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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!


Posted by Mariane12 on 30/4/2009 at 12:52

Hi! I'll be spending a week in Hanoi in May. I plan on doing a 3 day tour of Halong Bay, but other than that I was wondering what else is worth seeing in the area. Is 1 week too long? I'll be staying in the old quarter, I know the Mausoleum Complex and Temple of Literature are big attractions. I was thinking of going to Ba Be national park but it's quite a ways away. Any suggestions?! Thanks! ...

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mekong delta suggestions?

Posted by demoncleaner on 30/4/2009 at 13:03

Hey everyone, After some deliberation, my girlfriend and I are making a loop into Vietnam and spending more time there than Thailand. We are taking the boat down the Mekong to Chau Doc, spending a couple days there hanging out before setting on down to Phu Quoc for a week either via Ha Tien or Rach Gia (we'll see when we are there how connections work out) We plan on taking some time on the way back, a couple days in Rach Gia, Vinh long, Can tho, Ben Tre. Just wondering if anyone ...

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Phu Quoc Accomodation help!

Posted by trimble on 4/5/2009 at 18:23

Hi all, Myself and partner are set to travel to Vietnam later in the year, we are looking for accomodation on Phu Quoc over the xmas period. Can anyone make any suggestions/recommendations. We would like to be near/on the beach,(long beach area - or other good beach considered) in a bungalow or similar. We don't like the extreme budget options and so would prefer brick built structure not wood/bamboo at mid range level. We are struggling to find places we like so any advice will assist. Many ...

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is there any night bus/train travel from danang/hoi an to nha trang?

Posted by npeng on 3/5/2009 at 20:35

Hi, is there any night bus/train travel from Danang/hoi an to Nha Trang? What's the time depart and how much it cost? ...

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Buying a tuk-tuk in Vietnam

Posted by lodge on 22/4/2009 at 18:41

Does anyone know whether it is possible to actually buy your own tuk-tuk in Vietnam, and if so, roughly how much it would be? Thanks ...

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Arriving Late in Ho Chi Minh

Posted by TheOtherOne on 1/5/2009 at 23:55

My friend and I booked a flight from the states to Ho Chi Minh City that arrives at 11 PM. I imagine that after we get our bags, go through customs and immigration, and get into town it will be well after midnight. Anyone out there have any suggestions on finding a backpacker guest-house/hostel that has 24 hour reception????? Thanks! ...

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Half a day trip to Ban Gioc Fall and Nguom Ngao Cave from Hanoi and back - possible?

Posted by Adrienne07 on 20/4/2009 at 09:50

Hi all seasoned Vietnam travellers! Need your advice on this! Me and my companion will be traveling to Hanoi from 5th May to 8th May. Our plane will arrive in Hanoi on 5th May at around 12.30pm (local time) and our pre-arranged guided tours around Hanoi city and Ha Long Bay would only commence on 6th May. Hence, we have almost half a day to spare. Hence, we are very interested to visit Ban Gioc Fall and the near-by Nguom Ngao Cave, after hearing about its beauty, being probably Vie ...

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Nha Trang airport - how far from the city?

Posted by daflj on 25/4/2009 at 20:58

Hello all, can somebody clear up some confusion for me please? Travelfish says that Nha Trang airport is 35km outside the city, while Lonely Planet says "The airport is on the southern side of town and is so close to many of the hotels that you can actually walk". Any clarity would be welcomed. If the airport IS miles outside the city what's the general cost of bus/tuk tuk etc? Cheers Daf ...

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mai linh taxi company minivans HCMC to Siem Reap

Posted by paradise on 12/2/2009 at 09:13

Anyone know about this option as alternate to taking bus? I read about this in Travelfish section on bus travel in Vietnam ...

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Phu Quoc Island - getting there and things to do

Posted by mindy on 20/4/2009 at 01:35

Hello! I'll be in Vietnam for a few weeks for field study and then I plan to leave my group and travel by myself with a trip to Cambodia before returning to Vietnam for some relaxing time on the beach on Phu Quoc Island. What is the best way to get from Siem Reap to Phu Quoc? I've read some of the other threads but it seems people have a bit more time - I have 7 days for Siem Reap, Phu Quoc and a day in Ho Chi Minh before my plane back to the states leaves. I'm not sure if I want to lose ...

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Vietnam on New Year's Eve

Posted by Nokka on 15/4/2009 at 18:21

We will be in southern Vietnam on New Year's Eve (that is 31 Dec, not Tet) this year. I note that 1 January is a public holiday, but do the Vietnamese go in for celebrations on NYE ? We are thinking of being in Saigon if it is worth being there for any celebrations. We're not looking for a major party necessarily; just wondering what the city is like that night ?? ...

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SE Asia Travel route

Posted by KRStamm on 9/4/2009 at 02:57

After Falling in love last year with Thailand, we are heading back to SE Asia! This time we are traveling into BKK in October and planning to travel to Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia. So the trip is being planned for October to Mid December. Does anyone have advice on the best route to take? We are not fans of big tourist traps but prefer the small rural communities. Any advice on how to go from Thailand this time of year accounting for the wet and dry seasons as well as boarder crossings and c ...

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Fastest way from Hoi An to Mekong

Posted by henski on 15/4/2009 at 18:45

I am planning a easy rider trip from Dalat up to Hoi An. From Hoi an I need to work out the fastest way to get down to the Mekong, preferably avoiding going back into Saigon. I can’t find any info online to show direct flights from Danang to Rach Gia, is that correct? Aiming to get to Can Tho or Ben Tre. Thanks ...

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Mekong delta photo gallery

Posted by kerouac2 on 20/4/2009 at 18:58

I have a few photo galleries from one of my trips to the Mekong delta. You can see the first of them here: (The others are scattered on the same site with more to come.) ...

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Halong Tours

Posted by Will_N_Mich on 7/1/2009 at 05:02

Hi, We're off to Vietnam for a couple of weeks in February and would really like to go on a Junk tour of Halong bay for one night. Can anyone recommend a particular tour- between $100 and $250 per person? Cheers. ...

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Hue HoiAn MySon & DaNang in 6 days Realistic?

Posted by larryp643 on 29/3/2009 at 22:06

Flying to Hue Apr 26 for 3 days, then want to take bus to Hoi An late afternoon or early evening Apr 28th and stay in Hoi An for two days with one day side trip to My Son. Then take bus to Da Nang evening of Apr 30. Stay in Da Nang overnight and see the Museum of Cham Sculpture morning of May 1st. Then fly to HCMC (already have res)afternoon of May 1st. Is this realistic and possible especially with regard to the bus trips? Also is May 1st a problem be/c of the holiday? Thanks for any info ...

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vietnam and cambodia in less than 3 weeks

Posted by dhm1987 on 16/4/2009 at 18:21

Hi i'm going on my first overseas trip to vietnam at the end of the year and want to know if it's realistic/possible to travel from hanoi to saigon in 17 days and still fit in a few days in cambodia? thanks in advance ...

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Vietnam Christmas/New Year

Posted by construedo on 14/4/2009 at 06:35

Our family (two adults and two children, 11 and 15 years) will visit Vietnam for two weeks during Christmas/New Year. We are planing to split the visit to two places and ned some advise from other Vietnam traveller. We prefer beautiful beaches before a wild nigtlife. Places we have in our minds are; Phu Quoc, Nha Trang, Doc Let and Hoi An. How is the weather in this places in dec/jan? ...

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Change Vietnam Visa A Day Early

Posted by dmandel on 13/4/2009 at 20:20

Hi, Has anyone ever tried to enter Vietnam a day earlier than the Visa? I am currently in Luang Prabang and want to try to go to Hanoi a day earlier than originally planned. Will they make me get a new Visa or is there a way to just move it forward a day? I am a U.S. citizen. Thank you. ...

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Ha Long Bay Independent

Posted by Asheai on 7/4/2009 at 14:50

So I have gone through a bunch of old threads but I am still not 100% sure about how to do this. From Hanoi, you can catch a bus to Ha Long City where it is possible to catch a ferry to Cat Ba Island? Is this actually a ferry or is it a 'daytrip' on an organized tour boat? From Cat Ba Island, is it possible to find Kayak tours that last overnight? Just kayaking, I mean, around the islands? How much should I expect this to cost, if it indeed exists? Thank you! ...

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