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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!

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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Sapa rice terrace

Posted by kptn82 on 7/9/2008 at 20:50

Hi everyone I am trying to pin down the exact time when the rice field in Sapa is lush green. I remember the guide we had in Sapa last time said it would be sometimes in June, but a few places and TF saod best time is in September. I don't mind the weather, just want to trek through green rice fields and i've been to most villages already. Thanks for your help ...

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Hanoi Travels

Posted by bempec on 6/9/2008 at 18:35

Has anyone used a tour operator called Hanoi Travels? It operates out of Hanoi and is owned by an Australian names Bob Stevens. ...

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Local Tour Operators

Posted by Wyse11 on 26/6/2008 at 17:53

Hi All I have booked some tours direct with local tour operators for my upcoming trip to Vietnam. Before I hand over my hard earned cash for deposits etc, does anyone have any feedback regarding these operators/tours ? Handspan Travel: 2 day/1 night Meekong Delta Homestay Tropical Sails: 3 day/2 night Halong Bay cruise on the 'Red Dragon' junk Adventure Indochina Travel: 3 day/2 night Sapa town, Bac Ha market, Laocai Any feedback good or bad will be appreciated !! ...

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Chosing a cloth shop in Hoi An

Posted by berendino on 10/8/2008 at 18:40

Hi My wife and I stayed a few days in Hoi An in july 2008. Hoi An has a lot of cloth shops. The question was where should we go? In restaurants and hotels you get a lot of cards.Of course, i think, they get commission. Yali cards we got most. So we ordered short pants at Yali, and the sameone at a shop at 50 Tran Hung Dao treet( we walked along and got inside). Yali asked after bargaining $18 and nr.49 $11. Nr 50 pants were very good in one time. To Yali we had to go 4 times back and asked our ...

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low cost airlines

Posted by taubers on 21/7/2008 at 18:50

are there any other low cost airlines in vietnam except jetstar????? ...

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First time to Vietnam & Cambodia

Posted by audrienne on 1/9/2008 at 08:01

I am planning my trip to Vietnam and cambodia for this coming November. At the moment my itinerary based on North going to South ( from Hanoi, we will travel to Ho Chi Minh, and then cross border to Phnom Penh and Siem Reap and then take plane from SR to bangkok before we are flying back home to Melbourne) However, as I am wondering would it be easier and cheaper if I go from Siem reap to Phnom Penh and then cross border to HCM and going north. And from Hanoi take plane to Bangkok. Is air ...

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NW Vietnam - Current Road Conditions?

Posted by koparsons on 26/8/2008 at 23:56

Hi there- Has anyone biked all or part of the NW loop since the landslides? Wondering what condition the roads are in at present, as we are hoping to hit that circuit this weekend. Any info would be appreciated -- thanks! ...

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Phu Quoc - what is it REALLY like?

Posted by VickyJoseph on 3/5/2008 at 06:32

We are planning to go to Phu Quoc for 6 days at the end of a 17 day holiday this Christmas. I've read in several places how beautiful and unspoiled etc it is but have just read a report on Trip Advisor saying it's dirty and polluted and not all it's cracked up to be. Has anyone actually been there who could give me another opinion? Thanks ...

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