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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!


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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Mai Chau to Sapa

Posted by Pokol on 13/10/2009 at 20:44

Hi, i'm thinking of going to Mai Chau and I'd like to go to Sapa as well. Does anybody know if there's any easy way to connect these two locations? I don't mind going back to HAnoi but I think that would be time consuming! Thank you! ...

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Gasoline / Mileage

Posted by cdnexplorer on 8/10/2009 at 12:21

Myself and a friend are hopefully travelling from HCMC to Hanoi via motorbike, but just wanted to gauge the cost of the trip. How much is gasoline in Vietnam compared to Canada/US? How far can we get on a tank of gas with a minsk? Lastly has anyone done this trip, and if so how much did it cost you and how long did it take??? ...

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Public health in Central Vietnam after typhoon

Posted by Pablot on 9/10/2009 at 06:57

Take a look at this article on public health problems in Central Vietnam after last typhoon: Public health is the real issue with flooding; it is not just water going up and down! it is the contamination from trash, sewage, etc. getting into drinking water of wells, etc. Not ever tourist has built up immunity or has strong immune system. Local residents in these areas are used to these conditions and may be able to cop ...

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Accomdations in Phu Quoc

Posted by Caripito on 13/10/2009 at 09:56

Pho Quoc seems to have filled up as far as booking online. Would it be a mistake to just show up on or around the 24th of November and expect to find accomodation???? ...

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Cigars in HCMC

Posted by apertyx on 9/10/2009 at 02:18

Good Day, I have a friend who likes cuban cigars (prohibited in US). Can anyone direct me to a good place in HCMC to find them. I imagine large hotels, but my time is short and I don't want to end up on a goose chase. Thanks ...

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Canyoning Dalat

Posted by dan567 on 12/10/2009 at 22:35

Not seen any posts on this since 2007 - has anyone been on a decent tour recently? I fancied doing a day of it but don't have long here in Dalat. I can't find "Hardy Adventure Tours" so it may no longer exist :/ Cheers ...

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Good Tips for our Vietnam Trip Januar 2010

Posted by duck on 23/9/2009 at 02:17

hi board ! my first entry... Me (26) and my girlfriend (24) will come to Vietnam on 15.01. 15h40 - Hanoi and back 28.01. 20h25 - Saigon i checked with her for the follow trip. (Backpackers) Now it's u to help me how to do this way in this 13 days. The way we wanna do is; Hanoi - Sapa Sapa - hanoi Hanoi - Halong Bay Halong Bay - Hue /Danang Danang - Nhatrang Nhatrang - Saigon Saigon - Phu Quoc Phu Quoc - Saigon this is the way we are thinking to do... but we don't know ...

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Help - HCMC to Angkor Wat

Posted by Puggles on 20/9/2009 at 16:49

Ok, we've got the intinerary so far..... Hanoi - Lao Cai/Sapa - Hanoi - Hue - Da Nang/Hoi An - Na Trang - HCMC... then we're a little is the best way to get from HCMC to Siam Reap and Angkor Wat? We plan to arrive in HCMC early am Friday and will be flying out of there late afternoon on the next Wed. We'd like to see a bit if HCMC and also spen enough time exploring Angkor Wat. ...

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Vietnam Visa in Ireland

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

Hi there, Just wondering is the 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 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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Viewed 2,127 times, with 4 replies. Last reply by spakky on 8/10/2009 at 22:33

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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