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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!

New to Vietnam! Would Love Some Advice!

Posted by KatieK on 29/5/2012 at 00:51

Hello all! I've recently received a grant to teach English in Vietnam for a year. I don't know what city I'll be placed in yet, but it will definitely be a big-ish one as I'll be teaching at a university. I am so thrilled to be moving, and have always been in love with Vietnam from afar, but I worry that I'll have a hard time making friends! I'm a fairly outgoing 24 year old American with poor but improving skill in Vietnamese, and while I suppose it would be nice to make friends who also speak ...

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Reasonably priced and safe hotel near Hanoi Airport

Posted by mspatriciadecal on 12/9/2012 at 09:14

Hi, I am looking for a reasonably priced and safe hotel near the Noi Bai Airport - Hanoi. Looking to spend around 40usd, One night prior to early flight to return home. I am a woman traveling alone, Thanks. Ms. Patricia ...

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Viewed 2,222 times, with 1 reply. Last reply by daawgon on 12/9/2012 at 21:00

is there luggage storage in lao-cai station?

Posted by sykocan on 10/9/2012 at 06:41

for big travellers bag- we will arrive to lao cai on sunday morning- wanna gpo to bac ha market and keep some where the big bags- is there any solution? ...

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Viewed 3,261 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by travellingsarah on 11/9/2012 at 21:43

New Years Day &Bus Services

Posted by ashnee on 3/9/2012 at 08:19

Hi I understand that while 1 January is a public holiday in Vietnam many services still operate. Does this mean that normal bus services remain unaffected? I will be travelling in the Mekong Delta in December just before the New Year. I originally planned to travel by bus to HCMC on 31 December for 2 days before getting a flight to Con Dao Islands on 2 January. However, now I am thinking of extending my stay in the Mekong by a further day to allow for a small side trip to Phnom Penh. This wo ...

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Ha Giang and area

Posted by heddenswest on 11/9/2011 at 19:32

Hello, We are two independent and budget travelers heading to northern Vietnam around September 16th. As a last minute decision we've become obsessed with the idea of heading to Ha Giang as independently as possible, recognizing the need for permits and guides. We have booked our train ticket to Lao Cai and will arrive there on the 16th. As we understand from the research we've done on this site, LP thorntree forum, and other reading, we can catch an 8 hour local bus to Ha Giang from Lao Ca ...

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Ha Giang vs. Sapa

Posted by junebug on 25/2/2012 at 07:43

Hello! I've been reading this forum with interest as we plan out trip for next fall. We are planning for ~3 weeks in Vietnam (perhaps 3 days in Siem Reap/Angor Wat as well). I will likely ask for advice on our entire itinerary at a later date, but for now was hoping to get some opinions on travelling in the north. We are considering Sapa , as many do, but are also intrigued by Ha Giang and the surrounding area (e.g., Dong Van). Sapa seems "easier" to arrange independently (can take a ...

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Overnight trian Hanoi to Hue

Posted by jacpen on 4/4/2008 at 09:54

Howdy, Travelling for the 1st time to Vietnam on April 19th with 2 friends for 11 days and the to Cambodia. We're looking at doing the overnight train from Hanoi to Hue. Has anyone done it before? also howd you do the most of travelling between cities, we were think of flying to save time, any tips??? ...

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Vietnam/Cambodia 10 nights

Posted by andrewmasca on 9/8/2012 at 18:16

hi, i've managed to (i think) persuade my gf to go to vietnam and cambodia (never been before), i prefer the whole tourist and seeing the world sort of things as opposed to sitting down all day on a beach. I figure i should at least please my gf's idea of a holiday and incorporate a beach based part of the holiday. I've been looking at spending 3 or 4 days in the Siem Reap area (Lin Ratank hotel) and the rest on Phu Quol Island, from what i can gather is that you have to get a flight from (Ho ...

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How to post a long reply?

Posted by UsTwo on 5/9/2012 at 20:30

I have just lost about an hours work, replying to a post. When I tried to preview it, my log-in had apparently dropped out, and I lost the lot. I spent a lot of time composing the post, as I was referring to maps and notes of my trip. Is there something I need to do with a long reply? ...

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Viewed 2,040 times, with 9 replies. Last reply by somtam2000 on 7/9/2012 at 02:54

Looking for good hotel in Hue

Posted by travelervietnam on 7/9/2012 at 02:16

I will be in Hue, Vietnam from September 15th to the 20th. I am looking for a good 4/5 stars hotel to stay at. Please advise me this issue. ...

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Itinerary to Vietnam/Cambodia

Posted by Baston on 23/8/2012 at 11:14

I will be heading to Vietnam in late september. Wanted to post my itinerary (not set in stone) and see if anyone has any suggestions, etc. Here goes: 2 days HCMC 3 days Ben Tre (Homestay/Canals/Biking) 2 days Can Tho 1 day Chau Doc travel day - boat to Phnom Pen 2 full days Phnom Pen (more days here/sufficient?) 1 day travel to Siem Reap 7 full days Siem Reap & surrounding areas fly to Luang Prabang 3 full days Luang Prabang Fly to Hanoi 2 days Hanoi 3 days Halong Bay boat trip 4 days ...

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Viewed 2,795 times, with 6 replies. Last reply by Baston on 6/9/2012 at 12:48

Optometrist in Hoi An

Posted by ganners on 11/6/2012 at 08:26

Hi Guys I will be spending a few days in Hoi An - Can anyone recommend a good Optometrist there? ...

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Viewed 3,348 times, with 3 replies. Last reply by ganners on 3/9/2012 at 13:35

Any issues being Gay in South East Asia?

Posted by AlexBCN on 27/3/2010 at 16:04

Hi, We have finally found some time with my partner to travel to South East Asia. Thanks to this website, we have decided the route. However, I was wondering how tolerant is Asia with gays and whether is better to book a two beds room in hostels. We don't normally show that much affection in the street so the main issue would really be when talking to the locals and booking room. I havent seen any posting about it, so any comments, exerience would be much appreciated. Many thanks ...

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Gap year hostel in Saigon?

Posted by FireXbug1 on 29/8/2012 at 04:43

Found a few hostel dorm rooms that sound alright but just not sure will be the best option to have fun and meetother like minded folk and all in all good time! found these ones: Saigon Backpackers Hostel Saigon Youth Hostel Backpacking club hostel Ngoc Thao guesthouse long guesthouse thanks ...

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2nd sapa trip?

Posted by vnpt23 on 31/8/2012 at 17:04

I took a tour to Sapa in a previous trip to Vietnam and did not enjoy it...maybe partially because I was with my ex-wife. However, I am returning to Vietnam and I seem to be the only person who did not enjoy Sapa as I hear glowing reviews on it from many travelers. Does anyone have a extra ordinary tour company they would recommend for my 2nd attempt in SAPA? ...

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Viewed 1,911 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by daawgon on 31/8/2012 at 20:21

5 Week Trip

Posted by randihanis1 on 29/8/2012 at 13:36

Hello all, I am in the beginning stages of planning my 1st trip to Asia, I have 5 weeks beginning mid February. I have a list of places I would like to see in Vietnam, I was hoping I could get some feedback on my choices. Have I chosen "repetitive" destinations? Like too many islands etc? It will be my boyfriend and I traveling, we are in our early 30's, enjoy nature, beaches, good food, budget accommodations (but no dorms), and DESPISE over tourist-ed areas. I understand I will be ...

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Viewed 2,591 times, with 4 replies. Last reply by LolaNguyen on 31/8/2012 at 09:46

Withdraw large amounts of money at bank counter, not ATM

Posted by CPatrick on 14/7/2012 at 23:47

Hello everyone, I am planning to travel in Vietnam soon. I would like to avoid the fees associated with withdrawing from an ATM in Vietnam. Is it possible to withdraw a larger amount money at the foriegn exchange counter INSIDE a larger branch of a bank in a large city USING my Canadian bank atm card or Canadian Visa credit card? I am thinking around 8,000,000 dong. I would appreciate any information on this possibility. Thanks Neil ...

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Viewed 6,031 times, with 5 replies. Last reply by LolaNguyen on 31/8/2012 at 09:04

Hoi an accommodation in febuary

Posted by travelbug86 on 26/8/2012 at 18:22

Hi fellow travelers, I am flying into Da nang on the 2nd of Febuary and I know it is a busy time however I was wondering if there will still be plenty of accommodation available and tailors open? Many thanks, Travelbug ...

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Viewed 2,118 times, with 5 replies. Last reply by LolaNguyen on 31/8/2012 at 08:54

New Years in Danang

Posted by mkfreiberg on 28/8/2012 at 14:00

A group of us will be in Danang for two nights and one of them will be New Year's Eve. Does anyone out there have any recommendations for a fun night in Danang? I'm having a hard time finding options so would love to hear from you guys. Thanks for your help! ...

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Viewed 2,948 times, with 1 reply. Last reply by LolaNguyen on 31/8/2012 at 08:49

cycle from haiphong to Cai rong?

Posted by taniapics on 13/11/2011 at 22:56

Does anyone know of a reliable bicycle hire place in Haiphong? We are keen to cycle through to Cai Rong and explore some of the islands there? Anyone done that before? would appreciate any suggestions and ideas on where to stay there or boat trips etc. I've heard it's not as busy as Halong Bay. Not keen on any organised tour basis though. thanks! ...

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Viewed 2,480 times, with 1 reply. Last reply by taniapics on 29/8/2012 at 03:40


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