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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!

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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Markets - Sapa, Bac Ha purchases

Posted by takemeplaces on 12/12/2014 at 22:01

I would love to know, what's you're best purchases from markets around Bac ha, sapa colourful ethnic bags are popular- how much can you expect to pay for a small, medium and large bag? And can you find these hmong bags outside of northern vietnam - if so are they authentic and cheaper? -same with scarves, skirts etc -has anyone found some quirky jewellery finds at markets? If so- expected price of large colorful or silver tribal necklaces, earrings, rings etc? What markets did you ...

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Saigon to Kep in Cambodia

Posted by jpwiggy on 4/12/2014 at 21:38

Does anyone know if there is a bus that goes from HCMC to anywhere near to Kep? Currently in Mui Ne and want to go to Saigon/Mekong delta and perhaps Phu Quoc Island for a few days, then we move onto Cambodia (Kep). Many thanks Jonathan ...

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Vietnam during December 2014

Posted by ksmith3899 on 18/10/2014 at 13:08

Hi I am planning a back packing trip (first time) to Vietnam during December 2014 and early January 2015. I do not have specific plans and would like to 'wing' it and decide where to go as when I am there. Can anyone assist with up to date information on accommodation availability during this time, is it possible to book a few days in advance, I am quite happy to try hostels, guesthouses, hotels etc. Any up to date information woud be greatly appreciated. Thanks Ken ...

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Does arriving w/o photo for Vietnam Visa on Arrival slow things?

Posted by Chilliano on 1/12/2014 at 20:50

I found an earlier thread from 2013, but rather than revive an old one, thought I'd start new. I understand that if I arrive at SGN without a photo, I can get it taken there for a $2 fee. My question is whether or not this adds an extra step, different line, or extra time to the process. The $2 fee is cheaper than getting new passports taken before my trip, but if arriving without a photo adds more time... well, I reckon I'll go get the pics in advance. So, advice? Is getting/paying for ph ...

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Vietnam with teens for 21 days - which places to visit?

Posted by Familyman on 7/10/2014 at 14:17

Dear fellow travelers, We are a family of 4 who will be travelling to Vietnam for the first time in August 2015 for 21 days with two teens(15/17). During this trip we would like to visit: "¢ Hanoi "¢ Halong Bay "¢ Ninh Binh "¢ Hue "¢ Hoi An (beach) "¢ Ho Chi Min City "¢ Cu Chi "¢ Mekong Delta While traveling tru Vietnam we would like to stay at small boutique hotels with good beds (since I've got a poor back), airco, wifi and preferably a pool ...

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Surfing in Vietnam (january)

Posted by Pohjoisenpoika on 14/11/2014 at 03:22

Is there any descent surfing in Vietnam during January? I´ve read that Nha trang and Mui ne could possibly have spots. I´m pretty much beginner so I dont need waves that big. Thanks! ...

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Beware of Lily (179 De Tham St.) HCM

Posted by localnations on 20/4/2012 at 13:03

Lily is a bar near Go2 on the corner of De Tham and Bui Vien and I want to do as much as possible to warn people about it. Of course I want to do anything to hurt their business after what happened to me there a couple nights ago. There will probably be no other way to get back at them, but I want to do something to damage their business. Everyone should know what could happen to you. On Wednesday night, I went out by myself. I met a nice Russian girl, a Japanese guy and a few americans at some ...

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Ha Long bay in Mid December 2014

Posted by maniscomp on 6/11/2014 at 08:17

Hi, I am south indian male (31), traveling to Hanoi on Mid december 2014 (19-26), I am traveling solo, Like to meet some solo travel buddy. hit me if like to join and plan itinerary. ...

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Sinh cafe

Posted by jan1 on 14/11/2014 at 04:16

Hi Has sinh cafe in HCMC changed it name to Sinh tourist ? does any one have a link to it please Thanks Jan ...

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Should I Skip Hue?

Posted by BlingDiva on 20/11/2014 at 14:20

We are traveling to Vietnam in June. We have limited time. Originally I was going to visit Hue for two days. Now that I've done even more research Hanoi sounds really great and I only have 1day there. Should I skip Hue and add those two days to Hanoi? We are planning to spend 4 days in Hoi An. Your thoughts are appreciated. Thanks. ...

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Mekong Delta with a toddler

Posted by EchoEcho on 19/11/2014 at 23:00

Hi everyone We are booked to fly into HCMC mid-March next year for two weeks, me, my partner and daughter who will be by then 22 months old. We recently visited East Timor for a couple of weeks, however we spent most of our time in Dili. For this trip, we would like to see a bit of HCMC (2 days?) before venturing out, but not going too remote. We are interested in exploring the Delta region as well as a side trip to Phu Quoc, and wanted to know how feasible this is with our young daughter. ...

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Hoi an cloths

Posted by bonze on 26/1/2006 at 16:35

I've been told Hoi an is very good for getting clothes made. I want to get a few nice suits made. Can you recommend a tailor, and should I bring a suit with me to show them what I want? ...

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Custom made shoes in Vietnam

Posted by Isobel_123 on 4/12/2008 at 07:33

Hello, Ive heard that there are shoemakers in Vietnam who can custom make shoes for under $30. Can anyone suggest where to go to get this done? I have big feet for a girl so would that make it alot more expensive? Im dreading they wont have enough materials..haha Thanku! ...

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1 month travel itinerary Central Vietnam/Cambodia - help!

Posted by Billroy on 13/11/2014 at 00:26

Hi guys, I'm flying into Ho Chi Minh from Melbourne on January 7 2015 and returning home from Bangkok on February 7. I'm going with my girlfriend and we're both in our early 20s. I've been tasked with handling our itinerary and have been trying to figure out a good trip that isn't too rushed but we also want to see as much as possible (GF's first trip overseas!). We're pretty laidback - not in it for partying, but do enjoy a social atmosphere - essentially a trip that immerses us in both country ...

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