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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!

Weasel coffee not allowed in by Australian Quarantine

Posted by sanpedro on 3/2/2010 at 19:07

We have just got back from Vietnam and had our package of Weasel Coffee confiscated at quarantine when we declared it on arrival in Australia. Just thought I would let people know as this is a recent change that occurred on 15 Jan 2010 and isn't on the AQIS factsheets they only mention raw or green coffee beans. Heres the details: ...

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How to get from Ha Giang to Guilin (Yangshuo)?

Posted by trekker on 11/8/2013 at 06:29

Hi, I wanna end my 3 weeks in Vietnam in Ha Giang, and then go to Yangshuo (Guilin) for another 3 days backpacking. How could I get from Ha Giang to Yangshuo? Is there a train that goes this way? Thanks a lot ...

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Seeking Travel Info/Advice on NW/North Vietnam Trip

Posted by Rango on 12/8/2013 at 08:28

I am planning my 8th trip to Vietnam for 3 months starting in January 2014. After spending 5 days during Tet in Hanoi , I plan to travel extensively around Northwest/North Vietnam for 4-6 weeks. Below is a rough sketch of my plans. I am mostly interested in getting current/updated information on public bus routes/schedules and accommodations. Any suggestions on "must-see" places/stops is also welcomed. At first I was thinking I would fly to Dien Bien Phu (DBP) and start my ...

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Sagion to Rach Gia by boat

Posted by Stuke on 10/8/2013 at 19:45

Can anyone tell me if there is a boat ride to Rach Gia that ISN'T a cabin boat ? Can you hire a boat to ride you down to the floating markets and then take a taxi into Rach Gia ? Or is it only freighter boats ? We don't want to spend a ton of monies offered by the tour operators of house boats. They seem like very nice boats, but are very expensive and take too long. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your time & consideration ...

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Is it possible to trek Mai Chau - Pu Luong without a guide?

Posted by trekker on 3/8/2013 at 07:42

Hi, I'm arriving North Vietnam on Sept 1st for 3 weeks, and want to start off my trip with a week in Mai Chau - Pu Luong Nature Reserve, to trek from one village to another. Is it possible to do it without a guide? I'm not sure whether the local villages / tribes welcome lone travelers, and whether I could sleep at homestays without a guide. Thanks! ...

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Cambodia and Vietnam

Posted by NH0510 on 9/8/2013 at 07:54

Hi I am planning on travelling to Vietnam and Cambodia in November with a friend of mine. We only have 7 days and was wondering if there were any suggestions as to what the "must see" places are in both of these countries. We would like to experience the culture, do some market shopping, sight-seeing and also include some time on the beach. Any suggestions would be welcome. Would it be a better experience to rather only visit one of these destinations instead of both? ...

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Island trips off the coast of Vietnam?

Posted by pucca_girl45 on 15/11/2012 at 23:12

Hello, I'll be traveling in Vietnam in January and would like to do a 4-5 day trip to a remote island chain. I've heard that the Con Dao Island system is spectacular. Are there any other island trips that anyone would recommend that are off the beaten path? We'll likely be interested in trekking around, snorkeling, diving, and beach combing. Thanks for any advice! Pucca ...

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3-weeks South Vietnam and South Laos itinerary

Posted by Foolslena on 19/6/2013 at 07:15

Hi everyone, thank you for all your informative posts. I wanted to know if anyone has travelled around South Vietnam and (South) Laos within the short time of about 3 weeks? Is it doable without to much stress? I think to travel about this route Fly to: HCMC (1 night) - Phu Quoc (Flight) (stay about 2 nights)- Mekong Delta (Ferry, Bus) (about 2-3 nights)- HCMC (Bus) (1 night)- Hoi An / Da Nang (Train or Bus) (stay 1 night) - Pakse (Bus) (stay 1 night) -Thousand Islands (Bus or Mi ...

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Vietnam and Angkor wat trip - help!

Posted by Rinny on 15/5/2013 at 15:08

Hi everyone Happy to be in this forum and thanks for the help! My boyfriend and me are flying to vietnam Next august and staying three weeks, so i just want to ask some tips. We're planning 2 days in Saigon and then going to Chau Doc by bus to get the boat to Pnom Phen early in the morning. First question: - is there a night bus from Saigon to Chau Doc? Does it worth staying in Chau Doc for a day? Then, from PhnomPen we'll take the bus to Siam Reap and spend 2days in Angkor Wat. -Are 2days ...

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Cell Phone Use in Vietnam & general safety

Posted by Picasso on 25/7/2013 at 08:02

My daughter is travelling to Vietnam soon for 3 months with a world wide youth group. I ordered a sim card online for her that will 'supposedly' soon get here (Canada). They promote these sim cards by saying "get it before you go so your friends and family will have your number etc...before you leave". It was $50 or so with special speedy delivery. Website Then I forgot about it until I received an email that stated: Vietnamese law requires all sim cards to be regi ...

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Taxi Costs - Hanoi Airport

Posted by basejump on 24/1/2009 at 02:49

I be interested in an update on taxii costs from Hanio Airport to the Old Quarter. Putting aside the potential scammers, I have read elsewhere that the going rate is now $16US not $10 as detailed here in the Hanio pages...another person said that there is an "offical Vietnam Airlines" service which is $18. Anyway if anyone has used a taxi on this trip recently, an update on the cost wou ...

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Driving a motorbike in Vietnam without a drivers lisence???

Posted by douluvme49 on 7/2/2011 at 22:29

Hi There, My boyfriend and I want to rent/buy (We havent decided yet) 2 motorbikes in Ho Chi Min City and ride up to Hanoi on our own. I don't have a Canadian drivers lisence though. I have an identification card.... I read online that if we do it as a tour I dont need a lisence as we are with a guide. What are the chances of getting 'pulled over' and having our lisences checked??? What could happen???? Any suggestions? My boyfriend has his lisence, and we both ride dirtbikes in Canada .. ...

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16 days itinerary advice - including trip questions

Posted by Jaimyvandijke on 26/7/2013 at 03:14

Hello, Together with another friend I will be going to Vietnam for the first time, even though I have traveled quite a lot in (South East)Asia. I have come up with an itinerary and would love to get some feedback on it. I also have a few questions. 20/08 - Arrival in Hanoi around 8 p.m. 21/08 - Hanoi (book the Halong Bay at Indochina Junk or Halong Fantasea Cruise 3 days - 2 nights) Question: are these cruises good? Can we book then in Hanoi or shall we do this already online? 22/08 - Halong ...

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Halong Bay/Sapa

Posted by arenalk on 14/7/2013 at 02:08

Hi My trip around SE Asia started and ends in Hanoi . I decided before that I would save Sapa and Halong Bay for the end of the trip. Now I just need to figure out the logistics. My flight from Luang Prabang arrives in Hanoi at 6pm, allowing me to arrive in Hanoi at best 8pm (there are no earlier flights). I am planning on doing a 2 day/1 night trip to Halong Bay. Will it be possible for me to book at trip that evening around 9pm for the next day? My budget is $100 as a single travel ...

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Snorkeling in Vietnam - what about Ca Na (South Central Coast)?

Posted by Foolslena on 19/7/2013 at 09:29

Hi to everyone! Has anyone been to Ca Na recently? Is it possible to do snorkeling around there off from the beach? Or is it only a place for serious divers? All snorkeling advice would be appreciated! Would you recommend a short stay (1 night) in the area? I am looking for a nice beach for swimming and possibly snorkeling. As many guide books recommend this location as it is "said to be one of the best snorkeling and diving spots", I would like to know if anyone has actually tried ...

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Is the post office reliable Hanoi

Posted by averydka99 on 2/11/2010 at 09:48

Hello, Has anyone used the post office in Hanoi to mail items back to the states? Was thinking of doing this after visiting Sapa and Ha Long Bay area. Thank you ...

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Camping in Vietnam

Posted by nitrolow on 17/7/2013 at 06:40

Hi i will be backpacking to Vietnam this coming December till January. Hoping to cover the whole of Vietnam. I am planning to camp outside for a week. Anyone knows of a good camping spot preferably near a waterfall or a lake and less crowded? Is there anything else i should be aware about for camping in Vietnam? Lastly, is a multi-tool really necessary? Thanks in advance! ...

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Posted by vietnamlers on 16/7/2013 at 10:33

Reliable "Honda Win" for sale (just finished trip from Hanoi to Saigon without breakdown or such). Changes: New and stronger rear bumper New rear sprocket New head light Additional: Two helmets Bike raincoat (for two) Rain plane for luggage (for two) Bungee ropes and a proper one Bigger luggage rack Oil spray With all changes 350$ is a fair price and its tested more than 3000km that it works. If you are interested and want a test drive contact us. We are staying at the Ngan Tuan ...

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Welcome to Vietnam - Our first 48 hours (Yet another story about scams)

Posted by Travellincouple on 8/7/2013 at 04:27

After travelling around SEA for two months scam free, we (a couple) were excited for our trip to Vietnam. Sure it is commonplace in SEA to be overcharged and given the incorrect change and when this happens, we smile and move on knowing the money will go further for the person that has taken it than it will for us (not that this makes it right, but maybe this is a culture thing?). Now travelling for two months in SEA and staying scam free means that we have done extensive research on what to lo ...

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Value tours for a family of 5

Posted by heids70 on 9/7/2013 at 21:05

So I have booked all our flights for our December/January trip and am now thinking about our accommodation and a few interesting tours. Family of Mum, Dad, 17, 16 and 11 y.o. daughters. Siem reap, Hanoi, Ha Long, Hoi An, Nha Trang, Saigon, Can Tho, Phu Quoc. In the way of the look of motor bike foodie tours of Saigon for example but looking for better value than $50-$100 per person considering I'll be forking out x 5. Looking for bike tours, motorbike tours, food trails, boat trip ...

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