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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!

organic farms and meditation study in northern Vietnam?

Posted by melmariet on 28/1/2013 at 22:11

Hello! I am headed to northern Vietnam in a few weeks and trying to arrange some activities. I'm hoping to find work trade opportunities as well as monastery stays. Does anyone have any recommendations for either? Looking for somewhere safe as a female, with reasonable work trade. For meditation I was hoping for something in English, around 10 days long. I'm also interested in volunteer opportunities, specifically orphanages or environmental restoration. Thank you! Any advice for resource woul ...

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Tourist Herding & Decoy-Duck Dilemma in Vietnam

Posted by WanderJuan on 29/1/2013 at 23:39

I've read this Ha Long Bay news about the current state of things in the area. It's kind of sad to see that there are agencies doing this to tourists who want to visit. The government should do more to preserve the integrity of Ha Long Bay and preserve its natural beauty. The lack of infrastructure and proper agencies add on to the current dilemma that the bay is facing. It doesn't help that the agencies and support groups being assembled overlap each other creating chaos and confusion. This ...

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Any input on my itinerary or questions will be appreciated

Posted by sarahoak24 on 27/1/2013 at 17:23

We are two experienced women travelers and will be travelling in Vietnam for three weeks going from South to North and visiting the following places: HCMC, Ben Tre or Can Tho, Hue, Danang (Hoi An, My Son) , Sapa , Cat Ba Island and Hanoi . A few questions: 1. If booking a room on line, I want to make sure I am understanding what a double room is. We need two beds, can be two twins or better. Is that a double room. Or if I specfify double, I get one double bed? 2. Is there an e ...

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Living on the North Coast. Any help appreciated :)

Posted by dreammbrother on 23/1/2013 at 05:46

Hi guys! My mate and I were wanting to spend about 6 months somewhere on the north coast of Vietnam just living the chilled life in some kind of beach shack. We're both very laid back and were hoping someone might be able to guide us in the direction of some small villages or islands where we could find somewhere where we'd be able to find something simple for that length of time (or at least a month or so, in case we decide to move around a bit) thanks a lot in advance and any help is apprecia ...

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Motorbike Groups for girl on her own

Posted by emma773 on 29/1/2013 at 10:30

Hi Everyone, I am travelling from Hanoi to Saigon in March over only 2 weeks. I am planning to travel mainly by train, but would like to travel (on the back of) a motorbike for at least a small part of my journey. I am very roughly (haven't decided yet) thinking on - Hanoi, Hoi An, Nha Trang, Mui Ne, then Saigon. Does anyone have any suggestions of a start/end point for maybe a 1-2day motorbike tour? Also recommend any groups? I would like to go with other people which may be quite difficult ...

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Girl in Vietnam

Posted by emma773 on 28/1/2013 at 14:46

Hello everyone, I wondered if anyone can offer me some advice...I am going to Vietnam alone in March before meeting up with my friends in Cambodia. I plan to go from Hanoi to Saigon over about 2 and a half weeks. Ha Long Bay looks beautiful, but I keep reading about corruption/scams and am starting to worry about going there by myself as I haven't travelled alone before. Its starting to seem like more hassle than its worth and maybe I should't waste time there and should just travel south wh ...

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S.O.S open bus recommendation needing

Posted by jacqueline9154 on 29/1/2013 at 07:11

i am planning to travel in March. I would like to take Ha Noi as my 1st stop, r there any reliable open bus with reasonable price in Ha Noi? EXCEPT SINH TOURIST, it is too expensive for me as a student. my routine is as follow: Ha Noi - Hue - Da Nang - Hoi An - Nha Trang - Da Lat - Muine - Saigon. i knew some places i can travel by moto or bike, but i still need ur suggestions. thousand tks! pls write down bus name , address and contact. ...

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First time traveller: NEED HELP S.O.S

Posted by lydiadavey77 on 26/1/2013 at 16:19

Hi everyone, Looking to travel in June- July-August time for about 3 weeks. I haven't really travelled much before so although i'm going on my own (most likely) i'de like to maybe be part of a tour/company in a group of 15-20? Despite this however, all i've heard so far is about how corrupt the tourist industry is in Vietnam as a whole- which is getting me worried! Has anyone got any recommendations of 1) what to do there/places to go and 2) any fun young companies who would be good to travel w ...

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Travel options from HCMC

Posted by SaltwaterGem on 24/1/2013 at 00:55

In Vientiane at the moment... My flight leaves from HCMC so I plan on going through Cambodia and onto HCMC. Problem is (as I indicated in another thread) I'm flirting with Tet. My options are... 1) Arrive on the 6th or 7th, spend a few days in HCMC until my flight on the 9th. 2) I think I could arrive as early as the 4th but I don't know if this would give me much time to head too far out of HCMC to be safely back in time for my flight with pre Tet craziness but I wouldn't want to spend so ...

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Any good island/beaches near Nha Trang?

Posted by jntnbjrklnd on 25/1/2013 at 04:10

Im currently in Nha Trang. And i would like to stay some nights on one of the islands around here but im having trouble finding any one where i dont have to stay at a expensive resort. Does anyone have any experience staying on any of these island? Cheers, ...

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Proof of ongoing travel

Posted by Cloudcatcher on 24/1/2013 at 09:40

Hi I'm going to be travelling South East Asia for a few months. I have a ticket in to Vietnam, and a ticket out of Thailand some months later. However for my Vietnamese visa the embassy wants proof that I will be leaving Vietnam within 30 days. Do I have to book buses in advance? Any advice on how to go about this? Thanks so much ...

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Hard Sleeper

Posted by dnev101 on 5/1/2013 at 06:19

Hi all, I have booked a hard sleeper tain from hanoi to hue in feb. on the SE3 train what are the differences between hard and soft sleeper apart from having 6 people in each cabin? as far as i can see on seat61 site the photos show no other differences, i kind of assumed that the hard sleeper would have no matreses but it shows them on the photos on this site. can anybody advise me? Thanks ...

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Vietnam / Cambodia Itinerary - HELP please

Posted by heids70 on 12/1/2013 at 21:55

Well, after many months of research and reading your wonderful and informative posts I have come up with an itinerary for my family holiday that we are all very excited about and am ready to put it out there for your critique. 2 adults, 17yo, 16yo and 11yo daughters. I am after any advice you are happy to share as far as itinerary goes from Australia Dec 18th or there abouts. 3 nights Siam Reap, 1 night Hanoi , 2 nights Ha Long Bay, 1 night Hanoi (Xmas eve dinner), 3 nights Hoi An , 3 nigh ...

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Motorbiking in Vietnam..

Posted by potta_boro on 23/11/2012 at 12:00

I arrive in Hanoi on Tuesday and I'm wanting to do the north to south ride but I'm a solo traveller and have a feeling it will be disastrous with me getting lost every 5 minutes so I was wondering is there any guided tours that do it? And where is the best place to buy a cheap motorbike? Cheers ...

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Mekong cycling question

Posted by Pghtraveller on 16/1/2013 at 12:13

I'd like to explore the Mekong delta independently and I'm looking for some help. First off, I'm wondering if anyone knows of a company that offers a service where I can rent a bike in HCMC and drop it off in Rach Gia or Ha Tien (I'll be continuing on to Cambodia after)? Second, can anyone send a link to a map with a route they've followed? Last, I'd also consider hiring a private guide for the trip. Can anyone recommend one? Thanks so much for the help! ...

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South Vietnam help

Posted by PinkPox on 28/12/2012 at 20:34

Dear fellow travelers. These are very first times looking travel fish site and feel it very lovely and helpful. Hope that I can get very useful tips for our upcoming trip. Thanks in advance. We are two adults and one child of 6 are planning trips to the South of Vietnam. We only have 5 days in early May. We not interested in Saigon city tour but do love Cu Chu tunnel, heard many great things about it. We love to spend most time in Mekong delta, considering Can Tho, Chau Doc, Ben Tre, floating ma ...

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Family of 5

Posted by heids70 on 18/1/2013 at 15:46

Our family of 5 - 2 adults, 2 teenagers and one 11 year old have set our itinerary through Vietnam and also Siem Reap...now for the accommodation. I have been reading posts and info for months but am still unsure as to what is the most cost effective way to book accom.....myself before we get there, a viet agent or just wing it and find something when we get to each new place (would this option be viable mid December to mid January?). We will be there for about 25 days, we will be on a budget ...

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Registrationdocument for motorbikes in Vietnam

Posted by JosefI on 15/1/2013 at 07:18

Hi, I'm planing to buy a motorbike in HCM-City in feb.'13 and I would like to have the 'right papers' in hand when I leave HCM-City to the north. What I mean is every paper can be faked and how can I be sure to have the right papers when I don't have any idea how the real ones look like. If anybody can show me a photocopy of the registrationdocument for motorbikes in Vietnam it would help me a lot. Thank you for your help. ...

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What happens if we miss our train connection?

Posted by Davnew2 on 21/4/2012 at 21:05

My wife and I are traveling by train from Saigon to Sapa in July. We will need to switch trains in Hanoi. We have 2 hours between when our train is scheduled to arrive in Hanoi, and when our train to Lao Cai? Is this enough time. If me miss our connection, will be able to take the next train. We haven't purchased any tickets yet. ...

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Pre tet travel

Posted by SaltwaterGem on 17/1/2013 at 03:37

Will get to Saigon the 3rd or so.. Would it be a problem to go to Mui Ne until the 8th? As far as getting transport and accommodation? I have a flight out on the 9th so I can't afford to get stuck. ...

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