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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!

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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Saigon to Kep-what's the best/most interesting way to get there?

Posted by fuzzneko on 13/3/2014 at 16:38

I'll be traveling from Saigon to Kep, and would like to do it in 2-3 days. Is the best/most interesting way to get there via a flight to Phu Quoc then boat to Ha Tien or on a cruise down the Mekong to Chau Doc then overland to Ha Tien? Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance! ...

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2 days in Ho Chi Ming City

Posted by Mooncat on 17/3/2014 at 22:14

Hello Arriving into HCMC on Thu 20 March and will be there for 2 1/2 days before bussing over to Phnom Penh . Doing some work in Singapore and have a day and a half work in Phnom Penh so thought I'd try and take as much in during my small amount of time. Can anyone suggest a private tour guide I can hire for two days to show me around main tourist sites but also some of the commercial areas? Any "normal" backpackers who want to join me for some sightseeing let me know... gets bori ...

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Viewed 1,303 times, with 1 reply. Last reply by qifitness on 26/3/2014 at 13:05

vinh to vientiane

Posted by elsuave on 8/3/2014 at 19:05

We seem to be stranded in vinh! We're trying to cross the Laos border into Vientiane, can anyone tell us the best way to do this? At the central bus station now, but they are saying that no buses travel that route from here. Is there another bus depot nearby that will take us to vientiane? Information seems very hard to find. Any help is appreciated! ...

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Opinions on itinery for family with kids age 6 and 9 please.

Posted by oncecalledfred on 19/2/2014 at 10:37

So we have booked flights to VN in April with 6yr old girl and 9 yr old boy. Our plans are: Ho Chi Minh City for 3 days - Cu chi tunnels and botanic gardens planned. Then upto Madagui for few days at the resort to include visit to Dambri falls. Then to Nha Trang for 4 days - no plans yet but I've heard beaches are lovely here??? Then Hoi An for a couple days, we've been for day trip before so will just explore a bit more. Then Hue for 4 days - no plans as yet. I've been looking a ho ...

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Tour mafia in Can Tho

Posted by Skyla on 18/3/2014 at 04:21

Hello there, We are currently in Can Tho and tried to book a tour in the surroundings with a reputable tour company over the internet. We are a bit shocked of the stories they told us about the situation here in Can Tho with the "Tour Mafia" or "Gangsters" as they call them. We were refused to book the tour, because the hotel we are staying at, doesn't provide Floating Market tours themselves. Apparently we are always followed and observed when we are going out by members ...

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Vietnam Visa Extension Cities

Posted by JustinC474 on 6/11/2012 at 01:18

My friend and I are about to take off to motorbike down the coast from Hanoi to HCMC. However when we leave our visas will only have about 15 days left and we feel we want more time so were not rushed. So our question is: what cities can you get a 1 month visa extension? So far I've heard Hanoi, HCMC, Hoi An and Danag but am having a hard time either confirming or denying this online. Does anyone know for sure? Thanks ...

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