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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!

Border crossing from Hanoi to Laos

Posted by Rickster on 30/4/2008 at 00:07

Hi all, I am planning a 16 day trip to vietnam and laos and I hope to get some advice from you guys with more experience. We have already book the tickets to hanoi and will be flying back from HCM. The plan is to start from hanoi travel into laos on land, covering Luang Prabang, vang vieng and vientiane. We would then go back to hanoi and fly to HCM. May I check with you guys which is the best/fastest way to travel into/back laos on land covering Luang Prabang, vang vieng and vientiane ...

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Bun Cha Hanoi

Posted by notacrime on 27/4/2008 at 02:04

I was in Hanoi last September for a week, and spent the rest of the month traveling round Vietnam. I'm desperately searching for a Bun Cha Hanoi recipe, like they do on the street all over Hanoi. The key thing that I cannot get a recipe for is the broth that the pork and pork meatballs is served in, (and that you dip your noodles in to.) I live in Scotland now, and I really need my Bun Cha Hanoi fix. Can someone please please please ask one of the street vendors what is in the broth, a ...

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Getting hotel rooms during Hue Festival

Posted by kongxh on 29/4/2008 at 13:03

I'll be travelling to Hue sometime in June (early to mid) and i was wondering if anyone can tell me the hotel situation during that period. From my understanding, the Hue Festival runs from 3-11 June, which will fill up most of the hotel rooms in Hue. In that case, should i book my hotel rooms now, or just skip Hue altogether? ...

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Obtaining a Chinese Visa in Hanoi - Possible?

Posted by dmalling on 16/4/2008 at 14:07

I will be leaving Singapore for Vietnam next Friday and would like to head through China before going home to the United States. I tried getting a visa at the consulate in Singapore today but was denied because I don't have a train ticket from Hanoi to Kunming, a ticket from Kunming to Beijing, nor do I have any accomodation booked, though I do have a flight home from Beijing. I was told to book everything else and that I could get my visa in Hanoi. Recently I've read that it's not possible f ...

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National Holidays Boost Prices Along With 21% Inflation

Posted by CatBa on 29/4/2008 at 10:54

Wednesday, April 30, is the Vietnamese national holiday when the celebrate the end of the American War in VietNam and the beginning of the re-unification of the country. May Day follows and, this year, many are taking Friday and Saturday off so they can enjoy a long weekend. This has increased the number of Travellers and put a great deal of pressure on accommodation in all the popular destinations visited by "International Guests". OpenTour bus prices have increased 15-20%; hotels by 2 ...

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Booking agent for 5*EXPRESS

Posted by goldilocks on 27/4/2008 at 05:40

Can anybody give me a reputable website for booking the 5*express,I will be in Hcm 2days before travel(august)and not sure if that is enough time to secure a sleeping berth.All replies welcome ...

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Booking Mai House Phu Quoc

Posted by econisbee on 23/4/2008 at 19:16

Hi - I'm trying to find a way to book a room at Mai House - it's my honeymoon and I'd like to guarantee a stay there! Can anyone help? I've tried booking through travelfish but with no joy. ...

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Package to Halong Bay

Posted by doraemon on 20/3/2008 at 13:03

It is really great & wonderful that from travelfish website that I found a lot of useful info for my Hanoi Trip. From the sharing of the members I ve shortlisted a few travel agents to Halong Bay. Can any one can tell me, in which way I can get better price for the same package? To negotiate and book online? Or to deal with them directly when I arrive Hanoi? Thanks a lot! ...

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Pics of Vietnam

Posted by Harry05 on 20/3/2008 at 15:24

Hi guys, Just uploaded my pics of my 1 month travelling in Vietnam. Use the following link (copy and past the URL) to see them: On the right hand side on the top you can start a slideshow and with options you can also see the titles. Hope you like them, Harry. ...

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Best way Hoi-An to Dalat

Posted by kierjan on 16/4/2008 at 17:59

Hey everyone. I;m planning a trip in Vietnam. Starting in Hanoi and making our way down to HCMC. The one segment i'm not sure on is the Hoi-An to Dalat part. I'm not sure how best to get there (train/bus etc.) and whether or not we should break it with an overnight stop somewhere as its a long journey. If we would need to break it where would you recommend? Thanks, Jan ...

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Cheap Flights from Bangkok to Hanoi?

Posted by anmi212 on 26/3/2008 at 21:27

Hi everyone-- A friend and I are planning on going from Bangkok to Hanoi next month and I was wondering if anyone knows the average price for flights? We've been looking them up online and the lowest price we've found has been about $300USD. Was wondering if it's cheaper just to wait until we get to Bangkok to book? Or if anyone knows of any discount air carriers that fly from Bangkok to Hanoi that we could book online ahead of time? Thanks for the help -A ...

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Don't pay higher prices then local Vietnamese. Don't get ripped off!

Posted by allen_moretsky on 16/3/2008 at 12:37

It seems to me that Vietnam is the worst place in SE Asia for 2 tier pricing. I believe the practice was started by the government and indeed I still see "special" pricing on things such as trains with foreigner prices MUCH higher then for local Vietnamese. I suggest you not buy anything, even a baguette until you find out the correct price, that is the price a local VN person pays. I am now in Da Lat where even a bowl of soup is a target for higher pricing with vendors typically overcharging ...

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pacific airline booking stuff-up

Posted by macman1945 on 12/4/2008 at 06:38

After reading the forum I think I've made a big mistake. I failed to enter middle names of passengers for flight from h.m.c to haiphong. Can anybody tell what I can do to rectify this please. ...

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Long Tan tour HCMC

Posted by jacpen on 12/4/2008 at 09:45

howdy, does anyone know which tour company can do a half day tour to Long Tan outside of HCMC? Thanks!!! 7days to go!!!!!! ...

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any tips - taking the train Saigon to Hanoi??

Posted by msk100 on 13/4/2008 at 07:23

are travelling with 2 kids in early July and havent bought tickets yet for this journey. anyone got any tips as to where we should buy our tickets from and tips for the journey, thanks x ...

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Accommodation Hanoi- Ocean Stars 2

Posted by shakester on 11/4/2008 at 15:24

Hi fishers just back from Hanoir and around, here are my thoughts on a couple of places I stayed at. cheers Ocean Stars 2 Hotel, Hanoi Dao Duy Tu Lane Room: Its quite new, so the rooms are clean, comfortable and not weathered. There’s airconditioning, a little cupboard and even a fridge and tv, if that does it for you. Nothing flash, but more than comfortable. Location: Its on a side street (Dao Duy Tu Lane, just off main Dao Duy Tu), so it mostly quiet. The rooms facing the bac ...

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No Room at the Inn!

Posted by CatBa on 11/4/2008 at 10:58

With increased disposable income the Vietnamese are taking to the road like never before which will put the squeeze on economical accommodation so favoured by backpackers and visitors to VietNam. The OpenTour buses will also be loaded and you can expect increased prices - in addition to the fuel surcharges. The next national holiday is the May Day / Tran Hung Dao holiday that runs from 2008 April 30 – 2008 May 1. In addition, many will have one more day off on King Hung’s death anniver ...

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ANZAC day 25/4/08 in Hue

Posted by jacpen on 11/4/2008 at 11:38

Howdy, just wondering if theres going to be anymore Aussies in the Hue area for ANZAC day? theres me and 2 girlfriends. Are there any celebrations? ...

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crossing from vietnam to laos

Posted by mudgeerambler on 11/4/2008 at 08:07

My wife and I (55 and 49 )are thinking of visiting middle Vietnam (been twice before but not this area)towards the end of the year and then crossing into Laos . I believe that there is a crossing near Hue . Any experiences here. Would 2-3 weeks be enough in Laos or should we only do some areas ? (We prefer to see a place properly and miss some areas rather than rush too much ). Thanks ...

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Hanoi-bars and restaurants suggestions needed

Posted by anmi212 on 2/4/2008 at 21:26

Hi everyone-- A friend and I are going to spend a few days in Hanoi in 2 weeks. It's the first time for both of us and we both love good, but affordable, food and fun bars. Was wondering if anyone had any suggestions on "must-see" restaurants and bars in Hanoi. We like all types of food and drinks. Oh and it would be great if anyone knew of any gay-friendly bars also (we're mixed-one straight girl and one gay guy). Thanks for the help!!!! --A ...

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