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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!

Boston Hotel in Hanoi

Posted by seattle on 15/9/2007 at 18:12

Is the Boston Hotel in Hanoi a good safe choice to use as a day use hotel while waiting to take the train to Sapa. Store bags ect. How far to the train station and other locations for restraunts and site seeing ect.? Thanks ...

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Chau Doc to Siem Reap

Posted by zotsam on 14/9/2007 at 00:39

I'll be in Vietnam in November. I have 7-9 days set aside at the beginning of my trip to visit some of the Mekong & also go to Siem Reap. My plan is to take bus from HCMC to Chau Doc (maybe via Can Tho), take a fast boat to Phnom Penh, a bus to Siem Reap & then a flight to Hanoi. How much should I expect to pay for the boat & airfare? Will a fast boat allow me to take a same-day bus to Siem Reap? Is there a better way to combine both (eg. a boat from Can Tho to Chau Doc, then bus to Siem Reap or ...

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Vietnam Railways timetable

Posted by somtam2000 on 16/9/2007 at 08:51

I've just added a PDF download into the Member Centre that contains detailed timetable and fare information for the main trains within the Vietnam rail network. The three page document includes: SE1-6 Hanoi - Saigon - Hanoi TN1-4 Hanoi - Saigon - Hanoi NA1-2 Hanoi - Vinh - Hanoi TH1-2 Hanoi - Thanh Hoa - Hanoi LC1-4, SP1-4 Hanoi - Lao Cai - Hanoi DD3-4 Hanoi - Dong Dang - Hanoi HP1-2 LP5-6 Hanoi - Hai Phong - Hanoi It also includes fare information (in VND). All the information was ...

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Halong Bay

Posted by archiebaby on 13/9/2007 at 16:28

Can anyone suggeat a good junk boat to stay overnight please. I want to depart Hanoi go to Halong Bay stay overnight & return to Hanoi the next afternoon.I will be there int he 1st week of November 07. Thanks ...

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vodka train tour

Posted by nocoispe on 27/8/2007 at 14:36

hello i wanted to ask if anyone ever done the vodkatrain vietnam tour ? i'm planing to do it but wanted to get some feedback of it. tia for any reply cheer nocoispe ...

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Flights from Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh

Posted by poofie555 on 9/9/2007 at 12:00

Hi I will be travelling to Vietnam (on points) in December. I need to get to Cambodia for a couple of weeks of volunteer work and was wondering if there are relatively cheap flights from Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh? Thanks I appreciate your assistance. ...

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Border crossing Xa Mat/Vietnam to Trapeang Phlong.

Posted by telias on 8/9/2007 at 02:45

can i get any information aboutany experiences Trapeang Phlong/Xa Mat crossing Cambodia /Vietnam. Can I get from HCM to Xa Mat. ...

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Cho Tinh (Dating Market/ Love Market) in Sapa?

Posted by VanVan on 11/9/2007 at 23:57

I'm a brand new member, planning to go to VN in Nov/Dec this year and have tons of questions. For now, I'm gathering the info to map up our trip. I'd appreciate any help from anyone. First question: I've heard a market in Sapa called "Cho Tinh," meaning "dating or love market." Is it true that something like that is still existing while Sapa is flooded with tourists? More questions will be coming..... Thanks for a wonderful website. I've read most of the questions and reply from t ...

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Best beach place in northern Vietnam?

Posted by etam on 10/9/2007 at 16:02

Hi! I'm planning to end my 3 week laos/vietnam trip in northern vietnam and fly home from Hanoi. Before I return to Sweden, with its hellish November weather, I would like to stock up on sun and beachlife. Therefore, my questions are: Are there any nice beaches in northern vietnam? Is the climate/weather in norther Vietnam suited for beach life in November? If not, which is the northernmost nice beach place anyone could recommend? I would be very thankful for any answer! ...

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Recommendation for room with double bed in Hanoi around USD 15?

Posted by Irina on 11/9/2007 at 14:31

I am looking for rooms with aircon & double beds in Hanoi, Old Quarter for 4 pax, clean and safe. Planning a trip there in October 07. Any suggestions? Any comments about Tung Trans Hotel? ...

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Any budget hotel in Ho Chi Minh with a pool?

Posted by johannahon on 2/9/2007 at 18:41

I was wondering if any one new of a hotel (or b&b, or hostel, or selfcatering appartment,....) under 20 Euro (about 25 USD)/day that has a swimming pool? I've already looked around a bit on this site, but there doesn't seem to be one. In Bali that seemed to be a natural thing, considering the heat,but vietnam seems to think otherwise :-D Any help is appreciated :-) ...

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Flying Saigon to Cambodia

Posted by Mericle on 7/9/2007 at 06:14

Hi, We are looking at doing a quick 3 day trip to Cambodia and are flying into ho chi minh city who should we fly with to get there and how much does it normally cost? Thanks Amber ...

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nice hotels in hcm

Posted by lawrence on 4/9/2007 at 15:51

can anyone please advise me on a nice hotel which is located nearby to a golf course.....thks. LAWRENCE SINGAPORE. ...

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Water Puppets: Now there are two - Ha Noi AND HCMC

Posted by CatBa on 30/8/2007 at 23:33

Both HCMC and Ha Noi have water puppets. In Ha Noi the theatre is located on the northeast corner of Hoan Kiem Lake - the corner where the bridge to the island is. You will find out show times when you go there to book - matinées are often less busy than other shows. In HCMC, the Rong Vang (Golden Dragon) water puppetry troupe is at 55B Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street, District 1. The theatre offers two shows every evening, one at 18:30H and the other at 20.00H. Tickets are USD$4 for Forei ...

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Gary Glitter: Hopes for early release, again. Write the PM to stop it!

Posted by CatBa on 30/8/2007 at 23:30

Gary 'The Paedophile' Glitters lawyer, LE Than Khin, said the former rocker could be released from his VietNam jail cell as early as this weekend. Sunday is VietNam's annual Independence Day holiday, when the government traditionally releases prisoners early as part of celebrations. Glitter's lawyer said the former pop star has completed about half of his sentence for a conviction of se xually assaulting two girls, ages 11 and 12. "I am hopeful" ab ...

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Travel Agency Scam in Hoi An

Posted by femdem06 on 29/8/2007 at 05:32

Especially if you are a woman or women traveling alone, please DO NOT use the Hoi An Tourist Office (on the corner of Tran Phu and Le Loi, 78 Le Loi) in Hoi An to book a taxi to the airport. Their driver, Chum (license plate 8565), will pretend to get really pissed off about something and drag you (and throw your stuff) onto the side of a rural road and refuse to take you to your destination unless you pay him extra money. He is a big guy, absolutely insane and a very dangerous, and although t ...

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Viewed 4,748 times, with 3 replies. Last reply by CatBa on 30/8/2007 at 23:27

vietnam visa used more than once?

Posted by procrast on 29/8/2007 at 15:55

if i travel out of Vietnam does my visa still work when i go back a second time? thanks in advance. ...

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Posted by lisayberry on 29/8/2007 at 14:23

just wanting general temperature (in degrees Fahrenheit) and rainfall in Hanoi in September...anyone been there at that time? ...

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Viewed 1,720 times, with 1 reply. Last reply by somtam2000 on 29/8/2007 at 17:53

Travelfish Guide to the Central Highlands added

Posted by somtam2000 on 27/8/2007 at 12:43

Just a quick announcement that we've added the Travelfish Guide to Vietnam's Central Highlands to our collection of ebooks for sale. With 25 A4 pages, seven maps and over 40,000 words of condensed travel intelligence, the guide will be a handy addition to your travel planning. All this for just US$6.95 -- less than the cost of day with the Easy Riders! For people planning an in-depth trip to Vietnam's Central Highlands, this guide is an excellent source of information. It covers six provinces ...

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fake surf wear in Saigon???

Posted by travelian on 25/8/2007 at 08:14

Hello, can anyone tell me if there is a place to go in Saigon to buy fake surf gear? You know, billabong shorts, surfer t-s, sunglasses... that kind of stuff. thanks ...

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