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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!

Crossing from Dansavanh, Laos to Hanoi, Vietnam

Posted by AngelP on 21/2/2015 at 01:24

Hi all, Has anyone crossed from Dansavanh, Laos to Hanoi , Vietnam? How did you get a ride from Dansavanh? I read of mafias controlling local buses in the border of Vietnam so just want to hear from experiences. We are in Savannakhet today and even if there are direct trips to Vietnam, the bus station said there's no bus to Hanoi until the 28th Feb. We want to leave by the 23rd or 24th. Thanks ...

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Phong Nha-Ke Bang tour from Dong Hoi.

Posted by AngusW on 5/5/2012 at 20:03

Hey there, So we are planning on stopping in this region for 2 days, and I'm really keen to see the unesco caves! We are a backpacker couple and have a rough budget of 70usd. Would love a chance to see a bit of rural vietnam Has anyone done something like this recently? Cheers again Travelfish community. Can't wait! ...

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Sapa February

Posted by takemeplaces on 12/12/2014 at 22:08

I'm looking to go to Sapa in February 2015, I'm a 21Female travelling alone, and I usually prefer to organise my own treks, itineraries etc, but it seems Sapa might be better in authenticity, convenience and cost if i went through a tour. I want to visit Sunday Bac Ha markets, and do treks outside Sapa, Cat cat touristic areas, but it might be hard without a tour to get to these rural places. I wanted to stay at homestays and live and experience their life for the 3 days. Can anyone advice ...

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Hotel for honeymooners in Old Quarter in Hanoi

Posted by MimiOz on 24/1/2015 at 16:13

We're looking for a nice place to stay for our honeymoon in Old Quarter, Hanoi. We want to avoid to stay in a big chain hotel....preferably somewhere small and hidden gem more like. Since this will be the very last 2 nights for us before heading back home, we're happy to spend whatever it takes. Thanks for your help in advance! ...

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A few days quiet beachbum time

Posted by mikal83 on 27/1/2015 at 08:58

After spending 2/3 weeks walking, watting and whatever from Hanoi south to HCMC, I just know we will want 3/4/5 days to just relax and chill somewhere quiet with a nice private/quiet beach for a swim and suntan, down a few cold beers. This all before we hit the road again to PP. So anywhere in southern Vietnam or Cambodia but not too far off our main route......Thoughts? Koh Kong? Pho Quoc? Mui Ne?...................... ...

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yes another where n when question

Posted by mikal83 on 22/1/2015 at 10:05

We are a cpl of fairly healthy 55 yr olds. travelled quite a bit both rough and medium comfortably. Background to help you answer our ?? 2 yrs ago, Oct 30th, we flew to BKK 4 days then Chiang Mai, (train), BKK, Koh samui, (train), KohPhangY, Krabi(bus), Phuket...beachhuts...KL(plane) , Penang/Singers,(bus)......(that all took 5 weeks), then flew to Sydney bought a campervan and toured for 4 months. prebooked hotels etc with asiarooms, mainly 2/3 star. Now we wish to go back and "do" ...

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Ha Giang- Vietnam, the great place for motorbike trip.

Posted by riderman on 30/10/2013 at 04:52

Going with my Frenchman, Gerard Memmi, we used two bikes: Honda XL 125cc and HondaCBF 150cc with the necessary equipments to leave on a journey to conquer theland of the far north of Vietnam. The first night, we stopped at Yen Bai, the second day we headed to Ha Giang, andridded along the Lo River and passed by beautiful green maize fields. Probablymany Vietnamese still cannot forget the heroic victory of the army and peopleduring the war against the French empire on this historic river. Nodaway ...

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North Vietnam Only Itinerary

Posted by bfritz on 28/1/2015 at 18:33

Hello everybody, My girlfriend and I will be traveling to North Vietnam in late March/early April for about two and a half weeks. We fly in and out of Hanoi and based on everything we've read (most of it here), we've decided to limit ourselves to the North. We prefer to not bounce around too much and enjoy experiencing local culture, food, drink, and the countryside. Here is what we are thinking thus far: Hanoi: 4/5 days Ha Long Bay: 2 days/1 night Sapa: 3 days Ninh Binh and surrounding a ...

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Visa-Vietnam.org

Posted by Vxh on 16/5/2010 at 11:29

Are these guys reliable? any one ever use their services for VOA before? ...

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Saigon / HCMC to Hoi An - Fly or Train?

Posted by GattinaRosa on 15/11/2014 at 00:22

Hi all, After a little bit of advice - I've had a quick search but can't see anything that directly addresses my question. I would appreciate some personal advice / experience from others that have done this route. Tomorrow, my husband and I arrive in Saigon / HCMC. We plan on staying here for a couple of days before travelling up to Hoi An (via Da Nang). We have heard lot about how cheap travel in Vietnam is. So we were quite surprised to find the train was $74 dollars each. This was v ...

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Hanoi to HCMC VN Railways BIG FARE SALE~!~!~!

Posted by ComradeRedStar on 5/2/2015 at 22:36

BIG SALE!!!!!!!!! VIETNAM RAILWAYS currently has COACH HARD-SEAT TICKETS for only $222,000 VND Hanoi to HCMC Soft-Sleeper Lower Bunk Beds: $500,000 Upper-Bunks: $400,000 ALL OF THE TICKETS are on-board TN class trains and these are SPECIAL FARES for a limited time (maybe ten days)! DO NOT CONTACT ANY TRAVEL AGENT FOR THESE FARES, GO TO THE LOCAL VIETNAM RAILWAYS STATION AND PAY THE TICKET AGENT DIRECTLY!!! All Aboard !!! ...

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Saigon to Hanoi by motorbike in two weeks?

Posted by mrnoodleman on 31/1/2015 at 04:20

Hi Everyone, My Brother and I are heading to Vietnam to do a two week fundraising trip from Saigon to Hanoi in Late April. We know this is going to be pretty tight time wise however thats part of the challenge. Check out thedongproject.com if you want to see what were up to. What I would like to know is there any recommendations on what route to take given we have a short timeframe. We would like to avoid the main highways as much as possible and we don't mind reasonably long days. Also any ...

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bicycle trip during Tet

Posted by mumpat on 16/1/2015 at 08:11

We are a retired couple (65 years) and we like long bicycle trips. Last year, we made a bicycle tour for nine weeks in Thailand, Laos and Cambodia This year we wish to travel seven weeks through Vietnam - we arrive in Saigon on 9 February After a week in Saigon, we drive to the coast to Phan Thiet , followed by Na Trang (a few days beach) and then further north (Hue, Da Nang, Hoi An ..) maybe a part by bus or train. We are not obliged to a planned route, any reservation or a predetermined ...

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2 weeks in Vietnam in March

Posted by MimiOz on 14/1/2015 at 02:17

My husband and I are planning to go to Vietnam for 2 weeks in March. We have made itinerary and seeking some advice how long to stay in each place and anywhere else recommended to visit. Also, we are thinking to use train all the way from HMC to Hanoi . However now I'm thinking maybe better fly from HMC to Hue if there is any flight? Fly into HMC + maybe Phu Quoc Island - 3 nights Hue + Hoi An + Cua Dai - 4 nights Dong Hoi ( Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park) - 2 nights Hanoi + ...

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Monthly free trips to practice Meditation in Vietnam

Posted by Phong_PYS on 20/1/2015 at 06:11

Hi friends, I'm Vietnamese Buddhist (not monk), and i'm doing free trip to An Tam & Tay Thien Monastery (in Tam Dao, Vinh Phuc province) for friends to practice Meditation, also have chances to learn deeper about Vietnamese Buddhism. I only collect van/car fee (~12$/pl) from Hanoi-Tam Dao-Hanoi. Meals and accommodation is free in Monastery (donation as your will). Departure dates are on Saturday of second and fourth week, every month. Next trip is on 24th Jan and 14th Feb 2015. To get the de ...

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Train costs Vietnam

Posted by DicoR on 17/11/2014 at 03:43

Hi guys I have some questions regarding the costs of travelling by train in Vietnam. When I browse the internet I see prices which are way cheaper than it seems to be in reality. $85 for a round trip Hanoi-Lao Cai!?? I'm going to spend around 1/1,5 month in Vietnam (N->S), and I'm planning on travelling by train: Enter Vietnam in Dien Bien Phu, bus to Lao Cai. Lao Cai- Hanoi (Ha Long Bay) Hanoi - Ninh Binh (Bus?) Ninh Binh - Da Nang Da Nang - Hoi An (Bus?) Hoi An - Nha Trang Nha Trang ...

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Hanoi during Tet - where to stay and what to do?

Posted by dnchaney on 3/1/2015 at 04:39

Hello there! I will be spending a week in Vietnam this February and realized after booking plane tickets that I will be there over the Tet holiday. I will be there the 14th to the 21st. I have a lot of questions I was hoping to get some answers to! - Where is the best/safest place to stay in Hanoi ? I will be alone for 4 nights and with another girl for 4 nights. - I know a lot of things will be closed because of the holiday but are there any celebrations I can attend? I've heard it ...

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Miu Ne to Ho Chi minh during Tet

Posted by blakey2031 on 14/1/2015 at 10:32

Hi, I plan to spend a month in Vietnam travelling from the north to the south. My flight into Hanoi is on the 26th Jan 2015 and I fly back out of Ho chi Minh on the 22nd Feb. Since booking I've realised the last week of my travelling will fall during Tet. I don't have any travel or accommodation booked as I'm a pretty 'fly by the seat of my pants' kinda guy, but having read some stories on the internet, travel during Tet seems to be quite problematic for some Having been to Ho Chi Minh before ...

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New rules for Vietnam visa extension??

Posted by Cheyenne on 16/1/2015 at 01:26

Hello! I entered Vietnam on a 1 month tourist visa and quickly realized there's no way I can do everything I want in a month. I thought I could extend my visa but another tourist told me that the rules have recently changed and I need to leave the country and come back. I asked a couple travel agencies and they said I could extend, and seemed to no l know nothing of this new change. But when I asked the hostel, they said extensions were no longer possible, and to just rent a motorbike, cross in ...

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Best way to carry your money??

Posted by cpmcmni on 26/12/2014 at 14:25

I'm off to Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos in January for 6 weeks and wanted to know what is the best way to carry money as I don't want to carry a lot of cash on me Would you recommend the STA travel cash card or another one I was looking at was travelex cash passport. Any advice much appreciated. Thanks ...

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