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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!

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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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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3 day trip through Mekong

Posted by kwinzent on 10/10/2008 at 23:43

I am looking for suggestions on itineraries for a brief 3 day trip originating in Ho Chi Minh and optimally ending in/near Rach Gia as we intend to continue on to Phu Quoc. Are there any suggestions on doing a self tour through the Mekong? Is it relatively easy to find transportation and such? Any insight would be so appreciated! Thanks a bunch! ...

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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 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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