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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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Flodding in Northern and Central Vietnam

Posted by aimeetaylor on 10/12/2008 at 19:51

I am travleeing to Vietnam for the first time in January and am really keen to make Hanoi my first stop, however I have read various reports online detailing the terriable flooding in nothern and central regions of vietnam and was wondering if anyone can advise whether it is appropriate and or possible to travel to the affected regions in the near future? Any details on affected areas who advise from anyone who has travelled there recently would be much appreciated! Thanks! ...

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Veggies in Hanoi

Posted by Flo76 on 17/12/2008 at 18:33

Can any fellow vegetarians out there help my boyfriend find a good, cheap veggie joint in Hanoi? Thanks. ...

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If I'll see the DMZ's Vinh Moc Tunnels, are the Cu Chi Tunnels still worth seeing?

Posted by dnovsky on 17/12/2008 at 08:45

If I'll see the DMZ's Vinh Moc Tunnels, are the Cu Chi Tunnels still worth seeing? I've read that the Cu Chi tunnels are touristy but interesting. Will they still be interesting if I have already been to the Vinh Moc tunnels at the DMZ? ...

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UK Tourist Visa Cost

Posted by chewiee on 15/12/2008 at 16:45

I'm wanting to apply for a tourist visa from the UK, but the UK Vietnam Embassy website doesnt show the tourist visa fee. Anyone know that the amount it? Thanks ...

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Sapa train or tour package

Posted by sarahjimurray on 16/12/2008 at 12:36

Hi I hope you can help advise me which is best. I want to travel to sapa next week 23rd Dec. Im unsure whether I should book a package tour, or I should book train and hotel indivdualy and then just book the treck tours once I arrive, as I have been reccomended the mountain view hotel. Any advice on the best way to go and approximations of cost, really appreciate any advice on this? Thanks ...

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Plane or boat to Phu Quoc?

Posted by EmBees on 14/12/2008 at 05:06

I am flying into HCMC in mid-February to begin 5 weeks travel. I'll mostly be in Cambodia and Laos but am hoping to spend the first week or so on the Mekong and Phu Quoc. I know I can fly directly to Phu Quoc from HCMC (and skip exploring that city until the end of the trip - in order to recover on the beach from my very long flight). But I am also hoping to see some combination of Cai Be, Can Tho, and Chau Doc (from which I could proceed to Phnom Penh by boat - I think?). So, is there a more ...

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Kim Hoa Hotel - Phu Quoc

Posted by Roody82 on 7/12/2008 at 18:14

Just wondering if anyone has stayed at Kim Hoa Hotel on Phu Qouc Island? I'll looked on and its got pretty bad reviews. However, it looks like one of the only beach hotels left on Phu Quoc for the period of time I want to go. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. ...

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Hanoi or Hoi An to Luang Prabang. How hard/long/expensive???

Posted by jenniemcmartin on 9/12/2008 at 20:11

Hello to those who have traveled from Vietnam to Laos. My husband and I are in Saigon but making out way up the coast and want to eventually slide over to Laos and on to LP. Our visa expires in 12 days so we need to make a move quick but want to see Nha Trang and Hoi An for sure first before we go over into Laos. If anyone has done the trip overland and could share their story that would be awesome! Also please include if a Visa On Arrival was issued @ the boarder crossing into Laos. Thanks!!! ...

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Beaches in Dec

Posted by vietnamherewecome on 2/12/2008 at 12:50

What beach and resort would you recommend in mid/late Dec. I would love to stay at a boutique resort that is not overly pricey under $200 for about 4 days ... Mui Ne ? Nha Trang ? Phu Quoc ? Thanks! ...

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Anyone stayed at Thanh Quoc (Phu Quoc Island)

Posted by Roody82 on 4/12/2008 at 15:42

Gday, Just wondering if anyone has stayed at Thanh Quoc Hotel on Phu Quoc Island. It seems to be the only available hotel for Dec-Jan. Can't find any decent info on the web. Any advice would be greatley appreciated. Cheers, ...

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Just Back from Hanoi & Sapa

Posted by Bello on 25/11/2008 at 21:53

Good experience taking train from Hanoi train station to Lao Cai train station. Had a night in hard sleeper type. ooh.. 6 beds in a cabin. imagine that.. 2 of us sharing with 4 'strangers-friends' in a cabin. Sapa-nice weather & sceneries. however, too many sales people surrounding. Still prefer Hoian than Hanoi as the latter is more laid back & relaxing. Weather is ok. No rainy day. bello ...

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Im a bit stuck! Help would be great..

Posted by Isobel_123 on 4/12/2008 at 06:54

Hi There, I am travelling with a friend through Vietnam for a couple of weeks. We're flying into Hanoi in March and are staying there for a night, then up to Sapa for 3 nights, then to Ha Long bay for 2 days. After that we have 8 days to go down the coast, eventually we want to move through Saigon and spend a night on the mekong somewhere amazing (maybe like an flashpacker camping accom..?). Can anyone suggest where I spend my 8 days heading down the coast and ending into Cambodia?? ...

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To Sapa from Hanoi

Posted by Bello on 15/9/2008 at 21:20

Hi there, im takin flight to hanoi n goin to sapa straight. any 1 can advise on the recommended way of travellin to that location. n do i hav to sign a sapa package from hanoi n oso any gd lodgin to recommend? bell ...

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hoi an to hanoi

Posted by annalaura on 2/12/2008 at 03:05

can anyone tell me the best way to get from hoi an up to hanoi - are flights expensive/often or is a train the best idea? ...

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