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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!

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 2,748 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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Moving to Saigon

Posted by somanights on 20/7/2014 at 04:58

I'm now in my 10th month of travelling SEA, and the next step is settling down somewhere for a bit. I loved Vietnam and I've chosen to go to Saigon for 6 months. I'm planning to make decisions on a room or flat when I get there, but I'd like to do some advance reading. Can anyone please recommend a site (aside from Craigslist) which has non-agency ads for places to live? Also, any sites or expat communities which might list vacancies and the like? Perhaps also any other sites which may be o ...

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Tours from Ho Chi Minh City to Mekong Delta

Posted by thailen on 17/7/2014 at 08:13

A friend said he took an all-day, all expenses tour recommended by his hotel to the Mekong Delta including at least two boat rides, last November, for the ridiculous price of $10! Even if it's more than $10, does this tour have a name, would my hotel(after I book it) know about it? How and where would I get it? Any information or suggestions would be greatly appreciated... ...

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Vietjet Air Cancellation

Posted by coderalera on 17/7/2014 at 05:42

Hello everyone! First of all, thanks to everyone who contributes building this site and congratulations for the good job! I'm writing my first post because last May I've booked a flight from Bangkok to Hanoi with Vietjet Air on July the 28th and they have cancelled the flight. I only have an email from the company that arrived to my junk email and I've found it by chance! Now I'm expecting for their response because there has been no refund of the tickets and I want to know what's happening. ...

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Choosisng a Ha long Tour Operator

Posted by thailen on 12/7/2014 at 02:55

First, when they quote prices, an overnight cabin fee for a double cabin is the entire price for 2 people, correct? Is there a difference in price between booking a cruise on-line and waiting until we check in our hotel and asking them or just walking down streets and finding one that way? Would we be able to pay with a credit card? Many posters talk about kayaking. I can handle a canoe but have never sat in a kayak. Will they let us ride in kayaks as newbies? How long does it take to control th ...

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Vietnamese Visa in Phnom Penh

Posted by charlottex on 11/7/2014 at 06:59

Hi, I plan to get my visa for Vietnam in Phnom Penh , I read than it's cheaper, faster and easier to get it from a travel agent or even my hotel than the embassy. Did anyone experience this? Do you have any recommendation about a travel agent in Phnom Penh who does that? And one important question, how much time do I have to get into Vietnam once I get the Visa? my flight for Vietnam is the 22 of august and I plan to get the visa this week. Thanks a lot! ...

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Vietnam trip from 17 July

Posted by vitafield on 14/7/2014 at 10:40

Hi, I'm Vitalis, from Germany and have been traveling in China at the moment. On 17 of July I'm going to Vietnam, Hanoi and plan to travel from the North to the South in ca. 1 months. It is the part of my ongoing trip around the world which I started in March (Japan, China). After 4 months China Vietnam will be my next destination. I'm traveling at low cost as a backpacker and plan to stay in cheap hostels, couchsurf but also sleep outside in a camp.. By now I don't have any fix plan a ...

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the best way to Co To island

Posted by theglesgaboy on 12/7/2014 at 08:32

hello there can anyone advise the best way to get from Hanoi to Co To island. ...

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Sapa in Late February

Posted by chopin on 23/1/2012 at 21:24

Hi all, my wife and I plan to go to Sapa from Hanoi from 18 to 26 in February. Would like some advice for the following: 1. Is it a good timing for travelling there? 2. We checked that this is the cold season there. Is there a possibility of snwoing? Is it going to be windy? How many layers of clothing are needed? 3. Would it be peak season? Hard to find hotels? 4. Is it recommended if we rent a motobike and move about on our own there? 5. We plan to travel from Hanoi by train. Is the scene ...

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