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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!

Prince II Hotel - Halong Bay

Posted by sleepygirl on 26/11/2006 at 09:19

Hey guys, I have heard heaps of good reviews about Prince II in Hanoi and so have booked acommodation there! I've also asked them to book a Halong Bay tour for me, and they quoted 35USD per person. Has anyone used their tour service to Halong Bay, and is it any good? Cos from what I've read here, I was prepared to spend about 60 or 70USD for a good tour company. I don't know if I should ask them to book something different? Anyone had any experience let me know :) Thanks! ...

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Mui Ne or Doc let

Posted by MrMidrange on 14/11/2006 at 10:11

Hi , I am tossing up between Mui ne & doc let only have time for one . -Which has the nicer beach? -Any nightlife in Doc let - I think it will be easy enough to get to doc let from Nha trang , but am worried about getting stuck in doc let as it is not a major town Can anyone please answer my questions or give me general feedback about both destinations thanks ...

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Saigon

Posted by PD on 18/11/2006 at 11:58

Hi, I'm new to this site. I'll be going to Saigon for 4 days during new years with one of my friends. Our tickets are booked and paid for but we have NO iDEA about hotels and WHERE we should go. Would like to stay 2 nights in the city and 2 nights at the beach nearby - is there one? Any suggestions anyone for a backpackers place or cheap motels in saigon? What are the MUST see? Is there a nice place to go out partying esp on new yrs eve? Anything would be appreciated. Thank oyu ...

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Easter time

Posted by jordanclay on 24/11/2006 at 19:44

Hi all is easter a good time to travel to Hanoi with regards to being busy? Are hotels likely to be booked out and tours very busy or is easter not a public holiday in Vietnam. Thanks once again Jordan ...

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Halong Trip

Posted by jordanclay on 21/11/2006 at 19:47

I would like to book an overnight on the boat trip to Halong Bay. I dont mind paying a bit extra to book with a reputable operator and Tropical Sails seem to be such an outfit. According to their website an overnight trip for a single cabin will cost over $200 which is a lot of my budget. Is it the same price if I wait till I arrive in Vietnam or does anyone know of an equally good operator who may be a bit cheaper? As one of the main reasons to visit North Vietnam I would hate to be disappointe ...

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Phu Quoc - Mango Bay

Posted by nomad33 on 23/11/2006 at 08:26

Hello Has any body stayed or know anything aobut the Mango Bay Resort in Phu Quoc? I need some frank opinons about this place before I make my booking. Anything would help - thanks vey much :) ...

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Hanoi over the new year

Posted by tempestblue on 5/10/2006 at 18:02

Hello everyone! My friends and I are intending to visit Hanoi over the New Year, and we're looking at low budget guesthouses, preferably double ensuites with a/c and private bathrooms. Not knowing how the guesthouse culture works, I'm just wondering if you guys could be so kind as to tell me, is it necessary for us to pre-book all the nights we wish to stay, for example through hostelworld.com or a similar online booking site? Or can we just prebook for the first night, and perhaps whe ...

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Coco Beach - Phu Quoc

Posted by vr8 on 13/11/2006 at 08:29

Hello! We are having a difficult time finding accomodation on Long Beach from December 31st to January 4th; seems like most places are already full! Coco Beach however, is available. We have read the review on travelfish, which is excellent, but just looking for any additional insight before we book. Also, should it get too hot, I was hoping for air conditioning; the bungalows at Coco Beach have fans... will this suffice? Thanks!!! ...

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Vietnam visa in BKK and flights to Hanoi

Posted by pilgrim on 13/11/2006 at 13:20

I will be arriving in Bangkok at the end of Nov and hoping to fly to Hanoi within a week(as soon as possible). I am planning to apply for my Vietnam visa in Bangkok. Does anyone know from experience how long it will take to get my visa?? I have been looking online at booking an Air Asia flight to Hanoi from BKK but want to make sure I allow enough time to get the visa... Would it be better(safer) to book my flight when I arrive in Bangkok? How might costs compare. The BKK-HAN flight is about ...

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going independently to cat tien national park in Vietnam

Posted by rotshy on 13/11/2006 at 18:09

hello I would like to go to cat tien independently (not with an “organized tour”). Is it possible? Will I need to hire a guide to trek in the park? Is it possible to hire a guide at the park itself? Do I need to let the park authorities know when I’m coming? Thanks for your help yael ...

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Phu Quoc or not Phu Quoc?

Posted by jodan on 12/11/2006 at 17:12

We're working our way down Vietnam (currently in Nha Trang) before heading into Cambodia and then Thailand. As we will be able to enjoy the islands in Thailand, we were wondering whether it is worth us visiting Phu Quoc, i.e whether it is nice enough to justify spending a few days less on the Thailand beaches? Also, is the weather on Phu Quoc OK this time of year (if we visit Phu Quoc it will probably be in about a 1 or 2 weeks time)? One more question - is it possible to get Cambodian visas ...

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heading to hanoi long term

Posted by pablocat on 28/10/2006 at 13:49

hi all, i'm leaving for hanoi in a few days to learn vietnamese and do some volunteer work and have finally decided to get organised... does anyone have any advice how to hook up with some cheap long term accomadation? share house, studio appartments - anything. Thanks :) ...

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Puh Quoc during Christmas? is it realistic?

Posted by epkhelt on 11/11/2006 at 16:56

We are arriving to HCMC the 23rd of December and were planning to go to Puh Quoc the 24th stay for 3 nights then take a boat to Rach Gia and then try to get a tour or privat minibus to see Mekong delta for two days. It seems tobe ahrd to get a bed at Puh Quoc during 24-27 th anyone that has something to recommend that could have free beds? ...

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learning vietnamese in hanoi

Posted by pablocat on 10/11/2006 at 17:51

hello again! does anyone know of any good vietnamese language schools in hanoi? and maybe even how to get in contact with them - is it best to ring or show up etcetera? thanks ...

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From Phu Quoc to Saigon through the Mekong

Posted by cartolamagica on 10/11/2006 at 19:28

Dilema: I will arrive in saigon on the 29th of december. My friends want to spend new year's at the beach (phu quoc) and i want to do the Mekong tour. I thought it would be ok if we fly over to phu quoc on the 30st and return with the boat via the mekong on the 2nd+3rd Apparently no one offers this way around... :( Has anyone done this? I don't mind flying to Rach Gia and then join an excursion... the other option is to start the mekong excursion on the 30 and arrive at phu quoc on the 3 ...

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Visa on arrival late at night

Posted by cartolamagica on 10/11/2006 at 19:16

this sounds silly... but it never hurts to double check: I will be arriving in Saigon at 22.00 with a visa on arrival. I know imigration still works... but will it be a problem to issue the visa then? Thanks ...

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In Hanoi during Tet - booking Hanoi Guesthouse in advance?

Posted by lampostx on 26/10/2006 at 12:33

hi there, Due to our flight out of Hanoi to Japan right after the Tet Festival, we are wondering if we should book a guesthouse for several days over Tet. Our plan is to arrive in Hanoi a few days before Tet, go to Halong Bay for a couple of days, then back in Hanoi to chill and take in the Tet festivities and atmosphere for a few days (sit out the time when everything is closed and fully booked). I've been looking online and have narrowed our accomodation for booking in advance to the Han ...

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Getting Vietnam visa from Phnom Penh reliable?

Posted by lampostx on 25/10/2006 at 11:05

hi there, We will be heading towards Vietnam in February 2007. Will be stopping over in Phnom Pehn before taking the boat to Chau Doc. Is it fairly easy/reliable to get a Vietnamese visa from Phnom Penh? I've read that it costs $35'ish for 1 day wait and that I can get it from either a travel agent or through the Vietname embassy. To get it from Canada (where we're from) before travel, it would cost us almost $100 with courier fees and such included, gasp! Much thanks for any advice! ...

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Trips to Sapa

Posted by Georgie on 29/10/2006 at 17:02

Does anyone have any recommendations for trips to Sapa? We are booked with Ocean Travel for the three day boat trip in HaLong and are considering going with them to Sapa also. Has anyone done this trip with them? Have no idea of what the average costs are for trips to Sapa. They are $100 for three days/four nights with travel on the Tulico train. ...

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Need Recommendations for Flights from Hanoi (HAN) to Hong Kong (HKG)

Posted by iprocure2k5 on 30/10/2006 at 23:22

Hi, I'm couldn't find any one-way flights from Hanoi to Hong Kong around Dec. 28, 2006. The Vietnam Airlines website is down and the Pacific Airlines doesn't allow that route on their website either. Any suggestions for websites or alternate routes? Thanx ...

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