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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!


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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typhoon, where should I go?

Posted by Cata on 8/11/2013 at 11:47

I have just arrived from Hanoi to Hue this morning, and when I get here i'm informed that there is a big typhoon coming over this Sunday. I'm supposed to travel to Hoi An tomorrow afterno (the staff at the place where in staying tools me I should do this, becauseif not I will have to wait until Monday to keep on heeding south). But I don't know where would it be safest to stay another the storm, if here poor at hoi an. Or if would both be the same... Any thoughts?? another possibility is t ...

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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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