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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!

Hiring a Motorcycle Taxi

Posted by thailen on 14/7/2014 at 00:12

Here are some questions. Since we're a couple, do we need to ride separately? Will some taxi drivers take both both of us? If yes, we'll probably have to get at least one helmet, maybe two. What should we pay, since we're only in Hanoi 4-5 days and in Saigon for 3 days... ...

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Vietnam Visa Extension

Posted by maxmartin67 on 13/8/2011 at 20:59

Hello, Was just wondering if someone could tell me the best place to go to extend a tourist visa in Saigon and how easy is it to do? Cheers ...

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Motorbike Vietnam August weather ? advice please

Posted by GJL on 17/6/2014 at 14:16

Hello , me and my brother are considering motorbiking vietnam from 25th july - 16th august , obviously it is the rainy season however I wondered if anybody had experience to how much this actually affected their travelling ? With tropical weather I understand you just get a downpour for part of the day but will this affect the roads through the whole of the month making riding quite unenjoyable. We would likely start in Saigon and head inland towards the border of Cambodia and head north from t ...

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Vietnam on a motorcycle!

Posted by jonvdh on 11/6/2014 at 12:18

Hey guys, I have to firstly say that I've been reading some brilliant adventures and trip ideas on this forum. Nothing beats going beyond the sites you so often hear about in travel brochures and really uncovering the naked reality of a different culture and place. This past year I was able to motorcycle across Vietnam on a 100cc lawn-mower engine motorcycle. Jokes a-side, it was probably the biggest adventure I've been on and experienced. I'd really love to help and share tales and tips wi ...

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Currency problems

Posted by teenytiny111 on 19/7/2014 at 05:44

I am a single traveller, starting my first adventure this August (2014). I'm backpacking around Australia but my stopover is in Vietnam and I will be in the airport for about 13 hours. I will be at the airport in Ho Chi Minh City and I have a question about the currency I could use whilst I'm waiting for my connecting flight. I know that the Dong is used but can I use any other currency whilst I'm waiting at the airport? Dollars or Pounds? Or should I get some VND? Any advice would be really ...

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discover the beauty of vietnam traditional music - ca tru

Posted by lolaonyx on 15/7/2014 at 10:30

Hi guys, I'm Lien from Vietnam. I'm a collaborator of Ca Tru Thang Long Club Ca tru (Folk song) is a long lasting royal music of Vietnamese people. It was recognized to be the World Heritage site by UNESCO. Joining a performance of ca tru, you will have a chance to hear the passionate sound from the female singers, the sound of drum expressing the satisfaction of the royals, the falling bamboo sound tong tong into the bronze basin to show the applause of the audiences, or enjoy the fresh and swe ...

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Open Tour Bus and Backpacker\'s Area in HCM

Posted by GunhoforVN on 22/6/2014 at 21:11

Hi: I just found this website today and would like to know what exactly is open tour bus. I will spend 2 weeks in Vietnam this October and in the process of planning our trip. I want to go to Hanoi and visit Hay Long. I saw some negative posts regarding Hay Long excursions. What are the pitfalls I should be aware of when going on a cruise/ferry ride and explore different scenic stops along the way? There will be us two girls going, so safety will be an important consideration. I am ...

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Hanoi to HCMC in 3 weeks

Posted by holty88 on 3/6/2014 at 23:42

Hi, I'm planning on driving from Hanoi to HCMC early July and would like some suggestions on places that are a 'must see'. I'm partial to a crazy night but the main purpose of my trip is to soak up some of the scenery. I don't have a route planned as yet so if anyone has already done this trip and could recommend places to see and miss that would be great. I've already been told Hoi An, Hue, and Dalat are great places to visit but want to sound out some more. Also would it be best to buy o ...

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Vietnam - Itinerary help?

Posted by caroquette on 20/5/2014 at 13:15

Hey guys, So, I'm going with my boyfriend to Southeast Asia for one month. We're arriving first in Hanoi and staying there for one week. Any advice on what to visit? Where to stay? Shall I always stay in Hanoi? PS - Comments like "you're stupid for only staying one week" etc (as I've heard before, here...) are not necessary since it is the only time I've got to spend. Thank you so much for your time ...

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Mocbai Vacation Travel Guide

Posted by duongvannam on 10/7/2014 at 00:08

My memory about trip. I want to share with you! ...

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Help! Trying to plan a quick trip

Posted by K_Mc on 3/6/2014 at 21:08

Hello, I've decided to take a solo trip and Vietnam is at the top of my list. It is early June and I am looking at travelling in early July so don't have a lot of time to research. I need some ideas for a practical 3 week route. Nothing over packed, I want it to be enjoyable. I really want to experience the culture, markets and temples with of course the sight seeing. Some ideas on the best ways to travel as well as best options for safe accommodations. I have read a mixture of reviews on ...

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A good and reliable tailor in Hoi An?

Posted by mflund on 8/7/2014 at 16:27

I know that this question has been asked quite a lot of times earlier, but I can't find any recent answers. Can anyone recommend a decent tailor in Hoi An? We are talking about an evening gown/dress for a girl in her early twenties. We are only staying for 3 nights. ...

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Most rewarding places in Vietnam?

Posted by marianaamc on 6/6/2014 at 05:46

Hi everyone. I only have 15 full days flying in HCMC and out of Hanoi. What are your opinions on how to make my time more rewarding in Vietnam? I wanted some feedback about the mekong delta and about mai chau. Still worth it? I read mixed reviews about those places. ...

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Cycling Vietnam - tips/companion

Posted by shreeva on 29/6/2014 at 19:00

I'm flying into Ho Chi Minh on 24th July 2014, and I fly out of Hanoi on 5th Aug and am looking for a travel companion to cycle with me for most/part of the journey. I am thinking of taking a couple of train trips along the way, so maybe cycling for around 6-7 days in total roughly. Ive done a little cycling before, but not on this scale. I'm in my late 30s and am quite fit, but I'm not taking this too seriously. I'm hoping it'll be a fun/active holiday. Any tips for doing this trip? Rout ...

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i am planning to live in Vietnam.

Posted by alan653 on 27/6/2014 at 21:12

I am a American now living in Thailand. I am planning to move and live in Vietnam in the near future (about a year from now). I would like to know what is required for a retirement visa, how often do you have to check in with immigration, and how can I set up a bank account with a reliable bank. My home base would be Saigon, or Hanoi. Any idea's on which city would be best? ...

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wheelchair access

Posted by jmgh003 on 28/6/2014 at 08:06

Hi I'd like to travel to Hanoi with my friend and her wheelchair bound daughter. I have been there twice and think if we stick to the old quarter we should be OK. But would love to hear what others think as I wasn't really thinking about wheelchairs when I was there and I might be wrong ...

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Boat trips from Vietnam into Cambodia

Posted by wilkaway on 23/6/2014 at 07:10

Hi planning a trip early next year to Vietnam to Cambodia and looking for a boat trip I can take from Hoi Chi Minh into Cambodia. Would be happy for it to take a day or so, not speed boat and not the luxury liners that I can only seem to find on google. Any recommendations? ...

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Halong Bay Advice plus Sapa

Posted by Bridgequeen on 1/6/2014 at 16:25

Hi I am planning a solo trip to Hanoi in October/ November in order to visit Halong Bay. Having read some of the posts on this forum I may also include Sapa so my questions are: 1 Can anyone recommend a good Halong Bay Cruise? I am not very fit so not able to clamber over other boats to board and do not relish the idea of carrying my own luggage down treacherous steps. Whilst I am budget conscious, I am prepared to pay more for this section of the trip.Also, I have heard that it is cheaper ...

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Riding to Hagiang - Vietnam

Posted by riderman74 on 18/6/2014 at 04:28

Ha Giang , the wildest region in the north of Vietnam is the best destination for motorbike tours. With 6- 7 days, the riders coud explorer the different landscapes and the rich cultures of ethnic local people such as: Dzao Quan Trang, Tay, H'mong, Lolo.... The road is karst and montainous, mostly in Dong Van district where there is a great karst plateau classified such as a national hesitage. If anyone comes to Vietnam, do not hesitate to ride to this province to enjoy the beauty and discover ...

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Weather question - central Vietnam October

Posted by dixharp on 3/6/2014 at 06:25

Has anybody spent any time in the central coastal region of vietnam in October? All the guides say this is the time of the highest rainfall, with storms and possibly typhoons. On a continuum from 1. the old cliche a 20-minute shower once a day then it's fine to 2. chucking it down without cease for weeks on end - how wet is it please? ...

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