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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 Visa in Ireland

Posted by doakey on 25/9/2008 at 00:59

Hi there, Just wondering is the www.visa-vietnam.org website safe to get a visa for one month entry? I signed up to it but got an email saying I must pay $22 on www.xoom.com for a letter to get a stamp when I arrive in Vietnam. Is this all above board? I don't think much of it as I never trust these type of emails. I don't have time to hang around bangkok for few days so wanted to get one before I head away. Thanks ...

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BEWARE - China Visas in Hanoi

Posted by buddsabroaad on 14/4/2009 at 12:42

We just got back from the Chinese Embassy in Hanoi where we were denied a tourist visa. We were told that a new regulation, enacted within the past month, does not allow Hanoi to issue tourist visas, only working visas. We were told that we had to go to Ho Chi Minh City to get a tourist visa. We are from the US, but others from UE countries were getting the same story. Oh well, I guess it's on to Thailand... ...

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ha long luxury junk

Posted by snowfish on 8/10/2009 at 20:56

Looking for a cruise/operator that would include the following: private car from Hanoi to Halong 2 nights on boat,1 night on Cat Ba excellent food/accomodation. kayaking on single kayaks not tandem. Hiking on Cat Ba Away from crouds . Any recommendations? ...

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flights in vietnam

Posted by nam09 on 1/10/2009 at 16:44

is it cheaper/less time consuming to take the train from hoh chi mhin to hanoi or a plane?? what are the more reliable airlines to travel with? ...

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More than 100,000 in Vietnam flee from Typhoon Ketsana

Posted by somtam2000 on 29/9/2009 at 12:11

CNA is reporting that over 100,000 people have been evacuated from coastal central Vietnam in anticipation of Typhoon making landfall. As of 0200 GMT, Typhoon Ketsana was centred about 130km east-southeast of Da Nang and was moving west towards central Vietnam at about 12km/h. I'd guess this bodes ill for Hoi An which tends to flood very easily. There are also other reports that boats in Ha Long Bay are currently not running, though it is unclear if this is due to weather concerns or ...

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Winging it

Posted by AlyssaAnne on 6/10/2009 at 11:39

Hi there, Still planning a trip- 3 weeks Laos/ 3 weeks Vietnam. We'd like to keep things, as far as itineraries go, open as some of the info on this site suggests, but were wondering if this is advisable if we are travelling in the high season (from 6th January in Vietnam)? Apologies if this query has already been covered elsewhere! Ta, A. ...

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Malkaria in Mekong Delta

Posted by Pokol on 6/10/2009 at 15:04

Hi everyone! After reading about Hoi An I'm thinking on rescheduling so I might visit the Mekong Delta instead. Does anybody know if treatment for Malaria should be taken in this area? Thank you!!! ...

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Nha Trang or Mui Ne in december????

Posted by stvstv on 3/9/2009 at 14:03

Dear travellers, I will be in Vietnam the last week of December 2009. In that time is better to go to Nha Trang or Mui Ne for find good weather and good sea? Thanks you all. Stv ...

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weather help please

Posted by uktravelman on 2/10/2009 at 20:34

hi im coming next sat to nam , first to hanoi then down to da nang and da lat , any advise after recent events please , thank you ...

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Wanting to buy a motorbike

Posted by chenyang1618 on 26/8/2009 at 16:49

Hey all Looking for a reliable motorbike in HCM City to buy on the 19th or the 20th of November. Anything more than 100cc is preferred as long as it will go to Hanoi without too much trouble. Ownership paper required as well. Thanks Chen ...

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Guesthouses holding your passport....

Posted by think87 on 4/10/2009 at 09:03

I've read on someones blog that twice in Vietnam he literally had to fight to get his passport back trying to check out. once was settled after a verbal altercation, the second literally resulted in him literally having to pull it from the owner waiving it around in the arguing. One of the places the owner wouldnt give it back unless he booked a tour through them. This makes me very weary, do you really have to surrender your passport everytime you sleep and if so has anyone else ran into ...

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Con Dao or Phu Quoc?

Posted by Jarradm on 5/10/2009 at 06:41

I am planning on visiting either one of these Islands around the end of October. Which one is the better option? Weather, cost, a certain amount of deserted beaches and accommodation are obvious factors for me.. Thanks very much. ...

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Hanoi/Ha Long/Sapa or HCMC/Mekong Delta?

Posted by Seba on 29/9/2009 at 04:48

Hi, I can't choose between going to Northern Vietnam (Hanoi/HaLong Bay/Sapa) and HCMC (inclusive Mekong delta tour). The timing is beginning to mid-December. What do you experienced travellers recommend? ...

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Layover in Ho Chi Minh Airport

Posted by Jarradm on 5/10/2009 at 04:40

On Jan 8, I am flying from Bangkok to arrive at HCM airport at around 3pm, to catch a Delta flight back to the states which leaves at 6 am. Is there anyway to leave the airport and go into the city for a few hours or get a hotel room? I will be waiting for 12 hours otherwise... What are my options? I have a Vietnam one time entry visa for mid-oct to mid-nov, so I dont think that will even help my case...any suggestions? ...

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Vietnam/Laos/Cambodia

Posted by asabaum on 5/10/2009 at 04:21

Going to Vietnam 10/14 was wondering how the forcast was going to be in Hanoi, Halong and Phu Quoc. Saw the problem in Hoi An how bad is the flooding? Is this the time to avoid all, if so when is best time to see all and are there any festivals around a better time? Thanks ...

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mekong delta help

Posted by uktravelman on 3/10/2009 at 18:38

hi can anyone tell me if one day or 2 day tour on delta is better or would you be better off exploring on your own cheers ...

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Hanoi to Halong Bay by Motorbike?

Posted by sevi87 on 5/9/2009 at 19:09

Hi, I was wondering if it is possible to take a Motorbike from Hanoi to Halong Bay and then hop on a reliable boat? Anyone ever done it before? Also which one is a reputable/reliable company to get around in Halong Bay? Or should I try to go to Cat Island? Thank you! ...

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Late night accomodation in Saigon, airline reviews

Posted by jclarkson on 29/9/2009 at 09:28

Hello all I am picking flights for a December trip to Vietnam and had a few questions. First, one of the flights I am looking at doesn't get into Saigon until around midnight and I was wondering if I'll be able to find affordable accommodation with an open reception desk that late at night. Second, has anyone flown Northwest or China Airlines and have any opinion on coach on either airline? ...

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Jetstar, HAN-SGN

Posted by AdamS on 28/12/2008 at 00:02

I am seeing super cheap flights second week of Jan. So cheap it seems too good to be true, since judging by online seat selection, the planes are empty. Do they often cancel flights if there are not enough passengers to make the flight profitable? Should I book a flight earlier in the day so if I get stuck, there are later flights I can catch? ...

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Intrepid travel spirit of vietnam tours

Posted by joanne123 on 26/9/2009 at 10:20

I have not used this forum before but have enjoyed reading messages from others in relation to Vietnam. 4 of us - 2 adults and 2 teenagers are looking into doing an Intrepid travel "spirit of Vietnam" tour in December. My husband and I did alot of backpacking through Asia before we had children but none since. The kids have not done any more travel than to Australia so have never been to Asia. I wondered if anyone had done this tour and whether you would recommend it or any other 10 day tour. We ...

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