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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!

Hanoi to Sapa and back in three days

Posted by nelschrecker on 3/11/2013 at 08:26

Hello all, I have been studying Travelfish for a while now but this is my first post. I am arriving in Hanoi on the 20th of November with my wife and we have a 3D2N Halong Bay cruise booked for the 24th, 25th and 26th. I would like to take the overnight train from Hanoi to Sapa on the 20th, spend the night in Sapa on the 21st and then return to Hanoi on the 22nd. Does this sound feasible? We arrive early on the morning of the 20th, would it be easy to arrange the train tickets when we a ...

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ninh binh. cuc phuong national park.

Posted by frere on 4/11/2013 at 10:10

booked KENH GA resort through Agoda. nobody - including the locals - seemed to know where it was and they did not answer the phone over 36 hours. it rang but was not answered. there was no alternative number. as i had taken only petrol and spending money and wasted hours searching it was not my best experience. [no response from agoda] i ended up at the nearby national park CUC PHUONG which is a beauty and the cheapish accommodation was good enough. if anyone has read this far: the best budget ...

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3 Weeks South to North over CHRISTMAS period!

Posted by travellingtom88 on 7/10/2013 at 13:01

Hi to all in the the travelfish community. My first post here so looking for some much needed advice and help. As my title explains, I am visiting Vietnam between 7th - 29th December this year, travelling SOLO! 5 years ago I done a gap year with my best pal to "find myself" and travel (drinking mainly in hostels with other).. now I'm 25 and decided it's time to dust down the backpack and visit Asia again. I have spend around 12 weeks in total in South East Asia before so I know what ...

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First time travelling HELP!

Posted by bubbledog on 6/10/2013 at 11:04

Hey guys/girls I really need some advice so fire away. I'm confused how to get from Halong bay to Dong Hoi. I would like to visit the Phong Kna-Ke caves and spend a bit of time by the national park. I hope to then travel onwards to Danang and then onto Nha Trang to spend a little time on the beach. Ill then go straight on to HCMC. I've got just over 2 weeks to do the whole thing and need the most easiest form of transport. Preferably not flying as I think trains would be the best method. I' ...

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Little scammers in VietNam plus a great shave

Posted by m4yb on 1/1/2013 at 02:52

These are no real big deal, but I just thought I would warn others who may fall for them: HOI AN: at the river end of the market, a woman came to me, offering me a pedicure for $1. I hesitated, she was quite insistent, I, naively, thought, what do I have to lose. She led me to a room in a back alley, removed my existing toe nailpolish, trimmed then got me to lie on this couch so she could trim my heels. She declared that my heels needed a lot of trimming, and said "maybe cost a little ...

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Full moon festival in Hoi An

Posted by sejmer on 26/10/2013 at 18:12

Hi,I am confused about the date for the 'Full moon festival' in Hoi An Jan 2014.I have found two different dates: 14th Jan and 16th Jan.Which is correct ? ...

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How to go to Phu Quoc from Sihanoukville?

Posted by pdropl on 26/10/2013 at 04:43

Hi, We will be around Sihanoukville and we would like to go to Phu Quoc from there and then to Vietnam mainland. Does anyone know what's the best way to do this and if is possible to do it? Thanks, Pedro ...

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What to expect when advance booking hotel in Hanoi

Posted by EdwardTrunk on 16/10/2013 at 17:13

I'm hoping soon to book a modest hotel room in Hanoi for 3 days - long in advance, since we're going there fairly soon after Tet. But will Hanoi hotels ask me to hand over debit card details in order to book? I won't use cards overseas for anything but ATMs and I usually bring $ cash for things like paying hotels. What is the norm in Vietnam for making hotel bookings like this? Grateful for any advice. ...

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Lao Cai bus

Posted by viacc65 on 13/10/2013 at 08:32

I am looking if actually run a daily direct morning bus from Lao Cai to Yuanyang (China) and it schedule? ...

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Vietnam and Cambodia - Conflicting Info

Posted by abs004 on 10/10/2013 at 18:19

Hello. It was recommended at another forum to post these questions here. After several hours of searching and finding conflicting info, I figure I could post several rapid fire questions that educated travelers could easily answer. Will be flying in/out of HCMC with bus trip to Siem Reap in middle. Here goes: 1) Vietnam Visa On Arrival seems like best/cheapest bet as will be landing around midnight and hopefully won't be too much of a wait. Total cost per person should be ~$15 (pre-approval le ...

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Hanoi entertainment shutdown this weekend

Posted by travellingsarah on 7/10/2013 at 22:50

As you may know, revered General Vo Nguyen Giap died last week, aged 102. Due to the three days of national mourning in his memory, from Friday 11th to Sunday 13th October, all entertainment events will be cancelled. This is mandatory and includes the CAMA festival and Piknic Electronik. I am trying to find out whether bars will be closed as well and will update as soon as I can. Could be a quiet weekend in Hanoi! I'm not sure of the status elsewhere in Vietnam. ...

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Viewed 1,463 times, with 1 reply. Last reply by travellingsarah on 11/10/2013 at 04:42

public busses to babho waterfalls nha trang

Posted by miriam123 on 8/10/2013 at 01:32

Anyone know of a way to get to ba ho waterfalls north of Nha trang by public transport? We don't want to hire a motorbike. Thanks ...

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vietnam restaurant hoi an

Posted by markko on 19/1/2013 at 00:43

seeking for a surfing pretender for a nice french restaurant "rendez vous" ...

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Taxis from Sagion to Rach Gia

Posted by Stuke on 4/10/2013 at 14:04

Does anyone know what a taxis would cost to go from Ho Chi Minh City to Rach Gia ?.... ...

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Noi Bai Airport public bus moved to new location

Posted by travworld on 3/10/2013 at 11:13

If arriving to Noi Bai airport in Hanoi , walk out side past to the taxi's turn right , walk past the 2 usd mini buses keep walking another 50 yards , you will see people standing , and waiting for the bus , the bus drivers only open the doors for about 15 seconds before pulling away , sometimes quicker . So be prepared to hop on , if you take the #17 it takes you very close to the hostels , if you take the #7 it takes you next to the Hanoi Zoo the fare price is 6,000 vnd or about 30 cents and ...

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from Oct 4 to 6 the cow racing festival in Mekong Delta

Posted by gamehh on 28/9/2013 at 05:44

i want to go Bay Nui to join the cow racing festival, from Oct 4 to 6 in this year anyone want to go with me? about 200USD/pax for 3 day, we'll rent a car from hcmc if group >=10 pax. i'm a local, i live in hcmc now. it's the first time i join the Festival even though it was a long time ago (english so bad, sorry, hehe) ...

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Booking in advance at Phu Quoc in November?

Posted by Samsonine on 27/9/2013 at 16:09

I am going to Phu Quoc 13 - 25 November. Do I have to book in advance? I want a cheap bungalow at the beach or close to the beach. Any suggestions? Thanks a lot!! ...

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Viewed 1,460 times, with 1 reply. Last reply by somtam2000 on 27/9/2013 at 18:36

son trach accomodation

Posted by miriam123 on 27/9/2013 at 05:20

Hello Were in Hanoi at the minite but hoping to go to Son Tranc for a few days. Does anyone know any accomodation there or can i juat turn up? Can i prebook any? How much about are they? Lookibg for somthing abit cheaper than phong nha farmstay? Thankyou Miriam123 ...

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Recommended motorbike rides in Vietnam(not tours)

Posted by tomwatt on 11/11/2012 at 02:56

4 kiwis looking into a day/overnight motorbike ride in vietnam, seen a few videos on youtube of rides through the mountains etc which look awesome! google search just gives me private tours etc. any tips or recommendations??!! ...

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Good place in HCMC to meet other single foreigners/travelers?

Posted by Iilysium on 24/9/2013 at 01:43

I go to vietnam a lot to visit relatives but I am not viet-born. It can get boring after a few weeks with family. Frankly I am not very attracted to my own race. What's a good place to meet other single tourists/foreigner dudes? And not those places desperate men go to look for a local girl half their age to be a submissive wife. ...

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