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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 Trip - East to organise or better to book a package

Posted by downundergal on 17/3/2012 at 23:40

I am also looking at travelling to Sapa for 4 nights (2 nights on the train, 2 nights there) - is it easy enough to book independently ie train, hotel and organise a guide when there or is it better to book a package that includes all of the above? Thanks in advance. ...

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Cooking courses in Hoi An

Posted by Ally_the_Cat on 20/3/2012 at 20:42

I am looking to take a cooking course while I am here in Hoi An for the next four days. I heard that this is a great place to learn. I know there are many to choose from, so I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions or feedback on schools/restaurants they had taken a class with. I want to learn all the basics, and maybe more. Cooking is a favorite hobby of mine and Vietnamese cuisine is something I would like to get a good hold of. ...

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Mekong Delta Tours...

Posted by ShackJaymz on 16/3/2012 at 06:53

Hello, Has anybody been on a really good Mekong Delta tour recently? We're looking to do 2 nights / 3 days then back to Saigon Finding some sites on the Internet but the price is yo-yoing dramatically If you've got any good websites then don't be shy to hook me up Thanks for the help, Cheers James ...

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Long Life Riverside hotel - Hoi An

Posted by supabrudda on 14/6/2010 at 15:49

If any one is looking to have a bit of a splurge for their accommation in Hoi An, I can recommend The Long Life Riverside hotel, just over the river from the old town. Rooms are $35/night, which put clubs rooms @ the Sheraton to shame. The rooms are massive & absolutely stunning. The latex matresses & pillows are perfect. The bathtub (or spa)are nice. The pool is a great relief @ the end of a hot day. The staff are excellent & speak excellent English (the reception girls have a very ...

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VND, USD or my dashing good looks??

Posted by Benno on 19/3/2012 at 02:31

Hi All, When in Vietnam, do I pay in VND or USD for things like food, taxi, massage, tours, shopping items etc. I don't want to exchange a ton of USD and then turn around and have to change it back, thus getting screwed on the exchange rate back to AUD. What is the recommended amount to have with me when I hit the airport in both currencies? If there are people out there that can assist, I would be most grateful. As you can see by my question, I don't think I will be able to get away with thin ...

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DaNang Fireworks Competition

Posted by travworld on 18/3/2012 at 01:20

Coming April 28-30th in Danang City Vietnam , A Nice Fireworks competition between countries in Asia . Most hotels are booked up already in DaNang so be fore Warned hotels will be Expensive during that time. But remember the hotels in the city have the best view along the river for the show.. Hoi-An some 20 km away is a alternate option. ...

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Border Crossing question...

Posted by ShackJaymz on 3/3/2012 at 03:18

Hello, I'm about to venture into Vietnam from Cambodia I want to cross from Ha Tien to Phu Quoc then from PQ to the Vietnamese mainland Is this possible? The locals seem unsure, saying 'PQ to the mainland maybe a local crossing' I need to be certain before heading onwards Any help would be great! Cheers, ...

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Help on itinerary Hue-Hanoi-Sapa

Posted by navilink on 14/3/2012 at 09:39

I'm going backpacking in Vietnam this coming May and I was trying to arrange my super-rushed itinerary. Hope you guys can help me out a bit. 1) Are below itinerary doable within a day (a day for each)? Day 1 - HCM-Danang(morning fly), Danang- Hue (noon train), Hue- Hanoi (night train) Day 2 - Reach Hanoi from Hue(morning), go buy Hanoi-Sapa train at train station, go to Halong Bay day trip, back to Hanoi take overnight train to Sapa. 2) [For Day 1] I heard that Hue-Hanoi train ticket is q ...

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Robbery stalking travelers in vietnam

Posted by 3raveler on 14/5/2011 at 17:18

Is vietnam a safe place to visit? Even though my holiday to vietnam will be in six months time. I have been reading the forum and i read some unpleasant things about vietnam. Also i found this website talking about increase of robbery in vietnam. Aside from taxi scams, traveler property robbery cases have been taking place in vietnam usually men riding a motorbike snatching a tourist bag. On March 3, ...

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Travelling to Hanoi - halong bay - Sapa and more...

Posted by sn0wman on 9/3/2012 at 00:36

I intend to travel with my friend to hanoi - sapa and more in late oct - 1st week nov on backpacking. I personally work in the travel industry more or less have a basic info of hanoi. I been to HCMC but havent get a chance to go Hanoi, below are a few qus i wish to ask and find out more. 1) is it worth to stay in hanoi or halong bay 2night (never been before and not staying over junk boat) 2) what is the diff between staying in sapa and the villages at sapa? I dont might homestay, my purpose is ...

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14 days...doable or a bit unrealistic??

Posted by HanCi on 29/2/2012 at 20:19

Hi, We will be visiting family in Singapore in June and are planning a 2 week sidetrip to Vietnam. This is the itinerary that we have come up with, just need reassuring that it is doable or are we being very ambitious?! Day 1 - arrive Hanoi (in the evening) Day 2 - Halong Bay (1 night) Day3 - Halong Bay/ Hanoi Day 4 - Hanoi then overnight train to Sapa Day 5 - Sapa Day 6 - Sapa/ overnight train back to Hanoi Day 7 - Hanoi/ overnight train/next morning flight to Hue /Danang Day 8 - easy ri ...

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Bus or Train from Hoi An to Hanoi ?

Posted by journey on 13/6/2008 at 18:05

We need to get from Hoi An to Hanoi but can't find any difinitive advice on whether train or overnight sleeper bus is best, or even if both are available; What would you recommend - comfort wise and safety and convenience...the cost isn't so much of an issue. ...

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Man Nguyen Restaurants in Hoi An...

Posted by khuongnguyen on 9/3/2012 at 02:10

there are many specialty restaurants .... fresh seafood .... itemsoriginating from Europe ... Hoi An specialty ... you will be very pleased to come to the Man Nguyen restaurants. ...

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Muay Thai in Vietnam?

Posted by Spinal on 6/3/2012 at 14:15

Hi Folks, I noticed this piece on the BBC about renewed interest in Muay Thai in Vietnam: My question is, do any of you (probably those dwelling locally?) know of anywhere to go and spectate at the amateur bouts? In HCMC or even Hanoi? What's the standard like? I had originally thought about checking out the Muay Thai in Bangkok when I visit in November (as I was going to be arriving there from the UK) and planning on spending a few days checking ...

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hanoi airport hotel ?

Posted by davgon on 5/2/2012 at 01:40

I'm arriving at hanoi noibai airport feb 19th at 22:30 and leave again the next day at 6:55Am. so I'm looking for a cheap hotel near Noibai Airport in Hanoi to stay at for the night of Feb 19th. Any suggestions ? ...

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Honda WIn for sale, in Da Lat

Posted by ka1985 on 5/3/2012 at 04:06

Hello people! I sell my motorbike this week here in Da Lat. Maybe with this post I can reach anyone that have the motorbike dream and is beacouse of any reason stuck in Da Lat. The info about te bike is simple, it runs good and it will take you easely anywhere you want to go. I had a beautifful journey in the Mekong Delta myself. The price is around $300. Contact me and I can give you all the info about the bike that you need. tel nr; 01635728852 e-mail; Regards! ...

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Currency in Vietnam

Posted by andreaze on 1/3/2012 at 20:28

I'm living in Thailand, and trying to figure out what I should do for my upcoming trip to Vietnam, money-wise. I keep hearing mixed things: a Thai friend has told me everywhere takes Thai Baht. I also understand they accept US dollars. But my friend who is there now says it's all about the dong everywhere (the dollar rips you off a bit), but he hasn't seen anywhere that takes Baht. Does anyone know anything about this? Also, will it be best for me to bring a wad of baht over and convert it at a ...

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Mui Ne,vietnam

Posted by deco on 19/2/2012 at 04:41

Hello everybody !! Where is the best place to stay in Mui Ne?.. nice beaches,good seafood ,nightlife..I'll be there on 21st of february..I'll take the bus from Na Trang.. Thanks!! ...

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Viewed 2,211 times, with 5 replies. Last reply by huetourguide8 on 29/2/2012 at 02:36

Halong Bay to Hanoi

Posted by psyrtash on 27/2/2012 at 15:54

I am looking for a reputable travel agent who can take me and my wife from Ha Long Bay early morning to Hanoi and return in the evening to Ha Long Bay at a reasonable cost. ...

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Viewed 2,000 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by psyrtash on 28/2/2012 at 17:57

Visa length

Posted by Criggy on 27/2/2012 at 09:55

Hi, Just planning my trip around SEA next month... I'm going for about 9 weeks in total, and i'm thinking of spending 4-5 in Vietnam to start. I'm hoping to do this by motorbike, and keep my itinerary pretty flexible. How easy is it to get a visa extension if I chose to get a 1 month visa and end up staying for 5-6 weeks? Can this just be sorted out with cash when I leave (land border to Cambodia) or will I need to apply for an extension at an embassy before my visa expires? Is it just as well t ...

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