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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!

Which visa for Vietnam?

Posted by Tazzfalcon on 6/11/2014 at 16:21

I'm going to Vietnam in Jan, I need a 30 day visa. 80% of my trip is purely for tourist purposes but about 5 days I'll be doing some work for the international development charity I work for in the UK, visiting some projects, collecting photos and case studies etc. Can I just use a tourist visa? What's the alternative? ...

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Posted by Ehalpren on 26/10/2014 at 13:22

planning 2 weeks in Vietnam. From Hanoi to Siagon. Want to make an enjoyable trip to Siam Reap and see the temples at Angkor Wat and fly back to nyc from there instead of Siagon. Too much? About how may days would you suggest to travel from Siagon to Siam Reap to make it enjoyable? Any suggestions on travel if want to make the trip by boat? ...

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Posted by roshni74 on 1/11/2014 at 00:27

Hi guys, I am volunteering for 2 weeks in Cambodia and wanted to head to Vietnam for a week afterwards. I really want to do the trekking in Sapa and also go to Ha long bay - could someone please advise me from there experience if they have travelled to these places before in February and would they recommend it? Thank you ...

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21 days in Vietnam with teens - DIY or via travelagency?

Posted by Familyman on 7/10/2014 at 14:00

Dear fellow-travelers, In August 2015, we will travel with our kids in age of 15 and 17 to Vietnam for 21 days. Since we've been to Thailand, we wondering if we should organize this trip by ourselves (via / / or book with a local Vietnamese travel agency? If via an agency which one would you suggest? Looking forward to your replies. Kind regards ...

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Private Boat Share - Eco Friendly Vietnam Ha Long Bay

Posted by SigmaTy on 14/8/2014 at 14:23

Hello! I am posting in the forum to see if I can garner any interest from another couple who may be interested in sharing a private junk on Ha Long Bay starting Nov. 3 or 4? I am extremely interested in doing the 3 Day/2 Night tour of Ha Long Bay, but when I inquired with the company, the prices are a little high for my companion and I alone. The tour operator mentioned that if we could find another couple to join us that the price per person would go down by a lot. Anyone out there want t ...

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With Motorbike from Ninh Binh to Phong Nha

Posted by hdsjulian on 30/10/2014 at 06:24

Hi, i'm currently in Ninh Binh and i want to get to Phong Nha by motorbike. It's pretty hard to do that in one day so I was wondering if anybody can recommend a nice place on the way? Or do I just ride until it gets darkish and find a Hotel wherever I am? Thanks for any kind of help, Julian ...

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Heading north from HCM, best first destination?

Posted by Tazzfalcon on 22/10/2014 at 06:02

Hi all, I'm going to be in HCM from Mid-Jan, we'll probably spend 2-3 days there seeing the sites and getting over an airtravel hangovers. I know a lot of places in Mid-Central Vietnam that we want to visit - Hoi-An, Hue, Danang etc. and in the North, but I'm not sure of the best place to head first after HCM City? We'll be going North for sure, we might be able to see the delta or Phu Quoc later on... so Mui Ne, Dalat, Nha Trang ? We're not mad keen on the Nha Trang because it seems very p ...

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Travelling by motobike alongside VietNam beach

Posted by toilv on 26/10/2014 at 23:36

Hello all, I am a Vietnamese. I am living in HoChiMinh city. I am looking for a team or some guys to take a offroad from HCM city to Danang or Hue City by motobike. Its about 1000 kms.I am willing to help you discover Vietnamese,VietNam cuisine....I just need to improve my english skills when going with you. I indend to go in nextweek. If you want to help for rent motobike in HCM just lets me know. I will help ...

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Phu Quoc OR Kep OR Otres Beach

Posted by andybmorgan on 25/9/2014 at 14:09

If you had to visit only one, which would you choose? I want to end my 2month SE Asia trip with an amazing beach and whilst I know that it's possible to go between these relatively simply I'd rather pick one and just head there. Any advice? ...

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Halong bay

Posted by Lesleigh on 27/9/2014 at 04:33

Hi, I hope someone here can give me some advice.I will be on a cruise ship (yeh I know not really me) it stops at Halong bay, and I don't really want to do the expensive cruise tours and would like to go to Lan Ha bay, any help or advice on how to do this will be much appreciated. thank you and expect more questions.Lesleigh ...

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Motorbike tour in the north vietnam in January 2015

Posted by riderman74 on 31/10/2014 at 02:02

Hi all, With2 riders from Singapore, we (3 riders) will do a adventure trip by motorbike tothe North Vietnam Hanoi - Maichau - Phuyen - Nghia Lo- lucyen- Tan Trao - Hanoiin 6 days / 5 nights. Note that we will pass overnight with local people andthe trip is very special one that permits you to explore deeply the local lifeand the landscape in the North of Vietnam. The departure date will be onthe 3rd of January 2015 and the ended date will be on the 8th of January 2015. If other guys would l ...

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Where to get away from Tourists.

Posted by Scott20 on 23/10/2014 at 20:54

Hey ! I'm currently weighing up my options for next year, I am booking my flight on the first of November. So I need to be sure I know where I am planning to go. I want somewhere that isn't touristy at all and also a gym in pretty important. Preferably some sort of fight gym. Currently looking at Quy Nhon and really like it. But would be nice to have other options to think about it and see where looks best. I will be going for 3 months + as I am buying a one way ticket I want to stretch out ...

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Mekong DIY/Self-Guided Bike Tour Route?

Posted by lukasf on 21/10/2014 at 22:37

Hi, We would like to do a bicycle tour of the Mekong River Delta area for around 4-5 days in February 2015. There are many guided tour options but we would like to do it without a guide. Does anyone know of any route guide/maps or any other resources or advice about how to do this, please? We are medium/intermediate level bicyclers. Thanks for your help! ...

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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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