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    • Free Tour Guide

      Hanoi Mar 19, 2015 at 4:40 AM

      hello, my name is Hieu,. I’m from a suburb of Hanoi, Vietnam. I’m a humorous boy with an eagerness to practice English, my English is not good. When you come to Hanoi, please contact me. I will be your free tour guide. You will be shown a different Hanoi which’s never been seen on TVs, magazines, books, v.v.v… My phone no. is 084983617945, my email is Trinhbahieu009@gmail.com

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      Visa On Arrival (VOA) now available in Phu Quoc

      Phu Quoc Mar 17, 2015 at 10:52 PM

      VOA is now available phuquocislandguide.com/phu-q... but can i get it if i take a boat from Kep? A tour agency in Kep told me they can take me to Phu Quoc via boat.

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    • ACCOMMODATION - HO CHI MINH

      Vietnam Mar 19, 2015 at 7:01 PM

      Hi there. Can anyone recommend a couple of nights cheap but comfortable accommodation in Ho Chi Minh City please? Good location is of high priority. Cheers, Dee

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    • Italian guide for Hanoi

      Vietnam Mar 11, 2015 at 9:34 AM

      I will need an Italian speaking Vietnamese guide for Hanoi for 2 days.

      Can anyone make a recommendation?

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    • Vaccinations in Vietnam and Cambodia????

      Ho Chi Minh City Mar 9, 2015 at 10:51 PM

      I will be traveling in July and August, to Hanoi, Halong Bay, HoiAn, HCMC, Mekong Delta, Phnom Pen and Siem Riep. Do I need any vaccinations?

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    • Mekong tour

      Ho Chi Minh City Mar 8, 2015 at 11:26 PM

      Hi,

      I'm departing to HCM City in 2 days time and rushing for info now :-) Read quite a few info about Mekong but I'm confused because looks like there are Mekong Cruise and Mekong Tour 2 different type.

      Since I don't want cruising on a big ship so I search for the Mekong 1 or 2 days tour. Prices range from $15 to $300 which varies a lot and I can't find out the pick up point (this is important because I need to check the transport time needed from my accommodation place to there). Can anybody give me some idea?

      BTW, are there any suggestion in dining at some of the French Colonial design hotels? I may want to try one, sit there to experience the environment.

      Many tks,
      Lily

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      Places To Visit

      Ho Chi Minh City Mar 5, 2015 at 8:12 PM

      Hello, i have 4 days in the city and would like to visit the historic areas and some villages to see the real Vietnam. I am staying in the CBD and will need transport to get to places

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    • Where to stay in Saigon after our long flight from San Francisco

      Ho Chi Minh City Mar 14, 2015 at 10:32 AM

      My son and I are traveling by backpack for 3 weeks. Our first stop of course is Saigon. Looking for a basecamp hotel/guest house for $10-$30 a night. We will rent Scooters and take day trips from there. Need some suggestions where to stay that we might be able to still walk to a night market and see some of the city life. No Hyatt Regency types of places

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    • Can anyone tell me the Vietnamese for allergic to shell fish

      Vietnam Mar 4, 2015 at 5:34 AM

      Hi, my girlfriend and I are off to Vietnam, HCMC and Phan Thiet, but she is allergic to shell fish, can anyone tell me the Vietnamese for this?

      Also, we have to go from HCMC to Phan Thiet, what would be the recommended way bus or train? I have looked at trains and I can see one that leaves very early in the morning. I see there is a later train that goes to Binh Thuan and then get a bus or taxi to Phan Theit. Can I book the train tickets on line before we go to Vietnam?

      Many thanks

      Rob

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    • district 11 ho chi minh city

      Ho Chi Minh City Mar 25, 2015 at 2:55 AM

      I will have to stay near Phu Tho gym at district 11 in Dec, any hotel near the gym ?
      How far from the city to the gym? Would it be easy to get transport from the gym to the city?
      Will taxi charge a lot more than the meter price ? How can we avoid it ????????

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      How much money will I need

      Vietnam Mar 22, 2015 at 3:27 AM

      can anyone advise roughly how much money would we need for our trip ,we have an organised trip inc all visits and and entrance frees and all meals .so don't know how much to take for drinks ect for 2weeks .also is USD the best to take thanks in advance Sheila 

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      The Sinh Tourist

      Vietnam Mar 15, 2015 at 6:41 AM

      Intend to visit Vietnam in May. Have contact The Sinh Tourist Sales Department in Ho Chi Minh, Mr David to customise the tour from south to north(HCM - Da Nang - Hoi An -Hue - Hanoi) for 10 days trip. Is the company trustworthy? Have anyone has bad experience with company? How much normally we have to pay for the deposit for booking the tour?

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    • 4 days trip

      Hanoi Mar 15, 2015 at 9:52 AM

      Hello people, me and my wife are planning to travel to Hanoi fir 4 days and wS wondering how we could make the most of it.. We git to do holong bay for sure. We are interested in some clothes shopping as well. Also, keen in knowin the Vietnamese history and the famous wars.

      Pls suggest. Thanks

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    • Homestay in Sapa

      Sapa Jan 17, 2015 at 7:15 PM

      Hi, Can anyone recommend to me how I should arrange my trip to Sapa?

       

      As I will arrive in Hanoi on the 20th of Feb, I was planning to take the overnight train to Sapa and be there till the 23rd before taking the train back, a total of 3D2N spent in Sapa.

       

      • I know I will be able to book the train tickets online but what about the bus from Lao Cai to Sapa? I have heard many commented that they booked through either an agency or the hotel, because I'm pretty sure I will get ripped off if I were to book it at the train station itself. 
      • Since I will be there for 3D2N, are there 2 nights homestay or should I do just a 1N homestay and 1N hotel before heading back to hanoi?

       

      9 Answers Feb 3, 2015 at 9:37 PM
    • Avoiding Tours in Sapa

      Sapa Nov 12, 2014 at 12:28 AM

      Can anyone recommend dome good treks in Sapa which we can do without a guide? My partner and I hate guided tours and prefer to make things up as we go along, so we want to just take a trek by ourselves. Are there any good destinations or villages which can be trekked to within one day - besides Cat Cat village?

      8 Answers Nov 22, 2014 at 12:28 AM
    • clothing to take to sapa in mid feb 2014

      Sapa Feb 14, 2014 at 10:07 PM

      we are 2 ladies in your early 60't travelling to Sapa we are staying in a hotel and trekking out every day, what clothes should we take i am leaving next week for 4 days, taking the train up from Hanoi.

      4 Answers Mar 20, 2014 at 9:53 PM
    • Sapa- Bac Ha and back - how could I make this day most enjoyable?

      Bac Ha Jan 22, 2014 at 4:19 PM

      I am planning to go on a 3-day (2 nighs) Sapa-region tour ending up in Bac Ha market on a Sunday. My problem is that the tour company whose services I may buy for this 3-day trip, 185 dollars) seems to offer only and exclusively a bus transfer from Sapa to Bac Ha leaving me there ( which is allright) and then back to the Lao Chi railway station. The idea of getting there by a non-tourist bus ( more than 3 hours) visiting the market, maybe another three hours ( if the bus schedule lets me do so) and driving back directly to the railway station only to spend another 2-3 hours waiting at the station for the Hanoi-bound night train is not attractive enough. I guess I rather prefer to buy a compact one-day tour from Sapa to Bac Ha with another company that leaves earlier in the morning for the market and offers some activities for the afternoon after the market visit. Possibly a small group tour , as I do not feel rich enough to pay for a one person private tour. any suggestions, please??? Or maybe any suggestions for a RELIABLE , completely different tour company who could where I could buy a complete 3-day package tour including the market? Thanks a lot. anna

      6 Answers Feb 14, 2014 at 3:33 AM
    • Visiting Sa Pa

      Sa Pa Dec 17, 2013 at 7:27 PM

      I will be visiting Sa Pa on this coming Saturday (21 December 2013) and i know that Sa Pa is snowing right now, I'm wondering whether suitable for me to visit Sa Pa and any special preparation that i need to do?

      3 Answers Jan 4, 2014 at 9:27 PM
    • safety in vietnam

      Sapa Sep 16, 2013 at 12:44 PM

      Hi- I will be traveling by train to sapa with my 10 year old daughter in Novemeber, from Hanoi. If you read the government websites, and visit your "travel health specialist" you get the idea that horrible diseases and risks are everywhere! We both got our Hep A and TDP and are up to date on the regular vaccines, but Typhoid/JE/ maleria??? How many (relatively careful) tourists
      actually suffer from these sicknesses after a week or 2 in Sapa- or 3 1/2 weeks (in our case) in the country, sticking mainly to the beach and large towns, cities ? I am also wondering about train travel down the coast in November- is that safe? Thank you- ( i want to say that before i started traveling with a kid- these kinds of things never crossed my mind- parenthood has made me more careful- maybe they should call it par(anoid)enthood!!!!

      12 Answers Sep 27, 2013 at 12:09 AM
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      best train from hanoi to sapa

      Sapa Oct 6, 2012 at 9:03 PM

      i will be travelling from hanoi to sapa around 25th november 12. there appears to be a number of train carriage and i was wondering which is the best other than Victoria. also what is the weather like then? cold? there is a lot of references to trekking around sapa. i am not the fittest being an office worker are the walks steep or gradual rises.

      5 Answers Aug 6, 2013 at 7:17 AM
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      Train travel

      Sa Pa Aug 22, 2012 at 3:15 AM

      Can someone please tell me how long the beds are on the overnight soft sleeper train from Hanoi to Sapa? I am 6'3' tall and fairly large build.

      4 Answers Aug 22, 2012 at 7:34 PM
    • A long shot - lost/stolen camera

      Sapa Apr 22, 2011 at 11:05 PM

      Hey...

      I know this is a longshot but I stupidly left my camera in one of the bar/shops on the ascent from Cat Cat to Sapa (literally one of the last shops before you reach the first hotels at the bottom of Sapa}.

      It was a Panasonic Lumix TZ10 (or maybe TZ8 - I forget!}. I returned to the bar 40 minutes later and as expected the camera had gone. The owner asked some of the kids who frequent the place whether they had seen it - one of the children couldn't look me in the eye when this was being explained and I am certain one of the kids there knows its whereabouts.

      Anyway if any of you kind souls are offered a panasonic camera that still has pictures on it (I am wearing a white t-shirt with "scottish widows" written on the front, my girlfriend a plain white t-shirt}, please take the camera and I will refund your costs and some!

      I have about 7 weeks worth of pictures on there, only backed up half. I am obviously devastated to lose the pictures ( I really dont care about the camera, I would gladly take just the memory card back} and don't hold much hope of seeing them again but thought I should try every avenue to retrieve them.

      Finally, remember to double check you have everything before you leave an establishment or suffer like me!

      Thanks,

      Shaun

      4 Answers Feb 21, 2012 at 12:26 PM
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      Cold winter lasted until late April

      Sapa Jan 14, 2011 at 1:24 AM

      Hi,
      will be visiting Sapa late Feb. Had read a forum people saying, the cold weather will last until late April. Don't know whether is it reliable. Was told that in Feb & March, weather hit a low of 4-6oC and average is just a 9oC. Can anyone comment on this? I'm trying to pack as light as I could.

      10 Answers Jun 6, 2013 at 12:39 AM
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      sapa in july

      Sapa Jan 2, 2011 at 7:12 AM

      Even if we know that this is not the best period to visit Sa Pa, we have no choice. My husband and me will arrive in Hanoi and wanto to have a two-three days trip in Sapa. We want some advise about the mean to get there. We've been told that night train is safer, but you lose most of the magnificent scenery. What about hiring a 4x4 jeep? Too much expensive? And safety?

      11 Answers Jun 20, 2013 at 12:57 AM
    • 4x4 hire

      Sapa Oct 14, 2010 at 9:17 PM

      Hi, I'm hoping to travel to Sapa mid November and was thinking about renting a small 4x4 - instead of a motorbike. Any advice would be appreciated.
      British driving license.

      8 Answers Jun 20, 2013 at 12:59 AM
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      Bac Ha Market

      Sapa Aug 6, 2010 at 4:50 AM

      I plan to visit Sapa in October and join the tour to visit Cancau market on Saturday and Bac ha market on Sunday. Is it worth both markets ?
      First day arrive Sapa and visit village around Sapa.
      2nd day to Cancau and overnight in Bacha.
      3rd day visit Bac Ha market on Sunday and take the train back to Hanoi from Laocai in the evening.

      Is it a good plan ?

      Thanks.

      8 Answers Aug 8, 2010 at 9:52 PM
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      Lao Cai Transport

      Lao Cai Aug 4, 2010 at 7:51 PM

      Hi,
      I'm and my husband will travelling to Sapa at mid Nov, we are independent and
      would like to know:
      1. Is it easy to get transport to Saomai Hotel from train station?
      2. How far is sunday market from that hotel?
      3. I also consider to hire a jeep, may i know what is the cost and where can
      i book?

      Would love to get feed back from anyone.

      Thank you.
      Yvonne

      3 Answers Aug 6, 2010 at 5:05 AM
    • Homestay in Sapa

      Sapa Jun 10, 2010 at 10:20 AM

      I was wondering if I should be booking a homestay in Sapa prior to getting there, or it'll be easy to find a tour agency to book once I'm there?

      Also, what's the recommended no. days of stay in Sapa?

      Thanks in advance!

      3 Answers Aug 8, 2010 at 9:56 PM
    • What is best weekend tour package to Sapa

      Sa Pa Feb 13, 2010 at 2:01 AM

      We are 4 people that want a weekend trip to Sapa from Hanoi. We would like to see markets, ethnic villages and scenery, but some of us cannot manage uphill trekking or too long walking (about 45 minutes is OK, if not difficult). We would like to arrange it in advance over the internet. Which tour operator and which tour would people recommend - there seem to be so many!!

      Thanks,

      lin

      1 Answer Feb 13, 2010 at 2:50 AM
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      Sapa weather

      Sapa Feb 8, 2010 at 11:04 AM

      How is the weather in Jan/Feb in Sapa? Ave temperature? Does it rain a lot around this time?

      5 Answers Apr 10, 2010 at 3:04 PM
    • Sapa and surrounds for two older ladies in March 2010

      Sapa Jan 27, 2010 at 4:54 AM

      Can someone tell me specifically where to find a tour guide once one has arrived in Sapa from the Railway Station and if the treks are very far. We would like to see some of the villages and market and will do a 2day 3 night trip from Hanoi. I would like to book the train and the accommodation myself and then see if we can get a guide in Sapa. It would be a Wednesday/Thursday and I understand there are markets at Cao Son (wednesday) and Lung Khau Nhin (Thursday), is it possible to do those two villages from Sapa without too much trouble?

      2 Answers Jan 28, 2010 at 6:07 PM
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      Hiking boots?

      Sapa Jan 15, 2010 at 6:30 AM

      I am going to spend a couple of days in SaPa in October. Do I need hiking boots or will my trekking sandals suffice?

      2 Answers Jan 23, 2010 at 12:18 PM
    • visiting Sa Pa

      Sa Pa Jan 15, 2010 at 12:03 AM

      I think that we missed a lot in Sa Pa. What all do most people see? Our guide never showed us the water fall at one of the hill tribes. A local girl offered to show it to us but I didn't know how much time we had.
      We plan on going back.
      kyle

    • Has anyone gone from to Lao Cai to China

      Lao Cai Jan 13, 2010 at 10:57 AM

      Hi we will be going back to Vietnam again this year and I'm starting my research.
      Has anyone crossed the border at Lao Cai to China. What is there to do and see around there. I heard that it's a great place to shop but I have no clue what I would buy.
      kyleaz

      4 Answers Feb 11, 2010 at 9:37 PM
    • Sapa tours

      Sapa Nov 25, 2009 at 1:14 AM

      hi every one,
      i had many usful advices from my friends on this forum. can you recommend me which tour operator i should contact with? and is it better if i book a package Hanoi - Halong - Sapa or book saperatedly?
      I do look forward to hearing from your,
      Axian

      3 Answers Nov 27, 2009 at 1:45 AM
    • trekking fansipan in sâpa

      Sapa Nov 11, 2009 at 7:56 AM

      hi all

      does anyone know how difficult it would be to book a trek up fansipan in sapa, and if it would work out cheaper than booking in hanoi? if so can you recommend anywhere in sapa that can do 3 days two nights for less than85 per person?

      thanks!!
      ant and grace

    • Tet in Sapa

      Sapa Oct 3, 2009 at 1:51 AM

      I'm planning a trip to Sapa during the Tet Holiday period (14th to 17th Feb 2010), is it advisable as it's a holiday season? Are the markets in Sapa open during this time of the year?

      Would appreciate your feedback. Thank you.

      5 Answers Sep 16, 2013 at 7:22 PM
    • Is it worth goiong to Sapa for one day?

      Sa Pa Oct 2, 2009 at 5:19 PM

      We are thinking of going to Sapa on the overnight train, spending the day, probably a Saturday and then back on the overnight train. Could we plan a motorbike tour on the spot or should we organise it beforehand? ..or just spend the day at the markets?

      7 Answers Oct 3, 2009 at 4:06 PM
    • Travel to Sapa

      Sapa Sep 12, 2009 at 11:22 AM

      In February 2010, I'm planning a trip to Vietnam and am considering a side trip (2 days r/t) to Sapa. I've read about it and it sounds intriguing and not at all a glitzy tourist trap. However, I'm a "mature" (60's) female traveler with mild back problems. Can probably trek 2 miles w/o a problem. My travel buddy thinks it's too far and perhaps too difficult. Any insights this forum can provide will be much appreciated. Thanks.

      12 Answers Dec 28, 2014 at 1:57 PM
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      Lao Cai - Bac Ha - Sapa

      Sapa Sep 9, 2009 at 12:04 AM

      Hello
      I ll go to Vietnam soon, and I am planning to go to the north for a few days.
      I'd like to ask you what you think about my potential plan.

      I ll arrive by the night train from Hanoi in the morning, and find a GH in Lao Cai.
      After a short rest, I would like to go and see Bac Ha during the day.
      Do you think it worth it to go to Bac Ha, and also is it possible in a day?
      I m not sure, I ve been very clear on that one, haha.

      Sleep in Lao Cai, and next morning, catch the bus to Sapa: spend a day there relaxing, and next day, go trekking, and sleep in Sapa.
      Next day, go back to Hanoi by the day train to enjoy the landscape.

      I m really grateful to those who will answer that post.
      I have 18 days holiday with a tight budget (I live in Thailand) so I am trying to plan something great....

      Have a great day everyone!!

      9 Answers Sep 10, 2009 at 3:39 PM
    • January in Sapa

      Sa Pa Aug 5, 2009 at 3:37 AM

      We can only visit Sapa in January - is it worth it or will the weather make it a waste of time?

      4 Answers Aug 11, 2009 at 3:57 PM
    • Sapa Tour

      Sapa Jul 10, 2009 at 5:27 AM

      Can someone advise on whether footprintsvietnam tours are reliable? Have found a 3 day 4 night tour leaving Hanoi for Sapa, covering the market on the Sunday. Am looking to visit Hanoi in August and have limited time

      2 Answers Jul 14, 2009 at 6:45 PM
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      trip to sapa

      Sapa May 17, 2009 at 3:18 AM

      we are considering a 2night 3 day trip to sapa including private driver ,hotel stay and transportation for320 .Is this a good price?
      thank you

      2 Answers May 18, 2009 at 1:22 PM