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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!

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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currency exchange

Posted by lexluther on 7/12/2010 at 04:33

Hi all, from reading throughb books and forums i gather the best place to change money is in the gold shops. Does anyone know what they are offering for usd, aud, euro and british sterling at the moment? Cheers. ...

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Hue to Hanoi - train or plane?

Posted by dav2205 on 8/7/2013 at 07:50

I'm due to travel from Hue to Hanoi as part of a trip to Vietnam in October (a whirlwind 2 week tour of the country!). Pricing things up it seems to only be a few pounds difference between plane and train so was just looking for some recommendations from more seasoned Vietnam travellers. Options are - Overnight train from Hue to Hanoi ~£35 from what I can see on Seat61 Stay another night in Hue, catch the early train to Danang and fly from there to Hanoi on an early afternoon flight. ...

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Leave in 1 week! Final itinerary help :)

Posted by misstahlia on 17/6/2013 at 09:47

Hi All I leave in 1 week today for Vietnam. I fly into Hanoi and will be going north to south. Just wanted your advice on my itinerary before I head off I do realise that when I get to a place I a may like or dislike it more than anticipated. And I will be flexible for this rough plan give or take a few days here and there! But I am a self confessed planner pre trip (that is what a boring job will do to you!). But on the road I am more than happy to be a lot more relaxed! * Hanoi - 3 night ...

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Vietnam -> Angkor Wat -> Bangkok -> Beaches Itinerary

Posted by diee on 4/7/2013 at 08:50

Hello, I'm planning to have a 24days round trip in South East Asia in August. My idea is to visit Vietnam in 12/13 days (starting the tour from HaNoi), 3 days for Angkor Wat in Cambodgia, 3 days in Bangkok and 5/6 in Ko Samui . This is my itinerary for Vietnam Day 1) Ha Noi Day 2) Ha Noi Day 3) Ha Noi -> Halong Bay Day 4) Halong Bay -> Ha Noi -> (flight) -> Da Nang -> Hoi An Day 5) Hoi An Day 6) Hoi An -> Hue Day 7) Hue Day Huw -> Ho Chi Minh Day 9) Ho Chi Minh Da ...

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Help in Hanoi!

Posted by Bradders on 3/7/2013 at 06:25

Hi all, have been here in hanoi for a few days and having a great time but with all the sweating etc, i've started to get some chafing\rubbing going on, can anyone reccomend a barrier cream or something of the like that I could pick up here??? Any help would be muchly appreciated!!! ...

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Posted by David_Benavides on 3/7/2013 at 18:40

We are a couple from the Philippines on a 5-day budget tour to Vietnam. How much do we need to bring including show money? ...

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Cheap place top stay in Hue

Posted by Pocohantas on 30/6/2013 at 03:43

Hi Can anyone recommend a cheap and clean place to stay in Hue please? I dont mind if its a dorm. cheers ...

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Best way to travel through Vietnam?

Posted by IndiaGabrielle on 6/6/2013 at 10:36

Hi All, I'm currently planning a trip to Southeast Asia, where I'll be staying at a friends in Bangkok and then hopefully travelling to Vietnam and Cambodia etc. I wondered if I could get some advice on how best to do Vietnam. Would it be best to fly from Bangkok all the way up to Hanoi and travel down by land? How is best to travel over land? I was just reading about the open tour system. Or would it be best to travel over land across Thailand and enter Vietnam that way? To hear some stor ...

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Excellent place to stay in Hanoi

Posted by Pocohantas on 30/6/2013 at 03:46

Little Hamoi Diamond is a great cheap clean welcoming hostel. Staff are friendly and incredibly helpful. Dorms are spacious and clean as is the shared bathroom. You get a clean towel everyday and breakfast is included in the price of $6. Complimentary fruit and juice is provided every afternoon. There are lockers in the room. Overall excellent value for money! ...

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Vietnam in 3 weeks July/August... too many things! What would you do/have you done?

Posted by Teschiop on 27/6/2013 at 10:21

Hi there, I'm going to be in Vietnam from 19/7 to 11/8 with a friend and I was trying to decide what to do... quite hard as there are so many places to be and a little more than 3 weeks makes it necessary to exclude something (for the next trip!) I arrive in Saigon while my friend is in Hanoi , then we both fly back to Saigon, so my idea was to join her in Hanoi and travel south to Saigon. But then I read about the north part and saw some amazing pictures of the landscapes on the mountains ...

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XO tours??

Posted by Emma23 on 3/6/2013 at 05:27

Hey there! Has anyone done a motrobike tour with this company? It looks like fun but I am not sure that going on the back of a morotbike in Vietnam is wise? I guess it's like everything though - if you don't take the risk oyu'll never know. Thanks ...

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Hanoi to Saigon Motorbike Tour

Posted by khm293 on 24/6/2013 at 01:22

Hey folks, I'm flying in to Hanoi on July 5 and gearing up to ride south to Saigon. I'm flexible on the route and am planning for about 3 weeks to make the trip. I'm 24F and looking for a travel buddy (or several) to join. Give me a shout if you're interested! ...

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