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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!

travel from vietnam to laos

Posted by eklecticist on 4/3/2007 at 00:13

Hi all, I'll be travelling to Hanoi and Halong Bay with my frends this coming May, most likely for a week and then off to Laos ( Vietiane and Luang Prabang?) with my partner for another week. Got a couple of queries. 1) How to get to Halong Bay from Hanoi ---- I'm assuming we can prob get bus tickets somewhere? It's about a 3 hour plus ride from what i read online. Please correct me if I'm wrong. 2) 3 days for Hanoi and 3 days for Halong Bay, with 1 day set aside for travelling ---- pos ...

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My Son information

Posted by canucksinasia on 20/2/2007 at 12:18

Hello travelfishes, I seem to be having a problem finding any sort of detailed information on the My Son ruins in the Hoi An area. I've found passing references to My Son here and there, but as yet no real helpful info. If anyone has any first hand experience visiting these Champa ruins, or knows of a good link with such information, could you let me know. Thanks! James & Lindsay Canucks(counting the days until we are)in Asia ...

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Hanoi to Denpasar

Posted by ChrisM48 on 23/2/2007 at 12:51

I am wanting to fly from Hanoi to Denpasar. So far, to do this, will need to fly from Hanoi to Bangkok and then a connection from Bangkok to Denpasar. Has anyone flown direct from Hanoi to Denpasar, presumaby with Vietnam Air? It is impossible to get on Vietnam Air website at the moment If this is the case, is it realistic to book from either Vietnam or Thailand? What is the approximate cost? ...

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Phu Quoc Island

Posted by longleat on 23/10/2006 at 21:39

Can someone tell me the months for low season and high season on Phu Quoc? Also any recommendations for bungalows would be really appreciated. We plan to be there in late May or early June. How is the weather then? Many thanks! ...

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sell bike in vietnam?

Posted by kristineellen on 17/2/2007 at 13:54

Hello, I am currently in Saigon and I am looking to buy a bicycle. Perhaps someone is, or knows somebody who is trying to get rid of one in this area. If so, that would be neat, thanks! Kristine ...

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Elegance Hotel (1 or 2), Hanoi

Posted by Blueeyedboy13 on 16/2/2007 at 06:24

Does anyone have any experience of these hotels, good or bad? Thanks. ...

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Vietnam exit strategy

Posted by ohaileagain on 12/2/2007 at 21:27

In may i'm travelling overland from bangkok to cambodia and ultimately Saigon. Realising this journey is likely to trurn me into a sweat factory i want to get an alternative route back to bangkok/koh samuai but the flights look really expensive. Is there anyway to get a boat from vietnam to thailand or some shorter route overland that won't mean back tracking through siem reap etc? Thanks ...

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Tet "eve" in Saigon?

Posted by TurfMerchant on 13/2/2007 at 17:55

Hi, Looking for any information on things to see and do in HCMC on 15th and 16th of Feb. I hear that the 16th is the eve of Tet and was wondering if anybody knows of any street festivities/fireworks etc happening? Any ideas travelfishies? ...

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Travel Buddies - April 2007

Posted by jacass on 13/2/2007 at 12:15

I will be landing in Hanoi on the 31st March and plan to travel south for about a month. I'm a girl travelling alone and would love to catch up with anyone who going the same route. I've been to all the other S.E Asia countries before but not Vietnam. Jo ...

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Vietnamese New Year - Whooops!!

Posted by lucyhudson on 11/1/2007 at 16:20

Hi all Can anyone help...not sure if I've timed our trip impeccably or it'll be a disaster but we get to Ho Chi Minh City on February 19th...and it seems the Vietnamese New Year starts on February 18th and lasts 3 days!! 2 Questions: 1) Will this be a good time to be there (hope so!) 2) Will all the touristy stuff/shops/restaurants still be open or does everything shut down for 3 days? We plan to stay in Ho Chi Minh City til 21st then go on a Mekong Delta Tour... Help! ...

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Roundtrip Hanoi - Sapa - Dien Bien Phu - Hanoi

Posted by stefanovic on 9/2/2007 at 21:56

This summer I go to Vietnam and Cambodja for 5 weeks. I start from Hanoi and first wan't to make a trip through the most northern part of Vietnam. I am thinking of the roundtrip Hanoi - Sapa - Dien Bien Phu - Hanoi. Has anybody any idea about how much time this trip would take and what the best way of transport is? ...

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New to vietnam

Posted by siwel21 on 20/1/2007 at 23:23

I'm planning to visit Ho Chi Minh city in march, alone for few days on a budget and fly to Bangkok. Need advice in where to stay .If I fly to bangkok via Singapore, the fare is about S$220, can I get cheaper rate if I fly direct from Ho Chi Minh? ...

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North Vietnam by Minsk for a few days

Posted by adamwsmith on 6/2/2007 at 16:40

Anyone fancy getting lost around north vietnam on a motorbike? I'm heading off myself,but might be safer if I have some buddies. Will proabbly be going for about 4 or five days, leaving from hanoi heading to Chinese border then west. Will be hiring bikes (probably Minsk). Adam Smith, 26 and three quaters, poor speller. ...

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Tour Bai Tu Long Bay?

Posted by prairieox on 6/2/2007 at 13:48

hi there, does anyone know if there are tour operators for Bai Tu Long Bay? We are in Phu Quoc right now and are hoping to go there after we work our way north to Hanoi. Should we try to go there independently, or is there some sort of a mini-bus/junk-boat tour that is similar to the ones offerred for Halong Bay? Thanks! ...

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Hoi An hotels - Phu Thinh 1 or Thanh Van?

Posted by jade55 on 6/2/2007 at 07:23

I've narrowed down my choices of hotels in Hoi An to Phu Thinh 1 (144 Tran Phu St) and Thanh Van (78 Tran Hung Dao St - 15USD/R/N). Please, any comments about these places? Phu Thinh 1 offers 14USD/R/N on the ground floor and 17USD/R/N upstairs. Which should I choose? I prefer to stay in the Old Quarter, hoping to be in walking distance to everywhere. Any other suggestions welcome. ...

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guesthouse in HCMC

Posted by chula on 30/1/2007 at 10:29

hi- looking for a clean quiet gusthouse room in HCMC - last week of feb, hopefully after the tet rush! (2-22) hope to reserve on line as we arrive very late after flying from the US (not a good moment to be trotting up and down the streets) hoping to find budget but not rock bottom- thanks! Chula ...

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Accomodation Da Lat

Posted by yakrider2002 on 1/2/2007 at 09:24

Does anyone have good suggestions for 3 star or backpack style accomoation in Da Lat for We want three double rooms for Sunday 11th February to Thursday 14th February. Thanks Ross Daniels ...

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Ho Chi Minh to Bangkok

Posted by walsh_pauline on 27/1/2007 at 17:01

Hi there, Just wondering if anyone can help me out in arranging travel from Ho Chi Minh to Bangkok. Flights are looking really expensive so just wondering if anyone had any advice re routes, airlines etc. Thanks. Pauline ...

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vietnam ????

Posted by vin4564 on 29/1/2007 at 01:30

i am leaving bangkok for hanoi on 19feb2007--am i going to have a problem with tet going on when exactly is it starting and ending--lots of dif dates out there im getting a brain ache---also on money conversion--i was in vn during the war and black market money changers were all over the place--is it still the same that way as far as getting the best rate---ill be spending about 5days in hanoi then down to saigon for a look then down to the mekong delta where i was stationed way back then--am ex ...

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Hoi-Ann/Hue to Halong Bay

Posted by eureka_my on 20/1/2007 at 14:14

Dear all, I'm trying to plan a classic Vietnam trip from tail to head (Saigon to Hanoi). Am wondering if it is possible to get to Halong Bay for a 2D/1N trip from Hoi-Ann or Hue without having to stopover at Hanoi? Not by flight though, it's a budget trip. And I am not too sure if the Open Bus Tour will allow that. Having a headache looking at the itinerary right now. So little time, yet so many places to visit. I am new here, am glad to be on board...('',). ...

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