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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!

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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buses to Chau Doc from CanTho and Vinh Long

Posted by joeandnicky on 7/8/2009 at 11:55

Hi, Can anyone tell me if I can get a direct bus from either Cantho or Vinh Long to Chau Doc and how long it would take? I don't want to have to go back to HCMC unless absolutely necessary. thanks ...

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Salsa in Saigon and Hanoi

Posted by MADMAC on 20/7/2009 at 02:14

On the off chance that any of you dance, FYI there is a budding salsa scene in both Hanoi and Saigon. See below: ...

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Cha Ca La Vong (Grilled fish) / Hanoi food & Cuisine

Posted by Travelindochine on 14/7/2008 at 13:54

“Cha ca” is a favourite dish of Hanoian. Located in Cha Ca street, Cha ca La Vong (”cha ca” means grilled fish) is the famous restaurant to many Hanoian as well as visitors from all over the world. The food is supposed to have been created by the Doan family. According to Mrs. Ngo Thi Tinh (a descendant of the 4th generation of the family), the family started the business of selling “cha ca” to earn money to support the family members and to have a meeting place for the Vietnamese ...

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Flights out of Vietnam. How to find best prices?

Posted by mattflemming on 2/8/2009 at 12:27

Hey, just wondering what's the best way to get a good deal on flights out of Vietnam? Planning on going on to South Korea and then to Canada. Are travel agents the way to go? Or should I stick with Expedia and sites like that? ...

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Next Big Tourist Destination In Vietnam

Posted by anhluc on 31/7/2009 at 10:33

Just wanted to post this link - How long until the Vietnamese, Vietnamese this place - which right now has to be own of the most spectacular places on earth. Can't wait to hear a tour guide tell me that during the American War the NVA and Viet Cong used the place as a regular hide-out - they just forgot to tell the world. ...

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Quick chart for Vietnam Railways schedule & prices

Posted by BruceMoon on 30/7/2009 at 13:50

And, there's more. This site also allows for a quick peek at rail times/schedules/prices/etc. by Vietnam Railways, so go here to look. I'm not recommending the travel agent, rather, alerting you to a site with quick access to rail details. Cheers ...

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Flights from Saigon to Siem Reap

Posted by Stigron on 29/3/2009 at 06:59

Has anyone had any experience flying from Saigon to Siem Reap? Cost - Airlines - Times etc. Are Jetstar now flying between these ports? ...

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Traveling with a toddler in Vietnam

Posted by missmessy on 29/7/2009 at 23:03

Just wondering if anyone has had any experiences traveling with a toddler in Vietnam. I've been there 3 times before, but in November, it will be the first time with my almost 2 year old. Any pointers? Tips? Things to look out for? Should we take an umbrella stroller or perhaps an Ergo carrier? We're only going for a week and will probably just visit HCMC, Da Lat and maybe Mui Ne. Any ideas are welcome. Thanks ...

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