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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 14, 2017
Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos  (4 Answers)

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,

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 25, 2017
Sapa late Feb clothing and shoes  (1 Answer)

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

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 07, 2017
Vietnam itinerary suggestions/comments/recommendations  (4 Answers)

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.



Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 07, 2017
Vaccinations for South African citizens  (4 Answers)

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?



Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 31, 2016
First visit in mid janaury for single guy from London  (8 Answers)

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

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 24, 2016
2 days trek  (3 Answers)

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

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 16, 2016
What is the best phone company  (6 Answers)

I am head to Vietnam next year and i want to use my mobile as a WiFi hot spot while i am traveling around. I was wondering witch of the phone companies have the best data and talk packages and a rough price. Any Info would be good.
Thank You

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 05, 2016
Acupuncture/ TCM in Hanoi  (1 Answer)

Who has a recommendation for a good acupuncture doctor and TCM doctor ?
Thank you.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 05, 2016
Cooking course in Hanoi  (4 Answers)

who has a recommendation for an inexpensive cooking course (especially street food)) in Hanoi. Previously, with shopping on the market.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 29, 2016
Gifts, souvenirs for people in Vietnam  (9 Answers)

I am traveling to Vietnam during Xmas and New Year's holidays. I wanted to bring some gifts for some people who help me in organizing the trip through Vietnam. Also, some souvenirs for places we will be visiting, villages, schools, etc. Any suggestions of what would be a nice token of appreciation for people in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos?? Thank you!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 19, 2016
Vietnamese SIM card  (4 Answers)

Hi guys,

I'll be in Vietnam for 18 days, travelling by land from the south (HCMC) up to the north (SaPa). I would like you to recommend me a mobile operator (SIM card) which offers a good coverage with low price. I'll only need it for light browsing and emergency calls.

Many thanks!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 17, 2016
Accommodation in Hanoi  (6 Answers)

Hi, who has a recommendation for a cheap, clean place to stay in Hanoi? Which area is recommended if I like it quiet?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 14, 2016
3 weeks for 3 - from Saigon to Hanoi  (19 Answers)

Hi everybody,
I'm planning my trip to Vietnam in April 2016. We'll be arriving to Saigon from Siem Riep, Very probably by plane.
Still hesitating, because I want to go to Mekong delta for a couple of days. Meanwhile I consider as my best option - flying to Saigon and going from there. Still have in mind the other option - getting from Siem Riep through Pnom Pehn by river boats. This is one of the questions for you :)
So here is our plan by days
1. Arriving Saigon

2-3 Mekong delta - Is taking a tour the only possibility and what places exactly are the best (less touristic)?

4-5 Dalat. Probably flying there. But still the question is - is it worth long and rather expensive travel just to see what? a couple of waterfalls? What do you think?
From Dalat we'll take a bus to Nya Thrang, night traing to Danang on our way to Hoi An, where I hope to spend a couple of days -

7-9 Hoi Ann
10-11 Hue
12-15 Dong Hoi - caves and 2days trek - one of our must sees!
Last day we'll catch night train to Hanoi
16 - Night train to Sapa
17-20 Sapa and all possible hiking in the area.
Last night I want to catch a bus to Halong Bay - I've heard there is a new highway and it's only 5 hrs now without entering Hanoi. Anybody heard about this new service?

21-23 Halong Bay - not sure if I have to book from home or wait till we get to Hanoi. As usual, I want the off-the bitten-track route - or as far from the busy tourist route as possible.
24-25 Hanoi and going home!
This is my plan and I'll be glad to hear any critic/remarks.
We are hiking and moving-all-the-time, not too extreme, but definitely not soaking-on-the-beach type of family, no small kids, open to any suggestions.
Thank you beforehand

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 12, 2016
Nordvietnam in January  (2 Answers)

Hello, I would like to visit Vietnam in early January 2017 for 2 weeks and look for malarie-free areas. I would like to go to Hanoi, Halong Bay and 1 week beach holiday. In the north it should be only around 20 degrees in January. For the visit of Hanoi does not disturb. But for the beach holiday it should be warmer. The beaches north of Nha Trang are said to be malaria free. Who knows? thank you

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 06, 2016
Suggested itinerary for 18 days trip  (10 Answers)

I will be flying to HCM city on 19 Dec and flying out from Hanoi on 6 January. I would like to receive some suggested itineraries, based on your own experience. I'm basically interested in historical places, nature and temples.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 06, 2016
HCMC to Hanoi for 7 days  (6 Answers)

Hi everyone! Me and 2 of my friends will be travelling next month from HCMC to Hanoi for 7 days. Any suggestions on how to go about this? Where is the best place to stay in Hanoi? Train schedules? Tips and recommendations? We are planning to stop in Da Nang, Hoi An, and Hue in between. Any info will be much appreciated. Thanks a lot!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 03, 2016
visa on arrival or from the embassy?  (17 Answers)

as greek citizens we must have a visa to enter vietnam (we want a single entry and staying there for about 3 weeks)
is it better to do it at the Athens embassy directly or using the popular visa on arrival (VoA) method?
any idea if the cost is the same?
are the queues very long if we go with VoA?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 13, 2016
Visa on arrival for Indian  (3 Answers)

Hi we are group of 4 travelling to Vietnam on 12th Nov 2016. Can we get visa on arrival after showing the approval letter from vietnam immigration. If yes what is the procedure to get this approval letter?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 10, 2016
Halong Bay to Hanoi Airport - Day cruise Halong  (8 Answers)

Has anyone traveled from Halong Bag to Hanoi Airport by car?

If so, how long did it take you?
Was there much traffic?

We have a domestic flight at 21:15, and we can be in Halong on the same day at 11:30 the latest by car.

So are not sure, when we are there if we have time for a cruise and for the trip back to the airport by 19:30 latest so we can catch the flight at 21:15.

Thanks in advance

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 09, 2016
type of power outlets/plugs  (1 Answer)

I have read that the most common one is the two pin flat or round but also three pins are used to. In North Vietnam guest houses which ones would be the most common?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 26, 2016
Is February a good month to travel and visit Hanoi?  (17 Answers)

I'm planning to travel to Hanoi February of next year. Would that be okay? I mean is the weather good for travelers visiting Hanoi during February? Thank you all for your replies.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 25, 2016

Hi there We are from Cape Town, South Africa and are planning a trip to Vietnam in December 2016 for about 7 weeks. We are wondering whether to visit the neighbouring countries of Laos, Myanmar and Cambodia as well. We have been to Thailand (Bangkok and Phuket) before but would like to maybe spent some time there in a place we haven't been before. We would like to stay at least 5 days in one place so we would like to select the best places. We would appreciate your advice as to an which cities and towns to visit and the itinerary. If we have to miss 1 or 2 countries, which one's would you suggest. We will arrive and depart from Hanoi. Possible cities to visit include: Hanoi Hue Ho Chi Minh Siem Reap Phnom Penh Vientiane Luang Prabang Hanoi Thanks in advance. Have a good day. Johann

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 21, 2016
visa extentions  (7 Answers)

IS there any update on visa extensions? Are they again possible? I would like to enter Vietnam for 4-5 months- and so need to extend after the initial 3 months VOA have expired, can I do this by land or agent in Mui Nei? (where i will be based)

Whats the length of visa they give you if you go to Cambodia for a day? And indictations on price would also be great.

Thank you

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 17, 2016
12 days itinerary in Vietnam October  (16 Answers)

We are a couple in the beginning of the fifties going for 12 days to Vietnam in the beginning of October.
We love nature, wandering around local neighborhoods, authentic food, people watching.
We are weighing the option of starting in the south and moving upwards by flights, ending up in Hanoi from where we will continue to Hong Kong.
However I understand that the weather in the south can be extreemely rainy in October and therefore maybe we should fly straight to Hanoi and focus all of our 12 days in the North.
Looking forward to your recommendations.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 14, 2016
Early bird check in Ho Chi Minh City  (4 Answers)

Are there any hotels in Ho Chi Minh City which offer an early check in?
Flight arrives Tan Son Nhut at 7:35 a.m.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 07, 2016
Train ride between HCMC and Da Nang  (8 Answers)

Is this a comfortable travel? it is long travel or just a slow trains?

I am assuming it is a scenic route. Is it?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 22, 2016
Fish Pollution in Central Vietnam  (5 Answers)

I have been reading about the current (June 30th 2016) fish pollution situation happening in Central Vietnam. I was hoping someone who was recently there (June or July 2016) can let me know how safe it is to eat and travel in Hue, Da Nang, and Hoi An.

I would hate to plan a trip about these cities and have to avoid seafood and the beaches.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 12, 2016
Taking Currency  (11 Answers)

As a UK national,will be visiting Hoi An in early August, arriving from KL. Is it best to have a mixture of Dong and US Dollars? I've a pre paid Fairfx currency card too.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 02, 2016
11 days backpack trip from Hue toward south Ho Chi Minh from 17-27 July  (6 Answers)

I am budget type lone traveller. Do you think I have enough time to cover these places ( Hue - Hoi Ann - Nha Trang - Da Lat - Muine - Ho Chi Minh or to to skip 1 or 2 places, I understand it is a rush journey..
My flight arrive Danang Mid noon and I intend to go Hue first. Any suggestion to get the cheapest transpotation from Danang Airport to Danang Town bus station then I take a local bus to Hue.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 20, 2016
visa exemptions  (1 Answer)

Am visiting Vietnam from Kuala Lumpar late July. The visa exemption for UK nationals ends on june 30th. Is there any indication if the exemption will be extended ? The increase in tourism from the european countries that benefited may influence their Tourism board but as yet no word. Thoughts or links anyone?

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