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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!

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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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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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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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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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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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 6,565 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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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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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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HCMC or Nha Trang for new years?

Posted by ellerose on 8/6/2012 at 21:45

Any recommendations for where to spend new years in the south of Vietnam for my friend and I? We will be arriving in HCMC on the 26th of December. Thank you ...

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septmeber in Vietnam

Posted by jackiep on 20/7/2012 at 09:47

My husband and I are thinking About visiting Vietnam for the first time in September. Our plan is to start in Hanoi and make our way to HCM over 18 or 19 days. Not long I know But it is all the time we can take. I have a few questions: 1. Do I Need to book tours, train tickets, internal flights and accommodation in advance? We would prefer to have the flexibility to move at our own pace 2. Halong Bay while definitely somewhere I would like to see seems very busy - I heard there are other loca ...

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From vietnam to loas by private car

Posted by travelbug86 on 26/8/2012 at 18:41

Hi all! My travel party of 6 people are toying the idea of hiring a private car/van to drive us from da nang to loas. Is this a silly idea or a good one? Im not to sure as I was thinking that it might be a good way to see the country side but I do not want to get into any trouble or have any awkward border crossing difficulties. Thanks, travelbug ...

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where to put bags going to bac ha market after straight from lao cai trais station?

Posted by sykocan on 27/8/2012 at 09:47

hallo, we r planning to arrive on sunday to lao cai- the market is on one hand and the hotel in sapa is on the other hand. we would like to go straight to the market, but we dont what to bother with our bags all day/ any idea? i have an offer to pay 100$ for a guide all day- is it too much? any other options? ...

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More than 4 weeks in Vietnam?

Posted by GhostOfTomJoad on 26/8/2012 at 07:12

Hi, i'm new to the forums but i imagine i will be posting a lot in the next few months, as I am due to go to South East Asia for 6 months at the end of October. I am going to Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and then back to Thailand (and depending on how much time I have to Myanmar for a week). Because i have a lot of time, I was thinking of spending more than 4 weeks in Vietnam, perhaps 5 or even 6 weeks, but i'm not sure about the visa situation. I know I need a visa, which I will get from ...

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