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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!

Day trips in Sapa & Time in Hanoi

Posted by Benno on 13/2/2012 at 02:45

Hi, As the days move, so do they travel plans, damn you work..... We plan to spend 4D3N in SAPA (is this too long?) and was wondering whether there are any day tours that can be done from the town. We would like to stay at hotel 'X' and do regular day trips to the surrounding area(s) whilst returning to the hotel at the end of the day. If so, are there any recommendations on tour agencies that people have had positive experiences with or are the hotel ones generally reliable if not a tad more ...

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What is the best time to visit Sapa for better scenery and weather that is not wet ?

Posted by greensky on 1/10/2012 at 04:14

I plan to travel to Sapa , but I don't know the best time to visit Sapa for better scenery and weather that is not wet. Please for me some suggestion ...

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Hanoi to Hue

Posted by annie101 on 22/9/2012 at 19:28

Hi. We're a family of 3 spending 12 days in Vietnam and Cambodia in December, which I now realise is nowhere near enough! We were planning to take overnight train from Hanoi to Hue and spend 3 nights there before flying from Da Nang to Siem Reap. It seems that the most spectacular scenery on the train journey is between Hue and Da Nang though, so i'm now wondering if we'd be better to fly Hanoi to Hue, and then take train Hue to Da Nang the day we leave (it's a late afternoon flight). Any ...

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North to south Vietnam itinerary. Thoughts please

Posted by Brooker6139 on 4/10/2012 at 12:37

My partner and I have 28 days to travel from north to south Vietnam. Were very new to backpacking and have never done anything like this before. This is our first time to Vietnam so would like as much information as possible. So far our itinerary is as follows- Day 1 - Arrive in Hanoi (booked) Day 2 - relax in Hanoi (booked) Day 3 - 2 day 1 night trip around ha long bay (booked) Day 4 - Travel back to Hanoi, arrive back around 4pm. Day 5 - Travel to sapa stay for a 2 day 1 night stop over ...

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Current Weather in Vietnam

Posted by CoCo09 on 23/9/2009 at 16:48

Hi, I will be in Vietnam from next week onwards. I am keeping an eye on the weather forcast for the next 6-10 days. Every location says it currently has scattered thunder storms and rain... Is anybody over there at the mo, and if so how often during the day is it raining? Cheers. Co ...

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Sim cards in Vietnam?

Posted by bc3000 on 29/4/2009 at 22:29

Hi, I was just wondering what the best sim card was for calling abroad in Vietnam. I have a Mobifone one at the moment but I seem to run out of credit really quickly! Is there a time of day that's cheaper or something maybe? ...

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Hanoi - Dien Bien Phu by bus?

Posted by hjpot on 5/10/2012 at 06:05

I'm planning to cross overland into Laos from Dien Bien Phu. I'm currently in Hanoi . While I can find lots of information on the actual crossing, or on getting to DBP from Sapa , I can't seem to find any info on taking a direct bus from Hanoi to DBP. People have told me to take a train from Hanoi to Sapa and then the bus to DBP, but if I look at a map this just doesn't seem to make any sense. The train would take a whole day (or night) and as far as I know it's then another full day to get to ...

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How long in each city? 3 weeks: Angkor Wat --> Hanoi

Posted by pencl658 on 7/10/2012 at 04:07

Hi all, I just about think I have an itinerary sorted but I'm having that age old dilema of tossing up how many days will do justice to each place. It will be my first time in this area of the world, so I'm looking forward to some fun (and delicious!) exploring. Any advice or comments on the following would be wonderful: (2-3 days) 11-13 Dec: Siem Reap /Angkor Wat (1 day roughly) 14 Dec: bus from Siem Reap to Saigon (4 days) 15-18 Dec: in Saigon overnight 18 Dec: train to Danang (heading for ...

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Vietnam railways PDF

Posted by Barnett on 25/9/2012 at 06:13

Hello, This is probally me justbeing daft but i'm struggling to find the Travel Fish PDF on the Vietnam Railway system in the Members Centre? Any help? Andy ...

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Itinerary advice on 18night trip from Hanoi -> Siem Reap

Posted by astewart_123 on 6/10/2012 at 02:05

This is an itinerary I have come up with for a 18 night stay in Vietnam and Cambodia. Any advice at all on any of it would be fantastic. Thank you! (HANOI) Arrive - Hanoi (Noi Bai) International Airport @ 8:15am (NO SLEEP) 23rd/24th 1 Night Accommodation @ ? Activities - city tour, museum, zoo, architecture, etc. 24th/25th 1 Night Accommodation @ ? In the morning book Bus -> Boat -> Bus to Cat Ba Island (all booked through "Hoang Long" Transport Company) at the L ...

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Ho Chi Minh motorbike trip to Hanoi

Posted by taavipl on 2/10/2012 at 22:00

Hi! I am already in HCMC and looking for people with the same idea in mind. 3 weeks of motorbike riding trough amazing countryside, coastal and mainland whilst stopping in more then 15 cities along the way. Give me a call or text and we can meet and discuss about heading out together! 01254098951 ...

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Double-Entry Visa (Vietnam) - Experience with port of entry/date

Posted by caseyprich on 30/9/2012 at 04:18

Okay - my question is not if I will need one, I know that. I'm wondering what experience people have had with using them. I'm planning a trip this February flying into HCM City and then going into Cambodia, I'll come back to Vietnam to fly back home. I've heard you have to give an intended port of entry on the double entry, but that is where things get a little sticky for me. I don't know if we'd be coming back into Vietnam at Kaam Samnor/Ving Xuong, Phnom Den/Tinh Bien or even back at Bavet ...

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Hanoi a few days before tet 2013

Posted by travelbug86 on 20/9/2012 at 06:14

Hi everyone! I was just wondering if anyone knows what Hanoi is like a few days before tet. My travel party and I fly into Hanoi on the 6th of February. We have heard that many things close down a few days before tet. What will Hanoi be like from the 6th to the 9th of February? Many thanks, Travel bug ...

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Vietnamese sim cards?

Posted by chicho83 on 17/2/2009 at 04:32

is it possible to buy a sim in vietnam for my phone and use as normal pay as you go? cheers ...

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Can Cau and Bac Ha markets

Posted by downundergal on 24/9/2012 at 16:00

Hi - Will be in Sapa next month and wanting to visit either of the above markets. It seems Bac Ha gets pretty over run with tourists so just wondering if Can Cau may be a better option on the Saturday instead? We have already booked accommodation in Sapa so overnighting is not an option. Can anyone advise which would be a better option? ...

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Day Trips from Sapa - any suggestions or guide recommendations

Posted by downundergal on 21/9/2012 at 22:52

Hi - arriving off the night train on Friday morning and spending 2 nights in Sapa before returning on the 1730 train Sunday night. I have booked accomm in Sapa but looking for recommendations on our time there. We really want to visit the markets, take in the scenery but without spending a full 8 hours hard trekking. Any suggestions would be appreciated? Thanks. ...

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Where to for a banging new years in Vietnam??

Posted by roshii on 22/9/2012 at 14:18

Hi, We're two 23 y.o. girls who will be traveling Vietnam in December and are trying to settle on the best place to spend NYE. We've considered HCMC, Hanoi and Nha Trang. Which of these would be best for a great party / atmosphere and are there any other locations you can suggest? Thanks! ...

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Ho Chi Minh

Posted by bidamobile on 21/9/2012 at 05:43

Hi There I will be travelling around SE Asia around November/December time. My first stop is Thailand however I would like to take a trip to Vietnam for a few days. Can anyone recommend a good hostel in Ho Chi Minh, particulary Pham Nhu Lao street? I'm travelling by myself so I'd like a good social hostel easy to meet other travellers. Thanks Guys!! ...

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3 weeks in Vietnam/Cambodia- itinerary advice!

Posted by junebug on 12/9/2012 at 16:10

We're visiting Vietnam and Cambodia (mostly Vietnam) for three weeks in December and I was hoping to get a bit of feedback on our draft itinerary. We're looking for a mix of adventure, relaxation and culture. Day 1 travel to Hanoi 2 Hanoi 3 Hanoi 4 Ha Giang tour (posted on this a while back and decided to go for it!) 5 Ha Giang tour 6 Ha Giang tour 7 Ha Giang tour 8 Ha Giang tour 9 Fly/overnight train to Dong Hoi- Phong Nha Farmstay 10 Phong Nha Farmstay 11 Phong Nha Farmstay 12 Bus to Hue, f ...

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Viewed 4,858 times, with 4 replies. Last reply by MotHaiBa on 20/9/2012 at 19:56

Nha Trang - Dalat (Motortour)

Posted by bartdebruijn87 on 27/8/2012 at 15:38

Hi, I'm planning to take a 3 day trip with a motor tour (like easy riders), starting in Nha Trang and finishing in Dalat. Is this recommended because most itineraries i see online are the reversed route (Dalat - Nha Trang). Does anybody has good advice on good tour operators in Nha Trang who provide such tours? Many thanks in advance.\ Kind regards, Bart ...

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