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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!

Chau Doc - Can Tho - HCMC

Posted by linjingyi on 28/10/2009 at 22:58

Hi, I am planning to take the above stated route but it seems less conventional as compared to HCMC- Can Tho -Chau Doc-PP route.. I was wondering if anyone can kindly advise me if you think this route is feasible? Also, do you know how can I get from Can Tho to HCMC in the shortest time? Many thanks! ...

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Lak lake experience/tour

Posted by hevva on 27/10/2009 at 21:19

We leave for vietnam in less than 2 weeks and were trying to book a tour from da lat to nha trang via lak lake with sinh cafe. we've not had a response from them yet, not sure if it's safe to book it on arrival (we're quite tight for time) or whether anyone knows of another reputable operator doing a similar thing? Heard about Easy Riders but think i'm too scared to go on the back of a bike! Thanks ...

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Viewed 2,355 times, with 3 replies. Last reply by justwondering on 29/10/2009 at 06:04

Ho Chi Minh City to South of Thailand - Possible to go direct

Posted by pdrysdale on 28/10/2009 at 16:04

Hi, I am just wondering if this is possible or does one have to go between Bangkok? Air Asia are pretty cheap to go to Bangkok first but do any airlines fly direct? Many Thanks Paddy. ...

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Buying rail tickets in Hue

Posted by travellerwill on 28/10/2009 at 08:57

Hue is full of ‘travel agents’ wanting to sell you bus and train tickets. I wanted to go to Hanoi on the day train so asked around for prices, and got replies ranging from 500,000 Dong to 620,000 Dong from Sinh Cafe. This seemed rather steep for one soft seat air con. So I cycled over to the train station where they have boards giving all the information you need including the prices and I queued only a few minutes to buy a ticket. The cost - only 280,000 Dong, almost half the price quoted ...

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What clothes to pack - formal clothing necessary?

Posted by c1ee on 26/10/2009 at 06:29

Hi all, I'm going on a trip to Vietnam in two weeks time. In my trip I plan on doing a lot of riding around on a motorbike, and also partying. I will be in Saigon, and will be riding all the way up to Hanoi. I'm now trying to decide what clothes to pack. Should I bother taking my jeans? I would like to experience the night life, but does that mean I need to bring collar shirts, leather shoes, and maybe a jacket too? I'm going to be carrying a 65litre backpack, btw. This is my first time ...

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Fingernail Beach, south of Phu Quoc Island

Posted by virusvaleria on 23/10/2009 at 06:11

Im trying to get info on Fingernail Beach and how to get there but i can't find anything. Has anyone ever been there and how did u get there?? Thanks heaps for any help ...

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Trying to find a local friend in Sapa

Posted by squong on 26/10/2009 at 15:14

Hi, I apologies in advance for this repost. I am trying to reach a local friend in Sapa. His name is Nam and he owns the Viet Emotion ( restaurant at 27 Cau Mai. If anyone is traveling through the area (even a few weeks after this post), can you ask him to contact me at Thanks in advance Spencer ...

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Weather experts - help!

Posted by emma066 on 22/10/2009 at 19:10

Planning on going to Vietnam end of May through to middle of June. Can anyone advise on the weather?? Thanks, Em ...

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Banned Vietnamese travel agents

Posted by somtam2000 on 24/7/2009 at 08:26

I've just deleted a few discussions related to specific Vietnamese tour operators/travel agents. In each case the operator mentioned has previously been banned from Travelfish because they've spammed the forum. As far as I'm concerned, an operator that feels the need to spam a travel website or place "positive write-ups" of their business needs to do so solely because they offer poor service and this is the easiest way for them to beat up some business. While I'd love to name and shame the ...

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Overnight trains - Hanoi to HCM

Posted by emma066 on 26/10/2009 at 20:37

I want to do the above and travel in a soft berth. I cannot for the life of my find prices anywhere. Does anyone know the rough cost to get from North to South on overnight sleepers? Alternatively, thinking of travelling Hanoi to Hoi An area overnight then Hoi An area to HCM with a few stops on the way? Any idea of prices in USD/GBP? Finally, is it a good way to travel if you have about 3-4 weeks in VN? Thanks, Emma ...

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Update Weather Confitions Hanoi and Hoi An

Posted by Pokol on 14/10/2009 at 21:05

Hi! Can anybody update what's the situation like in Hoi An after Ketsana and in Hanoi with Parma approaching? ...

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3 weeks in South Vietnam - where would you go?

Posted by Mariedk on 18/10/2009 at 23:53

We've booked a flight from Denmark to Bankok in late December - hoping to find a flight from there to HCMC. We've been told, that we should stay in the South of Vietnam because of the nice weather at that time.. We're looking for local culture and food, nice and quiet, relaxed beaches and beautiful nature..Where would you go? We've been recommended to go to Phu Quoc, because we love islands - but isn't it big and crowded? Flights seems also quite expensive (from HCMC and Bangkok). Since we h ...

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Viewed 5,832 times, with 8 replies. Last reply by Husko on 26/10/2009 at 16:03

Mekong Delta

Posted by mrbangkok on 26/10/2009 at 14:30

Does anyone have any ideas on how to get across the Mekong Delta to Phu Quoc Island. We are planning to do the trip ourselves but open to any other suggestions? We are also thinking about returning from Phu Quoc back to HCMC, is there any other way of doing this rather than flying? ...

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4 Weeks in SE Asia starting in Hanoi - Need Advice

Posted by eatinginhanoi on 22/10/2009 at 00:04

Hello all, We've been living in Vietnam for a couple months and are just about finished with a volunteer gig and have one month to explore Southeast Asia starting next week before heading back. We're only now able to plan. The trip would start in Hanoi . We're having trouble figuring out where to go next, seeing that we've already been to central and northern Vietnam and are looking to head out of the country next. We will need to end the trip in Saigon. Here's what we'd like to do: - ...

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social hanoi guesthouses/hostels

Posted by yayorc on 25/10/2009 at 12:17

Hello - solo traveler from the US looking for a good, well located, place to stay in Hanoi to meet up with other travelers, hopefully more laid back than a party crowd? Thanks in advance for the recommendations. ...

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Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos 3 week itinerary

Posted by fionoula on 23/10/2009 at 15:19

We are a group of 7 adults who are interested in, scenery and culture. We are economy travellers but not backpackers. We are travelling early January The itinerary must begin in Hanoi and finish in Ho Cho Min. As there are seven of us we thought that we could hire a minivan and driver in some areas (as well as travelling by palne, boat etc) I would appreciate any recommendations Thanks Fiona ...

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Viewed 4,692 times, with 1 reply. Last reply by somtam2000 on 24/10/2009 at 08:16

Time to travel from HCMC to Chau Doc (nonstop)

Posted by cuffedbloke on 19/10/2009 at 17:59

Hi, I'm looking to catch a boat from Chau Doc to Phnom Penh. How long would it take me (fastest and cheapest) to get there? And from Chau Doc, are there any night boats to Seam Reap? Also, is it at all possible to rent a motorbike to go from HCMC to Phnom Penh? Hope my questions aren't too silly, thanks. ...

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Viewed 8,991 times, with 20 replies. Last reply by cuffedbloke on 23/10/2009 at 13:53

Rach Gia' to Ho Chi Min City

Posted by virusvaleria on 23/10/2009 at 06:52

can i have someone detailing the way to get from Rach Gia' to Ho Chi Min City by bus please? Thanks very much indeed ...

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Viewed 2,256 times, with 1 reply. Last reply by somtam2000 on 23/10/2009 at 13:22

Vietnam 10 day Itinery advice appreciated !

Posted by squae on 18/10/2009 at 05:41

Hello, Leaving to go to Vietnam in 4 weeks. will be there for 10 FULL days (12 in total), hence not long at all and hence help would really be great. I am also travelling to Cambodia and Thailand the interstae flights are already booked. The country break up is. 12 days Vietnam 4 days Cambodia 14 days Thailand My current thailand itinery is, Arrive 9.40pm in HCMC Day 1 - HCMC Day 2 - HCMC & hopefully CuChi tunnels. (6pm-9.30pm, Plane from HCMC to Danang, then train to Hanoi) ...

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Visa for Vietnam but not coming by plane

Posted by virusvaleria on 21/10/2009 at 07:35

We are travelling through Cambodia to Vietnam by land and i heard about the Visa on Arrival thing but understood that it can only be done if im coming by plane to Vietnam (so i collect it at the airport). The thing is we are doing it by land. Do i have to get a visa at the Vietnam Embassy or is there a better way?? Thanks heaps. ...

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