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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!

Motorbike trip - Hanoi to HCMC

Posted by chicoelnino on 24/11/2013 at 09:33

Hey guys. Long time since I posted here. Myself and my g.f will be arriving in Vietnam around Feb/March and we've always wanted to do a motorbike trip from North to South. We have about 5/6 weeks in Vietnam and we would like to know of any resources that we could research about such a trip? My biggest concern is that my g.f doesn't drive, so she will have to be on the back on the bike with me and our 1 backpack attached somewhere. I've driven a scooter around Thailand plenty of times, but ne ...

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Temporary Passport - Is it accepted in Vietnam?

Posted by Houtbayboy on 9/12/2013 at 10:02

I am travelling to Vietnam from South Africa next week with my wife and daughter. My passport is suddenly gone. There is insufficient time for me to obtain a new passport. Will I be able to obtain a visa online and enter Vietnam on a Temporary Passport? ...

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Vietnam Itinerary check/suggestions

Posted by stever1000 on 21/11/2013 at 02:03

Hello! I will be flying into Ha Noi March 2. My partner and I will spend approx 4-5 weeks in Vietnam, and 3-4 weeks in Cambodia. We need to be in Thailand May 5 for a course. I know this will be near the end of the "good" season and getting hotter before the wet season starts, so I was wondering how this rough itinerary would work (this is the vietnam section, so I will only post those places). Will any of these places be too hot? Or is it still manageable? March 2 Fly into Ha Noi. H ...

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Hiking in Ha Giang/Cruising Bai Tu Long Bay - guide suggestions?

Posted by mvlum on 4/11/2013 at 22:50

My husband and I are going to be spending some time in Hanoi later this month and have time for a couple trips. We've settled on Bai Tu Long Bay and spending some time hiking Ha Giang. Can anyone recommend guides for hiking around Ha Giang? I've found Ethnic Travel, but didn't know if there were others that might be good. We're looking at perhaps 3-5 days. Also looking at cruises at Bai Tu Longj Bay, is there really a need to do anything longer than a 2D/1N cruise? Thanks in advance for ...

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Using Mobile Phones Vietnam

Posted by ron67 on 23/2/2008 at 06:33

What is the best and cheapest way for using a mobile phone in Vietnam ? I am with Optus in Australia, they have told me the cost is very expensive to use International Roaming. What does everybody do? Can anybody help? ...

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On arrival visa to Vietnam for Uganda

Posted by annajulianna90 on 5/12/2013 at 04:14

Hi, I and my girl friend are from Uganda. We are planning to travel to Vietnam during lunar Tet holiday in this country. We did find requirement to be able to visit Vietnam and know that we need to have Vietnam visa for our trip. We could not find any Vietnam Embassy in our country, so my friend suggested us to get visa upon arrival to Vietnam as said in the news Vietnam visa on arrival for Ugandan passport holders of evietnamvisa dot com. But we not sure it is secure for us or not. Do you know ...

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Buying train tickets at Hue Station

Posted by Foolslena on 3/12/2013 at 06:52

Hello. Does anyone know if it is know possible to buy train tickets at Hue station not departing at Hue? We will enter Vietnam from Laos in Hue and like to arrange onward train travel from there. As we want to stop in Danang and Nha Trang on our way to HCMC, I need to buy tickets for the legs Danang-Nha Trang and Nha Trang - HCMC in Hue. Possible? Seat 61 says its only possible to book for the whole country in HCMC and Hanoi, but I hope this may have changed. Any experience or tip on ...

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Posted by perivalepaul on 30/11/2013 at 16:08

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 . Sh ...

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Weather In September-October

Posted by fergal25 on 15/9/2013 at 10:25

Ill be leaving Now on the 27th September for Hanoi And going South leaving on the 17th October.Getting in the More Popular Destinations i suppose. Anyway I was wondering just getting around to Clothes packing and my mind is boggled . First of All is Hanoi as Hot as the forecasts predict high 30's I imagine that would be unbearable and is the rain as bad as it sounds or does it last for a certain time not like the persistant rain here in Ireland. I,ll be there for 4 nights and then going towa ...

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Vietnam Stamping Fee

Posted by pattytbrc on 2/3/2011 at 19:25

I have read posts stating that there is a stamping fee to enter Vietnam. I will be entering through Hanoi airport. What I can not determine is whether the stamping fee has to be paid in dollars or is it acceptable to pay in dongs. Any information would greatly appreciated. ...

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Question Regarding Motorcycle Licensing

Posted by tightmopedman9 on 1/4/2013 at 14:31

I have searched and read as much as I can on the subject, but still have a few questions to see if a cross-country motorcycle tour would be feasible. We (me and two travel buddies) would like to spend around a month in Vietnam and rent/buy scooters to travel from Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi. When I was in Vietnam two years ago I did not bother with a license, but I only drove scooters in and around Hoi An. We all have valid US licenses and will be getting international licenses before departure. My q ...

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US Visa to Vietnam?

Posted by pirmelenge on 23/9/2013 at 22:30

Hello All, Does anyone have any knowledge about the pre-departure visa to Vietnam for US citizens? I'd like to get a 60 day visa, and am wondering - does my 60 days begin when they approve my visa or does it begin when I enter the country? The embassy website was a bit confusing, so if anyone knows the answer I'd appreciate it! Thanks ...

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Price train to sapa

Posted by bascanvas on 4/2/2013 at 08:42

Hi, i was wondering if anyone can give me a good price indication for one of the soft sleeper trains from Hanou to Sapa when booked through one of the many travelagents in Hanoi or when booked directly at the train station? When i look at the online booking options i can't help but think it's way to expensive. Thanks in advance Bas ...

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Arriving 6pm Christmas Eve -Hanoi

Posted by Timetotravel12 on 18/12/2012 at 10:33

Hello, We're Arriving from Laos to Hanoi at 6pm on Christmas eve and going to Halong Bay on the 27th. As we're arriving late on the 24th can anyone suggest best things to do or go to in Hanoi that has a slight Christmas feel to it. Ive read alot online but they all seem to be for 2011 events. Can anyone direct me to a 'whats on' guide for 2012 over the 24th-26th Dec? Festive period.. Cheers Debbie ...

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Ninh Binh & Cuc Phuong

Posted by burnthisnow on 10/6/2008 at 23:04

Hi there, I'm in Ninh Binh at the moment and wondering if anyone has any good ideas about the best way to visit Cuc Phuong National Park from here. I really don't feel like hiring a guide, as I'm experienced at hiking and getting around national parks elsewhere, and I'm not dying to drop the money on a driver for a bike or car. I can rent a motorbike, I reckon, but as I plan to overnight in the park, that's a two-day charge. Is there a bus? I'm being told no here.... Thanks! ...

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travellers cheques

Posted by frere on 4/11/2013 at 09:40

no longer cashed in vietnam ...

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Vietnam - Typhoon (Hoi An and Hanoi)

Posted by Bronkie on 17/11/2013 at 02:09

Hi all. We will be travelling to Hanoi and Hoi An in December. Tickets are booked and our hostel reservations have all been paid for. I'm struggling to contact our hostel in Hoi An, in the past the replied to my message quite quickly. Now I'm not getting responses from them. I wanted to know if things are okay in Hoi An? I mean if they have been hit too bad then I need to book other accommodation and change our itinerary to visit another city. If anybody has been in Hanoi or Hoi An duri ...

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Itinerary Cambodia / Vietnam / Laos / Northern Thailand

Posted by schwev on 18/11/2013 at 16:56

Hi All, We are planning a 10 weeks trip Southeast Asia from mid January to March. Some background: We are a couple in their 30's. I like beach, culture and food and my husband likes outdoorsy stuff such as jungles, trekking and nature. We both don't like places overrun by tourists. As it is quite a long trip for us, our budget is low to mid range, ideally boutique accommodation (around £50 a night) with the occasional splurge. We can afford flights between locations and don't need to bus i ...

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Some Real Questions About Halong Bay

Posted by cheapswill on 6/7/2006 at 22:30

Hey Everyone, I've been trying to find out some info about touring Halong Bay when I visit Vietnam in October. I thought staying on one of those junks would be cool but the prices I found on line ranged from "too good to be true" to "too much to handle". I don't need to stay in luxury but I don't want to sleep in a leaky barge either. What is a standard price for a comfortable and fun 2 day tour to Halong Bay? Can anyone reccomend a good tour company or agent in Hanoi for this? Is it ...

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Train from hanoi to Lao Cai

Posted by Joffarelly on 5/11/2013 at 00:55

I plan to travel with 3 other adults and two kids ( 5 & 7) from Hanoi to Lao Cai on Dec 20th 2013, leaving around 10pm at night. After a long search on the internet I get very conflicting information about prices. A lot of sites quote around $40 for a one-way journey. Then some quote around $25. Why the big difference? I imagine that agencies add a fee but that is a big difference. Would it be better to book when I arrive in Vietnam. Will three days before departure be enough time to en ...

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