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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!

Hong Kong

Posted by Cateyze9 on 15/9/2017 at 11:10

Hi, can I still do a two or three day trip to Hong Kong from Hanoi or will that be a problem with a single entry visa to vietnam?I don't have the single entry visa yet. Plan to get in loas ...

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Hanoi-Halong-Sapa or Hanoi-Mai Chau-Halong for 4 days off in July

Posted by MacGrandexc on 21/6/2017 at 20:50

Hi guys, I will be free 4 days when visting Hanoi for business. Wantto find somewhere near Hanoi for relaxing in these days off. I've searchedthrough Internet and found out that Hanoi-Halong-Sapa and Hanoi-Mai Chau-Halongitinerary are often choosen. Which one is better for relaxing in 4 days? I canskip Hanoi because I am going to take time to visit there before having daysoff. I travel with group of 3 people, intend to come in the ending of July.Open for all suggesstions. Thanks a lot. ...

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The decline of the Cai Rang floating market

Posted by somtam2000 on 10/9/2017 at 00:20

An interesting AFP piece on the decline of the Cai Rang floating market (one of the large floating markets which is easily visited from Can Tho in the Mekong Delta). The villains are common—economic development, children moving to other more lucrative trades, supermarkets and so on. The story finishes with the concluding quote: "For vendors like Ly Hung, who has lived on the water for 26 years, visitors have helped to maintain a traditional way of life. "Without tourism this fl ...

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Please help with Vietnam itinerary :)

Posted by ag555 on 1/9/2017 at 09:11

Hi all! So happy I found this site and I've been getting great ideas from the itineraries and the forum - so thank you! My boyfriend and I will arrive Dec 30 to Hanoi we plan to spend ~ 10 days there (as part of a bigger SE Asia trip). Right now this is my rough draft itinerary: Hanoi (2 nights) Ha Long Bay (1 night) - was looking at the article here on which tour to use, haven't decided yet. A lot of people also talk about going straight to Cat Ba, staying there, and doing a day cruise to H ...

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Na Trang reasonably priced guest house

Posted by rayc101 on 5/9/2017 at 00:57

I am seeking recommendations from members who have stayed at Na Trang for a reasonably priced guest house or similar for a few nights. As a guide, say around $US20 ish per night, including WiFi and breakfast. My budget is reasnably flexible. Thanks in advance. Rayc101 ...

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Motaiba travel agency

Posted by kmofosho on 23/8/2017 at 17:07

Has anyone booked a Halong Bay tour through Motaiba travel? I'm thinking about booking one later this year, but was hoping to get some feedback from this group first just in case. Thanks for any information! ...

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Cu Chi Tunnels and Cao Dai Temple Tour suggestions

Posted by BlingDiva on 22/8/2017 at 08:02

My family of 4 will be traveling to HCMC mid December. We want to do a day trip to Cu Chi Tunnels and Cao Dai Temple. We are not fans of big bus tours. Any suggestions on Tour companies I can contact to organize a private or semi private tour to take us to these two sights? ...

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Looking for volunteering opps or NGOs seeking help -- Qua?ng Ninh

Posted by krikori on 22/8/2017 at 19:31

Hi all, Not sure if this is the best forum to ask this question, so apologies if it's not appropriate. I'm staying in Qua?ng Ninh province for the next year or two and bouncing between Uông Bi? and Ha? Long. As the subject states, I'd love to find a group looking for a volunteer. Everything I find online requires paying for the opportunity and that's not at all what I'm seeking. Fresh out of three years of Peace Corps and able to provide project management advice and soft skill development. Id ...

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Group of 4 travels to Hanoi - Halong - Sapa

Posted by authskitopjaynaway on 9/8/2017 at 21:54

We (4 people) want to visit Halong and have a trek in Sapa from Hanoi . So I have some questions for this trip. 1. We will arrive at Noi Bai airport at 10 p.m. I wonder whether I rent a hotel near the airport or take a taxi to the city center (Old Quarter). Do you know any hotels near Noi Bai airport with fair prices (around $50-60). It's safe to take a taxi at this time? 2. Any suggestions about the transportation from Hanoi to Halong and Sapa? 3. Any experiences for the Sapa trek ...

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Booking sleeper trains online vs they travel agent?

Posted by Sweeman on 29/7/2017 at 04:19

Hi all, Planning a visit with family in August and looking to book Violette/Livtrans sleeper from Hanoi to Hue. Any experience with booking online via 12goasia or Balao or using a local travel agent? Want to book in advance from home to ensure reservation. Any price or guarantee difference? Any issues? Thanks in advance, Scott ...

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Tonkin Travel Vietnam - anyone used them recently

Posted by baza on 7/8/2014 at 16:28

The posts on Tonkin Travel on Travelfish are all several years old. Has anyone had recent experience of using them? If so, I would love to hear feedback on reliability, value for money and service. Thanks ...

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Can Tho floating market

Posted by SophieandJames on 6/8/2017 at 23:40

Hi there, Sorry if this is already posted! I was just wondering if anyone has any recommendations for the floating tour in Can Tho? A Mr Sang was in our hotel offering a tour for $40.. And then went down in price, does anyone recommend him or is it a scam of some sort? Any help will be appreciated, Thank you! Sophie and James ...

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Overcharging of Foreigners in Vietnam is a chronic issue

Posted by martini on 14/6/2017 at 20:29

The Nexy hostel in Hanoi deserves its hight rating. However, a note of significant concern: I advise strongly against booking trips, holiday packages, buses, taxis or tours through the reception desk at Nexy without thorough research and price comparisions with any of the myriad booking agents nearby, one of them less than 10 paces from Nexy. Nexy does not declare its extremely high markups - but believe me they are way, way too much. Walk across the road - 10 paces - to Bamboo travel - and ...

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Siem Reap, Hoi An, or ... with young kids.

Posted by karyn on 31/7/2017 at 22:04

We have been to Krabi. Kanchanburi, and Chiang Mai and have five days to go to one more place. The kids are 5 and 7 and we cannot decide where we should head to. They prefer doing activities versus just seeing. Any suggestions are much appreciated! ...

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hotel in Hue for family in mid August?

Posted by Sweeman on 31/7/2017 at 14:56

Hi All, stopping in Hue for 1 day/night in mid August with family of 4 and looking for a nice, central hotel given the short time there. arriving by train, so easy arrival from train station also a plus. Any inputs, positive or negative from hotels in Hue? thanks in advance Scott ...

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Vitetnam - December/January - 18 Days

Posted by jamestalbut on 3/7/2017 at 09:24

Hi there Thanks in advance to anyone who can help. My girlfriend and I are going to Vietnam for 17 days on Boxing Day, flying in to Hanoi and flying out of Ho Chi Minh. The main things we'd like to do are: Hanoi, Hoi An, Ho Chi Minh, Mekong Delta, Sapa OR Phu Quoc, plus maybe 1 or 2 others (heard mixed things on Nha Trang and Dalat?) Can anyone please advise firstly if this seems doable? Also, whether Sapa or Phu Quoc would be better at this time of year? I've heard it can get qui ...

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Posted by firosiro on 21/7/2017 at 00:24

Hi Could do with some help with a Itinerary... My wife and I are planing on a trip to the South of Vietnam and Cambodia in January for just over two weeks. The question is where should we go and what should we see and how long should we stay at each destination ? I appreciate this is a very personal decision . We are keen to visit the usual sites but would also like some time to relax on a beach and hence do not want to rush around. We will be flying from London to Hong Kong or Singapore . Shoul ...

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Vinh Moc tunnels from Hue

Posted by Trish177 on 29/6/2017 at 07:09

Hi, Has anyone visited the DMZ and Vinh Moc tunnels from Hue recently? I can only find old posts and wanted to get some advice on whether to go with a full on tour (but have heard these can be long hours on a bus with not so much time to visit each site), or whether to just hire a private car or bike and just do the tunnels? Any recommendations for tours appreciated. ...

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Vietnam - motorbike/scooter partner

Posted by indiess on 12/7/2017 at 06:26

Hello, I'm now in Saigon planning to stay for 2-3 more days. Then, I would like to move further probably to Dalat (and maybe also Mui Ne) and explore the area on a motorbike/scooter. After that, I would like to do the same thing once I get to Hoi An and Sapa. It would be great if somebody would join me for some part of my journey I'm leaving Vietnam from Hanoi August 17th. Thanks! ...

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Dalat to Saigon bus

Posted by Trish177 on 10/7/2017 at 07:20

Hi, does anyone know which bus station in Saigon the buses from Dalat arrive at? My accommodation is walking distance from one bus station, but no idea if it's the one I'll arrive at! ...

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