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    • road work disruption

      Ho Chi Minh City Jan 3, 2017 at 7:48 AM

      were planning a visit to HCMC in May, can anyone who's visited recently comment if there visits was affected by the works being carried out to develop the new metro system , also can anyone recommend a 3 day stay on a beach resort please.

      many thanks

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      2 days trek

      Vietnam Dec 24, 2016 at 6:53 AM

      Can anybody advice trek near Dong Hoi for 2 days? Moderate to average difficulty


    • Sol Beach House Phu Quoc

      Phu Quoc Dec 19, 2016 at 11:19 AM

      Anyony who knows something about Sol Beach House Phu Quoc? I found this hotel on and I think it looks really nice. The price was also very good. But after looking at the pictures for a while, I realized that the pictures was not real.

      I suppose it´s because the hotel is not finished, but I can´t find so much information about the hotel. Anyone with some information?

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      Vietnam itinerary suggestions/comments/recommendations

      Vietnam Jan 7, 2017 at 12:44 AM

      Hi All

      We are leaving for Vietnam on 11 January 2017. We arrive in Hanoi on 12 January 2017 and depart from Hanoi on 26 February 2017.

      So far I have only booked a hotel in Hanoi for 7 nights. The rest of the itinerary is still flexible.

      I need some suggestions and comments and recommendations from your experiences as to possible changes to cities being visited, number of days and other cities to be visited, etc. 

      Hanoi - 7 nights

      Fly to

      Luang Prabang - 6 nights

      Fly to

      Siem Reap - 7 nights

      Fly to

      Phnom Penh - 7 nights

      Boat to

      HCMC - 5 nights

      Fly to

      Hoi An - 5 nights

      Hue - 5 nights

      Fly to

      Hanoi and Halong Bay - 3 nights

      Or maybe skip Hue and spend more time in Hanoi/Halang Bay/SAPA?

      Thanks for your input.



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      Vaccinations for South African citizens

      Vietnam Jan 7, 2017 at 12:22 AM

      Hi all

      We are a couple from Cape Town leaving for Vietnam on 11 January 2017 entering through Hanoi.

      We have been reading a lot about vaccines recommended and get conflicting stories.

      According to the website (dated 27 November 2013):

      "There is a risk of malaria in non-urban areas. Hepatitis A & B immunisations are recommended (Dengue fever or DHF). There is no immunization against DHF. It is strongly recommended that comprehensive travel and health insurance be obtained which would include emergency air evacuation by a recognised carrier. Prospective travellers should check with their insurer to make sure that their policy meets their needs."

      CDC again recommends that:

      "most travellers" get travel vaccines and medicines for Hepatitis A, Typhoid and that "some travellers" get vaccines for Japanese Encephalitis. They even warn They also warn about the Zika virus.

      I personally have travelled to many parts of the world and have never taken any vaccines before but my partner is concerned.

      Can anybody please shed some light on the subject?



    • First visit to Ho Chi Minh

      Ho Chi Minh City Dec 22, 2016 at 5:26 AM

      2female first visit to Ho Chi Minh for 5days 4night. We will staying in District 1.

      Pls advise any must visit place & things to do and any precautions to be taken? We are on budget travel.


    • First timer

      Ho Chi Minh City Jan 2, 2017 at 11:18 PM


      This is my first time there and would like to know which hotel is cheap and good near to the market.

      What is the bus and bus fare to the tourist places?

      Can recommend some good eateries?

      Thank you.

    • First visit in mid janaury for single guy from London

      Vietnam Dec 31, 2016 at 5:50 AM

      Traveling from London Single guy 43 yrs on first visit to Vietnam , looking for a nice relaxed pampered holiday , but at the same time want to see all the tourist attractions with regards the war etc.
      Want a nice luxury hotel but at the same time that wont cost a fortune, preferably looking for relaxed night life , not mad busy touristy areas , prefer to stay away from big crowds etc,
      Probably stay for around ten days and then move onto Phuket or similar in Thailand for ten days , which is best to do first Thailand or Vietnam?
      For Saigon is it extremely busy city like London or is their nice quieter relaxed areas of it , and where else in Vietnam is good to visit that's not overly tourist but nice relaxed beach hotel bars clubs etc
      Is wifi available in all hotels bars etc, whats rough price of good 4 star hotels , food , drinks , taxis , etc

    • Visiting Sa Pa

      by wenbinchin Online Now 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 Dec 17, 2013 at 9:25 PM
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      Train travel

      by lenardt Online Now 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
    • What is best weekend tour package to Sapa

      by linpaau Online Now 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!!



      1 Answer Feb 13, 2010 at 2:50 AM
    • visiting Sa Pa

      by kyleaz Online Now 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.

    • Is it worth goiong to Sapa for one day?

      by latitudep Online Now 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
    • January in Sapa

      by chrislib Online Now 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
    • ComfortableTrain to Sapa

      by DT2527 Online Now Feb 13, 2009 at 12:00 AM


      I will be traveling with a buddy from Hanoi to Sapa. We will like to book a 2 berth soft cabin for a comfortable ride. I note that there are quite many different train companies to choose from and am wondering any of you guys have experience with or recommendation for one that provides relatively new and comfortable train and 2-berth cabin. Victoria Express is out of the question as I understand it is exclusive for its hotel guests.

      Appreciate any assistance!

      2 Answers Feb 14, 2009 at 12:19 AM
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      Advices needed for Sapa Trip

      by marcus_gsh Online Now Dec 30, 2008 at 10:13 PM


      i plan to visit Sapa 4D3N, 3rd week of Jan 09, just myself.
      Any travel agency recommended? price range?
      should I prebook online first or book thru Hanoi hotel?
      How is the weather there?


      7 Answers Jan 4, 2009 at 7:32 AM
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      Malarya in Sa Pa

      by Jontxu Online Now Jun 25, 2008 at 6:49 AM


      I am going to Sa Pa late september, I would like to know if there is any malarya risk, to get some tablets with me or not.



      1 Answer Jun 25, 2008 at 11:20 PM
    • Advice needed

      by jharness Online Now May 11, 2008 at 11:43 AM

      We are arriving in Hanoi on July 25th and after afew days there would like to visit Sa Pa. Please could you help with our questions?

      1. what the weather would be like
      2. what type of clothing would be best
      3. Should we book the overnight train from Hanoi before we leave England.
      4. should we book an organised tour before we leave England or can we do it from Hanoi when we arrive?
      5. Any suggestions as to how long we should stay in Sa Pa?

      Thank you for your help in anticipation

      4 Answers Jun 25, 2008 at 11:29 PM
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      Bus service from Sapa to Hanoi

      by kengsiriwat Online Now Feb 18, 2008 at 9:55 PM

      I have a limited time in Hanoi for weekend. I would like to visit Sa Pa by train on Friday night. And I need to back to Hanoi by Sunday evening. Is there a bus or other trasportation from Sa Pa to Hanoi on Sunday ?

      2 Answers Feb 19, 2008 at 9:04 PM
    • Markets in sapa

      by rungtip Online Now Nov 16, 2007 at 3:04 AM

      Hi everyone,

      Is there anyone know about markets info in sapa or area nearby, So far i have info on Bac Ha, Muong Hon and Coc Ly but i don't know if where is located.please enlighten me?

      Many thanks

      3 Answers May 14, 2008 at 12:28 AM
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      by JohanIsWeg Online Now Oct 27, 2007 at 11:36 PM

      Visiting Sapa end of February. Different tours offer a variety of trek options. I've identified the following villages: Cat Cat Village, Ta Phin, Giang Ta Chai (is that the same as Lao Chai?), Y Linh Ho, Hau Thao, Su Pan, Ta Van, Nam Keeng, Ban Ho, Cau May, Nam Toong, Nam Ken, Mi Son and Than Phu.
      My questions are:
      1. Have I missed out any?
      2. Which ones are in the cannot-miss category? (which are the best from a scenic and cultural perspective?)
      3. Which village would offer the best home-stay experience?
      Would appreciate any advice, recommendations, ideas.

      5 Answers Feb 2, 2008 at 1:06 PM

      by dotty58 Online Now Sep 15, 2007 at 2:49 PM

      What will be the expected weather at the end of October, will the rice fields be green? What would the best out of the way treks and markets be?

      Suggested attire for this area?

      2 Answers Oct 7, 2009 at 3:29 AM
    • Free Lanche Tour Guide Contact

      by ikira Online Now Aug 4, 2007 at 7:31 AM

      Hi Vts,

      I need your s to help this time
      My pre book tour guide in sapa has cancelled my booking last minutes.
      I need to find replacement for that.

      Can anyone provide me with some contacts.
      If cant get the tour guide, please kindly advice on the budget tour operator for the tour..



      2 Answers Aug 4, 2007 at 12:48 PM
    • Please advise the rent for motocycle in Sapa.

      by newhanoian Online Now Jul 26, 2007 at 1:46 AM

      I'm going to Sapa next month with a freind. Anyone here know how much is the price for renting a motorbike with driver / day? Or is there any other suggestion? How about a car with driver? I need to find transportation as I'm not going on a package..
      your response will be much appreciated. Thanks!

      1 Answer Jul 29, 2007 at 7:44 PM
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      Sapa in December

      by babiangel210 Online Now Dec 12, 2006 at 7:28 PM

      hey guys,

      my friend and I will be up in Hanoi and hoping to go to Sapa late december... does anyone have any tips, suggestions, comments ... anything?

      thanks thanks

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      beyond sapa

      by AnnPuddu Online Now Apr 17, 2006 at 2:59 AM

      i will be in hanoi at the beginning of may and would like to go on up to sapa and the highlands...i guess i can take the train or fly to sapa and would appreciate recommendations for really out-of-the-way places to visit from sapa...i can hire a car and guide if necessary...would like to see areas that are not visited by hordes of tourists. i have been teaching in danang for three months and really appreciate the scarcity of tourists here (as compared to hoi an and hue). thanx...

      6 Answers Apr 23, 2006 at 8:43 AM
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      Sa Pa in April / May

      by KY13 Online Now Feb 6, 2006 at 6:58 AM

      Hi guys,

      We r planning a trip to Sa Pa sometime April / May. Could you tell us what the weather would be like around that time? Also, whats the best way to travel from hanoi to Sa Pa and how long does the trip take?

      Thanks in advance

      2 Answers Apr 3, 2011 at 2:39 PM
    • Sa Pa, Vietnam, weather averages

      by c.trevor Online Now Jan 4, 2006 at 2:42 AM

      Can anyone give us the Jan/Feb average temps for sa pa please, trevor

      3 Answers Jan 6, 2006 at 9:17 PM