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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!

Hanoi during Tet - where to stay and what to do?

Posted by dnchaney on 3/1/2015 at 04:39

Hello there! I will be spending a week in Vietnam this February and realized after booking plane tickets that I will be there over the Tet holiday. I will be there the 14th to the 21st. I have a lot of questions I was hoping to get some answers to! - Where is the best/safest place to stay in Hanoi ? I will be alone for 4 nights and with another girl for 4 nights. - I know a lot of things will be closed because of the holiday but are there any celebrations I can attend? I've heard it ...

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Miu Ne to Ho Chi minh during Tet

Posted by blakey2031 on 14/1/2015 at 10:32

Hi, I plan to spend a month in Vietnam travelling from the north to the south. My flight into Hanoi is on the 26th Jan 2015 and I fly back out of Ho chi Minh on the 22nd Feb. Since booking I've realised the last week of my travelling will fall during Tet. I don't have any travel or accommodation booked as I'm a pretty 'fly by the seat of my pants' kinda guy, but having read some stories on the internet, travel during Tet seems to be quite problematic for some Having been to Ho Chi Minh before ...

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New rules for Vietnam visa extension??

Posted by Cheyenne on 16/1/2015 at 01:26

Hello! I entered Vietnam on a 1 month tourist visa and quickly realized there's no way I can do everything I want in a month. I thought I could extend my visa but another tourist told me that the rules have recently changed and I need to leave the country and come back. I asked a couple travel agencies and they said I could extend, and seemed to no l know nothing of this new change. But when I asked the hostel, they said extensions were no longer possible, and to just rent a motorbike, cross in ...

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Best way to carry your money??

Posted by cpmcmni on 26/12/2014 at 14:25

I'm off to Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos in January for 6 weeks and wanted to know what is the best way to carry money as I don't want to carry a lot of cash on me Would you recommend the STA travel cash card or another one I was looking at was travelex cash passport. Any advice much appreciated. Thanks ...

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Another Vietnam itinerary - Reunification day

Posted by kalistamin441 on 10/1/2015 at 01:26

Hi All! I told myself I wouldn't do this (post an itinerary review query), however I'm concerned about the period we'll be in Vietnam, as we'll be getting to Saigon during a week where there are several public holidays/special events leading up to a weekend, and I've read that travel will be difficult. Am hoping that if we book travel/accomm early (i.e. now) we will be okay. So would love your thoughts on the below. We have around 3 weeks and can't travel earlier than these dates. We've given ...

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Posted by michien on 6/1/2015 at 21:15

Hi there, I am looking to travel as above and hoping someone might have some recent info & advice. My questions are: Are all buses to Ha Tien via Rach Gia or is there a direct line? What is the current cost & travel time? I will be travelling with my 10 year old son, is Ha Tien or Rach Gia a better place to over night before crossing the border? Or is it feasible to push on over the border and get to Kampot in a day? I was thinking of hiring a moto for crossing the border and t ...

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Buying a mobile/cell phone in Vietnam

Posted by RonaldBlaine on 7/1/2015 at 05:16

I'm in Vietnam for a month and need a mobile phone for the odd phone call and emergencies.I'm roughing it a bit so I'm not keen on taking my current phone. As the frequencies are the same in the UK and Vietnam I could buy an unlocked simple phone for $30 in the uk and load a local sim in Vietnam. Would it be easy to buy a phone in Vietnam with a one month package for a similar price? Also if you buy a phone is it unlocked. I like the idea of a dual sim phone for use when I get back to the UK as ...

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Cat Ba Island / Halong Bay without the tours/tourists

Posted by andybmorgan on 3/11/2014 at 10:00

Solo and independent traveller trying to avoid expensive organised tours of Cat Ba / Halong Bay. Any tips and suggestions of seeing/experiencing the best of these areas very welcome. ...

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Vietnam north and south itinerary 1 month help please

Posted by nono on 18/9/2014 at 15:40

Hello I have been planning a trip to Vietnam in March for a couple of weeks now and have come up with this itinerary I am wondering whether I have a sufficient amount of time at each place, anyway I am just looking for some opinions. I will be coming from the Uk to Hong kong for a week then I will begin my month in Vietnam (I hope there is no visa issue doing this?) Anyway here is the rough itinerary.. day 1 - from hong kong flight to Hanoi day 1- 4 - (3 nights) Hanoi day 4-6 halong bay Cruise ...

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Hue and Hoi An

Posted by kenter on 28/12/2014 at 08:03

Hi I will be landing in Da Nong from Hanoi in Jan and was enquiring the best way to travel to Hue from da nang airport and then 3 days later travel from Hue to Hoi an and then back to Da Nang for my flight to HCMC. I am traveling for 3 weeks staying in Hanoi Halong Bay and finally in HCMC the taxis to and from the airports in Hanoi and HCMC have been sorted but am unsure about Da Nang.. Can someone give me an idea on price and the best way to travel I do not do motorbikes have seen way t ...

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Practice Meditation, experience Vietnamese Buddhism

Posted by Phong_PYS on 6/1/2015 at 22:50

Hi friends, I'm Vietnamese Buddhist (not monk), and i'm doing free trips (2 days 1 night) to An Tam & Tay Thien Monastery (in Tam Dao, Vinh Phuc province, Vietnam) for friends to practice Meditation, also have chances to learn deeper about Vietnamese Buddhism. I only collect van/car fee (~12$/pl) from Hanoi-Tam Dao-Hanoi. Meals and accommodation is free in Monastery (donation as your will). Departure dates are on Saturday of second and fourth week, every month. So i'd like to write some l ...

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2 weeks vietnam in August

Posted by nathan6993 on 29/11/2014 at 11:22

My fiance and I are planning a month in vietnam/cambodia with a few days in Bangkok. We are planning to fly into Hanoi on 28th july 2015. As this is the rainy season is it true that the weather is better north and central at this time of year?. My basic itinerary so far would be hanoi/sapa/halong/hue/dalat? Hoi an/nha trai/mue ne/can ta?/saigon/mekong delta then cross to cambodia. Is there anywhere else recommended? Would sapa be viable this time of year? Any advice/tips about tours and how l ...

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CoTo Lodge - Vietnam

Posted by Familyman on 2/1/2015 at 07:30

Dear Mr./Mrs., Dear fellow traveler, We wouldlike to visit the beautiful hotel CoTo Lodge on CoTo Island. It seems that you need a travel permit in order to get to this island. I've been trying to contact this hotel but my emails aren't being answered. - Can someone please tell me how to get to Coto Lodge hotel? - Where can I book the boot to CoTo Island? - Where can I retrieve the foreigner permit I'm lookingforward to your response. Kind regards, Rob Verst ...

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Accommodation in Ninh Binh/Tam Coc?

Posted by boleslav on 1/9/2014 at 12:51

I have read that there is a new place run by a Canadian couple in Tam Coc. Would you know its name/ contact info? Trying to find a nice place to stay at and the French owned Chez.... does not seem to be friendly to non French speakers. Any other accommodation suggestions in the area? thank you ...

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Where to fix broken Samsung screen? Urgent help

Posted by hezzamccartney on 31/12/2014 at 02:30

Hi there , I urgently need to find somewhere I can have my galaxy S4 screen fixed. I wouldn't normally bother however I have very important travel info on there and work info I have to get back. I am in Mui Ne at the moment and have only just arrived from HCMC with it being broken today. I only need screen fixed and can't have things wiped out etc. Any information and suggestions appreciated ...

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Travelling by motorbike: good idea?

Posted by marianaamc on 27/10/2014 at 17:16

Me and my boyfriend traveled through Vietnam this last Summer. We loved it and want to comeback to see more. There were some places that we did not get to see at all or as much as we like and we felt that could be different if we rented a motorcycle. In some places like Ninh Binh we rented bicycles and was nice but that did not take us very far. We decided this time we wanted to see more of the North by motorcycle even though we have never ridden one before. In our minds it was fairly easy, ...

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Vietnam Itinerary suggestions

Posted by subz on 21/11/2014 at 07:34

Hi All Two of us are planning on visiting Vietnam for 2 weeks at the end of January. What do you think of our itinerary? Is there anywhere we have left out. We have no idea how long to spend in each place but towards the end would like to spend some time by the beach to chill. Hanoi > Visit Ha long bay while here Then travel to Hue Hue to Hoi An via bike Hoi an Nha Trang Mui Ne Ho Chi Minh City ...

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Cycling Northwest Vietnam in February

Posted by ponti6 on 11/12/2014 at 06:47

Hi any tips on cycling solo in Northwest Vietnam in February, Intending not to book accommodation in advance and just find somewhere at the end of each day. Intended route Sapa - QL4D -Tam Duong - QL12 - Murong Lay - QL6 - Tuan Giao - AH13/QL6 - Son La - QL37 - Bac Yen - QL37-QL43-6CU -Van Ho - QL6 - Hoa Binh - QL6 - Hanoi about 9 days cycling. anything that is a must see or must avoid? Thanks ...

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Vietnam/Cambodia: 12 days in Jan -- suggestions?

Posted by sm115 on 21/12/2014 at 14:18

Hello, We are traveling to Vietnam/Cambodia in Jan for12-13 days. I realize this is not enough time for both countries, but we're not sure when we'll get back to the region and we'd like to see highlights for our first trip. We fly into Hanoi and out of Siem Reap. Originally, we have a lot packed into the itinerary, but now we think we need to hit certain places in Northern and central vietnam and only go to siem reap in Cambodia. I am cutting out Phnom Penh and HCMC from the trip (which ...

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Looking for a buddy to travel with to Laos from Hanoi

Posted by Travelniels on 15/12/2014 at 03:01

Hi! I am planning on driving my Wing from Hanoi to Luang Prabang, starting somewhere in the next couple of days. If anyone is in, it's always more fun to drive together. I know a good point to cross the border! Niels ...

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