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1. Posted by cmarkov72 (Budding Member 4 posts) 9y

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Hi all,

any advice would be appreciated on a good travel agent in Vietnam. I am going to do a 6 week trip in July this year, and would prefer to book through a local operator. anyone got any advice/ experience/ reccommendations?


2. Posted by indo-girl (Budding Member 8 posts) 9y


I am an Australian researcher who has been living and working in Vietnam for the past three years. I am currently working for a local tour company in Ha Noi, and would be more than happy to assist you with any trip you may wish to make.

Please let me know a bit more about where you want to go, what your interests are etc, and I would be delighted to help you organise a tour.

Kind regards,


3. Posted by cmarkov72 (Budding Member 4 posts) 9y

hey indo-girl

thanks for your fast reply. can u give me the contact details of your agency so i can contact you directly. i will probably book for some tours, and also do some traveling on my own. i am really interested in tasting some authentic vietnamese food, visiting some ethnic minority villages, looking at local art and craft.

any advice would be great. thanks for your help


4. Posted by spiral (Budding Member 2 posts) 9y

Hi !

I just back from Vietnam where i enjoys my travel.
I dont know where work indo girl but it look like the company I take for all my tours 'South Pacific Travel' if it that they are really good.
I will never forget my trip in the boat around Halong to Cat ba with kawaking really good service really nice boat and the price its really good deal.
Have wonderfull trip there sure u will enjoys it.

5. Posted by indo-girl (Budding Member 8 posts) 9y

Hi cmarkov & spiral,

Yes I do indeed work for South Pacific Travel (I guess there aren't that many Australians working for local travel agents are there). I will send you a message with my contact details shortly.

Thanks for your feedback spiral, it's this sort of word-of-mouth advertising that seems to work best.

Happy travels

6. Posted by cmarkov72 (Budding Member 4 posts) 9y

hi guys,

thanks heaps for your advice. is it best if i book my tours before i come to vietnam, or when i arrive? also where are the places you would recommend to make trips.

i may even decide to stay on in vietnam to teach english, and if i decide to do this, then what do i have to do to make a visa? is it possible to stay long term?

also what sort of tours do you offer at south pacific? do i need to be part of a group?

thanks heaps

7. Posted by indo-girl (Budding Member 8 posts) 9y


this is more for the benfit of other visitors, as i have already been in contact with cmarkov....

with regards to booking tours, either option is viable. you can prebook online, or organise it once you arrive. South Pacific Travel offers a whole of tours from grass-roots to luxury, from private to business and group tours. we have a range of tours or we can tailor one to suit your specific needs. "no tour too big or too small!!"

with regards to visas, South pacific Travel can also organise all types of visas- tourist, business, single/multi entry. it is certainly possible to stay long term.

if anyone needs any advice or services, don't hesitate to contact me!

8. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 9y

If the company Indo-girl works for is anything like the sinhcafe which has a lot of tour shops in any major place in Vietnam, well booking online will undoubtedly be considerably more expensive than booking from one of the hundreds of travel agents when you turn up. Infact the sinhcafe site advertises tours close to 10 times the price on the company website of what I paid for booking from the same company (through a travel agent) when I arrived in Vietnam.

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10. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 8y

I have to agree with 'aharrold45'. There is so much competition between the travel companies that you don't have to book anything until you arrive. Before I went to HaLong Bay, I walked into 5 shops and got 4 different prices. I told them what a different travels hop quotred and they adjusted their quote. Tremendous competition for your $s. Wait until you are there before committing to any tour.

I have heaps of VN photos in my gallery. Take a look and then send me a PM if you have any questions.