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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!

Arriving at Ho Chi Minh City at midnight

Posted by LGR_2010 on 7/4/2010 at 08:33

That's kinda what you get with some of the budget airlines I guess. I'll be flight out of Manila in Sept (on the 6th) at about 11pm MNL time. And will arrive in HCMC at 12.40am. I was wondering if there are still taxis and (if they are safe) buses at this time that go to District 1. Pls. help! Any info would be great. (It's the same case for my trip back to Manila from Bangkok - my flight leaves Bangkok at midnight) Thanks, LGR ...

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vietlong travel agent- has anybody dealt with them

Posted by jaam on 31/7/2011 at 09:29

I am looking at booking some trips with Vietlong travel agent. Has anybody had any experience with them? ...

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Hanoi/Ha Long Bay/Sapa doable weather-wise in November/december?

Posted by Seba on 28/9/2009 at 20:48

Hi, I was planning to spend around 10 days in Northern Vietnam (Hanoi/Ha Long Bay cruise/ Sapa trekking)with two possible time frames: 1) beginning-mid November 2)end November-beginning of December But when looking at the weather charts of Northern Vietnam on this site, it appears that any two of these periods would actually be quite bad (lower temperatures, and highest rainfall of the year). So my question is: would going to Northern Vietnam around that period of the year not be a go ...

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2 weeks in Vietnam

Posted by LoudFish on 27/9/2012 at 09:30

Hey everyone, A friend and I are going to Vietnam for 2 weeks and I wanted to know how safe it is for 2 women to travel around the country. Is there something we should look out for? Also I wanted to know about payment and ATMs in Vietnam. I have a MasterCard form Tuxedo prepaid, will I be able to use it at ATMs etc.? Thank you! Jessica ...

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look after bar manager hoi an

Posted by denisoi on 27/10/2012 at 23:14

I am Denis 'I open one nice bar in hoi an since 2 years , now I must to go to Laos . So I need manager ,I accept the beginner ! See you ...

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buy airline ticket before obtaining visa letter? Or?

Posted by cynthiawinn on 4/10/2012 at 12:20

Hi all, is it better to have an airline ticket in hand before applying on line for travel visa in Vietnam? Or? Thanks. ...

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Sinh Tourist Mui Ne

Posted by NYTim on 9/10/2012 at 14:16

Hi peeps, I am meeting a friend in Mui Ne later this year. We plan to meet where the Sinh Tourist bus from HCMC ends up. Can anyone tell me the address or some landmarks I can use for navigation and meeting my buddy? Cheers NYTim ...

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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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