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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!

Postal service in Vietnam

Posted by Remedy on 16/8/2009 at 01:30

Hi all, I was just wondering if anyone has had any experience with the postal service in Vietnam. I'm planning on shipping some items back to Europe when I get to Hoi An, but I'm a bit unsure whether the service is reliable or not. Also, does anyone know what would be the expected delivery time ? Cheers, ...

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Ninh Binh to Huong Son (Purfume Pagoda) Possible?

Posted by angfonz on 28/8/2009 at 23:18

Well, I'm in Ninh Binh at the moment and it seems we have an extra day somehow before our flight out of Hanoi . We would like to hit the Perfume Pagoda without having to backtrack all the way to Hanoi - which is about 4 hours of extra bus riding. The dude at our hotel in NB says that he can hire us a private car to take us this way, but it would cost 50 dollars - which is sort of outrageous considering the bus prices. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance. Elliott ...

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Ninh Binh questions!

Posted by yan on 27/8/2009 at 12:02

Greetings forum folks! I am headed to Ninh Binh at the end of September and will stay there for 4 days. The following places, I'd like to visit but am not quite sure how. 1. Cuc Phuong National Park: I'd like to spend a night in a stilt house in the park. If I were to hire a guide from Ninh Binh, will this, and transport to/from the park be arranged by the guide? How much will all this cost? (Including a side trip to Van Long nature reserve or Kenh Ga Floating Village on the way back?) ...

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Starting a Mekong Delta Tour from Rach Gia

Posted by alexandra13 on 20/8/2009 at 00:23

Hello again, We have more or less figured out our route from HCMC to Siem Reap over 15 days thanks to help from this forum. But, a few questions remain...! After HCMC we are flying to Phu Quoc, and then we want to go from Rach Gia to Chau Doc to take the boat up to Phnom Penh. We'd like to spend a few days in the Mekong Delta but I am wondering if anyone can recommend a route (or tour, as long as it is small) that would take us from Rach Gia to Chau Doc while looping around and seei ...

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Halong Bay private charter?

Posted by sdl68 on 26/8/2009 at 06:20

Hi I will be going to Halong Bay simply for photography and so Im not really interested in the typical two and three day packages on a junk boat. Would it be possible to hire someone with a small boat that would take me out to some scenic areas for a couple hours in the evening light or early morning light? Would this be more probable if I stay at Cat Ba or should I stay on the mainland and try and find someone there. any info would be appreciated ...

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Soft sleeper train Hanoi Hue

Posted by Pokol on 26/8/2009 at 19:02

Hi, Does anybody know what are the best travel agencies to book a tickets from Hanoi to Hue? I've heard it's hard to find tickets at the train station because they're always booked out... Also, I'm travelling in October and I'd like to book a trekking tour to Sapa...Is it a good time? Thank you! ...

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backpacker areas

Posted by splashtree on 20/8/2009 at 05:24

taking a rather sudden trip around s.e.a and whilst im trying to speed read a travel book on the region, i was looking for some help in determining where the backpacker/flashpacker areas are located. im flying to bangkok but have been there before. from there going siem riep, is there a place that backpackers hang out in the evening? going phnom phem for a couple of days, same question. onto the bigger places. arriving in hcm city and at the time of writting, havnt reached that far in t ...

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Viewed 1,822 times, with 6 replies. Last reply by Vietnam720 on 26/8/2009 at 16:22

Hanoi to Chaing Mai Flight

Posted by splashtree on 25/8/2009 at 16:28

anybody know and carriers that do this leg. all the research i've done so far says they only go to bangkok or KL from Hanoi, however, i might be wrong. any advise greatly recieved. thanks ...

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trains from hcm to mui ne then nha trang??

Posted by laallee on 22/8/2009 at 18:16

has anyone a link to the timetable and train details if poss, thanks laallee. ...

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Kayaking in Ha Long

Posted by joecool on 20/8/2009 at 15:10

Hi, 5 years ago, I did a 3 day (2 night) kayaking trip in Ha Long with Handspan. The trip was quite expensive, but worth it for me. As far as I know, Handspan is/was the only company with a base camp on one of the islands, away from the tourist boats and noise. Unfortunately, they do not seem to be offering the 3 day trip anymore, only a shortened 2 day version. So, my questions... 1) Has anybody done this 2 day kayaking trip? What was your experience? 2) Are there any other compa ...

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Adventure to HCMC and beyond

Posted by LD84 on 21/7/2009 at 18:53

Hi all, I have somewhat spontaneously booked a return flight to Ho Chi Minh City for 19th Nov, returning 5th Dec. I've done a bit of research, but wanted to see what the rest of you would do with this amount of time, at that time of year? I will be travelling solo, and haven't been to SE Asia before. I would like to go to one of Angkor or Halong Bay (not both), and just having trouble formulating any sort of plan. Any suggestions? Cheers, Dave. ...

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Viewed 1,770 times, with 17 replies. Last reply by LD84 on 20/8/2009 at 14:53

Trying to decide between Hue/Hoi An and Phu Quoc / Dalat

Posted by alexandra13 on 15/8/2009 at 01:50

Hello, I have been reading the forum for days and have found so much good information and great ideas - thank you! Now I have too many great ideas and am wondering if you can help with a decision... We are planning an 18 day trip to Cambodia and Vietnam from Sept 16 - Oct 3. We plan to fly in to Vietnam and back home from Cambodia. We are having trouble deciding how best to spend our time in Vietnam - though we have narrowed it down to the south so as to make crossing into Cambodia easie ...

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Viewed 1,950 times, with 4 replies. Last reply by alexandra13 on 20/8/2009 at 00:12

transport/route info please!!

Posted by laallee on 19/8/2009 at 18:11

just got back from a great holiday and we are already dreaming of next year! we would like to take in saigon, phu quoc, mui ne, hoi an and hue next year. ideally we would prefer to fly between places where possible. can anyone suggest a loose itinerary and transport details/route please entering and exiting via saigon if needed. thanks laallee. ...

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Viewed 1,399 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by laallee on 19/8/2009 at 18:54

SEA trip - start in Hanoi or Bangkok?

Posted by hbkiwi on 18/8/2009 at 14:52

My husband and I will be travelling through SEA from mid Oct - mid Dec . . from what I have read (re weather conditions etc) it seems that it would be best to start out in Hanoi in mid Oct and make our way back down through Vietnam Cambodia Laos then finish up in Thailand . . . any advice would be greatly appreciated - Thanks ...

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Day tours in Vietnam

Posted by scarfie on 18/8/2009 at 10:14

My girlfriend and I (21 & 22) are heading to Vietnam for approx 3 & a half weeks in January. We're traveling independently, but we are thinking of taking some day tours from the main centres to see things like the Mekong, Cu Chi tunnels, Cuc Phuong National Park & the DMZ. We're traveling on a budget (hopefully 30-50 usd a day - but we might be able to increase this a little). I just want to know how feasible it is to visit things like the tunnels and the national parks without going on a tour? ...

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Viewed 2,188 times, with 5 replies. Last reply by BruceMoon on 18/8/2009 at 19:49

Booking trains in advance

Posted by Rohan on 13/8/2009 at 07:16

I will be flying into Saigon on to morning of 28 December and am looking to take the overnight train that night to Denang/Hoi An. From what I have read, I am unlikely to be able to buy a ticket on the day. Can anyone recommend a travel agent to make the booking through? ...

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Viewed 2,631 times, with 4 replies. Last reply by BruceMoon on 18/8/2009 at 12:46

Hoi An in Oct/Nov

Posted by EmjayReet on 15/7/2009 at 16:44

We are planning on spending 3-4 days in Hoi An end of Oct/start of Nov but am a little worried about the weather ... All the sites say it often floods and has typhoons around that time of the year.. Without asking anyone to predict the weather through a crystal ball, does anyone have experience at this time of the year in Vietnam... would we be better skipping it and going elsewhere..?? Many thanks Reet xx ...

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Motorbiking south to north

Posted by lodge on 26/2/2009 at 19:52

Me and my friends are buying motorbikes in Saigon and spending three and a half weeks journeying through Vietnam to Hanoi and then into Laos. Anyone got any general advice about which places are best to stop off at, or where is nice to drive through? Also if anyone has done a similar trip to this, shared experience would be most welcome. ...

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first time -northeast vietnam in November

Posted by sdl68 on 31/7/2009 at 01:26

Hi Im so glad Ive stumbled upon this site. I'm a Canadian and will be traveling to Vietnam and other SE Asian countries for 5 weeks in November. I will be traveling solo with an emphasis on photography and plan to spend 10-14 days in Vietnam. My interests will be both city and street life as well as landscapes and agricultural rural life. Aside from iconic places such as Halong Bay im intrigued about NE vietnam with some of the tiered agriculture. Unfortunately it seems that at th ...

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Viewed 1,889 times, with 5 replies. Last reply by fivesilver on 17/8/2009 at 14:26

easyriding in a car

Posted by justwondering on 13/8/2009 at 10:11

I haven't been able to find the answer to this question elsewhere in teh forum, apologies if I've just missed it. I had my heart set on doing the easyrider thing from Hoi An to Dalat over 5 or 6 days. Unfortunately the b*ggers at my travel insurance company won't cover me without a motorcycle licence, even if I'm only a passenger. Suffice to say i don't have a licence. I haven't really been able to find any information about hiring a car and driver/guide to do the same trip. There will ...

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