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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!

1 week in Hanoi - can I fit in Sapa and Halong?

Posted by Doggins on 15/4/2009 at 18:53

Hi guys will be arriving in Hanoi in the afternoon of Tuesday 2nd of June will be leaving around the 9th Halong Bay is a definate, but will we fit in a trip to Sapa as well? Is this too much?: Tuesday, 2 June 2009 Kuala Lumpur - Hanoi Wednesday, 3 June 2009 Hanoi - Halong Bay Thursday, 4 June 2009 Halong Bay Friday, 5 June 2009 Halong Bay - Hanoi Saturday, 6 June 2009 Hanoi (dep) Sunday, 7 June 2009 Sapa (arr) Monday, 8 June 2009 Sapa (dep) Monday, 9 June 2008 Hanoi (arr) ...

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Posted by brucemoon on 21/4/2009 at 20:24

Hi I'm alerting travelers to a ROAD DISASTER. Let me explain. Last year (October) I travelled from SaPa to HaNoi via Dien Bien Phu [DBP]. Except for a few road re-alignments, the road from SaPa to DBP was sort of OK. Narrow and a bit rough at times, but OK and scenic. From DBP to SonLa on the highway to HaNoi was a disaster. From SonLa to HaNoi was OK to good. The VN gov't had decided to make the highway from DBP to HaNoi a fast 4 lane road. The mountainous terrian meant t ...

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Viewed 5,987 times, with 10 replies. Last reply by BruceMoon on 9/6/2009 at 13:58

Mosquito repellant advice

Posted by BruceMoon on 6/6/2009 at 05:54

Hi, fellow travellers I was confronted with a dilemma regarding mosquito repellant. Here, in Australia, DEET is no longer readily available. I did a bit of research, and posted on the 'Health' page. Today I discovered some alarming facts about DEET. You may also be interested: Cheers ...

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Viewed 3,985 times, with 4 replies. Last reply by daawgon on 8/6/2009 at 02:52

Advice Laos to Vietnam

Posted by benhopes on 6/6/2009 at 21:33

Hi, I'm off to Thailand and Laos in July and wanted some advice on the best way to get to Vietnam from Laos and where to go in Vietnam. Would it be best getting a flight, and if so which airline? I don't want to spend too long there but would like to see some of the old war sites and the tunnels they used to build. Any help appreciated Cheers Ben ...

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Help contacting hotel in HCMC

Posted by trimetrov on 3/6/2009 at 06:56

I'm trying to pre-book a room with Quyen Thanh Hotel in Saigon and am having no luck getting hold of them. Does anyone know a working email address for them? Have you stayed there recently and know if they're still open? ...

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Guide and sites in Vietnam

Posted by stanang on 24/5/2009 at 17:46

Hi! Me and my friends are planning to go to Vietnam and Cambodia. In Vietnam, we will be going to HCMC. I was wondering if any of you would happen to know if there are any english speaking local tour guide that we can get to bring us around HCMC to see different places? I would really appreciate any help you guys can provide. Thanks. ...

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Viewed 1,444 times, with 3 replies. Last reply by stanang on 3/6/2009 at 11:17

Vietnam Visa

Posted by timeeee on 4/5/2009 at 19:55

Hi, I'm in the UK and travelling to Saigon on 15th June and trying to get a visa sorted. I need a multiple entry 3 month visa and emailed the UK vietnam embassy who told me overall including postage of passport would cost me £106. However was looking at these 'visa's on arrival' thorough where you get a confirmation letter sent via email and get this stamped on arrival at the airpiort (which apparently will only cost me £57). Has anyone used this before? Is it reliable? ...

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hcmc airport facilities, shops, internet, cafes?

Posted by laallee on 29/5/2009 at 21:26

we have a few hours to waste in hcmc airport waiting for a connecting flight to nha trang. are the shops, cafes, toilets etc cool. also will we be able to purchase a local sim card in the airport. thanks, lee. ...

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Best way to travel around Vietnam

Posted by Noggins on 30/5/2009 at 08:39

Hi, Would appreciate any advice on this. We are off to Vietnam in a few days, will be covering a fair amount of ground in 3 weeks, from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh, with quite a few places one to stop at one the way. Can anyone reccomend what is the best way of getting around?Taking in to account costs and safety. Are open tours buses the only option, are there other tourist buses, and what are the local buses like? We have travelled around other parts of Asia before so being squashed etc isnt a pro ...

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Viewed 7,174 times, with 6 replies. Last reply by Pablot on 3/6/2009 at 07:39

Booking of Halong Bay Tours

Posted by limdq on 26/5/2009 at 14:26

Hi guys!! I have read posts on which tour operators to get and such, but i was wondering the time at which the tour operators close. I am arriving in Hanoi @ 2035hrs. By the time i get to the city it would be around 2200 hrs. Would it still be possible to get a 2D/1N tour of Halong Bay booked for the following morning? (I know I'm a bit hopeful here.) I don't want to book online as the rates are really really ridiculous. Alternatively, i was thinking of travelling to Halong Cit ...

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3 / 4 week itinerary?

Posted by albrown1 on 31/5/2009 at 15:09

Hi everyone, I am currently living/working in Abu Dhabi, UAE and am looking to escape Ramadan (late August to mid-sept) and book a few weeks off work...3 weeks is a given, but I am pushing for 4. Originally I was looking to head to Vietnam and travel the length of the country from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh. However, I want to pack in as much as possible and am considering Laos, Cambodia and Thailand too.... I appreciate I won't have much time to catch my breath, but I am not too fussed ab ...

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Viewed 1,797 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by Archmichael on 1/6/2009 at 11:27

Domestic flights and booking

Posted by Thinwhiteduke on 28/5/2009 at 00:31

hi everyone, my girlfriend and me will be travelling in vietnam throughout october. to spare some time, we are thinking about taking some flights in between, e.g. hanoi-danang, danang-hcmc and the like. is it recommended to book those in advance or will we be able to book them one or two days before the flight in vietnam, which we would prefer? and how are the rates in the latter case (just an estimate...) and where would i book the flights? as for the booking; does anyone have experiences wi ...

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Viewed 2,329 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by manooe on 29/5/2009 at 10:27

Phu Quoc in July

Posted by misterwoods on 26/5/2009 at 17:41

Can anyone throw some info my way on this island... Thinking of making a trip there while in Saigon / Mekong Delta. What is the best way to get there - boat from Ha Tien / Rach Gia? Fly from Saigon / Rach Gia?? What is the weather like at the start of July? Can you recommend a nice beach & accomodation? Budget approx 20 dollars for a double room... ...

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Viewed 1,771 times, with 1 reply. Last reply by brucemoon on 27/5/2009 at 09:34

Vietnam Airlnes - A Joke

Posted by allatsea3 on 4/5/2009 at 14:01

Inflexible inconsiderate dont dare try and change flights .tried to change flight from Mekong Delta at Can Tho office told them i couldnt pick up ticket until next day . arrived at main office in Saigon to be told ticket cancelled as not picked up 4 hours before flight so got 75% refund and booked with Jetstar much better service . a good reason why only 3% of visitors return apart from price gouging tourists and generally unfriendly people. ...

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Viewed 2,264 times, with 3 replies. Last reply by waterbeo on 22/5/2009 at 21:38

Northwest Vietnam - Not organized tour

Posted by MisterV on 22/5/2009 at 04:20

Hi all, I'm planning to travel in this region with my friend. Would like to hear from you is it dangerous/hard to get around and not recomended OR the opposite.. My plan is to use the public bus from Hanoi to Mai Chau then Son la - DBP - Lai Chau - Sapa. Is it possible to find local guides/agencies in these locations? (except sapa - its full of those) Should I consider taking an organized tour in hanoi? I really want to save money but on the other hand dont want to find myself in frus ...

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Viewed 1,311 times, with 1 reply. Last reply by brucemoon on 22/5/2009 at 06:48

ATM worries, UK cards with solo and visa logos

Posted by laallee on 17/5/2009 at 03:52

Hi, we are trying to travel just using our debit cards and emergency cash. We have a real fear of our cards not working at the machines, if this happens can you withdraw cash at a bank counter. We will inform our banks of our travel plans but having so much relying on technology is a concern. thanks. laallee ...

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Viewed 2,730 times, with 6 replies. Last reply by brucemoon on 19/5/2009 at 06:13

Vietnam Departure Card

Posted by TheGoose on 15/5/2009 at 17:09

Hi, I can't remember being given a departure card to keep when I entered Vietnam (I came overland from Kep to Ha Tien) though even if I was handed one, I've lost it. I'm just wondering if this is going to cause any problems when I fly from Hanoi to Laos? ...

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Hanoi accommodation

Posted by Evahu_210 on 9/5/2009 at 21:38

Hi, all! I’ll be alone traveling around Vietnam in late May for 10days, I have the following questions: 1. I’ll arrive in Hanoi airport at 10:00pm and wonder if there is still any airport shuttle bus to go into downtown of Hanoi (the Ho Hoan Kiem area)? Sine it would be pretty late when arriving there, is easy to find guesthouse then? (I don’t wanna book the accommodation in advance via internet) Any recommendation? 2. From where to exchange for VND for a higher rate? Airport, Ban ...

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Viewed 1,703 times, with 7 replies. Last reply by anhluc on 18/5/2009 at 12:19

Short notice booking of internal flights and hotels

Posted by laallee on 16/5/2009 at 18:07

hi, we are going to vnn in july, we do not want to be stuck with a fixed plan so we would prefer to book flights and hotels at a maximum 48 hrs notice. is this workable? thanks, lee. ...

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Viewed 2,636 times, with 5 replies. Last reply by anhluc on 18/5/2009 at 11:54

Best beaches in Vietnam>???

Posted by autourdumonde3232 on 2/4/2009 at 04:07

Hi All! Any input on the best beaches in Vietnam?? General post that could be helpful to all though for the record I will be in the South around July/August.. I will have my snorkel set with me! but it's not a must to use it:)! I understand that Phou Quoc is basically a wash then.. Nha Trang seems a bit too developed for to be a truly clean and clear beach though there must be some great ones close by Anyway, hope this post helps people as well as myself, so open discussion! ...

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