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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 to HCMC in 3 weeks

Posted by holty88 on 3/6/2014 at 23:42

Hi, I'm planning on driving from Hanoi to HCMC early July and would like some suggestions on places that are a 'must see'. I'm partial to a crazy night but the main purpose of my trip is to soak up some of the scenery. I don't have a route planned as yet so if anyone has already done this trip and could recommend places to see and miss that would be great. I've already been told Hoi An, Hue, and Dalat are great places to visit but want to sound out some more. Also would it be best to buy o ...

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Vietnam - Itinerary help?

Posted by caroquette on 20/5/2014 at 13:15

Hey guys, So, I'm going with my boyfriend to Southeast Asia for one month. We're arriving first in Hanoi and staying there for one week. Any advice on what to visit? Where to stay? Shall I always stay in Hanoi? PS - Comments like "you're stupid for only staying one week" etc (as I've heard before, here...) are not necessary since it is the only time I've got to spend. Thank you so much for your time ...

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Mocbai Vacation Travel Guide

Posted by duongvannam on 10/7/2014 at 00:08

My memory about trip. I want to share with you! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nk8KcWzM1vs ...

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Help! Trying to plan a quick trip

Posted by K_Mc on 3/6/2014 at 21:08

Hello, I've decided to take a solo trip and Vietnam is at the top of my list. It is early June and I am looking at travelling in early July so don't have a lot of time to research. I need some ideas for a practical 3 week route. Nothing over packed, I want it to be enjoyable. I really want to experience the culture, markets and temples with of course the sight seeing. Some ideas on the best ways to travel as well as best options for safe accommodations. I have read a mixture of reviews on ...

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A good and reliable tailor in Hoi An?

Posted by mflund on 8/7/2014 at 16:27

I know that this question has been asked quite a lot of times earlier, but I can't find any recent answers. Can anyone recommend a decent tailor in Hoi An? We are talking about an evening gown/dress for a girl in her early twenties. We are only staying for 3 nights. ...

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Most rewarding places in Vietnam?

Posted by marianaamc on 6/6/2014 at 05:46

Hi everyone. I only have 15 full days flying in HCMC and out of Hanoi. What are your opinions on how to make my time more rewarding in Vietnam? I wanted some feedback about the mekong delta and about mai chau. Still worth it? I read mixed reviews about those places. ...

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Cycling Vietnam - tips/companion

Posted by shreeva on 29/6/2014 at 19:00

I'm flying into Ho Chi Minh on 24th July 2014, and I fly out of Hanoi on 5th Aug and am looking for a travel companion to cycle with me for most/part of the journey. I am thinking of taking a couple of train trips along the way, so maybe cycling for around 6-7 days in total roughly. Ive done a little cycling before, but not on this scale. I'm in my late 30s and am quite fit, but I'm not taking this too seriously. I'm hoping it'll be a fun/active holiday. Any tips for doing this trip? Rout ...

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i am planning to live in Vietnam.

Posted by alan653 on 27/6/2014 at 21:12

I am a American now living in Thailand. I am planning to move and live in Vietnam in the near future (about a year from now). I would like to know what is required for a retirement visa, how often do you have to check in with immigration, and how can I set up a bank account with a reliable bank. My home base would be Saigon, or Hanoi. Any idea's on which city would be best? ...

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wheelchair access

Posted by jmgh003 on 28/6/2014 at 08:06

Hi I'd like to travel to Hanoi with my friend and her wheelchair bound daughter. I have been there twice and think if we stick to the old quarter we should be OK. But would love to hear what others think as I wasn't really thinking about wheelchairs when I was there and I might be wrong ...

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Boat trips from Vietnam into Cambodia

Posted by wilkaway on 23/6/2014 at 07:10

Hi planning a trip early next year to Vietnam to Cambodia and looking for a boat trip I can take from Hoi Chi Minh into Cambodia. Would be happy for it to take a day or so, not speed boat and not the luxury liners that I can only seem to find on google. Any recommendations? ...

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Halong Bay Advice plus Sapa

Posted by Bridgequeen on 1/6/2014 at 16:25

Hi I am planning a solo trip to Hanoi in October/ November in order to visit Halong Bay. Having read some of the posts on this forum I may also include Sapa so my questions are: 1 Can anyone recommend a good Halong Bay Cruise? I am not very fit so not able to clamber over other boats to board and do not relish the idea of carrying my own luggage down treacherous steps. Whilst I am budget conscious, I am prepared to pay more for this section of the trip.Also, I have heard that it is cheaper ...

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Riding to Hagiang - Vietnam

Posted by riderman74 on 18/6/2014 at 04:28

Ha Giang , the wildest region in the north of Vietnam is the best destination for motorbike tours. With 6- 7 days, the riders coud explorer the different landscapes and the rich cultures of ethnic local people such as: Dzao Quan Trang, Tay, H'mong, Lolo.... The road is karst and montainous, mostly in Dong Van district where there is a great karst plateau classified such as a national hesitage. If anyone comes to Vietnam, do not hesitate to ride to this province to enjoy the beauty and discover ...

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Weather question - central Vietnam October

Posted by dixharp on 3/6/2014 at 06:25

Has anybody spent any time in the central coastal region of vietnam in October? All the guides say this is the time of the highest rainfall, with storms and possibly typhoons. On a continuum from 1. the old cliche a 20-minute shower once a day then it's fine to 2. chucking it down without cease for weeks on end - how wet is it please? ...

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Plastic shrink wrap service at Da Nang Airport??

Posted by SundayStroll on 14/5/2014 at 23:42

Hi - does anyone know if there is a plastic shrink wrapping service at Da Nang Airport? Thanks in advance:) ...

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Ha Giang

Posted by Lelew on 12/6/2014 at 12:29

Hi, I'm planning my trip to Vietnam and now I also would like to go to tha Ha giang region. I'm travelling solo, so a private tour is just to expensive. Does anyone here know any group tour that is still affordable? I'm having a hard time finding one, andif I find one it doesn't run anymore or I don't get a reply on my emails. Hope someone has experience travelling to Ha giang and knows a good tour. ...

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Safes, lockers, and rooms: How secure are they?

Posted by SoloGirls on 24/1/2014 at 23:58

So this seems to be a concern I keep returning to. I will be traveling alone and also have to work while I'm on vacation. This means I will have a lot of gadgets with me - including an expensive camera and lenses. In considering where I want to stay, the most important thing after cleanliness, is: will my stuff get stolen. Now I know there is no 100% way to prevent this. I am going to be staying in budget hotels. I don't want to fork over a bunch of money to sleep somewhere. I'm not plann ...

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Saigon Timelapse

Posted by TimVu on 6/6/2014 at 08:18

Hey guys, I made this timelapse of Saigon. Hope you enjoy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ME0kXMxDF3I ...

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From Hanoi to Ha Long Bay - HELP

Posted by caroquette on 24/5/2014 at 18:12

Hey everyone! So... I wanted your help on planning my trip to Ha Long Bay. What shall I do? Shall I get a bus ticket in Hanoi to travel to the bay? Should I sleep at a hotel or a boat? If I do sleep on a boat, what is the best company to buy from? Thank you, in advance, for your help. Best Regards, Carolina ...

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Visa question...

Posted by o1o29o on 3/6/2014 at 05:14

I got a visa at sihanoukville and think they might have given me an extra day. I applied for a 30 day visa but was given (May 13- june 12). I'm not complaining but would it be alright for me to exit on the 12th or is there a chance that this could be be an issue? I've heard that the fines per day is not too big but don't really want to risk it. ...

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Distric 1 or Distric 7?

Posted by teagenerations on 24/4/2014 at 18:32

Hi All, I'm going to vietnam alone this May for 4days. I'm still confused where is the nice route and place for me to stay, Distric 1 or 7? Because I've an appointment on Distric 7 in daylight, but I want to stroll around the city at night. Since I'm alone traveller so I'll take a taxi. ...

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