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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!

Whale Island or Phu Quoc?

Posted by jzar on 6/1/2008 at 21:01

Hi, I wiil be travelling solo to Vietnam in Feb 08. Part of my itinerary is:2 nights in Hoi An and then on the 3rd day Transfer by road & boat to secluded Whale Island for 2 days and then one night in Nha Trang to catch overnight train to HCMC.(after that - i plan to do a 3 day boat ride on mekong Delta into Cambodia-Phnom Penh. Questions: Should I stick to this and go to whale island or should I go to Phu Quoc instead via HCMC (transit) for 3 days? Is this long enough? Also, shuld I bu ...

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Saigon for New Year

Posted by rocketgirl on 27/12/2007 at 09:15

Hey everyone, I was thinking of spending New Years Eve in Saigon - does anyone know if anything is happening there for New Years - i.e. fireworks, good club nights etc? I will be on my own, so would like to go somewhere where i can meet other backpackers. ...

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HCM to Siem Reap

Posted by jigger on 5/1/2008 at 16:47

hey guys, im planning to go to angkor wat this feb 2 - 5, can you tell me how to get there? how much it costs? and how long? please assume i do not know anything.. thanks in advance ...

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Vinh Moc tunnel tour price advice please

Posted by JaTo on 2/1/2008 at 18:05

Hi I have been quoted $US75 for my group of three to be picked up in Dong Ha visit the Vinh Moc tunnels and return to Dong Ha by car with an english speaking guide. To be picked up from Dong Ha, visist the tunnels then driven to Hue the cost quoted is $US135. Is this a reasonable price? Can anyone suggest a guide/ company in Dong Ha who I could get a comparative price from? thank you ...

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Green Mango Restaurant & Hotel, Hanoi's Old Quarter and Cat Ba in Ha Long Bay

Posted by Kwaut_Lizard on 30/12/2007 at 23:30

For those that like some opulence and luxury, this little boutique hotel right in the heart of Hanoi's Old Quarter is superb. There are only 7 rooms in this swank and very personable hotel but they include large bathrooms with enclosed showers (jacuzzi in the suite), all rooms have Queen size beds (an extra double bed is additional in the suite), wooden floors, mini-bar, television with cable, air-con, wifi throughout the facility, telephone, dressing area with vanity and cabinet,... The rooms r ...

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Trying to keep to no more than a 3 week trip

Posted by downundergal on 30/12/2007 at 13:54

Hi I really need to keep to a 3 week trip but so far have come up with the following - 25 nights plus flying time. Any ideas on where I can trim it back? I am not a trekker but a keen photorapher so should I drop the Sapa section and save 3 nights or drop the Delta section instead? Any help much appreciated. Fly to Hanoi arrive evening spend 2n,Halong Bay 1n, back to Hanoi 1n, then overnight train to Lao Cai/Sapa, Sapa 1n then overnight train to Hanoi fly to Hue 2n, Hoi An 3n, fly to Nha Tr ...

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Hoang Trinh Hotel - excellent place to stay in Hoi An

Posted by jobst on 28/12/2007 at 18:05

I would like to recommend this Hotel, which is in 5 Minute walking distance from the Japanese Covered Bridge & Town Centre, and still quiet in a sidestreet, overlooking a pagoda; nice locals that run it; clean and good service: Hoang Trinh Hotel, 45 Le Quy Don Street (corner Tran Hung Dao); Tel. (84)510916579 ; ; ...

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3 day Mekong Delta tour from Ho Chi Minh to Phnom Penh

Posted by rocketgirl on 27/12/2007 at 09:17

Has anyone done this tour? Is it any good, also does anyone have any idea of a good company to go through. I've seen this advertised with Sinh Cafe and was thinking of doing it as an interesting way to get to Cambodia, but wondering if I'd be better off just doing a 2 day Mekong Delta tour, then normal bus/boat to Phnom Penh. ...

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Are there Taxi's in Ha Tien, ?

Posted by ron67 on 21/12/2007 at 04:10

Leaving Kep Cambodia in April 08, heading for Rach Gia boat pier,we wanted to know, Are there Taxi's in Ha Tien to take us to Rach Gia? we need the fastest way Thanks for any info Ron ...

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3 week Itinerary - would love your opinion!!

Posted by sackonmyback on 19/12/2007 at 09:54

Hi there - My 3 week initerary is below - any suggestions or changes welcome if we havent left long enough in some places!! Hanoi - 3 nights/2 days Halong Bay - 2 nights/3 days (do a cruise this could drop to just a one night if too long) Overnight train from Hanoi to Hue Hue - 2 nights/2 days Hoi An - 3 nights/2.5 days Possiby take overnight bus from Hoi An to Nha Trang if worth it?? Means would only have 1 day and 1 night there tho? Fly from Nha Trang or Da Nang if not going to Nha T ...

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iViVu Air Ticket Deliveries

Posted by ozscott on 10/12/2007 at 12:36

Folks, I have pre-booked my flight from Saigon to Da Nang with Pacific Airlines onlines (no problems here!) and now want to pre-book my flight from Hue to Hanoi scheduled for next March... I have read many good threads which identify iViVu as being a good in-country travel agent to utilise for booking flights with Vietnam Airlines, but need to assure myself that there ticket delivery service is also reliable! Once I have pre-booked (and paid) for my tickets from Hue to Hanoi with iViVu, ...

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Feb/March - South to North best way to go?

Posted by sackonmyback on 18/12/2007 at 10:44

Hi guys, My partner and I are looking at spending 3 weeks in Vietnam from about 24th Feb - 15th March. Trying to decide whether we go South to North or vice versa - just thinking weather wise. We defintely want to "beach it" as well if you have any must do's. Any suggestions? Appreciate your help. ...

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TNK-TRAVEL anyone used them for pre booking flight,s

Posted by easygoing on 17/12/2007 at 20:22

Hello I made a mistike I think I contacted TNK-TRAVEL.VN and asked them to pre book 3 flight,s for me I was asked to attach photo copy of my passport and photo copy of my credit card for authorazation to make payment,s this I foolishly have done , and since doing this the email me saying attachment,s not received Has anyone had any dealing,s with this company if so what was the outcome Thank,s for your help Paul ...

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Bookshops in HCMC

Posted by poisonid on 11/12/2007 at 16:46

I used to live in HCMC 15 years ago, and I remember very well that there were some old bookstores that dealt in any kind of foreign books and papers (secondhands, photocopies, illegal southern litterature froom beforei the revolution etc) somewhere in the area around the army surplus market. Does anyone know if those stores are still there? Please tell me where they are, I ask but no one knows what I am talking about, and I dont speak vietnamese... I am aware that the Pham Ngu Lao backpackerd ...

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Vietnam Beach Break

Posted by downundergal on 9/12/2007 at 15:29

Needing some help! I was planning some down time of about 5 days in Nha Trang but now after reading various reviews I am wondering if this is the right thing. The majority say that say the beach is dirty, strewn with rubbish and faeces(!)and the water is too dirty for swimming. Then after looking at accommodation options it seems as though the choices are fairly slim, the most consistant reviews & affordable price limit(Ana Mandara out of the budget) seem to be for the Sunrise Beach Resort but i ...

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Vietnam Travels

Posted by danielr on 11/12/2007 at 08:46

Hi, We are a group of 5 19 year olds travelling to Vietnam from 8th - 18th of January 2008. we have arrive at Hanoi on the 8th and are looking to do a 3 day 2 night cruise in Halong Bay, after that we wish to travel down to Nha Trang for a three day party boat tour. then finally spend the remaining time in Ho Chi Minh, and catch a plane back to Bangkok to travel to Ko Samui for the full moon party. at the moment we only have the restrictions of 8th we fly in, and need to be back i ...

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Land Travel from HMC to PP

Posted by poofie555 on 10/12/2007 at 06:50

I need to make my way from HMC to PP but don't want to spend 8 hours on a bus. I have heard of people hiring cars. Has anyone travelled this way? If so, can you recommend a car service. Thanks ...

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good mid range hotels in Hue and HoiAn

Posted by niamhtt on 9/12/2007 at 13:30

HI, Any recommendations for hotels in Hue and Hoi An. We are looking to book online as we plan to be there in the week prior to Xmas Not doing a budget trip but about $20 Aus is our level. Love to hear of any places that are friendly and nice. Niamhtt ...

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Reservations Mai House Phu Quoc

Posted by marayerkes on 1/12/2007 at 16:44

Hi everyone, I tried making a reservation through the e-mail form for Mai House at the end of January. It's been 3 weeks and I haven't heard anything. I tried phoning them this morning using the phone number listed (dialling from the Netherlands: 00-84 (country code)-77-847-003) but got no connection. I've heard from other travellers that Phu Quoc is very busy now, so I'd like to get some reservations taken care of. Anyone have any similar experiences? Or any tips to help out here? Thanks! ...

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March-April 2008 Honeymoon!

Posted by elisse on 6/12/2007 at 14:09

My husband & I will be having a (very belated) honeymoon in Vietnam, March April 2007. We are "railfans" and want to take the 2-night train trip from HCMC/Saigon to Hanoi- any suggestions or tips? He is a Chef, & so learning about cooking and REALLY good dining is a big deal for us on this trip... Other interests are art and fine craft, coal mining, and "off the beaten path adventures"- we're a couple of old "adrenaline junkies"! My Vietnamese Dr. told us of a place where you could ride horses ...

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