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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!

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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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. 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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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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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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Ninh Binh

Posted by hotdiggeydog2 on 16/5/2008 at 13:10

Just wondering if you people think that Ninh Binh is worth a 3 day stopover to see the sights? ...

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travel agent

Posted by ronyarm on 15/5/2008 at 13:55

anybody heard about travel agency "paradissa"? are they reliable? ...

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revised plans.. Thanks Travelfishers

Posted by hotdiggeydog2 on 14/5/2008 at 12:37

First of all thank you all for your replies and comments. We have revised our plans as our last ones were too rushed . So I'm back for another shot.......... HCMC 2 days staying at Bich Duyen Hotel Fly to Danang, by car to Hoi An Hoi An 3 days, staying at Ha An Hotel 1 day tavel from Hoi An to Hue stopping at the sights on the way and going over the pass(I forgot it's name) 2 Days Hue, staying at Orchid Hotel Fly Hue to Hanoi 2 days Ninh Binh Staying at (I wouldn't have a clue!!!) ...

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3 weeks in the nam.what do u guys think

Posted by hotdiggeydog2 on 3/5/2008 at 10:33

Hi all My lovely wife and I are going to the nam for 23 days and doing a bit of research on thorn tree and travelfish have tried to come up with a it goes HCMC 2 days Mekong Delta - Hire a motorbike and cruise around for 3 days Travel HCMC to Dalat 1 Day (Bus) Dalat 1 day Travel Dalat to Nha Thrang 1 day (Bus) Nha Thrang 2 Days to Dive.I really need to dive!!!! Travel Nha Thrang to Danang then to Hoi An (Fly) Hoi An 2 days Travel Hoi An to Hue 1 day (car) Hue 1 day T ...

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cholera situation

Posted by macman1945 on 14/5/2008 at 05:16

Hi all, Wondering if anyone has up to date information on the cholera outbreak in hanoi in recent times? Also scams in nha trang at night? Will be travelling soon and need reassurance. ...

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Jungle Beach

Posted by thegingerbird on 12/5/2008 at 01:12

Hi again I was just wondering the best way to get from Nha Trang to Jungle beach. Also do you think i should book accommodation in advance? I will be getting there around 10-17th june depending on how much i like the other places i hit first! Cheers TGB ...

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Dog intestine sausages

Posted by packtoofull on 13/5/2008 at 15:23

Yes, you read the title right. I've just been editing our Bac Ha coverage, and came across the following in a review for a guesthouse there: "Still, the best value for the price of all the budget places we saw, and the owner here can cook you up an authentic dinner for a song. We left the choice up to her though, and got sausages made of dog intestines. So, maybe be more specific than we were." Don, our primary Vietnam researcher has a penchant for giving most things a try - and while w ...

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Vietnam Itinerary

Posted by CJHorn85 on 12/5/2008 at 20:19

Hey all, I will be travelling to SEA from mid-July to mid September (just under 2 1/2 months). I have posted on Lonely Planet forums, but this site appears to be the best of the best when it comes to SEA, so I thought I would try and get some opinions on here as well. Since this is the Vietnam destination part, I thought I would stick to that, and post my itinerary up for the other countries in the relevant sections. Here is my planned itinerary: Hanoi - 3 days Ha Long Bay - 3 day 2 ni ...

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Phu Quoc or mainland beaches in June?

Posted by andrea73 on 10/5/2008 at 03:25

Hi There -- We leave on May 19th for a six-week trip to Thailand, Laos and Vietnam. Our (rough) itinerary will have us in Bangkok for a few days, Chiang Mai for a week, LP for a week, Hanoi for a week, few days in Ha Long Bay and Hue/Hoi Ann for a week. We fly out of Saigon on July 2. My question has to do with beaches, generally, and Phu Quoc specifically. Because we are missing the Thailand beaches (on our first trip to Thailand, too!), we'd like to experience a bit of Vietnam's sun and ...

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5 Star Express Train

Posted by chichinic on 27/2/2008 at 14:42

Hi, I am arriving in to Ho Chi Minh on March 2nd at 2 pm and I would like to catch a night train to Nha Trang. I have tried to book a ticket with through the 5 Star Express Train yet I have not received despite sending many emails and even Fax's. My questions are : Will is be easy to secure a sleeper at such short notice? Also, where is the best place to purchase the tickets when I arrive in town? Cheers! ...

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What are the current prices of things in Vietnam?

Posted by kongxh on 9/5/2008 at 11:02

Can any folks staying in vietnam provide some updates as to the current prices of daily items? I'm travelling there in June, and i understand that inflation coupled with certain unfortunate circumstances have caused prices of almost everything to skyrocket over the past few months. I would be grateful if you could correct my errors. Budget accomodation in a major city: US$10 Street food in a major city: US$1.50 Restaurant food in a major city: US$5 A 2007 dated guidebook lists the ma ...

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crossing the border from Hanoi into China to Kunming.

Posted by harajuku4me_pls on 6/5/2008 at 04:36

hi guys. i was wondering whats involved in travelling from Hanoi to Kunming in China. i plan to secure a Chinese visa before i leave for Asia, but is it a big deal to cross the border into China? do buses or trains follow a route i could use? is it expensive, is it safe? cheers. ...

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Looking for 2 travel mates: Northeast Vietnam 4WD trip in early June

Posted by kongxh on 23/4/2008 at 23:22

Hi folks, My friend and i are 21yr old students from Singapore, and we're looking for 2 people to share the cost of a 4WD tour to Northeast Vietnam in early June 2008. Details below: Day 01: Hanoi – Bac Kan - Ba Be National Park Day 02: Boating around Ba Be lake Day 03: Ba Be – Bac Me – Ha Giang Day 04: Ha Giang – Quan Ba – Yen Minh – Dong Van – Meo Vac Day 05: Meo Vac – Ha Giang – Viet Quang Day 06: Viet Quang – Tuyen Quang – Hanoi The operator is Vega Tra ...

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How To Order a Rail Ticket In SaiGon From Overseas

Posted by CatBa on 8/5/2008 at 23:16

A number of Travelfish members have been unsuccessful in contacting 5-Star aka Golden Train. This operation might be rich enough to finance a complete train set but it is a neophyte when it comes to running a business! The owner proudly told me they didn't use the web site anymore "as they had changed their name". It has an office on Pham Ngu Lao, the HCMC backpacker area, but it doesn't sell tickets. For this you have to go to: SaiGon Railway Station 1 Nguyen Thong District / Qua ...

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