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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!

9 days in Vietnam/Cambodia

Posted by tungcj97095 on 19/2/2014 at 02:19

My spouse and I are planning a SEA trip and within this month long trip, we've allocated 9 days in Vietnam and Cambodia. We will be arriving at HCMC on April 20th, 2014 at 1:30 pm. We plan to fly out to Hong Kong on April 29th at 10:50 am. This will be our first time in Vietnam and to be honest...I have no idea what to expect. I've done some research and there are some place that we'd really like to see. 1. Ho Chi Minh City 2. Phnom Penh (around Cambodia if possible) 3. Nha Trang My question ...

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Where to stay for relaxing week?

Posted by gregmacc on 29/1/2014 at 16:59

Hi all ... New member here ... Looking for suggestions, My wife and I (Australians in our mid fifties ) have had a stressful few years dealing with family issues and need to get away from it all for a week ... It doesn't have to be now ... September or October would be perfect. My wife doesn't do well in high humidity though so we realise that will restrict our seasonal timing options. In terms of our travel history it has all been independent. We are passionate cyclists and have done extensive ...

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Hoi An Accommodation

Posted by deborahmcg on 16/2/2014 at 11:36

Hello I am going to Vietnam in May and finish up with 7 nights in Hoi An. I wanted to know if anyone has any advice on the Thanh Binh Riverside hotel? Thanks Deborah ...

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Request for Itinerary feedback, specifically Mekong Delta bicycle

Posted by canueckli on 16/2/2014 at 16:01

I'd very much appreciate some itinerary feedback for an upcoming Vietnam trip, thanks to all who brave this wall of text. I've put a bit of info about us so you know what we're about, and I've listed our itinerary with questions in italics About us: Couple, 29 and 31, second trip to Vietnam. We've previously traveled through Asia for 7 months, so we can handle squat toilets and cockroach roommates when required. My wife is originally from Vietnam and still speaks Vietnamese (at the level of a s ...

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Packrafting Vietnam

Posted by tikchikak on 17/2/2014 at 23:45

Hello, I was thinking of going to Laos, but was wondering if Vietnam has any good rivers to float. I'm looking for a 7-14 day trip. Any info on good rivers with great sights? Is May a bad time to go for water levels? Thank you very much! ...

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Facebook in Vietnam

Posted by Patrick01 on 29/12/2011 at 06:54

Is Facebook still blocked in Vietnam?I have a mac I-pad I'm going to use.I have seen alot of directions about how to re configure Windows to access Facebook. ...

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'Easyriders' and other motorbike tours...? Other tips?

Posted by ihatewinter on 15/2/2014 at 18:15

Hey guys. I'm travelling with my girlfriend through Vietnam for three weeks in March. We're flying into Hanoi and flying out of Ho Chi Minh. I love doing adventure/off-the-beaten-path stuff, and hate throngs of tourists. Based on what I've read, doing some touring with 'Easyriders' and any of the other hundreds of motorbike tours seems like the way to go to see what most tourists wouldn't otherwise see. Also, I love motorbikes and have a lot of experience on two wheels, so I've found that it' ...

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Headied to HCMC on the 5h. Meet for drink or street food?

Posted by TerroirTravel on 1/2/2014 at 04:57

Hi, I've been reading the forums for awhile, but finally registering and posting. I'm a solo traveler, and always enjoy meeting up with others of like mind. My main interest- good food explorations. So far I'm planning to be there from the 5th -10th of Feb., and would enjoy sharing a meal and hearing about your adventures. Cheers, TT ...

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Advice on 26 days stay in Vietnam

Posted by system243trd on 18/1/2014 at 03:04

Hello, I will be visiting Vietnam with my wife in May for 28 days, so far we have scheduled the following itinerary Day 1 Hanoi Day 2 Hanoi Day 3 Hanoi Day 4 Sapa Day 5 Sapa Day 6 Sapa Day 7 Hanoi Day 8 Halong Bay Day 9 Halong Bay Day 10 Halong Bay / Hanoi / Hue Day 11 Hue Day 12 Hue Day 13 Day 14 Day 15 Day 16 Day 17 Day 18 Day 19 Day 20 Day 21 Day 22 Day 23 Day 24 Ho Chi Minh Day 25 Ho Chi Minh Day 26 Ho Chi Minh Please could you help me fill in the missing days or offer any further advi ...

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Mui Ne Easy Riders

Posted by Miduck on 27/1/2014 at 04:42

I decided to look into motorbikes while in Vietnam after reading about the central highlands before our trip. I found River's Easy Rider website (http://www.vietnameasyrider.com/) and contacted him, he responded quickly after every email and custom-designed our trip from Mui Ne to Nha Trang over three days fitting our needs (several of us wanted to ride our own motorbikes and others wanted to be passengers). Our group of 7 loved every minute of it and we saw some things and met people we ...

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Guide and driver north Vietnam hill tribes

Posted by photonomadvc on 23/1/2014 at 04:59

I hope to travel around north Vietnam from second week in March for 2 weeks specifically to visit, home stay and photograph hill tribes. An advice and any good contacts appreciated also where is best to go using Hanoi as a base? I don't want to revisit Sapa as there are too many tourists there but i love good scenery and mountains. Many thanks for any help in this regard. ...

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Vietnam questions with possible northern itinerary

Posted by marianaamc on 18/1/2014 at 16:44

So after getting really confused about how to make the most of my time in SEA I decided to leave Laos aside and go to Vietnam. My first idea was to do Chiang mai - LN -LP - NK/Muang Ngoi - VV - Vientiane - BKK but with less than 15days and a lot of day light traveling around I decided to leave it for another time. So, nature culture and food are the things that interest me the most in that order. I like beautiful landscapes and I think that is why Vietnam looks so good to me. I have to say tha ...

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First time backpackers / 2.5 week itinerary

Posted by scudz on 27/8/2013 at 12:31

Hi, My wife and I are planning a trip to Vietnam in December this year. We have return flights booked to Ho Chi Minh City and about 20 days between arriving and leaving. We have put together a rough plan of where we think we can go in the time, without rushing too much. Just wanted to know if this is do-able, rushed / or if we need to do more/less. Final query... is $75 USD per person enough per day, to include hotel/food/activities/travel ? We can exclude plane fares as we can book these b ...

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How many hours by car from Hue to Hoi An via Hai Van Pass?

Posted by EdwardTrunk on 14/1/2014 at 09:32

Can anyone say how many hours it takes by car from Hue to Hoi An via Hai Van Pass without any stops for sightseeing? I can see the distance on the map but I don't know the terrain, road quality, ease of travel etc. Once we know how long without stops for sightseeing, we can plan time for stops at Marble Mountains etc. ...

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Booking Vietnam Airlines Flights from the UK

Posted by Joseph_79 on 10/10/2009 at 21:46

Hi folks, this is my first post so hello to all. : ) I am looking for some info on booking domestic flights with Vietnam Airlines if possible. I can see from doing a search that many have asked similar questions but I am still a bit unclear and I am keen to get the latest info if possible. I understand that it may be cheaper to wait until I am in the country before buying my tickets and would to know if this is still the case or whether it is now possible to avail of 'local prices' thr ...

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14 nights in vietnam help?

Posted by Nadyankara on 11/1/2014 at 12:53

Hello there ! We are trying to plan our trip to Vietnam but due to the time we have and what we want to see it's proving quite difficult. Basically we want to see halong bay 3 nights, hoi an 4 nights and phu quoc 7 nights. What's the best way to do this? Cheers ...

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Entering Viet Nam at Trapeang Phlong > Xa Mat

Posted by Archmichael on 16/1/2014 at 11:51

As the other posts I've seen about this are all four or five years old, I'm starting a new one. In April or May we'll be traveling from Kampong Cham, Cambodia, to Sai Gon/HCMC. Does anyone have recent experience at the Trapeang Phlong> Xa Mat crossing? Besides the crossing itself, does anyone have information regarding transportation from there into Sai Gon, or at least to Tay Ninh, from which I figure a bus would be fairly easy to sort out. We'll already have our Viet Nam visas, so tha ...

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Sapa: Trekking and homestay or climb mt Fansipan? (or both?)

Posted by mmoody on 7/12/2013 at 16:15

I am trying to plan out my trip to SE Asia in April. I will be arriving into Hanoi and have a couple days to go up to Sapa . I am fairly fit (personal trainer) so a friend mentioned a hike to Mt Fansipan as a highlight of her trip years ago. It sounds interesting to me, but it seems like from what I can gather that you don't see much of the hill tribes when doing this hike. Is it possible to do some trekking to villages one day and then the hike to Fansipan the next? (I know it's stren ...

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Swimming in March in Hoi An

Posted by Davidnz on 13/1/2014 at 16:34

Hi We are staying at Vinh Hung Emerald resort for 8 nights in March. Will it be warm enough to swim at the beach and pool at that time of year. Many thanks ...

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Do some US dollar notes get rejected in Vietnam?

Posted by EdwardTrunk on 11/1/2014 at 08:17

I've got to bring to Vietnam US$ notes to pay hotel bills agreed in dollars. I've heard that in some Asian countries dollar notes can get rejected if they're not very new & clean or if they're in certain unpopular denominations. What's Vietnam like concerning this? Will $50 notes be accepted or should I stick to $10 bills? ...

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