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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!

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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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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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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Laos-Vietnam visa on the border?

Posted by Angieangie on 7/2/2013 at 13:29

Hey guys, has anybody got an idea how to pre-book a visa if we are planning on crossing Laos-Vietnamese border around mid March? What are our options? I think our bus will go through Nam Kan. Thank you, Angie ...

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Danang to Siem reap

Posted by Tlayton on 9/2/2013 at 11:58

Hi there I'm looking for a flight from danang to Siem reap in mid may 2013. Anyone have experience with this? How much and where/when should I book? Thanks!! ...

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Best way to not do much in Vietnam?

Posted by Sightandtaste on 29/1/2013 at 08:59

Hi, I want to do a bit of Vietnam from end of March to May. I don't have much of an itinerary at the moment, but I DON'T want to go from place to place and just 'fit everything in'. I just want to relax. And EAT. And I might stay longer. The only thing I have set my heart on at this present time is - Hoi An - I have been referred to Redbridge Cooking school for a cooking and foodie fix. This may be the only planned and guided tourist activity I do. Organic herb garden, shopping for ingredients a ...

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Hanoi to Guangzhou, Should we book one hotel near Hanoi Airport?

Posted by awangweimin on 4/2/2013 at 17:17

Hi, I am travelling with my friend from Hanoi to Guangzhou on CZ 372 in late February. We have 6 hours stop over, It arrives just after midnight and then we have a China Southern flight at 8:30am to China the same day. Should we book one hotel near Hanoi Airport? I'm need of advice/ suggestions/ recommendations. Thanks so much! ...

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travel from Can Tho to SGN/Tan Son Nhat Airport

Posted by sarahoak24 on 31/1/2013 at 22:52

We want to travel from Can Tho to the airport by bus or combination bus taxi and wodner if allotting 6 hours (travels guides say 3 hrs fromCan Tho to HCMC) is enough time. We will fly from SGN to Hue. Thank you in advance ...

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Quick, cheap way to get from Hoi An to Bangkok

Posted by cpelser on 31/1/2013 at 03:01

Hi. Me and my wife will need to get from Hoi An to Bangkok. I'm struggling to find a relatively cheap, fast way to do this, but I either get expensive quotes, or it takes a long time. Options: * A Flight from Da Nang or Hue would be first choice - Does any budget carrier fly this route? ** Night train to HCMC or Hanoi and budget flight - Which way is faster / better? Currently this looks like the best value/time option. My biggest difficulty is that I can't seem to find a budget carri ...

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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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