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I'd be grateful for any recommendations for a hotel in Hanoi which fits quite a few of the following:
near Hoan Kiem lake.
room with own bathroom.
option of being driven to the hotel from the airport.
under $25 per night.
Also, but much less important:
offers Vietnamese food breakfast option.
small rather than large.
old building rather than new - TVs & other gadgetry not important to us.
Many thanks for any info.
What do you think of the following itinerary?
1 day Lang Son
2 travel to Cao Bang
3-4 Cao Bang
5 travel to Ha Giang
6-7 Ha Giang
8 travel to Hanoi
11-12 Halong Bay
13 travel to Ninh Binh
14-15 Ninh Binh (Tam Cuc and Hoa Lu)
16 travel to Phong Nha-Ke Bang NP
19 travel Hue
22-23-24 Hoi An (My Son)
25 travel to HCMC
26-27-28 HCMC (Cu Chi, Tay NInh)
Does anyone know other interesting places that is worth seeing?
My housemates are Vietnamese, and I'm heading over at the end of November for a couple weeks of holidays. My housemate has asked me to take over a couple of containers of Ensure powder for his elderly grandfather.
Just a couple of questions
1. Is there any limit on quantity that you are aware of, or any tariff that might need to be paid upon taking it into the country?
2. Is there any problem I may get with customs because of this (obviously, the thought of a white powder makes me nervous, however I assume that in the packaging, may not be as much of a problem)?
Thank you very much!
In a couple of weeks we will be in HCMC and plan on traveling on to Phnom Phen. Can anyone give me any info on taking the boat? Any helpful info appreciated.
Does anyone know that it is possible to travel by public transport from Cao Bang to Ha Giang?
If yes what is th bus schedule?
Do I need to have any permit?
so i have to be in hong kong on the 15th of jan. i have to leave the Philippines on the 29th of nov.. so about 6 weeks. i was thinking of flying to ho chi minh and getting my hands a motorcycle of some kind and driving it all the way up the coast to ha noi over like 30 days or so. at the end either sell the bike or donate it or something. anyone have any experience with this? or better yet wanna come!!??
Does anyone know when the first buses leave from HCMC to Can Tho? Do you know what time they arrive in Can Tho?
Can anyone recommend an idea way to spend 4 days in December experiencing Hue, the trip from Hue to Hoi An, and Hoi An? I can see there is plenty to do and see in both cities, and that the coast between them is gorgeous. We are not so interested in shopping, but might be open to a cooking class. I am intrigued by the idea of taking motor bikes to enjoy the coast/outskirts of the cities but neither of us have any motorbiking/motorcycling experience (and I'm not sure this should be our first crack at it). I generally do not like the idea of using organized tours/tour-guides, but given the small window of time, I'm starting to think it is worth it. Any thoughts/comments are greatly appreciated!!
Anyone on the ground in Hoi An out there that can give a practical update on how the area is faring under the glare of Typhoon Nari?
I will be staying the Mekong Delta for about 3 days in early/mid-December, and would like to see as much as possible. I was thinking to spend a night or two in Can Tho, but see that other recommend Ben Tre/other places. Is Can Tho a bad "home base" for exploring and seeing Mekong (including floating markets, interesting sites, getting a sense of the delta). We are really focusing on central/western Mekong Delta, as we only have 3 days or so and will need to return to HCMC to catch a flight (so we don't want to spend too much time racing back to HCMC).
Any thoughts are much appreciated. Also, any recommendations for quality homestays would be great. I've seen listings for some places in Can Tho, but am curious to know more about options in the area.
We prefer less touristy options (is Can Tho too touristy?), but want to be able to get back to HCMC fairly quickly when th... more »
There is a morning direct bus line between Lao Cai-Yuanyang (China)-Lao Cai and perhaps their schedules?
Thank you in advance for the help!
Me and my girlfriend will be in Vietnam around New years eve. Do you have any recommendations where we could spent it? We would prefer some reasonably cost bungalows on beach somewhere in the south..
I took Halong Party Cruises in September 2013. Everything was great until they refused to let us leave the ship. Apparently the door handle for one of the rooms fell off. The ship manager demanded the 3 girls sharing the room pay $30 (he was screaming at them). When they refused, clearly because the door was old and you could buy 300 door handles for $30 in Vietnam, the ship manager refused to allow a smaller boat to ferry us to land from where our boat was anchored. So there we sat, for close to 90 minutes, people had flights/buses to catch etc. Eventually the girls caved and payed. The manager and his crew would have been arrested in most other countries. Stay away from these guys. The rate isn't so cheap once they extort you for money at the end.
Looking for a bike to rent in Hue. I know many places rent them out, but they are all too small for me.
I'm looking for a 'big' bike for a tall person, preferably with gears. Not the mountain bike kind, but city bike. Because of back problems I want to ride in an more or less upright position.
Do not mind paying some extra cash.
Any ideas? Thx.
It was recommended at another forum to post these questions here. After several hours of searching and finding conflicting info, I figure I could post several rapid fire questions that educated travelers could easily answer. Will be flying in/out of HCMC with bus trip to Siem Reap in middle. Here goes:
1) Vietnam Visa On Arrival seems like best/cheapest bet as will be landing around midnight and hopefully won't be too much of a wait. Total cost per person should be ~$15 (pre-approval letter) + $65 stamping fee (1 month, multiple entry). True?
2) VN VOA pre-approval letter: is it valid for 30 days from when it is issued from website or is it valid 30 days upon arrival in VN? I don't want to order it early only to have it expire before I even get to VN.
3) Cambodia offers e-visa, and while it is also called Visa On Arrival, it is not the same as the VN Visa On Arrival. That's... more »
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