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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!

Vietnam travel - Halong bay

Posted by vietnamtravel on 23/6/2006 at 11:04

Vietnam Travel Guide Ha Long literally means descending dragon(s) and according to local myth, the story goes as follows: Long ago when their forefathers were fighting foreign invaders from the north, the gods from heaven sent a family of dragons to help defend their land. This family of dragons descended upon what is now Ha Long bay and began spitting out jewels and jade. Upon hitting the sea, these jewels turned into the various islands and islets dotting the seascape and formed a formidabl ...

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Vietnam in April

Posted by Birdie on 14/6/2006 at 16:58

Hi. I am hoping to go to Vietnam from Bangkok in April & have had conflicting views on the weather at this time of year. We are going to Hanoi and wanted to know if would be reasonably warm then?? Any info would be great. Cheers ...

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Update: Singapore-Danang flights

Posted by ejiana on 12/6/2006 at 09:55

I posted earlier about trying to find flights from anywhere (preferably Cambodia or Singapore) to Danang. I had found the tiger air flight from singapore. for the past couple of weeks, the price was showing up sometimes as SG$301, sometimes as SG$192, both of which were no good compared to the flights to Hanoi or HCM for just SG$40. So I was waiting around for prices to change, but my friend booked the ticket for her and her boyfriend anyways. Well, Saturday they got an email saying the ...

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HaNoi Airport

Posted by bat on 4/6/2006 at 17:45

Is it quite simple to get transport from the airport to the Old Quarter (Tung Trang Hotel)? What modes of transport are there, and which is recommended? And for about how much? Thank you so much for your prompt and informative replies. This site is _by far_ the best one we've found! :) ...

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Posted by bat on 4/6/2006 at 16:23

I understand that there are no ATMs in Laos, but what about international ATMs in Vietnam (and Cambodia)? In particular this would be for a card from the USA (MasterCard) or South Africa? thanks! ...

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Travel to Hui An from HCM or Hanoi?

Posted by ejiana on 4/6/2006 at 01:34

I have a free week or two in September in between when i need to be in Cambodia and when I need to be in Singapore, and am looking for somewhere with some beaches and some culture... a friend of mine just came back from a trip around Vietnam, and really loved the Hui An area, and it sounds like just the place I'm looking to spend a week or so at... However, I'm trying to find flights, and the only ones I can find are on tiger airways from Singapore to Da Nang, for $192 each way! it's a bit ...

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visa for cambodia in vietnam?

Posted by Hildenor on 30/5/2006 at 21:22

Hey, We're gonna cross the border at Moc Bai - Bavet, and I've read that you now can get a visa here. Is that right? If not where can I get a visa for Cambodia in Ho Chi Minh? Hilde ...

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Vietnam queries

Posted by Bigcustardbowl on 10/5/2006 at 01:20

Hello, I am going to be travelling around Vietnam/Cambodia/ and Laos for 6 weeks from the 1st of July. We are going to be free agents really - so was just wondering if anyone has any handy tips they can give us? Places to go? Nice Towns? Cheap accomodation (e.g. beach sleeping?) things to do, architecture, dangers? things to be wary of? etc. etc. Any help would be much appreciated. Also - I have heard you can get the visa from the Vietnamese border? - Is this true? Or will I get there and ...

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Traveling in Hanoi and surrounding area

Posted by Sunny5049 on 8/5/2006 at 18:14

Is there much to do outside of Hanoi city? What are some suggestions? Even if it means taking a day bus trip to get somewhere else. ...

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HK to HoChi Minh flight

Posted by ekuutan on 7/5/2006 at 01:47

Any idea where I can get a cheap flight from Hong Kong to Ho Chi Minh city? So far United has quoted me the lowest at around 300 USD. Enn ...

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How To Get From Na Maew Border to Hanoi?

Posted by besty123 on 4/5/2006 at 22:54

Hi everyone. Can anyone give any advice about how to get from the Na Maew / Nam Xoi border to Hanoi? E.G. Times, Prices and availability. Thanks for any help. Rob & Sarah ...

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Visa By Mail

Posted by travelsalone on 1/4/2006 at 06:43

I discovered that it is possible to send for a visa by mail, but the application says this: "Name, address of your contact in Vietnam: (organization or individual)" Does anyone know if this means I must have a specific place to go initially, and that I cannot just state tourist, or something similar? I have written to the Vietnamese Embassy but have not yet received a response. Thanks, or thanks anyway! ...

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Bai Kem Beach

Posted by steviej on 28/4/2006 at 16:27

Hi Fellow Fishes, Has anybody any information regarding accommadation at Bai Kem beach on Phu Quoc island. chill steviej _______________________________________________ travel, the best non-compulsory education in the world ...

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Vietnam Beaches / Islands

Posted by woody on 17/4/2006 at 20:59

Hi I am flying into Bangkok middle of May for a month and would like to spend the last 2 weeks (10 days) on the south islands of Thailand and the first 2 weeks in Vietnam / Cambodia ?? Have looked into Cambodia for 2 weeks but now the girlfriend says maybe Vietnam?? Has any body got any recomendations of Good cheap beaches / islands in Vietnam (looking for beach hut accomadation ) also would like a little culture for maybe a couple of days at the end away from the beaches? Can anybody recom ...

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Hoi An guesthouses help needed

Posted by bonze on 26/1/2006 at 16:34

I've been going through and comparing your Hoi An listings to my guidebook and other stuff on the web. I've whittled it down to a few, but have some questions. I promise I won't ask you these type of questions for everywhere I stay. ;-) My finalists are: Nhi Trung Dai Long Thien Thanh Greenfield I'd prefer not to spend more than $10 a night. 1:Of these which would you say is the best backpacker place? I'm travelling alone so want somewhere where I can meet others. 2:Also, are they ...

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Halong Bay Tour

Posted by clouie on 15/3/2006 at 13:29

Is it easy to book a Halong Bay Tour once in Hanoi? I inquired over the internet and the agent wanted to charge $360 US per person for a 3 night tour. Will this be cheaper if I try and book it once I'm there? I'm afraid $360 is not within my budget. I don't think I paid over $30 for the Mekong Delta Tour a couple of years ago. ...

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Thailand(Bangkok)-Vietnam(HCM)-Thailand(Koh Samui)

Posted by Alison24 on 18/4/2006 at 15:47

Hello. If I plan on travelling from Bangkok to Ho Chi Min and then to Koh Samui or another Thai I need to fly back to Bangkok first? I'll be flying into Bangkok and want to visit Koh Samui and Ho Chi Min. Can anyone suggest the best way to make the trip? Domestic flights if possible!! :) ...

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Hanoi, Ho chi minh, siem reap

Posted by Globetrotter23 on 19/4/2006 at 16:47

i will be in hanoi, ho chi minh and siem reap, for two days each. If anyone can give me must-sees in these cities and possibly the name of a reliable (cheap) tour guide i would GREATLY appreciate it. Thanks a million!!!!!!!!!! ...

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Mui Ne - Best way to get to there from HCM

Posted by darcy on 17/2/2006 at 16:24

Hi, I'm wondering if anyone knows the pros/cons of going to Mui Ne via public transport or on a tour. I would prefer to go on Public Transport if it is cheap/fast/somewhat comfortable. Thanks in Advance! ...

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Vietnam in two weeks

Posted by fire_lily81 on 10/4/2006 at 13:14

I'm planning to start at Hanoi and end at Hi Chi Minh and cover these routes: Hanoi - Halong Bay - Ninh Binh - Hoi An - Nha Trang - Dalat - Ho Chi Minh City How do I get from one place to the other? Should I opt for open tour bus? I'm realy sceptic about the open tour bus though since i've read that they might drop you at an expensive guesthouse or somewhere that you don;t wanna go and get your already restricted time wasted. I know that train route is possible from from Hoi An to Nha Tran ...

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