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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!

Good story on Bai Tu Long and far north Vietnam

Posted by somtam2000 on 6/3/2008 at 10:23

Perceptive Travel have an interesting story: Karsting Away in Vietnam -- well worth a read if you're looking to get a little off the beaten track in northern Vietnam. ...

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DA LAT: Southern Viet Nams Country Garden - Soon A Travellers Nightmare!

Posted by CatBa on 7/3/2008 at 15:26

Da Lat is a cool former French Hill Station located several thousand feet above the coast and is southern Viet Nams flower and vegetable garden. Now the Peoples Committee has decided to celebrate Da Lats agricultural success BY RENAMING 70% OF THE STREETS! Therefore, when booking your accommodation (Dreams Hotels are the best deal) ASK THEM IF THEIR STREET HAS BEEN RENAMED! Happy travels. ...

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Is there an airline that flys from Phu Quoc to Nha Trang(Cam Ranh Bay)

Posted by seattle on 7/3/2008 at 11:20

Are there flights to Nha Trang from Phu Quoc? Thanks ...

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Is there anywhere that will exchange Dong outside of Vietnam?

Posted by celianz on 25/2/2008 at 14:30

Yes, missed the boat (and apparently the exchange booth at Hanoi Airport) and we are now stuck with lots of Dong...stupid I know. Is there any country that will exchange it? I know Thailand won't...We are heading into Laos soon and I wondered if perhaps the banks there do? Otherwise my only hope is finding some other travellers who are heading in that way from Laos and who will change. If there is somewhere out there that you know of we would appreciate it!!!! ...

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Vietnam to phuket?

Posted by shewchuk316 on 6/3/2008 at 12:55

What's the easiest way to get from Vietnam to Phuket. I want to start planning a trip to Thailand,Vietnam and cambodia but I don't even know where to start. Any suggestions? THANKS ...

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Vietnam and Laos in 2 weeks

Posted by sarahwelch on 4/3/2008 at 08:49

I know, I know-probably too much :) I am trying to go from HCMC to Hoi An and then on to Hanoi to fly into Vientiane to stay a few days. I will then take a return flight to Hanoi to stay there a few days. This is the suggested itinerary: March 20th-arrive HCMC at night March 21st-day trip to Mytho and back to HCMC March 22nd-day trip to Cu Chi Tunnels and back to HCMC March 23rd-HCMC (attempt to take night bus/train to Danang and then connect in the morning to Hoi An) March 24th-Hoi An ...

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VietNam: WTO Member With Fast-Rising Prices

Posted by CatBa on 5/3/2008 at 04:23

WTO membership coupled with general world-wide price increases are felt here in VietNam as well as in your home country. Visitors who have expectations of a low cost vacation are being met with sticker shock. Hotels are not only increasing prices but also making breakfast an EXTRA. And watch those VAT (tax) and Service Charge surcharges - ensure they are INCLUDED. Credit card usage can attract surcharges ranging from 0% to 10% (four hotels in HCMC). Restaurant menu prices are now often ...

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Weather late Feb? (central and south Vietnam)

Posted by spy on 27/2/2008 at 07:57

Is it unseasonally wet at the moment? I have been checking the bbc web-site and it seems like there is/has been lots of rain in south and mid Vietnam? Are the views dusty or green? thanks ...

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The North West Loop in North Vietnam

Posted by Harry05 on 27/2/2008 at 11:35

Saw on the ET Pumpkin website info about The North West Loop Adventure, Hanoi - Mai Chau - Son La - Tuan Giao - Dien Bien Phu - Lai Chau - Tam Duong - SaPa - Trek - SaPa market - Return Hanoi - total 6 days by 4WD). Asked about that but that was a private tour, also Sinh Cafe seems to have such tours (in their brochure but not on their website?). But I would like to do such a tour by group, because I am travelling by myself and then it's nicer to join a group but also because a tour by group ...

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Cam Nam island, Hoi An, worth a walk!!

Posted by aslocran on 21/2/2008 at 13:22

I have noticed that most of the guide books seem to stop at the end of the Cam Nam bridge. This is a shame because Cam Nam is a delightful area of Hoi An. The streets are small and its kind of like walking through Hobbiton. Little kids chase you down the streets shouting, "hello" and "Where you from?" It's very cool and really nice to get away from the hectic pace of central Old Town. The island extends about 4 kilometers with the road jogging to the right a half a dozen times to compensate f ...

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What is the best transport for the Dien Bien circuit?

Posted by joeh on 25/2/2008 at 18:36

I will be in Vietnam in April, looking to travel the circuit Hanoi-Dien Bien Phu-Sapa-Hanoi. Does anyone have a suggestion for the best form of transport? ...

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Posted by redgum on 25/2/2008 at 08:51

Does anyone know if vietnam is a good place to buy underwear? Thailand is great but wondered if vietnam is the same? Also anyone recommend a good tailor in Hoian? thanks ...

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Beijing - Hanoi train

Posted by eirie on 24/2/2008 at 06:09

Hi travellers! Can anybody give me information on the train from Beijing to Hanoi? I know that there is a twice weekly connection, I'd just like to find out if it is an interesting journey (landscape-wise or otherwise) and worth doing it. Thanx! ...

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Sapa Guide

Posted by Unknownsu on 23/10/2007 at 12:27

Hi everyone, I'm making a trip to Sapa during late January and to budget better, I searched the internet for prices of guides on arrival but couldn't find any. I know what to expect with everything else. I'm thinking of getting there and hiring a guide from an agency or hotel. Can anyone tell me what the average cost of a guide is on a day basis? Also, do you have any recommendations for a guide? Thanks in advance. ...

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Whale Island Dilema

Posted by jzar on 14/1/2008 at 01:32

Hi, I catered for 2 nights on whale island for my itinerary as well as 1 night in Nha Trang afterwards(travelling from Hoi An) i have read so many websites that really say "avoid" whale island as places there are very expensive for what they offer.Should I not go to whale island? i was thinking of spending maybe an extra night in Hoi An and maybe 2 nights (instead of one) in Nha Trang as I believe you can do day trips from there?(or maybe 3 nights in nha trang as I will be staying no less ...

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Express bus HA TIEN to RACH GIA

Posted by ron67 on 15/1/2008 at 04:48

wanted to know how many express buss's leave from Ha Tien to Rach Gia a day ? and what times ?it will be on a monday,any information much appreciated. Ron. ...

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laundry soap!

Posted by fishtails04 on 18/1/2008 at 16:38

thismay seem like a strange request... but i've never travelled anywhere that doesn't sell bars of laundry soap (much more efficient and less messy than powder/liquid). i can't find it here in cambodia but am headed for vietnam soon - is it available there or should i get a friend to bring a stash when she visits? cheers fishtails ...

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train Hanoi to Hoi An/DaNang on Feb 3

Posted by aodily on 29/1/2008 at 19:12

hello all. we'll arrive to Hanoi on Feb 2 and would like to take the train to Hoi An the following day or so. i contacted several travel agencies. only 1 replied suggesting that everything is sold out in that period. anyone out there with good ideas/better info? thanks! aodily ...

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Language Schools in Hanoi

Posted by stuartheth on 5/2/2008 at 16:34

G'day, Does anyone have a reccomendation for Vietnamese Language Schools in Hanoi? I'm after a two week intensive or something like this. Thanks in advance, Love the site Stu. Stu. ...

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Full moon festival in Hoi An

Posted by steiny on 11/2/2008 at 02:39

We're going to be in Hoi An in March, and can't work out when the full moon festival will be. If it's on the 'fourteenth day of the lunar calendar' then that must be the full moon, right? Here in Scotland that's the 21st March. This may be a stupid question, but will it be the same in Vietnam? It's difficult to find a list of dates for the festival in 2008. For those of you that have been there, does Hoi An get busy and would you say it's essential to book accommodation in advance around the ...

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