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    • robbye77's Profile Photo

      Sapa late Feb clothing and shoes

      Vietnam Jan 25, 2017 at 6:20 AM

      Hi all,
      I'm about to spend 2-3 days in Sapa at very end of February, planning some trekking with home stay. I was just wondering about how cold could it get to decide which kind of clothes to bring and also if you would recommend high trekking boots or just trekking shoes would be sufficient for the paths around - this is meant for medium trekking, nothing too challenging.
      Thanks! Roberto

    • Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos

      Vietnam Feb 14, 2017 at 8:14 PM

      Hi guys,
      Looking at booking in December this year for my wife and I (both 30) was interested to see peoples thoughts on a package deal like this?

      Day 1: Arrival Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
      Day 2: Full day to Mekong Delta/River Boat Trip. (B, L)
      Day 3: Ho Chi Minh City Tour – Cu Chi Tunnels (B, L)
      Day 4: Full day sightseeing Hanoi City Tour (B, L)
      Day 5: Hanoi – Halong Bay Cruise stay overnight on Board (B, L, D)
      Day 6: Halong Bay Cruise – Hanoi. (B, L)
      Day 7: Conclude Hanoi depart Siem Reap Cambodia. (B, L)
      Day 8: Siem Reap sightseeing full day (B, L)
      Day 9: Conclude Siem Reap/Cambodia. Departure to Vientiane. (B, L)
      Day 10. Vientiane – Vang Vieng (B/…/…)
      Day 11. Vang Vieng – Lung Prabang (B/…/…)
      Day 12. Luang Prabang – Pak Ou Cave- Khouangsi Waterfall – Luang Prabang (B/…/…)
      Day 13. Luang Prabang – Departure (B/…/…)

      Kind Regards,

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      2 days or 3 days

      by davidjo Online Now Oct 9, 2016 at 10:22 PM

      Interested to know your thoughts on this.
      3D2N on boat
      3D2N one night on boat and one night on island
      2D1N on boat
      Have you done this recently? Any recommended agency/boat

      10 Answers Oct 10, 2016 at 5:32 PM
    • NYE: Ha Long or Cat Ba

      by travelspo Online Now Nov 4, 2015 at 8:52 PM

      Hello, my friends and I are going to spend new years eve in the Halong Bay area. Where is the best nightlife? In Ha Long city or Cat Ba island? We're not sure about the junk cruises because we hear the weather can be bad that time of year.

      4 Answers Nov 9, 2015 at 6:08 PM
    • Singapore to ha long bay

      by Nehamoroney Online Now Jun 2, 2015 at 3:51 AM

      Hello guys ! Hope you all having a good time while planning your holidays!!
      I would like to travel ha long bay in August for four days 7-10 from Singapore.
      Can anybody please help to plan the trip? Can do ha long bay and hanoi together?
      Thanks a ton :)

      6 Answers Jun 5, 2015 at 4:28 PM
    • Best half day cruise

      by nannaw Online Now 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?

      by bamboopith Online Now 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 ?

      by Rubins Online Now 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
    • overnight junk

      by crodog Online Now Jan 4, 2014 at 4:12 AM

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

      9 Answers Jan 3, 2015 at 1:18 AM
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      From Bangkok to Ha Long Bay

      by n4nova Online Now 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 20, 2013 at 11:22 PM
    • Day cruise in Ha Long Bay?

      by kimnewton Online Now 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 4, 2013 at 8:13 PM
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      Ha Long ( Hạ Long )

      by manhdaprof Online Now 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 )

      by manhdaprof Online Now 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 13, 2013 at 8:18 PM
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      Have you done Halong bay tour with staying at Monkey Island bungalows

      by trulyasialand Online Now 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 13, 2013 at 9:30 PM
    • Recommendation for 3d/2n or 2d/1n cruise in Halong Bay if I'm travelling alone?

      by allisoneylh Online Now 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!

      12 Answers Sep 16, 2015 at 7:25 PM
    • Using Cat Bi Airport as an alternative to Hanoi Airport for Flying to Danang after Halong Bay Cruise

      by romeonovember Online Now 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 Feb 21, 2013 at 11:58 PM
    • Halong Santa Maria Cruise? is it good or not?

      by fang2103 Online Now 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

      6 Answers Jun 23, 2013 at 9:43 PM
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      Halong / Hong Kong / Guilin

      by ateach52 Online Now 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

      by odulatir Online Now 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

      by irriss Online Now 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
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      Transfer to Halong Bay

      by ComandanteG Online Now 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

      by boobez Online Now 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?

      by anliz99 Online Now 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

      by diazvaldez Online Now 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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      by Rapuntsil Online Now 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

      by penny1950 Online Now 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?

      by dganitbz Online Now 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
    • snozzau's Profile Photo

      Where to Book

      by snozzau Online Now 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

      by tuynesn Online Now 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

      by briam60 Online Now 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

      by bisbj Online Now 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

      by arcee14 Online Now 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