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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!

Pickpocket problem in Saigon

Posted by air420 on 6/11/2014 at 21:29

Can anyone comment on the pickpocket problems in Saigon? I've seen many entries on various forums (including many videos on Y-tube), telling about pickpocketing gangs as well as snatching peoples bags / backpacks using motorbikes. What's the best way to carry money and documents in the street since pockets are not safe and they use some knifes to cut the bags? Is it safe to store my (expensive) photo camera at the hotel (safe box? manager office?) while I'll go out to eat? Thanks ...

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Can multiple entry visas from vietnam visa choice be used at land borders?

Posted by JohnGroats on 10/11/2014 at 11:44

My Friends and I have been recommended this website (vietnamvisachoice) as the easiest and cheapest way to get a multiple entry visa into Vietnam. However someone also told me that the visa only works for entry by plane; I can't think why this would be true but I can't find any definite proof contradicting this. Could anyone help? Many thanks ...

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Motorbike south of Hoi An?

Posted by hdsjulian on 7/11/2014 at 05:35

Hi there, so i'm in Hué right now, with a motorbike, doing the Hai Van Pass tomorrow, then staying in Hoi An for a couple of days. But now i'm wondering where to go from there? I guess getting to Da Lat is the plan, but obviously not in one tour. Do I just take the HCM highway? Where are good places to stop? What to see? After Hoi An I have about 10 days to get to Saigon, so easy going. I could, however also get to da lat faster and then take a detour via Mui Ne or get to Saigon fast e ...

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Landing Hanoi on 19/11-24/11 Nov

Posted by tantan on 27/10/2014 at 06:15

Hi, What I must do and see in Hanoi for 5 days with three of us ? Am I looking for local travel agencies/guides for the tour or is that easy for three of us to do the DIY ? As my hostel already booked,any suggestions would be nice. Thanks and Cheers, Tantan ...

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Which visa for Vietnam?

Posted by Tazzfalcon on 6/11/2014 at 16:21

I'm going to Vietnam in Jan, I need a 30 day visa. 80% of my trip is purely for tourist purposes but about 5 days I'll be doing some work for the international development charity I work for in the UK, visiting some projects, collecting photos and case studies etc. Can I just use a tourist visa? What's the alternative? ...

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Posted by Ehalpren on 26/10/2014 at 13:22

planning 2 weeks in Vietnam. From Hanoi to Siagon. Want to make an enjoyable trip to Siam Reap and see the temples at Angkor Wat and fly back to nyc from there instead of Siagon. Too much? About how may days would you suggest to travel from Siagon to Siam Reap to make it enjoyable? Any suggestions on travel if want to make the trip by boat? ...

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Posted by roshni74 on 1/11/2014 at 00:27

Hi guys, I am volunteering for 2 weeks in Cambodia and wanted to head to Vietnam for a week afterwards. I really want to do the trekking in Sapa and also go to Ha long bay - could someone please advise me from there experience if they have travelled to these places before in February and would they recommend it? Thank you ...

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21 days in Vietnam with teens - DIY or via travelagency?

Posted by Familyman on 7/10/2014 at 14:00

Dear fellow-travelers, In August 2015, we will travel with our kids in age of 15 and 17 to Vietnam for 21 days. Since we've been to Thailand, we wondering if we should organize this trip by ourselves (via / / or book with a local Vietnamese travel agency? If via an agency which one would you suggest? Looking forward to your replies. Kind regards ...

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Private Boat Share - Eco Friendly Vietnam Ha Long Bay

Posted by SigmaTy on 14/8/2014 at 14:23

Hello! I am posting in the forum to see if I can garner any interest from another couple who may be interested in sharing a private junk on Ha Long Bay starting Nov. 3 or 4? I am extremely interested in doing the 3 Day/2 Night tour of Ha Long Bay, but when I inquired with the company, the prices are a little high for my companion and I alone. The tour operator mentioned that if we could find another couple to join us that the price per person would go down by a lot. Anyone out there want t ...

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With Motorbike from Ninh Binh to Phong Nha

Posted by hdsjulian on 30/10/2014 at 06:24

Hi, i'm currently in Ninh Binh and i want to get to Phong Nha by motorbike. It's pretty hard to do that in one day so I was wondering if anybody can recommend a nice place on the way? Or do I just ride until it gets darkish and find a Hotel wherever I am? Thanks for any kind of help, Julian ...

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Heading north from HCM, best first destination?

Posted by Tazzfalcon on 22/10/2014 at 06:02

Hi all, I'm going to be in HCM from Mid-Jan, we'll probably spend 2-3 days there seeing the sites and getting over an airtravel hangovers. I know a lot of places in Mid-Central Vietnam that we want to visit - Hoi-An, Hue, Danang etc. and in the North, but I'm not sure of the best place to head first after HCM City? We'll be going North for sure, we might be able to see the delta or Phu Quoc later on... so Mui Ne, Dalat, Nha Trang ? We're not mad keen on the Nha Trang because it seems very p ...

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Travelling by motobike alongside VietNam beach

Posted by toilv on 26/10/2014 at 23:36

Hello all, I am a Vietnamese. I am living in HoChiMinh city. I am looking for a team or some guys to take a offroad from HCM city to Danang or Hue City by motobike. Its about 1000 kms.I am willing to help you discover Vietnamese,VietNam cuisine....I just need to improve my english skills when going with you. I indend to go in nextweek. If you want to help for rent motobike in HCM just lets me know. I will help ...

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Phu Quoc OR Kep OR Otres Beach

Posted by andybmorgan on 25/9/2014 at 14:09

If you had to visit only one, which would you choose? I want to end my 2month SE Asia trip with an amazing beach and whilst I know that it's possible to go between these relatively simply I'd rather pick one and just head there. Any advice? ...

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Halong bay

Posted by Lesleigh on 27/9/2014 at 04:33

Hi, I hope someone here can give me some advice.I will be on a cruise ship (yeh I know not really me) it stops at Halong bay, and I don't really want to do the expensive cruise tours and would like to go to Lan Ha bay, any help or advice on how to do this will be much appreciated. thank you and expect more questions.Lesleigh ...

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Motorbike tour in the north vietnam in January 2015

Posted by riderman74 on 31/10/2014 at 02:02

Hi all, With2 riders from Singapore, we (3 riders) will do a adventure trip by motorbike tothe North Vietnam Hanoi - Maichau - Phuyen - Nghia Lo- lucyen- Tan Trao - Hanoiin 6 days / 5 nights. Note that we will pass overnight with local people andthe trip is very special one that permits you to explore deeply the local lifeand the landscape in the North of Vietnam. The departure date will be onthe 3rd of January 2015 and the ended date will be on the 8th of January 2015. If other guys would l ...

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Where to get away from Tourists.

Posted by Scott20 on 23/10/2014 at 20:54

Hey ! I'm currently weighing up my options for next year, I am booking my flight on the first of November. So I need to be sure I know where I am planning to go. I want somewhere that isn't touristy at all and also a gym in pretty important. Preferably some sort of fight gym. Currently looking at Quy Nhon and really like it. But would be nice to have other options to think about it and see where looks best. I will be going for 3 months + as I am buying a one way ticket I want to stretch out ...

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Mekong DIY/Self-Guided Bike Tour Route?

Posted by lukasf on 21/10/2014 at 22:37

Hi, We would like to do a bicycle tour of the Mekong River Delta area for around 4-5 days in February 2015. There are many guided tour options but we would like to do it without a guide. Does anyone know of any route guide/maps or any other resources or advice about how to do this, please? We are medium/intermediate level bicyclers. Thanks for your help! ...

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Free tour guide in Ho Chi Minh city

Posted by duynth on 30/10/2014 at 11:34

I'm Vietnamese, 20 years old, live in Ho Chi Minh city. I live alone and love traveling. So if you come to Ho Chi Minh city, send me an email to, so that I will be your tour guide. I also offer you a free accommodation and rider. I can ensure you that it will be such an amazing journey. You will know more about Vietnamese from all walks of life in an authentic way, not commercialthings. So don't play a waiting game, send me an email if you are interested in traveling to Viet N ...

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Vietnam Itinerary - help?

Posted by JediManoeuvres on 3/10/2014 at 05:25

Hi Guys Planning around 3 weeks in Vietnam this coming December. Currently plan is to stay in the south for the whole time HCMC > Delta > Phu Quoc > HCMC Couple of questions: Can anyone make any intinerary suggestions for the delta? Is it simple to get back to HCMC from Phu Quoc without flying? Anywhere worth stopping in between? Look forward to reading some ideas from posters who have travelled a similar route. Thanks! ...

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Floating markets in Can Tho-- is it worth the time to see Phong Dien?

Posted by mtn77 on 7/10/2014 at 17:34

Hi fellow travelers, We'll be heading down from HCMC to Cai Be then to Can Tho for 2 nights. Some of the local tours offer the option of a longer boat trip ( 5 hours) to include Phong Dien as well as Cai Rang. Is this worthwhile doing or should we just opt for the shorter visit to Cai Rang? The reviews are mixed, so hoping to hear from someone who has visited both areas. Thanks. ...

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