Photo: Canals of Ca Mau, Mekong Delta.

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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!

Mekong Delta advice

Posted by junebug on 12/5/2012 at 07:43

We'd like to visit the Mekong Delta for a few days as part of our route from HCMC-Phu Quoc-Siem Reap, but are undecided how best to incorporate this and which towns to include. We have about 3 days budgeted for the delta (an additional 3 days in Phu Quoc). A couple of options we thought of: 1) Take bus from HCMC to a town such as Ben Tre / Vinh Long/Tra Vinh for a 1-2 days, then onward to Can Tho for the floating markets. Fly from Can Tho to Phu Quoc. Leaving Phu Quoc we'd take the ferry to Ha ...

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Day trips Halong Bay

Posted by klee on 3/7/2012 at 16:00

Hello, I was wondering if anyone has any advice for picking a tour that conducts day trips in Halong Bay starting early in the morning from Halong City and not from Hanoi. The reason being we're trying to maximize our time (only 1 day) in the Bay. Thanks! ...

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12 days from HCMC to Hanoi

Posted by boobookitty on 18/6/2012 at 17:24

Hello Wordly and Knowledgable People, I need some help planning my first trip to Vietnam. I am spending 3 weeks in SE Asia in Sept. My first week is Bangkok and Phnom Penh then I'll be bussing from Phnom Penh to HCMC. Does anyone have any tips on where to/to no go? What I've planned so far (with info from travel sites and different forums) is: HCMC - 3 days train to Nha Trang - 2 days train to Danang - 3 days train to Hue - 2 days train to Hanoi - 3 days Should I cut out one of the stops s ...

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What Guidebook Do You Prefer?

Posted by Randi on 5/7/2012 at 12:40

This will be my first trip to Asia, I will be traveling in Vietnam for 5 weeks. I prefer Moon over Lonely Planet for C and S America, however I have not found a Moon for Vietnam. Also, I purchased the latest Vietnam Lonely Planet book and I don't care for the new format, plus, EVERYONE seems to care Lonely Planet. Any suggestions on the best guidebook for Vietnam? I like books that give a bit of history on each are as well as a good amount of budget friendly food and hotel recs. I like a lo ...

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Good news in Vietnam: Overseas visitors to get VAT refund

Posted by thaodp89 on 3/7/2012 at 05:32

It's really great news and how do you feel about it? Foreigners will getrefunds of the VAT they paid on goods bought in Vietnam if they are leaving thecountry from Noi Bai airport (Hanoi) or Tan Son Nhat airport (Ho Chi Minh City). Under Decision No. 1214/QD-TCHQ issued by theGeneral Customs Department, refunds paid out from July 1, when visitors submitthe receipts for the goods they bought. Application forms *** receipts for refunds ofVAT for visitors who are checking in their luggage will ...

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hanoi is annoying!!

Posted by Jeni86 on 26/6/2012 at 10:44

Dont get me wrong loved Vietnam and certainly parts of Hanoi (Hanoi backpackers hostel but i found the vietnamese people very rude, far too busy and too many beeping there motorbike horns!! The reason that really got me disliking the place was i saw plenty of pickpockets right infront of my eyes (the vietnamese women (not all of course) grabbing mens wallets and doing one on a motorbike) just to tell you BOYS especially KEEP AN EYE ON YOUR BELONGINGS!!!!!!!!! all in all Vietnam (south) fabul ...

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Vietnam transit visa

Posted by shann on 10/1/2008 at 07:50

We will be travelling around Vietnam for 2 weeks or so (obviously will need a single entry visa for this) and then heading onto Cambodia and Laos for about 3 weeks. On our return journey back to NZ we will be flying from Laos and then transferring planes in Hanoi to connect with another international flight. We won’t be leaving the airport so does anyone know whether the single entry visa is sufficient or will we need a multiple entry visa? I can't seem to get a definite answer from the co ...

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Vietnam Motorbike Tour Dalat to Hue September - October 2010

Posted by birdman19 on 26/9/2010 at 23:00

Hello, I'm a British tourist currently in Nha Trang , Vietnam. I want to travel by motorbike up through the Central Highlands as far north as Hue , or possibly even all the way to Hanoi . This post is to find out if anybody is planning a similar journey or would be interested in joining me for part of the way. My preference would be to buy a bike and then sell it later because the Easy Rider tours are so expensive (yes, I know they're awesome). But, although I have ridden automatic and semi ...

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looking for hotel promoter & receptionist

Posted by songhien on 27/6/2012 at 04:06

hey travellers, i am owner of a small guesthouse / spa in mui ne. I am looking for some support from interesting ppl. I would need a promoter / receptionist helping me in the daily business. You will experience true VN hospitlity as my hotel is run by me and my family. We can offer free accomondation and food for the time u work here...if only 1 week or 3 month doesnt matter to us...important is that u have personality, interest, communicative behaviour as well as honest and reliable...age also ...

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Paludrine for Malaria?

Posted by diliev on 25/6/2012 at 10:58

Hi Folks, I am going to Thailand, Cambodia(Angkor Wat and Phnom Pehn) and Vietnam (Saigon, Mekong river) I decided to take Paludrine (I think another name is Proguanil) for Malaria precautions. Does anyone have any feedback about it? Some websites state it is less effective (~70% effectiveness) than Malarone (~95% effectiveness). Is there any restrictions in terms of how many tablets I can carry with me? Thanks Diyan ...

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Ethnic markets

Posted by gulliverandmarc on 16/6/2012 at 09:48

Has anyone checked out the ethnic markets in Sapa and Bac Ha? Is it worthwhile going to both? Also, has anyone been to the Wednesday market in Cao Son? We read about that place in one of our guide books and wonder if it is worth going so far out of our way? ...

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Where do we start?

Posted by bamjitsu1 on 15/5/2012 at 06:54

Flying in to HCMC and out of Hanoi. (or the other way) 3 weeks in August. Planning to go from HCMC to Hoi An, possibly Sapa as well and where ever else we stop. But are wanting to also go to Cambodia before we start heading North. Do you think we would have enough time to get to Siem Reap then travel up the Vietnam coast. Im worried about the time spent on travel to and from SR from HCMC. I dont want it to be rush rush rush the whole time. But we'd love to see Angkor Wat etc. I looked up f ...

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Solo traveler in HCM - looking for sight-seeing companions

Posted by phoenix9413 on 20/6/2012 at 22:09

Hi, My name is Justin, I'm in my mid-20s from California. I'm will be in Ho Chi Minh city until Saturday (June 20th - June 23nd) and looking for traveling/sight-seeing companions. Please let me know if anyone is interested in meeting up. Thanks, Justin ...

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Must-eat restaurant in HCMC!! The Burger Corner!!

Posted by dlarimer on 19/6/2012 at 23:36

I run into this place when wondering around SG center street at night. At first, I thought the place was not worth visiting since it was kinda small to me plus I had heard a lot about Vietnamese burgers (trust me, they're not the same with the US). so I was hesitated to come in. However, I'm so glad I did!!! I picked the Shrimp Burger (rice!) and the taste of it just blew me away!!!! It was soooo yummy!!! Right on the spot!!! I love love every single bite of it. omg. They grilled the shrimp righ ...

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Trekking to Son Doong cave

Posted by oxalis on 24/9/2011 at 23:23

FIRST TOUR TO SON DOONG CAVE WILL BE IN DECEMBER 2011: Day 1: Trekking to Hang End (Overnight in Hang EN) Day 2: Trekking to Son Doong (Overnight in Son Doong) Day 3: Back to Hang EN – Doong village (Overnight in Doong Village) Day 4: Trek up hill and back to Phong Nha Please contact us if you would like to see the World Biggest cave. Conditions: Good health, follow safety instruction, able to camp in jungle and cave condition, no cold beer, no phone, no internet...and the most important, bea ...

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North to South Vietnam to BKK

Posted by James90 on 28/4/2012 at 14:08

Hi guys, I'm looking to travel North to South Vietnam and then into BKK from 21 June to 8 July this year. This is the route I'm planning to take Hanoi -> Hue -> Hoi An -> Dalat -> Mui Ne -> Saigon -> Siem Reap -> Aranyaprathet -> BKK The thing is I need to reach BKK by the evening of 7th July to meet my friends and spend a few days there. Do you reckon if this trip is doable if I'm looking to stay maybe 1-3 days at each town? I am looking to do the open tour b ...

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Weather-Nth Vietnam June

Posted by Benno on 11/6/2012 at 00:02

Hi, I have read on numerous sites that Hanoi in June is hot, humid and wet with the possibility of monsoons. Rainfall in around the 200+mm mark etc etc. HOWEVER, can someone who has been there at this time (or lives there) tell me whether the rainfall is a constant pour or follows the pattern of sun-clouds-downpour-sun. We have a Halong Bay trip and a SAPA trip as well and would like to know so we can pack appropriately and plan stuff. ALSO will this type of weather affect the bay trip (3D ...

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Hotel in HCMC close to the airport

Posted by Mjf on 5/6/2012 at 14:41

I will arive in HCMC from Europe at around 8 pm and is planning to fly to Nha Trang the next morning, so I would like a hotel close to the airport since I expect I will only spend the time on sleeping and a shower. Any reecommedatikns at a asonable price (thinking max around 30 USD)? ...

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Hanoi to Hue train ticket this July. Book it online or get it in Vietnam?

Posted by chien on 10/6/2012 at 21:33

I've made a post yesterday about this but it disappeared this morning. We(4 of us) will be travelling to Vietnam for the first time this July. We planning to travel to Hue from Hanoi by train. Should we book the ticket online in advance or we can still get the tickets(air-conditioned soft sleeper, 4 berth) in Hanoi railway station 3/2 days before the departure date? And how much is the price difference between booking online and get it at the railway station? Hope someone can give advice on ...

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Viewed 5,294 times, with 7 replies. Last reply by ecotravelvn on 12/6/2012 at 10:33

Can Tho (or anywhere in Mekong Delta) TO Phnom Penh by speed boat

Posted by Anna2121 on 7/6/2012 at 22:48

Hello! Has anyone recently done the trip from the Mekong Delta (Can Tho?) to PhnomPenh by speed boat??? Does this trip even exist? I have read that Cawaco 01 can do it for $45...but seems to depart only onThursday?? I don't want to spend the night in Chau Doc (except if it is really worse it?). Thank you for your help!!!!! ...

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