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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!

Best 1 Day Mekong Tour

Posted by N45H on 9/11/2015 at 03:12

Hi all, I will be in HCMC with my girlfriend next week for just 3 days, and we are hoping to do a day tour of the Mekong. We've heard there is an abundance of tour operators but just hoping to get a recommendation as I'm sure there are a wide variety of qualities. We're happy to pay around the 400,000-500,000 mark (I've seen as cheap as 2-300k advertised) if we get a quality tour, and even better if we can get a smallish group as opposed to being herded around with 30+ other tourists. We'd just ...

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Proposed 2 1/2 week Vietnam itinerary - advice appreciated :)

Posted by sjb222 on 29/10/2015 at 09:11

I work full time, but will be meeting some friends who aretravelling round South Asia for 3 months when they go to Vietnam in lateFebruary/early March 2016. My holiday allowance at work means the max time Ican spend out there is 2 ½ weeks so I know I'll inevitably have to miss a lotof Vietnam. The itinerary below was suggested by a friend who did this route inJuly 2014. She said she had an amazing time, but would love any other perspectiveson this route and anything you'd chang ...

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Need a good place like home to stay in Hanoi?

Posted by travelpro679 on 11/10/2015 at 22:16

Hi guys, I will jump in Hanoi this November. I need a place like home to stay so I have recommended by my close friend a place call Hanoi Brother Inn at 21 Bat Dan str. But I hope to have more choices from you guys. Thanks ...

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Phu Quoc to PP

Posted by mikal83 on 21/10/2015 at 05:09

Can anyone help with an easy, best route from PQ to PP? ...

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Please have a look at our draft itinerary - appreciate ur comments.

Posted by kevinhaz on 23/10/2015 at 06:08

We are a couple in our mid 40's who usually spend xmas and NY in Goa - this year we are going to do Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. We love good food and although we want to see the sights - we do not want to spend too much time on them. Please let me know what you think of our itinerary. Arrive in Hanoi day 1 - 4 nights - this includes 1 night at Halong bay. Fly to Luang Probang - 4 nights Fly to Siem Reap - 2 nights Boat to Phnom Pen - 2 nights Boat to HCMC - 3 nights Fly to Phu Quoc - ...

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transport from Bac La or Lao Cai by bus using new highway

Posted by IRISHMAGGIE on 9/10/2015 at 05:31

I am new to this forum but would appreciate any help you can give.We are three Irish friends visiting Vietnam forthree weeks in October We are very interested in the Sunday market in Bac La, I have read from research a reasonably fast bus service to Lao Cai using the new highway.. Ideally we hope to spend onenight in Bac La but it is beginning to look less lightly because of a shortage of time. We intend to take the night train to Lao Cai but were thinking a bus back. We were thinking of ...

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Itinerary Advice November

Posted by bells83 on 6/10/2015 at 08:03

Hi, Im heading with my wife to Vietnam in mid-november. We have 16 nights to play with & flying in/out of HCM. We'll probably do a couple of internal flights but just wanted to know how many days people would recommend spending in the below places, plus if we're missing places on the below? I'm guessing Sapa is worth the effort? - HCM - Hoi An - Da Nang - Hue - Hanoi - Ha Long Bay - Sapa ...

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2 months in Vietnam

Posted by sdevorkin on 20/10/2015 at 16:44

Hi all, I'm a solo female traveler, flying to Hanoi on November 4 and home from Phnom Penh on January 4. This is my first trip to Asia! My general plan is to spend the bulk of my time in Vietnam, with substantive stops in Laos and Cambodia. There's a lot I want to see, but I usually prefer spending more time in one place than moving around a lot. Could anyone give me advice on this rough itinerary? Hanoi - 10 or so days including Halong Bay Sapa and Bac Ha - 6 or so days Fly to Luang Pr ...

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Beach Destinations After HCMC?

Posted by Freyarose on 3/10/2015 at 23:33

Hello, I've been in Ho Chi Minh for almost a week now, more than enough for me! I'm looking for a nice, beach destination with a backpacker vibe but not too party party. Very grateful for any replies! ...

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Help Bike trip from Dalat early November weather and safety

Posted by IRISHMAGGIE on 17/10/2015 at 05:33

Based on research and knowing that it should be the trip of a life time I have booked a motorbike trip for first week of November going from Dalat to Hoi Ann We are three middle aged Irish woman . .We have also planned to do this trip with friends who are living in Malaysia There are 5 of us due to go on the trip We have all booked flights ,accommodation etc. I was doing some further research last night and came across these two comments regarding the safety of these bike trips and the awful we ...

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Mekong Delta heads for troubled waters

Posted by chinarocks on 20/10/2015 at 03:27 ...

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new online /e ticket booking system for VN railways

Posted by IRISHMAGGIE on 9/10/2015 at 19:51

We are going from Hanoi to Lao Cai on either Friday 6th October or Saturday 7th I have just read that there is a new online booking system with Viet Nam Railways I was thinking of doing the trip independently but it would be great not to have the hassle of going to the train station to buy a ticket The website seems to still be under development in relation to the English version but after some trial and error I think I could book and possibly pay for 3 sleeping berths in a four berth cabin ...

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Day of the Tiger in February 2016

Posted by sejmer on 9/10/2015 at 06:17

Hi, I've searched the internet for weeks without finding an accurate answer to the following question : What dates in February 2016 are the days of the Tiger and the days of the Monkey according to the Vietnamese Lunar calendar? I need this to visit the market in Lung Phin . Please no guesses, only answer if you are shore. I'll be most grateful for an answer ! Best regards Olle Andersson Sweden ...

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14 days in March or 19 days in July

Posted by Stillwater on 12/10/2015 at 13:41

Hello! I have a couple of options regarding travel times to Vietnam. This is my first time to Vietnam and there's a good chance I may not be able to travel to Vietnam again, so I'd really like to make it count. Which would you recommend: 14 days in mid- March or 19 days in July? I know March has great weather which I greatly appreciate, but it may feel a little rushed. Taking the trip in July affords me more time, however humid & hot weather along with rains may cause me to seek a cool, hote ...

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Nha Trang to Hoi An in early November - very rainy?

Posted by HUIG on 5/10/2015 at 18:17

I'm arriving in Saigon at end of October and will be leaving to explore the country in early November. I've got a contact for an "easy rider" type motorbike touring guide.... Nha Trang to Hoi An seems to be a very attractive route, but probably very rainy in early Nov. Saigon seems to be already in the dry season by then, but the route I'm planning not there any alternate routes that would be similarly exciting but perhaps better for the weather? Or am I making too much of a ...

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Obtaining Vietnam Visa in Vientiane

Posted by WriterTesting on 12/10/2015 at 13:45

Hello! So, I'm planning a trip for two and a half months to South East Asia (Thailand-Laos-Vietnam-Cambodia). I started planning quite late (I got an unexpected gap between jobs!) and it's something I've wanted to do for quite some time. My question is this - I understand that British nationals can obtain a visa for Vietnam in Vientiane at the Vietnamese embassy? I wanted to check that this was DEFINITELY still the case, as I've been looking into getting a visa from the London embassy before ...

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Visa on Arrival at port

Posted by Bridgequeen on 5/10/2015 at 02:30

Hi Does anyone know if you can get a visa on arrival at ports in Vietnam? My friends are planning a cruise and want to extend their stay there. Any info hugely welcome ...

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Like motorbiking, beaches and exploring?

Posted by SoManyMiles on 2/10/2015 at 22:52

Travelling by motorbike? Check out new coverage of the Vinh Hy-Binh Tien pass near Nha Trang and Cam Ranh: untouched beaches, quiet coastal road, scenic views, no foreign tourists. ...

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Getting robbed in Saigon, on video

Posted by somtam2000 on 6/10/2015 at 22:04

A friend of mine was robbed in a cafe the other day in Saigon - the video of the theft is a handy reminder of how brazen the thieves can be. Watch your stuff! ...

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Any ideas??

Posted by Tracy53 on 5/10/2015 at 02:09

hello,I have book flights to go to Vietnam 1st March and returning on the 20th.but a need to sort a route out.I would like to do Vietnam and Laos has anybody got any tips also would you travel on night trains or airplane when your there.what places are a must to visit,I've been to Thailand on a arranged tour but I thought I would plan this one myself with help from you guys😀😀also when I booked flights she said I need visa?i am going to buy a guide book but wondered if any one rec ...

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