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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!

Land Travel from HMC to PP

Posted by poofie555 on 10/12/2007 at 06:50

I need to make my way from HMC to PP but don't want to spend 8 hours on a bus. I have heard of people hiring cars. Has anyone travelled this way? If so, can you recommend a car service. Thanks ...

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good mid range hotels in Hue and HoiAn

Posted by niamhtt on 9/12/2007 at 13:30

HI, Any recommendations for hotels in Hue and Hoi An. We are looking to book online as we plan to be there in the week prior to Xmas Not doing a budget trip but about $20 Aus is our level. Love to hear of any places that are friendly and nice. Niamhtt ...

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Reservations Mai House Phu Quoc

Posted by marayerkes on 1/12/2007 at 16:44

Hi everyone, I tried making a reservation through the e-mail form for Mai House at the end of January. It's been 3 weeks and I haven't heard anything. I tried phoning them this morning using the phone number listed (dialling from the Netherlands: 00-84 (country code)-77-847-003) but got no connection. I've heard from other travellers that Phu Quoc is very busy now, so I'd like to get some reservations taken care of. Anyone have any similar experiences? Or any tips to help out here? Thanks! ...

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March-April 2008 Honeymoon!

Posted by elisse on 6/12/2007 at 14:09

My husband & I will be having a (very belated) honeymoon in Vietnam, March April 2007. We are "railfans" and want to take the 2-night train trip from HCMC/Saigon to Hanoi- any suggestions or tips? He is a Chef, & so learning about cooking and REALLY good dining is a big deal for us on this trip... Other interests are art and fine craft, coal mining, and "off the beaten path adventures"- we're a couple of old "adrenaline junkies"! My Vietnamese Dr. told us of a place where you could ride horses ...

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Cheap flight from HCMC to BKK?

Posted by poisonid on 2/12/2007 at 18:02

I`ve been looking around for cheap flights from HCMC to BKK, as I understand there are certain lowfare airlines also operating this route. I found a several old thread on this forum, but does anyone have updated information? ...

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Has anyone stayed at the Jasper Hotel in Hanoi?

Posted by gypsybell on 19/11/2007 at 12:31

(OOps. I hit enter instead of tab and I think I am now posting a new message.) The Jasper hotel has been recommended to me by a travel agency in Vietnam. I was wondering whether or not it is in a good location in the Old Quarter?? It is located on 42 Hang Cot Str. As we are travelling with a child we'd like to be near restaurants, shops and not too much noise. Any comments would be appreciated. ...

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traveling solo in February

Posted by TravelingGirl on 3/12/2007 at 23:32

I will be traveling to Vietnam in February, spending the first couple weeks in the South on my own. I want to travel up north for approximately 20 days and will be traveling solo. What are some of the don't-miss sights (other than Halong, Hanoi)? Should I book a private tour in the US or wait until I arrive in Vietnam? I realize this will be pricy since I will be on my own. Thanks a bunch! ...

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New Vietnamese Consulate Opens in ShangHai, China

Posted by CatBa on 5/12/2007 at 05:24

A new Vietnamese consulate has opened in ShangHai. Unfortunately the official numbers haven't been announced and the only number I have turns out to be an 'unlisted' number! Information will be posted as soon as confirmed. ...

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is ivivu.com reliable for booking flights within Vietnam...

Posted by soccertaxi on 14/11/2007 at 05:51

Hi there, Need to know if ivivu.com is a reliable company to buy internal flights for Vietnam. Don't appear to be able to do it directly with Vietnam Airlines until I get to Vietnam. (arrive Dec. 11, need flights for Dec.20, 27 and Jan.2) I am in the process of trying to buy tickets for a few internal flights (Hanoi-Hue, Danang-HCM, HCM-PhuQuoc). Because we will travelling over the busier Christmas period and are four people including kids, I thought buying ahead would be worth the peace ...

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Halong Midrange Tour - Saigon Cafe Tours?

Posted by jappelman on 1/12/2007 at 13:23

I'm going to be in Hanoi in a few days and would like to set up a midrange Halong Bay tour through Saigon Cafe Tours (listed on the "Ha Long Bay for Flashpackers" feature article), but can't find any reference to them in guidebooks, on the internet, etc. Can anyone point me the right way? Also, how far in advance is it necessary to set up a tour? For example, can I arrive in Hanoi Tuesday night, stop by the tour company Wednesday morning, and sign up for a tour that leaves Thursday? ...

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when is Hoi An good for travel again

Posted by niamhtt on 27/11/2007 at 13:29

I am planning to visit Vietnam in Dec, and Hoi An about 20th Dec. Is the flooding and severe weather likely to have passed by this time. ...

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Viewed 1,573 times, with 4 replies. Last reply by CatBa on 1/12/2007 at 03:33

Need Restaurant advice in HCMC

Posted by carolyns on 28/11/2007 at 04:21

My partner and I will be in Ho Chi Minh City on Dec 31st (New Year's Eve) and I would like to take him out for a special dinner to celebrate his 40th birthday... Can you suggest a nice, quiet, romantic place for dinner. I was thinking perhaps French as we like nice wine. Any ideas? ...

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Accomadation HCMC

Posted by nzchanty on 30/10/2007 at 04:25

Hi Guys. looking for accaomdation in HCMC for 5 nights for 3 adults in mid feb 2008 looking for somewere quite lively but safe and also a good base 4 day trips. cheers ...

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Itinerary Help: 4 weeks in Vietnam

Posted by PatHatch on 26/11/2007 at 06:39

G’day all. I’m heading off on a one month trip in Vietnam, going South to North. I am traveling alone, and am planning on doing things cheaply. Here is what i have tentatively planned so far, and would really like to hear any and all comments from fellow travelers. Here’s what i’ve got: Nov 29th Fly into HCMC 30th HCMC Dec 1st - HCMC 2nd HCMC - Cat Tien National Park 3rd Cat Tien 4th Cat Tien – Dalat 5th Dalat 6th Around Dalat 7th Dala ...

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suggestions for travelblog

Posted by soccertaxi on 26/11/2007 at 05:32

I was wondering if anyone out there could make some suggestions as to a good website to build a travelblog for our travels. We would like to add text and photos from internet cafes and hotel systems along the way...easy to use and upload would be nice! Thanks for your help. ...

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3 week trip

Posted by downundergal on 25/11/2007 at 14:32

Hi all, I'm starting to plan a trip to Vietnam for April 2008 for about 3 weeks. Bearing in mind this is a holiday & we both need a rest how does this sound? Saigon 2 or 3 nights Nha Trang (taking an overnight train or fly? open to suggestions) for a rest for about 5-6 nights and/or Mui Ne if OK its sounds perpetually windy Hoi An 2N Hue 3N Fly to Hanoi Hanoi 2N Sapa 2N Halong Bay 2N cruise or is 1N enough Hanoi 1N Can I skip Danang and Dalat or maybe do as a day trip and also Can ...

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Saigon to Phnom Penh by boat - any suggestions?

Posted by Kachinafrance on 14/11/2007 at 00:48

What is the best way to get to PP from Saigon. Overland or fly? We have been to Vietnam before and visted the Meekong which we loved. Can we organise our own boat trip from Saigon, is there a direct option to PP or do we have to go by road to the Meekong then boat. Any suggestions to do it independently. Thanks ...

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Viewed 4,056 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by Kachinafrance on 23/11/2007 at 06:34

Booking flight to Phu Quoc

Posted by chrisa77 on 30/10/2007 at 08:28

Hoping someone can help me out after spending a very frustrating 40 mins. on the phone with Vietnam Airlines. I'm trying to book a return flight between HCM and Phu Quoc for Jan.3 - Jan.7. I understand that only Vietnam Airlines offers this flight. I can book it through a few 3rd-party websites (asia.com, expedia.com, etc.) but they're charging triple the price of what I've been hearing it should cost ($70.) On the Vietnam Airlines site, which offers the more reasonable fare, it says to ph ...

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Viewed 4,448 times, with 7 replies. Last reply by chrisa77 on 21/11/2007 at 23:39

"waiting list" at ivivu

Posted by hillsh on 17/11/2007 at 22:21

I am booking flights to Phu Quoc in February. My reply from ivivu has us booked at one price but we are on a "waiting list" for those flights. However on the same reply there is a confirmed booking for the same flights, but for $100 more (there are 5 of us). Has anyone run across this before? Should we take the confirmed flights and forget about the "waiting list"? ...

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Viewed 1,569 times, with 4 replies. Last reply by chrisa77 on 21/11/2007 at 23:31

Travel South to North

Posted by ozscott on 19/11/2007 at 05:56

Hi TF'ers... Below is my itinerary for Vietnam next March (also doing Laos & Cambodia). I am flying Vietnam internally (HCM - Da Nang - Hanoi economy). I can book HCM - Da Nang flight online with Pacific Airlines (AU$45). Can I easily book Hue - Hanoi flight whilst at HCM or Hoi An with Vietnam Airlines, and how much? Also - I know I'm on the tourist trail - but whats the itinerary look like? Night 0 - Land HCM Day 1-2 HCM Day 3 Fly HCM - Da Nang (then taxi/bus to Hoi An) Day 4 ...

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