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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!

Saigon to Phnom Penh via Mekong Riverboat

Posted by bigfatbackpack on 5/5/2013 at 01:36

Can anyone recommend a good agency in Saigon that can book an affordable 3 day/ 2 night boat trip? There's so many its hard to know what is good, and I haven't had much luck with google. Thanks! ...

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Scammed at Hue's Royal Fine Arts Museum

Posted by Edbolla on 6/5/2013 at 20:05

A warning to fellow travellers: be careful if you buy anything at the ticket desk at the Royal Fine Arts Museum in Hue. The female ticket attendant insisted that to see the Imperial Citadel you had to purchase a dual ticket for the art museum AND the citadel (costing 105,000 dong). We didn't want to see the art museum and now don't think that what she said was true. So that's mild scam 1. Major scam 2 Also she slyly extracted an extra 100,000 dong from us by quickly switching one of the two 100, ...

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Vietnam Itenarary

Posted by Bellacat4 on 16/4/2013 at 15:58

I see a lot of people post their itinerary and people give a lot of good advice. We are a family of 5 travelling with three girls 10,13 and 16. Day 1: Arrive late in Hanoi Day 2: Hanoi Day3: Halong Cruise with Handspan Day 4: Halong and return to Hanoi-catch night train to Hue Day 5:Hue Day6: Hue to Hoi An (possibly get a driver) Day 7: Hoi An Day8: Hoi An Day 9: Fly from Danang to HCM Day 10: HCM Day 11: HCM-Mekong- Can Tho Day 12: Can Tho fly to Phu Quoc Day 13:PQ Day 14:PQ Day 15:PQ Day ...

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Vietnam is the main consumer of rhinoceros horn powder

Posted by johnlafre on 3/5/2013 at 21:10

I urge you to boycott Vietnam. Vietnamese are responsible for the poaching of rhinoceroses in Africa. They purchase rhino horns for bogus medicinal purposes. Consumption of rhino horn will lead to the disappearance of this animal who is already on the brink of extinction. 618 rhinoceros have been killed at the hands of poachers in2012. In Mozambique, they have all been wiped out. Think about this before considering a trip to Vietnam. ...

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Meditation in Vietnam

Posted by schriss on 3/5/2013 at 02:05

Hi Does anyone know of a good place to meditate in Vietnam? It doesn't have to be a fixed retreat as long as it's a place you can stay to meditate (like a monastery) Hope you can help me out - tried to google it, but didn't really find anything. ...

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Ben Duoc Cu Chi Tunnels. Death Trap

Posted by BenD on 26/4/2013 at 07:58

WARNING. PLEASE DO NOT GO INSIDE THE BEN DUOC CU CHI TUNNELS. We want to make everyone aware that the Ben Duoc cu chi tunnels are incredibly dangerous. We visited recently and went down a tunnel where our friend was attacked by a scorpion and died in the tunnel. We want to make this so clear to everyone that going in these tunnels is not safe in the slightest. There was no warning as to whether there was anything lethal in the tunnels and the guide did not inform us. The scorpion simply attacked ...

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Recommend for a Hotel in Sagion

Posted by Stuke50 on 27/4/2013 at 13:59

Looking for a decent 3 star hotel to book upon arrival to Sagion in District #1 ...Any recommends ? ...

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Phu quoc or Sihanoukville

Posted by bascanvas on 22/1/2013 at 06:25

Hi, Me and wife are going on a trip to SE Asia, and will among others, travel to Vietnam and Cambodia. As we both love the beach we want to put in some R&R from time to time. We have a pretty good idea of our basic itinerary but have one lingering bit we can't seem to decide. Wether to go to Phu Quoc (from HCMC) and then onwards to Kampot and PP, or travel to Sihanoukville (Koh Rong) from HCMC via PP and Kampot. We don't want to do both because they will be to close after another on the tr ...

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hoi an to hanoi

Posted by rorty on 23/4/2013 at 05:19

hey guys I'm heading off to vietnam for a few weeks with 2 teenage kids. Am wondering if anyone has thoughts on how to get from Hoi An to Hanoi? Was thinking about hiring a private car to drive us from Hoi An to Hue including over the Hai Van pass, does anyone have any ideas of cost and time it takes? Then spending a night in Hue and travelling to Hanoi, but am unsure how to get there! Train? How long does it take and would it be comfortable with kids? Or are there other options, as i know H ...

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Mekong river cruise

Posted by 1tsjad21 on 23/4/2013 at 10:06

Hi, first post on this forum! basically me and my wife would love to go on a mekong river cruise, but we have never been on a cruise before, we would love to have some info before we fully consider a mekong river cruise for our holiday, basically are there any things i need to know before i go? what visas would i need? whats the best cruise line? where is the best place to book one from? any help will be greatly appreciated, many thanks, Jared. ...

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Nha Trang - Ho Chi Minh sleeper train song

Posted by helsbels24 on 21/4/2013 at 12:25

I hope it's okay to post this here - basically I've just got back from three weeks in Vietnam, and when we were on a sleeper train (SE3) from Nha Trang to Ho Chi Minh we were woken up just before arriving by a song about Saigon... I've been trawling through search engines but thought this might be a good place to ask, has anyone else been on this same route and happens to know what the song is?! ...

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haloing bay cruise

Posted by rorty on 23/4/2013 at 06:11

Hi there, Im travelling through Vietnam for a few weeks in June with my two teenage kids and am seeking any advice anyone can give on haloing bay or preferably Bai Tu Long bay cruises that can accommodate three people in a cabin. Looking at one or two night cruise depending on how much they are! Have read that brilliant halong bay cruises offer a good service, but their website doesnt really offer much info on ho many can fit in a cabin. Also they have sooooo many tours available! We would be up ...

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travel to vietnam

Posted by jimmy0191 on 21/4/2013 at 07:33

Hi their my name is jimmy im 22 and from london.I have decided that in the next few weeks I am going to travel to vietnam for a month. I would like some advice on where to start and if anyone has done a month traveling in Vietnam how they found it and what I need to prepare for and what i need to travel? I have never done this before all the holidays in my life have been spanish resorts and booked and arranged. I want to step into the unknown meet new people and not be limited, just experiance ...

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Last minute advise required

Posted by raineong on 20/4/2013 at 01:02

Hi all, Next sunday my friend and I will be travelling to vietnam for 9 days. There are a few questions and travel details we're still trying to figure but find it very confusing. Could you advise and help us on the following: 1) Is this the real sinh tourist website? It seems pretty reliable to me.. - Would you advise if we can book our open tour buses and halong bay tour from here? or if not any other recommended tours? 2) Open Tour Buses from Hoi An to hu ...

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Hannoi to Ho Chi Minh or Vice Versa

Posted by GregRoy on 20/4/2013 at 02:35

Hi, Currently backpacking in Thailand but making my way to Vietnam. In mid May i plan to do the trip from one city to the other by motorbike. Just wondering in if anybody else was planning to do the same trip around that time and would like to join me! All the Best, Greg ...

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from halong bay to danang

Posted by hussam on 13/4/2013 at 15:03

hello every one i want to ask what is the best way from halong bay to danang there is a cruise available or not bcz i dont want come back to hanoi ...

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Itinerary critique please!

Posted by Bradders on 1/4/2013 at 18:35

Hi all! First time poster long time lurker! The wife and I are heading to Vietnam and Cambodia for 26 days in July and here's the run down of what we are going to do, are we missing anything amazing or does this look good? flyinh into Hanoi and out of Phnom Penh 4 nights in Hanoi (Ha long bay trip) Fly to Da Nang 2 nights in Hue 2 nights in Hoi An 6D/5N 'Easy Rider' tour Hoi An to Saigon 4 nights in Saigon (We have 3 spare nights here not sure what to do ideas?) 3 nights Siem Reap 3 nights ...

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[Bus Timetable] Can I take a local bus from Saigon direct to Mui Ne?

Posted by j_volume on 14/4/2013 at 22:15

i have plan to go Saigon and diect to Mui Ne in same day but my flight will be arriving on 9:30 am. i would like to know can i take to bus from Saigon to Mui Ne at Mien Don Bus Station? and What time the bus departer from there? Every hour? thank in advance ...

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Vietnam in 8 Days

Posted by Babalugats on 12/4/2013 at 03:49

Hi everyone! My friends and I will be in Vietnam from September 25 to October 2. Our plan is to visit Hanoi, Ha Long Bay , Hue , and Sapa; we'll depart Noi Ba International Airport on October 3, at about 12:30 AM. Do you think our itinerary is possible? Another thing is if we can travel from Ha Long Bay to Hue by train. (If it is, then how long is the travel time.) Please advise. Mammoth thanks! ...

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Vietnam Itinerary Help - 9 Days June

Posted by Poyntzpass on 20/2/2013 at 14:12

Hello, I plan to spend 9 days in Vietnam this June with my girlfriend. We will be flying to and from Vietnam from Thailand as we are spending 3 wks in SE Asia on our way to Australia. I realise that 9 days in Vietnam is not much but unfortunately that is all that we can fit in! Any comments on my itinerary would be greatly appreciated. I was originally intending to fly into [url= Hanoi -Vacations.html]Hanoi[/url] and out of Da Nang but I canno ...

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