

Posted by jimbojh on 10/2/2016 at 08:28

Hi, I am travelling to Vietnam in June and plan to stay there for about 3-4 week before moving on to Cambodia. The travel agent we booked our one way flight with told us we would need to book on going travel before leaving for Vietnam as they sometimes pull you up at the border and ask for this. Now I have seen that you can bus from Ho chi minh city to Phnom Penh but I cannot find where you would book this in advance as it look like something you would book a few days before you travel? Any ...

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Travelmate Vietnam 31.03-20.04

Posted by richardmb on 15/2/2016 at 01:29

Hey guys, I'm looking for somebody to travel with me through vietnam for the first 3 weeks of april. I haven't booked any route route yet but I was looking into doing either hanoi - saigon or vice versa but I'm open to anything. I'm 19 years old and an easygoing person Cheers ...

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Vietnam Visa Changes - Urgent Advice Please!!

Posted by numan99 on 7/7/2015 at 05:54

On July 1st 2015 Vietnam changed its visa regulations to give exemptions to travelers from a few countries including the UK. I'm currently in Phnom Penh and am planning on traveling overland via coach in the next couple of days. When I last checked I thought I was going to need to get a visa from the embassy here in order to cross into Vietnam but, being a UK passport holder, it seems like this is no longer the case? Can someone please confirm this as I don't want to get turned away at the b ...

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Reliable Tour Companies in Vietnam

Posted by Annielay on 6/2/2016 at 19:02

Hello, we are active over 60s and will have 32 days to explore Vietnam and Cambodia from Bangkok in May/June this year. We are thinking of starting from Hanoi and travelling down Vietnam to HCMC, Mekong etc into Cambodia and eventually to Angkor Wat then flying back to Bangkok for our trip home to OZ. There are countless tour companies online and while we normally do independent travel sometimes someone to organise everything and give information about what you are actually looking at is p ...

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2 1/2 weeks: Angkor Wat & Vietnam

Posted by Calnyaz on 4/2/2016 at 16:16

Hello, I have booked flights from the uk to Bangkok mid August - end of August. I have an itinerary in mind which I have shared below, I'd like to hear your views/advise/suggestions on my plan!? Day 1 arrive in Bangkok 12:30am Day 1 fly to Siem Reap 1:30pm Day 2 Siem Reap Day 3 fly to somewhere in Vietnam near nha trang (not sure which airport) Day 4 -6 nha trang Day 7 get to Hoi An (not sure if best method) Day 8,9,10,11 & 12 at hoi an/ hue/ Bach ma national park Day 13 get to Han ...

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Dalat Questions

Posted by BevB on 2/2/2016 at 06:35

Is Dalat worth the effort of getting there? We would be leaving from HCMC and I am guessing a driver is the best way of getting there? What concerns me the most is the amount of time it takes to get to our next destination Hoi An. Around 17hrs by car. Will we get a driver who is prepared to do such a long trip? PLEASE do not suggest motor bikes, its not an option. If we fly, aside from the crazy cost of it, the flight goes back to HCMC to fly to Danang. Any advice would be greatly appreci ...

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