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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!

Taxi's in VietNam - Getting Simpler, Soon

Posted by CatBa on 17/1/2008 at 22:59

Many visitors to VietNam have been either overcharged or suffered from the hotel switch scam, particularly in Ha Noi, and I have always recommended that people minimise the risk by using DeLuxe, VN or Mai Linh. Whilst poking around in an obscure corner of HCMC earlier this week I saw a mass of taxis parked in a lot getting an open air paint job. Mai Linh is now folding its 13 taxi companies into one name - Mai Linh taxi. The new fleet takes to the road next week in time for the Tet festiva ...

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Hotel in Ha Tien?

Posted by emmryss on 5/2/2008 at 15:31

Does anyone know of a good hotel (air con & hot water; a lift and TV would be nice) in Ha Tien that takes reservations by e-mail? thanks, Murray ...

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Last minute train availability from Ho Chi Minh to Nha Trang

Posted by chichinic on 28/1/2008 at 19:18

I am flying into Ho Chi Min at 2:30pm on March 3rd and was wondering if it would be possible (and easy) to book a train ticket to Nha Trang that evening (11:00pm). Any chance it will be fully booked? Where would be the best place to buy the tickets - At the train station close to 11 or in town? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. ...

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Elizabeth Hotel sucks, Culi Café rocks!!!

Posted by lifehunter on 30/1/2008 at 02:42

When we were in Hanoi, we stayed in Elizabeth Hotel. The front desk told use there are 2 different cruise tours to Halong Bay: Standard ($79) and Deluxe ($163). We were told that Deluxe would be much better than Standard: Deluxe room, free drinking and special dinner. Actually it turned out no matter how much you pay you simply go same boat. We really hate being cheated. It ruined our whole tour! So DO NOT GO TO Elizabeth Hotel. After Halong cruise, we had dinner at Culi Café. The food th ...

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transport to Da Lat from Saigon

Posted by fishtails04 on 28/1/2008 at 13:36

Can anyone advise on transport options and journey times from Saigon to Da Lat and then Da Lat to Nha Trang? also would liketo visit Cat Tien N. P. from Da Lat so if you know baout travel to there, please fill me in! thanks fishtails ...

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Hue - Ninh Bin transport

Posted by fishtails04 on 28/1/2008 at 13:39

Whoops, forgot to add this to my last query! Can anyone tell me transport situation and time from Hue to Ninh Bin? Thanks a million fishtails ...

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Open Ticket Suggestion

Posted by creativeguy on 20/1/2008 at 09:06

I booked an Open Ticket from Hanoi to Saigon without thoroughly checking out optoins. I started out with Hanh. They had a sleeper bus to Hue but only a sitting bus from Hue to Nha Trang. I bought another ticket on Camel as they had a sleeper bus to Nha Trang. Once I arrive in Mui Ne (via mountain bike from Dalat), I learned that Hanh Travel had only afternoon departures (or 4:00 AM) for Saigon so bought another ticket with TM Brothers that left at 8:00 AM. This allowed me to arrive in time ...

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Cooking course and long stay

Posted by leosuc on 24/1/2008 at 06:01

Hey... I am looking for a place to do a cooking course in Vietnam for at least a week or two. Most of the ones i have seen are one day only and it becomes too expensive to do it that way. As I want to stay where I study for the same length does anybody know of any place where I can have a better rate for accommodation as it is long stay and close to the School? Thanks, L ...

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independent guides/drivers

Posted by fishtails04 on 18/1/2008 at 16:27

i will be travelling through vietnam for the next few weeks from saigon up to sapa and would like to try an use independent guides anywhere i can, whether around cities or for treks etc. i'm sick of seeing guest houses take a chunk of the guide's wage so have decided to try and go direct whenever i can...but for that i need contacts! if anyone can give me contact details for anyone they have found good, anywhere in vietnam, i would really appreciate it. cheers fishtails ...

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Rach Gia to Chau Doc to Phnom Penh

Posted by jodymm on 4/12/2007 at 14:42

Early January 2008 wee are travelling from Rach Gia to Chau Doc and catching a boat on the Mekong to Phnom Penh. Anyone know what transport is available to travel between Rach and Chau? Are there any must sees or do's along the way. do we need to book a boat between Chau and Phnom. Thanks Jody ...

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Great Hotel in Hanoi

Posted by creativeguy on 20/1/2008 at 08:56

I landed in Hanoi 11:30 PM December 5th after about 30 hours of travel. I had searched and liked what I read so booked with The Ritz Hanoi. Because I had booked two nights, they offered free airport pick-up. What a relief it was getting out of the airport and having someone pick me up. The staff at The Ritz was great, exceedingly helpful, and the room reasonably priced (though maybe a bit high for budget backpackers) at $18 including breakfast and free internet. I'm a big guy and had a larg ...

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VietNam: Renting a Motorcycle - Some Tips To Minimise Problems

Posted by CatBa on 19/1/2008 at 21:47

Now renting a motorcycle in VietNam has an added complication these days - safety helmets! This time the Prime Minister has decreed it will work. A cheap helmet (none are as safe as in Western countries) costs about VND120-170,000 (USD$10 approx), although they should be supplied by the renter or Xe Om driver - and THE FINE FOR NOT WEARING ONE IS VND200,000. If you don't have the money the police will likely take your bike, put it in a truck and hold it until you pay the fine. So be war ...

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To catBa XXXXXXXXXX

Posted by ron67 on 18/1/2008 at 03:27

Hi catBA , would you please go to my letter ron67 posted 15/1 my reply for more information. thanks Ron ...

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Halong bay tours from Hanoi Backpackers Hostel

Posted by travloverr on 17/1/2008 at 20:46

Has anyone tried Hanoi Backpackers Hostel and booked a Halong Bay tour through/with them? I'm interested in perhaps booking a 2N/3D tour to the Bay from them but I'd like to get a little bit more info and feedback. I tried e-mailing them for more details especially about their tour packages but after a couple of tries, still no reply for some reason which I'm not too happy about but I'll hold my judgment for a bit as I heard that this is a good hostel for Hanoi. Anyway, around how much is the ...

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any backpackers in HCM

Posted by jigger on 11/1/2008 at 17:22

hey! im planning to go to cambodia from feb 2 to 6.. anyone interested to come along? ...

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Weather in Southern Vietnam in October

Posted by Montevideo on 9/1/2008 at 17:56

I would appreciate if anybody could tell me her or his experiences about the weather conditions in October in Saigon and the coastal areas and Da Lat. Is it possible to enjoy a holiday (beach included) or will I drown in rain? Thanks for your help ...

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3 day 2 night Hilltribe trek Hao Binh Province

Posted by jzar on 7/1/2008 at 16:45

I would like to do a 3 day/2night tour departing Hanoi to Hoa Binh Province in mid february.(returning to Hanoi) What tours can you recommend for a solo traveller like myself? Is it possible to do on your own and how does one get there from Hanoi? If on a tour what would the cost for this be? Also, since I am travelling 2.5 weeks from top to toe in Vietnam in February, I dont know if its worth me taking my hiking boots with just for a 3 day hike? I know its Winter in Feb, but would I be ok ...

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Accomadation on Phu Quoc/ advice please

Posted by easygoing on 22/12/2007 at 02:16

Hello I am going to Phu Quoc Island for 4 night,s in mid March And have 2 places in mind to stay at I am looking for a single basic budget room at either the Tropican Resort or the Beach Club all suggestion,s gratfully accepted Happy Christmas Paul ...

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Vietnam-Hanoi Queen Hotel

Posted by jzar on 6/1/2008 at 16:51

I will be travelling solo to Vietnam and arrive in Hanoi on 9 Feb 2008.I am not looking at "roughing" it so much, and have heard good reports about the original Queen Hotel in Hanoi (65 Pho Hang Bac).However the rooms are a bit to steep for one person $65 and would like to know if anyone would like to share a twin room with me (split the costs--probably $30-$40 each) per night. I will be in Hanoi for 4 nights. (9th feb,10th Feb,11th Feb and 14th Feb) I am male and from South Africa. I will spen ...

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Whale Island or Phu Quoc?

Posted by jzar on 6/1/2008 at 21:01

Hi, I wiil be travelling solo to Vietnam in Feb 08. Part of my itinerary is:2 nights in Hoi An and then on the 3rd day Transfer by road & boat to secluded Whale Island for 2 days and then one night in Nha Trang to catch overnight train to HCMC.(after that - i plan to do a 3 day boat ride on mekong Delta into Cambodia-Phnom Penh. Questions: Should I stick to this and go to whale island or should I go to Phu Quoc instead via HCMC (transit) for 3 days? Is this long enough? Also, shuld I bu ...

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