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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!

Sapa to halong bay...possible?

Posted by lachiec on 3/6/2011 at 11:52

Hey does anyone have any experience taking an overnight train back to Hanoi from sapa and getting straight on a pre Booked tour to halong bay? I'm worried it might be a bit hectic to do so much moving. but if we have a decent sleeper carriage will we get a sleep on the train? Also is it reliable to book a halong bay tour and assume we can get straight from the train station arriving at 4-5am to get to the tour start on time(we were going to book through Hanoi backpackers or follow the flashp ...

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Solo Traveler Vietnam April 14-20

Posted by escape4ever on 12/4/2012 at 07:17

I'm going to be in the following places and would love to meet up with some people. Ho Chi Minh City April 14-16 Hoi An April 16-18 Hanoi April 18-20 I'm a 29yr old female from Canada. ...

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myvisa.vn - reviews?

Posted by p03924545 on 10/4/2012 at 16:20

Hi there Has anyone used www.myvisa.vn to organise a Vietnam visa on arrival? They're the cheapest I've found at $14 (inc a 30% discount offer), but I cannot find any reviews to see if they are reputable. Thanks in advance P ...

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15 days in Vietnam - help with plan

Posted by galyamal on 24/3/2012 at 09:08

Hi, we are a couple in their early 30th, and we have 19 days to Vietnam and Cambodia (in which we mainly plan to visit the Angkor Vat temples). What we have so far as a plan (mind you, we travel a week from now...) is: Days 1 and 2 - Hanoi (we arrive at day "0" at the evening, so days 1 and 2 are full days) Days 3 an 4 - Ha Long bay Day 5 - back from Ha Long bay to Hanoi, and catch the night train to Sa Pa Days 6, 7, 8 - Sa Pa and surroundings, catch night train ...

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Mount Fansipan 2D/1N - Finding Guides and Buddies

Posted by navilink on 9/4/2012 at 23:28

I'm looking for information and hiking buddy for climbing Mount Fansipan on 2day/1night. I will be in Sapa around 10-13May so any 2 days around that dates will do. I just need the basics - permit, guide, transport, food, tent and blanket. Meaning, the tour price only includes the hiking needs. I search many tours but they include hotel, porter, train transfer and other 'luxury' stuffs that I don't really need. I guess you can call this independent tour/guide. As I *might* be hiking alone, th ...

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Thang Long Tu tran - Four saints temple protect Hanoi

Posted by SheaBirds on 9/4/2012 at 02:28

Four saints temple protect Hanoi , also known as "Thang Long Tu tran", here are four places where sometimes Vietnamese people long living in Hanoi can not know, take a close look to four temples built to protect the city from all direction 1. East: Bach Ma Temple The oldest of the four sacred sites is Bach ma (White Horse) Temple, located at 76 Hang Buom Street, Hanoi. Bach Ma Temple was built in the ninth century to worship Long Do (Dragon's Belly) - a patron saint of Hanoi. Legen ...

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1 Night Cruise Halong Bay trying to narrow down the options & getting a headache from it ;-)

Posted by downundergal on 17/3/2012 at 23:35

Hi all, Researching and more researching. Looking for a 1 night cruise in Oct - not over the top expensive or top end but comfortable, clean (& pref no karaoke) have been looking at Annam & Glory - also been offered a great deal on the Cristina but again no idea. Any suggestions? Thanks for any help ...

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Sapa Trekking

Posted by Ally_the_Cat on 20/3/2012 at 21:07

I am looking to spend about 6-7 days in Sapa in early April to do some trekking. The two treks I am most interested in are Fansipan and the Ban Ho village trek/hot springs (both found on travelfish). Is that enough time and any personal suggestions/experiences for homestays/hostels in a backpacker budget range that could also help arrange a guide? Any personal experiences/stories on these two treks would be greatly appreciated as well ...

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Shipping baggage to USA

Posted by vietabroad on 3/4/2012 at 11:43

After my Viet Nam stay, I'll be moving on to China. I'd like to ship a suitcase (about 50 lbs) back to the USA and avoid the extra baggage fees. Any recommendations for a company that will do this? DHL is charging over $400 which is too expensive. I'd like to pay no more than the extra baggage fees I'd have to pay anyway, which will probably be a little over $200. ...

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Day Train to Sapa

Posted by ndeeds on 22/3/2012 at 20:13

I seem to be reading mixed reports about the day train to Sapa. Some say theres nothing to see, so the night train is better. Others say there is very interesting visuals along the way. So, from experience has anyone taken the DAY train, and Is the scenery worth it, or not? Even better, has anyone taken BOTH and could give a comparison? Thanks! ...

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Vientiane to Vinh Bus Advice

Posted by book_reader1 on 5/4/2012 at 01:16

I will be traveling from the Vientiane bus station (GPS 18.0293,102.6501) (this is the Southern Bus Terminal (Dong Dok)) to the Vinh , Vietnam bus station (listed on Google maps as "Bến xe Vinh") (GPS 18.6793,105.6737). I am going to Hanoi , but I don't want to take a bus all the way. I am, therefore, going to take a bus to Vinh, so I can then walk to the Vinh train station (GPS 18.6882,105.6644) and just take a train to Hanoi from there. Basically, I am going to use a train ...

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Ca kho (Vietnamese simmered fish)

Posted by Scorpion123 on 4/4/2012 at 22:55

yes, I love this with rice! I tried one time in Vung Tau with my Mom. She loves that too! ...

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Finding travel buddies 06-19May

Posted by navilink on 29/3/2012 at 08:25

I'll be going for backpack on a shoestring to Vietnam-Laos this coming May. Roughly my itinerary: 6-7 - Da Nang > Hue 8-9 - Hanoi, Halong Bay 10-13 - Sapa , Mt Fansipan 14-15 - Sapa > Dien Bien Phu > Muang Khua 16-17 - Luang Prabang 18-19 - Vang Vieng > Vientiane My highlight will be Sapa, where I'll like to hike up Mount Fansipan (or mount fancy pant ), highest mountain in Indochina! It will be great if someone can joinme there or any other places as mentioned above. Cheer ...

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***Hotel Scam Warning - Mui Ne***

Posted by ShackJaymz on 27/3/2012 at 05:02

Be vigilant when booking hotels in Mui Ne, people We've just been scammed by this one - http://www.agoda.com/asia/vietnam/phan_thiet/vinh_hung_hotel.html Basically it has been cloned We turned up and didn't have a clue about our booking There is the very same 'Vinh Hung Hotel' on Thu Khoa Huan St but at #237 not #44 as stated on the website #44 is a small cafe selling steaming hot Pho not a big comfortable bed Just a little heads up Hopefully Agoda will remove the link ASAP ...

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Help please! Tet in Vietnam 2012

Posted by mrufka on 13/12/2011 at 07:20

Hi ! I am planning a trip to Vietnam and unfortunaltely the last week of the trip is the Tet holiday. I was thinking of going to Sapa by an overninght train on the 17th Jan (5 days before Tet) and then going back to Hanoi (also by an overnight train) on the 21st Jan. Obviosuly I have not booked the tickets online, since I find it pretty troublesome. Has anyone experienced train travel just before Tet? Will it be possible to book the train tickets from Hanoi to Sapa three weeks in advance on ...

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To Buy or Rent, and where to keep? Places to stay

Posted by jammac on 16/1/2012 at 17:44

A week on Wednesday I start my trip out, to Borneo for 10 weeks after a few days in KL. Then I'm on to HCMC, and I have 3 weeks to explore Vietnam. I plan to travel from the South to the North and then into the mountainous regions in the North. I will be carrying around 25-30kg of kit (not including any tent so I will need a place to stay each night) . Basically once I arrive in HCM I will need to find somewhere to buy a bike? Any ideas or tips from people would be appreciated. Also I read you ...

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taxis in vietnam

Posted by deco on 17/1/2012 at 16:15

Hi everybody!! What about the taxi drivers in vietnam? I heard a lot of bad things about them (especially in big cities like HCM,Hanoi, Na trang ).People say that they overcharge tourists or that their taximeters charge too much.i will travel solo and i dont want to rent a bike or a car.What can i do about that? Especially with long distances like airports to the hotels and back? Thanks a lot in advance. ...

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10 days in Nth Vietnam + best time June or wait until Sept

Posted by downundergal on 26/2/2012 at 00:20

Hi - early planning stage - I have 10 nights: Two ideas below: Night 1 & 2: Hanoi Night 3: Halong Bay (would like a 2 night cruise if time permits) Night 4: o/n train to Sapa Night 5: Sapa - would also consider an extra night here as well Night 6: o/n train from Sapa Night 7: Hanoi or out to Phong Nga homestay Night 8: Hanoi Extra night in each Sapa & Halong Bay would make up the 10 nights Or do I keep the same until night 7 and fly to Da Nang & spend 2 or 3 nights in Hoi An fly back ...

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where to go in 8 days?

Posted by valerinaaa on 12/3/2012 at 10:38

Help me please! I'm leaving for Vietnam in two days and I still don't know what to do when I get there! [img]smileys/frown.gif[/img] I have a whole month for my south east Asia journey and would like to dedicate 8 days (I can do 10 if needed) to Vietnam. I have family that I never met there so I need to spend some time with them and they live in Ho Chi Minh City which will be very convenient for me but there will definitely be a language barrier and age gap so I don't want to spend all my tim ...

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Please help...first time solo traveller...

Posted by gabr13L on 15/3/2012 at 15:59

Hello people!! I'm planning on a first time ever solo adventure starting from Hanoi down to HCM City. I've read a number of post related but I can't seem to picture it out in my mind. I do no not have time restrictions however I do have financial limitations to about USD $1000.00 therefore would like to travel as cheap as possible in order to experience Vietnam. I'm more of a sight seeing, trot around, experience the culture and food kinda person so main places of interest would be Hanoi, Ha ...

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