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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!

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 ( 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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Mekong Delta on a motorbike.

Posted by stvstv on 2/10/2009 at 20:30

Dear great Travelfish I will be in Vietnam in December and I like to travel in the Mekong Delta on a small motorbike. I am alone and I have 5/6 day to spend. Think it's a good idea? Where can I rent a small motorbike in the delta? How can cost a day? What are the best places to visit in the delta on a motorcycle? Thanks to everyone for help me. Stv ...

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Help with Vietnam and Cambodia itinerary please!

Posted by Sleepystarz2014 on 11/1/2014 at 07:45

Hi Guys, For those who are experienced Vietnam/Cambodia travellers- could you give me your opinion on whether this itinerary is feasible or have I got far too much squeezed in? My trip begins the second week of July. I've spent quite some time on the trip planning ang would love some feedback to polish it off. Day 1: Hanoi early- (City Tour) Day 2: Hanoi- Overnight train to Sapa Day 3: Sapa Day 4: Sapa - Overnight train to Hanoi Day 5: Hanoi - Halong bay overnight cruise Day 6: Hal ...

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Can Tho - boat trip to floating market (warning/advice)

Posted by fox80 on 29/5/2011 at 19:57

Hello, I just wanted to share my recent experience in case anyone visits Can Tho and is interested in doing the early morning boat trip to the floating markets. After we’ve arrived late in the afternoon to Can Tho city, we checked into one of the hotels near the riverside. We wanted to book the boat tour to the morning markets, but we wanted to do it without the middle man. After we went down to the reception, there was this man hanging around in the lobby, who I assume was somehow affilia ...

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Hanoi's Ho Chi Minh Trail Museum: what\'s it like?

Posted by EdwardTrunk on 4/1/2014 at 14:16

What's on offer at the Ho Chi Minh Trail Museum, south-east of Hanoi? My guidebooks sound like they haven't actually visited it themselves. I'm keen to hear from people who have. (I know what the Ho Chi Minh Trail was - please tell me about the museum.) ...

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Confused about the weather

Posted by marianaamc on 6/1/2014 at 12:06

I keep on researching the weather in Northern Vietnam in July/August and reading completely opposite information from the best time of the year to go to and not even recommended. I'll quote some websites: 1.Some people might say that our summer months (June, July, August) are the best time to visit Vietnam. Unusually for Asia the weather in central Vietnam is likely to be sunny and clear during this time, and although there may be short downpours in the south and north, many people see no rain ...

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Con Dao or Phu Quoc (high season January)

Posted by Foolslena on 27/6/2013 at 09:56

I know this question has been asked before, but post seem a bit outdated. What is the better place to visit, Phu Quoc or Con Dao (Con Son)? Phu Quoc best days seem to have past by, from what I read, all being very touristy and very expensive now it seems. Is their still any nice beach place away from Western food places and overpriced resorts (between 10-30 $US in high season) that you could recommend? Is its possible to go snorkeling in January? Con Dao sounds lovely, apart from what I read a ...

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Perfume Pagoda, Tam Coc, Trang Anh: choosing between excursions from Hanoi

Posted by EdwardTrunk on 4/1/2014 at 14:22

We'll be in Hanoi mid-February and would value advice on the following questions about choosing between excursions from Hanoi. How does the river scenery compare on the boat trips to the Perfume Pagoda versus Tam Coc versus Trang Anh caves? We'd like some spectacular rock scenery. If you had to choose between these visits? Are there boat trips which include Tam Coc, Bich Dong and Bai Dinh Temple? I noticed web photos which showed Bai DinhTemple on a waterfront & I wondered if these places ...

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