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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!

Da Lat - Thao Nguyen Hotel $5 and $6 rooms; Very happy with price and accomodations

Posted by allen_moretsky on 16/3/2008 at 12:21

114 Bis Lo B10; Duong 3/2, Da Lat Tel:(063)542 404 - 286 628 We have been staying at what I consider the best deal in lodging that I have seen in Vietnam. There are only 8 rooms in the hotel, 2 rooms on each floor. The hotel is very centrally located. 2 young ladies recommended the place; I ran into them outside the hotel as they were leaving. $5 got us a completely tiled, large room. The whole outside wall of the room is glass, looking out past a narrow balcony onto the street. Ceiling to flo ...

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Travelling during Tet

Posted by corbie on 23/7/2008 at 04:39

Hi guys, We are travelling through Vietnam this coming January during the Tet period which I have heard is a very busy time for travel. We arrive in Hanoi 6th Jan, then planning to head to Halong bay for a couple of days then make our way down the coast via train (with some stop overs) to Saigon, before we go to Cambodia. We have allowed approx 15 days for this (the Hanoi to Saigon leg, minus halong bay). Is this enough time? Also any special tips for travlling during Tet period? ...

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Beaches in Ho Chi Min?

Posted by sophistications on 14/7/2008 at 15:43

Hi all, I've checked online and found out that the closest beach to Ho Chi Min is Vung Tau? What's the name of the beach (or beaches -if there is more than 1 beach, which is the nicest?) How can I get there from Ho Chi Min city? How much does it cost and how long is the journey? Is it worth it to travel to vung tau just for the beach, and back to Ho chi min? (meaning not staying overnight at Vung Tau) Is there anything else to do in Vung Tau, other than the beach? Thank ...

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Warning re taxis in hanoi

Posted by thegingerbird on 14/6/2008 at 13:22

Just to let you know that if a taxi is using a meter in hanoi you will be ripped off. After getting off the night bus from Hue there was a load of taxis to take us to the hotels. Oddly no motos I initially thought great he has a meter i don't have to worry about getting overcharged, and then i saw the meter creeping up to 100,000d. I started telling him to stop and let me out but he kept going and had child locks in the back. I kept saying i only have 100,000 at this time the meter said 1 ...

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Hue to Hanoi in Jan 09

Posted by hunter on 15/7/2008 at 22:10

Researching alternatives for my last leg Hue to Hanoi 688 km found several options: Bus 200,000 overnight, takes 12 hours Train 470,000 overnight soft sleeper Plane $ 74 one hour, VN airlines managed to find the overnight train schedule from Hue SE2 15.55 arr 05.40 SE4 16.38 arr 04.30 SE4 departs later but arrives earlier, is this possible ? I have read the accomodation listings, but do you have any rec hotel for Hue ? ...

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Posted by macman1945 on 30/5/2008 at 16:12

Hi people, Just a quick note that catba seems to have not posted lately. I have got so much up to date info from this guy and somtam that I am really looking forward to my trip. Hope you are well mate and looking forward to hearing from you again. ...

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Travel from Saigon - Bangkok

Posted by mgadot on 16/7/2008 at 17:13

I need to get to Bangkok quick and cheap from Saigon. I've looked up flights and the cheapest is $170 (this is because I am flying next week). Does anyone know how long the bus takes from Saigon to Bangkok and how much does it cost? Also, any suggestions for bus companies? Your help is greatly appreciated. ...

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Ha Long Bay - Small Boat Tours

Posted by niko on 14/7/2008 at 10:28

My wife can do small boats, ie: longtails and kayaks, but doesnt do well on large boats and ferries. Are there small boats that can tour us around Ha Long as well as kayak tours. ...

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Itinerary help!

Posted by wgiles1 on 14/7/2008 at 11:53

Hello, I am very new to this website, so please forgive my ignorance. I was just informed that I am going backpacking through Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, and Thailand next month! I am flying into Hong Kong on August 21st and will spend 4 days there, and then on August 25th will begin my trek in Vietnam. All that I know for sure is that I must be in Thailand for the Full Moon party by Sept. 11th or so. Would anyone mind helping me form an itinerary? I know that I want to visit Angkor ...

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Anybody been to Xuan Loc?

Posted by NoratheExplorer on 19/6/2008 at 07:59

I'm writing a story set there without the benefit of traveling there myself. I have a lot of stories from my Vietnam-vet father to help me, but would appreciate any info about the size, look and feel of the place. How far to Saigon, what's the road like? Many thanks! Connie ...

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really need vaccinations????

Posted by hippydiza on 22/6/2008 at 18:10

Hi,am doing the 3 week south to north trip leaving end of July including a few days in Sapa and really would rather not have vaccinations but would like to hear the opinions of others who have done it before me please....hippydiza ...

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Alternative sea transport to Phu Quoc Island

Posted by steveontweed on 16/6/2008 at 08:30

I am reading some confusing accounts of getting to PQ island from the nearby coast. With 2 50 year old adults and 2 15 year old teenagers we are OK to try for something other than the fast ferries with everyone else (we would prefer anything else) but although good swimmers I don't want to take on anything dodgy/risky. Some accounts suggest fishing boats from Ba Hon (any other departure ports out there?) are OK, some suggest risky, others say downright foolhardy and most are dated a year or more ...

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Viewed 3,415 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by CatBa2 on 13/7/2008 at 18:02

Yet another Halong tour question

Posted by bellowe on 8/7/2008 at 03:00

In Feb 08 we will be going to Hanoi. We are bringing 8 Canadians and will be joined by 2 Vietnamese local family members from central Vietnam bringing us to a total of 12. This should be enough people that I should be able to charter A Junk for a 3 day 2 night tour. I am looking to book in advance over the internet so I can try to minimize last minute surprises which always seem to happen in Vietnam. I am looking for a tour 100-150 dollar price range pp. After reading many posts, I understand ...

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Left Luggage at Ho Chi Minh City Airport

Posted by HeatherL on 28/6/2008 at 13:42

Hi, Does anyone know if there is somewhere to store luggage overnight at Ho Chi Minh City Airport? Thanks, Heather ...

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Vietnam Visa query

Posted by Flo76 on 27/6/2008 at 09:54

I want to go to Northern Vietnam for 2 weeks in August 08 then return January 09 for 30 days. Am I able to apply for two visas so close together? Is it possible to apply for a 6 month multi-entry visa to save doing it twice? ...

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cyber cafes in Sapa

Posted by metropical on 3/7/2008 at 10:26

are they as prolific in Sapa as they are in the major cities? Will I be able to upload photos or burn to CD? Or should I plan on bringing a laptop? ...

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Best way to get from Bangkok to Hoi an??

Posted by lucyloo on 6/7/2008 at 21:30

Hi all, trying to plan my return trip to beautifull vietnam in about 5 weeks that will start in bangkok (then maybe anywhere with a beach nearish i.e koh samet or koh chang for a lazy week!) then to Hoi an for 3weeks then back to bangkok, I wanted a direct route if poss-thought I could fly to Da-nang then taxi it to Hoi-an but I cant seem to get any flights without going through Hanoi -would really appreciate any suggestions! Thanks!! ...

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Bus Travel?

Posted by DrTomPhD on 10/7/2008 at 09:55

Hi all. I'll be making my asia debut this summer and I had a few questions about bus travel. I'll start out in Bangkok and will travel through cambodia to Hanoi and Fansipan. Here are my questions: 1. What is the fastest way to take the bus/train from bangkok to hanoi (and back)? 2. How much will this cost (1 way/round trip)? 3. How long does it take? Thanks in advance, guys! ...

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laundry service availability

Posted by metropical on 3/7/2008 at 07:39

easy to find in Nha Trang, HCMC & Hanoi? Or am I better off using hotels? Whats' a likely charge? ...

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Vietnam leg! first time traveller!

Posted by ee104 on 24/6/2008 at 18:30

I was hoping there was a vietnam expert floating around who had a spare 5 mins to help me out!! I have a plan below - but i am a little bit unsure of where to head in Vietnam- please let me know if there are any gems i have missed? I am very grateful!!!! :) Vietnam 14 days (approx- not strict) **fly to Hanoi £80 from Loas Hanoi to Halong Bay, night on boat? Back to Hanoi **This leg of the route i am unsure of? Fly Hanoi to Hue (----- OR fly to Da Nang – skip Hoi An and Hue) ...

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