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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!

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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Unique boat/jungle experience in South central Vietnam

Posted by henski on 12/4/2009 at 22:06

Hi All, Travelling to Vietnam & Cambodia for 4 weeks in May. Initially planning to not travel further north than Hoi ann. Rough outline is HCMC, Chu cui tunnels, easy rider tour of central highlands (Dalat to Quy Nhon to Mui ne possibly), then entering Cambodia via the far south coast at HA Tien. Does anyone recommend any really unique, off the beaten track experiences in the above area? I really want to put myself out on a limb Have always been fascinated by the movie Apocalypse Now ...

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Posted by gozub on 12/4/2009 at 19:43

I was in a bicycle, my backpack in the basket in front of the bike. When I was riding, two guys in a motorbike passed next to me and they took my backpack. I followed them.... but I didn't have a a chance with a bike.. too fast. I lost important things. Of course now I think ... "I'm so stupid, how can I bring my backpack in the basket of the bike"... But I didn't expect something like that. Nobody told me. Of course I'm in a terrible mood now.. like a nightmare. I'm not enjoying the ...

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Travel Nha Trang to Hoi An

Posted by sabresail on 6/4/2009 at 19:12

We are open to suggestions as to the best way to travel North from Nha Trang to Hoi An. At almost 600 kms it has to take a long time so guess either express bus or train are the only options. What is your experience/preference? How long in the bus or how long in the train for thetrip? Any comment on bus comfort or discomfort and if you can avoid the on bus karioke. We are mature age. Your comments and help would be greatly appreciated. Many thanks. Sabresail. ...

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Chau Doc to Phu Quoc

Posted by TheGoose on 8/4/2009 at 17:02

Hi, I'll be coming from Cambodia and crossing into Vietnam at the Chau Doc crossing in a couple of weeks. How easy is it to move onto Phu Quoc? Any tour operators in Shianoukville offer packages? Thanks in advance! ...

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Vietnam to Islands in South Thailand?

Posted by emcdowell on 6/4/2009 at 07:36

Hi, Travelling to South Vietnam in June and was wondering if there is a boat direct to the Islands (KoPanang etc)in Thailand. If possible i dont want to have to go via Bangkok as i would be backtracking! Any advice would be much appreciated! cheers. ...

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Vietnam and Cambodia??

Posted by piglet44 on 7/4/2009 at 02:00

Trying to plan a trip to Vietnam,and can't decide whether to include Cambodia. We have to decide if we should fly directly to either Hanoi or HCMC and then spend 3 weeks travelling and then on to Siem Reap (and then we would have to backtrack to our departure point for return flight) or to fly into Bangkok ,and then go first to Cambodia and on to Vietnam,and then again we have to return to BKK to fly home. It seems too complicated. Is it too rushed to do this in one trip?Is it practical to ...

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Long term stay

Posted by jarb on 31/3/2009 at 19:33

Hi All, Im looking at living in vietnam for the second half of this year while i study. Im a keen kitesurfer and so need to be next to a decent beach. I was wondering where the best spot would be where i could find a cheap beach bungalow/shack, good nightlife and of course a good beach. Also im looking at living on roughly $20/day, everything included, and wondering if this is practicle. Any info/advice is appreciated. ...

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