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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!

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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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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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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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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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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preferrable mode of transport from Hanoi to Hue

Posted by buecax on 13/8/2009 at 05:22

hi all, what would you recommend as the "best" way to travel from hanoi to hue? are sleeper trains more comfortable than sleeper buses? i´ve also read that in lao sleeper buses you have to share your "bed" with a stranger if you are travelling alone... is this true for vietnam sleeper buses and trains as well? or would you recommend to take a normal bus during the day to enjoy the scenery instead? many thanks in advance! axel ...

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Posted by frozengurlz on 17/8/2009 at 03:08

thanks for all the tips on your adventures(good&bad)overnighting..who to stay clear of, what to do/not do. We are going in Feb from the N to the S and don't really have muh this really helps. ...

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travel from Phnom Penh Cambodia to HCMC Vietnam

Posted by nzchanty on 25/6/2007 at 17:32

Can anyone tell me what options there are to travel from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh City? Do you know of reputable companies that either go overland or by boat? Also, is it easy to get a Vietnamese visa in Cambodia? Thanks for answering!!! ...

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Beaches in November

Posted by mscmark on 12/8/2009 at 17:23

Hi all, My girfriend and I are planning to visit Vietnam this November and expect the beaches will be the highlight of our trip. However, we're wondering if that's the best time for the sea in Vietnam or it'll be too cold to swim and kayak? Many thanks in advance. Mark ...

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Visa Extension Issue

Posted by csw on 13/8/2009 at 21:59

Help! We got our vietnam visa in phnom penh and for various reasons only got a 15 day category D visa. We tried to get an extension in hoi an but they said it can only be done in hanoi. Now we are in Hanoi and are being quoted $65 and have been told that it will take 5 days. Our visa runs out on saturday 15th, the travel agent assures us that as long as we have applied for an extension we are entitled to stay whilst it is processed despite this meaning that we have over-run our initia ...

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No renter for (motor)bikes in My Tho, Vinh Long, Can Tho?

Posted by jensmichael on 12/8/2009 at 22:59

Desperately I'searching for recommanded addresses of renters for bikes, mopeds, motor bikes in the Mekong Delta. No references found in guidbooks, actual Lonely Planet & in the web.... Is the Mekong Delta bike-free??? ...

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Sapa Life Travel website?

Posted by justwondering on 12/8/2009 at 12:10

Hi, I've stumbled across a few recommendations for Sapa Life Travel on the web, including on this site, but their website seems to be down. Can anyone confirm they are still operating? Perhaps its just a technical glitch. I was hoping to check out their trekking options in the Ban Ho area. ...

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Bus schedule

Posted by jiggs on 10/8/2009 at 11:31

Day 1 - Ha Long Day 2 - Hue Day 3 and 4- Hoi an Day 5 - Dalat Day 6 - HCMC do you have any bus schedules for (esp night time) for this route? ...

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Flower festival Da Lat

Posted by KazAussie on 8/8/2009 at 15:56

Has anybody experienced the flower festival in Da Lat. Is it worth re-jigging the itinerary in order to see it. This link means it will be on while we are in Vietnam. It will mean altering our plans, and paying out some extra dollars, so just after your opinions. ...

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Jungle Beach or Wildbeach?

Posted by jemcandance on 8/8/2009 at 09:19

Hello, My partner and I are heading from Ho Chi Minh to Nha Trang in mid November. She has never travelled before and is anxious about safety issues. I was reading about Jungle Beach and think it looks fantastic but i was wondering how safe it is and where do you keep your valuables? we would like to stay at Jungle Beach but are also considering WildBeach resort. which one would you suggest? thanks! ...

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A "spare week" in HCMC

Posted by TonyandNi on 3/8/2009 at 05:55

We're doing a cycling tour from Bangkok to HCMC in September (including Siem Reap), and another one from HCMC to Hanoi (including Halong Bay and an extension to SaPa (not by bike!)) in October. We have a "spare week" in HCMC from 26th September to 4th October and are trying to decide what to do with it. Ideas so far include a SinhCafe tour of the Mekong Delta and Phu Quoc, or possibly a few days in Hoi An. We're early retired but young and fit - I wish! - and not on too tight a budget ...

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New Years in central Vietnam

Posted by Rohan on 7/8/2009 at 09:14

I will be in Vietnam for NYE this year (Western NYE not Tet). I have read some posts about NYE in Saigon, but I am likely to be in central Vietnam as the full moon festival in Hoi An is on 29 December and I would like to see it. Does anyone know if anything happens in that region for NYE? I expect Hoi An and Hue are the most likely candidates given the number of western tourists who pass through. ...

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