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Vietnam Experience 31st March 2012!!!

8 Mar 2012 Todd said

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Yell out crew!!

  • 9 Mar 2012 Shaker said

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    Im on it Todd!

  • 9 Mar 2012 Todd said

    Todd

    Awesome!!! Its about time we created a bit of hype don’t ya think, only 22 days to go :)

  • 9 Mar 2012 Shaker said

    Shaker

    True! Im doing the Big Indochina Adv, which is the Asian Adventure and the Vietnam Experience put together. I will have already done 2 weeks of travelling/partying b4 the tour starts.
    Where u from Todd

  • 10 Mar 2012 Todd said

    Todd

    awww nice one, you have even less time before the party starts :) Thats going to be great!! I am from Adelaide but currently living in Northern Vietnam. How about u?

  • 11 Mar 2012 Shaker said

    Shaker

    6 days b4 my month long party starts lol. Im from Melbourne. Havent heard from anyone else on this tour? Hope there is a full or close to full tour.

  • 12 Mar 2012 Erin said

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    Hey,

    I am doing the Vietnam Highlights on the 2nd of April. I think it joins with this tour in Ho Chi Minh. Looking forward to the trip. I am hoping the tour is full too, the last Contiki I went on was packed.
    Have fun travelling before,

    Erin

  • 12 Mar 2012 Shaker said

    Shaker

    Hey Erin

    Nice to hear from you. Just saw ur post about the Highlights tour looks like there is a few so far on that. Where abouts in Melb are you from. Yeh looking fwd to the travelling b4 we meet up in Vietnam.

  • 13 Mar 2012 TA 1986 said

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    Hey I am booked on this one. From Calgary Canada my name is carly. Traveling solo am 25. Excited to meet everyone!

  • 13 Mar 2012 Erin said

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    Im from Brunswick, how about you? Wish I was leaving earlier, i think its 17 days for me.

  • 13 Mar 2012 Todd said

    Todd

    Hey Erin & Carly, good to have you guys on board :)
    Only a handful of days left Shaker!!
    See you guys soon.

  • 14 Mar 2012 Shaker said

    Shaker

    Hi Erin And Carly
    Yeh Todd, one more day 2 go and im off, Cant wait. Check out the Discussion for the Vietnam Highlights 2 April, pretty sure they r on our tour to. Erin is doing that 1.

    @Erin, Im from Bacchus Marsh, just west of the city if u didnt know

  • 14 Mar 2012 ray said

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    hi

    i’m doin this tour as well. hope that it will be a great tour for us. btw, i’m 28 yr old from Philippines. see you all. Cheers!

  • 22 Mar 2012 lauren_ej said

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    Hey all,

    I’m Lauren traveling from Melbourne arriving in Ho Chi Minh next Friday night traveling solo!
    Looking forward to meeting everyone.

    Lauren

  • 5 Jun 2012 chrisgayle885 said

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    Has Vietnam changed in the past 10 years, of course. Is it still an
    interesting tourist destination, certainly.

    Vietnam like most developing countries in Asia has an abundance of
    eager want-to-be tour guides and taxi drivers only too happy to show
    you the local sights. The quality of their service will vary as will
    the price.

    Are these cities safe to wander around in. Overall, yes. The streets
    of Saigon are difficult to walk across because of the traffic and lack
    of motorist following any road rules. In the past 5 years the streets
    in Hanoi have become equally hazardous.

    Smaller cities like Hue are easier to walk around, however you really
    need a car to visit most sights.

    Hoi An is a very nice well preserved ancient town. Sort of a back-
    packers haven, but becoming main stream.

    Are there touts trying to sell you stuff, lot’s of them. They’re not
    as aggressive as some of the Asian countries, like parts of Cambodia,
    Phnom Penh for instance, but more so than others, the touts in Laos
    for instance are very laid back.

    The train to (Lao Cai) Sapa, Victoria was sold out the day we wanted
    to go so we ended up on the Tulico, next best after the Victoria. You
    understand how the Victoria and other trains work. They are just a few
    cars, they all hook up to the main freight train that goes between
    Hanoi and Lao Cai. It’s all one long train with the Victoria Cars and
    the Tulico Cars all connected. Oh, the Tulico was comfortable, they
    don’t have much of a dining car, Victoria has a nice dining car.

    The big problem with the train is it leaves at night (around 9:30P),
    so you don’t really see anything. And you get to Lao Cai at the crack
    of dawn (around 6:00A). The same is true for the return schedule. The
    train only goes to Lao Cai, Sapa is another hour or so away by car.

    Getting around Sapa. We went to the Bac Ha market (Sundays only),
    located around 2 hours drive from Sapa. Interesting if you’ve never
    been to a local market. There is also a permanent market in Sapa, not
    as exotic but good. You can easily walk around the town.

    We had a van to drive us back to Hanoi. Long drive! But you can stop
    at hilltribe villages along the way.

    You didn’t say of you prefer to travel like the backpackers or with a
    little more elegance. Personally I like staying are really nice hotels
    and having a private car and guide for sightseeing.

    My suggestion to you, plan your itinerary and work with a reputable
    travel agent or tour company and set up your sightseeing days and
    hotels in advance. This way you will have an experienced guide with a
    dependable driver (2 separate people) with you. You’ll pay a little
    more but you won’t be wasting your time trying to negotiate with the
    locals or picking your hotels based on what a hotel representative is
    telling you at the airport.

    Enjoy.

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