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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!

open bus ticket - prices

Posted by ozmo on 20/3/2007 at 17:05

hello, just a word about the prices of the open bus ticket: a ticket with 5 stops should cost something around 20$-23$ if you buying it in Hanoi and around 15$-18$ if you buying it in Saigon. a ticket that include all the stops points will cost something around 25$ in Hanoi, and less in Saigon. I'm just telling you this because i met same people that paid 35$ because the travel agency told them that they will get special bus, but eventually, all of them got to the same bus like the ...

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southern vietnam advice please

Posted by breatheagain on 28/12/2012 at 03:31

we will have 11 days between HCM and going to Cambodia - we think we would like to go to Cambodia via the Mekong Delta but how would we make it last 11 days?? An organised tour for that long would be so expensive - it would be nice to stay for a while in some places in the Mekong Delta does anyone have any advise on how to 'hop on and off' boats or tours? We have two large suitcases. The islands seem to be expensive and the flights fully booked so that option is out - how can we fill 11days ...

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Viewed 2,306 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by breatheagain on 31/12/2012 at 03:59

Visa Confusion

Posted by zenz on 10/12/2012 at 15:07

Apologies if this is a dumb question, but I read the FAQs and didn't find anything. This is my first time heading overseas and thus, my first time dealing with Visas. I'm flying into Hanoi in early January with plans on exploring Vietnam for ~1 month, exiting into Cambodia in the south before continuing on to Thailand. However I'm also flying out of Hanoi to come back home mid-March and am unsure of what sort of Visa to get. I've read I can get a 90 day visa but will it work if I exit and ...

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Viewed 3,078 times, with 10 replies. Last reply by somtam2000 on 28/12/2012 at 22:24

Restriction on lcarrying iquids on VN internl flights

Posted by m4yb on 26/12/2012 at 17:36

A little tip for people on internal flights in VN: pack your liquids in you checked luggage as if on international flight! In Australia, there is no restriction on carrying liquids, eg a bottle of wine, etc, in your carryon, on domestic flights. Curious about that, I checked VN Airline's website and our etickets prior to flying, no mention of restriction. Turned up at Tan Son Nhut Airport, HCMC, with my opened bottle of dutyfree rum, some beer and the usual big water bottle in my carry on. Was ...

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3 weeks in Vietnam

Posted by MorrieC on 25/12/2012 at 21:23

My wife and I will be traveling in Vietnam for 3 weeks. There will be 8 adults in our group and would like suggestions on our itinerary. We are the type that like to enjoy and get to know a place before moving on. The following is an outline of what we have planed so far. Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City on 17th and fly to Nah Trang on the 19th Nah Trang 19th to 22nd. Travel to Qui Nhon on the 22 stay the night Travel from Qui Nhon on the 23rd to Hoi An Hoi An 23rd to 27th Taking in th ...

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Viewed 2,098 times, with 3 replies. Last reply by daawgon on 26/12/2012 at 21:33

Cost of Hanoi-Lao Cai train tickets

Posted by ngg18 on 9/12/2009 at 16:33

I'm wondering if anyone knows the current price of a soft sleeper ticket from Hanoi-Lai Cai on the SP3 train. I have looked at a few websites but they just seem to quote prices for tourist train cars. Does anyone know a reliable website to book train tickets? Thanks in advance ...

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How much to tip

Posted by m4yb on 4/12/2012 at 19:03

First, apologies if this has been covered before, I did do a search, and this is my first post on this worthy forum. Heading to VN in 16 days, My question, how much is the usual tip for: a taxi? anything extra added to the pre-agreed fare? one of the kids who offer to guide you around, eg in Hanoi? at a restaurant? and how much to give to a beggar that really gets yout heart? In adding, I have been to VN before, actually spent my childhood there (father a french expat) but inflation happens!! ...

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Viewed 5,020 times, with 8 replies. Last reply by daawgon on 22/12/2012 at 12:30

hiring a scooter???

Posted by muskey on 30/11/2012 at 14:14

Hello. Im going to saigon in march 2013 for a few days and i was wondering if it is possible to hire and ride a 100cc - 125cc scooter without a full motorbike licence. Any help or advise would be appreciated. ...

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Viewed 2,121 times, with 4 replies. Last reply by muskey on 22/12/2012 at 06:16

ideas on time scale please

Posted by breatheagain on 21/12/2012 at 05:35

We have just arrived in Hoi An from Hanoi and have 6 days to chill then we plan to go to Nha Trang (any idea how long there, we have another 25 days after we leave Hoi An) then to Mui ne again any ideas how long would be good there? then Ho Chi Min, Mekong Delta and may be Phu Ouoc island - some idea of time scale in each place would be so useful. thanks - merry christmas. ...

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Christmas in HCMC

Posted by helzie2430 on 23/11/2012 at 03:09

I will be in HCMC with two kids(10,11) over christmas. I would love to hear suggestions about how to make my boys christmas unforgetable. ...

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Viewed 2,315 times, with 5 replies. Last reply by m4yb on 21/12/2012 at 07:38

Favorite Places in Vietnam?

Posted by sacer on 12/4/2012 at 18:15

Hey guys, What are your favorite places and things to do in Vietnam? I am planning a 23 day trip to SEA this summer, and I was originally planning on doing North Vietnam, Laos, then to Bangkok, but I am reconsidering now due to the limited time and considering doing my whole trip in Vietnam. I will be starting in Hanoi/Ha Long and then to Sapa, but I know nothing about South Vietnam. I will probably need to end in HCMC for my flight, but do you recommend I stay there long? I have heard both g ...

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Viewed 5,953 times, with 10 replies. Last reply by LolaNguyen on 18/12/2012 at 05:52

Itinerary for 10 days in late Jan

Posted by bubbl3s on 17/12/2012 at 04:12

Hi all, I'm planning a trip to Hanoi late next month (Jan) and planning to stay for 5 days. I'm thinking to extend my trip south to Hue and Hoi An for another 5 days and fly out from Da Nang . I would like to seek your opinion whether my schedule is too hectic? I would like to do the river tour in Hue but I read that the weather will be too misty to see anything clearly. Day 5: Fly from Hanoi to Hue (afternoon) Day 6: Hue (tombs) Day 7: Take train to Da Nang then bus to Hoi ...

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Viewed 2,031 times, with 4 replies. Last reply by LolaNguyen on 18/12/2012 at 05:33

HCMC Airport Hotels

Posted by caseyprich on 14/12/2012 at 22:52

I've read some previous posts and know from experience that the city centre is only 30 minutes out - with the correct time of day and cab driver, but with a 1am arrival and a noon (international) departure - we'd rather just get a good nights sleep around the airport. My question is, has anyone stayed in the string of hotels around Phu Nhuan Stadium - especially between the airport and there? It looks like you can walk to those hotels and don't have to deal with taxis - which I would prefere, ...

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First trip to Vietnam

Posted by Meshan on 6/12/2012 at 16:29

I thought I should say hi as I've pretty much absorbed everything the site has to tell me about Vietnam so it's probably about time I posted something. On Sunday I'm off to Vietnam after a brief stop in Malaysia. I have to say I am a little excited. I've been to Thailand and Singapore in the past but definitely looking forward to the next couple of weeks. Just looked at my loose travel itinerary and I'll be in Hoi An/Danag around Christmas eve/day. To be honest as I wasn't in the UK I kinda f ...

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Viewed 2,201 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by LolaNguyen on 16/12/2012 at 19:50

Hanoi choosing a place to stay on arrival

Posted by enday on 12/12/2012 at 03:05

Is getting a taxi from the airport to the Old Quater in Hanoi and wandering around checking out room options a reasonable choice? Its what I did in Laos, and I enjoyed myself. The only reason I'm uncertain is because of the potential hassles of the taxi.... from everything I read sounds like taxi trips in Vietnam are no fun. Where would be a good place to get the driver to drop me off? Shall I just name a random hotel, or landmark? Thanks ...

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Viewed 2,446 times, with 7 replies. Last reply by enday on 15/12/2012 at 05:48

Vovinam Training (Martial Arts)

Posted by rduchateau on 1/4/2011 at 09:32

Heading to Vietnam in June and hoping to get the chance to train in the Vietnamese Martial Art Vovinam. Anyone have any information where I can take some classes? Also interested in training MMA/BJJ/Muay Thai/Boxing while in Vietnam. Where are the gyms? Any info would be sweet and greatly appreciated. ...

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Viewed 4,951 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by rubayee on 14/12/2012 at 15:56

bus from Chau Doc to Ho Chi Minh City

Posted by tazgirl on 13/7/2009 at 15:06

I'm sure heaps of people have done this but I can't seem to find any info about how long the bus from Chau Doc to HCMC takes and whether it runs on a Sunday? I'm planning to get on a boat from Phnom Penh on Saturday, overnight in Chau Doc, onto HCMC on Sunday, be at the airport to meet someone Monday morning. Easy done? Cheerio ...

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Viewed 24,837 times, with 10 replies. Last reply by mjbrennan on 14/12/2012 at 10:19

Advice for our Vietnam travel itinerary

Posted by slangrish on 26/11/2012 at 00:20

Hi everyone, myself and my girlfriend will be travelling to Vietnam from the 17th Dec - 5th or 6th January. We're crazy excited about it as it will be our first trip to Vietnam and having moved to Thailand back in August are keen to make it as memorable as possible over the Christmas period. Its also my birthday on the 27th! It will be the first Christmas & New Years away from home in the UK so have no idea what to expect in regards to these Western holidays. We've put together an itinerary ...

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5 day tour in Danang, Hue and Hoi An

Posted by kunpai on 8/11/2012 at 00:20

hi, can anyone tell me how much would cost me for a 5 day tour in Danang, Hue and Hoi An? What I mean is only the package tour and included 4 night in 3 * hotel stay for 2 people Thank you ...

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Viewed 2,577 times, with 3 replies. Last reply by andlynsheeba on 13/12/2012 at 07:22

Itinerary Review

Posted by nursesueg on 11/12/2012 at 14:47

Hi everyone, Love all the advice on here. Thought I'd bounce my itinerary off the TF board and get some feedback if you all wouldn't mind. Arrive Hanoi on Tues Jan 8th, airport transfer to hostel pre-arranged in the evening Plan for 8 days in North Vietnam, Halong Bay tour (2-3 days most likely), Perfume Pagoda, Snake Market, hopefully overnight stay or day trip in countryside via motorcycle, details unclear. Fly on the 17th To HCMC spend the 17th, 18th in HCMC then go to Mekong Delta for 19 ...

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