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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!

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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6 Week itinerary for Vietnam, Laos & Cambodia

Posted by langleym1 on 12/1/2013 at 12:20

Hi, im flying to Hanoi on 8th August and flying home from SGN on 20th September, which is 6 weeks in total. Im wondering about itinerary. I was thinking: land in hanoi, go to ha long bay, bus to luang prabang, vang vieng, vientiene and back to hanoi or straight to Hue. Then from hue to ho chi minh stopping off at all the nice places along the way. then bus from ho chi minh to phnom penh and siem reap and back to ho chi minh to fly back home. Is this a feasible route for 6 weeks? or shou ...

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Travel Guide Cost

Posted by crafte on 11/1/2013 at 21:18

Hi, There is a group of 6 of us that are traveling SE asia (vietnam, cambodia, thailand) and we got quotes from travel agents that are helping with all accommodations which includes tour guides. We're planners and its our first trip so we feel more comfortable booking everything ahead of time even though many folks have told us to do it once you get there. For a guides in each city throughout our trip, they quoted us a per person rate for a private guide. Is this normal as I would of though ...

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Help - itinerary

Posted by SBKM on 14/1/2013 at 23:27

Hello lovely people, We land in Hanoi in two days with the intention of travelling down the coast over the next 30 days in order to make our way to Cambodia (not the first people to do this route...) The issue we have is that we have heard the weather in North and Central Vietnam isn't the best at the moment. Would we encounter better weather along our travels were we to fly straight to HCMC once we get to Hanoi? This way we would travel up to coast back up to the North over a 30 day period ...

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The week before tet: how soon should I book transport?

Posted by GhostOfTomJoad on 14/1/2013 at 19:56

I've read the article that travelfish put up about tet, and it answered a few of my questions but just need a bit of help regarding this. I plan to travel to Hanoi from Hue on February 5th, will I have trouble getting train or bus tickets if I leave this until I get to hue, which will probably be the 2nd? Or should I book it online by the end of January? I don't mind taking a soft seat on the train, or a night bus so I am flexible. ...

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Viewed 1,839 times, with 3 replies. Last reply by maryjame on 14/1/2013 at 21:51

Train Tickets

Posted by dnev101 on 4/1/2013 at 11:13

hi all, Me and my girlfriend are in Vietnam mid Feb and we are looking for some advice on trains. we will be flying into hanoi on the 12th but want to get the train to hue on the 15th...........will the 12th be too late to book the overnight SE1 train and get seats together in softsleeper class? as i know it is a busy period. I am in email contact with a hotel that I have reserved and they say they will arrange the train for me but say it will be between $54 and $57 each i thought that seemed ...

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TET Festival 2013

Posted by StevenAM on 4/1/2013 at 13:21

Hi Everyone, I am very new to this website and it has already been exceedingly helpful. My partner and I are travelling to Vietnam arriving in Ho Chi Minh City on the 25th January. Now I know this has been covered in other posts but they are seemingly a couple of years old and the time tends to vary. I am just wondering what others views are on the TET Festival and the best places to be and whether it is as hard to get accommodation and to travel around this time as what some are making it ou ...

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Eating Food Washed in Water

Posted by crafte on 12/1/2013 at 05:24

Hi, I'm from USA and I've gotten mixed messages on what we should eat when traveling. This is our first time to Vietnam and I was wondering if its safe to eat the greens and veggies that normally comes with many of the traditional vietnamese meals such as Pho and Bun Bo Hue. The greens and bean sprouts are what really makes the dish for me! I've talked to a season traveler to SE asia (he travels there probably 3 times a year over the past several years) and he says he eats everything. He jus ...

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Bicycle Rental/Lockup

Posted by StevenAM on 8/1/2013 at 16:39

Hi, Now this may seem like a very stupid question to some, but in most of my travels so far I have used taxis/tours. I am wondering about the hiring of pushbikes while travelling through Vietnam (also Cambodia and Laos). It seems as if they are an awesome way to travel around and something I plan to do a fair bit. But the thing to me is no where explains how to keep them safe when you are visiting sites. Do the places you hire the bikes from usually supply locks or is this something that is imp ...

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Sapa trek question

Posted by bascanvas on 26/9/2012 at 12:02

Hi everybody' This is my first post here but i've been looking around here a long time and found a lot of usefull info for our upcoming 6 month trip to SE Asia. Now i have one question about Sapa, we love to trek into the mountains but i can't find any usefull info about organizing a multi day trek while in Sapa. is this easy to arrange on the spot or is it better to arrange this before hand in Hanoi. Thank you for your time and keep up the good work. ...

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Con Dao worth it?

Posted by Lost_Vagabond on 30/11/2012 at 16:27

Hi there, I'm planning on a 3 week trip to Vietnam in April and was thinking of checking out Con Dao. I'm not sure if it would be worth the extra expense? It seems like its not been touched significantly by mass tourism (yet). I'm aware of the fact that it will be a plane trip there and also most likely elevated prices on the island. Is there actually any budget/reasonable accommodation on the island? ...

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Nha Trang to Hoi An by van?

Posted by MorrieC on 31/12/2012 at 16:13

We are traveling as a group which is combined of 8 adult and are considering an overland trip by van through the highlands from Nha Trang to Hoi An. Visiting some of the ethnic villages and stopping at sites on the way. Is this a good way to travel from Nha Trang to Hoi An? How are the accommodations on this route. We need recommendations for a travel company that can arrange this type of trip? Thanks for the help. Morrie ...

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