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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!

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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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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Where to stay in Phu Quoc

Posted by benh on 6/10/2008 at 15:23

Hi, Could anyone recommend a good hotel/guest house that is mid range/price? We will be staying on the island for 4 nights in January. ...

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Posted by myrto on 15/9/2008 at 19:06

Hi We are two families with 4 children(aged from 5 to 11), spending some time in southern Vietnam over Christmas. Do you know how we can go about organising a homestay in the Mekong Delta? Also can you recommend a good place to actually spend Christmas eve/Christmas day. We are coming from Siem Reap and will be going on to Phu Quoc on 27 December. All advice welcome- many thanks M ...

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2 questions: Rainy day activities in Nha trang, and postal service in Vietnam

Posted by kramer05 on 22/10/2008 at 10:49

Hello! I'm in Nha Trang and it's raining. Can you recommend any activities to do during the day? It can't be too far away because I have to meet someone back in Nha Trang in the evening. Also, I want to ship some things back to the USA. Have you found the Vietnam postal service to be safe and efficient? Has anyone lost their things in the mail? Thanks so much in advance! PS I have been lurking on this site for about 6 months and it's been incredibly helpful. Thanks so much! ...

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Da Lat <> Nha Trang - how long???

Posted by frankyday on 24/10/2008 at 11:22

Hi there, From the guidebook and open tour bus schedule, it takes around 7 hours from Da Lat to Nha Trang. And the open tour bus typically starts 7am something from Da Lat. From this website, I noted that there is a new road which shorten the distance quite a lot, which means it takes only around 3 hours to Nha Trang. I would like to know is the new road right now already in full use? And it seems Open Tour Bus or other public bus does NOT go thru this road, right? If I would like ...

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Airport Taxi

Posted by kongxh on 28/5/2008 at 12:53

From what i understand, the airport taxi charges a flat rate of US$10 to anywhere in the old quarter. Is this still accurate? The hotel i've booked with have offered to send a taxi to fetch us, but they're charging US$14. ...

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Viewed 4,727 times, with 8 replies. Last reply by neogary on 22/10/2008 at 00:40

Vietnamese Travel Agent

Posted by aussie_jase on 17/10/2008 at 09:12

Hi guys, Sorry if this one has been asked before, but can anyone recommend a good travel agent in Vietnam to book some internal flights? Im in Australia, so I am unable to book flights on the vietnam airlines website. An agent with vietnam airlines here in Sydney suggested I book the flights with an agent over there but could not recommend any specifically. I have found one by the name of but any good recommendations would be great. Cheers, Jason. ...

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Sapa/Bac Ha Trip- Handspan or on our Own?

Posted by Elih500 on 17/10/2008 at 13:17

Hello, We are from the US and traveling to Vietnam in a week. I've never considered a tour, but everyone suggested doing some pre-booking for the north. For a "private tour" through one of the reputable tour companies in Hanoi we were quoted $714 for train, 1 night hotel in Bac ha, 2 in Sapa, guide/car for 4 days. When I asked if I could just book a train, 2 day guide and 1 Bac ha night so we could be free the rest of the time, the price only went down $13 and I was informed that the 2 berth ...

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Need to find what to do in Nha Trang?

Posted by flamingosuites on 13/9/2008 at 00:18

You can ask me questions here, I will reply the best that I can. I am an expats living in Vietnam since 4 years (2 years in Nha Trang now) and I know the city very well. All questions are ok. Nicolas ...

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Hanoi Tours

Posted by lafieffe77 on 17/10/2008 at 16:04

Hello every travelers, My husband and I, came back from our trip in Vietnam. We stayed 3 weeks during we went to several places like Along Bay, Sapa, Hue, Hoi an and Ho Chi Minh city. We took our tour with the local agence HANOITOURS. A lot of tourist are looking to a serious and productive travel agent. We recommend this one. Thir website is Enjoy your trip to Vietnam. Jean and Martine ...

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Another itinerary for comment

Posted by aussie_jase on 14/10/2008 at 16:22

Hey all, just thought I'd put forward a provisional itinerary to see what the pro's think... Day 1 - Saigon Days 2 - 5 Phu Quoc (flight from Saigon) Day 6 Phu Quoc to Rach Gia to Chau Doc Day 7 Chau Doc to Phnom Penh Days 8, 9 Phnom Penh Day 10 Phnom Penh to Siem Reap Days 11, 12 Siem Reap Day 13 Siem Reap to Da Nang (fly) Days 14 - 24 Da Nang to Hanoi (including Ha Long Bay) Days 25, 26 - Sapa From there its off to China for a couple of weeks. Any thoughts or suggestions are app ...

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Posted by MarkHall on 10/10/2008 at 18:07

What are the laws in Vietnam regarding motercyclists... do you need to have a licence?? ...

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Vietnam - Cambodia bordero cross

Posted by gabyco00 on 11/10/2008 at 05:02

Hi I´m from Costa rica and I´ll be travelling to Vietnam November 2008. I want to travel from Saigon to Phonm Penh by bus, I´ve read this takes about 7 hours. Can anyone tell me which border crossing point do the buses take because I know they accept the cambodian e-visa in Bavet, but not in the other border-crossing. Thank you for the help ...

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