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Calling All Vietnam Endorsers!

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1. Posted by Jonads (Budding Member 6 posts) 9y

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I am planning a trip through Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, and Malaysia, and am wondering if Vietnam is also a worthwhile destination. I don’t know much about travelling Vietnam, but what snippets I have gathered are making this destination seem more appealing. I am wondering if anyone can offer me experiences of their travels through Vietnam, or simply information on any interesting and/or beautiful places and experiences in this country.

2. Posted by Winkekatze (Full Member 41 posts) 9y

Hi,

Vietnam really is a worthwhile destination! It was our first trip to southeast Asia and we were highly impressed by this beautiful and interesting country and its people.
Travelling there is very easy, after 3 days in Saigon we booked a guided tour across the Mekong Delta, then took a bus to Da Lat, where we stayed several days before we drove to Nha Trang to enjoy the beach. Unfortunately we didn't have more time, so we missed some places which are supposed to be very beautiful too, for example Hanoi and the famous Halong Bay in the north and Phu Choc Island in the south - maybe next time ;).

Filika - Best regards,

Silke

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 23, 2007, at 12:02 PM by Winkekatze ]

3. Posted by paul j (Respected Member 217 posts) 9y

Is it easy to get a tour guide for the Mekong ??
Can you arrange it in Saigon ??

4. Posted by Degolasse (Travel Guru 823 posts) 9y

Of the 40 countries that I've travelled in, Vietnam was by far my favorite (well, maybe tied with China), and the month I spent there was probably the most enjoyable of my life. Its definelty a worthwhile destination for so many reasons. One of the main reasons was because of the beauty of the place. I was blown away by the scnery which I never expected. From the mountains in Sapa, the coast Halong Bay or the never ending green rice fields throught the whole country, its all stunning. The people were also amazing (of course I hear to oppostie from some) and I found them very warm and welcoming. Another plus is that the attractions throughout the country are very diverse compared to some countries (I'm thinking Laos and Cambodia in particular) and every town will offer something very different than the last. For example, some of the top highlights: Sapa, a mountainous town great for treking, Halong Bay, a beautiful and bizzarely shaped coast, Hoi An, an ancient and quaint town, Nha Trang, a relaxing beach resort town, the Mekong , a flat delta area with a unique river life, and of course two of the worlds great cities which are both very different from each other. What else could you ask for in a country.

Only negatives: driving is nuts, so take the train whenever possible. And alot of people report alot of scams and ripp-offs, though I never found this at all.

5. Posted by Winkekatze (Full Member 41 posts) 9y

Hi Paul,

you won't have a problem finding a tour/guide for the Mekong delta in Saigon, especially in & around Duong Pham Ngu Lao (street where most of the backpackers stay) you'll find lots of tour operators. Plan at least 3 days for the delta-tour for there is so much to see (floating markets, villages, pagodas, rice paddies, ...).

6. Posted by paul j (Respected Member 217 posts) 9y

Quoting Winkekatze

Hi Paul,

you won't have a problem finding a tour/guide for the Mekong delta in Saigon, especially in & around Duong Pham Ngu Lao (street where most of the backpackers stay) you'll find lots of tour operators. Plan at least 3 days for the delta-tour for there is so much to see (floating markets, villages, pagodas, rice paddies, ...).

Thanks mate , How much are you likely to pay for a tour ?
Will you get somewhere to stay with the price ?

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 24, 2007, at 12:51 PM by paul j ]

7. Posted by Winkekatze (Full Member 41 posts) 9y

Hi Paul,

sorry, can't remember what we paid for the Mekong-delta-trip (with "Kim Travel", 3-days) - but it was recally cheap and accomodation was included. The hostels were kind of basic and once we made an upgrade for some extra dollars to get a room with AC, but that was no problem.

Filika - Best regards,

Silke