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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!

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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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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Hotels and gueshouses in Vietnam - where to book cheap?

Posted by travelmasters on 15/10/2012 at 03:30

Hello, I'll stay the whole Nov. in Vietnam, mostly in HCMC.Can anybody recommend some websites, where I can book hotels comparativelycheap? I also want to stay in vietnamese guesthouses or live with expats. Thank you Steve ...

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Hotels/Inns midway of Saigon and Mui Ne

Posted by rlpangahas on 18/11/2012 at 09:20

Hi! I just want to ask if you know any hotels/inns midway of Saigon and Mui Ne. Please do tell me. Thanks! ...

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From Mui Ne to Vientiane

Posted by rlpangahas on 14/11/2012 at 09:40

My fiance and I will travel in Thailand-Cambodia-Vietnam-Laos in late January to February 2013. I am having difficulty figuring out the best way from Mui Ne to Vientiane, aside from flight of course. Please help. ...

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Cost of Visa for Vietnam going up Jan.1st 2013...

Posted by altmtl on 23/11/2012 at 10:59

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cost of visa

Posted by Joanna_S on 2/10/2012 at 07:25

Hi, I currently applied for a visa to Vietnam. I admit, I didn't read the information on the website correctly and thinking that the prices given there were for a visa (they were actually for a postage) sent a cheque for £12. To my surprise the embassy called me saying that the price is £44 (!) I looked on the net again and it in fact says that you need to contact them before applying to get a current fee. Also, no website has any specific information about the cost. How did you apply for ...

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What do you really want to do when visiting Hanoi?

Posted by wild90 on 23/11/2012 at 21:18

What do you really want to do when visiting Hanoi in particular and Vietnam in general? Just visit some famous sites as mention everywhere or do you want to see the normal life in Hanoi? If yes, which places do you want to visit? (such as markets, university buildings...) Ah, do you like travelling around by motorcycle? ...

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prescription glasses

Posted by helzie2430 on 23/11/2012 at 03:06

I am looking for advice on a good place to get prescription glasses made. Approximate costs. ...

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Action for Halong Bay - Volunteer Recruitment!!!

Posted by KellyDinh on 19/11/2012 at 04:45

Every year, thousands of volunteers participate in restoration and research projects at World Heritage sites around the globe.International Coast Cleaning (ICC) is a global movement in which volunteers clean up trash. In Vietnam, from 10th to 19th of January, 2013, an international volunteer work camp will be held in Ha Long Bay-Vietnam, touching all continents and bringing together thousands of people who will be taking action for world heritages in Vietnam. Right at this moment we are seeking ...

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Travel Mate , Tours for FREE

Posted by travworld on 19/11/2012 at 03:16

Travel Mate pairs you with a college age student , who speaks English and Lives in Hanoi . They are amateur tour Guides , there services are free , and can sometimes work to pair you up sometimes in a day , These are basically your own personal tour guide, they can hook you up with places to Eat , help you Bargain . And take you to some interesting places. Now if you want them to carry you on their motor bikes , be generous and pay for their gas . They are also Members of Couch Surfing Hanoi S ...

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can u tell me the way from Hanoi to Halong

Posted by jerryjenifer on 16/10/2012 at 02:44

my family has a plan go to from Hanoi to Halong. don't know tourist agency in Hanoi. can u give me some advance ...

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Vietnam in November

Posted by Geer1 on 22/9/2012 at 00:00

I had been thinking about going to Vietnam in November but just realized that much of the coast is in monsoon season then. My plan was Hanoi - Ha Long - Hue - Hoi An - Nha Trang - Da Lat - Saigon - Mekong Delta. Would this still be worth doing in November or would it be better to revise my itinerary or return to Vietnam early in new year instead if possible? ...

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4th visa extension

Posted by mabrock71 on 10/7/2008 at 12:26

We want to renew our visas for a 4th month (I know we should have got the 6 month visa, but at the time china was our plan and that is virtually impossible now). A guy in Hoi An quoted us $100, this seems excessive to me - any thoughts or recommendations on a good agent in Hoi An or Danang would be appreciated. ...

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tell me should I come to Sapa,Vietnam

Posted by denovia on 17/10/2012 at 04:14

I will come to Vietnam again in November. I have a week to stay here. my friend tell me Sapa is amazing. So should i come here? give me some advance ...

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Posted by robbieurch on 1/11/2012 at 21:49

Hello friends I am facing a little dilemma.I have my first backpacking trip to southeast Asia booked for march 2013 beginning in Thailand.2 days ago while surfing around the net excitedly looking for ideas for my trip I became introduced to idea of teaching English short term whilst in Vietnam and perhaps Laos,so in probably the the most rash snap decision I have ever made. I was i was sold(for quite a large sum) an advance TESOL diploma the dilemma, I am getting overcome with what I d ...

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Posted by kakakaka on 6/11/2012 at 10:19

Hi there, after my Masters I am planning a trip to Vietnam in April and it would be great if anyone else would like to come woth me as travelling alone is definitely less fun. So please, if interested let me know. ...

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crime on Phu Quoc

Posted by theglesgaboy on 2/11/2012 at 09:12

Howzitgon, Has anyone visited Phu Quoc this year and experienced an increase in crime against the visitor,thanks for any replies. ...

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Day tour from Ho Chi Minh City to Can Tho

Posted by teyc on 1/11/2012 at 16:39

What is a good way to travel from Ho Chi Minch City to Can Tho in a single day, while taking in the sights at Cai Be plus having boat rides. Are there tour buses that run this route? Ideally, the bus should take care of my luggage while I go on the long boat ride before taking me to Can Tho. I read somewhere that there were people who follow a tour or private driver to take them to Cai Be, then go on boat ride from Cai Be to Vinh Long, then the driver picks them and up and take them to Ca ...

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5-6 weeks in Vietnam - itinerary suggestions?

Posted by GhostOfTomJoad on 9/10/2012 at 12:30

I'm going to be in Vietnam for about 5-6 weeks in February and March 2013 (part of a 6 month trip to SEA). On a scale of most to least, i'm most interested in history and culture, and just chilling out and taking things as they come (hence why i'm spending 5-6 weeks rather than shooting through in a fortnight) and least interested in partying. I'm going from south to north and have identified the main areas along the way (HCMC, Nha Trang, Hoi An, Hue, Hanoi and Sapa). What other places are wo ...

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