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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!

Hanoi Pacific Hotel

Posted by clairewurtz on 22/6/2007 at 17:25

Hi! we are Israela and Claire , we're travelling from Israel and France and for our first time in hanoi we've been to the pacific hotel. we've been before in thailand and Laos and so we try plenty of hotels and guesthouses in those country, we were really glad to get in this new hotel after all the cheap room we've been in. we really appreciate our overstay here, the staff was professional, particulary friendly and very helpful.the hotel is set in right in the middle of the old quarter, near lit ...

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Obtaining Vietnam Visa in Bangkok

Posted by zaboo on 17/10/2007 at 22:09

Hi all - anyone have an idea how long it takes to obtain a visa for Vietnam in Bangkok, and how to go about doing it? Also - am looking for recommendations for inexpensive but clean and friendly places to stay in Hanoi. Is it suggested to make reservations beforehand or is it easy to find accommodations on arrival? thanks much! ZaBoo ...

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Pre Booking Vietnam Flights via Travel Agency

Posted by ozscott on 29/10/2007 at 11:33

Hi TravelFisher's, Does anyone know of honest and reliable travel agency in Vietnam that could pre-book both Vietnamese internal and international flights for me prior to my arrival in Vietnam? Internal flights would be: ------------------------------- - Ho Chi Minh to Da Nang - Hue to Hanoi Internation al flights would be: -------------------------------------- - Hanoi to Lubang Prabang - Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh I've read lots of good stuff about HandSpan Adventure Tours in H ...

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Quiet guesthouse/ budget hotel outside old quarter/ city center

Posted by hjulp on 15/10/2007 at 04:50

Hi, Family of 5 with 3 kids coming to Hanoi on Nov. 5th, we're looking for a family room in a quiet & comfortable guesthouse/ budget hotel, we are only interested by quiet areas which must be outside old quarter/ city center for example by the west lake, Truc Bach lake or equivalent quiet and attractive areas (even if a bite far from city center as long as comfort is higher). Thanks for your advise and review of places you've been and would recommend. ...

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a very good hotel in saigon-hcmc

Posted by vin4564 on 20/2/2007 at 18:55

will pay up to 70 dollars a night need internet in the room hopefully wireless--arrive 23feb any good suggestions ...

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Que Huong Guest House, Hanoi

Posted by hjulp on 23/10/2007 at 16:40

I've been proposed a family room at Que Huong Guest House in Hanoi. Has anyone been in this guest house? What do you think? Is it quiet and comfortable enough for a budget price of $32/ night. Thanks for your review ...

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Good Travel Agency from Vietnam for Angkor Wat?

Posted by VanVan on 9/10/2007 at 02:43

Hi - It's me again, still in process of planning for one month in Viet Nam. Does anyone recommend a good travel agency in Saigon for Angkor Wat tour? We'd like to take a 3D/2N Angkor Wat tour from Saigon by airplane. Do you know bout how much per person? I think Sinh Cafe offers a bus tour but we don't want to take bus (to save time). Thanks. ...

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Vietnam visa from europe

Posted by natsimoes on 23/10/2007 at 04:54

Hey there Does anyone have a good/safe suggestion on a travel agency in HCMC that can deliver a multiple entry visa to Vietnam with minimum charge? Thanks for your help ...

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tailor-made shoes in Vietnam?

Posted by tabea1 on 23/10/2007 at 00:06

Hi everybody, my non-standard feet don´t fit in most ready-made shoes. Does anybody know a shoemaker around Hanoi or Saigon, where I can get tailor-made shoes? ...

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8 days in Vietnam

Posted by airfaze on 21/10/2007 at 23:42

Hi, I would be spending a short break of 8 days in Vietnam in November. I have no concrete plans yet.. but from what i gathered, i think it would be best spent in the North instead of doing the North to South route in 8 days? If its the northern region, I'm thinking of traveling to Hanoi, Sapa and Halong Bay. If so, which would be the best place to start from Hanoi? Any other suggestions to spend the 8 days would be greatly appreciated! ...

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Central Vietnam Reccomendations

Posted by ozscott on 20/10/2007 at 08:13

Hi TravelFish'ers, My wife & I are headed to SE Asia for a 6 week holiday (2+ weeks Vietnam, 2 weeks Laos, 1 week Cambodia). We land in Ho Chi Minh Feb 21st, are planning 3 nights in (Ho Chi Minh), then a flight to Da Nang or Hue. We have allowed 6 nights in Central Vietnam, then fly to Hanoi from Da Nang or Hue. Question - What would be our best travel itinerary and transport options for our 6 nights in Central Vietnam? We arn't overly interested in history or architecture, rather markets ...

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Cruising the Ha Long Bay from Cat Ba ?

Posted by XtoF on 17/10/2007 at 01:58

Hi everyone ! In a few days I'm flying to Vietnam, and of course at some point of the trip I'll want to cruise on the Ha Long Bay :) I an attempt to do something more "customized" and to try to avoid most of the tourists, I plan to reach Cat Ba on my own (ferrying from Haïphong I think), stay a few days there hiking the National Park, and then cruise one or two days on the Bay. Question : is it possible to rent a junk from Cat Ba for more than a "tiny" tour?? May I ask at one of the hoste ...

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itinerary for vietnam

Posted by jenperry on 17/10/2007 at 20:27

Hi - want to spend around 3 weeks of a 7.5 week journey throughout SEAsia. Does 6 days in HCMC, Hanoi, then splitting the time left between Hue & Hoi An sound ok? Any suggestions? Will be there in Jan/Feb ...

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Hanoi to SaPa via train

Posted by sunbird71 on 4/10/2007 at 15:15

I am going to hanoi/sapa/halong bay next month with hubby and 2 teenagers, can anyone advise whether to book overnight train from hanoi to sapa or organise it over there ? it will be a friday night so we are able to be there on weekend also I am an amateur phtotgrapher and was wondering if anyone can recommend any must see photo opportunities! we then are going to do halong bay if anyone has any suggestions on junk? ...

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Old Quarter Hotel

Posted by archiebaby on 10/10/2007 at 15:46

Hello, Can someone please suggest a hotel in Hanoi in the old quarter. I am looking for a hotel with a great view into Hanoi (if this exists) I would like a place where luggage can be left safely. I would like a place with atmosphere. Thanks ...

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Late Arrival to Noi Bai Airport

Posted by VanVan on 16/10/2007 at 00:20

Our flight will be arriving late to Noi Bai airport, about midnight. We concern about safety. Are there still taxi and shuttle bus to Ha Noi by that time? Should we worry for safety? Are hotels still open? ...

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Getting a Vietnam Visa in Bangkok? Phnon Phen?

Posted by kunayala13 on 15/10/2007 at 22:39

Quick Question: Does anyone have experiences getting visas in Bangkok or Phnon Phen? Can I get the visa in the same day? I was hoping not to spend too much time in either place, but I am hoping to go to Vietnam. ...

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Transportation from Hoi An to Mui Ne

Posted by umkorth on 4/10/2007 at 19:17

What is the best way to get from Hoi An to Mui Ne? Night Train? Any advise?? ...

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Rent A Helmet Saigon?

Posted by travelsalone on 14/10/2007 at 00:01

I am wondering if anyone knows if it is possible to rent a motorcycle helmet in Saigon, or if I will have to buy one, or if I should bring one with me...I am not renting a motorcycle, but will be traveling on one with a local friend I met in another country. This seems like a silly question, but she is not understanding my question because of her limited English, so I would appreciate any information... ...

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HCMC Hotel Happy Inn or Kim Hotel??

Posted by ladytravelbug on 12/10/2007 at 05:00

Which do you prefer? My husband and I need a hotel for three nights Would like a place that is clean, safe and close to everything but not too loud. Would like to leave our bags there while we go to Mekong and feel good that they will be there when we return. ...

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