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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!

ha long bay tour recomendation - 3 days / 2 nights

Posted by saso on 15/10/2009 at 14:03

Hi, I know this topic appears quite often, however I've been searching the web and reading the forums and I haven't found the right answer yet. We're travelling with my girlfriend to SE Asia, we'll be passing through Hanoi and we would like to do a 3 day (2 night) tour of Ha Long Bay, sleeping on a boat and doing some sightseing (kayaking, trekking, visiting some beaches). Now, the most important thing is that we're a bit short on money, so we're looking for something inexpensive. I'v ...

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Hanoi or HCM in November

Posted by clbe on 21/10/2009 at 20:07

Hello I'm hoping somebody can give me a little bit of advice. I am due to fly into Hanoi on November 19th. The plan was to spend a couple of days at Halong Bay and then head to Hue and Hoi An before crossing the border into Laos. However, after reading messgaes on the forum here about the weather being awful at that time of year I am wondering if I sould reroute my flights to Ho Chi Minh and go through Cambodia to Laos. The ocst of rerouting th lfight is £75 per person. Do y ...

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HCMC to Phnom Penh- or the other way around

Posted by mattheller on 22/10/2009 at 09:04

I live in HCMC and have always wanted to travel to PP by boat. I have about 5 days and plan to go one way by boat and fly the other. My question, is do you recomend travelling from HCMC to PP and flying back from PP or the other way around. I am very flexible and budget is not an issue. Thank you for any advice in terms of which way to go. Also boat operators, river stops not to miss, and hotels recs would be appreciated. Thanks- Matt ...

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Phu Quoc budget accom

Posted by betska on 6/10/2009 at 06:16

Planning to arrive in Phu Quoc on 3rd December. Beach Club is booked out. Does anyone have any suggestions for budget accomodation on Long Beach? Tropicana seems to have more negatives than positives! ...

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Ha Tien-PhuQuoc fast boat - does it exist?

Posted by KateRus on 20/10/2009 at 20:49

Hi All, I read in Lonely Planet that there is a fast boat service from Ha Tien to Phu Quoc Island. Does it really exist? All internet resourses advice to go from Rach Gia, no mentions of Ha Tien... Thank you very much in advance, for any help ...

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Dak Lak Tourist doesn't deliver

Posted by justwondering on 20/10/2009 at 10:25

After an unanticipated change of plans, we found ourselves flying in to Buon Ma Thout and in need of some guide assistance to go trekking. The only company we could find open was Dak Lak Tourist. It became evident very quickly they couldnt' provide us with the two day homestay trekking experience we were after but the guide, Tuan, promised us a 2 day trip using local transport to Dray Sur, Dray Nap and Gia Long Falls, plenty of walkign along the way and then walkign teh following day to villag ...

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Bac Ha Accommodation

Posted by Puggles on 15/10/2009 at 09:53

Does anyone have any recommendations or advice for accommodation in Bac Ha? We are looking at low to mid range. ...

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Luggage Storage at Hanoi Railway Station

Posted by tron0801 on 4/4/2009 at 21:33

Is there luggage storage services at Hanoi Railway Station??!! As I will arrive Hanoi in early morning and plan to take the evening train to SAPA so would like to keep the baggages for some hours there and go for sightseeing in the city. Thanks in advance. ...

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HCMC late night dining

Posted by apertyx on 16/9/2009 at 11:35

Good Day, I'll be arriving around midnight from San Francisco. Figure I'll get to the hotel around 2:00 am and will be a little jagged. Any place in district 1 open late/24 hrs where I can unwind with table service, not bad food and drinks? Thanks ...

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Quickest cheapest way from Hanoi to Manila..?

Posted by trenchzip on 17/10/2009 at 21:45

Hello. I'm planning on being in Hanoi for Christmas and the New Year, but then want to spend the rest of January in the Philippines. Can anyone suggest the cheapest/easiest way to get from Hanoi to Manila? Flights seem to be quite expensive. Thanks! ...

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Any long-term storage available in HCMC?

Posted by gumby on 17/10/2009 at 14:33

I'm living in VN for 3 years, though travelling often. Does anyone know of a place where I can store stuff I don't want to take with me on my travels? I know I can ask my hotel to keep stuff for me but this option no longer works for me as the hotel I used for a long time raised their prices so much they priced me out. I would love to find a small storage locker that I could rent on a monthly or annual basis. Anyone know of any? ...

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Cat Ba accomodation

Posted by Remedy on 13/10/2009 at 18:00

Hi, I've been reading up on the accomodation page on Cat Ba, but I'm hard pressed to find any listing with a recent update. Most places seems to have been last visited in 2006. Does anyone have any idea whether the listings are still valid? I'm looking at the backpacker/flashpacker range. Thanks, ...

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Sapa vs Dalat

Posted by Rohan on 16/10/2009 at 17:47

I will be headed to Vietnam in January, and at this stage I am looking at a couple of days in Sapa and a couple of days in Dalat (among other things). I have read some good things about the Easy Rider tours out of Dalat and am thinking about taking one from Dalat to Saigon. However, this will mean I need to find an extra couple of days in my itinerary, and the most logical thing time-wise seems to be to cut Sapa. Is there much of a difference between Sapa and Dalat? Both are in the highl ...

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Posted by clbe on 15/10/2009 at 13:15

Hi I want to travel from Hanoi to Southern Laos. Has anyone done this and which border crossing did you use. Is it better to do the travelling in Vietnam rather than Laos crossing somewhere further South like Bo Y? Has anyone done the trip from Hanoi to Vientiane? Which would you suggest is the better oute to take? Any suggestions would be great! Thanks ...

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Sapa and trekking gear

Posted by Pokol on 16/10/2009 at 01:05

Hi, Stupid question but important since it is a lot of extra weight in my backpack. I've been told for Sapa at this time of the year it is good to bring with you trekking shoes because of the rain. Does anybody think something like this is too much? Or should it be fine with sport shoes like this? ...

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nearest railway station to Vinh Moc tunnels

Posted by roynolan on 15/10/2009 at 02:09

does anyone know what is the nearest railway station to the Vinh Moc tunnels, and can you take a motorbike on the train? ...

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Danang to Hoi An

Posted by justwondering on 9/9/2009 at 07:18

Hi, sorry, hopefully my last inane question... I'm keen to get the train from Hue to Danang as i gather it's a lovely trip, but how much of a palaver is it hooking up with a mini bus or taxi or whatever from Danang train station to Hoi An? I guess the key question is how much should we be expecting to pay for the trip to Hoi An? ...

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Flooding in Hoi An

Posted by somtam2000 on 1/10/2009 at 20:50

Thanks to pablot for the link to these excellent photos of the flooding in Hoi An -- if you are elsewhere in Vietnam, we'd strongly suggest a bit of itinerary replanning... Photos, comparing Hoi An to Venice, are here: ...

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Hanoi tailors

Posted by NYTim on 11/10/2009 at 04:22

I plan to buy some hand made clothing for my wife. Does anyone know of a reliable tailor and a place to buy silk cotton and rayon? Cheers ...

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Americans in Vietnam

Posted by grndhouse on 10/10/2009 at 13:26

Been in Thailand for a month now and love it. Plan on being in Vietnam in a few weeks after Laos. But have talked to multiple backpackers & thais who both say the country is beautiful just not near as friendly...more especially if from the US. So, How are the Vietnamese / American relations? With all right to hate Americans, wondering where things honestly stand near 40 years later. thanks for any/all words. ...

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