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Should i pre-book for my trip to Vietnam in November

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1. Posted by itrebilco (Budding Member 7 posts) 6y

Hey everyone, i am traveling to Vietnam in November with my girlfriend and would like to know if we should pre-book tours/ transport before we leave?

I have read almost everything i can find on TP about Vietnam and southeast asia and most people suggest that we should wait till we are there so we can compare prices and find the best deal, especially in places like Halong bay.

We have a friend who is from vietnam and will be traveling with us for some of the time. He keeps trying to book stuff for us and saying that he is worried we wont be able to do what we want if we dont pre-book, because november is the busiest time for traveling.

What is your advice?
Is it true that we may miss out on some stuff because it will be to busy if we dont pre-book?

We would like to keep our trip fairly open, so that we can decide when we get there. This is becoming hard with our well meaning friend harassing us. I have a feeling this is just Vietnamese hospitality but is there anyway to let him down nicely and without hurt feelings?

Any info or advice would be much appreciated

thanks in advance, Isaac and Christie

2. Posted by Yvekes (Respected Member 266 posts) 6y

Ofcourse you don't have to prebook any tours or transport. Wait till you're there, there are plenty of options. In the rare event a tour is 'sold out', just head over to the office next door!

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4. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 2001 posts) 6y

I agree with Yvekes, however it is a good idea to have an initial booking for the first few days in a hotel or guesthouse. I'm going in November too, and have also made very few plans. In the past, I've done 2 types of trip: 1 - all transport/hotels prebooked and 2 - just the first few nights booked at a guesthouse. I had a much better time with option #2. This will be my first time in the high season, but even then, I understand that until Dec 10th, it's really shoulder season anyway.

5. Posted by itrebilco (Budding Member 7 posts) 6y

Yeah we thought as much but just wanted to double check

Thanks very much for the advice,