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    From Phu Quoc to Cambodia by ferry and bus

    by lotharscheer Updated Jul 20, 2016

    From Phu Quoc you can go by ferry to Ha Tien, from there with motorbike taxi to the borden (only if you have the visa allready) and on to Kep, then Kampot and Phnom Penh (or Sihanoukville). You can get also from Ha Tien to Chau Doc by bus and from there by riverboat (visa is available on the boat border stop) to Phnom Penh.

    On the Mekong Arriving near Pnom Penh On the Mekong The luxury boat The cheap boat
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    Open Tour Bus

    by lotharscheer Updated Jul 20, 2016

    If you use overnight Open Tour Bus avoid Seat/Bed 10, 11, 30 and 31 (this is for Sinh Bus, but the other Companies use the same Buses and probably the same Seat Numbers,they are the Beds after the second Door and about 20 cm shorter and only fit for children).

    Hanoi Hoi An Hoi An Nha Trang Inside the Bus
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    Getting around in Vietnam

    by King_Golo Updated Jun 11, 2015

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    Getting around Vietnam can be quite an adventure. The country stretches over roughly 1800km from North to South but modern traffic infrastructure is scarce. When travelling north or south the whole way through, as most visitors do, you have three options:
    a) by plane
    b) by train
    c) by bus

    a) By plane:
    Of course this makes up the easiest and perhaps also most convenient way to get from Hanoi to HCMC or vice versa. However, it's also more expensive than the others. Several flights daily connect Vietnam's two big cities, and also smaller cities such as Da Nang, Hue, Da Lat and others can be reached conveniently. Prices for a Hanoi-HCMC flight start at 1,100,000 VND (excluding fuel tax) - as of September 28th, 2008. The flight time is 1h45m.
    b) By train:
    Taking the train is an adventure in Vietnam, but also a nice way to see the country (at least through the train windows). There's only one main railway: the one connecting Hanoi and HCMC. Other railway routes do exist, but connections are less frequent and not too interesting for travellers. This means that you can do the whole north-south trip by train. It takes at least 30 hours to reach HCMC from Hanoi. Furthermore, some trains do not arrive at traveller-convenient times: 3am or 11pm is not a good time to find a hotel... Anyway, taking the train is nice if you are willing to spend more time. Note that you should bring food with you. Although there is dinner available on the train for a small fee, it is the most horrible stuff that you can think of. My chicken consisted only (and I mean only) of bones and gristles! Water is provided for free, at least two small bottles. Prices for the train journey vary depending on the speed of the train. The quickest train costs roughly 1,000,000 VND for a soft sleeper bed.
    c) By bus:
    Buses run literally everywhere in Vietnam. Whether you want to go from Vinh to Ninh Binh or from Hanoi to HCMC, you'll somewhere come across a bus going that way. Prices vary very much, depending on what kind of bus you take. For tourists, the open bus system is quite convenient. They pick tourists up at their guesthouses and take them to touristy destinations (e.g. Mui Ne or Nha Trang). The prices are low, but the comfort, too. Most Vietnamese bus drivers seem to think that the road is their own and other vehicles are enemies. Blowing their horn the whole way through, they race from A to B. Overtaking others is seen as a sport, especially when the opposing traffic is playing the same game. As you see, going by bus can be very nerve-wracking. Moreover, the space for yourself is very limited - and you don't really save time. A slightly different way to travel around in Vietnam is the so-called sleeping bus. This is an air-conditioned (i.e. partly deep frozen) bus with sleeping berths instead of seats. It'll travel through the night and is definitely more convenient than a normal bus, but not the ultimate solution. First of all, you'll hardly have any space for your hand luggage. Second, if you measure more than an average Vietnamese, you'll have trouble squeezing yourself into the berths. Third, the aircon is really deadly. When I entered the bus, it was set to perhaps 17°C and everybody was freezing. The driver however didn't want to turn it down...

    In the Reunification Train
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  • Halong Bay Tours and Cruises

    by jennifernguyen Written May 26, 2015

    Halong Bay is a popular travel destination in Quang Ninh Province, Vietnam and has been deemed a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It witnesses an influx of visitors around the year and is one the most exotic locales for cruises and tours because it comprises around 1960 islets and grottos covering a vast water body. It has a rich natural topography with diverse ecosystems sprinkled with coral reef, swamps, mangrove forests along with exotic and multifarious flora and fauna. Further, it boasts of caves, grottos and hidden lakes with marvelous limestone formations, which makes it an experience unique in itself.

    One can avail a number of discounts and offers that various tourism organizations provide, conveniently tailored to suit to one’s aesthetic, monetary and utilitarian needs. Travel agencies not only provide tailored tours at best prices but also save one’s time and effort in terms of choosing the specific kinds of deals that specific customers require. Some of the Halong cruises and Halong Bay tours offered are as follows:

    3 Star Halong Cruises:

    These cruises come in packages starting from ‘2 days 1 night’ to longer deals. They offer an intimate tour of the scenery on Halong Bay along with various services to make the stay more comfortable and exciting. These services include cards and board games on deck, beach drives, cooking classes, kayaking, swimming etc. along with luxurious dining and ensuite services.

    4 Star Halong Cruises:

    These cruises and tours work along similar lines as above but are equipped with more facilities and more luxurious suites that cater to comfort and a royal treatment. The furnishings are originally handcrafted to provide an archaic and royal aura while the rooms have private Jacuzzis, balconies, terraces etc. Along with the usual activities cocktail classes, canoeing, snorkeling, Tai chi exercises and traditional dinners are provided in a tranquil and scenic setting.

    5 Star Halong Cruises:

    These cruises take it up a notch and have provisions for a Library, sundecks, gym, spa and sauna. One can ask for personal servers and also request for personal cars or helicopters. On request, themed parties can also be held. Along with all of this, impeccable services are provided keeping the customer’s comfort and experience in mind.

    VIP Private Halong Cruises:

    The cherry on the cake, these cruises leave no stone unturned to provide the most luxurious services on water. Along with all the basic services, they boast of royally furnished suites with brilliant and efficient services. Further, they also access the more remote and mysterious areas on the Bay for a more holistic and enigmatic experience of the beautiful Halong bay.

    Other Discounted Tours:

    Discounts are provided across all kinds of Halong Bay Cruises and Halong Bay Tours and especially advantageous in the case of sudden booking. Deals and vouchers are offered in abundance, which are quite attractive and friendly on the pocket. This ensures that people across various income groups are able to enjoy the vivid natural landscape and beauty of Halong Bay.

    Halong Bay Tour Au Co Cruise 5 Star Bhaya Cruise 4 Star Floating Village Halong Bay Kayaking Halong Bay
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    Airport Bus # 152

    by shavy Updated Oct 12, 2013

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    Bus no.152 from the airport is the cheapest way to get into the city center of Ho Chi Minh, for only 5000 dong per person and plus another 5000 dong if you have luggage

    Taxi cost us more than 300,000 dong from the city center to the airport, as we have no time catching the bus going back to the airport

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    Taxis

    by shavy Written Oct 8, 2013

    Taxis are not cheap to get around the city, but they're certainly good and better than those bicycle and motorbikes in big cities like Hanoi and HCMC

    We figured out some of taxi drivers are smart ! they can make your ride longer to appear at their running meter
    Be sure you remember some any streets on the way to your hotel
    It happened to us while we took a cab in Danang he drove around while we already passes twice in our hotel.

    Comparing the taxi's with Mailinh, Vinasun & Saigon air taxi
    Saigon Air taxi is cheaper than those two

    But there no many of this taxi running around the city. We took Saigon air taxi going to the airport in Hanoi it only cost 145.000 Dong, while with Vinasun we have paid 300.000 dong

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    Mailinh taxi

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    友谊关 - Travel to/from China

    by view.finder Written Feb 28, 2013

    Border crossing by car, bus or other whilst traveling by bus from Hanoi all the way through to Nanning, the capital of Guangxi Province in south-west China. From Nanning I was able to fly back to Ganzhou where I currently work.

    The service was very good, taking about eight hours from start to finish. The Chinese border crossing was simple enough. The service providers where very efficient, the buses safe and with complimentary water.

    I was able to purchase tickets with the help of my hotel whilst staying in downtown Hanoi for the final week of my trip.

    Friendship Gate Bus from Hanoi Bus from Hanoi (Vietnam) to Nanning (China) Chinese border, view from Guangxi Province
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    Cheap airport transfer and shuttle bus

    by lethivananh Written Nov 29, 2012

    Hoian Express offer quality Airport Transport service:
    - Only $5.5/ person for airport transfer for Hoian, Vietnam to Da Nang Airport, Vietnam
    - 16 seats van, 8 pax max.
    - Run everyday, any time.
    Plus cheap CAR RENTAL & DAILY TOUR in Hoian and Ho Chi Minh.

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    Visa on Arrival

    by plbk Written Jul 15, 2012

    Hi Larahelen,

    As an Australian citizen, you can get a visa on arrival in HCMC. I used http://www.myvietnamvisa.com and got the visa approval letter within 24 hours. You take this letter, a photo and a visa on arrival form to the visa office on arrival and with US$25 and we had our visas within 15 minutes. I have an aversion to mailing my passport anywhere, especially with Australia Post so the VOA is a great way to go. Cheap, easy and secure. The website above has all of the answers. Cheers, Peter

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    Ho Chi Minh City International Airport

    by hopang Updated Jul 14, 2012

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    Tan Son Nhat International Airport is the only international airport in Ho Chi Minh City. It is situated just seven kilometers northwest of the city center of Ho Chi Minh City. It is the largest and busiest airport in Vietnam. The international airport has the capacity to handle at least 15 million passengers per year. Today it handles nearly two third of all passenger traffic among all airports in Vietnam.

    Ho Chi Minh City International Airport has two terminal buildings, one old and the other is relatively new. It was constructed by the French in the early 20th century and has been expanded several times since. It has two runways for the time being. The international airport is managed by Southern Airports Authority.

    Tan Son Nhat International Airport Ho Chi Minh City International Airport
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    Transportation by motorbikes

    by hopang Updated Jul 14, 2012

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    Motorcycle or motorbike is the most common sight on the streets of Ho Chi Minh City. Locals certainly prefer motorbikes than other means of transportation as it is easy to move around town. Motorbikes are available for hire in cities in Vietnam especially Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Visitors can also get a lift from the locals on the back of their motorbikes for a fee of course as the locals want to earn extra income.

    Streets of Ho Chi Minh City A city full of motorbikes Riding motorbikes at night, Ho Chi Minh City Do not try this with your children in Vietnam!
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    Transportation by trishaw or cyclo

    by hopang Updated Jul 14, 2012

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    Trishaw or cyclo as locals call it, is a common sight on the streets of Ho Chi Minh City or anywhere else in large cities in Vietnam such as Hanoi and Da Nang. Cyclo is an ideal and inexpensive means of transportation to see the city in Vietnam. Locals even use it to transport goods along the streets. It is also comfortable to ride on it. Most of them are single seater which can only carry one passenger at a time.

    Nevertheless the local driver of a cyclo must be strong and healthy. Foreign tourists must take the opportunity to ride on a cyclo at least once whenever they visit such cities as Ho Chi Minh City. We certainly recommend such means of transportation in Ho Chi Minh City as we thoroughly enjoyed the ride.

    A cyclo driver waiting for passengers Enjoying a cyclo ride at Ho Chi Minh City Great way to see the city especially at night
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    Transportation by boat

    by hopang Updated Jul 14, 2012

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    Travelling by boats is an excellent way to visit and explore the various tourist attractions in and around Ho Chi Minh City. Large and small boats such as sampans and canoes are used especially for Mekong Delta and Mekong River cruises. We certainly had a great boat tour at Mekong Delta to visit among others honey making bee farm and candy factory along the muddy Mekong River. Locals also use boats for goods transportation as well as for passenger traffic along Mekong River. Travelling by boats is inexpensive, it has to be said.

    Transportation by boat at Ho Chi Minh City Mekong canal cruise
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    Flying Vietnam Airlines.

    by cachaseiro Written Mar 12, 2012

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    Vietnam Airlines is the nationalæ carrier of Vietnam and i have flwon them many times.
    The airline used to be a rin down airline with old russian planes and endless delays, but these days it has been modernised and the planes are new and the service is good.
    They are also a member of the Skyteam alliance so you can collect frequent flier points if you are a member of that alliance and flying them.
    Personally i have only flown them domestic, but they have been excellent there and i have never had a serious delay.
    Legspace is also better than on most other airlines.

    Vietnam Airlines. Vietnam Airlines.
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    Vietnam Airlines

    by martensd Written Feb 29, 2012

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    I just recently booked our flight to Nha Trang from HCMC for March 14th.
    We shall see what happens this time
    It is more costly than in the past but the cost break down was the ticket was 1,100,000 dong but after taxes it came to 2,508,000. The translates to about $120.00 USD round trip. It is the tzxes that get you more than the amount of the fare.

    One thing I need to warn people about especially if traveling with Vietnamese Nationals.
    Make sure you put both their first and Middle names on the reservation when booked on line.
    Two years ago I booked my wife and I and only put down her first name (as was required on the website). We were on four flights and had trouble with each one because her middle name was not on the ticket.
    It seems Vietnam Airlines is a bit touchy about this. We had to get a number of managers involved before they would let her on the flight.
    I on the other hand had no problem with my middle name left off.
    Now I see that the airline has stated that you should put both first and middle names in the block for first name same as on your passport.
    Otherwise we have always had great flights with Vietnam Air.

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