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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!

Danang train station to Hoi An

Posted by TerroirTravel on 16/2/2014 at 23:22

Hi, This seems to be a common trip, but I couldn't find any recent posts. I'm taking the train from Nha Trang to Danang, and would like to catch a bus down to Hoi An. I'm on the SE22, that gets to Danang around 7:00 am. I see a note on the Transport link to catch the bus on Le Duan street near the crossroads with the street opposite the train station (looks like that's Hoang Hoa Tram on my map). That was a 3 year old comment- is this still the case? Any other tips happily appreciated, thanks ...

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North-east of Halong Bay up to the Chinese border at Móng Cái, along the QL 18 road

Posted by JurajBen on 22/5/2017 at 13:37

Hi there, I've tried to find a reading or a post regarding the info about the 145km stretch of land + islands from Halong Bay towards the Chinese border. Except the boat trips to Bai Tu Long Bay here isn't much so I thought I ask because I'd love to explore it up there this June. A little background to my question first. Last year I visited Halong Bay and stayed few nights in Cat Ba. While it felt like a bit more independent experience if compared to the fully organised by a tour operator, the ...

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1 week Vietnam itinerary suggestions

Posted by pulkit024 on 27/5/2017 at 05:46

We are a group of 5 guys planning to visit Vietnam for a week in August 2017. Now we know that a week is quite less to do much but would like to cover scuba diving(first timers), chill out at beaches and a couple of days at a place with some night life. We would also like to keep the travel to a minimum. Suggestions for other things to do are also welcome as we have just started researching about the area. Thanks in advance Pulkit ...

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What should we absolutely see between Ho Chi minh and Hanoi?

Posted by Nemo78 on 3/6/2017 at 10:49

Hi Everybody! My girlfriend and I will go to Vietnam for two weeks the next summer. We would like to reach Hanoi from Ho Chi Minh but we have only two weeks. Did one of you ever do that? What must we see between this two cities? Thank you very much for your answers. Ps : Please excuse me if my english is bad sometimes, that's not my native language. ...

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If you travelling with kids - beware of balloons!

Posted by andrewfive on 4/6/2017 at 02:18

I am a typical expat – have been living in Ho Chi Minh City for just under 12 years; I am originally from the US; married to a wonderful Vietnamesewomen ; with three beautiful children (6, 3, and 1). I work fairly long hours with a multinationalfirm; language and cultural differences can be frustrating; air quality coulddefinitely improve; traffic seems to be getting worse; but I wouldn’t change athing! Saturdays and Sundays are devotedto my children as that is the only time I can spend ...

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Vietnam (wet season) in 12 days?

Posted by Kal123 on 29/5/2017 at 20:19

Hello Travelfish! Booked sale flights to Vietnam on a whim – 12 days, end of July / beginning of August. After researching, I've come up with a possible itinerary – Day 1: Arrive Saigon (late, 9pm) Day 2: Saigon Day 3: Motorcycle trip to Da Lat (depart early morning, overnight destination TBA?) Day 4: Motorcycle trip cont. – arrive Da Lat (afternoon/evening) Day 5: Da Lat Day 6: Da Lat (sleeper bus to Saigon) Day 7: Saigon (early), bus to Ben Tre (arrive by midday?) Day 8: Ben Tr ...

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Best beach in Hoi An or Danang

Posted by Iamsam43 on 23/4/2017 at 00:15

We are traveling to Danang after a short stay in Hanoi and Halong Bay and want to stay in a resort on a very nice beach either in Danang or Hoi An. I would appreciate some recommendations and feedback. ...

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Visit some places around Hanoi: Sapa, Ninh Binh or Mai Chau (Moc Chau)

Posted by joellarutten on 26/3/2017 at 21:04

My family will take a trip to Vietnam. I'm not sure about the time to visit, maybe early August or November this year. Which one is a better choice??? First, we will land in Hanoi and maybe spend 2 days here for visiting. Besides, Hanoi Old Quarter, are there any other interesting things to explore here? We have more 3 days in the north. I find that many people choose to go to take a cruise in Halong but I hear that it is so crowded and the expense for services is very expensive. Is this tru ...

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2 weeks for the vacation in Vietnam

Posted by Shelliemeadors on 9/5/2017 at 20:56

I'm going have a vacation in Vietnam in June for 2 weeks. Is it summer in Vietnam, right?. If so, do you know any good beaches in Vietnam? I don't want to spend my vacation in some too noisy and crowded places. Any suggestion about places to visit? Thanks in advance. ...

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Ho Chi Minh city and then? advice on itinerary

Posted by CarinaL on 7/5/2017 at 10:31

Hello We are a family of four, age between 60 and 19, who will travel to Vietnam in the second half of June, for 15 days. We will start with Hanoi, Halong Bay, Cat Ba, total 8 days, travelling with another family. We will then fly to HCMC, and plan to visit the tunnels and Mekong delta, one day each, leaving us four more days before we fly home from HCMC. What is the best way to spend these days, (three nights before returning for the flight home)? We have discussed flying to Siem Reap to vis ...

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3 week itinerary dilemma

Posted by Talia1968 on 16/3/2017 at 06:07

3 week trip itinerary dilemmas... Hi all, we are planning a 3 week visit to Vietnam in August. We are a family of 5 persons (ages: parents - 48, kids - 19,16,12) and are looking for a trip that will include: * Experiencing the culture * Nature * Animals (if applicable) * Adventure (Rafting, Zipline) * Spiritual element (Temples - Would love to see a prayer ceremony, and maybe experience the spiritual aspects, if applicable) We have put together the following itinerary that includes North, Ce ...

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I need the best route

Posted by terecar on 26/4/2017 at 18:52

Hi I am planning to go to Asia. On June 2017 I started a tour around China, then I will go on my own to Hong Kong, Japan and Taiwan. I need to know which one can be the shorter, most economical, and more sense route to go from Taiwan to Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, and Cambodia; or Taiwan, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia??? Thanks for your help and for any other suggestions you can give me about the above mentioned places. Teresa ...

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Posted by Wilma on 27/4/2017 at 06:56

Hi we're going to sihoukiville for 28 night's from 24 Jan we are looking to rent a self catering apartment does anyone know what sites I should be looking on as I can't find anything only hotels and guest houses thanks wilmal ...

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Help !!! Nha Trang

Posted by Kizzie54 on 23/4/2017 at 14:44

just arrived in Nha Trang having been in Hoi An - cannot possibly stay here for a week- Any suggestions where to move on to- my mistake but just want somewhere quaint and much less touristy ! this is like one massive building site ps preferably south as I eventually leave from HCM airport on 2nd May - so disappointed ! ...

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Travel around the Northern Vietnam for 10 days

Posted by Maryhass on 14/4/2017 at 22:07

I intend to visit the Northern Vietnam in 10 days. Last year, I already went to Hanoi for work but didn't have much time for traveling. I just go around Hanoi Old Quarter, Hoan Kiem lake and West Lake. So, this time I will visit Halong and Sapa; maybe take a cruise in Halong and have a trek in Sapa. Any other places should be included for 10 days? If possible, please share me with some experience of traveling in Halong and Sapa. Thanks in advance. ...

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Climbing Halong Bay

Posted by Luckyralf on 16/4/2017 at 10:27

Hi, I'm Lucas from Sweden. I've been wanting to do a full day deep water solo climb in the Halong bay area. But you need to be at least 2 ppl for the tours i can find. If there is anyone interested in joining me I'm planing to do it around the 24 of april. Someone not to unexperienced would be preferable but it's not important. Thanks for reply! Lucas PS. My email is ...

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good and cheap malls in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh?

Posted by TamirHeyman on 10/4/2017 at 21:36

we will be there for 4 days so just if you know some good malls that sells cool electronic stuff and cheap good sports shoes thanks you! ...

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Free Tour guide in Hue

Posted by trantran on 7/4/2017 at 00:38

Hey, my name is Thanh. I’m from Hue , Vietnam. I’m a humorous girl with an eagerness to practice English, my English is not good. When you come to Hue, please contact me. I will be your free tour guide. You will be shown a different Hue which’s never been seen on TVs, magazines, books,etc. My email is ...

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Thailand vs Vietnam in September/October

Posted by apbryant on 28/3/2017 at 12:22

Hi Everyone! My boyfriend and I plan to travel to Southeast Asia from the US in September or October 2017 for about 10 days. I would LOVE to visit both Vietnam and Thailand, but realize that is not enough time to fully enjoy both. We are thinking about choosing one or two towns in either country for adventure/sightseeing/history and then traveling to a beach or island for some water activity and relaxation. While I have experience traveling in Southeast Asia and want to see the authentic cultur ...

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Ha Long Bay advice - what and how to book

Posted by nadirahmed on 5/2/2017 at 15:21

Hi everyone - long-time lurker but first time poster (and recent premium supporter cos of how awesome this site is!) I'm going to be in Vietnam from 24th March to 12th April 2017. I'm planning on cruising Ha Long Bay /Bai Tu Long Bay/Lan Ha Bay from 31st March to 2nd April (3 days/2 nights). I've been looking at the different boats and checking prices etc. both on aggregators/consolidators and directly with the boat companies themselves. I was very close to booking a boat, got prices etc. ...

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