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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!

Hiking in Vietnam

Posted by burnthisnow on 26/5/2008 at 04:43

Hello all, I'm landing in Hanoi on June 4 and heading south through the country for a couple of weeks. I'm looking for a few opportunities to get up into some hills and away from the tourist hordes, but hiking information seems elusive. I'm an experienced hiker and climber, and I'll have all the basic equipment I'll need for the terrain and climate. I'm guessing northwest Vietnam and the Central Highlands are the best spots, but again, it's not too clear. I don't want trekking "tours" or gui ...

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Boat to Quan Lan

Posted by Ehlen on 21/5/2008 at 21:32

Hello! I'd like to visit Quan Lan (or another island) in Bai Tu Long Bay. Does anyone knows what time the (local) boat leaves from Halong City and can you give some directions? All tips on islands, where to stay, etc are also welcome! Thanks ...

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Vietnam & Cambodia

Posted by ajetj on 31/5/2008 at 03:02

Is is possible to do both Vietnam and Cambodia in 2 weeks??? We want to go to Ankor Wat ...

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Hanoi - Siem Reap

Posted by eirie on 15/2/2008 at 18:41

Hello all! I'd like to travel from Bejing all the way down to Siem Reap, where I'll work for a charity over the summer. Do you think that will be possible/enjoyable in 3 weeks? Also, I figured out most of the route but I wonder how to get best from Hanoi to Siem Reap? Is there any recommendable bus connection? Thanks for your help! Iris ...

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Nha Trang vs Sapa

Posted by Wyse11 on 3/6/2008 at 17:49

Hi all I am planning a trip in August/September for about 3.5 weeks. After reading recent blogs, I am considering cutting the 3 days I had planned to spend Nha Trang in favour of going to Sapa (trekking/markets etc). I am not a diver or into the backpacking 'party' scene. I am more interested in experience the Vietnamese history and culture I am concerned that Nha Trang doesn't have much offer someone with my interests. Any thoughts or ideas ? ...

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ocean tours - ocean sails junk

Posted by hotdiggeydog2 on 4/6/2008 at 05:18

Here is an extract of an email sent by ocean tours. I don't know what "characted" means maybe charted??? Thank you for your attendtion to our company As your requelagst, We would like to inform you that the Ocean Sails Boat now was characted, We do not know when it can run again. Any way, We advice you can go Lagoon explorer Trip 3 days, it similar itinerery, the boat seems much better ( it has only 4 rooms, private bathroom...) Their 3 day "lagoon explorer junk is &285 but you only ...

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Itinerary Feedback?

Posted by natesta on 2/6/2008 at 22:46

Any feedback would be very welcome as I solidify our trip in July. Thank you. Day 1 Boat from Phenom Penh to Chau Doc (Stay Overnight in Cau doc) Day 2 Explore area around Chau Doc (Tra Su Bird Sancuary, Tup Duc Hill, stay overnight) Day 3 Boat? to Vinh Long (stay overnight) Day 4 Explore Vihn Long and surroundings (stay overnight) Day 5 Bus to Saigon (overnight in Saigon) Day 6 Explore Saigon (Chu chi tunnels, War reminents.. etc. Stay overnight) Day 7 Fly to Danang, hire c ...

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Trying to revisit bamboo hut experience

Posted by gfong on 27/5/2008 at 02:26

In 1984 my wife and I found ourselves living in a simple bamboo beach hut with a toilet and shower and bed. there were 16 huts in all with a little restaurant affair and the whole complex sat on a calm tree lined white sand beach. Electricity was available for four hours after the sun went down. Before we knew it two months had past. We have never forgotten. That was on Chawang beach in Ko Samui 1984. Anyone out there can point me to a similar situation in Vietnam, Cambodia or Thailand? I h ...

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Viewed 1,539 times, with 3 replies. Last reply by somtam2000 on 29/5/2008 at 05:30

Hanoi to Luang Prabang - airlines?

Posted by dannymahon on 16/5/2008 at 18:01

Hello, Does anyone know any other airlines which fly from Hanoi to Luang Prabang other than Vietnam Airlines? They're very expensive and overland route seems a nightmare and we have limited time! Any ideas or advice would be much appreciated. Thanks Danny ...

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Viewed 4,030 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by katieq2 on 28/5/2008 at 02:36

Get visa in Vietnam to Cambodia

Posted by marty64 on 23/5/2008 at 06:37

We are flying into Vietnam on multi entry visa's but don't have time to get visa's for Cambodia before we leave, does anyone know which landboarder or river crossing we could take to be able to get visas there. Also we only have 2 weeks altogether, what would be a good itineray for both countries in such a short time. Looking to only do the bottom region of Vietnam. Cheers ...

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Jetstar now has control!!

Posted by hotdiggeydog2 on 26/5/2008 at 16:15

Jetstar has now thaken over pacific as from 26/05/08. Go to the jetstar website to book online. It's great to get a e ticket..no agent fees.YIPPEE www.jetstar.com.au Enjoy the cheap fares!! Hotdiggeydog ...

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jellyfish

Posted by seattle on 26/5/2008 at 13:04

CatBa or others; What are the names of the 2 different jellyfish we saw off of Phu Quoc this last april? There were purple ones and some red jellyfish. My wife was stung by a red one and it really hurt. What can be done for a person to stop the stinging when you are out on a boat and this happens? Can the red jellyfish be fatal? Thanks ...

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Viewed 4,517 times, with 1 reply. Last reply by SBE on 26/5/2008 at 17:04

Pacific Airlines to become Jetstar Pacific

Posted by somtam2000 on 14/4/2008 at 08:06

The Australian newspaper website is reporting that: "Qantas is set to boost its presence in Southeast Asia by establishing a fleet of 30 Jetstar-branded aircraft in Vietnam. Qantas executives and Vietnamese officials will today unveil an agreement to change the name of Pacific Airlines, to Jetstar Pacific as part of a joint venture that will also lead to a fleet of 30 leased Airbus A320 aircraft being based in the country by 2014. The joint venture will initially grow services in Vietnam befo ...

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5 star express sleeping

Posted by SophieRoberts on 13/5/2008 at 16:48

Hi, I want to get the overnight 5 star express train from Saigon to Nha Trang. Does this train have sleeping berths? If so then are these the most expensive ones only? Thanks ...

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Vietnam in September

Posted by madz on 16/5/2008 at 09:57

Hi everyone! And this is my first post!! YAY! My partner and I have a 14 day trip in Vietnam booked for this coming September and Ive got a couple of questions i hope someone can help me out with. I'm still working on the itinerary but i am thinking something along the lines of HCM - 2 nights Dalat - 1 night Nha Trang - 2 nights Mui Ne - 2 nights Hoi An - 3 nights and then im not sure what else to do but i want to spend the last 2 maybe 3 nights in Ho Chi Minh. I was consider ...

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Viewed 1,499 times, with 1 reply. Last reply by vietnamtravelguides on 22/5/2008 at 10:10

Online booking site for Sapa trains

Posted by liquefiedstars on 19/5/2008 at 09:29

Hi Has anyone booked Sapa - Lao Cai trains through Hotel Vietnam Online? When you click "book now" the page is then re-directed to Discovery Indochina. http://www.hotelvietnamonline.com/sapa/trains.htm It asks for your credit card details immediately so I can't even wait for someone to get back to me first. An email through the "contact us" page has met no reply. In particular, why is the Royal 4 berth soft sleeper unusually cheap at US$40 return? ...

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Viewed 3,530 times, with 3 replies. Last reply by etulio on 20/5/2008 at 12:30

flights from hanoi

Posted by itchyfeet72 on 19/5/2008 at 18:34

hi all gonna be in vietnam in june(south to north) basically at the end of that month ill be flying from hanoi to bangkok for a few weeks then flying on to india - normally ive used the web for flights but noticed on my travels theres great offers at some travel agents - so what do people think web or agents and hopefully the names of good sites and reliable travel agents(hanoi)-also does anyone know if you need onward tickets for india also a bit of a different subject but is there any goo ...

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sapa info needed

Posted by jscsmail on 18/5/2008 at 17:47

Hi All, ive got a short trip to Hanoi planned in early June. I would like to do the overnight train to sapa & one days trekking & maybe a day checking out the wkend markets, can anyone recommend a decent place to book through? I'm happy to catch a train up & organise something in sapa, or should I just pay handspan price & do the touristy option?. Is it easier to organise tours in sapa or Hanoi? I'm only in Hanoi 5 days & id like to do an overnight halong bay cruise also, so I’m short of tim ...

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From Hanoi - Saigon (in July)

Posted by seahmj on 18/5/2008 at 00:37

Hi, I would like to have some informations on how do i go about travelling in a proper and safer way as i am planning to travel in this journey: Hanoi (visit to Halong Bay) - Hue - Hoi An - Nha Trang / Da Lat (either 1 or both) - Mekong Delta - Saigon Someone please advice me. I am doing a backpack visit to vietnam. This is my very first time doing so and i know nuts about vietnam transport and how it goes. I am on a budget tour. Hopefully someone will give me an idea of how can i do al ...

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Viewed 1,654 times, with 3 replies. Last reply by seahmj on 18/5/2008 at 11:27

Some Questions About Hanoi

Posted by Jon_Mak_Mak on 29/3/2008 at 23:07

Hi, I’m starting to plan my trip to Hanoi for next year. We will be in Thailand first with my in-laws and then me and the wife are going to take a trip to Hanoi and ha long bay. Is a week in Hanoi long enough or too long? I do like to see as much as possible and also take my time and as we won’t be travelling around SE Asia this time I can spend a week in one place. I've been to Thailand, Malaysia, Laos, Indonesia, Cambodia, Singapore etc... So now want to check out Vietnam. We want to ...

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