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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!

Favorite Places in Vietnam?

Posted by sacer on 12/4/2012 at 18:15

Hey guys, What are your favorite places and things to do in Vietnam? I am planning a 23 day trip to SEA this summer, and I was originally planning on doing North Vietnam, Laos, then to Bangkok, but I am reconsidering now due to the limited time and considering doing my whole trip in Vietnam. I will be starting in Hanoi/Ha Long and then to Sapa, but I know nothing about South Vietnam. I will probably need to end in HCMC for my flight, but do you recommend I stay there long? I have heard both g ...

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Itinerary for 10 days in late Jan

Posted by bubbl3s on 17/12/2012 at 04:12

Hi all, I'm planning a trip to Hanoi late next month (Jan) and planning to stay for 5 days. I'm thinking to extend my trip south to Hue and Hoi An for another 5 days and fly out from Da Nang . I would like to seek your opinion whether my schedule is too hectic? I would like to do the river tour in Hue but I read that the weather will be too misty to see anything clearly. Day 5: Fly from Hanoi to Hue (afternoon) Day 6: Hue (tombs) Day 7: Take train to Da Nang then bus to Hoi ...

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HCMC Airport Hotels

Posted by caseyprich on 14/12/2012 at 22:52

I've read some previous posts and know from experience that the city centre is only 30 minutes out - with the correct time of day and cab driver, but with a 1am arrival and a noon (international) departure - we'd rather just get a good nights sleep around the airport. My question is, has anyone stayed in the string of hotels around Phu Nhuan Stadium - especially between the airport and there? It looks like you can walk to those hotels and don't have to deal with taxis - which I would prefere, ...

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First trip to Vietnam

Posted by Meshan on 6/12/2012 at 16:29

I thought I should say hi as I've pretty much absorbed everything the site has to tell me about Vietnam so it's probably about time I posted something. On Sunday I'm off to Vietnam after a brief stop in Malaysia. I have to say I am a little excited. I've been to Thailand and Singapore in the past but definitely looking forward to the next couple of weeks. Just looked at my loose travel itinerary and I'll be in Hoi An/Danag around Christmas eve/day. To be honest as I wasn't in the UK I kinda f ...

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Viewed 2,305 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by LolaNguyen on 16/12/2012 at 19:50

Hanoi choosing a place to stay on arrival

Posted by enday on 12/12/2012 at 03:05

Is getting a taxi from the airport to the Old Quater in Hanoi and wandering around checking out room options a reasonable choice? Its what I did in Laos, and I enjoyed myself. The only reason I'm uncertain is because of the potential hassles of the taxi.... from everything I read sounds like taxi trips in Vietnam are no fun. Where would be a good place to get the driver to drop me off? Shall I just name a random hotel, or landmark? Thanks ...

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Viewed 2,600 times, with 7 replies. Last reply by enday on 15/12/2012 at 05:48

Vovinam Training (Martial Arts)

Posted by rduchateau on 1/4/2011 at 09:32

Heading to Vietnam in June and hoping to get the chance to train in the Vietnamese Martial Art Vovinam. Anyone have any information where I can take some classes? Also interested in training MMA/BJJ/Muay Thai/Boxing while in Vietnam. Where are the gyms? Any info would be sweet and greatly appreciated. ...

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bus from Chau Doc to Ho Chi Minh City

Posted by tazgirl on 13/7/2009 at 15:06

I'm sure heaps of people have done this but I can't seem to find any info about how long the bus from Chau Doc to HCMC takes and whether it runs on a Sunday? I'm planning to get on a boat from Phnom Penh on Saturday, overnight in Chau Doc, onto HCMC on Sunday, be at the airport to meet someone Monday morning. Easy done? Cheerio ...

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Viewed 26,168 times, with 10 replies. Last reply by mjbrennan on 14/12/2012 at 10:19

Advice for our Vietnam travel itinerary

Posted by slangrish on 26/11/2012 at 00:20

Hi everyone, myself and my girlfriend will be travelling to Vietnam from the 17th Dec - 5th or 6th January. We're crazy excited about it as it will be our first trip to Vietnam and having moved to Thailand back in August are keen to make it as memorable as possible over the Christmas period. Its also my birthday on the 27th! It will be the first Christmas & New Years away from home in the UK so have no idea what to expect in regards to these Western holidays. We've put together an itinerary ...

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5 day tour in Danang, Hue and Hoi An

Posted by kunpai on 8/11/2012 at 00:20

hi, can anyone tell me how much would cost me for a 5 day tour in Danang, Hue and Hoi An? What I mean is only the package tour and included 4 night in 3 * hotel stay for 2 people Thank you ...

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Itinerary Review

Posted by nursesueg on 11/12/2012 at 14:47

Hi everyone, Love all the advice on here. Thought I'd bounce my itinerary off the TF board and get some feedback if you all wouldn't mind. Arrive Hanoi on Tues Jan 8th, airport transfer to hostel pre-arranged in the evening Plan for 8 days in North Vietnam, Halong Bay tour (2-3 days most likely), Perfume Pagoda, Snake Market, hopefully overnight stay or day trip in countryside via motorcycle, details unclear. Fly on the 17th To HCMC spend the 17th, 18th in HCMC then go to Mekong Delta for 19 ...

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Viewed 1,928 times, with 1 reply. Last reply by caseyprich on 11/12/2012 at 22:42

Looking for travelling parter and question on Vietnam - North Western loop

Posted by kptn82 on 8/12/2012 at 18:55

Hi guys First of all, I would like to ask a few questions on possible route for a loop from Ha Noi to Sapa . I want to travel from - Ha Noi to Ninh Binh (staying 1 night) - Ninh Binh to Mai Chau (staying 1 night) - Mai Chau on to Moc Chau (staying 1 night) - Moc Chau to Son La or straight through to Sapa (hopefully a direct bus/straight hrough - Climb Fanxipan (3d1n or 2d1n) For that route, I am looking for information if you have the details of bus route/time/price I found that you ...

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Phu Quoc Island

Posted by AsiaTravelJoys on 5/12/2012 at 20:16

Anybody has some good Informations about the Phu Quoc Island? Where to stay, what to do and so on? Much appreciated ...

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Viewed 2,282 times, with 4 replies. Last reply by AsiaTravelJoys on 8/12/2012 at 06:54

Da Nang or Hoi An?

Posted by yomanvin on 24/10/2012 at 05:12

Hey guys, Putting it simply, is Da Nang or Hoi An a better place to spend for 1-1.5 days en route Nha Trang-> Hue. ...

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Viewed 15,486 times, with 10 replies. Last reply by hoangthuthuy on 7/12/2012 at 20:12

3 weeks Vietnam and Cambodia

Posted by janeybaby83 on 2/12/2012 at 05:47

Hi, My boyfriend and I are off to Vietnam and Cambodiabetween 9.1.13 - 1.2.13. So far we have a flight booked to Hanoi and we have aflight leaving from Phom Penh. The rest is undecided! I have researched forweeks to come up with an itinerary...I'm just wondering if I am either tryingto squeeze too much in or I'm missing anything out. We plan to fly between HCMCto Siam Reap but haven't booked our flights yet. Do you think we should do thisbefore we leave or wait until we get out there? Below ...

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Viewed 2,659 times, with 8 replies. Last reply by hoangthuthuy on 7/12/2012 at 19:39

repair broken HTC phone screen

Posted by Ella_A on 4/12/2012 at 23:37

Hi there, I'm in Vietnam and have broken the touch screen of my HTC Sensation. Can anybody please recommend where I could go to get this fixed? At the moment, I'm in Saigon, but will be heading north up to Hanoi so it doesn't have to be Saigon (although preferable, as I'd just like to get this sorted!) Ella ...

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Vietnam itinerary, 2 weeks.

Posted by ludacriz on 17/10/2012 at 14:55

Hi! My girlfriend and I have booked a trip to hcmc for two weeks and we wanted to explore a bit more of vietnam. Our plan was to fit in a little bit of hcmc as well as some beach and some culture. We are gonna be there from mid-december and to me hoi an seems like a very good place for both culture and beaches. I've read many different things about the weather and my question is the weather would be good enough for some beach days in the end of december? If not, I guess we will go to phu quoc f ...

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Hanoi (Thanh Long) Citadel

Posted by nworbd on 26/11/2012 at 20:55

Disappointed not to find any information on the Citadel in Hanoi (also called Thanh Long Citadel and not to be confused with the one in Hue) on Travelfish's Hanoi attractions page, I hope that forum users can give an update: is the place now (end November 2012) open to visitors or not? Potentially, it's one of Hanoi's top sights -- mixed in with remnants of the pre-1800 imperial palaces are archeological excavations and the command post/bunkers from which the North Vietnamese General Staff m ...

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One day in hanoi - must see's?

Posted by ajf on 18/10/2012 at 05:29

Hi guys, so schedule is tight and budget is tight (end of a three week trip) and I've only got one full day in Hanoi (2 nights) before heading to Halong bay for a junk cruise, what would you recommend as must see's / must do? And the best/ cheapest way to get around the city? Thank-you! Andrea ...

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Viewed 5,374 times, with 7 replies. Last reply by andlynsheeba on 30/11/2012 at 06:27

Vietnam currency

Posted by dazm26 on 13/10/2007 at 22:35

Hi guys, Please can you advise me as to how the best way to take money to vietnam is. I understand the currency is USD, is this right and will i need any dong to take also, or will USD be sufficient? Should i take travellers cheques, cash and a ATM card? thankyou guys ...

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Viewed 46,637 times, with 44 replies. Last reply by kuma_wandering on 29/11/2012 at 23:31

Ha Giang - Karst Plateau

Posted by Kurtz on 15/11/2012 at 09:42

Hi all, I read about Karst Travel in my guidebook. They don't seem to respond to emails and their website is under construction. Anyone ever used them? ...

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Viewed 3,606 times, with 1 reply. Last reply by Kurtz on 27/11/2012 at 21:48


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