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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!

US Visa to Vietnam?

Posted by pirmelenge on 23/9/2013 at 22:30

Hello All, Does anyone have any knowledge about the pre-departure visa to Vietnam for US citizens? I'd like to get a 60 day visa, and am wondering - does my 60 days begin when they approve my visa or does it begin when I enter the country? The embassy website was a bit confusing, so if anyone knows the answer I'd appreciate it! Thanks ...

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Price train to sapa

Posted by bascanvas on 4/2/2013 at 08:42

Hi, i was wondering if anyone can give me a good price indication for one of the soft sleeper trains from Hanou to Sapa when booked through one of the many travelagents in Hanoi or when booked directly at the train station? When i look at the online booking options i can't help but think it's way to expensive. Thanks in advance Bas ...

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Arriving 6pm Christmas Eve -Hanoi

Posted by Timetotravel12 on 18/12/2012 at 10:33

Hello, We're Arriving from Laos to Hanoi at 6pm on Christmas eve and going to Halong Bay on the 27th. As we're arriving late on the 24th can anyone suggest best things to do or go to in Hanoi that has a slight Christmas feel to it. Ive read alot online but they all seem to be for 2011 events. Can anyone direct me to a 'whats on' guide for 2012 over the 24th-26th Dec? Festive period.. Cheers Debbie ...

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Ninh Binh & Cuc Phuong

Posted by burnthisnow on 10/6/2008 at 23:04

Hi there, I'm in Ninh Binh at the moment and wondering if anyone has any good ideas about the best way to visit Cuc Phuong National Park from here. I really don't feel like hiring a guide, as I'm experienced at hiking and getting around national parks elsewhere, and I'm not dying to drop the money on a driver for a bike or car. I can rent a motorbike, I reckon, but as I plan to overnight in the park, that's a two-day charge. Is there a bus? I'm being told no here.... Thanks! ...

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travellers cheques

Posted by frere on 4/11/2013 at 09:40

no longer cashed in vietnam ...

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Vietnam - Typhoon (Hoi An and Hanoi)

Posted by Bronkie on 17/11/2013 at 02:09

Hi all. We will be travelling to Hanoi and Hoi An in December. Tickets are booked and our hostel reservations have all been paid for. I'm struggling to contact our hostel in Hoi An, in the past the replied to my message quite quickly. Now I'm not getting responses from them. I wanted to know if things are okay in Hoi An? I mean if they have been hit too bad then I need to book other accommodation and change our itinerary to visit another city. If anybody has been in Hanoi or Hoi An duri ...

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Itinerary Cambodia / Vietnam / Laos / Northern Thailand

Posted by schwev on 18/11/2013 at 16:56

Hi All, We are planning a 10 weeks trip Southeast Asia from mid January to March. Some background: We are a couple in their 30's. I like beach, culture and food and my husband likes outdoorsy stuff such as jungles, trekking and nature. We both don't like places overrun by tourists. As it is quite a long trip for us, our budget is low to mid range, ideally boutique accommodation (around £50 a night) with the occasional splurge. We can afford flights between locations and don't need to bus i ...

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Some Real Questions About Halong Bay

Posted by cheapswill on 6/7/2006 at 22:30

Hey Everyone, I've been trying to find out some info about touring Halong Bay when I visit Vietnam in October. I thought staying on one of those junks would be cool but the prices I found on line ranged from "too good to be true" to "too much to handle". I don't need to stay in luxury but I don't want to sleep in a leaky barge either. What is a standard price for a comfortable and fun 2 day tour to Halong Bay? Can anyone reccomend a good tour company or agent in Hanoi for this? Is it ...

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Train from hanoi to Lao Cai

Posted by Joffarelly on 5/11/2013 at 00:55

I plan to travel with 3 other adults and two kids ( 5 & 7) from Hanoi to Lao Cai on Dec 20th 2013, leaving around 10pm at night. After a long search on the internet I get very conflicting information about prices. A lot of sites quote around $40 for a one-way journey. Then some quote around $25. Why the big difference? I imagine that agencies add a fee but that is a big difference. Would it be better to book when I arrive in Vietnam. Will three days before departure be enough time to en ...

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Viewed 1,166 times, with 4 replies. Last reply by Joffarelly on 11/11/2013 at 21:26

typhoon, where should I go?

Posted by Cata on 8/11/2013 at 11:47

I have just arrived from Hanoi to Hue this morning, and when I get here i'm informed that there is a big typhoon coming over this Sunday. I'm supposed to travel to Hoi An tomorrow afterno (the staff at the place where in staying tools me I should do this, becauseif not I will have to wait until Monday to keep on heeding south). But I don't know where would it be safest to stay another the storm, if here poor at hoi an. Or if would both be the same... Any thoughts?? another possibility is t ...

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Viewed 1,508 times, with 5 replies. Last reply by Cata on 11/11/2013 at 04:53

Hanoi to Sapa and back in three days

Posted by nelschrecker on 3/11/2013 at 08:26

Hello all, I have been studying Travelfish for a while now but this is my first post. I am arriving in Hanoi on the 20th of November with my wife and we have a 3D2N Halong Bay cruise booked for the 24th, 25th and 26th. I would like to take the overnight train from Hanoi to Sapa on the 20th, spend the night in Sapa on the 21st and then return to Hanoi on the 22nd. Does this sound feasible? We arrive early on the morning of the 20th, would it be easy to arrange the train tickets when we a ...

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ninh binh. cuc phuong national park.

Posted by frere on 4/11/2013 at 10:10

booked KENH GA resort through Agoda. nobody - including the locals - seemed to know where it was and they did not answer the phone over 36 hours. it rang but was not answered. there was no alternative number. as i had taken only petrol and spending money and wasted hours searching it was not my best experience. [no response from agoda] i ended up at the nearby national park CUC PHUONG which is a beauty and the cheapish accommodation was good enough. if anyone has read this far: the best budget ...

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3 Weeks South to North over CHRISTMAS period!

Posted by travellingtom88 on 7/10/2013 at 13:01

Hi to all in the the travelfish community. My first post here so looking for some much needed advice and help. As my title explains, I am visiting Vietnam between 7th - 29th December this year, travelling SOLO! 5 years ago I done a gap year with my best pal to "find myself" and travel (drinking mainly in hostels with other).. now I'm 25 and decided it's time to dust down the backpack and visit Asia again. I have spend around 12 weeks in total in South East Asia before so I know what ...

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First time travelling HELP!

Posted by bubbledog on 6/10/2013 at 11:04

Hey guys/girls I really need some advice so fire away. I'm confused how to get from Halong bay to Dong Hoi. I would like to visit the Phong Kna-Ke caves and spend a bit of time by the national park. I hope to then travel onwards to Danang and then onto Nha Trang to spend a little time on the beach. Ill then go straight on to HCMC. I've got just over 2 weeks to do the whole thing and need the most easiest form of transport. Preferably not flying as I think trains would be the best method. I' ...

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Little scammers in VietNam plus a great shave

Posted by m4yb on 1/1/2013 at 02:52

These are no real big deal, but I just thought I would warn others who may fall for them: HOI AN: at the river end of the market, a woman came to me, offering me a pedicure for $1. I hesitated, she was quite insistent, I, naively, thought, what do I have to lose. She led me to a room in a back alley, removed my existing toe nailpolish, trimmed then got me to lie on this couch so she could trim my heels. She declared that my heels needed a lot of trimming, and said "maybe cost a little ...

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Full moon festival in Hoi An

Posted by sejmer on 26/10/2013 at 18:12

Hi,I am confused about the date for the 'Full moon festival' in Hoi An Jan 2014.I have found two different dates: 14th Jan and 16th Jan.Which is correct ? ...

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How to go to Phu Quoc from Sihanoukville?

Posted by pdropl on 26/10/2013 at 04:43

Hi, We will be around Sihanoukville and we would like to go to Phu Quoc from there and then to Vietnam mainland. Does anyone know what's the best way to do this and if is possible to do it? Thanks, Pedro ...

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Viewed 1,296 times, with 4 replies. Last reply by pdropl on 27/10/2013 at 20:05

What to expect when advance booking hotel in Hanoi

Posted by EdwardTrunk on 16/10/2013 at 17:13

I'm hoping soon to book a modest hotel room in Hanoi for 3 days - long in advance, since we're going there fairly soon after Tet. But will Hanoi hotels ask me to hand over debit card details in order to book? I won't use cards overseas for anything but ATMs and I usually bring $ cash for things like paying hotels. What is the norm in Vietnam for making hotel bookings like this? Grateful for any advice. ...

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Viewed 1,738 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by EdwardTrunk on 21/10/2013 at 07:09

Lao Cai bus

Posted by viacc65 on 13/10/2013 at 08:32

I am looking if actually run a daily direct morning bus from Lao Cai to Yuanyang (China) and it schedule? ...

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Viewed 1,159 times, with 1 reply. Last reply by travellingsarah on 16/10/2013 at 02:54

Vietnam and Cambodia - Conflicting Info

Posted by abs004 on 10/10/2013 at 18:19

Hello. It was recommended at another forum to post these questions here. After several hours of searching and finding conflicting info, I figure I could post several rapid fire questions that educated travelers could easily answer. Will be flying in/out of HCMC with bus trip to Siem Reap in middle. Here goes: 1) Vietnam Visa On Arrival seems like best/cheapest bet as will be landing around midnight and hopefully won't be too much of a wait. Total cost per person should be ~$15 (pre-approval le ...

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