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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!

Best places to stay in Ho Chi Minh City

Posted by Octodad on 22/5/2015 at 23:56

I am traveling to HCMC in a few months, wondering where the best places to stay would be. here are some things that I am looking for: Central location Friendly environment Clean rooms Safe area I will be traveling on my own so it would be nice to stay somewhere I will be able to make friends. Any advice will help, I am new to traveling! Thanks ...

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Anyone have experience with See Asia Differently? Other recommendations for tour companies?

Posted by locadotte on 16/1/2015 at 20:44

Anyone have experience with the tour company See Asia Differently? We are considering using them to visit several locations in South East Asia - Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia, Borneo, Indonesia. We will be traveling with our two young children and feel that a tour would be more ideal. We are open to recommendations for other tour companies as well. ...

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good budget accomodation near Mai Chau

Posted by heatherhop on 25/5/2015 at 02:51

Where is a good accommodation near Mai Chau that provides breakfast and free bike hire. We have been looking at green valley or nature place bungalows, has anyone stayed there. Also what is the best way to get to Mai Chau from Hanoi ...

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Vietnam Train Timetable and Fares is it latest in Travelfish

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NAB Free Travel Insurance

Posted by Thomaxs on 21/5/2015 at 23:54

Hello just wondering if any one from Australia has used the Free Travel Insurance that comes with the NAB Mastercard? Just wanted to know how good it was compared to others, more concerned about the medical side of the policy. Cheers and thank you. Thomaxs ...

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Sa Pa Trip - Looking for a travel mate

Posted by Kaladevee on 14/5/2015 at 21:45

Hi Guys, I am Kaladevee from Singapore. I am looking into arriving Hanoi on the 4th June and would be crashing in at my friend's place before heading for SA PA. I am tentatively looking at travelling to Sa Pa from 5th or 6th June to 8th June with just a easy trek. I wonder if anyone is interested in joining me for these three days. I would love to check out the Bac Ha market as well. I am fine if you have any suggestions too. I love meeting new people and chilling over a beer at night to ...

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anyone interested in sharing a driver to Cu Chi tunnels?

Posted by yahela on 9/5/2015 at 20:41

Hi there We (an Israeli couple, early 30s) are in HCMC until early Thursday morning. We want to visit Cu Chi tunnels, and would rather do it with a private driver, so that we can get there early and beast the crowds. Is there anyone who'd like to join us and split the cost? It's supposed to cost about 800,000 VND. Alternatively, anyone familiar with a tour that departs really early? Thanks, have a great week ...

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Free tour guide in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Posted by hungkero on 19/5/2015 at 09:36

Hi, my name is Hung. I'm a student in Ho Chi Minh City . I'm a dynamic and enthusiastic person. Even though I've earned English since high school, I still cannot use it fluently. So, I hope that I can improve my English skill by this way. If you travel to Ho Chi Minh City and you want a free tour guide, please contact me. With me, you will meet Ho Chi Minh City like native people. Ho Chi Minh City is an elegance city with rich cultural heritage, cuisine diversity and I would love to show it to ...

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Recommemdation for Mekong Delta

Posted by danyagreenfield on 19/5/2015 at 07:32

My brother and I are traveling for a week in Vietnam in early June and would like to experience a bit of village life. Is there a town, perhaps with a floating market, that we could visit from Ho Chi Minh City as a day trip, within a 1-2 hour bus ride? Alternatively, we could stop somewhere on our return from Phu Qouc (take ferry to Ha Tien then a bus to somewhere in the delta, spend the night, and continue by bus to HCMC) Any suggestions of where would be nice to stop? I'd rather not go to ...

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Vietnam & Cambodia Itinerary advice!

Posted by jenmalone1 on 14/5/2015 at 10:39

Hi Everyone! Me and my boyfriend are planning to spend 19 days travelling Vietnam and Cambodia we are planning on flying into Ho Chi Minh City Friday 18th December that gets in the evening of the 19th and flying home on an evening flight 5th January! Was hoping to spend new years in Ha long Bay for the full moon party! (I know it's a short time frame but unfortunately this is all the leave we could get from work) I've tried to research as much as possible and I am wondering if my plan bel ...

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Safe for Chinese-American to travel in Vietnam given current conflict?

Posted by shise24 on 28/5/2014 at 11:51

So I'm about to go on a trip to SE Asia, where we'll be spending about a week in Hanoi / Sa Pa at the end of June. It's a group of 6 girls, and 2 of us are Chinese-Americans, the rest are white Americans. Given the recent anti-Chinese rioting and violence that has been popping up due to the oil rig territorial dispute, we're wondering if it is still safe for us to travel to these places? How is the Vietnamese government handling the violence? Is it occurring in the urban and touristy areas, ju ...

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Vietnam Bus/Coach advice needed!

Posted by emmar17 on 4/5/2015 at 00:55

Hi there, I am going to Vietnam in June/July. We are starting at HoiAn (after being in Cambodia for 8 days) and then am hoping to work our way downto Nha Trang, Mui Ne and Dalat, then making our way down to Ho Chi Minh"¦. I wasoriginally thinking train down to Nha Trang, then bus to Dalat then bus to MuiNe then train or bus to HCMC. However, after reading around on travel forums,many say that buses in Vietnam are very dangerous. Is this true? Or is it justnight-buses that are the ones to ...

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Travel agent in Ho Chi Minh City

Posted by kbalspean on 4/5/2015 at 14:43

I will be traveling to Vietnam in a couple of weeks. Could someone recommend a good travel agent in Ho Chi Minh City, preferably in District 1, that can provide good advice and make some arrangements for travel to the Delta? ...

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My Tho - Chau Doc - Can Tho by boat

Posted by mash on 15/5/2015 at 06:12

Hi, Does anyone know if it's possible to do this trip by boat over several days without joining a tour? ...

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Trustworthy Open Tour Bus in Hanoi

Posted by FonBangkok on 8/2/2008 at 10:35

Does anybody know open tour bus operator in Hanoi? I need bus with adjustable seats because it would be along hour driving. I will leave Hanoi for Hue in the evening of 21 Feb. ...

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Halong cruises - better to book in Hanoi or in Halong?

Posted by juliee on 6/5/2015 at 13:54

Hi, We are going to Vietnam from the end of June to Mid-July. We are going to spend a few days in Hoi An. As the train seems very slow to get to Hanoi , we were thinking of flying. I've read online that it's better not to book Halong cruises online as they will be more expensive. Is it better to book in Hanoi or in Halong? By flying into Halong we would save travelling time and I feel like it would me more efficient. Especially since we were thinking of taking the overnight bus to Sapa onc ...

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Motor biking from Hanoi and going south, anyone I can join or want to join me?

Posted by TravellerDale on 4/5/2015 at 21:49

Hi I will be biking from Hanoi and going down south and looking for a group to join or for someone else to do this with....I will be leaving around 12th may but am flexible. Please reply if interested or happy for me to join you. ...

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Hoi An, Danang or Hue??

Posted by Benno on 9/2/2012 at 17:48

Hi, As our plans evolve the more questions turn up. We have 3 days in central Vietnam and would like to know the best place town to stay at, Hue, Danang or Hoi An? The criteria for the Mrs is primarily beach/sun relaxing and I like to wander with the camera and explore. I don't need a new suit or shoes made and buying crafts don't really interst us, I'm looking more at 'the vibe' of Vietnam coupled with a nice beach for snorkelling (if there is such a place around the area). We are looking to t ...

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Hoi an private tour

Posted by Stely1967 on 3/5/2015 at 10:13

Has anyone used a local guide for hoi an? ...

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Mekong Delta cruise from Phnom Penh to HCMC

Posted by noratw9 on 24/2/2015 at 11:17

Hi everyone, My boyfriend are planning a 5-week trip to Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam in June-July. Our plans are very tight since we're trying to see a lot, but I feel confident about most of our plans so far. However, we are trying to get from Kampot, Cambodia to HCMC. We planned on doing a 2d/1n Mekong Delta tour during our time in HCMC, but I was looking around online a bit and noticed that some tour guides offer a 3d/2n cruise from PP to HCMC! This would, logistically, be completely perf ...

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