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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 Pablot on 19/9/2009 at 18:05

Question for Moderator of this Forum - why not take commonly asked questions & make them into FAQ? then post them separately? I find over the period of time I have been looking at this forum some common questions come up; example taxi Hoi An - Danang etc. ...

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Book your Vietnam travel tickets online
  Buy train, bus and ferry tickets online.

tet how busy is it?

Posted by charlotterussell on 2/11/2007 at 14:37

three of us traveling in vietnam for 4 weeks in feb2008 we are concerned about being there during tet , anywhere that would be good to hang while it is on? or should we visit laos or cambodia for a week when the madness is on? really hard to plan our trip until we make this decision as as it happens to be a third of the way in, if we stay how far ahead would we have to book travel and accom need help!!!! ...

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Viewed 2,586 times, with 7 replies. Last reply by Pablot on 19/9/2009 at 09:57

Christmas in Ha Long Bay

Posted by mlr on 17/9/2009 at 16:31

Just wondering if anyone has had any experience of being in Ha Long bay over christmas time? We are looking at perhaps doing a cruise with Columbas on their Pinta Gold boat, it looks lovely! One of my main concerns though is what will the weather be like at that time of the year? ...

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Viewed 2,520 times, with 1 reply. Last reply by PalleKuling on 17/9/2009 at 18:42

Road conditions DBP to sapa

Posted by zipi on 15/9/2009 at 21:18

I intend to travell with 4wd from DBP to Sapa on November 2009. Does any one knows the road condition there? I heard that large parts of the road is under construction and very dusty and bumpy. Is it so? Thank You, Zipi ...

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Any thoughts on my itinerary

Posted by jclarkson on 15/9/2009 at 09:02

So I think I've decided on a lose itinerary. Saigon (day or two for Chu Chi and the Delta) This is the part I really would like some tips on is what to hit in central Vietnam. I want to see the DMZ and do Nha Trang, maybe Hue or Hoi An as well, any advice about how long it takes to get aroudn that area and peoples thoughts on the locations would be greatly appreciated. Then Hanoi, Ha Long bay, fly to Vientiene go to VV for tubing then back to Saigon and home ...

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Viewed 1,931 times, with 3 replies. Last reply by jclarkson on 16/9/2009 at 00:06

Important Update - Vietnam Airlines - online booking

Posted by basejump on 11/2/2009 at 17:47

Hi Just thought you would like to be aware that there has been an enhancement to the online booking engine used on the Vietnam Airlines site - the site now allows you to complete your booking in real time using your credit card - you no longer need to book in Vietnam or use a local agent. I have checked this for domestic flights - not sure it has been turned on yet for international but that is on their agenda. ...

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Motorbike Hoi An to Hue

Posted by KazAussie on 8/9/2009 at 14:40

Hi all, Is it possible to hire motorbikes for a one way trip from Hoi An to Hue? If so, what route would you suggest we take and what should we see on the way. I know the bus is about 3.5 hours, so I thought that we could spend a day travelling (or even overnight somewhere along the way), but what are the highlights - must not misses? Very grateful for your advice. ...

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Viewed 10,060 times, with 11 replies. Last reply by KazAussie on 13/9/2009 at 05:16

Travel Agent

Posted by NYTim on 11/9/2009 at 23:42

My first post. I arrive in Vietnam on October 18th for 12 days. First time visitor. I am deciding on what tour agency to use. The best price came from -- Kim Tours - Asia Pacific Travel. Does anyone know of this agency? I know it is not the Kim Cafe folks. Any help would be appreciated and any reccomendations also. Cheers ...

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Viewed 2,525 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by wanderlust13 on 12/9/2009 at 14:46

Flights to/from Bangkok

Posted by dan567 on 9/9/2009 at 19:18

I plan on spending around 30 days in Vietnam flying in from Bangkok and then flying back to Bangkok again. I've looked at flights and it seems to be about 2800 baht each way. Is it a reasonable plan to fly in to Hanoi 1st October, get to Ho Chi Minh City and then fly from there back to Bangkok? Is there any way I can get the flights cheaper, say just by turning up at the airport on the day? Thanks! ...

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Storing luggage in Ha Noi

Posted by wanderlust13 on 7/9/2009 at 09:21

Hi Travelfishers! I'm arriving in Ha Noi today and in a few days will be doing a Halong Bay tour. I'd like to store my suitcase somewhere and go to the bay with just a backpack. Any suggestions on a safe place to store my luggage? Would the hotel I'm staying at be an appropriate, safe location? (I'm returning to Hanoi after Halong Bay, so I can always stay there again if that guarantees bag safety.) Many thanks! Anna ...

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Viewed 4,021 times, with 3 replies. Last reply by violets on 10/9/2009 at 15:47

Massages in Vietnam??

Posted by Peat on 7/9/2009 at 15:49

Hi everybody, I just wanted to know whether we can find in Vietnam the same great massage places (good, reliable, cheap, on every corner) as in Thailand? Or is it different there? What should I know? Thanks, Petra ...

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Itinerary for Vietnam

Posted by katsnow on 8/9/2009 at 12:25

So I am trying to decide on a route for Vietnam. I want to enter overland from China and end up in Phnom Penh so.... Sapa - I was thinking of starting here but I am conflicted because of the comments I have read about it being over touristed now. Thoughts? Is it worth a stop? Then Hanoi and a Halong Bay tour. Next I want to stop in either Hue or Hoi An. What would you pick? Then head down to Ho Chi Minh and onto Cambodia. Any advice is appreciated! :) ...

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Viewed 1,627 times, with 7 replies. Last reply by katsnow on 9/9/2009 at 13:40

Legit Livitrans?

Posted by justwondering on 7/9/2009 at 07:38

I was under the impression that all of the private trains to Sapa needed to be booked through an agent or hotel, but I stumbled across this website for Livitrans ( which says their head ticketing office is in the Mango Hotel lobby and you can book direct with them. Does anyone know if this is legit or is it just Mango Hotel having a go? Their prices seem about right from what I can figure. ...

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Our travel plans ok? Time to get from A to B? Need help.

Posted by Peat on 7/9/2009 at 16:03

Hello, it would be great if somebody could have a look at our plans, especially giving us some info about the time to get from A to B by train...first time in Viet.:) Trip from October 26th till November 15th. 1) Hanoi 2 nights: how many hours to Ha Long Bay? By train, by bus? Ticketsin advance? 2) Ha Long Bay; 2 nights, then: how many hours to Hue (with stopover in Pong-Nha for the caves); night train or day train to Hue? Ticktes in advance? 3)Hue: 1- 2 nights, then: how many ...

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Hue-Citytour-motorbike: Hue Riders or Cafe Thu Wheels?

Posted by muggel on 26/7/2009 at 17:30

I hope you can give my your reviews! We would like to book a full day hue-motorbike-tour by Cafe Thu Wheels or Hue Riders. Which one do you recommend? Prices of Cafe Thu Wheels? Thanks, muggel ...

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Viewed 3,315 times, with 1 reply. Last reply by Gold1 on 8/9/2009 at 16:07

Quick chart for Vietnam Airlines flight details

Posted by BruceMoon on 30/7/2009 at 13:43

Many lament the Vietnam Airlines web portal. I came across this website, and for flight times as a guide and (approx) prices, I suggest it may be helpful to some. Cheers ...

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Viewed 2,918 times, with 3 replies. Last reply by BruceMoon on 8/9/2009 at 11:14

Sapa trek with Vega or Sapa Pathfinder , reviews?

Posted by muggel on 10/5/2009 at 18:41

Looking for a moderate trekking 2-3 days with homestay in the hilltribe-villages of Sapa , I would like to aks, if there are any experiances with Vega (24a Hang Bac, Hanoi) or Sapa Pathfinder (Sapa )? thanks ...

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Viewed 10,573 times, with 9 replies. Last reply by muggel on 7/9/2009 at 11:18

Visiting SaPa

Posted by BruceMoon on 27/8/2009 at 12:29

This 'post' seeks to orient the prospective traveller to aspects of the SaPa experience. Why, because the traveller experience of SaPa has changed immensely over the past few years. For some intending to visit, a tour is the way to go. For others self travel always makes the journey. May I offer some insights that helps you understand some of the 'details', so that you can better enjoy your experience. If so, read on (and do look at the links I mention). First I will focus on S ...

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Can Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi be done in 12 days?

Posted by fwen on 5/9/2009 at 20:48

Hi, I am traveling to Vietnam in December.. I am looking for tips of what to cram in whilst I am there. Can it be done in 12 days? Any information on routes etc that anyone has travelled would be great. Thanks Emma-Jane x ...

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Viewed 6,790 times, with 7 replies. Last reply by BruceMoon on 6/9/2009 at 19:48

How would you improve tourism in Vietnam?

Posted by somtam2000 on 10/8/2009 at 10:40

When Vietnam News recently asked readers to contribute their thoughts on how Vietnam's tourism could be improved, one of the people behind Saigon-based tour agency, Come & Go Vietnam, penned his thoughts. Find below the full letter below reprinted with the kind permission of Come & Go Vietnam. Vietnam's tourism problems are internal, not external. Foreign tourists are aware of Vietnam and its attractions, but more needs to be done domestically to make it easier for tourists to visit Vietna ...

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