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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!


Posted by denny1974 on 4/7/2008 at 21:06

Help!Only have three weeks want to visit Thailand Vietnam and Cambodia all however may be too much flying etc so thinking only vietnam and thailand but feeling like I am missing out any suggestions ...

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Staying in Vietnam during Christmas New Year

Posted by Katie7982 on 24/6/2008 at 10:55

We are planning our first trip to Vietnam at the end of this year. We will be in Vietnam from about December 22- January 12. I know this is one of the peak times, so we were wondering how difficult it is to book hotels/transport around this time. Any advice is very welcome!! ...

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Pacific Airlines booking help required

Posted by goldilocks on 18/5/2008 at 09:36

Iwould like to book tickets on Pacific airlines I have tried repeatedly to make contact to their website (from NZ). But all I ever get is a blue page stating loading and nothing comes up so I presume that they don't have online booking.Can anyone give me a reputable agent who will book a flight HCM to Nha Trang for me? I believe they are the cheapest for domestic flights?? ...

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Hanoi train station

Posted by shakester on 31/3/2008 at 09:40

Hello fishers We'll be getting back to hanoi from our Halong Bay trip around 4/5pm. Plan to catch the train to Lao Cai the same evening. Was wondering if there's a luggae room at the station one can deposit bags? On the way beack, too we might have the day in hanoir waiting for an evening flight, so a facility like this would be good. thanks for the help! ...

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Vietnam visa expired

Posted by ski on 12/6/2008 at 17:01

does anyone know what we should do...we got our visa for Vietnam through our hotel in Cambodia, we didn't check it at the time and our hotel in Vietnam has just pointed out to us that we have a D category (instead of the standard C category 1 month tourist visa), that gave us 2 weeks and it expired 2 days ago!! We have been told we will have to pay a $2million VND fine EACH for overstaying. ...

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Viewed 3,079 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by somtam2000 on 26/6/2008 at 16:47

Halong Bay

Posted by Spacey on 30/4/2008 at 11:47

I know there's lots of messages about Halong Bay but I'm after some up todate info. I arrive in Hanoi next week and want to take a Halong Bay trip, I was looking at Santa Maria but they seem a bit pricey for a two night trip, any recommendations who to book through or the junks to try for? ...

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Saigon Vs Hanoi

Posted by Marney_47 on 25/6/2008 at 13:07

I have 1 week in Vietnam (8 days) and instead of cramming and making the mistake of rushing my travel (Nobody wants that) i have decided i will concerntrate on one area either Hanoi and its surrounding areas, Ha long Bay etc, or Saigon and its surrounding areas. Straight after i visit Vietnam im heading to Cambodia for a week so firstly it made sense for me to fly from Vietianne (Laos) to Saigon instead of goin out of my way to Hanoi and causing problems then trying to get to Phnom Penh from ...

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Posted by paulascott on 24/6/2008 at 10:35

Hi, Looking for advice & suggestions. Had 4 brilliant weeks with family backpacking Thailand last March and the trip was so memorable due to all the suggestions & advice of this forum - so thanks all. Now I'm planning 5 weeks with 2 kids in tow again, this time flying in July 09 into HCMC. Like the sounds of Phu Quoc, Nha Trang, Hoi An, Halong Bay, Sapa & Hoi An. But also include the Mekong Delta, but not on a tour as such (so advice needed here). Does anyone have any suggestions for an i ...

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Viewed 3,243 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by paulascott on 25/6/2008 at 08:01

Romantic Hotel in Hanoi

Posted by liv97 on 24/6/2008 at 04:10

My fiance and I are spending a couple nights in Hanoi at the start of our honeymoon. Any recommendation for romantic nice hotels? We'd prefer something small and unique over 4-seasons type mass-market luxury. Thanks ...

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Weather in Phu Quoc

Posted by Spacey on 22/6/2008 at 18:16

Hi, I want to go to Phu Quoc in September, I know its still the rainy season but is it bad enough then that I should give Phu Quoc a miss? I just want to veg out for a few days on the beach. Thanks ...

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Viewed 1,776 times, with 1 reply. Last reply by somtam2000 on 22/6/2008 at 20:20

gettin lazy and booking tours!!!

Posted by itchyfeet72 on 19/6/2008 at 12:19

hi all arriving in hanoi tomorrow morning and thinking about taking tours to halong bay and sapa so i basically have 10 more days left in vietnam and would like to see all 3 places(too many for my liking but while im here...) anyway enough of the rambling has anyone any recomendations of good honest tour operators to either places-pref if youve been recently-the main stories ive heard while travelling havnt been great! also on a budget but not exactly 'bare bones' thanks for any info-also ...

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Halong Bay 2 days 1 night?

Posted by Taaa on 16/6/2008 at 12:06

I would like to know if i can do a trip for Halong bay 2 days 1 night? Any idea for it because i'll visit Vietnam for 5 day. Thank you very much ...

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Viewed 2,177 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by seahmj on 18/6/2008 at 22:18

travel time Sapa night train - HAN, Viet Air to SGN

Posted by metropical on 15/6/2008 at 00:27

My overnight train from Sapa arrives at 5:30A Hanoi, the flight to SGN leaves at 8:30A. The flight from SGN home to NYC leaves at 12:45P. Is there enough time allowed to make all this happen or should I consider an extra night in SGN before the trip to NYC? ...

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Travelling during TET

Posted by benh on 15/6/2008 at 00:21

Is it hard to travel around Vietnam during the festival? I need to book some train tickets and was wondering whether to book them in advance. ...

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Viewed 1,408 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by benh on 15/6/2008 at 14:33

bus, sgn 2 pnh ......

Posted by appleegg on 13/6/2008 at 13:57

so then, what company can most reliably transport me and my 2 kids from sgn 2 pnh? quickest and easiest at the border. strong aircon, most comfortable and maybe a toilet if possible. thankyou, appleegg. ...

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Viewed 2,998 times, with 1 reply. Last reply by etulio on 14/6/2008 at 13:30

unlocked GSM fone in Vietnam

Posted by metropical on 14/6/2008 at 00:58

are these easy to come by and reliable or should I purchase before I leave home? If so what price range? ...

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pham ngu lao hotel - 2 kids???

Posted by appleegg on 13/6/2008 at 13:54

aloha, anyone have a good recommendation for a good hotel for me and my 2 11 year olds? would like something facing pham ngu lao w/ a balcny. it must - sleep 3. aircon, tv, clean. balcony. keep our reservation. thank you in advance, appleegg. ...

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Viewed 1,719 times, with 1 reply. Last reply by somtam2000 on 13/6/2008 at 19:11

Travelling from Saigon to Phnom Penh

Posted by benh on 12/6/2008 at 20:12

I have done a bit of research, but can anyone recommend the best way to do this? We only have limited time as we are on a 3 week holiday, so would like a scenic, but fairly quick journey. ...

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Viewed 3,636 times, with 1 reply. Last reply by somtam2000 on 13/6/2008 at 07:48

Laos(vang vien) to nha trang

Posted by elainemurphy2 on 11/6/2008 at 18:01

Hi just wondering whats the easiest and fastest way to get to nha trang from laos?thanks elaine ...

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Phu Quoc Island or Hue and Hoi An

Posted by Sandrac on 28/2/2008 at 18:25

Plan A: Chau Doc to Rach Gia stay 1 night then to Phu Quoc Island for 3 nights then to Can Tho for 2 nights then to HCMC for 2 nights then fly to Hanoi Plan B: Chau Doc to Can Tho stay 3 nights then HCMC stay 2 nights then fly to Danang stay 3 nights Hue/Hoi An then fly to Hanoi Please help us decide, we're really struggling with which option to take, this will be the last leg of our trip and 8 days is all we can spare. Any suggestions anyone has will be much appreciated ...

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