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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!

Advice for 2 Oldies Visiting in March

Posted by Bigianws on 28/1/2014 at 11:08

Holiday Help Hi My wife and myself are arriving in Ho Chi Min City on the evening of Sat 8th March off a flight from Uk. We will be flying out of HMC in the early hours of 26th March so have approx 2.5 weeks. We are both in early 60s and are not particularly fit but want to have an interesting and varied holiday peppered with periods of relaxation.(We don't do cycling, diving, trekking, kayaking etc). We are happy with mid range accommodation but insist on western style toilets, en suite fa ...

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4 weeks in vietnam

Posted by debandviv on 2/3/2014 at 18:14

Hi we are planning on 4 weeks in vietnam - any ideas on this planned itinerary (Hoi An is a special that we have already booked at Sunrise Beach Resort) Arrival Saigon 13-Aug Saigon city & Cu Chi tunnels 14-Aug Saigon/Mekong delta 15-Aug Mekong delta 16-Aug Mekong delta/Saigon 17-Aug Saigon/Nha Trang by overnight train 18-Aug Nha Trang 19-Aug Nha Trang 20-Aug Nha Trang/Dalat by car 21-Aug visit Dalat 22-Aug Dalat 23-Aug Dalat/Danang/Hoi An 24-Aug Hoi An 25-Aug Hoi An 26-Aug Hoi ...

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Ho Chi Minh mausoleum Dress Code

Posted by gatoguts on 26/3/2014 at 02:23

Are sandals or slippers allowed in the mausoleum? ...

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Saigon to Kep-what's the best/most interesting way to get there?

Posted by fuzzneko on 13/3/2014 at 16:38

I'll be traveling from Saigon to Kep, and would like to do it in 2-3 days. Is the best/most interesting way to get there via a flight to Phu Quoc then boat to Ha Tien or on a cruise down the Mekong to Chau Doc then overland to Ha Tien? Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance! ...

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2 days in Ho Chi Ming City

Posted by Mooncat on 17/3/2014 at 22:14

Hello Arriving into HCMC on Thu 20 March and will be there for 2 1/2 days before bussing over to Phnom Penh . Doing some work in Singapore and have a day and a half work in Phnom Penh so thought I'd try and take as much in during my small amount of time. Can anyone suggest a private tour guide I can hire for two days to show me around main tourist sites but also some of the commercial areas? Any "normal" backpackers who want to join me for some sightseeing let me know... gets bori ...

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vinh to vientiane

Posted by elsuave on 8/3/2014 at 19:05

We seem to be stranded in vinh! We're trying to cross the Laos border into Vientiane, can anyone tell us the best way to do this? At the central bus station now, but they are saying that no buses travel that route from here. Is there another bus depot nearby that will take us to vientiane? Information seems very hard to find. Any help is appreciated! ...

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Opinions on itinery for family with kids age 6 and 9 please.

Posted by oncecalledfred on 19/2/2014 at 10:37

So we have booked flights to VN in April with 6yr old girl and 9 yr old boy. Our plans are: Ho Chi Minh City for 3 days - Cu chi tunnels and botanic gardens planned. Then upto Madagui for few days at the resort to include visit to Dambri falls. Then to Nha Trang for 4 days - no plans yet but I've heard beaches are lovely here??? Then Hoi An for a couple days, we've been for day trip before so will just explore a bit more. Then Hue for 4 days - no plans as yet. I've been looking a ho ...

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Viewed 1,162 times, with 6 replies. Last reply by oncecalledfred on 18/3/2014 at 14:41

Tour mafia in Can Tho

Posted by Skyla on 18/3/2014 at 04:21

Hello there, We are currently in Can Tho and tried to book a tour in the surroundings with a reputable tour company over the internet. We are a bit shocked of the stories they told us about the situation here in Can Tho with the "Tour Mafia" or "Gangsters" as they call them. We were refused to book the tour, because the hotel we are staying at, doesn't provide Floating Market tours themselves. Apparently we are always followed and observed when we are going out by members ...

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Vietnam Visa Extension Cities

Posted by JustinC474 on 6/11/2012 at 01:18

My friend and I are about to take off to motorbike down the coast from Hanoi to HCMC. However when we leave our visas will only have about 15 days left and we feel we want more time so were not rushed. So our question is: what cities can you get a 1 month visa extension? So far I've heard Hanoi, HCMC, Hoi An and Danag but am having a hard time either confirming or denying this online. Does anyone know for sure? Thanks ...

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Daily direct bus service between Sam Neua and Thanh Hoa

Posted by tf_geckozy on 19/5/2010 at 01:39

Now there exist several direct bus services beteween Sam Neua and Thanh Hoa , and the massages at Sam Neua East & South bus stations & Luang Prabang North bus station & Nong Khiaw bus station are telling us about those direct bus services, but all of them are not daily service but 3~4 buses a week at least now. DAILY DIRECT BUS SERVICE To the contorary, there exists another one "Daily" direct bus service between Sam Neua and Thanh Hoa operated by a Vietname ...

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What is the easiest way to extend Vietnam visa?

Posted by Grunberg on 3/3/2014 at 22:47

I am UK passport holders, now I am in Vietnam looking for Vietnam visa extension 3 months. My friend advised me for new one but I wonder which is the best choice for me, I mean cheaper cost and easier to obtain. Cheers. Grunberg ...

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Viewed 1,628 times, with 5 replies. Last reply by Grunberg on 17/3/2014 at 05:35

How to obtain a visa

Posted by nathuy on 17/3/2014 at 01:20

Hello everyone, I've just come to Vietnam and intended to stay here for several months. Though I tried many ways to find out what the best way to extent a visa in Vietnam is, I can't figure out whether there is a best way to make it. Please help me urgently if you could give me any idea or recommendation. ...

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Viewed 1,116 times, with 1 reply. Last reply by Bill_Vietnam on 17/3/2014 at 02:50

Visa Approval Letter from

Posted by gatoguts on 12/3/2014 at 03:09

Has anyone used for their visa approval letter, and if so, had any problems with it? ...

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Hoi An Golden Sands Resort renovations?

Posted by BrigZapps on 9/2/2014 at 22:27

Hi everyone, We are a family from Western Australia travelling to Hoi An, Vietnam in July 2014 (2 adults, 2 teenagers). We are booked in at the Swiss Bel Golden Sands Resort for 10 days. I understand that they don't have much of a beach left after storms in November 2013, but I can't seem to get a reassuring answer on renovations happening within the rest of the hotel. Reports vary between pool bar closed to pool bar, entire pool, rooms under construction and half the hotel being closed? I wou ...

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Dalat Easy Riders

Posted by Fattymac on 3/2/2010 at 08:38

I booked a 7 day tour through and did it in January. They are the real deal. I had numerous email communications with them and they were ready and waiting for me in Dalat. We discussed the tour over a beer in Dalat and were ready to go the next day. There were three of us (2 guides) and we had the best time riding through the highlands. Ended up in Hue but wished we went all the way to Hanoi. I would do it again in a pinch. Here is my ...

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Mekong Delta - organized bike tour or explore on our own?

Posted by Dorotich on 7/3/2014 at 17:44

Hello everyone; I have just been doing some reading about exploring the Mekong Delta. We were considering a homestay in Can Tho and exploring the area on our own. And then we came across the idea of an organized bicycle tour out of HCMC with I am curious if anyone has done a 2 or 3 day bike trip of the region and how that might compare to simply meandering about on our own. Your thoughts? Paul ...

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Landing in HCMC 7/03/14 anybody planning to do the ho chi minh trail by bike?

Posted by littletimmy on 5/3/2014 at 07:54

I'm british 23/m been in thailand for the last three months. Not really traveled much this time, but want to escape Thailand for a month or so. I've been south to north of vietnam before, via bus/plane/train and easy rider tour, but want to ride it all the way this time. Met some really good locals last time. Anyone planning to ride let me know ...

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Good Tailor in Hanoi

Posted by crimptacular on 2/3/2009 at 15:19

We will be in Hanoi later this month and departing for home. Does anyone have a line on a good tailor for a jacket or two? We won't be in Hoi An so am hoping to find something in Hanoi. Thanks! ...

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Rules/safety tips for eating and drinking in Hoi An please

Posted by BrigZapps on 11/2/2014 at 21:29

The street food in Hoi An sounds amazing! We are spending time in Hoi An in July this year. My question is, how safe is it all to eat? We have travelled to Bali & Thailand before and have followed all the rules eg, only bottled water, no raw salad, no ice, only ate in busy restaurants and never ate from street vendors etc. We are travelling with our teenagers, and would like to try the local food and drinks from vendors and markets, but would appreciate any tips regarding do's and dont' ...

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Viewed 4,535 times, with 5 replies. Last reply by BrigZapps on 6/3/2014 at 02:46

Staying overnight at HCMC airport?

Posted by SEATraveler2 on 4/3/2014 at 03:24

Hey guys, Does anyone know if I am able to stay in the airport during an overnight layover in HCMC. I head home from Bangkok in a couple days with a layover in Vietnam, and did not get a visa as I planned on staying within the airport with no checked baggage...but someone has told me they close at night. Am i screwed? ...

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