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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!

hotels in hanoi

Posted by Patrickx8 on 12/11/2008 at 06:01

Anyone know the Serenade or Hong NGOC hotels in Hanoi? Can you recommend either one? ...

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Fishing in vietnam

Posted by audrienne on 1/9/2008 at 10:45

Where in Vietnam i can join for fishing boat and have fishing trip for one day or half day? ...

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HELP!! Where to go

Posted by chelle on 25/10/2008 at 14:20

My boyfriend and I have left it extremely late to plan our 2 week Vietnamese trip and can't decide whether to go to Hanoi and then down to Ho Chi Minh or the other way around. Not to mention surrounding towns!! If anyone can offer any advice it would be greatly appreciated. We're due to fly in from Hong Kong on Tuesday 18th November and will be flying back to Hong Kong on 30th November. Thanks in advance :o) ...

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Photos of Hoi An

Posted by somtam2000 on 8/11/2008 at 14:48

We've just added a short photo essay for Hoi An -- you can see the pics here -- enjoy! ...

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Renting Bikes to tour the Mekong delta

Posted by paosinis on 31/10/2008 at 13:12

We will be in the Mekong Delta the last few days of December 2008. We want to bike around for 3-4 day around there before we head to Phu Quoc. We know there are many tours you can take but the ones we are interested in are a bit expensive. We were wondering if there is a way of renting 2 bikes in Can Tho or any of the other cities of the area for a few days . ...

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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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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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