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Trekking Fansipan without tour

Posted by roger_sh on 24/1/2009 at 10:01

Hi, Does anyone know how complicated is to trekk Fansipan without to have to go in a tour. Is possible to buy a resonable map of the area ,and rent tent and sleeping in Sapa? How is the path, resonably or well marked; or full of animals (cow, goat, etc) trails and naked rocks? Thanks in advance for any advice ...

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Flying from Laos to Hanoi

Posted by sksun on 5/1/2009 at 08:38

Hi, Wondering how to get from Laos to Hanoi by plane. Preferably from Luang Prabang. I know Vietnam Airlines fly this route but are there any other ways - doesn't matter if there are stopovers or if I sort of backtrack first. Also it seems there is only one direct flight on most days from Luang Prabang to Hanoi? And Vietnam airlines doesn't have online booking? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated thanks ! ...

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Travel from Da Nang

Posted by doughowell1 on 19/1/2009 at 23:02

Looking for some advice. I am new to Travelfish........... I will be spending a few days in Da Nang and then will have to travel to either Hue airport (Phu Bai) or to Dong Ha. I was thinking of renting a motorbike. Is this possible? Bad idea? doug ...

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Flight from Vietnam (Hanoi or Ho Chi Min) to Cairns

Posted by Taxicat on 7/2/2007 at 16:03

We are trying to find the cheapest and best way to get to Cairns from Vietnam, so have a couple of q's: 1. Is it best to go from Hanoi or Ho Chi Min when trying to get to Cairns? 2. Which cities in Aus do these flights stop at en route? 3. Where online can we book a cheap flight from either Hanoi or Ho Chi Min to Cairns? Thanks so much in advance ...

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Posted by samdraft on 2/5/2008 at 17:28

I would like to advise travelers to steer clear of the Queen Mini Guest House: The owner/manager extorted my friends and I and then drew a knife when we attempted to leave! It is on the road leading up (or away from the) train station, Hong Hoa Tham Street, and is in the Lonely Planet Guide. Don't be lured in by the convince! We rented motorbikes from the Queen Mini over night and drove into the country side surrounding Ninh Binh- I'd highly recommend this excursion. When we returned ...

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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

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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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