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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!

Mui Ne beach

Posted by tblais on 27/1/2008 at 14:49

We spent a week at Mui Ne in February 2007. We will be there again the first week of March 2008. Just wondering can anyone tell me if there's been much beach erosion. We're trying to decide whether to stay at Bamboo Village Resort or Blue Ocean Resort. Can anyone out there comment on either place. Thanks. ...

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Local Bus from Mui Ne to Ho Chi Minh (Saigon) and staying near Mien Dong

Posted by allen_moretsky on 23/3/2008 at 09:42

The situation was that I did not buy a ticket ahead of time as do most of tourists. I wanted to see if I could beat the Open Bus price from Mui Ne to Saigon. One of the motorcycle drivers told me I could pay him to take me to the bus station and from there get a bus for 60,000 Dong to Saigon. What I decided to do was to wait at the blue bus stop sign which are placed every so often on the main road. I was planning to take the local bus to the bus station, but as luck would have it the Local B ...

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Phu Quoc airport to the Mango Hotel?

Posted by seattle on 26/3/2008 at 06:36

What sort of transportation is at the Phu Quoc airport to hotel and what is the cost ect.? Thanks ...

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Vinh Moc Tunnels

Posted by MissParker22 on 26/3/2008 at 00:38

I want see the Vinh Moc tunnels but dont fancy doing the whole DMZ tour, would i be able to get a guide/taxi to just the tunnels? Any advice would be much appriecated Natalie ...

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Hué to Savannakhet 'International' Bus?

Posted by shanghai306 on 24/3/2008 at 23:23

Hi there, I'm looking for some information about the direct bus that supposedly goes between Hue and Savannakhet. I found information on this in the 2005 edition of Vietnam LP, but found to my dismay that no such thing is mentioned in the 2007 edition. Has the route been scrapped? Does this mean I need to do the trip on a variety of buses instead? Any info would be much appreciated as I arrive in Hué in a couple of days and it'd be nice to know what my options are before I pop into the ...

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HCM to Ha Long Bay

Posted by JamieB on 23/3/2008 at 14:44

Hey Guys! Whats the easiest and quickest way to get from HCM to HLB? I am on a time crunch and don't really mind paying a little extra for a plane if possible... Also, how many days would be sufficient to see each place? I thinking 2 days in the city and 1-2 in HLB. Much Thanks, Jamie ...

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Mien Dong Bus Station in Ho Chi Minh (Saigon)

Posted by allen_moretsky on 23/3/2008 at 09:38

I have been successful in finding reasonable bus prices out of the Mien Dong Bus station in Siagon. I have also been pleased to be able to find a couple of hotels for less then $8 which rivals the Pham Ngu Lao backpacker area prices. I also like the Mien Dong area for its reasonable prices for food and for being able to get the more reasonable "Vietnamese" price fo things in general. Not so many foreigners in the Mien Dong area which I like as I feel that I am being treated a bit better here the ...

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Hanoi : Absolute Must-Sees?

Posted by ajinasia on 21/3/2008 at 18:32

This will sound crazy, but I only have 2 days to see what I can in Hanoi before hightailing back to BKK for an onward flight. I've heard that I ought to visit the HCM mausoleum. Other than that, I'd appreciate a short (!) list of other 'must-sees' if I'm so limited in time. By the way, I'm not big on visiting temples and other standard stops on tourist-bus itineraries. In fact, if there's an interesting OTBT neighbourhood to walk through, or a destination that's rarely referred to in the guidebo ...

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Karsting in North(east) Vietnam

Posted by ajinasia on 12/3/2008 at 16:43

I'm heading up to the northern region in the next 7-10 days. I'd love to travel through the areas described in this article (Karsting Away in Vietnam, - especially the Dongvan Plateau & Meovac. Any takers? (The author rented mountain bike + van with others) ...

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Anybody know accomodation at Dong Da District Hanoi

Posted by doraemon on 5/3/2008 at 19:07

I appreciate if anybody can advise me on the hotel/guest house at Dong Da District. I ve booked a ticket from Hanoi to Nanning on 29th March. I planned to stay at Dong Da area the night before so that I can easily get to Kim Lien Hotel to collect my ticket and catch the bus at 7.30am. There is a list of hotel names at Hoan Kiem District but not Dong Da District. And what is the distance between these two places? TQ! ...

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Kon Tum - Family Hotel

Posted by ajinasia on 12/3/2008 at 17:19

I spent the past 2 days in Kontum, staying at the Family Hotel - which was recommended by this website. Although many travellers might agree with your rating, I don't: I didnt' sleep the first night at all, due to an alarmingly loud A/C and an equally loud dripping in the toilet that wouldn't subside - plus a plumbing problem in the sink which caused a fair amount of flooding in the bathroom. I asked for a new room the next morning and had to return a few hours later especially to move my gear. ...

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Posted by sista on 12/3/2008 at 09:49

Me again, we are moving to teach in HCM City - we are wondering how much we should pack and what sort of things we should pack. Can anyone tell me if it gets cold there and how cold should we just buy stuff there or pack and take essentials from Australia. Any advice on what to take along with a guideline to weather in Nam would be appreciated SISTA ...

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Phu Quoc: Resort construction ahead of essential utilities

Posted by CatBa on 12/3/2008 at 23:14

As elsewhere in VietNam, the infrastructure sadly trails the construction of new buildings. This is true in Phu Quoc Island where numerous new developments are coming on-line. Unlike many countries in the West, where utilities are usually in place before the first foundation is dug, the opposite is true here and you will find Phu Quoc coastal properties dump the sewage, untreated, into the sea. Not only does this mean the water fecal count is high, but also some sea foods can be contaminat ...

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North Vietnam in 14 days in April before setting up in HCM CITY!

Posted by sista on 12/3/2008 at 09:48

Hello! My boyfriend and I have scored teaching jobs in HCMCity and will be there for around a year. We have two weeks up our sleeves before we start teaching so we thought we would spend that time checking out North Vietnam as we can explore South easily from where we will be based. Basically we want it to be as relaxed as possible as we are in need of a holiday but any information you can give me on the following would be GREAT 1) Suggested itinerary for the North for two weeks including wher ...

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central highlands

Posted by fishtails04 on 11/2/2008 at 17:41

one simple message: go there! i couldn't decide whether to take the coastal route or the mountain route heading north from saigon. many people told me the coast was overdeveloped and tacky and i decided i couldn't face that: my beach standards are high! so i took a mai linh coach from siagon to dalat and from there an easy rider motorbike to lak lake from where i caught a localbus to kon tum. it was the right decision. if you're sick of feeling like you're not really in s.e. asia as you ...

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Hoi An & Hanoi guesthouse / hotel?

Posted by ajinasia on 10/3/2008 at 20:03

Can anyone recommend a reasonable, CLEAN, and friendly GH / hotel in both Hoi An and Hanoi? I also prefer to be off the main backpacker grid if possible, something with a bit o' character?! Thanks! ...

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Vietnam in July ?

Posted by dmg on 9/3/2008 at 18:26

Hello, New to SE Asia, Vietnam is at the top of my list among places to visit. How is travel during July? Too rainy or are there some places still good to see in July? Thank you ...

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weather!!- how bad up north?

Posted by fishtails04 on 11/2/2008 at 17:47

ok, maybe i planned badly but i really didn't expect things to be so cold and wet in vietnam at this time of year! all the locals tell me it's not normal, it's the coldest spring in 50 years etc etc... i had a week of gorgeous sunshine in the centralhighlands and then hit hoi an and greya skies, chilly winds and drizzle... god, it's like being back in ireland! i had to break my vow not to go near the tailors' shops in hoi an as i was frozen and needed a fleece made. and i'm heading north...whi ...

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Vietnam Weekend - Must see?

Posted by svcjenkins on 19/2/2008 at 21:33

Hi, I am planning a few days in Vietnam but not sure what the best place to see is as I have heard mixed reviews. Can anyone recommend? Thanks Sophie ...

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Viewed 1,736 times, with 3 replies. Last reply by Ashe88 on 11/3/2008 at 18:09

Cu Chi Tunnels - don't do it

Posted by celianz on 25/2/2008 at 14:20

Were very exicted about going to the Cu Chi tunnels outside of Saigon (HCMC). I wish we could have saved the $. Nothing but a disneyland type atmosphere, with mannequins etc doing chores. Get to walk through a small section of tunnel, but then after that our guide told us a "secret" which now I'm telling all of you, that the whole area is fake. The tunnels that you crawl through were created for tourists because the real ones (and there are real ones in the area) are not fit for tourism. So you ...

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