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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!

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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Hotels in Vietnam

Posted by eban on 5/2/2009 at 03:36

How do 2 star hotels compare with world standards? can anyone tell me about the Spring House Hotel in HCMC, the Hoa Linh Hotel in Saigon, The Light Hotel in Nhatrang. Would you go for a two or three star hotel in Vietnam? ...

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Saigon-Kon Tum travel

Posted by rayc101 on 27/1/2009 at 19:11

Hi all Anybody know the details on travel from Saigon to Kon Tum in the Central Highlands? Cheapest and quickest is probably by bus along Hwy14, but will consider coastal train then bus inland if necessary. Can't find any good guidance at this stage. Cheers Rayc101 ...

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Tour company

Posted by fivesilver on 3/2/2009 at 00:33

Has anyone tried indochinaguides.com? Their prices and itineraries look reasonable, but you can only tell so much from a website. ...

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accomodation

Posted by Rensina on 30/1/2009 at 15:31

first time to vietnam....anyone tell me please budget but clean to stay for a couple of nights in Hanoi...must be old qtr. Cheers ...

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general help in Vietnam... much appreciated

Posted by travelr on 31/1/2009 at 18:33

Hello all, Just arrived in Vietnam and had a truly terrible- and frightening- experience just getting to the Old Quarter from the airport in Hanoi. Been traveling around SE Asia for over 6 weeks but never had such a bad feeling about a place as I do this city- and I hate making such quick judgements, I know I should give it a chance (this only happened an hour ago so bear with me). Anyway, I noticed lots of posts about people being frustrated with the rip offs they encounter throughout Vi ...

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How long train from Hoi An to Nha Trang

Posted by lotus39 on 26/1/2009 at 18:13

Hi I was wondering how long the train trip is from Hoi An to Nha Trang (do we need to catch it from Danang or is Hoi An ok) And is the soft sleep best for the trip?? Also does anyone know how to book air fare via Vietnam Airlines from Australia as I am having trouble with the site....or is Jet Star ok?? thanks ...

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vietnam itinerary

Posted by roynolan on 29/1/2009 at 17:03

Hi, we ahve only 10 days in Vietnam this year, and would appreciate any views/tips on my plans. SAIGON day 1&2:half day to cu chi tunnels and saigon day 3:boat from saigon to MY Tho then Phoenix Island day 4:PHAN RANG- po klong gari and po ro me cham towers by motorbike day 5&6 NHA TRANG- po hagar and thap ba hot spring and beach. day 7&8:HUE imperial city, royal tombs. day 9&10: HANOI. we are travelling by train all the way including a couple of overnight sleepers. Thanks ...

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