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    • Private apartment renting in Phu Quoc

      Phu Quoc May 2, 2015 at 12:26 AM

      Hi, I would like to ask whether I could rent a private apartment in Phu Quoc for 3D2N?

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      Vietnam May 1, 2015 at 8:25 AM

      Anyone know where you can watch the pacquio-mayweather fight in hue? Thanks a ton

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      Vietnam Apr 26, 2015 at 2:15 AM

      Hi all,
      We plan to visit Vietnam in January / February 2016, We arrive in Ho Chi Minh then plan to move onto Ha Tien followed by Cambodia, Kampot and Sihanoukville. In total we planning on about 5 weeks travel.
      We have never visited Vietnam before.
      What is the best route to take (on bus or private car) and where are good stop off points.
      We are keen to find paradise beaches that are not too touristy and also eco type trips ie wetlands, rivers jungle walks etc.
      We still have a blank canvas to work from and are also considering going direct to Phnom Penh from HCMC by boat, is this practical and worth the experience....
      Many thanks in advance

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      Taxi, Bus or Fly? Best way to see Vietnam

      Vietnam May 17, 2015 at 4:07 PM

      My wife & I are flying to Vietnam for 3 weeks in August. I was planning on having 4 - 5 base places then use those to see the surrounding areas. Any advice on maximising our time & cost effectively would be greatly appreciated. Did similar in Europe & it worked out well but understanding Europe is far different to Asia.


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      Vietnam visa help

      Ho Chi Minh City May 16, 2015 at 8:55 PM

      Hello! I would like to travel to Vietnam, and am currently in Thailand, leaving for Laos very soon. I'm a U.S. Citizen and was wondering how long it takes to get a visa, not a visa approval, but the visa itself. The only reason can't do a VOA is because I would like to travel over the border instead of flying into Vietnam. My 3 basic questions are, how long does the visa take to get, what's the process, and how much does it cost compared to a VOA? Tia!

    • Cat Ba - Haiphong ferry schedule

      Cat Ba May 3, 2015 at 10:01 PM

      where can i find the Cat Ba - Haiphong ferry schedule please?
      -i need to leave cat ba around 9am... is there a ferry from cat ba town to the Ben Binh ferry station?
      -need to be at Haiphong airport at 12 noon.

    • Homestays - Looking for some information

      Vietnam May 9, 2015 at 9:24 PM

      Hi all,

      What is like staying in homestays in Saigon and Hanoi locations? I never stayed in such a places, so wondering what should I expect. Will I get a private room/shower and whether food is optional, if it is available? How much will a typical place cost/night?

      Thanks :)


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      Vietnam: Travelling from Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi for +/- 3 weeks.

      Vietnam May 14, 2015 at 1:31 AM

      I am attending a conference (as a professional photographer) in Singapore, during the second week of October and afterwards want to travel to Vietnam for about 3 weeks.
      My plan would be to fly from Singapore to Ho Chi Minh, travel overland (trains/buses) north to Hanoi and from there, fly back to Singapore. When travelling I generally try to avoid tourist areas/sites and I am particularly interested in photographing local life - people just getting on with their lives, ‘street photography’. So the first place I visit in a village/town/city would be the market/local areas. I will be travelling on a fairly tight budget and will therefore seek inexpensive accommodation – hostels are OK, as long as I have my own room/facilities!
      I would therefore greatly appreciate any advice/tips/recommendations as to which places are worth visiting between Ho Chi Minh & Hanoi and the best methods (trains/buses) of travelling around.
      Many thanks,

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      planning my itenerary

      Ho Chi Minh City May 5, 2015 at 8:51 AM

      Ok, so I have 10 nights totall for the whole of vietnam. How long do I need in ho chi minh city? I like to visit the historic sites, eat and drink from super places and relax as well. And whats the most central area in ho chi minh? Thank u!


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    • Best half day cruise

      Ha Long Feb 13, 2015 at 8:59 PM

      We have to choose for a half day cruise on Halong Bay between Thien Cung & Dau Go caves or Sung Sot cave.
      The first choice we are told goes past a floating fishing village but the second does not.

      6 Answers Mar 2, 2015 at 9:44 AM
    • One day tour of Hanoi?

      Ha Long Feb 8, 2014 at 12:41 AM

      Any one day sightseeing tour to Hanoi from HaLong Bay?

      7 Answers Feb 14, 2014 at 2:55 AM
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      Nha TRang To Halong Bay ?

      Ha Long Jan 23, 2014 at 7:55 PM

      I finish a tour in Nha Trang and wondering can I fly from Nha Trang to HAlong Bay to do a ctuise ? Then I will head on to Hanoi for last few days b4 I return home.

      8 Answers Jan 25, 2014 at 7:09 PM
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      Ha Long Jan 4, 2014 at 4:12 AM

      what would be a good price, for a safe overnight junk

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      From Bangkok to Ha Long Bay

      Ha Long Nov 18, 2013 at 7:00 PM

      I am planning to visit Ha Long bay on March end, 2013 from Bangkok. As of now my plan is - flight to Hanoi Airport & stay there in Ha long for 1 night.. 

      But I am really not sure how to go to Ha long bay from Hanoi. I am not sure whether I should take a bus or may be I can take a taxi if it is not too costly.

      And, Please let me know if you have any suggestion regarding hotels there.

      Please help !!

      9 Answers Nov 25, 2013 at 7:35 PM
    • Day cruise in Ha Long Bay?

      Ha Long Aug 26, 2013 at 5:27 PM

      I would like to take a day-long cruise of Ha Long Bay (we're staying in a local hotel).
      Any suggestions? Thanks.

      8 Answers Sep 15, 2013 at 1:52 AM
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      Ha Long ( Hạ Long )

      Ha Long Aug 13, 2013 at 2:10 AM

      How many isles and caves does Ha Long have?
      Where is Ha Long in Viet Nam?

      2 Answers Aug 13, 2013 at 3:28 AM
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      Ha Long ( Hạ Long )

      Ha Long Aug 13, 2013 at 2:09 AM

      How many isles and caves does Ha Long have?
      Where is Ha Long in Viet Nam?

      1 Answer Aug 23, 2013 at 5:22 AM
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      Have you done Halong bay tour with staying at Monkey Island bungalows

      Ha Long Jul 25, 2013 at 1:52 AM

      I am planning a trip to Halong bay with stay 1 night on boat and 1 night at Monkey Island Resort in Catba island. Have you ever done this and is it good to go?

      4 Answers Aug 28, 2013 at 1:12 AM
    • Recommendation for 3d/2n or 2d/1n cruise in Halong Bay if I'm travelling alone?

      Ha Long Mar 2, 2013 at 7:02 AM

      I'm travelling to Vietnam alone in the spring and would like to go on a junk boat cruise for a few days. I was wondering if it matter which junk boat trip I should take? Also is it better to book ahead of time online?

      Thank you ahead of time for any recommendations!

      11 Answers Jul 25, 2013 at 3:11 AM
    • Using Cat Bi Airport as an alternative to Hanoi Airport for Flying to Danang after Halong Bay Cruise

      Ha Long Feb 12, 2013 at 1:15 AM

      Hi There,
      We complete our halong bay cruise on the 28.04.13 and will then fly to Da Nang for the next leg of our honeymoon. My question is as follow: would we be better to travel back to hanoi and fly from there to Da Nang, or else travel the shorter distance to Cat Bi Airport and fly from there to Dan Nang? we can get the 18.00 flight from Hanoi arrive Da nang @ 19.15 or the 16.30 from Cat Bi arrrice danang 18.15. Any opinions on using cat bi airport would be greatly appreciated particularly in relation to getting taxis from halong bay to there, facilities at the airport (its looks pretty basic), safety, other western opinions/experiences of using it, and also its its affected by fog/weather at this time of year? All help and opinions would be great as we dont particularly want to spend 4 hours going back to hanoi airport if there is an easier way!

      2 Answers May 22, 2013 at 7:07 AM
    • Halong Santa Maria Cruise? is it good or not?

      Ha Long Feb 2, 2013 at 6:36 PM

      Hi guys!
      Im gonna do a trip to halong bay for 2 days 1 night. I heard of Halong Santa Maria from TA but not much infor about it. Is it good to do with it? I need family suite .
      Wait for your helps. Thanks

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      Halong / Hong Kong / Guilin

      Ha Long Dec 24, 2012 at 7:31 AM

      Hong Kong - Guilin - Yanhshuo - Halong BayPosted: Mon December 24, 2012 04:29 PM CET
      Hi! I'm thinking of combining Guilin and Halong Bay for a three-week trip next July/August. Intend to fly in to Hong Kong (spend a few days there first) and out of Hanoi. I've been told this is quite doable, but would be very interested in hearing from anyone who has travelled in this area. I'd like to spend quite a bit of time in Guilin and the rice terraces (Longji & Jinkeng) to soak up the atmosphere, and also go on a river cruise for a few days in Guilin and perhaps a junk overnight in Halong. Can anyone give me some insider tips, i.e. places to stay, how to travel (train, car/driver). Our budget is middle of the road. Thanks so much for any info!

      9 Answers Dec 27, 2012 at 12:00 AM
    • Halong Cruise - wheelchair

      Ha Long May 30, 2012 at 12:33 AM

      During our coming holiday in Vietnam I would like to make a cruise on Halong Bay.
      Being disabled - wheelchairuser - I am searching for a company which organizes cruises with a ship which is accessible with wheelchair and where all facilities are accessible/suitable for a wheelchairuser.
      Are all cruises 2 or 3 days?
      Are the 1 day trips? (maybe easier with wheelchair).
      All sugestions are welcome

      2 Answers Jun 4, 2012 at 3:27 AM
    • Prince 2 or 3 Junks and the most accessible HB cave

      Ha Long Apr 21, 2012 at 3:41 PM

      Planning a trip with my sisters & grandma to Halong Bay this summer. Can anybody give me the configuration of the beds in the 4 cabins of the Prince 2 or 3 Junk? On the official Indo-China Junks website there are no details, just says 4 deluxe cabins. On another site, its 1 cabin with twin beds, 1 with a double bed and 2 cabins with triples (1 double and 1 twin) while on yet another site 3 cabins with double beds and 1 with twin beds.

      Also, Thien Canh Son Cave is on the Prince itin, would it diificult for my grandma to ascend? (She's 67 and can ascend 2 flights of stairs with little problem.) Which cave amongst all Halong caves on the cruises itin is the least difficult to ascend for an older person.

      1 Answer Apr 26, 2012 at 6:11 AM
    • Ha Long independently

      Tinh Quang Ninh Apr 19, 2012 at 5:44 AM

      I am thinking about doing the Halong Bay cruise independently (in November).

      I would take a bus from Hanoi on early morning and look for a boat in Halong City myself (there will be 4 of us).
      Is this doable? Will the prices be any lower? More chance to bargain?
      How much are the actual prices on a budget (but still in reasonable conditions). Looking at the online offers for 1n/2d tour I would have to pay around 200 USD per person. This is a bit too high for my budget.
      How much will it be if we book from Hanoi?
      How much will it be if we book in Halong?
      How much would a private boat cost? Can you get a private boat for 4 people for 1 night at all?

      Thanks for anyfeedback

      2 Answers Apr 20, 2012 at 7:03 PM
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      Transfer to Halong Bay

      Ha Long Mar 10, 2012 at 6:34 PM

      Most Junk operators offers two options to go/return from Hanoi to Halong Bay

      * Shuttle Bus
      * Private Car

      While I think that perhaps a Shuttle Bus is a good (and cheap) options, I have read comment of some tourists complaining about the bus is not comfortable enough, that there is not a place for the luggage (then you should keep it above you), etc...

      Also I wonder if a privete car may be used also as a private tour (perhaps to stop in the route to take some photos, etc...

      I would like to ear of those that have had experience in order to take a decision. Thanks in advance!

      7 Answers Mar 31, 2012 at 5:06 PM
    • 1 day tour in ha long bay - no overnight

      Ha Long Mar 7, 2012 at 6:07 AM

      Hello everyone,
      my 3 friend and I plan to stop in ha long for 1 day during our tour in south east asia and wonder if it is possible to rent a small boat for a single day cruise through the bay, starting early in the morning.
      We will land in Hanoi around noon, and our plan is to travel to ha long city, stay there for the night and the day after have the cruise; then, another night in ha long and hydrofoil to mong cai (departures at 7 or 11 am).
      Are there no-travel-agency men offering their boats? Do they start cruising early in the morning? Where can you find them?
      Please do not suggest a 2D1N cruise. We need an alternative.


      1 Answer Mar 16, 2012 at 8:17 AM
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      Any recommendation for a 3d/2n Halong Bay cruise?

      Ha Long Feb 17, 2012 at 12:41 AM

      Friends, my friends and I (5 girls) are planning a Hanoi trip middle of April. We want to do a 3d/2n Halong Bay cruise. Can anyone recommend a good junk/ship? We're ok with paying a little extra for a nicer and safer choice :) Thanks in advance!

      9 Answers Jun 23, 2012 at 12:38 AM
    • travel from Hanoi

      Ha Long Jan 14, 2012 at 8:42 AM

      Hi, I would like to know which is the fastest way, and not to much expensive, to reach Ha Long Bay from Hanoi? thanks.

      2 Answers Feb 14, 2012 at 2:50 AM
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      Ha Long Oct 19, 2011 at 7:49 AM

      Hello everyone,

      has anyone experienced celebrating of New Year in Halong? is it fun? Me and my friends are going to Vietnam for the first time and we don't know any place where we can spend New year's eve in Halong Bay. And also I wonder whether we shall book something in advance? Thank you in advance for your help.

      8 Answers Oct 30, 2011 at 1:21 PM
    • cruises on the Mekong

      Ha Long Apr 25, 2011 at 5:35 AM

      Has anyone heard of the travel agency:
      vietnam bamboo travel?

      2 Answers Apr 25, 2011 at 6:15 PM
    • Any review on Vietnam cruise holidays and Posidon junk?

      Ha Long Feb 21, 2011 at 12:09 PM

      I contacted "Vietnam cruise holidays" on this site:

      About a 3 days-2 nights cruise on Poseidon Sails on March,2011

      Is "Vietnam cruise holidays" reliable?
      How is the Poseidon Junk?
      Should we book it in advance?
      Any help will be great

      2 Answers Jun 23, 2012 at 1:53 AM
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      Where to Book

      Ha Long Feb 13, 2011 at 7:04 PM

      Just a quick question which has probably been asked a 1000 times.
      Is it better to book a 2day/1 night Halong Bay cruise online before you leave or book it in Hanoion arrival.
      Also some advice on reputable good value operators-either in person or online.
      I dont need 5 star but dont wish to travel with rats either.

      15 Answers Feb 20, 2011 at 9:06 PM
    • O/N junk cruise on small junk

      Ha Long Jan 24, 2011 at 8:24 PM


      Just checking if anyone can rcommend a reputable junk for a one night cruise next month. Would prefer a small pesonalised junk if possible unless feedback suggests big junks are also good.


      2 Answers Jan 24, 2011 at 10:55 PM
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      2D/1N ha long trip planned advice or assistance please

      Ha Long Sep 19, 2009 at 8:39 AM

      Hi to all VT's,

      New to this so if repeating oft asked question please forgive. I have read with interest all of the posts for past few months to do with Ha Long and cruising.

      My question is that I have to be back in hanoi for a 1430 flight on the second day, how reliable are the times from different companies and does anyone have the name of a smaller more personal company over the big 5 that I should look out for when I am there. I lived in Vietnam as a child (shortly after the reunification) but have never been this far north and am excited but limited by time off work in OZ now.


      2 Answers Sep 23, 2009 at 8:07 PM
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      Cruise through Halong Bay September 19 & 20 - looking for participants

      Ha Long Sep 7, 2009 at 1:03 AM

      I note that some people on this site find Cat Ba a tourist trap; I do not quite share that opinion. Compared with the hundred of boats going out of the Bai Chay charter boat harbour it is very peaceful. I no longer live in Hanoi but I am back in Vietnam for work and would like to repeat my favourite trip. The itinerary would be:

      Day 1:
      Leave Hanoi at 6.30 am for the two-hour drive to Hai Phong and take the hydrofoil to Cat Ba. Arrival will be at 11.00 am. Check into hotel and then spend the afternoon on Cat Ba beach no. 2. Alternatively, a boat could be rented for the afternoon for50 or60 (possible activities are kayaking (extra cost about7), caves, swimming and an island with monkeys & lots of other tourists).

      Day 2:
      Take a boat for the day back to Halong City. This is a six - eight hour boat trip including stops. Normally I stop at a couple of “natural” caves (these being without any facilities) and go for a swim or two; either on remote beaches or just off the side of the boat. Lunch is on the boat. Return to Hanoi by around 5 or 6 pm.

      The costs for a good quality car or minibus from Hanoi to Hai Phong and subsequently back to Hanoi from Ha Long City is around100. Boat rental should be under100 for Cat Ba to Ha Long City. So with four people splitting the costs, each would have to pay under50, more participants would lower costs. Other costs for each individual are hydrofoil tickets ($10), hotel on Cat Ba ($15 for a single or double room in 2007 at my preferred hotel), and lunch on the boat ($2 or3). Lunch & dinner on the Saturday and all beverages are not included in the above budget.

      I am not sure how the practical aspects will work: I am working outside Hanoi before and after my proposed trip, but I would like some mechanism, so that I am not stuck alone with a minibus and hydrofoil at 6.30 on the Saturday morning! Alternatively, somebody else could collect down payments and fund the vehicle & hydrofoil reservation (I will do the practical work).

      Right now I am just seeing if anybody is interested, it is a beautiful trip away from the crowds.

      3 Answers Jun 17, 2010 at 5:36 AM
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      Credit card to give or not to give

      Ha Long Aug 31, 2009 at 10:17 PM

      Hi tourist of the world,

      I have recently posted my question on which halong agent to book with. After the valuable advise that i have rec'd we have decide to go for the Pinta Gold of Columbus Travel. However after make all the arrangment with them, they have requested for me to put a desposit with my credit card. Has any book with Columbus travel before can it be trusted? Can i not put this desposit? I am very uncomfortable with give these details.
      Can any one help..pls




      3 Answers Sep 5, 2009 at 1:35 PM
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      Ha long tours 3D2N

      Ha Long Aug 16, 2009 at 5:25 AM

      Hi fellow travellers,

      My friends a group of 6 of us, are intending to do a 3D2N trip to halong. We heard that staying on Cat island isnt that great. So we are going all out for a boat stay. But i am so overwhelmed with the number of cruises and type of package.
      Our budget is to keep it within 180USD per person. Please recommend help!!!
      Your valuable insight will definiately help this lost soul haha


      6 Answers Aug 23, 2009 at 4:29 AM
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      Halong Bay - more adventure, less luxury?

      Ha Long Aug 14, 2009 at 7:20 AM

      Greetings forum folks!

      I wonder if anyone knows of a reputable tour/cruise company that offers something alternative to the luxury cruises, at a reasonable price for a backpacker.

      I'm looking for something like Indochina Junk's fisherman homestay trip , but I'd also like to explore the caves and maybe even hike at Cat Ba National Park.

      Your recommendations would be very much appreciated!

      2 Answers Aug 19, 2009 at 9:27 PM