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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!

Travel planner referral

Posted by jiml on 16/6/2015 at 12:42

We've booked flights to Saigon, HK, Shanghai and Beijing for October. No experience, so we're looking for a personal travel planner who can guide us in preparing for the trip. Can anyone give us recommendations for someone? ...

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How to interact with locals during my trip to Vietnam?

Posted by ashleythorn988 on 16/6/2015 at 21:38

My boyfriend and I are planning for a trip to Vietnam in August, and we really look forward to learning more about the local culture. We'll stay in Hanoi for 5 days before flying to HCMC. Is there any tour, activity or event in Hanoi during that time that we can join so as to interact with local people? I don't want to be just another tourist who comes and goes. ...

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July Holiday in Vietnam - Beginner

Posted by bk on 20/5/2015 at 01:27

I have never been to Vietnam before, nor have I ever planned a trip to Asia so I need all the advise I can get. My husband and I are looking to do a 2-3 week Itinerary from 5th -24th July (approx. dates). I am open to suggestions really. I understand the weather varies and can be wet this time of year, are there places to avoid? We are happy taking our time really exploring an area and just kicking back and relaxing as my husband will have just returned from 4 month deployment. Right now we are ...

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Ninh Binh - luggage

Posted by FabianaRego on 5/6/2015 at 06:22

Hi, could someone tell me if there are any lockers or any place to leave the luggage in Ninh Binh? It's because we'll be arriving from Danang and just spend a full day there and head to Hanoi at evening... So we'll be carrying our bags... Thanks ...

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Halong Bay Castaway Scam

Posted by travellingsarah on 5/6/2015 at 01:25

I was just alerted to this issue and as I trust the guys at Vietnam Backpackers I wanted to pass it on. Worth a look if you're considering booking a "backpackers" or boozy Halong tour but this doesn't mean all tours are like this! ...

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North of Vietnam and Con Dao Island: Trip report and useful informations

Posted by vuh on 21/8/2007 at 20:05

We spent about 10 days in July 2007 in the North of Vietnam (Lake Ba Be, Ha Giang, Bac Ha, Sapa) and we have only use public transports. Here is our trip report Lake Ba Be Public transport The normal trip is : Hanoi to Bac Kan and Bac Kan to Lake Ba Be ( entry of the national park) From Hanoi, there are buses from 2 bus stations: At My Dinh Bus station (Ben Xe My Dinh), buses leave at 6h At Gia Lam Bus station (Ben Xe Gia Lam), buses leave at 12:20 and 1 pm from Hanoi to Bac Kan . T ...

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Long Tan / Nui Dat tours

Posted by DiggersRest on 3/6/2015 at 02:48

Hi, feb 2012 saw me doing the above tour from Ho Chi Minh. As a former Australian soldier and having a keen interest in Australia's military history this tour was on the top of my "to do" list while I was here. I was a bit disappointed that there was nothing around telling the ANZAC story. So that's what I have started to do. Diggers Rest has a collection of items I have collected over the past few years on display. Entry is free. If you are traveling all this way and have any kind of ...

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halong cruises

Posted by mikal83 on 4/5/2015 at 05:21

Hopefully THIS topic hasn't cropped up b4....well we couldn't find one. Lots of folks are asking for recommendations on one particular venture, but I cant see many feedbacks on which ones gave good service. Now that the busy winter season is over, perhaps you can give us an insight to the company you chose and why you chose them...a recommendation from here/another SEA website etc. How many stars, out of 5, would you give. did you start and finish in Hanoi, book through your hotel etc. then perh ...

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Suggestion to my Vietnam trip

Posted by Sammul41 on 26/5/2015 at 04:02

Hello everyone, this is my first post in this forum, nice to meet you all. Im planning to visit Vietnam, Cambodia - Phnom Penh and Bangkok soon because I just quitted my job. here is my plan in below: 1. Starting from Hong Kong to Guangzhou (by train) 2. Guangzhou to Nanning (by train) 3. Nanning to Hanoi (by train) 4. Hanoi to Danang & Hoian (by train) 5. Danang to HCMC (by train) 6. HCMC to Phnom Penh (by bus) 7. Phnom Penh to Bangkok (by bus) 8. Bangkok fly back home Is there anyon ...

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New tourist charge in Hoi An

Posted by somtam2000 on 19/4/2014 at 19:20

In the infinite wisdom of local tourist authorities there is now a $6 charge to walk into Hoi An. full story here. ...

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2 weeks in july

Posted by Tr230490 on 30/5/2015 at 09:32

Hi my boyfriend and I have booked flights for 2 weeks in July landing early am in Hanoi on Sunday 12 and departing sun 26 early am from Saigon. I've been researching forums and itineraries and thought the best thing would be to place my rough plan here and see if anyone had any thoughts or suggestions. Day 1 - land in Hanoi (will probably be tired!) stay at Hanoi garden hotel Day 2- Hanoi - visit old quarter, military history museum, water puppet show in the evening Day 3- picked up by Hal ...

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Best places to stay in Ho Chi Minh City

Posted by Octodad on 22/5/2015 at 23:56

I am traveling to HCMC in a few months, wondering where the best places to stay would be. here are some things that I am looking for: Central location Friendly environment Clean rooms Safe area I will be traveling on my own so it would be nice to stay somewhere I will be able to make friends. Any advice will help, I am new to traveling! Thanks ...

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Anyone have experience with See Asia Differently? Other recommendations for tour companies?

Posted by locadotte on 16/1/2015 at 20:44

Anyone have experience with the tour company See Asia Differently? We are considering using them to visit several locations in South East Asia - Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia, Borneo, Indonesia. We will be traveling with our two young children and feel that a tour would be more ideal. We are open to recommendations for other tour companies as well. ...

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good budget accomodation near Mai Chau

Posted by heatherhop on 25/5/2015 at 02:51

Where is a good accommodation near Mai Chau that provides breakfast and free bike hire. We have been looking at green valley or nature place bungalows, has anyone stayed there. Also what is the best way to get to Mai Chau from Hanoi ...

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Vietnam Train Timetable and Fares is it latest in Travelfish

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NAB Free Travel Insurance

Posted by Thomaxs on 21/5/2015 at 23:54

Hello just wondering if any one from Australia has used the Free Travel Insurance that comes with the NAB Mastercard? Just wanted to know how good it was compared to others, more concerned about the medical side of the policy. Cheers and thank you. Thomaxs ...

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Sa Pa Trip - Looking for a travel mate

Posted by Kaladevee on 14/5/2015 at 21:45

Hi Guys, I am Kaladevee from Singapore. I am looking into arriving Hanoi on the 4th June and would be crashing in at my friend's place before heading for SA PA. I am tentatively looking at travelling to Sa Pa from 5th or 6th June to 8th June with just a easy trek. I wonder if anyone is interested in joining me for these three days. I would love to check out the Bac Ha market as well. I am fine if you have any suggestions too. I love meeting new people and chilling over a beer at night to ...

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anyone interested in sharing a driver to Cu Chi tunnels?

Posted by yahela on 9/5/2015 at 20:41

Hi there We (an Israeli couple, early 30s) are in HCMC until early Thursday morning. We want to visit Cu Chi tunnels, and would rather do it with a private driver, so that we can get there early and beast the crowds. Is there anyone who'd like to join us and split the cost? It's supposed to cost about 800,000 VND. Alternatively, anyone familiar with a tour that departs really early? Thanks, have a great week ...

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Free tour guide in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Posted by hungkero on 19/5/2015 at 09:36

Hi, my name is Hung. I'm a student in Ho Chi Minh City . I'm a dynamic and enthusiastic person. Even though I've earned English since high school, I still cannot use it fluently. So, I hope that I can improve my English skill by this way. If you travel to Ho Chi Minh City and you want a free tour guide, please contact me. With me, you will meet Ho Chi Minh City like native people. Ho Chi Minh City is an elegance city with rich cultural heritage, cuisine diversity and I would love to show it to ...

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Recommemdation for Mekong Delta

Posted by danyagreenfield on 19/5/2015 at 07:32

My brother and I are traveling for a week in Vietnam in early June and would like to experience a bit of village life. Is there a town, perhaps with a floating market, that we could visit from Ho Chi Minh City as a day trip, within a 1-2 hour bus ride? Alternatively, we could stop somewhere on our return from Phu Qouc (take ferry to Ha Tien then a bus to somewhere in the delta, spend the night, and continue by bus to HCMC) Any suggestions of where would be nice to stop? I'd rather not go to ...

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