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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!

anyone familiar with Vietnam Group Tour in Hanoi

Posted by roslyn on 13/9/2013 at 20:52

Looking for comments regarding ======================= Vietnam Group Tour Address: 69A Ly Nam De str, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi thank you ...

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Vietnam Tour Operator Reviews

Posted by roslyn on 13/9/2013 at 20:48

Is there a site that Vietnam Tour Operator reviews can be found. Wanting to learn about the reputation and quality of services? Thank you ...

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Chau Doc to Long Xuyen to Can Tho

Posted by martinomosca on 29/8/2013 at 07:32

Hi there, we are travelling in Southeast Asia, and in the next days we are going to cross the border between Cambodia and Vietnam. We'll arrive in Chau Doc , in the afternoon, but, really, i don't know if we wanto to stay in Chau Doc, i really preferr spend the night in Long Xuyen . I'm trying to search info about buses between these two cities but i can't. We don't want to travell with a tour operator, and spend 20 min there, and 30 there, and eat just in the restaurant. we are trying to read ...

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Mekong Delta 4 days - suggestions?

Posted by arianna1511 on 8/9/2013 at 05:24

Hi I'm travelling alone to Vietnam in October and I'm planning to spend 4 nights/5 days in the Mekong Delta region. I'll arrive in Cat Tho on Wednesday at 15.45 and I have my flight back to Europe on Sunday at 18 from HCMC. I'd like to make the most of this time, with an eco-tourism approach to the delta (hiking, outdoors, supporting local initiatives, etc.). Ideally, I'd like to avoid crowds as much as possible, and take organized tours only when there's no other option. I have two specific ...

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Weatherwise, what months for visiting both Hanoi and Hue?

Posted by EdwardTrunk on 9/9/2013 at 05:33

During which months would it be good to visit both Hanoi and the area around Hue? We're trying to avoid extreme heat, rain and cold and most definitely the smog from spring crop fires. Are there any months which would suit both these areas? ...

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searching for hotels in Saigon/Ho Chi Minh City for family with 2 children

Posted by oncecalledfred on 9/9/2013 at 07:41

We are planning a 3 week trip to VN in April 14 and have 2 kids ages 6 and 9. Could anyone please commend hotels in Saigon. We're on a budget so looking at £30 or less per night. We don't expect 4* but looking at rooms with 2 double beds(english size double) as kids can share. I never know what single and double mean in VN (we've stayed in Hanoi and some hotels have given us twin room, which has 2 double beds, yet others are single twin so very confused). A reasonable breakfast would be ...

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Best itinerary for halong cruise, 2 or 3 nights

Posted by gingerjoey on 9/9/2013 at 20:50

I am looking for advice on a good two or three night halong bay cruise, even with a night staying on Cat Ba, if that is possible. Ideally, I would like an itinerary that allows many stops to kayak, swim, and enjoy beach time. I don't want to spend the majority of the time sitting on the boat. Any advice would help, as it seems to be overwhelming on the internet. Thanks so much in advance! Christy ...

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Places to snorkel in November? In northern half of Vietnam?

Posted by EdwardTrunk on 7/9/2013 at 13:28

We're trying to plan our first holiday in Vietnam and would be very grateful for advice on a couple of questions. We were thinking of going this November. We're seeking a sort of 2 /1 mix of cultural and beach holiday. We've got plenty of places in mind for the former - Hanoi and environs, then to Laos for Luang Prabang, then back to Vietnam for Hue and Hoi An and back to Hanoi. But where in November would be suitable for the beach side of the holiday, which didn't mean travelling any fur ...

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3 weeks in October, trying to plan it out.

Posted by Blackartemis on 17/7/2013 at 07:33

Ok, so I am a bit overwhelmed with all the places to go and things to see, so I have decided to plan it out in advance. At this time I have no real plans and I will be reading and taking suggestions and fine tuning it as I go. About me: 31yr old male traveling solo from about Sept 30 to Oct 19th Been living in Thailand for 5+ of the last 8 years and even though I make a decent salary here, I am traveling cheap to accommodate 2 other trips this year. Reasons for going to Vietnam: Scenery, templ ...

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8 days in the south with 6-year-old

Posted by Lackadaisi on 7/9/2013 at 15:36

We are going to be in Southern Vietnam for eight days in the beginning of January, and I would greatly appreciate itinerary assistance. My husband and I will be traveling with our well-travelled, easy going six-year-old girl. We will have just spent a week in a very chill, quiet Thai beach with Thai relatives, so we are not looking for beach time and we don't need to cater to the child's whim too much. Then again, we want to keep her involved. We generally travel pretty independently and spa ...

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Recommendation for massage spa in Ha Noi

Posted by fank on 6/9/2013 at 02:26

I and my family are in adventure in Viet Nam. We will stay in Ha Noi for a month. We almost travel by bicycle and walk so we sometimes we fell so tired after a day going around. Therefore, we are planning to have the massage in order to relax our body. But we have no idea about spa with good service in Ha Noi. Could you give me some suggestion about spa with great service in body treatment and foot reflexology. I appreciated all your help. Thank you ! ...

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2nd hand clothing in Saigon

Posted by kuidaore on 5/9/2013 at 14:09

Hello, While living in Northeast Thailand, I enjoyed purchasing second hand clothing (generally imported from the US) from vendors at weekly night markets - they were very common, usually a half dozen or more "shops" - selling most items for a buck or two (30-60 baht) ... I would like to know if anyone has seen such offerings in Saigon? Thanks ...

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alternatives to Sapa

Posted by circcirc on 15/12/2010 at 19:28

I'm planning a trip to Vietnam next march and I'm in the planning stage. I'm going to spend some time in the northwest and I'm looking for recommendations. Sapa seems like the obvious and popular choice, but I'm not sure I want to spend time there. From what I have read it sounds very touristy. I live in a touristy part of my own city and find it rather tiresome. I would like to get away from the typical backpacker trail as much as possible while in Vietnam. What are some other good places in ...

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First time in Vietnam - couple of questions

Posted by grishgori on 4/5/2013 at 06:12

I'm heading to Vietnam for 3 weeks in September and I've got a couple of questions because im trying to do the tour as independently as possible 1.I'm planning on doing Mekong Delta without an agency for 2 full days(returning to saigon in the evening for a sleeper bus to da lat) the locations im looking to explore are : Ben Tre , Vinh Long(homestay) , Can Tho and Tra Vinh - what would be the best way to arrange the route ? starting in saigon early morning on the first day and returning on ...

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Ha Giang province - restricted areas?

Posted by UsTwo on 16/2/2012 at 03:38

I'm planning a bike trip from Ha Noi to Mai Chau, Dien Bien, Sa Pa, Lao Cai, Ha Giang, Ba Be NP, Cao Bang, Lang Son, Cam Pha, Ha Long, Ha Noi. My problem is with the Ha Giang to Cao Bang section. I want to travel due north from Ha Giang, through Tam Son, Yen Minh, Meo Vac, Bao Lac, Ba Be NP, and on to Cao Bang. There are several places of interest close to the China border, but it seems some of them are restricted by the police at Ha Giang. I can't find any definitive info ...

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Spending some Days in Saigon - any Guesthouse to recommend?

Posted by KidCat on 30/8/2013 at 07:19

I am going to stay some Days in Saigon Does anybody have some real cool Suggestions, where to stay in Saigon? Not the Cheapest, but nice, cozy and good Value for Money? Thanks in Advance ...

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Chau Doc to Can Tho Buses

Posted by secreteights on 19/9/2012 at 12:30

Hello. I will be arriving to Chau Doc on the Blue Cruiser boat at 17:30 and need to get to Can Tho by nightfall. Are the Mai Link buses still running? If not, what other bus services are there? And what times do they run? Thanks! ...

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Problems entering vietnam without a return ticket out of vietnam?

Posted by Matty161 on 19/8/2013 at 06:23

Hi. Im going on a 3 and a half month trip to SE Asia this week. Ill be leaving from London and flying into Ho chi minh, but my return ticket is out of Bangkok. Do you think I will have any problem getting into Vietnam? or will I need to show some sort of proof that ill be leaving within 30 days? ...

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Anyone have been to Monkey Island in Catba

Posted by trulyasialand on 4/12/2012 at 10:21

I am on my way to Hanoi and intend to travel to Halong bay and Catba island for some days. I head about kayaking in Lan Ha bay and swim at Monkey Island beach. Have you ever done this tour and any of you head about Monkey Island Resort bungalows there? Is it reliable to stay for some nights? ...

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Ha Long - Cat Ba DIY

Posted by elchapel on 24/8/2013 at 08:10

Just been reading the Doing Ha long Bay on your own article and was wondering if anyone has done this recently? the article says 80,000D for the one way trip which seems very cheap is this right? If anyone has any updates on this it would be appreciated Our plan is make our own way from Hanoi to Ha Long City then a day trip to Cat Ba and onto Nam Cat Island cheers elchapel ...

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