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Has anyone stayed in Mai Phuong on Phu Quoc?

Posted by helenmargaret on 18/1/2009 at 08:23

We are staying on Phu Quoc next month and would like to stay at Mai Phuong. It is 20kms from twon and don't want to get stuck there if the restaurant is bad or the guesthouse is not as it appears. There do not seem to be any blogs at all on it. Has anyone stayed there? Appreciate any feedback thks ...

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Buying train tickets at the station last minute... risky?

Posted by qaq01 on 16/12/2008 at 04:50

my friend and I are planning on taking a sleeper train from Hanoi to Danang this jan, and i have read that it is much better to purchase tickets at the train station itself. However, we are on a tight schedule, and plan to be leaving for Danang the evening of the DAY OF our arrival in Vietnam/Hanoi. That doesn't give us time to go to the station and reserve tickets two days in advance. If we show up at the station at around 1pm to buy tickets, what are the odds that there won't be any mor ...

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Hanoi hotel - Blue Paradise or Duc Thai?

Posted by qaq01 on 16/12/2008 at 04:44

So i will be staying 3 nights in Hanoi mid jan, and I am trying to figure out what the best location would be. I have read great reviews of Duc Thai hotel, but I have also read it is a bit out of the way? I was wondering if anyone knew enough about either to recommend one over the other, or perhaps even a third option I may have overlooked. Thanks! ...

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Dong Van

Posted by chocolatenomad on 9/1/2009 at 13:30

Hi, I am travelling to Vietnam on Feb 13th and about a week or so later will go to Hanoi. I am planning to keep a couple of days for Hanoi and then go on to visit Dong Van Highlands in the Ha Giang Province. Its about 350 km from Hanoi. Problem is, that's all I know about it, apart from the fact that its an astounding and spectacular place filled with streams and mountains. So here are my questions: Has anyone been to this placE? How do you get there? Stay options How many days do ...

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Take motorbike on ferry Rach Gia - Phu Quoc

Posted by stiginge on 13/1/2009 at 23:02

Is this possible? ...

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Rat holes and ladders

Posted by paulfarcher on 13/1/2009 at 11:20

You are staying at a good hotel, say $45 / night. Your helpful host offers to book a similar hotel for you at the next destination - you pay a 'deposit', usually $10 / night. The next hotel is not quite so good - still OK though. YOu want to avoid hassles at the next place so again you ask the hotel to book ahead - $10 deposit and away you go. The next hotel is basically a rat hole but you are committed and get out ASAP the next day. It's like a chain letter - you donate $10 to hotel keepers and ...

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Phu Quoc - Siem Reap Overland- fast & cheap!

Posted by Isobel_123 on 9/1/2009 at 06:10

Hello, After much searching on this website and others I have not been able to find updated information regarding this journey overland, now that the border at Ha Tien is open to foreigners... My partner and I are wanting the fastest overland way for this route.. can this be done in a day? All info regarding costs, time for each leg and frequency of departures would be really helpful! So far with info already gathered the fastest is: Fly Phu Quoc- Rach Gia (Vietnam Air for A$22, take ...

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Train Travel during Tet Festival

Posted by sidhupi on 9/1/2009 at 04:07

Hi, I'm planning a trip to Vietnam during the Tet festival.As per the itenary, we plan to leave Ha Noi by SE3 for Da Nang on 27 January night and then leave Da Nang for Sai Gon on 29 January. I heard getting tickets during the Tet season is very tough especially at this late hour ie 15 days before the journey. Is it still possible to get tickets if i book now? if so, how do i go about it. What are the other travel alternatives that i can use for this journey. PLease Advice. ...

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Shipping from Vietnam????

Posted by stewcon on 30/12/2008 at 12:53

I was wondernig if anyone has any advice for shipping (clothing, lanterns, new shoes) from Vietnam. I'm heading to Hue and want to send stuff to Canada from there. Also, would it be smarter to lug it through Laos and Northern Thailand in hopes of an easier time shipping (or cheaper) in Bangkok??? Thanks! ...

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Train from Danang to Hue?

Posted by Flymarbles on 24/12/2008 at 16:00

Hello I am wondering if it is necessary to pre-book train tickets form Danang to Hue? If so what is the best way to go about it? Thanks again ...

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Christmas and New Yr in Vietnam

Posted by MarkHall on 15/12/2008 at 19:10

Hi, I'm going to be in Vietnam for Christmas and New Yr, any suggestions where would be a good place to spend them?? Cheers. Mark ...

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Pham Ngu Lao...?

Posted by neetiparekh on 8/12/2008 at 16:19

Has anyone stayed in Pham Ngu Lao? I hear its similar to Khao San road in Bangkok but I never stay on Khao San road because I think it's really skeezy (no offense). Can anyone tell me if it is comparable? Thanks! ...

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tailor in hoi an

Posted by annalaura on 2/12/2008 at 03:03

hi - can anyone recommend a good quick (cheapish) tailor in hoi an? how much approximately does it cost to get like a shirt or a dress made and how quickly can they do it?? ...

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Accommodation Recommendations-Various Locations

Posted by littlemisstypeA on 29/12/2008 at 01:38

I will be traveling with some friends in Vietnam in March. We will be staying at Phu Quoc, Nha Trang, Hoi An, and Hanoi. Can anyone recommend decent budget accommodations for each location? I would prefer beachfront where applicable. I'm especially having trouble finding budget beachfront in Nha Trang. Thanks for the help! ...

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Posted by thethirdman on 28/12/2008 at 14:52

Hey all. Ok im living in Hanoi and would like to travel over Tet but was wondering if this is possible or whether the country virtually shuts down for the week? Many thanks.... ...

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family biking in vietnam

Posted by merrell on 28/12/2008 at 21:49

Has anyone had experience with biking tours in vietnam? We're a family of 3 with an 11 year old son and we're interested in a few bike tours- mekong delta, maybe central vietnam. I'd like some recommendations. If you've biked on a tour, were there kids also on the tour and what was your experience... ...

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Air booking--how far in advance?

Posted by AdamS on 24/12/2008 at 23:39

I am arriving in Hanoi Jan 7. I need to go to SGN sometime between Jan 10-11, but would like to keep my travel plans flexible. Will I have to pay substantially more if I wait to book my flight until I get there? I am being quoted $95 US right now for the flight, which seems like a fair price...the agent is asking me to confirm ASAP--I am not sure if this is because they want the sale, or if flights are filling up fast in the days leading up to Tet. ...

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hanoi to hong kong flight

Posted by tomlo1981 on 24/12/2008 at 20:39

hi i need to fly from hanoi to hong kong at the start of April 09 (between 01/04 and 03/04). I've decided to fly as haven't arranged a china visa and didn't include a tour of china in my itinerary i'm a UK citizen my question is when is the best time to purchase this one way flight ticket? i leave the UK for Thailand on 2/1/09 and am travelling south through malaysia, indonesia, australia, then planning to return to thailand travelling north to see Laos, cambodia and arrive in south vietnam t ...

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Fligths from HCMC to PP

Posted by kuitara on 22/12/2008 at 12:23

Hi, I was wondering if anyone has had experience booking airplane tickets from HCMC to Cambodia (Siem Reap especially). I haven't found any flights/dates available for when I am going. Is it possible to book flights once I get to HCMC? ...

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Posted by Anton on 22/12/2008 at 02:59

We will be in Saigon over the (Western) New Years Eve. Could anybody suggest good places to celebrate and party? ...

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