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I've got a 3 week holiday booked with the misses from 24th March. I've only booked the flight over so far, still looking at accommodation options and deciding whether to book now or wing it as we go because won't be peak season.

 

If you've been, what were your favorite cities or tours? Our rough plans will be Ho Chi Minh & Mekong Delta > Hoi An & Hue > Hanoi, Halong Bay & Sapa.

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I dont remember much now

 

- Saigon was awesome, got there the night Vietnam beat Singapore in soccer, streets were wild, free booze for all

- Hanoi sucks, locals are rude

- Ha Long is beautiful

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^^amen with the above, 3 weeks is a good amount of time to spend in vietnam; we did north to south in 10 days and didnt feel like it was enough.

 

Try do na trang too!

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Yeah, Ive heard good things about Nha Trang. That was my first time properly backpacking so I rushed it a bit. I was also in Hue briefly for a day or two. Walked around the ancient City thing, was alright. Mate had a knife pulled on him by a motorbike taxi driver, broke into a hotel kitchen to hide. That took a while to get out of

 

Oh and don't get sucked into the illusion of "VIP" night buses too much, they show you very fancy pics, theyre all the same dodgy shit though

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I've heard mixed reports about Nha Trang, some loved it and others found it to be too pushy and rough. I think we're going to give it a miss in favour of spending more time elsewhere, as it'll also save us time to fly Saigon>Danang rather than bus up the coast. There's not much history and the beaches aren't as good as other Asian/Pacific countries, and we'll be doing a beach holiday/cruise later this year.

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spend more time in the south than the north. general golden rule.

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I spent 9 days in Nha Trang / Vin Pearl holiday island and had a great time.

Vin Pearl is an awesome resort with a Theme park and Water park.

I didn't find Nha Trang to pushy or to rough.

Siagon was much worse for that. You have to be careful with taxi drivers trying to rip you off

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I think I'd sooner go to Phuket, Fiji or Cairns for a beach holiday though, I'm sure it's nice (I've also heard good things Mui Ne and Phan Thiet for a quieter beach town) but it's not really what Vietnam is known for.

 

Plus the misses is a fair skin blonde so beach time is always limited.

 

In saying that, has anyone been to Cua Dai Beach near Hoi An? It's meant to be nice and it's on our way.

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Go to the cu chi tunnels if your in saigon they're f**king cool :), Plus you get the added bonus of shooting old weapons in the firing range towards the end of the tour.

 

I also really liked hoi an, it was nice to escape from saigon for a while and the food there was the absolute best food i had whilst in vietnam.

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Yeah for sure, we're also interested in the War Reminants Museum and Reunification Palace in Saigon, probably 2 days in the city then 2-3 days in the Mekong Delta.

 

Other planned sights:

Hoi- 4 days - My Son ruins, walk around the old town, cooking class, Cua Dai beach.

Hue - 2 days - Citadel, temples and tombs, maybe DMZ/Vihn Moc tunnels

Hanoi - 3 days - HCM mausoleum, museum, temples, older areas of the city

Sapa - 2 days - villages, mountains

Halong Bay - 2 night/3 day cruise

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My son ruins were pretty good, the cooking class we did was great in hoi an. The war reminants museum was shocking at the least.

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Dont bother with anything war; it's so propaganda filled I walked away from most of it.

 

DaLat was probably the only part of he entire country I enjoyed, rest was either on fire, dirty or trying to rip me off.

 

I should mention that I got horrific food poisoning for about a week on our trip so I have tainted memories!

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someones a little angry... :thumb:

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The misses is a bit of a war and journalism nut so the wars (going back much further than the Americans) are half the reason we're going.

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Loved Vietnam... So cheap.

 

The locals appear rude, but its generally just the cultural difference. They are normally quite friendly.

 

If in Hanoi, dig up the little bar called "Le Pub". dirt cheap beers and cocktails.

If doing a halong bay cruise, do a three day tour, not a two day one. The two day one is barely worth it, as you'll spend 4 hours of each day in the most horrific bus ride.

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My fav place was Hoi An, just beware of locals trying to sell you all sorts of shit. So many great cheap restaurants, you can seriously get a 3-course dinner for like $5 + 50c beer and $1 cocktails :thumb: Do a drive from Hoi An to Hue via Hai Van pass (not the tunnel), it's one of the most scenic roads i've ever been to. You can't drive a car in vietnam with aus licence tho so you'll have to rent a car with driver which from my memory cost me about $50 for a whole day. HCM was great, I was surprised how westernized it is. Do the usual museums and stuff and do the tour to cu chi tunnels, just beware they were not made for big white fellas. I actually got stuck in one of them and i'm fairly skinny lol.

 

I wish I had gone to ha long bay and nha trang... I'd def go back to vietnam again

Edited by Rocky88

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I was just reading about the Hai Van pass last night so I'll definitely train Danang>Hue both ways.

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+ 10000000000 to nha trang, best beaches and cheap food

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When you're in HCM you must to Quan An Ngon, awesome restaurant but book in advance or get there early cause queue to get in is ridiculous

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I go to saigon every year.

 

 

-check out chill skybar, its next to new world hotel. one of the best bar i've been too. drink selection is a shit house and expensive, but the view and atmosphere is awesome.

here's a 360 view of it i took.

Iphone pic 2012 641.JPG

 

 

-after clubbing or banging whores (if you meet some) take them eat afterwards and drink on the road at Din Ky on Nguyen Trai Rd, or A Buu which is around the corner.

 

- Ditch the missus at some nail/beauty salon and go to Le Duyen 4. Pick out a hottie and spend half the day getting pampared. If you want a happy ending, go to Dai Nam next to Gossip...if you want a blow job with the massage then you have to travel abit further out.

 

-Lastly grow some balls and get on a f**king scooter. your missing out of you dont. But if you get caught, bribe the f**king cop with 200,000 bill ($10 bux). Nothing more.

 

 

that place is always f**king changing every year i ago.

 

also if you have time spend couple of days on Phu Qouc Island. Vietnam's best kept secret. Its what phuket like 20 years ago without the influx of tourist.

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Saigon and Nha Trang are the places to be. If you've got 3weeks, consider going to some other countries. I went through Viettravel who are a pretty big tour company. Cambodia 4days/3nights with accommodation including food (proper restaurant/buffet food) and tours by proper tour bus was $250au. Thailand same deal 6days/5nights including flights was $350 and Singapore 4days/3nights including flights was $600. Highly recommend going on those tours, if you're in Saigon you can book it whenever as it's pretty popular so it runs every few days. As for accomodation, it's cheap so i'd wing it.

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I'm going in 2 weeks! Can't wait! Only thing I'm concerned about is getting diarhea... anyone experience this complication and any tips to not get into being stuck by the toilet for a few days?

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I got it pretty bad in hoi an, Maybe just get some multi vitamins. I wouldn't let the thought of getting it stop me from eating good food though.

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I've got a pretty iron stomach but my misses' has been pretty sensitive lately which has me worried.

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Two things that should be in any Asia travel kit:

  • Imodium (or stronger anti-diarrheals)
  • Gastrolyte tablets

At the first sign of food poisoning, get on the anti-diarrheals. This can seriously be the difference between manageable and bedridden. Major complication of diarrhea and the catalyst to further debilitating symptoms is dehydration; Gastrolye look like Berocca but are essentially a huge dose of electrolytes in tablet form. Break one up into a 600ml bottle of water and it is the hydrating equivalent of a couple of liters. I sipped this all day every day until I was better, it's fantastic.

 

When I was doubled over in pain and shit in Vietnam it was these two products that got me through, can get them over the counter at any chemist (in Australia)

 

*A lot of chemists in Vietnam will offer Imodium via injection; DO NOT under any circumstance OK this, it is a leading cause of Golden Staff infection* ~ Was told this by a gastroenterologist at Singapore General on the way home.

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Cheers, will add them to the list. It turns out the problem of my misses stomach problems was blockage of her liver due to gallstones. She spent over a week in hospital and had surgery so she's on the mend now, it looked like we weren't going to go for a while there.

 

We cooked our first Pho tonight too for a taste of Vietnam!

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Can't believe i survived vietnam lol, i drank tap water in some small remote village and didnt even get sick. Never drink tap water there!

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We're in Can Tho at the moment waiting for our bus back to Saigon. Impressions so far are good, its easy to get around, buy food etc, as plenty of locals speak a little english or they have pictures/english translation of the food. A good meal and can or drink costs under $5 for 2 people and maybe double that at a mid class restaurant. Street food is under $1 for a bread roll with filling, steamed bun, bowl of Pho, etc. Beer is under 70c a can at the supermarket and some restaurants, western backpacker bars are a rip off.

 

The guided tours are pretty cheesy, and some places expect tips. theres a fair bit of waiting around and stops for refreshments too. You get hassled in the markets and on the streets a bit but once you shake your head they usually leave, my GF said its no where near as bad as Indonesia.

 

We're staying in Saigon tonight then flying to Danang tomorrow to stay in Hoi An for 4 nights and Hue for 2.

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Currently planning a trip to Vietnam with my partner for 2 weeks. We want a mostly relaxing trip so we'll have to be picky about what we'll do.

Thinking a few nights in Saigon, then 6 or so to chill the f-out in Hoi An, finishing off in Hanoi.

 

Any suggestions about day tours and the like?

Also, do you need a visa for short stay or can you just fill out a form when you get there?

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