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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!

A good western magazine store in Hanoi?

Posted by jharrie on 18/2/2009 at 21:10

The subject says it all. We just arrived in Hanoi and would like to find a good western magazine store, we've read the heck out of all our reading material. We're in the old quarter. Thanks in advance. ...

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My Tho? And Can Tho or just Can Tho?

Posted by amazon_blonde on 17/2/2009 at 13:49

After reading the information on trusty travelfish, especially the bit about overpriced packaged tours on the river, I'm thinking that My Tho maybe isn't worth our time? We're planning to stay in Can Tho for a few days and will be coming overland from Cambodia and are also planning to stay in Chau Doc for a day. Should we skip My Tho or is it worth a separate stop? We're at the end of a 7 month trip, and as usually happens, we're running out of time. Planning on 3 days in each Saigon a ...

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Itinerary feedback

Posted by Sawf35 on 17/2/2009 at 09:09

Hi all, first-time poster here. A mate and I are heading to Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia for roughly 4 weeks on the way back to Europe (not nearly long enough I know, but we have a deadline to meet unfortunately...). We have had a look at a possible itinerary and come up with the following rough plan: 15/03/2009 - Melbourne to Saigon 16/03/2009 - Saigon 17/03/2009 - Overnight train: Saigon to Da Nang (for Hoi An ) 18/03/2009 - Hoi An 19/03/2009 - Hoi An 20/03/2009 - Hoi An to Danang ...

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Chiang Mai to Hanoi

Posted by mmunchkinn on 17/2/2009 at 19:34

Does any one know the easiest way to get from Chaing Mai to Hanoi? We will be flying into Bangkok and working our way up to the north of Thailand so dont really want to travel all the way back to get a flight. Does anyone fly direct from CM-Hanoi? ...

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Weather in North - Central Vietnam in early March?

Posted by guyedwin on 10/2/2009 at 14:14

Read from a few sites that the temperature in early March (North Vietnam) ranges from 18-23degrees. However, I did a check today and was surprised to find that the forecast temperature for this week to be 27degrees! So, was wondering if temperatures will still fall within that range come March? Thanks! ...

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HCMC to Manila

Posted by hopehm on 31/1/2009 at 11:36

I am wondering if anyone has any suggestions on what airline to fly into Manila from HCMC. Cebu pacific has very low prices when I looked on the website. But it is at an odd time, 1 am. And does not appear when I do general searches ( aka Kayak) Does anyone know if they are a reputable airlines? Thank you! ...

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How far in advance should I book accomodation?

Posted by danudy on 15/2/2009 at 23:56

I'm travelling with a group of 3 others for about 3 weeks from late august to mid september (a long way away I know but I like to plan ahead!). We've booked flights there and back, but were wondering at what point we should book accomodation in advance/if we should book it in advance at all. We're starting in Hanoi and going through Hoi An, Nha Trang, HCMC and Phu Quoc with a couple of days in each. We're not looking for anywhere too flashy or expensive, just some nice hotels/hostels with plen ...

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Danang (or Hoi An) to Bo Y border crossing into Lao

Posted by rayc101 on 8/2/2009 at 08:32

Hi again I need to travel from Hoi An (or Danang) to the Bo Y border crossing with Lao in August. Does anyone know if there is a regular service to the border? If so, could you please provide details or point me in the right direction. Cheers rayc ...

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bus from HCMC to Siem Reap

Posted by paradise on 9/2/2009 at 10:19

We arrive late night in HCMC and want to leave next day for Siem Reap , so need to organize transportation out of HCMC to Siem Reap in advance. We were going to fly on Vietnam air - quoted USD181 by Buffalo tours in HCMC to book this flight for us - so now looking for something cheaper and started checking into buses and read about Sapaco and the direct/express route. Read on Tripadvisor forum that this route was discontinued in October 08. Would appreciate any information about best option fo ...

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To Cao Dai or not to Cao Dai?

Posted by mwertheim on 11/2/2009 at 19:26

I am booking a trip to see the Cu Chi tunnels and have no clue whether or not to add on the Cao Dai temple outside of Tay Ninh. I would love to hear from folks who have made the journey if they felt it was a good use of a half day, or if they would have passed on that portion were they able to do it again. Thanks. ...

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Transportation from Hoi An to Mui Ne

Posted by robyn66 on 12/2/2009 at 00:19

Hi! What is the best way to get to Mui Ne from Hoi An . I will be traveling solo and would like the most convenient way of traveling. I know I can fly from Da Nang to HCMC and then go from there to Mui Ne but I was hoping to avoid having to do that. Is there a direct sleeper train from Hoi An or Da Nang? Thanks so much for any information! ...

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Da Nang hotels

Posted by doughowell1 on 11/2/2009 at 04:32

I will be in Da Nang for 4 days in March. Thinking of staying at the Bach Dang Riverside Hotel. Any comments? Suggestions? Thanks, doug ...

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Visas

Posted by iciclesecret on 17/12/2008 at 20:10

Does anyone know if the visa on arrival things work and could anyone recommend a company? I'm pushed for time and it would be more convienient. ...

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Halong Tours / Fixed Price or Need to Bargin?

Posted by basejump on 5/2/2009 at 19:39

There are some major agencies in Hanoi whose names come up regular in threads and forums as being reasonable bets for a Halong Cruise. Are the prices offered by these agents such as Handspan, Kangaroo Cafe, SinhCafe fixed or is there a need to bargin to get the best price? Put another way, what is the best way to get the best price? ...

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Electronic Visas into Vietnam

Posted by Will_N_Mich on 20/1/2009 at 05:18

Hi We're going to Vietnam in February and have seen some sites offering electronic visas into Vietnam with your passport stamped at the airport. Seems like a good deal compared to the embassey- are these companies legit, and are there any ones to recommend or avoid? Cheers. ...

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Recommendations for Hiking in Sapa ?

Posted by ChrZap1703 on 2/2/2009 at 20:30

Hi ! I'm going to travel Vietnam in late March/early April, for a total of three weeks. The first two weeks I'm going to spend with my best mate, travelling south to north. After two weeks we'll end up in Hanoi, where has to catch his plane back. So I'll have one more week to spend in northern vietnam. I enjoyed hiking in scotland very much, so I thought Sapa might be a good place to go. One thing I already learned is that for every vietnamese citizen there are roughly 25 travel agents. ...

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Sleeping in HCMC

Posted by EmBees on 21/12/2008 at 06:28

HCMC will be my first stop after a couple long flights and I think I want to be in District 1, but I know I'll need to be able to sleep well. I'm looking at the California Guest House, the Kim Hotel, the Xuan Thu, and Madame Cuc's. They all sound like solid options from the reading I have done, but does anyone have direct experience that would suggest that one is particularly great or, in the alternative, would be a poor choice? (February, first time in Vietnam, solo female 30s - if those f ...

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overnight accommodation in HCMC

Posted by paradise on 5/2/2009 at 11:05

We are only staying overnight in HCMC and flying out next morning - any suggestions for a reasonable place to stay? ...

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Hanoi - Dong Hoi /// Dong Hoi - HCMC

Posted by peterpan on 4/2/2009 at 17:17

Am planning my trip and would like to know the best way of travel for the following .. Hanoi to Dong Hoi Dong Hoi to HCMC or Dalat Travel is for October so still lots of time till travel but wish to have things organised by end of July .. I think the train may run close to Hanoi - Dong Hoi, if so, then maybe not a problem .. but maybe the best way for Dong Hoi - HCMC is coach / flight .. Any assistance will be great .. peterpan from Australia ...

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Buying flights in Vietnam - HCMC to Phu Quoc

Posted by rigo119 on 6/2/2009 at 02:57

We're flying into HCMC on 20 March and would like to fly out to Phu Quoc a few days later (on a Monday). If we pre-book the flights in the UK they're a lot more expensive than if we were to buy them in Vietnam. What are our chances of being able to buy tickets to Phu Quoc at such short notice when we arrive? Do internal flights fill up quickly? Any info would be much appreciated. ...

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