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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!

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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hai van pass by motorbike

Posted by roynolan on 1/9/2009 at 04:42

hi all I want to go from Danang to Hue over the Hai Van Pass by mototbike. How easy is it to rent a bike for about 4 days from Danang, how long will the trip take, what size bike do you reccomend, weather in February and any other advice you have for me would be appreciated ...

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Hoi An and surrounds

Posted by KazAussie on 12/8/2009 at 15:03

Hi all, we will have about a week in Hoi An in late December. The weather that time of year can be very variable as I understand it. Anyone have any experience in "must see" or "must experience", either that can be done as a day trip or overnighter from Hoi Ann? ...

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Being fed Fido: Eating dog in Vietnam

Posted by somtam2000 on 3/9/2009 at 08:59

Have just added a new story to the site talking about the experience of eating dog in Vietnam. You can read the full story here: Eating dog in Vietnam Have you eaten dog and if so, let us know what you thought -- either here or over on the comments section at the end of the story. Bon appetit! ...

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Halong - What Type of Cruise

Posted by ecurry33 on 3/9/2009 at 20:46

Hi all, After reading many good things about Columbus Cruises, Red Dragon and several others, I am still confused. I am particularly keen on finding a boat with a cabin to hold 3 people, one that does not anchor next to all the other boats, has kayaking and night fishing, and numerous, sumptuous servings of fresh seafood. Here is a listing of cruises by category that I found at - can anyone help me figure out what the general diffeernces are in the differnet cruise cateogrie ...

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Mobiles and telephones

Posted by Puggles on 4/9/2009 at 09:40

Hi, I have an older style mobile that I will be taking with me on my trip that has an appropriate plug. A friend suggested I should buy a pre-paid phone card for the phone when I land in Hanoi and then use this to keep in contact with family in Australia. I have a few queries on this and my apologies if they are a little simple but this is all new to me. When I purchase the card, do I need to give the telephone number and country code to my family in Aus? I assume I would use co ...

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Cat Ba to Halong Bay and Halong City

Posted by Pokol on 28/8/2009 at 20:37

Hi, I've got a flight booked to HAiphong. From there I'd like to go to Cat Ba and Halong Bay. I was thinking of going to Halong City from there instead of Haiphong and head to HAnoi from there? Does this make any sense? I can't seem to find any kind of cheap accomodation fromm Haiphong or any tour starting from there...Any suggestions??? Thanks a million!!! ...

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How to Have a Life in Vietnam? American, 28 yrs old, wants to know!

Posted by semisage on 1/9/2009 at 06:05

I want to go back to Vietnam. Back in 2006, during my first and only trip, I got to spend only 30 days. Just this short time was long enough to fall in love with your country. That is to say, my experiences were great although there's a lot more to discover. That's what I'm looking at now... how to go back, what to do for work (I love teaching), and wondering if it's possible to be lucky enough to meet that "special someone" (soulmate). It's every desire rolled into one. I'm engulfed with pla ...

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