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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!

Visa and phu quoc

Posted by Hzagar on 1/3/2017 at 08:46

Hi can someone please give me advice? Is phu quoc island considered territory of Vietnam? Am I able to enter Vietnam ie Australia to SGN then fly from SGN to phu quoc island and that back to SGN from phu quoc if I only have a single entry visa to Vietnam???? I cannot find any information on this? ...

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Police stolling Mui Nehi guus!

Posted by Davidcalderon12 on 1/3/2017 at 09:51

Hi guys! So a few weeks ago a policeman stopped me on the motorbike outside of Mui Ne and wanted me to pay a bribe of 1,000,000 vnd. I said I wouldn't pay that and he said that he would keep my license until I payed. I figured that it was cheaper to get a new one back home than to pay the bribe, so I continued north. I met a guy in my hostel today who told me that because the guy has my license I will get into a lot of trouble when I get out of Vietnam and probably won't be able to return. Wha ...

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where to buy Vietnamese coffee filter

Posted by annavu0123 on 4/3/2017 at 03:12

hi guys, I'm travelling hanoi with my boyfriend. he is addicted with Vietnamese coffee filter. i can't see the reason but it's ok. it is his birthday in 2 weeks. i want to buy a coffee filter and make a cup of coffee for him when we returns to the US. i don't know where to buy Vietnamese coffee filter . somebody knows, please help me. we are going to come back the US on Monday. so buying it online is ok. thank you ...

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Phong Nha to Dong Hoi

Posted by sunshinelou on 23/1/2017 at 03:54

How easy to organise, how safe, how long would it take and what sort of cost would it be to have a private car/taxi on my own to take me from Phong Nha around 7pm back to Dong Hoi? ...

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Ly Son Island - Off coast near Quang Ngai

Posted by michien on 8/1/2015 at 20:23

Does anyone have any information on travel to Ly Son island? Sounds like it is relatively undiscovered at this point. ...

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DIY DMZ Tour

Posted by nadirahmed on 21/2/2017 at 15:31

Hi everyone, I'm going to try to do something like this when I get to Hue in early April. Does anyone know if the minivans for Dong Ha goes from the northern or southern bus station in Hue? I'm assuming it's the northern one as that's the one you catch the bus to Dong Hai, which is beyond Dong Ha. Can anyone confirm? Does anyone know where in Dong Ha it would drop me off? Would it be the railway station? I'd like to get to the DMZ cafe from there (although I sent them an email a couple ...

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motorbike trip vietnam

Posted by dwcurran5 on 22/7/2010 at 02:49

I am looking to travel with a mate on motorbikes in vietnam from siagon to hanoi along the coastal road and then back to siagon thro the trial and mountains using minsk bikes, does anyone have any guide/info on the best way to buy the bikes routes roads, and anything we should watch out for. we will be starting in october so if anyone has any bikes let me know cheers ...

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Advice on itinerary and getting to Cambodia

Posted by Deema on 6/2/2017 at 05:00

Hi The following is a rough draft of our itinerary for Vietnam. 11th – Arrive Hanoi 12th – Hanoi 13th –Halong Bay 14th – Halong Bay 15th – Halong Bay 16th – Hoi An 17th – Hoi An 18th – Hoi An 19th – Beach 20th - Beach 21st– Beach 22nd– Ho Chi Minh 23rd – Ho Chi Minh 24th – Mekong Delta 25th – Mekong Delta 26th - Mekong Delta 27th – Phu Quoc 28th – Phu Quoc 29th – Phu Quoc 30th– Phu Quoc 1st July – Phu Quoc 2nd July – Fly Home fro ...

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Con Dao

Posted by RachelMue1972 on 16/1/2017 at 01:26

Hello, Can you recommend Con Dao or is it like Phu Quoc, where there are a lot of Building sites for Hotels ? We are Backpackers and would like to stay somewhere next to the beach. Does anybody know a nice place to stay ? Thank you! Rachel ...

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Halong Bay / Cat Ba Island Help

Posted by BAMAnug on 29/1/2017 at 11:22

Hello, I will be arriving in Halong Bay from Hanoi on April 19 for 2 nights, returning to Hanoi on April 21. I am wondering where I should spend my 3 days/2 nights in Halong Bay. I have read that Cat Ba Island is very touristy and not highly recommended. Are there other islands good for backpackers? Would it be better to simply stay on mainland in Halong? Please advise. Thank you. ...

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Ha Long Bay: Oriental Sails?

Posted by Danila on 1/2/2017 at 18:23

Greetings, I've read all the warnings, and many of the posts and questions and comments about Ha Long Bay tours, so I'm feeling a bit wary! Have booked to stay in an Airbnb apartment in Hanoi, and our host there has recommended Oriental Sails for a Ha Long Bay cruise. Any reviews of personal experiences are welcome. Also any comments on 1 night or 2 night trips please! Thanks in advance, Danila ...

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Visa for only 13 days?

Posted by inesms on 20/1/2017 at 08:36

Do I need to get a Visa to Vietname if I'm only staying for 13 days? I'm from Portugal. Thank you ...

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Da Nang- Hoian- Hue, should I travel with a tour?

Posted by SarahSw on 17/10/2016 at 00:06

Hello there! I found many visitors choosing those places and giving good reviews about this tour. I also found some said that it is not too difficult for travelling by yourself. Is this okay for a woman to travel alone ? I have never been in Vietnam and one more question is that what time should I visit to avoid crowded public space ? Thanks in advance. ...

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HCM to Hanoi Motorbike Trip

Posted by matthewmox on 15/12/2016 at 17:08

Hi there I'm Matt, from RSA. Looking to do a motorbike trip from HCM to Hanoi around Feb 7 to March 8. Anybody wants to join, give a shout! ...

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10 day trip: So far only Da Nang on the itinerary, need help with other places

Posted by pdesh1309 on 12/12/2016 at 01:52

Hello I have 10 days in Vietnam , and i will be arriving in HCM City. I have booked a flight to Da Nang immediately after a few hours of arrival, and will be in Da Nang for 4 days covering a day trip to Hoi An, Bach Ma , Marble Mountains and will be staying at My Khe beach. My problem is i have 6 additional days, so I was thinking of flying to Phu Quoc for 3 days and then return to HCM city for last 2 days and cover local sights. Can someone suggest a better alternative to Phu Quoc conside ...

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Bach Ma National Park

Posted by rossilfossil on 1/12/2016 at 19:02

Hello, I am heading to Bach Ma National Park for two nights at the end of December. I've read Caroline's article which was great, but was wondering if I should be booking in accommodation before arrival or if it is ok to do this at the information centre. I'm wondering just how busy it will be at this time of the year. Any other tips for Bach Ma are most welcome. Thank you! ...

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Visa question!

Posted by Bkkang on 8/12/2016 at 10:15

Hi we are in Laos and want to leave this country bit earlier than we planned.. We already acquired 3months visa for Vietnam but it only starts from 17th Dec. As Korean citizen we can enter Vietnam for 15 days visa exemption.. Can we enter Vietnam with visa exemption condition(prior to our 3 months visa start) and continue our staying 3months visa period? Or do we have to exit and re-enter to use our 3months visa? ...

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Mekong delta via My Tho>Ben Tre>Can Tho>Rach Gia>PQ island!

Posted by SeemaSEA2013 on 27/2/2013 at 07:24

Hello, I know there are several posts on the mekong but I'm spefically looking for a tour which will cover: My Tho, Ben Tre, Can Tho then down to Rach Gia and PQ island. I've read SomTams post on how to do it independantly but I was wondering if anyone had tried a tour that covered this... Any suggestions? Luckily time is not an issue, there are hundreds of trips to Phnom Penh via boat etc but I feel it skips other nice parts of the Delta! From PQ Island I would then go into Cambod ...

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Northern Vietnam

Posted by stoowie on 4/12/2016 at 10:44

I would like some ideas about remote places in Northern Vietnam. We just returned from a month in VN and after starting in HCMC and going north we visited Meo Vac, Cao Bang, Bac Son Valley. We decided against Sapa hearing it was to commercial and wee like to stay away from that. We are interested in being with locals and enjoying some hiking. Thasnk you ...

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Camera Repair in Vietnam

Posted by SteffenM on 1/12/2016 at 06:04

Hi there, I'm traveling with my Nikon D90 atm and it got a bit wet yesterday in the rain. Can't have been much as it was under my raincoat but there were tiny drops of water on the body/lens that must have gone into the device. It was in no way proper 'rained on' though. Anyway, it's damaged now but hopefully can be saved. Question is: I'm in Hoi An where there's no chance of repair. Does anyone know of a decent (no rip offs) repair place in Da Nang (1h away) or alternatively Dalat which ...

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