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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!

Halong bay tour for solo 23 year old

Posted by elysek on 14/8/2012 at 20:54

I will be in Hanoi in a few days and wanted to do a three night halong bay tour. I really want to make sure I don't book something that is going to be all families or couples so I was looking at the cruise through my hostel (Hanoi backpackers). The only problem is that it seems to be quite a bit more expensive and I'm not entirely interested in a complete booze fest. Does anyone have any recommendations about where to book a good tour, for a mid-range price that is likely to have people around ...

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3 Week Itinerary for Vietnam in April

Posted by Lost_Vagabond on 23/1/2013 at 13:28

Hi All, Im heading to Vietnam at beginning of April and am planning on staying for 3 weeks before I move on to Cambodia. I'm planning on starting in Hanoi and heading south. I was thinking something along the lines of Hanoi Ha Long Bay Sapa Hue Da Nang Hoi An Nha trang HCMC Mekong Delta Its all quite vague so far and i dont know if that sort of Itinerary is do able in 3 weeks at reasonable pace i.e not rushing too much. If anyone has suggestions then please do suggest. I'm open to anythin ...

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how to avoid packages tours and cruises on a budget in north vietnam

Posted by melmariet on 30/1/2013 at 09:37

Hello! I'm traveling to Vietnam in a few weeks from northern laos and looking for some help on itinerary. I'm a nature lover, and hoping to take in views of the mountains as well as lots of karst scenery. The pancake trail would lead me through Sapa, hallong bay, and Hanoi... I'd really like to get off the beaten path, towards cheaper and less tourists tours. I'm interested in independent treks, kayaking, caving, etc. No over priced noisy tours is the goal. That being said, can anyone give me a ...

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taking our scooters on an overnight train

Posted by paudie1987 on 27/2/2013 at 15:20

Me & a friend are heading from hanoi to Saigon by motorbike over 16 days.we are hoping to get a night train from ninh binh to dong hoi to do phong nha-ke bang national park & get another night train from hoi an to nha trang.we are really hoping to take the bikes on the trains with us as we won't have time to wait for our bikes to come on another train.anyone with any information on trains that allows this is much appreciated.thanks ...

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Suggestions For Vietnam

Posted by chrisb4 on 1/3/2013 at 04:07

Hi everyone, I'm planning a backpacking trip across Vietnam for three months from June to August this year. My main query is, given the time period I plan to travel, where would be the best places to go in regards to weather? Also, I would like to visit some neighbouring countries also, again, which countries would people recommend in terms of weather during that time period? And also, any tips or suggestions or just ideas that people may have are always welcome! Thankyou, Chris ...

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5 days in Hanoi - which excursion?

Posted by cpelser on 27/2/2013 at 10:14

Hi guys. We'll be in Hanoi for 5 days from the 9th of March. We'd like to do something from there (I don't like cities much) What can we do from here? Halong Bay? Cat Ba? (Speed Ferry from Halong city + one day halong bay + maybe some motorbiking around Cat Ba) Sapa? (Do we have enough time?) I'm leaning towards Halong bay, because of time. Can we fit Sapa? I'm worried about Halong Bay's dodgy tours.. We'll also spend 5 days in Hoi An (from where we'll do a 2/3 day motorbike tour) ...

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Any real GOOD advise about the Halong Bay Tour?

Posted by drorbek on 11/8/2012 at 04:40

Hi, I've been over this site and many others looking for some real solid advice on the Ha Long Bay tour and I really didn't find anything that is up to date and that really provides good advice. Good advice for me = recommending an actual travel agent, specific tour (specific junk or whatever). I'm in Hanoi now and planning to take the Halong Bay tour the day after tomorrow and I really feel lost and have no idea what to do and if I can believe anything any travel agent here tells me. Can ...

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Vietnam Train TIckets

Posted by Lost_Vagabond on 23/2/2013 at 05:16

I'm planning on travelling to Vietnam about the 2nd of April and am planning on flying in to Hanoi and working my way down the countryover 3 weeks. As I will be stopping off for a few days in different parts is it possible to get a flexible ticket of sorts? What I mean by that instead of having to buy a ticket for all the legs e.g A ticket for Hanoi - Da Nang then a seperate ticket for Nha Trang. It dosen't bother me either way but it was just so I was informed. ...

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Last minute questions

Posted by sarahoak24 on 24/2/2013 at 17:03

Hello - will be leaving shortly and just can't get a straight sense, do I need a converter for electronics from USA? Also, is Tang, an instant orange juice available in HCMC? Thanks! ...

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Hanoi-Hue-Hoi An in one day?

Posted by dwbpnm on 18/2/2013 at 09:30

My wife and I will be in Vietnam in April and are planning on travelling to Hoi An after a few days in Hanoi. We'd like to visit the Imperial city in Hue . Is it possible to do the O/N train to Hue, tour the Imperial city, a couple tombs, and then continue on to Hoi An while it's still light out for the bus/car/train ride through the Hai Van pass? I know it'd be a hectic day but we're generally pretty quick at seeing sights and will have the next day to relax on the beach in Hoi An. Is it ...

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Viewed 7,509 times, with 12 replies. Last reply by travellingsarah on 21/2/2013 at 20:35

Asia Charm Tours

Posted by varenky on 21/2/2013 at 18:49

I'll book the tour to Sapa, 3 nights 2 days with Asia Charm Tours. Any reference about this agency? Thank you ...

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July 2013 - Phu Quoc or Mui Ne?

Posted by Ross81 on 20/2/2013 at 12:48

We will be travelling around Vietnam for 3 weeks in July. We want to have a few days at the end relaxing on a beach and can't decide between Phu Quoc or Mui Ne. My instincts tell me to go to Phu Quoc but I know it is the rainy season so I wondered if it would be worth going to or would the weather be slightly better in Mui Ne? Any advice would be much appreciated. ...

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Viewed 5,855 times, with 5 replies. Last reply by Ross81 on 21/2/2013 at 09:57

sim card + 3g

Posted by bascanvas on 20/2/2013 at 13:18

Hi, i'm travelling to VN in a week and a half and will be in the country for about two months. I would like to get a sim card with 3g internet (android phone), As far as i can find on the www this is pretty cheap in VN. But i'm a bit confused about which plan and provider would work best for me. I would just be making some local calls and surf on occasion to find some info while out and about, in the hotels i would like to use the wifi as much as possible. Can anyone provide me with some usefu ...

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Viewed 2,641 times, with 1 reply. Last reply by somtam2000 on 21/2/2013 at 04:11

Halong Bay or Sapa

Posted by TonyM on 8/1/2013 at 04:17

I have 1 week in Hanoi in July, may do either Halong Bay or Sapa , I doubt I have the time for both, which is better, I've had mixed feedback re Halong, crowded and touristy, Sapa beautiful. ...

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ho chi minh for the first time

Posted by muskey on 26/1/2013 at 15:25


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Motorcycle buddies wanted - Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi - End of Jan

Posted by martinob on 3/1/2013 at 04:18

Hi, I'm planning to buy and ride a motorcycle from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi and looking to find anyone with similar plans willing to buddy up. I'll be arriving in Hi Chi Min on the 24th January 2013 and will be looking to set off before the end of the month. The rough plan is to follow the old Ho Chi Min trail and take about two weeks to get to Hanoi. I'm happy to flex my dates within reason. I'm a 26 year old male from Bristol, England and hold a motorcycle licence. I'm pretty easy gon ...

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Viewed 6,468 times, with 14 replies. Last reply by martinob on 18/2/2013 at 23:22

Vietnam in May 2013

Posted by bismoystud on 13/2/2013 at 11:52

Hi, I am planning a 2 week tour to vietnam in may.Dates are fixed. 5th may -start from saigon and go upwards via nha trang-hue-hanoi-halong bay and return back from hanoi on 19th may. Heard that the weather is different in south, centre and the north. I have just one concern-How is the rains and the humidity?Does it rain all day?? I dont want to waste whole days sitting in my hotel due to rains. Please help. ...

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heading to ha giang from halong bay city?

Posted by melmariet on 16/2/2013 at 01:54

Hello! I'm trying to make my way north to the mysterious ha giang province. Im a tea geek, hoping to see some tea plantations and minority cultures. I was hoping to get some advice about routes and itinerary in this less travelled area. We are two women, looking to independently explore; we were thinking.. Halong city / hanoi - ha giang - meo vac - to dong van- bac ha - Hanoi Questions, do we need to go back to Hanoi from Cia rong? ( where I am today) Does this route sound feasible? we have a ...

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Advice on travelling Saigon-Hanoi? Bamba Experience?

Posted by mpmcintosh94 on 13/2/2013 at 06:00

Hi all, I'll be arriving in Saigon mid May and will be there until 20th June. During this period my rough plan is to travel from Saigon to Hanoi, what lies in between I guess depends on my travel method and how spontaneous I'm feeling. The company 'Bamba Experience' seems really good to me, its a Hop-on Hop-off bus pass in simple terms. It is valid for 12months and you book online a few days before you plan to begin the route. There's various trips or tours or experiences along the way which a ...

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Viewed 3,058 times, with 3 replies. Last reply by TravelingDave on 15/2/2013 at 12:24

Where to cycle to from Hanoi?

Posted by punx4life on 13/2/2013 at 20:44

We are landing in Hanoi in a few weeks. Looking to hit up the Hanoi Biking Collective, rent a bike and cycle somewhere and return back. We are looking to cycle and return in 4 nights - the route should be scenic and not too challenging (we are fine with highways but perhaps not deathtrap motorways). What is an ideal place to cycle to that we can cover in the 4 nights specified? ALSO: What's communiations with locals and accommodation prospects like once you have gone off the beaten path? ...

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