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1. Posted by elwood (Budding Member 2 posts) 9y

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I am headed to Vietnam in late December for a couple weeks with no real plan except to do things I havent done before.

Anybody have any suggestions? Must-sees? Must-dos? Must-eats/drinks?

I like to do anything outdoors and interesting nightlife is always a plus. Hope someone can give me some advice I cant find in a guidebook...

Also, I'm interested in renting a motorcycle for a couple days...any tips? I heard the roads can be a bit hairy...

2. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 9y

Michael,
We have plenty of TP members that live in VN, I will let them offer advice on nightlife. All I know about is Apocalypse Now.

Mike, use extreme caution when renting a motorbike in VN. We are not used to the Vietnamese style of driving and an accident is a distinct possiblity. You will be liable for any damages incurred if you do have an accident. This alone could ruin your holiday. The VN Police may also take an interest as you will not have a legal drivers license. You can get a ticket for simply 'driving while foreign'.

I rented a motorbike in Hue, Nha Trang & DaLat, but did not consider riding in HaNoi or HCMC. Too much traffic to feel safe. They are fun, but there is a real downside to renting a MB while in VN. Good Luck to you.

3. Posted by FJX (Budding Member 5 posts) 9y

Quoting vegasmike6

Michael,
We have plenty of TP members that live in VN, I will let them offer advice on nightlife. All I know about is Apocalypse Now.

Mike, use extreme caution when renting a motorbike in VN. We are not used to the Vietnamese style of driving and an accident is a distinct possiblity. You will be liable for any damages incurred if you do have an accident. This alone could ruin your holiday. The VN Police may also take an interest as you will not have a legal drivers license. You can get a ticket for simply 'driving while foreign'.

I rented a motorbike in Hue, Nha Trang & DaLat, but did not consider riding in HaNoi or HCMC. Too much traffic to feel safe. They are fun, but there is a real downside to renting a MB while in VN. Good Luck to you.

You may be right, but Michael can ask for a local man/lady to take him around by motorbike

4. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 9y

Quoting FJX

You may be right, but Michael can ask for a local man/lady to take him around by motorbike

Of course using motorbike taxis are a viable option in getting around most cities in VN. However, I think Michael wanted to do the driving himself.

5. Posted by Trangminh (Budding Member 2 posts) 9y

dear Sir or
i am a saleswomen of Vietnamtourism-hanoi. Now i am living and working in Ho Chi Minh City. i have live and learnt in Ha noi for 5 years. besides i have traveled throught from North to South of VN. So i think if this is the first time you come to VN you will be suprised and thrilled by its many wonderfull landscapes as well as unique custom and friendly people here. You will spend two weeks to visit Vn? i think that you can take a package tour throught the most tourist destinations of Viet Nam from North to South( if you start at HN).for EX: Ha noi- Phong Nha(quang Binh), Hue - Hoi An- My Son- Nha Trang _ho chi Minh City. they are almost the world heritages of VN, worth visiting. nightlife in HCM is wonderful.
if you want to rent motobike, it is easy in Pham Ngu Lao Street in HCMC.
if you ask for any helps when you come to Vn plz contact to me

6. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 9y

Quoting Trangminh

if you want to rent motobike, it is easy in Pham Ngu Lao Street in HCMC. if you ask for any helps when you come to Vn plz contact to me

Of course it is easy, they want your business. Just be aware of the downside of renting a motorbike. You will be held responsible if it is stolen or damaged. Your fun day of tooling around on a MB can end very badly if you have an accident.

7. Posted by Claire80 (Budding Member 6 posts) 9y

Hey!
I've been living in HCMC for a little over 3 weeks now, so i can't give you all the good ins and outs but... I get around the city on the back of a Xe Om (motorbike guy)it a great way to get around because you can actually see a lot. If you have experience in driving a motorbike it's an option to rent one youself, my collegues do it, just start ou slowly to get the hang of the cracy traffic here.
About going out, there are some Vietnamese clubs and som bars and clubs were a lot of expats hang out, i haven't seen too much of them, but Q-bar is nice for drinks and is open 'till late, Vasco's is a nice bar, but no locals. Then there's lush, but i don't really know yet what to think of it, haha but that's because there are quite a few prostitutes there (anywhere really, but it takes some getting used to).
Places like Sinh cafe, Hahn cafe and TM Brothers offer open bus tickets from the south to the north (and the other way round) of Vietnam, that's a good option when you're not into packaged tours and just want to hop on a cheap bus.
hope i can help, PM me if you have more questions
all the best!

8. Posted by lanphuong (Budding Member 11 posts) 9y

I am living in Hanoi, if u go to Hanoi - Vietnam, i can help u.
Please contact me by skype: lanphuongpt

9. Posted by joebob (Budding Member 4 posts) 9y

I agreed w/ Claire80 ,
Be careful about the day/night life in Sg; pros. are everywhere,on the street , bars ...... they will try to con you to the last dime ! do not start any friendship conversation w/ anyone .... it's bad out there
just my $.02