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My husband and I are travelling to Thailand in four weeks and during that time we'll be spending five days on Koh Phangan. Our stay coincides with a full moon party and although we plan to check it out we don't want to be in the centre of all of the action the entire time. We'll be travelling backpacker style and are looking for a budget guesthouse/hostel. I have read that travellers should arrive about three days before a full moon party to find somewhere, so we'll be arriving five days before to be on the safe side.
So I have two questions:
1. Do you know of any clean but cheap places to stay that are close to where the full moon party is held but not in the centre?
2. Should I try and book a room before I leave Australia?
Thanks for all of your help,
I posted on this a few days ago but dont seem to be getting any replies, so trying slightly different question now that I have done more research.
A friend and I are departing next week for Bangkok on a rather unplanned and spontaneous 4-week trip. Last year I went to Thailand (Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Andaman islands) and she spent about 3 weeks in Cambodia, so we are interested in Vietnam and Laos this time. I would also like to see at least one of the bucket-list sites - Ankor Wat and/or Ha Long Bay and we both agree on spending at least a week on an island diving and chiling out. I picked Koh Tao for this as it has reliable weather in May and she wants to do her licence - hence the flights to Bangkok being the only thing booked!
My initial (rather naive) plan was to overland Bangkok to Siem Riep, head into Laos for a week, then to Hanoi overland, to Ha Long Bay and fly back to ... more »
I have posted a few questions here and always get wonderful advice from you all, so I'm hoping you guys can help me out again! I am having some trouble trying to decide how to get from place to place within Vietnam. I am planning on doing:
HCMC(1 night, 2 days) to Hoi An. Hoi An to Hanoi.
Does anyone know how long it takes to get from HCMC to Hoi An by overnight train(I hear that's much better than the overnight buses in Vietnam) and about how much the cost is? I think that I have to go from HCMC to another place and then transfer to Hoi An? Is this correct?
Then from Hoi An, what is the best way to get to Hanoi?
Thank you in advance!
Hello, I need some information please. I want to bring a friend over from Viet nam to visit me in Canada and I was wondering.. Other than her passeport, what would she need to cross custums. Correct me if I 'm wrong or missing anything.
1- Valid passepro
2- Visa from Canada
3- Letter from friend in Canada
Anything missing? Does that person need a visa from Viet Nam?
I've got a pretty good picture about the money situation but no one has been able to answer what kind of change I will be given for US$. For example:
If I pay for a $12 hotel stay with a US$100 or they going to give me 70,000+ in Kyat as change? What about at the sites, they take only US$ and give change in...? What denomination US$ will they take and accept, I suppose I should never take less than a virginal US$ note as change either? That whole part has me a bit confused.
Hi, we are going to Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos in November. We are trying to do a 'greatest hits' of these countries in about 15 days. My question is regarding out Vietnam portion (and the whole thing, really)... Is this dumb?? See below. Should we cut Ninh Binh and do more days in Hanoi? I know this seems rushed. It also could be awesome. But we want to see so much. HELP!!! Thanks for your time. You guys are the experts. BTW we are adventurous and in our thirties.
day 1 Arrive into Hanoi, morning
day 2 Hanoi
day 3 Hanoi, travel to Ha Long Bay
day 4 Ha Long Bay (overnight on boat)
day 5 Ha Long Bay/Travel to Ninh Binh
day 6 Ninh Binh
day 7 back to Hanoi and fly to Laos at night
day 8 Laos, Luang Prabang
day 9 Laos, Luang Prabang
day 10 Laos, Luang Prabang
day 11 Laos, Fly to Angkor Wat
day 12 Angkor Wat
day 13 Angkor Wat
day 14 Fly to Phnom Pe... more »
I'm just trying to finalise my itinerary for my mid-May-early June trip to Vietnam; would appreciate any thoughts/comments on it.
Fly from BKK to Ho Chi Minh (arrive afternoon)
Ho Chi Minh - three nights (planning on a day trip to Chu Chi tunnels one day, but not sure if it's really worthwhile or if a daytrip to the Mekong is better or to spend the duration in the city)
Take the bus to Nha Trang and stay overnight
Take an overnight train from Nha Trang to Hoi An
3 days in Hoi An
Bus to Hue -- 2 days there
Train to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park/Dong Ha (Not sure the exact logistics here. Might book a tour of some sort or might stay overnight in one of the nearby towns to the park. I've allocated 1.5 days/2days for this part of the trip)
Train to Ha Noi - 2 days there
Ha long Bay - overnight tour
Back to Hanoi
Train to Lao Cai
Lao Cai and Sapa area - 3 days
... more »
For trekking around Hsipaw, some friends and I got a pick up to the village of Namshan where met our guide and trekked over 3 nights back to the town of Hsipaw. Pick up jeeps run every day from Hsipaw near the bus ticket booking office in the centre of the town.
This 3 night/2 full days/2 shorter day trek was wonderful which included stays in a monastery as well as some fantastic Shan villages and eating excellent local food, it was really great fun with stunning hill scenery. The trek which can be shortened to suit was completed all down hill from the monastery after the first night and not at all difficult. The trek is all on dirt tracks and paths so not at all arduous, to trek in trainers is no problem. Our excellent guide was a guy called Maung Maung (Mo Mo) who was wonderful with us speaking good english and with great knowledge of the area and the people who live within it. Y... more »
I'm looking at going travelling with my girlfriend in aug 2013 for 5-6 weeks. We would be flying in Bangkok and would like to finish off in Phuket as we have family there. We have no preference as to which way we go, but would like to see as much of Thailand, Cambodia and Laos. We would also like to attend one of the full moon parties and have a go at the tubing in Laos. I would be greatful if anybody could sudgest routes to take, places to see/visit and the best way to travell around? We have no plan as yet so all replies will be usefull. Thanks
Ever Smile agency in Kalaw - Tel: 081 50683 firstname.lastname@example.org.
I found these people to be incredibly helpful, extremely honest, kind and very courteous. The 2 night/3 day trek organized at short notice was wonderful. There was great variety in scenery everyday, more wonderful villages and a monastery stay also but despite all that, the highlight of this trek was the cooking of Sowe the guide. It was simply sensational and so different with each meal. The food was beautiful and these two days were probably the highlight of Myanmar for me.
I can't recommend Ever Smile or this experience highly enough.
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I suffer from headaches now and again, so I went to a pharmacy in Hanoi and bought a strip of
paracetamol (12tab,s) for 25,000dng
I misplaced my tablet,s and went to another pharmacy and bought the same tablet,s and paid 10,000dng is this price differential the norm in Vietnam
I am going to Hanoi on this October.
And I decided to use travel agent to make the itinerary and arrange the accommodation. Could you help me to give recommendation for the travel agent?
And maybe some of you also had experiences with Vietnam Paradise Travel, could you tell me some (good and bad)?
Looking forward to hearing from you :)
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