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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!

Should I pay for visa, or is 15 days enough in Vietnam

Posted by Emmajm on 13/2/2016 at 05:37

Hi After 2 months in Thailand and nearly a month in Laos, we have 2 and a half months left before we head to Myanmar. I was planning on a month in Cambodia, then taking advantage of the 15 day period that UK Citizens can spend in Vietnam without a visa then heading to Thailand again for the final month. Question is, am I just being tight not wanting to pay out for a visa for Vietnam and risk missing/rushing Vietnam because of this? I did think if we wanted to stay longer after the 15 days we cou ...

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Good news for foreign workers in Vietnam (all fields)

Posted by daawgon on 16/2/2016 at 12:27

The rules have been eased - read the article from Thanh Nien News ...

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Cai Be to Chau Doc

Posted by Josha on 5/2/2016 at 19:30

Is it possible to travel via boat / river / water way by boat (from Cai Be or Can Tho) to Chau Doc? We would then continue via fast boat to PP. Most tours put everyone on a bus for this part of the river. I would like to travel on the river to slow down and enjoy the scenery. It does not have to be luxury / commercial. On local transport or hitching a ride sounds good. Is this worth while ? Thanks in Advance ...

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Booking Coach out of Vietnam

Posted by jimbojh on 10/2/2016 at 08:28

Hi, I am travelling to Vietnam in June and plan to stay there for about 3-4 week before moving on to Cambodia. The travel agent we booked our one way flight with told us we would need to book on going travel before leaving for Vietnam as they sometimes pull you up at the border and ask for this. Now I have seen that you can bus from Ho chi minh city to Phnom Penh but I cannot find where you would book this in advance as it look like something you would book a few days before you travel? Any ...

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Travelmate Vietnam 31.03-20.04

Posted by richardmb on 15/2/2016 at 01:29

Hey guys, I'm looking for somebody to travel with me through vietnam for the first 3 weeks of april. I haven't booked any route route yet but I was looking into doing either hanoi - saigon or vice versa but I'm open to anything. I'm 19 years old and an easygoing person Cheers ...

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Vietnam Visa Changes - Urgent Advice Please!!

Posted by numan99 on 7/7/2015 at 05:54

On July 1st 2015 Vietnam changed its visa regulations to give exemptions to travelers from a few countries including the UK. I'm currently in Phnom Penh and am planning on traveling overland via coach in the next couple of days. When I last checked I thought I was going to need to get a visa from the embassy here in order to cross into Vietnam but, being a UK passport holder, it seems like this is no longer the case? Can someone please confirm this as I don't want to get turned away at the b ...

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Reliable Tour Companies in Vietnam

Posted by Annielay on 6/2/2016 at 19:02

Hello, we are active over 60s and will have 32 days to explore Vietnam and Cambodia from Bangkok in May/June this year. We are thinking of starting from Hanoi and travelling down Vietnam to HCMC, Mekong etc into Cambodia and eventually to Angkor Wat then flying back to Bangkok for our trip home to OZ. There are countless tour companies online and while we normally do independent travel sometimes someone to organise everything and give information about what you are actually looking at is p ...

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2 1/2 weeks: Angkor Wat & Vietnam

Posted by Calnyaz on 4/2/2016 at 16:16

Hello, I have booked flights from the uk to Bangkok mid August - end of August. I have an itinerary in mind which I have shared below, I'd like to hear your views/advise/suggestions on my plan!? Day 1 arrive in Bangkok 12:30am Day 1 fly to Siem Reap 1:30pm Day 2 Siem Reap Day 3 fly to somewhere in Vietnam near nha trang (not sure which airport) Day 4 -6 nha trang Day 7 get to Hoi An (not sure if best method) Day 8,9,10,11 & 12 at hoi an/ hue/ Bach ma national park Day 13 get to Han ...

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Dalat Questions

Posted by BevB on 2/2/2016 at 06:35

Is Dalat worth the effort of getting there? We would be leaving from HCMC and I am guessing a driver is the best way of getting there? What concerns me the most is the amount of time it takes to get to our next destination Hoi An. Around 17hrs by car. Will we get a driver who is prepared to do such a long trip? PLEASE do not suggest motor bikes, its not an option. If we fly, aside from the crazy cost of it, the flight goes back to HCMC to fly to Danang. Any advice would be greatly appreci ...

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Small Islands off Rach Gia: Nam Du archipelago or Hon Tre or Hon Som - anyone been?

Posted by Foolslena on 9/8/2013 at 04:06

Hello everyone, has anyone been to one of the smaller islands off the coast from Rach Gia ? Their names are Nam Du Archipelago (biggest island: Hon Cu Tron), Hon Som and Hon Tre. There seems to be a daily boat service there from Rach Gia and you find a little - maybe not so reliable - information on the net on a tour around the Nam Du islands and on accomodation in local guesthouses on Ngang Islet belonging to the Nam Du Archipelago. The journey is supposed to be 5 hours although I don't know ...

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Vinh Long to Chau Doc: bus recommendations?

Posted by darrylagreen on 31/1/2016 at 12:52


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Where to go on family holiday in March

Posted by Happytraveller67 on 29/1/2016 at 12:15

We are a family of 5 (children are 11, 17 and 19). Have booked 17 days, arriving Ho Chi Mihn on the 18th of March. We have booked two nights to start with at Hotel Rex in HCM and the next 6 nights in Hoi An , Hotel Sunrise or Hoi An Beach hotel. From there we are not sure what to do. Plan to go to Pu Quoc for 6 days on the beach, or do anybody have better suggestions for the beach-part? (Nha Trang, Phan Thiet/ Mui Ne, Whale island...) Would like nice and clean beach and with possibility for s ...

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Best place for Honeymoon in Vietnam

Posted by edwardrainny on 5/1/2016 at 03:32

Hi there! My honey wanna visit Phu Quoc Island to honeymoon. We stayed in Vietnam 2 days ago, I wanna have memorable and perfect trip for my wife, but I don't know any travel information in here. Due to first time to visiting other country, i have a little bit worry. Now, we are staying in a hotel in Hanoi. Can you give me some suggestions? (tour agency, hotels or etc.) Thanks so much Edwardrainny ...

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Discover Vietnam 6 days

Posted by angella on 4/1/2016 at 21:33

Hi there! My family has 6 days off for our vacation, we wanna visit Vietnam which is reviewed by our friends a lot. We would like to see all attractions if we can in Vietnam because we known that Vietnam has many beautiful sightseeing, delicious foods as well as special festivals, very exciting. My family has 5 people, 2 kids only. Can you suggest me some things to travel Vietnam? (i.e: how to book good tour, best places to see or stay...) Thanks a lot Angella. ...

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Train from Hanoi to Saigon. How much time will I need?

Posted by SnowBird888 on 13/1/2016 at 23:19

Hey there! I'm hoping to take the train from Hanoi to Saigon for my flight out. My flight leaves Saigon on February 28th at 12:55pm. Would leaving Hanoi the morning of the 26th give me enough time and allow for flexibility if there are delays? I was hoping to reach Saigon on the 27th and stay overnight before leaving. I read through the page on here about train travel through Vietnam and it was very helpful, but now I'm just wondering how much time I will need for that specific trip. I would ...

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DIY Mai Chau one night

Posted by aritossa on 9/1/2016 at 16:15

My Husband and I plan to travel by ourselves from Hanoi to Mai Chau for 1 night in the end of Jan 2016. Getting there sounds easy enough, we are just concerned about getting a homestay. There is a lot of info and reviews on guesthouses/homestays online, but I wonder if we need to reserve ahead of time? Which is not widely offered for the buget homestays... all we have are the phone numbers. Should we just show up in town, go to one of the choices we have researched and hope its ...

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Need transport to Da Nang from HCMC for TET

Posted by canoedaboo on 23/1/2016 at 11:52

So I'm terrible at making plans ahead of time and now I'm paying for it. I need to get to Da Nang by the 5th or 6th of February and apparently so does everyone else. Everything is booked up... I'm new to this site and never traveled in Vietnam before. Are there any websites similar to Craigslist or a way to find ride shares? In other places I've been to it's easy to find other tourists going in your direction and hitching a ride. Or just hitching period. Does anyone have any thoughts about thi ...

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Hoi An to Da Nang public bus warning

Posted by ricthomas70 on 23/1/2016 at 05:04

The public bus is a great way to meet locals and experience the country as it is really lived by locals. But BEWARE, westerners are targeted by unethical conductors on the bus who will try and screw you for as much as they can. A commercial transaction is two way... unknowingly many have been extorted from and have inadvertently contributed to this problem... letting this matter slide has lead to extreme and growing demands for money. Our journey to Na Dang they demanded 150% of the legitimate p ...

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Questions about Vietnam work visa

Posted by donngoan on 6/1/2016 at 22:46

Anybody here used to apply for 1 year Vietnam visa? I plan to find a job in Vietnam. My question is I will need a work visa or a business visa? Do I need a sponsor to have work visa? And how long the work visa will be valid? Any help is appreciated. ...

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Avoid The Real Kangaroo Cafe Halong Bay Tours

Posted by Loulou96 on 28/5/2013 at 23:35

Just had a terrible experience with The Real Kangaroo Cafe, Hanoi. In a nutshell, poor quality boat, poor itinerary, bad guides and when we complained (as the itinerary asked us to) we were told by the owner he is a member of the 1%er motorbike gang and would have people waiting for us when we got back from the tour to hurt us (his exact words were more obscene!). When we did get back we were faced with an irate and irrational owner talking over us with a video camera in our faces. Please don ...

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