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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!

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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Excellent, simple hotel in Siem Reap

Posted by oldspinster on 11/10/2007 at 20:04

Just spent 4 days, 5 nights in Siem Reap. Fresh Guest House has simple, clean rooms with a/c and tv for $12 per night. Very centrally located, across from old market, but not noisy at all. It's a good bet if you want to be smack in the middle of town and need basic clean accomodations. 092-765 627; freshgh@gmail.com Enjoy!! ...

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Mekong Delta Tour from Phnom Phen to HCMC?

Posted by Harry05 on 10/10/2007 at 23:23

While travelling from Cambodia to Vietnam I wanna use a Mekong Delta tour leaving from Phnom Phen and ending in HCMC (former Saigon). Any recommendations about that? * Which are good companies? How much will it cost? * What is recommended 3D/2N, 4D/3N? * Are there places that are not to be missed? * Is it a better option than going to HCMC and take a Mekong Delta tour from there? Thanks answering, Harry (p.s. I know I have to arrange my Vietnam visa before leaving Cambodia) ...

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Warning! Bag snatching in Hanoi...

Posted by sine on 9/10/2007 at 15:37

Well it happened to us - about 5.30/45am in the backstreets of the Old Quarter...just got off the sleeper train after Sapa and headed back to the guesthouse we stayed at previously...then a motorbike driver with 'his' face all covered up just drove right by.,,, My partner had the bag in her hands! It all happened in a flash. We'd like to think we're generally (over)cautious - ie always have our bags, lock them on trains etc and even heard about the probs in other SE asian areas with bag s ...

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accomodation in Nha Trang Vietnam

Posted by KristineLokmer on 8/10/2007 at 08:59

Hi, i am looking for accomodation from 31/12/07 to 3/1/08 for 2 people. I have had no luck with travel agents for this time in australia. Can anyone recommend any of the following Golden Hotel Swan44 Hotel Vietnam seaview hotel I can book one of the above on line if they are nice. thankyou ...

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Biking from HCMC to Hanoi

Posted by Collin on 6/10/2007 at 07:43

Hello. I was hoping this could be a good place to get some help from experienced travelers. I am planning a trip from Ho Chi Mihn City to Hanoi by bike. I will be flying into Bangkok and then out of Hanoi. So I was wondering if anyone has suggestions of a route between Bangkok and Vietnam and also any sort of tips/experience/warnings/suggestions on the journey from HCMC to Hanoi. The trip is planned for January 16th thru February 27th or possibly a little longer. I have not travelled in SE Asia ...

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guesthouse in Siem Reap

Posted by kilat on 6/10/2007 at 21:59

we are a family of 4 (kids 8 & 13) looking for a decent place to stay in SR. Having the kids we do need a pool! Any recommendations for a resonably priced spot? txs ...

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Lockers and/or left luggage at HCMC Airport!

Posted by MaPeKue on 6/10/2007 at 20:24

Are there lockers or is there a left luggage office at the airport of Ho Chi Minh City/Saigon? ...

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Hoi An tailor

Posted by Whitehall4 on 4/10/2007 at 13:10

Anyone know of a good reliable and ggod value tailor in Hoi An? ...

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Going to Sapa? DONT DO THIS!

Posted by sine on 3/10/2007 at 16:29

Please don't buy off the children selling goods in the streets!!!! It's directly supporting them to not get an education. But do buy goods, just make an effort to buy off the older generation... Was sad to go on a trek and see one of the schools - practically no girls there, Why? As our guide said 'they're selling to the tourists...' If the kids come home everyday with no money from selling, they wouldn't be continually sent out to 'sell, sell, sell'. The reason they're not in school i ...

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Suggested Itinerary

Posted by poofie555 on 1/10/2007 at 07:58

I will be in Siem Reap for 20 (travelling and volunteering) and would like to spend the other 10 travellling in Vietnam. Given, the limited time I have i don't know where to start. I have looked at the suggested itineraries but am not sure what the best route would be. Are there flights from Siem Reap to Hanoi? Or can I take a bus to Danang? Appreciate your help. ...

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