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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!

Vietnam + Cambodia (?) 35 days with a Child. Assistance would be great :)

Posted by RoyAlterAsia on 8/12/2015 at 22:22

Hi, Great to find this forum! To give you guys some context so you can help us better: We have 35 days to spend, with the goal of spending much of it relaxing, either on a clean beach or preferably an island. Having a 5 year old means we are limited in out transport options and would like to keep it somewhat simple. The kid is definitely not into walking a lot or hiking... Also budget-wise, flights at a minimum. Having said that we do not mind moving between locations. The trip can ...

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20 days in Thailand, Vietnam & Cambodia

Posted by cmaranhao on 29/11/2015 at 20:28

Hello travel enthusiasts of the world... I would like some tips and advice. My bfriend and I are planning a trip to SE Asia in March 2016, we have 19 days to explore Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia. We eliminated Laos due to time restrictions. So far this is our itinerary: Day 0 Arrive in BKK at 12 noon Day 1 and 2 - BKK Day 3 Ayutthaya Day 4 & 5 Chiang Mai Day 6 travel from Chiang Mai to Hanoi Day 7 Hanoi Day 8 & 9 Tour in Halong Bay Day 10 Hanoi Day 11 travel from H ...

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Monkey Bridge? Have you ever tried?

Posted by lilith235 on 4/12/2015 at 08:30

You know in Vietnam, that "Monkey Bridge" is the specific bridge of Vietnam. You only see it in South Vietnam, exactly is Mekong Delta. Have ever you tried to go through Monkey Bridge? I have some fact about that special bridge, in case someone never heard about it: "Almost all countries have characterized bridges. The bridges reflect the lifestyle and customs of the local people. There are extremely odd bridges that many tourists feel very scared when they pass them, like playing ...

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Motorcycle License - New Laws?

Posted by Dayyanum on 19/11/2015 at 13:30

I know this is a common topic, but after much searching I've found lots of conflicting articles and posts, and just want to make sure I'm preparing correctly. I'll be buying a bike and doing a ~30 day ride from HCMC to Hanoi in January. I am very experienced and have an international license/motorcycle license in the US. Some people say that I can easily get it 'converted' in HCMC, some say it requires tons of red tape and a 10+ day wait. Someone else said I could probably get it done online ...

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25 Days Vietnam Itinerary : Suggestions welcome :-)

Posted by sheetalpasad1 on 1/12/2015 at 05:27

Dear travel buddies Kindly check My vietnam travel plan Let me know if anything I can change. I booked HCMC & phu quoc flights. 26 Jan HCMC 27/28 Mekong delta trip 29 HCMC sight seeing 30,31 Phu quoc island flight 1 Feb Hanoi night started for Sapa trip 3 hanoi stay and local sightseeing 4/5 mai chau trip 6/7 halong bay day trip with cat ba stay. 8 to 10 Hanoi : Celebrate tet😃 10 night Hanoi to Hue Bus/Train 11,12 Hue 13,14,15 Hoi an 16,17,18 Danang 18 Da nang to Hanoi flight 1 ...

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saigon events website

Posted by edichner on 1/12/2015 at 20:33

There is a great website - It is a cultural magazine with lots of info about events, food, the arts, history of Ho Chi Minh City plus daily news about Vietnam. ...

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Vietnam visa stamp free: 25 or 45?

Posted by diegomarialuisa on 26/11/2015 at 03:12

Hi everyone. I'm planning a trip to Vietnam in January. In orden to get the Visa, I have seen that some online sites offer their fee (about 15) +25 for the on arrival stamp, but some others say their fee+45 on arrival stamp. Does anybody knows why? Is there a mistake? Which is the Visa on Arrival stamp fee rigor now, or better, in January 2016? I'm talking about a 30 days single visa. Thanks ...

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North Central Coast - motorbike rentals

Posted by Dayvit78 on 26/11/2015 at 03:57

Hi all, Anybody have any experience renting a motorbike in one of the North Central Coast cities? Thanh Hoa, Vinh, Ha Tinh, Dong Ha... Do most hotels rent them or specialist shops? Thanks! ...

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Hoi An: Warning about buying gas!!

Posted by enna4 on 26/11/2015 at 03:06

There are 2 gas stations in Hoi An. I highly recommend you buy at the one on Nguyen Tat Thanh. DO NOT buy at the one on Hai Ba Trung (the main street heading north out of town), called Hong Ha gas station. We live right nearby and we witness foreign tourists (and some locals) getting scammed every single day, many times a day. There are constant arguments, furious customers, attendants who have a good chuckle after people drive off. By the way, whenever you buy gas, ask for a specific amoun ...

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Vietnam to offer Visa exemptions to 15 countries...

Posted by altmtl on 3/6/2015 at 15:20

"Starting this year through 2019, Vietnam will offer visa exemptions to visitors from Denmark, Finland, Japan, Norway, Russia, South Korea, and Sweden. But tourism officials have asked to add nine more countries to the list: Australia, Canada, France, Germany, India, Italy, New Zealand, Spain, and the UK." ...

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Vietnam War Tours

Posted by chris9393 on 23/8/2014 at 11:31

First time going to Vietnam soon in which I will be spending a full month there. Has anyone done any war tours that they would recommend when in Vietnam as this is going to be one of the main highlights of my trip. Many Thanks ...

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11 day Honeymoon in North/Central Vietnam

Posted by mfeller87 on 26/10/2015 at 14:40

Hi all, I'm planning an 11 day itinerary for my wife and I's honeymoon. We fly into Hanoi and want to visit the following places Hanoi (2-4 days), Ha Long Bay cruise (2-3 days), Hoi An/Danang (2-3 days), Mai Chau (1-2 days) and Ninh Binh (1-2 days). Recomendations on how to make this a trip to remember and avoid common mistakes? Or any other suggestions at all for people that have done similar trips? EDIT: We'll be there in mid/late Decemeber, FYI ...

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Ban Long, Cambodia to southern Laos

Posted by Ikat on 21/11/2015 at 22:32

Hi Is there a reasonable way to get from somewhere in NE Cambodia to southern Laos? I will be staying in Ban Long. I will get a Lao visa in advance so That wouldn't be an issue. Many thanks. ...

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Solo traveler : help in itenarary Vietnam cambodia

Posted by sheetalpasad1 on 15/11/2015 at 07:34

I hav booked flight kul to ho chi minh Intrested to visit meklong,phu quac,hanoi,Sapa, Hue, halong bay,hoi an,nha trang(if time permit),then cambodia 5 to 6 days max. *Planning for 20 to 25 days.(Jan end to Feb mid) *I hv not yet booked return ticket for India. *Local travel preferable (Comfort & Cheap) *I hv read some itinerary.they mention Vietname - Cambodia-Vietnam is it easily posible. Cuz then I get my return tkt frm vietnam will be cheaper.but need to know some best options. ...

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Best 1 Day Mekong Tour

Posted by N45H on 9/11/2015 at 03:12

Hi all, I will be in HCMC with my girlfriend next week for just 3 days, and we are hoping to do a day tour of the Mekong. We've heard there is an abundance of tour operators but just hoping to get a recommendation as I'm sure there are a wide variety of qualities. We're happy to pay around the 400,000-500,000 mark (I've seen as cheap as 2-300k advertised) if we get a quality tour, and even better if we can get a smallish group as opposed to being herded around with 30+ other tourists. We'd just ...

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Proposed 2 1/2 week Vietnam itinerary - advice appreciated :)

Posted by sjb222 on 29/10/2015 at 09:11

I work full time, but will be meeting some friends who aretravelling round South Asia for 3 months when they go to Vietnam in lateFebruary/early March 2016. My holiday allowance at work means the max time Ican spend out there is 2 ½ weeks so I know I'll inevitably have to miss a lotof Vietnam. The itinerary below was suggested by a friend who did this route inJuly 2014. She said she had an amazing time, but would love any other perspectiveson this route and anything you'd chang ...

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Need a good place like home to stay in Hanoi?

Posted by travelpro679 on 11/10/2015 at 22:16

Hi guys, I will jump in Hanoi this November. I need a place like home to stay so I have recommended by my close friend a place call Hanoi Brother Inn at 21 Bat Dan str. But I hope to have more choices from you guys. Thanks ...

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Phu Quoc to PP

Posted by mikal83 on 21/10/2015 at 05:09

Can anyone help with an easy, best route from PQ to PP? ...

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Viewed 1,466 times, with 3 replies. Last reply by mikal83 on 2/11/2015 at 21:17

Please have a look at our draft itinerary - appreciate ur comments.

Posted by kevinhaz on 23/10/2015 at 06:08

We are a couple in our mid 40's who usually spend xmas and NY in Goa - this year we are going to do Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. We love good food and although we want to see the sights - we do not want to spend too much time on them. Please let me know what you think of our itinerary. Arrive in Hanoi day 1 - 4 nights - this includes 1 night at Halong bay. Fly to Luang Probang - 4 nights Fly to Siem Reap - 2 nights Boat to Phnom Pen - 2 nights Boat to HCMC - 3 nights Fly to Phu Quoc - ...

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transport from Bac La or Lao Cai by bus using new highway

Posted by IRISHMAGGIE on 9/10/2015 at 05:31

I am new to this forum but would appreciate any help you can give.We are three Irish friends visiting Vietnam forthree weeks in October We are very interested in the Sunday market in Bac La, I have read from research a reasonably fast bus service to Lao Cai using the new highway.. Ideally we hope to spend onenight in Bac La but it is beginning to look less lightly because of a shortage of time. We intend to take the night train to Lao Cai but were thinking a bus back. We were thinking of ...

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