Photo: Canals of Ca Mau, Mekong Delta.

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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!

Hue, HoiAn or PhuQuoc

Posted by kathyt on 22/9/2008 at 11:01

I have 13 days in Vietnam starting in Hanoi. Is this enough time to see Hue & HoiAn and take the train along the coast eventually spending time in the Mekong Delta, or is it better to fly to HCMC and go to PhuQuoc and visit the Mekong Delta at a much slower pace? Are Hue and HoiAn must visits or are they over commercialized? ...

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Vietnam warning

Posted by rsawyer5 on 17/9/2008 at 19:28

Hey everyone just wanted to give a warning about Vietnam. I just spent a month and a half there and had quite a few terrible encounters. Literally everywhere we went someone was trying to rip us off. The biggest one coming in Ha Long Bay where they tried to charge us 3 times the price of the trip. If you plan on going there make your reservations in Hanoi. Also dont ever accept anything from a hotel (ex. bottle of water) or napkins at a restaurant without asking if you have to pay for it. I got ...

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Hanoi and surrounding area - with kids - in December

Posted by danfritschen on 29/9/2008 at 15:03

My family..2 adults and 2 small children (ages 5 and 8) are heading to SEA for December. We plan on staying 4 days in Hanoi. Had a few questions thanks for the advice. weather..i am assuming between 15 and 20 degrees with some clouds but not much rain..is that safe? Ideally we would like to hire a private guide/car for 3 days to show us around hanoi upto perfume pagoda and also bich dong area..i havent seen where we could get the same guide for all 3 days..any suggestions? Also we w ...

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Cooking course in HCMC or around

Posted by chaosclaire on 4/10/2008 at 17:02

Can anyone recommend a full-day cooking course in HCMC or around? (will travel, for example, to Vung Tau, Mekong Delta region for the right one) We're looking for a full day, or maybe even several days. Thanks! Claire ...

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HCMC - Hanoi overland

Posted by frankyday on 30/9/2008 at 11:17

Folks, I am new to here and glad to have such an informative forum with all the useful information. My trip in Vietnam should be around mid Dec. And preliminary Itin as follow, see whether how you guys think:- Day0 - arriving HCMC evening time Day1-3 - HCMC and surrondings Day4-5 - Dalat Day6-7 - Nha Trang (night train to Hoi An) Day8-9 - Hoi An (night train to Hanoi) Day10 - Hanoi (I will miss Halong Bay anyway as I am not really keen on boating etc) Day11 - Go home. Personal ...

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2 weeks to kill in S.E.Asia. Where should i go????? before meeting mates and partying in thailand

Posted by somtam73 on 30/9/2008 at 23:14

Brill sight this so happy i stumbled across it. My names Di im from london and March 23rd next year im flying to Bangkok. Im so excited about travelling that ive got my nickers in a twist where to go as i only have 2 weeks SOLO before meeting my mates back in Bangkok to go island hopping/moon partying together in the south. I really dont know wether to go to Vietnam or Cambodia or Laos??? I have my head half buried in the lonely planet as we speak :O)) I only have 2 weeks what could i f ...

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Visa to China

Posted by TheRunningman on 8/9/2008 at 17:51

Hey, from January to June I want to travel by Bus n' Train from Malaysia to Europe. So I have to cross China. My Problem is to get a permission for a visa. I went to the Chinese Embassy here in Germany and they told me that I need flighttickets or in my case enter- and Exit-Traintickets. I want to Enter China from Vietnam by Train wich goes from Hanoi to Nanning. And I want to leave China by Train from Beijing to Irkutsk(Russia). I know that the chinese give Tourists Visa in Vietna ...

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Learning French In Vietnam

Posted by suolib on 7/9/2008 at 15:28

Hi all Can anyone help, Im an English guy 45 yrs and will be travelling to Vietnam Nov 2008 - Mar 2009 and whilst on my travels I need to learn French as next year (2009) i wil be living and working in the south of France. Im happy to go to school or be taught privatley. also will french be widely spoken out there ? I prefer to be in thew south of Vietnam any information will be greatly recieved. Your advice and assistance is appreciated Regards Billy ...

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Tip for Cai Be floating market

Posted by rdavout on 13/9/2008 at 02:50

Arriving directly in Cai Be is a great way to visit the floating market. Small boats (2-3 people) are easily rented out to locals out of the tourism industry for 40 000 VND an hour. It cuts out an hour of unneccessary boat transport and lets you with the nice bits. Cheers ...

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Photos in Ban Lien???

Posted by jlbrillet on 15/9/2008 at 19:19

Hello from Paris/ Hanoi. I stayed for 3 nights in Saomai hotel in Bac Ha in august 2007 (11-14). I rented a motorbike with a driver for three days, and I took a lot of pictures of markets and especially a village, about 25-30 kms from Bac Ha. I would like to send some pictures to the people in the village. I think they would be very happy, but I lost the address. I think the village is Ban Lien or around it.Can anybody help me? I would be quite grateful. If you want to identify it, ...

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which Country?

Posted by piglet44 on 13/8/2008 at 13:35

We have two weeks to travel in April. Which country would be the best bet? We like temples, scenery, people. Not looking for a tough trek more something "soft" but cultural. Have been to South India, China and Thailand in past trips and enjoyed all of them. Heard that the Vietnamese are not so friendly.Any comments? thanks ...

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Best Travel Method in Vietnam/Cambodia

Posted by SikeMo on 13/8/2008 at 03:53

Hello, I am planning a Vietnam/Cambodia trip for October-November and was wondering what the general consensus was on travel within the countries. We are starting in Ha Noi and then continuing on to the Hue area, Ho Chi Minh, and then to Phnom Penh. Is it generally better to take overnight trains or book flights? Should I book in advance or wait until we get there? Thanks! ...

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Travel from Siem Reap to HCMC

Posted by Patrickx8 on 13/9/2008 at 08:48

What is recommended by land? how long? Can you fly? i am trying to manage the time of my trip ...

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Mekong Delta - Tra Vinh

Posted by rdavout on 13/9/2008 at 02:40

Tra Vinh is my absolute favourite in the Mekong Delta. Khmer presence is a notable factor and makes this laid-back provincial town worth a relaxing visit. Tra Vinh is visitable on a one-day bicycle trip. North to South: * "Den tho Bac Ho" - Oncle Ho memorial site. 5 km away. Lush countryside with the best views nearby but an absolute loss of time to visit. * Ong Met pagoda - on Dien Bien Phu. A 16th century Chinese temple which has completely lost its character during the last resto ...

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Mekong Delta - Sa Dec

Posted by rdavout on 13/9/2008 at 02:37

Sa Dec makes a decent stop in the Mekong Delta. It is seldom in any guide in spite of some attractions : - a relatively nice town organised around a canal - flower wholesale activities upstream (flower growers, traders, pots all over the place being charged on trucks) - interesting temples - nice views from up the cao dai temple's towers. Plus, Marguerite Duras lived in town and her novel "L'Amant"/"The Lover" begins there. Cheers ...

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Ba Be Lake, don't believe your LP...

Posted by rdavout on 13/9/2008 at 02:20

These are travel notes so forgive the laconic style. TF staff wasn't helpful replying to my numerous contributions by email so I'll only let a few (the most useful) trickle on the web. "Ba Be lake" Major tourist trap (worse in 7 months in VN): low-value + easily get overcharged if you do not take care. Don't try the boat service: overcharged (9 times the average price in the Mekong Delta, no bargaining possible) and low-quality. Numerous noisy/drunk VN tourists, nonsense stops, etc. Ext ...

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Hanoi international airport to Old Quarter

Posted by Bello on 11/9/2008 at 21:58

hi, can any 1 recommend on a good travelling way from hanoi airport to the old quarter. im plannin trip 2 hanoi, halong bay n sapa. any advise? thankyou bell ...

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frame shops??

Posted by JJcookie on 12/9/2008 at 13:32

has anyone had anything framed in Vietnam? pictures, posters, degrees, etc? I was curious if there were shops that do it here, prices, if the material is sustainable wood... ...

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Flights - Hanoi to Vientiane

Posted by lah1308 on 9/9/2008 at 19:50

I am looking for flights from Hanoi to Vientiane in November and have found 2 places where I can buy them from. One is directly on the website which is more expensive than the other option, through Ocean Tours...I would go with Ocean Tours but they don't accept credit cards and form of payment. Does anyone know of anyone else I can organise tickets through, agents etc? Thanks ...

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Seaside retreat near HCMC

Posted by etucker on 8/9/2008 at 13:22

I am roughing it in Cambodia in Feb next year for 16 days and my trip is finishing in HCMC. I am looking for a nice seaside town to escape to for 2-3 nights to relax. Any suggestions? I would like to stay in the nearby area of HCMC to avoid long travel. I am a young female travelling solo so would love somewhere that still has a good social scene. Any spa resort reccommendations would be great too! Cheers. ...

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