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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!

Da Nang- Hoian- Hue, should I travel with a tour?

Posted by SarahSw on 17/10/2016 at 00:06

Hello there! I found many visitors choosing those places and giving good reviews about this tour. I also found some said that it is not too difficult for travelling by yourself. Is this okay for a woman to travel alone ? I have never been in Vietnam and one more question is that what time should I visit to avoid crowded public space ? Thanks in advance. ...

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HCM to Hanoi Motorbike Trip

Posted by matthewmox on 15/12/2016 at 17:08

Hi there I'm Matt, from RSA. Looking to do a motorbike trip from HCM to Hanoi around Feb 7 to March 8. Anybody wants to join, give a shout! ...

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10 day trip: So far only Da Nang on the itinerary, need help with other places

Posted by pdesh1309 on 12/12/2016 at 01:52

Hello I have 10 days in Vietnam , and i will be arriving in HCM City. I have booked a flight to Da Nang immediately after a few hours of arrival, and will be in Da Nang for 4 days covering a day trip to Hoi An, Bach Ma , Marble Mountains and will be staying at My Khe beach. My problem is i have 6 additional days, so I was thinking of flying to Phu Quoc for 3 days and then return to HCM city for last 2 days and cover local sights. Can someone suggest a better alternative to Phu Quoc conside ...

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Bach Ma National Park

Posted by rossilfossil on 1/12/2016 at 19:02

Hello, I am heading to Bach Ma National Park for two nights at the end of December. I've read Caroline's article which was great, but was wondering if I should be booking in accommodation before arrival or if it is ok to do this at the information centre. I'm wondering just how busy it will be at this time of the year. Any other tips for Bach Ma are most welcome. Thank you! ...

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Visa question!

Posted by Bkkang on 8/12/2016 at 10:15

Hi we are in Laos and want to leave this country bit earlier than we planned.. We already acquired 3months visa for Vietnam but it only starts from 17th Dec. As Korean citizen we can enter Vietnam for 15 days visa exemption.. Can we enter Vietnam with visa exemption condition(prior to our 3 months visa start) and continue our staying 3months visa period? Or do we have to exit and re-enter to use our 3months visa? ...

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Mekong delta via My Tho>Ben Tre>Can Tho>Rach Gia>PQ island!

Posted by SeemaSEA2013 on 27/2/2013 at 07:24

Hello, I know there are several posts on the mekong but I'm spefically looking for a tour which will cover: My Tho, Ben Tre, Can Tho then down to Rach Gia and PQ island. I've read SomTams post on how to do it independantly but I was wondering if anyone had tried a tour that covered this... Any suggestions? Luckily time is not an issue, there are hundreds of trips to Phnom Penh via boat etc but I feel it skips other nice parts of the Delta! From PQ Island I would then go into Cambod ...

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Northern Vietnam

Posted by stoowie on 4/12/2016 at 10:44

I would like some ideas about remote places in Northern Vietnam. We just returned from a month in VN and after starting in HCMC and going north we visited Meo Vac, Cao Bang, Bac Son Valley. We decided against Sapa hearing it was to commercial and wee like to stay away from that. We are interested in being with locals and enjoying some hiking. Thasnk you ...

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Camera Repair in Vietnam

Posted by SteffenM on 1/12/2016 at 06:04

Hi there, I'm traveling with my Nikon D90 atm and it got a bit wet yesterday in the rain. Can't have been much as it was under my raincoat but there were tiny drops of water on the body/lens that must have gone into the device. It was in no way proper 'rained on' though. Anyway, it's damaged now but hopefully can be saved. Question is: I'm in Hoi An where there's no chance of repair. Does anyone know of a decent (no rip offs) repair place in Da Nang (1h away) or alternatively Dalat which ...

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Motor bike Transfer Hoi An to Hue

Posted by Bridgequeen on 15/11/2016 at 04:59

Hi I want to travel between Hoi An and Hue by motorbike (pillion) and wondered if anyone can recommend a good company. Le Family Riders are highly recommended but as they are based in Hue they will not take my suitcase by car but will strap it on the bike if I engage their services and I am concerned this will be a bit uncomfortable (never mind health and safety). I have to go Hoi An to Hue because of pre booked flights. Also, any advice for suitable attire for the journey for end of Fe ...

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Vietnam visa on arrival: true or not?

Posted by JeremyNicholl on 22/11/2016 at 06:20

I'm in Thailand at the moment and plan to go to Vietnam next week. Everything I've read says the easiest way to get a visa is through a Vietnamese travel agency who will arrange a VOA for collection when you arrive at a Vietnamese international airport. Then today I read this: < http://www.vietnamembassy-thailand.org/en/nr070521170031/nr150604213446/ns151110183200>. That's a pretty strict announcement from the Viet consulate that such visas are not legal, and that people should avoid deal ...

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Mekong Delta and Sapa

Posted by soomei on 9/11/2016 at 08:18

Hi, Help is needed. I am planning to travel to Vietnam on 1st Dec, for an approximately 10 days trip. I will be flying out from Kuala Lumpur. Would it be better to fly in to Hanoi or to Ho Chi Minh first? Safe to travel on my own in these places? How is the getting around in Sapa and Mekong should i travel on my own without engaging any travel agency? Thanks. ...

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Internet Speed Tests - pls participate if you're in Vietnam

Posted by ElizaBrit on 18/11/2016 at 09:30

Hello, if you're in Vietnam right now please can you go to www.speedtest.net and post the results along with your location and internet provider? I'm interested if it's possible for me to work and play in Vietnam in Jan and Feb 2017. I'm in Xitou, Nantou, Taiwan and I have Chunghwa tourist sim (unli data!) and my results are: Ping 18 Download 27.52 Upload 9.18 Beat that? ...

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Itinerary South to North in 17 nights...

Posted by basilisp on 14/11/2016 at 13:58

Hi guys, My wife and I will be in Vietnam (HCM) on the 3rd of February 2017 (after spending 4 nights in Siem Reap, considering Tet) and we would like help with our itinerary . We would leave Vietnam on the 20th of February (from Hanoi at 15:00) , so we have got 17 nights. Please do consider that we are low budget travelers ... Obviously because of the airplane tickets we have we will be traveling from South to North. We love landscapes,food,beautiful sites and people. Interested in seeing caves ...

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Vietnam or Thailand beach

Posted by Charlotte004 on 7/11/2016 at 19:56

my friend and I are travelling Vietnam North to South, currently heading to HCMC. We head back on Nov. 18 via Bangkok airport. For our first trip to Bangkok/Vietnam, we're doing all the classic stops (Hanoi, Sapa, HCMC, Mekong...) but we'd like to end our trip on a sunny beach somewhere. I've noticed Vietnam doesn't guarantee sun in November. What beach in Thailand or Vietnam would you recommend for a couple of days' visit? ...

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TET 2016 - travel restrictions

Posted by rh on 9/11/2016 at 16:51

I understand TET is Jan 29th officially but understand that there will be difficulty traveling around 3-4 days before and after. Do you think I could get from Danang to Dalat Feb 2nd? ...

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Phong Nha or Ninh Binh, or neither?

Posted by Danila on 30/10/2016 at 00:01

Greetings, firming up our Vietnam trip. Here's what I have so far: HCMC 10 nts Can Tho 3 nt side trip during Saigon stay Fly to Da Lat: 3 nts Fly to Da Nang for Hoi An: 7 nts Train to Hue: 5 nts EITHER train to Hanoi OR train to Dong Hoi for Phong Nha , stay overnight then train to Ninh Binh, stay overnight or both! then train on to Hanoi: 10 nts, with 2 side trips Ha Long Bay 1 or 2 nts Sapa: 2 or 3 nts. Wondering whether we should add in either Phong Nha or Ninh Binh, or not? Not su ...

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HCMC to Phnom Penh, via bus, with an evisa, and proof on onward travel - advice needed!

Posted by Brightmaw on 3/11/2016 at 17:43

Hello everyone, Please take the time to read this post. I have looked over this forum for the answer but honestly can't see a comprehensive, or recent response. My girlfriend and I will be travelling from HCMC to Phnom Penh in late December, via the Moc Bai Bavet Border Crossing. I would be really grateful for any advice regarding getting through the border with an evisa. I understand many bus companies insist on a $5 processing fee to administer visas on arrival. However, as we do not need t ...

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Luggage storage at HCMC hotel?

Posted by Danila on 25/10/2016 at 01:43

If you're staying in Saigon and go out for a 3d/2n to Mekong Delta, would you ask the hotel in Saigon to store it, and check out/check back in after your tour, or would you keep and pay for the hotel in Saigon? (so you're double-paying, but places are inexpensive!) Which is the best option for security? Thanks! ...

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Where to go during Tet

Posted by Bridgequeen on 4/9/2015 at 14:18

I have stupidly booked a (non changeable) ticket into KL and out of Bangkok from 28 Jan to 18 Feb which coincides nicely with Tet. The plan had been to do Hanoi, Nha TRang, Hoi An and Phuo Quoc but now I am wondering if that is such a good idea. Any advice would be welcome - I don't have to go to Vietnam, happy wandering around SE Asia and have done Cambodia, Lao and Malaysia trips - in fact I arrived in Kuching this year at the beginning of New year and everything was dead and closed - exce ...

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Hue or da nang

Posted by didi71 on 18/4/2016 at 04:43

With limited time in vietnam which place has more to offer as a traveller hue or da nang . Like historical and gastronomical and meeting true local people. Thanks in advance ...

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