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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!

Vietnam in two weeks!

Posted by helenlouise140 on 4/5/2014 at 17:19

Hi I'm wondering if anyone can help or offer any advice?? I am going to vietnam with my cousin start of July to mid August (around 16 days) flying in and out of hoi chi minh city. We were thinking it may be best to stick to the south and central rather than trying to do north to south and rush, can anyone recommend the best places and things not to miss? We are very keen to do war related stuff, a boat trip, cooking class, spa/massage and a home stay. Any advice about hotels etc would also be ap ...

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Where is Nam Cat Tien National Park?

Posted by NguyenHoangLong on 28/4/2014 at 03:08

Dear my friends, I am Vietnamese who live in US for a long time. This summer, I will come back my home town and travel Nam Cat Tien National Park. Could You (Vietnamese Friends) share with me about Nam Cat Tien National Park? Sincerely ...

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Road from Nha Trang to Dalat

Posted by claire87uk on 21/4/2014 at 06:49

Hi all, we are going on honeymoon to Vietnam in 3 weeks, and will be staying in Hanoi for 2 nights then Nha Trang for 10. I thought we might break up the stay in Nha Trang by going to Dalat for 2 nights. I have a question about the new road between the two - we will probably take the bus - does the road have a lot of steep drops on the edges/barriers? I know this seems trivial but I had a scary experience elsewhere in a coach on a high up mountain road and not sure I can cope with my fear of ...

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Posted by jekker666 on 1/4/2014 at 17:38

Hi everyone, I'm travelling to Vietnam with my girlfriend this july-august and we would like to make the ha giang - dong van - meo vac loop by motorbike, perhaps go to hoang su phi by motorbike too and then back to Ha Giang. After or before that trip we would like to visit Bac ha too and visit either Bac ha market on sunday of cau can market on saturday. After this I was thinking of taking the night train bach to Hanoi. I was wondering if it is possible to go from Ha Giang to bac ha by public t ...

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Stranded in Tam Dao hellhole! urgent advice please!

Posted by Flowertot on 22/4/2014 at 04:45

If anyone familiar with the area can help. I will be so grateful! Basically, my volunteer placement in the area went pear shaped and I had to strike out on my own. Have landed up in Tam Dao which I thought was a town but is actually a tiny village. It is swathed in the thickest fog I have ever seen and the fog has been seeping into the whole hotel and my room for 2 days. Everything including my sheets are damp, and water is pooling on the floor. It is too foggy to even venture out to explore. Ca ...

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Internet quality in Ho Chi Minh, Hoi An, Quy Nhon and Nha Trang

Posted by CarinaAI on 23/2/2014 at 21:34

Hello all, I am going on 1-month-trip to Vietnam in April and wouldneed a "not-too-bad" and relatively stable internet connection as Iam a freelance writer and have to do some research on my texts (usually normalhtml sites with a few pictures). I am considering going to: Ho Chi Minh Hoi An Quy Nhon Nha Trang Does anyone have experiences with internet quality in thoseplaces? General quality, cheap hotels/hostels with good internet, goodVietnamese internet providers (subscription for 1 m ...

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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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