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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!

Free tour guide in Ho Chi Minh city

Posted by duynth on 30/10/2014 at 11:34

I'm Vietnamese, 20 years old, live in Ho Chi Minh city. I live alone and love traveling. So if you come to Ho Chi Minh city, send me an email to, so that I will be your tour guide. I also offer you a free accommodation and rider. I can ensure you that it will be such an amazing journey. You will know more about Vietnamese from all walks of life in an authentic way, not commercialthings. So don't play a waiting game, send me an email if you are interested in traveling to Viet N ...

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Vietnam Itinerary - help?

Posted by JediManoeuvres on 3/10/2014 at 05:25

Hi Guys Planning around 3 weeks in Vietnam this coming December. Currently plan is to stay in the south for the whole time HCMC > Delta > Phu Quoc > HCMC Couple of questions: Can anyone make any intinerary suggestions for the delta? Is it simple to get back to HCMC from Phu Quoc without flying? Anywhere worth stopping in between? Look forward to reading some ideas from posters who have travelled a similar route. Thanks! ...

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Floating markets in Can Tho-- is it worth the time to see Phong Dien?

Posted by mtn77 on 7/10/2014 at 17:34

Hi fellow travelers, We'll be heading down from HCMC to Cai Be then to Can Tho for 2 nights. Some of the local tours offer the option of a longer boat trip ( 5 hours) to include Phong Dien as well as Cai Rang. Is this worthwhile doing or should we just opt for the shorter visit to Cai Rang? The reviews are mixed, so hoping to hear from someone who has visited both areas. Thanks. ...

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Solo travel 1month In Vietnam - Some Suggestions

Posted by LolaDarlin on 8/10/2014 at 08:29

Hi all, I'm a girl going to travel solo the whole December in Vietnam, arriving in Hanoi and departing from HCMC. I'd like to have some suggestions as: - Is Phu Quoc Island too quiet and too much "for couples" in Christmas days? I mean, I don't need to hang out and drink all the time, but a little nightlife and nice time would be appreciated. And do I need to book ahead as the island seems to be too busy? - Which is the best way (cheaper and faster) to reach Angkor Wat for a sho ...

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Xa Mat - Trapeang Phlong border crossing

Posted by leeda on 27/10/2014 at 18:41

Does anyone have any experience crossing the Cambodian border at Xa Mat? In particular, I'm looking for information on transport to and from the border, heading from HCMC to Kampong Cham. Thanks ...

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Mekong Delta from HCMC - TheSinhTourist Company (budget)

Posted by olodum on 22/10/2014 at 04:57

Dear Travellers, What do you think about the Delta Mekong Trip below (3d2n) MEKONG DELTA 3 DAYS - TRA SU CAJUPUT FOREST? The trip is from SinhTourist Company, I've found both negative and positive feedback, but we have a limited budget, and the price is very attractive for 1 person (1939000 VND - approx 92USD). Is anyone who made that specific trip? What hotels did you stay? Should we buy a trip via w ...

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November on a Halong-Bai Tu Long Bay junk - what to wear?

Posted by JazzyJ on 25/10/2014 at 21:59

Wardrobe planning assistance needed for junk cruise the first of November. Even early November is cool, they say, up north. On a junk in Halong or Bai Tu Long Bays, it might feel even chilly, right? Or, is this just relative to local averages as well as to who you are and what you're accustomed to? We're familiar with living in the climate of southern Taiwan which right now (late October) ranges from 22C-28C (72F-85F) with humidity around about 60-75%. What should we expect and what should w ...

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Nha Trang or Da Nang?

Posted by anniele on 25/7/2014 at 15:29

Hello, My family is planning to go to the beach. One of my friends suggested that we should choose Nha Trang or Da Nang. Which one is better for a family trip? Can you guys give me some recommendations for places to visit and accommodation? ...

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Bai Tu Long 2-night/3-day with V'Spirit or Indochina-Junk?

Posted by JazzyJ on 17/10/2014 at 03:00

Bai Tu Long Bay aboard a junk for a 2-night/3-day trip is on our agenda for early November, 2015. Can you offer some help in choosing one of these outfitters: Indochina-Junk cruise aboard the Prince IV or a V'Spirit cruise. We are very active seniors interested in kayaking (a LOT) and good quality food, especially spicy Vietnamese! Boat: Name the actual boat you took. Cabins: Mention your specific cabin, how the size felt and something about quality of bedding. Help us choose the right pr ...

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Best Vietnam beaches

Posted by Randur on 21/6/2014 at 00:12

My husband and I are planning a trip there end of July, beginning of August. We are needing some r& r and would like a few beach days. Suggestions? ...

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Vietnam & Laos 6 weeks in December

Posted by Wazzak on 1/2/2014 at 01:05

Looking for an itinerary covering both countries. Fly in/out of Ho Chi Minh early December leave end Jan 2015, 2 adults & 2 teenagers. We had 3 weeks in Cambodia last year & loved it. Vietnam was always high on the list but we keep hearing great things of Laos also. Any suggested itinerary would be much appreciated. Thanks! ...

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Bit of Sun, Sand & Sea in Dec/Jan?

Posted by Ebejer on 13/10/2014 at 11:08

We are going to Vietnam for our Honeymoon from 16th Dec to the 9th Jan and we plan to travel from South to North but also want some time to relax. I would like to spend 5 days in a nice resort with a beach and some sun. What part of the country and which beach resorts am I most likely to get some nice whether and resorts at this time of year? Cheers in advance! ...

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To Phu Quoc from Siem Reap

Posted by zmerchant on 12/1/2007 at 15:41

hello, After 4 days in Siem Reap (early Feb), we want to head to Phu Quoc for 4-5 days. I've read up on the travel options to Phu Quoc: 1) travel (fly/bus) to Saigon, then Fly to Pho Quoc. 2) bus to Rach Gia from Chau Doc, then fly or ferry to Phu Quoc. My questions are: -will option (2) give us a "taste" of a Mekong Delta tour? -If so, is this something I can book from Siem Reap (or beforehand)? -what does the trip entail? Boat to Chau Doc from Phnom Penh, then bus to Rach Gia? -I ...

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Travel South East Asia - Advice please

Posted by leannezoe on 4/10/2014 at 14:53

Hi, I am travelling S.E.A from 3 - 4 months, here are the places I am planning to visit. Thailand - Chang Mai, Pai, Chang Rai, Laos - Hauy Xai, Laung Prabang, Muang Kham, Plain of Jars, Vientianie Vietnam - Sapa, Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hue, Danang, Hoi Ann, Nha Trang, Dalat, HCMC, Can Thoa, Phu Quoc, Mekong Delta Cambodia - S.Riem, P.Phom, Are there are places anyone would suggest to leave out or visit please? I will be going overland as well are there any best buses or trains? I will ...

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First trip to Vietnam - advice on ATM use & hotels

Posted by vfrench on 25/9/2014 at 06:06

It will be my first trip in October and I'd like feedback on the availability of ATMs. I will be flying into Ho Chi Minh, arriving at 2am in the morning. Can anyone recommend hotels with shuttle pick up at that time of night? I'll be in Vietnam for 10 days, flying out of Hanoi.. Thanks for any feedback. ...

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Do I need a visa? Hoping not.

Posted by HMira74 on 1/9/2014 at 17:09

I have tried to google this and can't find an answer. I'm travelling to Vietnam in December with my kids. We have a Finnish passport and we can stay 15 days without a visa in Vietnam. My question is that do I need a visa to Vietnam while we will spend some of the vacation is Cambodia? We will arrive to HCMC on the 18th of December, but after 2 days we will go to Cambodia. Will arrive back to Vietnam on the 1st of January for 8 days. Do I need a visa while my flights are from HCMC (arrival 18.1 ...

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Booking a halong bay cruise with agoda

Posted by Jaymo89 on 28/7/2014 at 17:47

I'm just wondering if anyone has booked a halong bay cruise via agoda? It seems to be much cheaper than booking directly through the tour's website. I was just curious to know if you still get the full cruise or if you are just paying for meals and a bed? As in - do we still follow the same itinerary and get to take part in activities? Thanks, Jenny ...

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Hoi An to Nha Trang

Posted by ewenco on 21/9/2014 at 10:35

Hello, I'm travelling with my partner from Hoi An to Nha Trang by bike. We've come from Hue so far and are meeting friends in Nha Trang on the 14th October. Any suggestions please as to how to fill 2 weeks between the two? We are looking to stay near Highway 1 but aren't adverse to the idea of heading inland for some interesting sites! ...

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ninh binh vs gillin

Posted by marianaamc on 18/9/2014 at 09:23

I was recently (Aug) in ninh binh in my amazing southeast Asia trip. I went to Burma thailand Laos and Vietnam. Ninh binh was the place that I felt most amazed by regarding to the landscape. I went independantly not with a tour and almost saw no tourist, even in tam coc, when I went after 5pm and saw only 2 boats coming back and was totally alone plus one other boat. Hang Mua was also a beautiful experience for me only seeing 2 more people in sunset. It felt crazy for me, coming from hoi an that ...

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Posted by Morganj24 on 15/9/2014 at 08:59

I'm currently researching for my SE Asia trip next year. Reading through the Lonely Planet SE Asia on a shoestring book and I'm liking the idea of getting involved in a homestay within each country just so I can fully immerse myself in the culture. The first homestay recommendation I have come across in the book is no more I've had a Google but am reluctant to go with anything that I've not had recommended. So if anyone can recommend any homestay throughout SE Asia let me know. Thanks in adva ...

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