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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!

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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"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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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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Travel South to North

Posted by ozscott on 19/11/2007 at 05:49

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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Central VN Flooding - 2007NOV14 Update

Posted by CatBa2 on 15/11/2007 at 21:35

Flood conditions continue in Quang Nam Province and HOI AN. HUE CITY IS CLEAR OF WATER (I am there as I post) so I recommend Travellers in Nha Trang skip Hoi An and proceed directly to Hue and vice versa. Flying is simple as both Hue and Nha Trang have flights through Da Nang. Since most Travellers are unprepared both physically, and mentally, for flooding I make this suggestion, albeit reluctantly, as Hoi An is a 'must see' place but with 3 feet of water you won't see / enjoy the town ...

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Post Typhoon Conditions - Hoi An and Hue

Posted by CatBa on 15/11/2007 at 03:22

Hoi An, Quang Nam Province (see < http://www.vnn.vn/province/quangnam/ >) continues to be under water, as does much of the water. Many farm animals have been drowned and many more are camped out on the roofs of buildings. Emergency supplies of food have been delivered as much of the rice crop is under water too. Much as I personally hate to suggest this, I think tourists should consider AVOIDING Hoi An at this time. Given that the journey time between Nha Trang and Da Nang is around ...

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Southern Vietnam - Questions

Posted by khloeee on 13/11/2007 at 18:12

Hello all, I am meeting a friend in Phnom Penh before travelling through to Vietnam. I have five weeks before I have to fly back home from Bangkok. Ideally, I was thinking to spend 3 weeks exploring southern vietnam and then travel to southern thailand to revisit a couple of places before travelling up to bangkok for the flight home, instead of rushing to get up to Hanoi, fly over to Bangkok and back down to the thai islands. However, I cannot find any info on travel from HCMC to Thailan ...

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how late is too late to book flights and trains in December, January

Posted by soccertaxi on 27/10/2007 at 02:50

Hello, I have received conflicting information about the difficulties of booking in high season Dec/Jan...some say no problems other say book ahead. So here are my specific questions: 1. We are arriving in Hanoi on Dec. 11. Is it realistic to expect to book an overnighter in Halong and a train trip to Sapa (for 4) leaving in the next 4 or so days? Should be book these trips from home? 2. We would like to fly from Hanoi to Hue on Dec. 20...will booking (for 4) when we arrive Dec.11 be ...

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Suits in Hanoi

Posted by ivo_24 on 8/11/2007 at 07:34

Hi there, I am on my second trip to SE Asia. Last November I spent 3 weeks in Thailand, but this time round I am planning on spending 6 weeks spread between Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand. I would like to thank travelfish as I have browsed through much of the site and it has all been very helpful. I am spending a few days in Hanoi, and my friend would like to get some suits made. I know from shopping in Bangkok that it is difficult to find a tailor that doesn't make 80s style power suits. ...

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Repeated Storms Batter Hoi An & Central VietNam

Posted by CatBa2 on 6/11/2007 at 16:30

Another storm is headed our way in Hoi An this weekend and let me tell you it is no picnic. At this very moment water is a metre (39") deep in the riverside and Ancient Town areas. The rains from up country have filled the river with a muddy soup which backs up the street and sewage drain systems making life a living hell. Water also fills the ground floor of many homes. This comes from a computer powered from a generator and connected via satellite InterNet - there are massive blackouts ...

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Halong Bay -- Annam Junk and making a 6p flight after Halong -- any feedback?

Posted by jburkland on 8/11/2007 at 03:16

My fiance and I are considering taking a 2 day/1 night cruise on the Annam Junk through Halong Travel (www.halongtravel.com). The cruise is on the more expensive side (about $120/person), but I have heard general warnings even about expensive operators, so I want to check: Anyone have experience on this junk and have thoughts? I have heard great things about Ocean Tours and might go with them ($60/person). However, to meet our 6p flight to Cambodia after the Halong tour, Ocean Tours would ...

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Great dining in Saigon

Posted by marianwarren on 7/11/2007 at 11:11

Hi everyone While in HCMC I recommend an amazing dining experience. I’ve looked for a mention of it on Travelfish and in various guidebooks but haven’t found anything. On Le Thi Hong Gam, adjacent to the Fine Arts Museum, there is a Vietnamese all you can eat buffet, open from 1100 – 1400 and 1800 – 2100, offering an incredible array of food. Meats, seafood - you name it – dishes are labelled, so you know what you are eating and allows an opportunity to sample dishes you wouldn ...

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easy to buy outdoor clothing in Hanoi?

Posted by soccertaxi on 7/11/2007 at 09:05

Hello, I was wondering if there was anyone out there who could tell me if it is easy and/or cheap to buy outdoor type clothing (easy dry travel pants, quick dry shirts, etc..) in Hanoi? I have heard about the easy availability of packs etc. but what about this type of clothing? We will be heading up to Sapa and my two teenage girls will be needing some travelwear. Also, where are the good places to find this type of gear? Any places that have good quality daypacks? Thanks for your advi ...

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4 weeks itinerary for Vietnam

Posted by Harry05 on 23/9/2007 at 03:03

In march 2008 I will be travelling in Vietnam for about 4 weeks, after about 3 months Thailand/Laos/Cambodia (maybe good to know if you want to give me some advice). I am a quite experienced traveller but it’s my first time in SE Asia so it’s always good to get some good and actual advice. I don’t care about luxury (and prefer atmosphere above that): a private, clean and basic room (with fan) will be fine for me. Here’s my global itinerary for Vietnam: Entering Vietnam by a tour in t ...

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Con Dao island weather in November?

Posted by NicolasCA on 31/10/2007 at 23:38

I'm looking for weather information for Con Dao Island in November. Is it rainy season or can we expect sunny days? Thank you. ...

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Train - Da Nang to Hue - Worth the Hassle?

Posted by ozscott on 30/10/2007 at 15:08

Hi TF'ers... Whilst staying in Central Vietnam I want to ride the daytime train from DaNang (or Hoi An) to Hue - I beleive the scenery is spectacular? Does anyone know if I can just buy a ticket on the day (and how much), board the train, and be on my way - or if I need to pre-book (March '08)? Is this short rail journey worth the effort (time, cost, hassle) - otherwise I'd fly from Da Nang to Hanoi, rather than train then plane (Hue to Hanoi). Thanks for your advice... OzScott ...

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HCMC to Hanoi

Posted by BaznChaz on 2/11/2007 at 18:30

I have been trying to make a flight booking using Pacific Airlines and everytime I get to the last section of the booking, i.e., enter the credit card details, the page keeps failing. Has anyone else had this problem (recently) and can anyone else recommend alternatives airlines? Thanks in Advance ...

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Itinerary Questions

Posted by charlotterussell on 5/11/2007 at 12:32

Hi everyone, Me and 2 members of my family are travelling through Vietnam for a month in Febuary next year - I just have a few questions regarding our itinerary (we are pretty laid back, love nature, not that keen on big cities, love the water and good food but might want to party a bit) 1. We are considering avoiding the craziness of tet by going to Pehom Pen/Ankor wat or travelling from Vientaine to Luang Prabang(thru vang vieng)for 6 days. Does anyone have any opinions on whether Laos o ...

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beach/islands in Vietnam

Posted by ac1979 on 5/11/2007 at 18:42

HI, My husband and I live in Thailand, and we're going to Vietnam over xmas/new years. Flying into Hanoi on 20th Dec, and out from Saigon on Jan 5th. We wanted to go to Phu quoc from Dec 27th to Jan 3rd, but i'm worried we won't find accomodation. I've been trying to pre-book, but no luck.. Any suggestions for the next best beach/island in Vietnam? I'm been to Nha Trang so don't want to go there..It's a bit too much like Pattaya for me. I was in Mui Ne about 4 years ago, and it see ...

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Ha Tien - Hotels/Guest Houses?

Posted by colbycoombs on 4/11/2007 at 11:35

Now that the Cambodia-Vietnam border is open (to visa-holders), I intend to visit Ha Tien. But there's no qualitative assessment of the [I think] six hotels there. Anyone been recently? Any advice? I'd be grateful. ...

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