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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!


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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Nanning - Hanoi - Nanning

Posted by fiedlerc on 27/12/2007 at 16:15

I have read some of threads regarding buses to/from hanoi. My question is where in Hanoi does the bus stop that leaves at 7.30am from Nanning? I need to go to the Tay Ho district and need to know how far this is from where we will get off the us. Also, can someone tell me how much in RMB it is for the ticket? Thanks. ...

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Bus from Nanning to Hanoi

Posted by dave07 on 10/4/2007 at 12:54

I have heard that it is possible to get the bus from nanning to Hanoi, quick and relatively cheap. Ideally this is what I would like to do. I ve booked a night in a hotel in Nanning, and I have this information for the bus: Departure: NanNing Nang Fang Hotel, 76 Chao Yang Lu, NanNing: Check-in Time: 07.00H Departure Time:07.30H AND Departure: NanNing Langdong Bus Station: Check-in Time: 07.30H Departure Time:08.00H Can anyone possibly explain a little further? Do I simply go to the hotel i ...

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Feedback with 8-Day Northern Vietnam Itinerary

Posted by frugalvan on 27/8/2014 at 22:13

Hubby and I are travelling to Vietnam and Cambodia for 20 days. We are allocating 8 days towards Northern Vietnam and are struggling piece together the optimal itinerary. Would like to receive feedback from TA travellers whether the itinerary below is too aggressive. Flights are already booked so the total number of days is inflexible. However, the order in which we visit these cities is still flexible since hotels, trains, tours, etc are not yet booked. Travelling from Oct 12 to Oct 20: Day ...

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1 Month N-->S Vietnam

Posted by DicoR on 2/9/2014 at 06:15

Hello, Probably somewhere in April we (2pers.) are planning to explore Vietnam, starting in the northern part and eventually ending up in the south to cross the border into Cambodia. We are thinking about spending around 1 month in Vietnam. There are already some places I know we will probably visit: Hanoi Ha Long Bay ....? Da Nang Hue Hoi An .....? Ho Chi Minh Mekong Delta? To be honest, I've not done a lot of research for this trip yet. So there are probably numerous other nice places. Coul ...

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10 days in Southern Vietnam - help with itinerary

Posted by Bluefly on 5/8/2014 at 23:27

We are flying into HCMC for 10 days in southern Vietnam in October 2014. I've done lots of web browsing and I'm so overloaded with options! I'm not sure whether to squeeze as much as we can in, or take it slow and limit the trip to 3-4 destinations. I'm travelling with my partner, we're in our early 30's and would like to experience a bit of everything - markets, natural beauty, local customs & landmarks, beaches, nightlife, hustle and bustle - and serenity. Not much to ask! We are wonder ...

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The gigantic rooster in Darahoa

Posted by vetalanvc on 5/9/2014 at 07:58

Hi, I am going to visit Vietnam during my vacation in a few weeks. The place I am very interested to check is the gigantic rooster in Darahoa. I have found some info here Unfortunately I am not sure how to get there from Da lat, could you please advise the best way? ...

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Quick and Short Vietnam Travel Guide

Posted by hoangspham on 31/8/2014 at 13:15

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Arriving late in HCMC/Hotel advice

Posted by brilliantjoy on 5/5/2014 at 22:13

Hi, I will be traveling as a solo female in Vietnam min mid-June. Unfortunately, my flight doesn't arrive in HCMC until 1:00 a.m. After going through immigration/ customs and getting my bag, I'm assuming that it will be more like 2:00 ish before I am ready to leave the airport. I want to find a safe way to get to the hotel without dealing with the chaos of taxi service. I have not booked a hotel yet, but can anyone recommend me a hotel that is mid-range and reputable preferably in District ...

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Two Weeks in Vietnam - Some Thoughts

Posted by thailen on 20/8/2014 at 01:40

Two weeks aren't enough to cover the entire country, so we concentrated on Hanoi (6 days), CentraL Coast(3 days) and Saigon(4 days). Ha Long Bay is a must and we did 2 days,1 night cruise on Cristina Cruise($110 pp). I've read the same cruise is available at $73pp, so maybe you can get it that cheap if you do the research. Excellent meals, beautiful cabin, quite satisfied. Didn't like the main Hanoi market - sales clerks were rude ("Don't touch"!) prices not as cheap as you think ...

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Motorcycle tour in the beginning 2015

Posted by riderman74 on 19/8/2014 at 03:56

Dear all, With 2 friends coming from Singapore, we will do the northeast trip in Vietnam in 6 days by motorbike, starting on the 3rd January 2015. Anyone would like to join us? Feel free to contact me. Thanks ...

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Solo travel for 3.5 weeks in Vietnam: Overall Itinerary and Bac Ha Market

Posted by ncollins on 6/8/2014 at 02:27

Hello fellow travelers, I am traveling to Vietnam (and possibly Cambodia) during August/September for 26 days. I am traveling solo and am mostly interested in natural beauty, adventure, meeting other like minded travelers, etc. I was thinking of the following itinerary and would love feedback with whether I should just concentrate on Vietnam or try to add Cambodia in too. Hanoi : 3 days Sapa / Bac Ha : 3 days Halong Bay/Cat Ba Island: 3 days Ninh B: 2 days Phong Na: 1 day Hue: ...

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Feedback Hanoi-Halong Bay july 2014

Posted by teeterouge on 6/8/2014 at 04:01

We went with some friends who had small kids (2 and 5 years old). It was supposed to be the rainy seasons, which we saw on the day after our arrival, a whole day of heavy rain, then it got dry for a few days en really hot. In Hanoi actually no one is walking in the streets, everyone is on a motor bike even for short trips. We ended up taking taxis (easy to find) for relatively short walks as it's quite tiring to slalom between the pavement where motorbikes are parked and the roadside where t ...

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Boat trip from Cambodia to Vietnam

Posted by liltraveler on 7/3/2012 at 22:48

Hi, I want to take a boat from Phnom Pen to Saigon or somewhere close to it. I can't afford one of the expensive cruises and would like to spend a max of 3 days on the river. Does anyone know if this is possible and what company will do it???? Thanks!! ...

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One month working remotely from Vietnam, itinerary critiques?

Posted by saryant on 28/7/2014 at 23:39

So, my company allows me to work remotely one month a year from anywhere in the world and I'm thinking about spending it in Vietnam next year. Probably Jan/Feb 2015 (though before Tet). I'd still be working during part of the day. Given that, my plan is to stick to just a few places over the month. FWIW, this will be my first trip to Vietnam but not the region, I spent two months backpacking around Thailand and Malaysia two years ago. I've also spent time in India so I understand what trave ...

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Viewed 2,802 times, with 12 replies. Last reply by LolaNguyen on 4/8/2014 at 02:17 & Alova Cruises in Vietnam- has anyone used them?

Posted by baza on 3/8/2014 at 21:44

Hi I am planning a trip for our family of 2 adults and 4children to Vietnam and we have limited time while there. I found a company that will organise hotel pickup and drop off, Hanoi hotels, a trip to Sapa and Halong Bay (on Alova -which their website says they are the 'licensed tour operator and owner of'), thereby saving us a lot of time by organising these 2 excursions from Hanoi (in a 7 day/6 night package). I wonder if anyone has had any experience of Go Asia Traveland/or ...

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Anyone take the Ha Long Cruise With Aclass Junk?

Posted by thailen on 27/7/2014 at 04:26

We're thinking of signing up with WaytoVietnam tour operator for a 2 day/1 night cruise. The price is pretty cheap - $95/per person. The next best price is $125/pp. on a cruise recommended by our hotel. Anyone have direct or indirect experience? The photos look great for both boats, but who knows how accurate they really are? ...

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Custom made ao dai and other Vietnamese women's clothing in HCMC (or Can Tho) for a man.

Posted by man_in_ao_dai on 21/7/2014 at 21:42

Hi. I'll be in Southern Vietnam (HCMC, Can Tho, Mekong Delta) in a few months. I'm wondering if anyone here can recommend a tailor who can make ao dai for a reasonable price (decent quality, but not too expensive). Would it be real silk? How much for one of those pretty plain white ones ? What about colored ones? The thing is, I'm a man. But I do want to get a regular women's ao dai. Would this cause any issues? Also, can one get a yem made (traditional Vietnamese women's undergarment)? How much ...

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Vietnam VOA Question

Posted by MWasser6 on 21/7/2014 at 02:17

Hi All, This may be a stupid question, but I cant seem to find information anywhere online. While the Vietnam VOA is only possible to use for entry the at the airport, if you pay for a multi-entry visa approval letter, once you pay the stamping fee in Hanoi/HCMC, can you then leave and re-enter by land? Or is the visa of this type only usable for airport entries??? Thanks for the advice!! ...

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Stay with local people in the north vietnam

Posted by riderman74 on 23/7/2014 at 04:11

Touring in the north of Vietnam, you could have some nights staying with local people such as Thai in Maichau, white Thai in Phu Yen, Black Thai in Yen Bai, Dzao in Thac Ba Lake, Tay in Babe national park, Nung in Cao Bang just near Ban Gioc waterfall - the most beautiful one in the north of Vietnam. With the basic conditions but the welcome & the foods are exceptionals , you will surely have unforgetable souvenirs of the lifetime! ...

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