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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!

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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Viewed 1,661 times, with 5 replies. Last reply by HMira74 on 28/9/2014 at 02:49

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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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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