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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!

Firts Trip To Vietnam Itinerary (Can someone please add their comments?)

Posted by gracenpaul on 29/7/2009 at 07:42

Hi, My wife and I are planning our first trip to Vietnam in SEP/OCT and was wondering if someone could please add comments/suugestions? We only have 14 days to spare. Arrive HCM (3 Nights) Fly to Na Trang (2 Nights) Train to Da Nang (1 Night) What we are stuck on is the best way to get to Hanoi from Da nang? We would like to spend a few days in Hoi An and Hue and a least 3-4 days in Hanoi before we head home. Is this a realistic plan? If someone can add their suggestion ...

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Arranging a 3 day cruise from Halong Bay

Posted by TomSawyer on 10/7/2009 at 13:40

I attempted to arrange a cruise with Saigon Cafe Tours after reading TF's "Ha Long Bay for flashpackers" article. After 8 days and many emails to Saigoncafé Travel (I’m not even totally sure if these are the same people, as mentioned in the TF article?) I have no tour, primarily due to the fact that they wanted me to make 20% deposit into a personal Vietnamese bank account, the deposit was only $18US and the (international) bank transaction fees were $30US! This seemed unrealistic, however th ...

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To book or not to book?

Posted by stephmccabe on 23/6/2009 at 15:08

My partner and I are traveling from Hanoi to HCMC then across to Cambodia in August this year (2009). We are wondering wether it is necessary to book accommodation via the internet before we go. Do places book out? We are looking at about US$10-30 price range per night. Can you get a better deal if you show up on the night? Also, any information/ideas on things to do in Vietnam would be greatly appreciated. e.g. we are unsure which overnight junk boat Halong bay tour to do as there are so ...

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Viewed 2,721 times, with 5 replies. Last reply by MissJanie on 27/7/2009 at 19:23

flight HCMC to Siem Reap

Posted by LindaBuskin on 5/2/2009 at 10:55

We arrive from Canada in HCMC on 17th Feb late night (after 10 pm and very long flight) and want to get to Siem Reap asap i.e. next day - I can only find a flight on Vietnam airline. I've been reading that buying flights once we arrive in Vietnam is much cheaper but not sure how to go about doing that in advance and at reasonable cost. Is there a travel agent in HCMC I could contact, or Vietnam airline office? Any other suggestions about other airlines & flights much appreciated. ...

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HCMC to Siem Reap Flight

Posted by gschwarz9981 on 27/7/2009 at 07:23

Anyone know the cost of a return flight from HCMC to Siem Reap is going for these days?? Also is the VN Airways office in HCMC open on a Saturday? ...

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Five days in Vietnam - Please vet my itinerary

Posted by Shahmatt on 30/6/2009 at 14:45

Hi, I'm trying my best to schedule an itinerary for a 5 day trip. It looks like its going to be tight. The trip stops can be summarized as follows: Hanoi -> Halong -> Hanoi -> Dong Hoi -> Hanoi Day 1: Thursday night. Land at Hanoi at 8pm. Travel to Halong City during the night. Stay overnight at Halong City. Day 2: Friday - Visit Halong Bay. Stay overnight on boat. Day 3: Saturday - Halong Bay, get back to Hanoi by evening. Take sleeper bus to Dong Hoi. Day 4: Sunday - ...

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Flights between Hanoi and HCMC

Posted by lolilu on 22/7/2009 at 02:28

Hi - My friend and I want to fly from Hanoi to HCMC in mid-August. We were considering booking a flight before we leave the States, but a lot of people have warned us that it might be cheaper to book once we actually get into Vietnam. We've looked on Skyscanner and it looks like any non-stop flight is running around $315 per person (with Vietnam Airlines)! I checked what I believed to be Vietnam Airlines website (, and it quoted me a significantly lower price. ...

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Amigo Hotel Hue Hotle

Posted by Solofl on 11/7/2009 at 04:13

I just visited Vietnam from the Mekong to Hue and all in between. I asked a taxi driver if he new a good place to stay. He took me to an ally that I was not sure of going down yet then about 50 yards I came to the Amigo Hotel It was strange to see it in the ally like an oasis in the desert. I was to stay only one night yet stayed three nights. I would have stayed longer if I could have changed my plans. The hotel was very clean and the hospitality was exceptional. From the moment you arrive ...

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Viewed 2,355 times, with 4 replies. Last reply by pthanhthao on 23/7/2009 at 23:10

Taking classes in laos and vietnam

Posted by MariaT on 23/7/2009 at 09:38

Hello everyone! I am planning a 1-2 month trip to laos and vietnam. I am trying to find out if there are any places in these countries that are offering any sorts of courses besides cooking, language or yoga classes. My idea for this trip is less traveling around and more finding a nice laid back place to stay for a longer period of time and exploring the surroundings and the culture little by little. I have seen posts about different courses one can do in ho chi min and in hanoi, but from ...

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Need a favor from anyone in Sapa

Posted by squong on 22/7/2009 at 11:01

Hi fellow travelers. I'm trying to reach a friend in Sapa. His name is Nam and he owns the Viet Emotion restaurant at 27 Cau Mai. If anyone is in the area, can you ask him to contact me at squong a(t yahoo d)ot com Thanks in advance. Spencer ...

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Viewed 1,514 times, with 1 reply. Last reply by squong on 22/7/2009 at 11:02

Feedback on Itinerary for August

Posted by eb on 5/7/2009 at 22:21

Any suggestions or advice for this itinerary for August? As a bit of background - I'll be arriving in HCMC with a friend. She'll be flying out of Hanoi on day 11, and then I'll be flying out of HCMC at the end of it. Also, I figured we should book the flights as soon as possible. Anything else we should be trying to book now? Thanks in advance for any help! Day 0 - Arrive in HCMC Day 1 - HCMC Day 2 - HCMC. in the evening, fly from HCMC to Hue Day 3 - day in Hue, then evening to Hoi ...

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Trip to Sapa and Bac Ha in Aug

Posted by IsaacLam on 17/7/2009 at 07:16

Hi there, We just spent 15 days in the South and Central. Due to the nice experience (because of my time suffing in travelfish), we are going to spend another 11 days in the North. Besides of Hanoi , we would spend most of our time in Sapa and Bac Ha areas, below is my draft of itinerary: Aug 13, Thur 09.30 arrived Hanoi and transfer to Lao Cai by night train (is it worth to spend $15+ more on a better train? Any place allow us to take a shower before we get onto a train in Hanoi?) ...

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Viewed 3,892 times, with 11 replies. Last reply by BruceMoon on 20/7/2009 at 13:13

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

Posted by angfonz on 8/7/2009 at 22:59

Can anyone please help me with the exact period of operation? My trip would be much simpler if I could avoid starting in Hanoi, and ending there instead. Unfortunately, from what I've read the mausoleum is closed in September. Is that from the 1st or later in the month? My travel times are August 20th to September 20th. I'm bringing a rain coat! Thanks in advance. Depending on your answers I'll probably bombard this forum with questions since Bruce kicked me off the Indochina section! ...

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Nha Trang Acommodation

Posted by clarerarks on 16/7/2009 at 08:15

Hello, Was wondering if anyone could help me, has anyone stayed at the sunlight Hotel (Thai Duong hotel) in Nha Trang. Basically im looking for accommodation in town with a triple room and a pool under $50 a night, there are so many but alot do not do triple rooms! ...

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Viewed 2,232 times, with 3 replies. Last reply by IsaacLam on 19/7/2009 at 08:27

Pinta/Pinta Gold good for the middle/old aged only?

Posted by lexkssnbrg on 4/7/2009 at 11:57

My partner and I are considering either the Pinta or Pinta Gold cruiser (as recommended by contributors here), but it seems that the boats are just suitable for the middle/old aged. Will we feel lost in the mix if we're booked? Much appreciate your advices. ...

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Viewed 2,747 times, with 12 replies. Last reply by BruceMoon on 17/7/2009 at 12:16

Looking for quiet accom on the beach in South Vietnam!

Posted by jmac on 15/7/2009 at 16:35

Hi there, having spent time in Saigon, Hanoi, Haiphong and now Hoi An we really want to go somewhere quiet on the beach. Everywhere seems to be very "touristy" does anyone know of somewhere good to chill out for a week? Thanks in advance! ...

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Viewed 3,613 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by BruceMoon on 15/7/2009 at 19:10

Up to date train and fares timetable?

Posted by fcottle on 23/6/2009 at 01:54

I've read the information here on travelfish about Vietnam trains, which provides great info. I've also downloaded the PDF doc of the timetables and fares, however it's from September 2007. The official Vietnam Railways website link to English timetables and fares isn't working. Could someone possibly post a more up to date PDF file, or let me know if the one on here is still accurate? Thanks. ...

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Viewed 2,567 times, with 5 replies. Last reply by Rohan on 14/7/2009 at 07:34

To fly or not to fly?

Posted by sophieee on 12/7/2009 at 20:40

Hello! We are travelling overland from bangkok into cambodia through vietnam and into laos then due to get the overland train to bangkok to fly home. There are parts of our trip that would be a lot easier to fly though, like Hanoi to Luang Prabrang but my friend did this same trip about 3 years ago and said that we should avoid flying. She flew internally in Vietnam and none of the passengers had there baggage put on the plane. She said that she met a lot of people who had had this happen to ...

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Viewed 1,347 times, with 4 replies. Last reply by sophieee on 13/7/2009 at 23:33

Hotels below 20$ in central Saigon?

Posted by rebeccafarrent on 7/5/2009 at 09:56

Hi, We're looking for hotels in Saigon for our summer holiday. We prefer those in the city center at not more than 20$/room/night. Any advice? Thank you. ...

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Viewed 3,710 times, with 14 replies. Last reply by travworld on 13/7/2009 at 10:06

Cat Ba + Ha Long Minus the Tour Boat

Posted by kpop on 17/6/2009 at 23:03

Hello! Okay, I know there is a lot of info on the site in regards to this topic, but I haven't found answers to these specific questions. I appologize in advance if this has already been asked. Travelling in a group of 2, we're looking to spend about 7 days at Cat Ba Island. We want to bypass the Ha Long tours all together by taking the ferry to/from Hai Phong. I have read the Travelfish stories, which recommend bargaining your way onto a tour boat to get from Ha Long City to Cat Ba, t ...

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