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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!

Halong Bay to Hanoi to Hue

Posted by cfstone on 2/11/2006 at 12:56

On the 21st of Nov I am planning on taking a 2N/3D Halong Bay trip. Upon return to Hanoi, we want to take the night train to Hue. Is this possible? Will we make it back to Hanoi in time for the train or are we cutting this too close? Thanks for your help. Cindy ...

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Halong Bay-Mid-November

Posted by cfstone on 10/10/2006 at 11:10

I am organizing a trip to Halong bay around the 20th of November and am not sure how long I should plan on going for (2 or 3 Day). It sounds as though the longer trip has time for sunbathing, swimming, kayaking etc but I am not sure if the weather in November is nice enough for that. Any recommendations would be appreciated. Thanks! ...

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Yok Don National Park

Posted by halu on 13/10/2006 at 02:44

Is this place a really bad tourist trap? We're kind of intrigued by the opportunity to ride elephants, but don't want it to suck up all our money or be a tacky tourist nightmare. I know I'm asking a million questions these days, but I really really appreciate the help. Thanks! ...

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Trains to Sapa - which one?

Posted by gbazza on 28/10/2006 at 17:16

Dear All. I want to book an overnight train but there are many options Ratraco, Pumpkin, Free-something, Tulico (I dont want Victoria - too expensive). Pictures look decent for all. I've found that most recommend Tulico or Ratraco - does anyone have a recommendation??? ...

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Mekong Delta by (small) motorcycle

Posted by janduine on 17/10/2006 at 17:35

Back in 1995 I travelled the Mekong for abt 4/5 days on a small motorcycle. Just rented it and took off with my backpack. Was a really wonderfull experience. Want to do a similar trip but now with my wife and so with some better organisation. Inet-contacted some agencies asking them wether they are able to provide the small motorcycles, addresses for sightseeing, etc. But in vain. Can anyone help me with this? ...

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Et Pumpkin for Halong Bay and Sapa

Posted by janduine on 17/10/2006 at 17:24

I've booked with Et Pumpkin (two days, sleep on boat) for the first half of November. Anyone has any experience with this agency; sofar the information I received is OK. Second question is: will the weather (generally spoken) be OK for swimming in this time of year? We also booked a 3 days Sapa tour (one night hotel, one night with local people), travelling on the Et Pumpkin express. Similar question: has anyone experience with this trip organised by Et Pumpkin? ...

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Intrepid Tour around Vietnam??

Posted by Rachaelbb on 10/10/2006 at 11:03

Hi, I am looking to travel around Vietnam in Feburary next year and as I am travelling alone I thought it may be best to take a tour? I have found quite a good one with Intrepid which is called "Vietnam Unplugged" and is 15 days long. This goes to all the places I want to see and is reasonably priced, I think? Do you think I am best to do a tour rather than travelling alone? Has anyone done an Intrepid Vietnam tour lately? Thanks heaps! Rachael ...

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Vietnam in January?

Posted by lesleyvr on 12/10/2006 at 10:20

I am planning to be in northern Vietnam for about a week in early Jan 2007. I expect cold temperatures in Sapa, but what about Hanoi and Halong Bay? Is it likely to be chilly/rainy/foggy in these areas in January? I found average temps for January but am also wondering if we will likely see the sun! thanks ...

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Xmas in Saigon

Posted by robcoles on 17/10/2006 at 08:03

My best friend her daughters and I are arriving in Saigon Xmas day and meeting up with my daughter. Is there any special suggestions to do Xmas Vietnam style. After 18 years spending xmas under canvas in rural Australia this is going to be a real change! ...

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Hostel in Ho Ch Minh City

Posted by janduine on 17/10/2006 at 17:29

Looking for a nice quiet hostel in Ho Chi Minh City for the last part of November. Somewhere near or in the backpackers area. Price: abt. USD 10/12 incl. airco, bathroom, nice furniture. Anyone any experience? ...

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What about Hue?

Posted by hiong on 15/8/2006 at 23:16

Hi everyone, I was wondering for a couple of things while I'm planning for my trip across indochine countries in the next october. One thing is: Hue doesn't seem to be a destination here, nor it was listed in the city guide. Is it so, or it was me that haven't searched well? another thing: So, if I really skip Hue and go directly to Hoi An from Hanoi, could you guys share your experiences of how is the best way to get there? I've heard about trains and well, it seemed that it had less complai ...

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Potential Marriage Proposal

Posted by wormholer on 9/10/2006 at 15:12

Hello, I'm off to vietnam, starting in Hanoi, then heading down the coast to Hoi Chi Min. I'm going with my girlfriend of 5 years and am planning to get engaged whilst there.. I was wondering if anyone could suggest any romantic settings/good hotels/nice restraunts for a potential proposal? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks Matt ...

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Posted by lesleyvr on 7/10/2006 at 08:30

I will only be in northern Vietnam for about a week and a half this coming January, but would really like to get up to Sapa for a couple of days. Is it worth it for that amount of time? I am thinking of taking the overnight train from Hanoi, spending the next day/night and following day there, then taking the overnight train back to Hanoi. Any suggestions? Is it possible to get any sleep on the train? Are there safety concerns? ...

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Perfume Pagoda and Tam Coc and Hoa Lu

Posted by lesleyvr on 7/10/2006 at 10:15

Any recommendations on visiting the Perfume Pagoda, Tam Coc, or Hoa Lu as day trips from Hanoi? ...

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Footprint travel

Posted by manxie on 6/10/2006 at 00:53

Has anyone used Footprint travel agent for any tours?? ...

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APEC Summit in Hanoi?

Posted by halu on 3/10/2006 at 23:35

I've heard that there is going to be an APEC summit in Hanoi in late Oct or early Nov. Does anyone know if (or know how to find out if) the Hanoi airport will still be in operation? I'm planning on flying Vientiane - Hue, so I'd need to stop-over in Hanoi. Any info is appreciated! ...

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VietNam Airlines Domestic Fares

Posted by DakLak on 23/9/2006 at 04:42

VietNam Airlines web site is currently down as it tries to figure how to sell on-line. The following is a list of internal fares valid as of 2006SEP01. FROM________TO_______________FREQUENCY_COST HAN (Ha Noi). . DAD (Da Nang) . . . . 3 flt/day . 82/60 HAN . . . . . . . . DIN (Dien Bien Phu) .1 flt/day . 35 HAN . . . . . . . . HUI (Hue) . . . . . . . . 2 flt/day . 82/60 HAN . . . . . . . . NHA (Nha Trang) . . . 3 flt/day . 95 HAN . . . . . . . . SGN (Saigon). . . . . . 8 ...

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Vietnam Airlines (VN) to start online ticketing in 2006 November

Posted by DakLak on 21/9/2006 at 16:27

VietNam Airlines has stated: Booking tickets through the InterNet is set to be made available for Master Credit and Visa card users from 2006 October. Passengers can reserve tickets through the web site < > and would receive e-mail verification following the purchase. Vietnam Airlines (VN) to start online ticketing in 2006 November. ...

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Vietnam during Tet

Posted by Saul on 18/9/2006 at 19:45

Greetings all, this is my cherry-popping travelfish post! I am travelling to Thailand in late January/February next year. After some time in Thailand and a stop in Siem Reap to see Angkor, I was hoping to see a little bit of Northern Vietnam. Due to logistics and the need to fit in with others, I can only visit Vietnam towards the end of my trip- that is from about 16th February, which I understand is the time of the Tet festival. I had planned to spend about 9 days in Vietnam, comprised o ...

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