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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!

Hanoi to Sapa to Luang Prabang overland?

Posted by DLuek on 19/6/2008 at 05:18

Has anyone travelled this route through the mountains of northern Vietnam and Laos? Is it possible? We'll most likely be there around August '09. Could rain be a (big) issue? Would it be more sensible to go Hanoi to Sapa and back then fly from Hanoi to Luang Prabang for around $200 on Vietnam Air? Peace, David ...

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Traveling overland from Vietnam to Luang Prabang, Laos

Posted by WisconsinProf on 27/8/2008 at 20:45

I am considering (while bringing a group of univ. students in Jan 09) getting from Vietnam to Laos by going overland (other option is to return to Hanoi for a flight). Apparently it will look like this -- Mai Chau, transfer to Son La, transfer to Dien Bien Phu, cross the border into Laos, transfer to Nong Khiaw, then full day boattrip to get to Luang Prabang. Sounds adventurous (which I like) and there can be many village stops along the way....but is the time traveling (several hours a d ...

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travel from DaNang to Hoi An

Posted by Patrickx8 on 12/11/2008 at 08:53

Bus? Train? How long does it take? Do you need to reserve in advance? Thank you very much ...

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Visa - from the US or Thailand?

Posted by DrTomPhD on 17/8/2008 at 03:50

Hi, I'm an American and I will be traveling to Vietname from Thailand in about three weeks. I was wondering if it would be easier/cheaper to get a visa from Thailand rather than from here (through a site like http://visa.guidevietnam.com/). If so, how do I get it once i'm in Thailand? Thanks! ...

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avoiding the HaLong minefield (again :-)

Posted by piglet44 on 13/11/2008 at 11:49

Here's the thing sorry to bring this up again! we are going to Vietnam in June July and yes I know it's the monsoon, that's when I can go!Anyway is it really worth the hassle of Halong bay if I am not a beach dude and not into snorkelling etc. ?I have been to Guilin ,Li River area and also to Thailand ,Ko Phi Phi etc and loved the scenery. But the thought of sleeping on a boat is not my thing,especially with thousands of package tourists.However, everyone says that Halong is amazing UNESCO must ...

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Visa for Vietnam

Posted by jtourettes on 13/11/2008 at 18:43

Hi, my girlfriend and I are going on holiday to Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand next week and we were going to pick up our visas from the embassy in London tomorrow but I've noticed that this is for single entry only. I'm not sure whether my trip would count as single entry as when we're in Vietnam we are going to be flying to Pho Quoc and I don't know whether returning from there would count as a double entry? Anyone have any idea? Thanks in advance. ...

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Flying in Vietnam and Cambodia

Posted by Patrickx8 on 12/11/2008 at 05:14

Who can recommend an airline to fly from: Da Nang to Siem Reap from Phom Penh to HCMC Any ideas on price? ...

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hotels in hanoi

Posted by Patrickx8 on 12/11/2008 at 06:01

Anyone know the Serenade or Hong NGOC hotels in Hanoi? Can you recommend either one? ...

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Fishing in vietnam

Posted by audrienne on 1/9/2008 at 10:45

Where in Vietnam i can join for fishing boat and have fishing trip for one day or half day? ...

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HELP!! Where to go

Posted by chelle on 25/10/2008 at 14:20

My boyfriend and I have left it extremely late to plan our 2 week Vietnamese trip and can't decide whether to go to Hanoi and then down to Ho Chi Minh or the other way around. Not to mention surrounding towns!! If anyone can offer any advice it would be greatly appreciated. We're due to fly in from Hong Kong on Tuesday 18th November and will be flying back to Hong Kong on 30th November. Thanks in advance :o) ...

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Photos of Hoi An

Posted by somtam2000 on 8/11/2008 at 14:48

We've just added a short photo essay for Hoi An -- you can see the pics here -- enjoy! ...

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Renting Bikes to tour the Mekong delta

Posted by paosinis on 31/10/2008 at 13:12

We will be in the Mekong Delta the last few days of December 2008. We want to bike around for 3-4 day around there before we head to Phu Quoc. We know there are many tours you can take but the ones we are interested in are a bit expensive. We were wondering if there is a way of renting 2 bikes in Can Tho or any of the other cities of the area for a few days . ...

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Halong bay to go or not to go??

Posted by jasmine_sibbald on 9/11/2008 at 08:55

Hi We are currently in Nha Trang and will be moving to Hoi An in a couple of days time. Our plan after that was to go from Hue to Hanoi for a couple of days and do a tour of Halong bay overnight. We have been searching for an up to date report on Hanoi after the flooding and if it is not somewhere we should be going at the moment we were wondering if we can do a halong bay tour from Hue or somewhere else and skip Hanoi regretably all together if it's a no go area?? ...

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Flooding in North and Central Vietnam

Posted by niko on 9/11/2008 at 04:45

We will be in Hanoi on November 21st anyone know how the city and population is making out? ...

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Outdoor shop in Hanoi?

Posted by burnthisnow on 30/5/2008 at 17:10

Does anyone know if there's an outdoor outfitter in Hanoi? Not the kind that provides tours, but the kind that sells camping and hiking equipment. I'm also wondering if there's a good English bookstore anyone can recommend. Thanks! ...

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cheap & reliable guesthouse/hostels

Posted by twillie on 5/11/2008 at 20:31

hello people, im trvelling to hanoi in 2 weeks time, im backpacking there with my Gf, was wondering anybody got any cheap guesthouses os hostels to recommend, probably US 15 or less for 2pax? ...

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Is it that wet in Vietnam?

Posted by KPTham1 on 3/11/2008 at 23:50

I just read that part of Hanoi is under 1 meter of water due to heavy rain . Apparently the worst in 10 years! It will be appreciated if someone in Hanoi can confirm this. Btw, is Danang and HCM City similarly affected. Last year was also bad for Hue and Hoian during Dec, I think. ...

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ET-Pumpkin

Posted by brigittahorvath on 4/11/2008 at 16:51

Hi Guys, I would like to find out if anyone used ET Pumpkin tours to book a Halong Bay tour. I am considering making a booking for the 3night/2 day tour but would like some feedback first so I know I make the right choice. Or if you have any other tour agency in mind please do recommend, however I am looking for a budget option. Many thanks. ...

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Travel from Hue to HCMC

Posted by brigittahorvath on 28/10/2008 at 19:53

Hi guys, Can someone suggest how I could get from Hue to HCMC either by train or bus? Is the train safer then the bus journey? And where can I purchase tickets for either of the journeies? I appreciate all your answers. Thank you all in advance. Brigitta ...

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Mekong Delta from Saigon to Phnom Penh tour group ideas ?

Posted by teamspiers on 5/11/2008 at 09:54

Looking to book with a tour group to travel along Mekong Delta to Phnom Penh. Looking for good reviews on which company to book with ? We are a family of 4 , two adults , 2 teenage boys. ...

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