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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!

3-4 week trip - first timer advice needed!

Posted by Katie2952 on 10/3/2014 at 17:23

Hi, I do apologise for any silly questions but I am in the very early stages of planning a solo trip leaving mid July and back mid August and I have never done anything like this before. Firstly before I ask for your much needed advice i'll tell you what kind of trip I'd like.... Fairly relaxed, not too much rushing around, spontaneous but safe. I will be alone but i'm desperate to lose my habit of over planning trips. I would love a fair bit of beach time. I need to keep the trip fairly cheap ...

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Hoi An - Warning - Stay away from Lin Lin tailors!

Posted by bretandgerri on 21/3/2010 at 16:14

I have been royally ripped-off in Hoi An by Lin Lin tailors (22 Tran Phu St, opposite the market). Partly my naivety; I broke my golden rule and didn't shop around, but went straight there and was sucked in by the gorgeous sweet kind sales lady (who strangely wouldn't give her name!) got measured up for a bunch of stuff, which she was vague about the price of, and then she told me these 6 items would come to $380 US!!! I just about died. She let me off with $330, and I stupidly paid a deposit, ...

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Help - booking first trip to Vietnam!

Posted by janine22 on 9/4/2014 at 10:37

We are looking to book our first trip to Vietnam next March and we are really unsure of which places to visit! We would like to spend a couple of days in Ho Chi Min City, maybe a couple of days in Hanoi and also a trip along Halong Bay and then 7-10 days in a beach resort, maybe Nha Trang? Any advice on this? Does this seem a good choice of places and if so what are the best things to look out for and to do in these places?? Any help would be appreciated. ...

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Avoid nhatrang tours on 1/24 tran quang khai, nha trang

Posted by denisell on 19/4/2014 at 11:16

They are also located on the reception lobby of galliot hotel. They give wrong imfo regarding tours and the staff are rude and unwilling to talk to us or compensate. We felt ripped off and the owners were so rude. Ruined our experience in nha trang ...

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Luang Prabang to Sapa particulars

Posted by Sparkwanderlust on 19/4/2014 at 10:30

We are currently in Luang Prabang , planning to make our way north and into Vietnam (not the most direct route, but hopefully more beautiful). Through forum research, I have learned the following, but still have a few questions and would also love any clarifications or other recent tips: - Luang Prabang to Nong Khiaw By bus about 4 hours & 80,000 K (boat no longer available due to dam construction) - Nong Khiaw to Muang Ngoi By boat about 1 hour & 25,000 K * Does this boat only leave w ...

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Halong Bay cruise only 15 USD.!!

Posted by ehmsen on 27/2/2014 at 08:42

Hey I just did Halong Bay for 15$. You can do tours but this is just as good. How: You go to travel agency or hostel/hotel and book the ticket. The ticket must include: - Bus from hanoi to Halong city - Cruise boat through Halong bay to Cat Ba Island - Park admission (120.000 dong) - Bus on Cat Ba Island to Cat Ba city Then you can spend a few days there. Dorm price from 3USD. Rent a bike 4USD. Go kayaking. ...

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bus/train journey times advice

Posted by loafheaduk on 16/4/2014 at 03:50

Hi all Can anybody advise how long it roughly takes to get from hanoi - hoi an by sleeper train or bus please. Also the same question for hoi an - Ho chi minh city nice one brothers and sisters, happy travelling ...

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Trekking in Sapa

Posted by marianaamc on 13/4/2014 at 17:48

I'm doing to Sapa and I'm still undecided if I should do a 3d2n trek or a 2d1n trek. But that's not really my question, I guess I'll decide depending on the feedback from my real question: I saw some maps of the villages surrounding Sapa but I'm finding really difficult to find information regarding them independently. And most trekking companies offer different treks, with the same time frame, without describing the differences between them besides the difficulty. I don't really mind doing a ...

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Looking for motorbike travel partner - Saigon to Hanoi

Posted by Goodtime777 on 28/3/2014 at 21:48

Hey guys. I arrive in Saigon by Monday and I'll be looking to travel north of Vietnam to Hanoi via motorbike. I'm looking for someone/s to do the same journey with me! I'm completely flexible with time an places to visit!! I've driven the perimeter of Australia so I'm fairly confident with road travel. Im a 24 YO from England! My name is Richard. Feel free to contact me ! ...

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Sapa to Dien Bien Phu to Muang khua

Posted by marianaamc on 13/4/2014 at 13:02

I heard there's a night bus from sapa to dien bien phu that arrives at 5.30am but that's also the time the bus to Muang khua leaves. Has anyone ever done this or know if it's possible to do? Thanks. ...

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Motorbike from Saigon to Hanoi (Also looking for someone to do the trip with)

Posted by SEABackpacker on 10/4/2014 at 10:21

Anyone have any experiences doing the motorbike trip up the coast? Any do's and don'ts? Recommendations on bikes? Also if anyone wants to do the trip with me, I am very open to chat with ya! Cheers ...

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Paradise Islands???

Posted by bholl on 8/3/2014 at 01:01

Hi, I am looking for islands and beached in Asia (Vietnam, Philippines, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, etc) that are similar to the Gili Islands in Indonesia. I really enjoy the relaxed setting with the option of partying at night...and of course the awesome beaches. I have been to Thailand...Phi Phi, Railay, Samui, Tao, Phangan...just looking for more paradise Islands Thanks! ...

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Boat from Phu Quoc to Ha Tien?

Posted by fuzzneko on 21/3/2014 at 20:04

Hi, I was wondering if anyone has information about a fast boat from Phu Quoc to Ha Tien. I am looking for scheduled departure times, where the boat departs from, how much for a ticket, average travel time, etc. we are hoping to get to Kep from the border. Thanks!!! ...

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16 Days trip itinerary to Vietnam in March/April

Posted by manifaraji on 15/2/2014 at 03:24

Hi, I have reviewed many posts and internet suggestions regarding my 16-night trip to Vietnam in this March/April and have come up with below plan. I appreciate if you let me have your suggestions and recommendations. one idea is because of time restrictions, I skip the central part ( Hoi An ) and focus more on Northern part. or maybe other suggestions will be helpful. Thanks, Wednesday 19-Mar-14 - 10:30 pm arrive at Hanoi Thursday 20-Mar-14 - Hanoi City Tour Friday 21-Mar-14 - Hanoi to ...

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Hoi An/Da Nang Private Guide

Posted by ebfried on 5/4/2014 at 22:24

My son and I spent 2 weeks in August 2013 with a wonderful personal guide called Xuan Tu MAI who lives in Da Nang . My wife and I met Xuan Tu the year before in Da Nang and were immediately taken with her kindness to us. Xuan Tu is a very endearing young lady who's English is perfect having studied at the University of Foreign Languages in Da Nang and has lived for a time in Australia. She is passionate about her culture and country. We spent time with her in Hoi An, Da Nang and motorcycle ridi ...

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Snakebite Sunday in Hanoi?

Posted by SenojSew on 2/4/2014 at 17:12

Hi Everyone, I will be arriving in Hanoi from London on Sunday 12th April 2014, after a quick nap I am sure I will want some food and a few drinks. Just wondering if anyone would like to maybe hang out/do a little exploring? Wes ...

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bicycle on train SE1 and SE3

Posted by bikercj on 19/12/2008 at 06:09

We will have bicycles to take on these trains, SE1 from Hanoi - Hue; and SE3 from Danang - HCMCity (Saigon). Both are night trains. 1. How must we prepare the bicycles? 2. Will they be on the train we are on? Thanks, Caroline Helmkamp USA ...

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Advice for 2 Oldies Visiting in March

Posted by Bigianws on 28/1/2014 at 11:08

Holiday Help Hi My wife and myself are arriving in Ho Chi Min City on the evening of Sat 8th March off a flight from Uk. We will be flying out of HMC in the early hours of 26th March so have approx 2.5 weeks. We are both in early 60s and are not particularly fit but want to have an interesting and varied holiday peppered with periods of relaxation.(We don't do cycling, diving, trekking, kayaking etc). We are happy with mid range accommodation but insist on western style toilets, en suite fa ...

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4 weeks in vietnam

Posted by debandviv on 2/3/2014 at 18:14

Hi we are planning on 4 weeks in vietnam - any ideas on this planned itinerary (Hoi An is a special that we have already booked at Sunrise Beach Resort) Arrival Saigon 13-Aug Saigon city & Cu Chi tunnels 14-Aug Saigon/Mekong delta 15-Aug Mekong delta 16-Aug Mekong delta/Saigon 17-Aug Saigon/Nha Trang by overnight train 18-Aug Nha Trang 19-Aug Nha Trang 20-Aug Nha Trang/Dalat by car 21-Aug visit Dalat 22-Aug Dalat 23-Aug Dalat/Danang/Hoi An 24-Aug Hoi An 25-Aug Hoi An 26-Aug Hoi ...

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Ho Chi Minh mausoleum Dress Code

Posted by gatoguts on 26/3/2014 at 02:23

Are sandals or slippers allowed in the mausoleum? ...

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