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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 visa scam at airports?

Posted by KirstyB on 29/12/2017 at 02:20

Not a question per se, but more a cautionary tale. This could be a case of airline staff incompetency, but it seems more likely that it’s yet another Vietnam visa scam… What happens: As you check in for your flight, check-in staff are telling passengers who are eligible for 15 days visa free on arrival that they need a visa in advance. They then put you in contact with a travel company that can sort this out and charge up to US$200 for the privilege. I came across this via this blog post a ...

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5 weeks in Vietnam with a 4 year old

Posted by Ramalhoto on 22/12/2017 at 06:03

Hello to all We will be heading to Vietnam from mid-January, and we will stay there for 5 weeks before heading to Cambodia, actually we have a 90 days visa in Vietname, so if we want we can stay longer in Vietname. When we arrive we will stay 10 days in Hanoi. Then we are thinking of heading south. We are 2 adults and a 4-year-old child, so we want to take a slow pace. We are finding different places where we can stay for longer and make day trips to places nearby. One of the places we were thin ...

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Independant transport from Mui Ne/Phan Thiet to Ke Ga lighthouse

Posted by Kametkamet on 18/12/2017 at 10:14

Hi Travelfish community! I need your help as I couldn't find answers to my questions over the Internet. I would really like to travel from Mui Ne or Phan Thiet to the Ke Ga Lighthouse independantly along the coast, stopping when I want to. BUT, i can't drive a motorcycle by myself. My question is, is it possible to do it by riding a bicycle, and if so, how long would it take? OR, is it possible to hire a motorbike with a driver for a day at a reasonable price (a Xe Om maybe?)? I woul ...

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Phu Quoc to Sihanoukville by bus & boat

Posted by CraignGem on 1/12/2017 at 05:55

Hello Travelfish community!! I posted here once or twice before my backpacking days but i'm now the one booking people's holidays! I have a client who is travelling to Vietnam in Jan/Feb and is looking to get from Phu Quoc to Sihanoukville independently. I can see that there are lots of people posting about a bus/boat combination which takes most of the day. This is good enough information however nowhere seems to show which days the service runs. From backpacking myself I don't recall having ...

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Mekong River Cruise from Phnom Penh to Saigon

Posted by ambersaffron on 18/11/2017 at 21:12

I'd like to take a river cruise from Phnom Penh to Saigon. All of the tours I've seen online are really expensive. I was hoping to pay around $100 per person. Does anyone have any recommendations? Thanks! ...

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Nam Du Questions

Posted by jeannem on 9/11/2017 at 11:23

I have a few questions about Nam Du island for anyone that can help? 1) Do foreigners need a letter from the police station to go to Nam Du and if so is it easy to get? 2) Can you hire motorbikes on Nam Du or must I hire in Rach Gai and take on the ferry with me? Thanks ...

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A week in Saigon

Posted by madflava13 on 13/11/2017 at 18:56

I'm planning a trip for next year and we'll have a Marriott Cat. 5 certificate to use. Is a full week in Saigon too much? We loved Bangkok and could go back for another week, but it would be our third trip there. Saigon seemed like the only other good use for a cert. We considered Phu Quoc Island, but to us a beach is a beach and we can do that anywhere... The other option might be use the cert in Saigon, but leave Vietnam for 2 days to hit Angor Wat. Thoughts? Thanks in advance! ...

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Weather Hoi An

Posted by rmintz on 9/11/2017 at 22:25

Can anyone say the current weather conditions/forecast in Hoi An? Is there flooding? Would arrive there approximately Nov 15. Thanks. ...

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Weather in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Posted by rmintz on 9/11/2017 at 22:33

Planning a one-day cave trip next week. Anyone know current conditions? Thanks. ...

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Halong Bay overnight boat tour or Bai Tu Long Bay overnight boat Tour

Posted by TanyaCollins on 4/10/2017 at 07:20

We have heard that Halong Bay can be very congested with tourists and perhaps a boat tour on Bai Tu Long Bay would be nicer. Is it as spectacular scenery in both places ? We would like a tour where you have an opportunity to kayak as well. Any suggestions? ...

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Kayaking in Halong Bay

Posted by thaorosellazulab on 2/11/2017 at 02:21

Our family is gonna visit Halong in December. I'm searching for some info about the tours for Halong Bay. I'm thinking about going kayaking and taking a cruise in Halong Bay to explore caves and watch the landscape on the bay. Can you share any experience about kayaking and cruise in Halong? Is kayaking in Halong safe to take? Many thanks. ...

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Worry about the weather in Danang in November

Posted by Shelliemeadors on 29/9/2017 at 03:23

Hi everyone! I wanna spend two weeks in Danang to enjoy a beach holiday in November this year but worry about the weather. Any suggestions about a beach trip or a trek in November? I already spent time exploring some beaches in the North: Halong, Cat Ba and Do Son. Thanks. ...

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Need suggestions about our trip to Saigon - Mekong Delta

Posted by Maryhass on 21/9/2017 at 22:01

My family including a kid of 8 is preparing for the trip to Saigon in December. We intend to spend 4-5 days in Saigon, then move to and stay in Mekong Delta for one week. This is second time I have visited Vietnam and want to be involved in a lot of activities and explore many destinations. Very excited about floating markets and villages. How'll be Mekong Delta in December? After google search, I find that some areas in Mekong Delta have great flood. Does the flood obstruct our trip? Any sugges ...

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Ninh Binh and Mai Chau vs. Sapa

Posted by TanyaCollins on 4/10/2017 at 07:32

My husband and I had wanted to go from Hanoi to Sapa in January and do some trekking with the Hill tribes. While it sounds beautiful, we are concerned by the commercialization and hounding to purchase things. We are wondering if anyone has travelled to Mai Chau and Ninh Binh and how they compare to Sapa ? Would we still meet Hill tribe people? Is the scenery as stunning? Is there nice trekking? We only plan to stay one night either place. In Sapa we had planned to stay in a home stay ...

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Vietnam - Teaching English on a Tourist Visa

Posted by hsoa on 7/6/2017 at 16:41

My information is out of date, but I know that it used to be easy for visitors on Tourist visas to get temporary work as English teachers in Vietnam, especially in HCM and Hanoi. Is this still the case? Are there lots of opportunities to work for 1-2 months? Is there a big risk of trouble with authorities? For working short term, would it be better to initially apply for a Business visa rather than a Tourist visa? Any help appreciated! Thanks. ...

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Train or private driver Hue to DaNang

Posted by TanyaCollins on 4/10/2017 at 07:39

My husband and I will be traveling from Hue to DaNang in January enroute to Hoi Ann. Is it a prettier trip by train or car? It looks like we will need a private driver/ car to get from DaNang to Hoi Ann ( we are not keen on bus travel and want to make the most of our time). Should we just hire a private driver/ car to go from Hue to Hoi Ann? If so , any idea of cost and any suggestion of a driver or company to contact? ...

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Mekong Delta boat tour or Mekong Delta bike tour with home stay

Posted by TanyaCollins on 4/10/2017 at 06:56

Trying to decide whether to do a 2 night tour of the Mekong Delta on the Mekong Eyes Boat or two night bike trip on the Delta including a home stay. Any advice? Both would be out our Pnom Penh. ...

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Overning on cruise in Halong

Posted by rrahimgrain on 17/9/2017 at 22:03

Hi fellow traveler, I hear that Halong government did not allow sleeping on cruise overnight anymore. right? In fact, I visited Halong one time 2 years ago but overnight not yet, so I want to spend vacation in Vietnam to enjoy 1 night in cruise in Halong because my friend told me that Halong in night really beauty ...

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3 week trip in Northern Vietnam

Posted by MacGrandexc on 13/9/2017 at 04:31

Hi everyone. My friend and I are planning a 3 week trip in the Northern Vietnam. We're interested in treks and of course scenic vistas. Where do you suggest? We're also open for any place worth to take a trek, even though it isn't in Northern Vietnam (Just skip Halong and Mai Chau because we took time to visit these places in last trip.) I''ll move on to Sapa: Ideas regarding stops? Thanks for any and all input. ...

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Vietnam Visa

Posted by kevinhaz on 19/11/2015 at 06:34

Hi everyone, Sorry about this lame post but I need some advice. Going to Vietnam (UK passport holder) but entering the country twice within 10 days or so. Do I need a multi entry visa or am I ok with the exemption ? If I need the multi entry visa - how much is it - I can't find out anywhere ??? Kindest Regards Kevin ...

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