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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!

can now book pacific airlines online!

Posted by katt on 17/2/2007 at 09:06

Hi, I just wanted to let anyone who may be interested know that I have just booked a flight from HCMC to Danang through Pacific Airlines' new website. They now have E ticketing facilities! The price was 40 USD including taxes. ...

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Air Asia Hanoi to Bangkok

Posted by AmandaJordan on 12/2/2007 at 01:48

I know they just started this flight less than a year ago so I was wondering if anyone has taken Air Asia from Hanoi to Bangkok? Was the plane decent? Also, If we are supposed to have an international flight leaving bangkok the next morning and the Air asia flight is in the afternoon are we giving ourselves enough time. Has anyone experience more than a couple hours delay which i've heard is pretty standard with air asia? ...

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Posted by greenman on 5/3/2007 at 15:02

Hi all I am travelling around Vietnam for some 18 days, and was wondering about malaria protection. I have been to my doctor’s and the prescription for 29 tablets is around £90 (USD162). Is it wise to wait until I get arrive in Vietnam and purchase over the counter (is it cheaper) if I can or is this stupid and I should get in UK Thanks ...

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Posted by adamwsmith on 12/2/2007 at 10:41

HElp, I'm doing the Northwest Loop by motorbike. Ive got to Son La, from Mai Chau and Hanoi. I've just discovered that the is no ATM here in Son La, and I'm repidly running out of cash. Does anyone know if there is an ATM which takes UK credit cards (Visa) in Dien Bin Phu or Sapa. Thanks, and fingers crossed. ...

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Hong Kong to Hanoi

Posted by tati53 on 19/2/2007 at 11:08

Has anyone recently traveled from Hong Kong (or Guangzhou) to Hanoi on the train? In theory there is a direct train twice weekly, but this has yet to be confirmed. I would really like to not have to wait and change trains in Nanning, China, as this can add hours onto the already lengthy trip. Any advice would be appreciated! Cheers! ...

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Saigon Cafe Tours

Posted by rdr100 on 27/2/2007 at 19:56

In Travelfish's excellent reccent articles in Halong Bay, the flashpacker trip was through Saigon Cafe Tours. We are in Hanoi and would like to use them. Anyone know the address? ...

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Mekong Delta

Posted by dutoy on 26/2/2007 at 23:33

Hi all, We would like to do a three day bicycle trip in the Mekong Delta. The Lonely Planet "Cycling Vietnam, Laos & Cambodia" suggests one trip but after consulting other guidebooks we feel that there must be other, much more interesting itineraries. Basically, we are looking for the following information: - Where to rent a bicycle (I guess Ho Chi Minh City is the place to be...?) - An "off the beaten track" 3-day/2 nights trip - Are there semi organized trips available? (Companies pro ...

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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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