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Vietnam Experience 31st March 2012!!!
Yell out crew!!
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Im on it Todd!
Awesome!!! Its about time we created a bit of hype don’t ya think, only 22 days to go :)
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
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?
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.
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,
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.
Hey I am booked on this one. From Calgary Canada my name is carly. Traveling solo am 25. Excited to meet everyone!
Im from Brunswick, how about you? Wish I was leaving earlier, i think its 17 days for me.
Hey Erin & Carly, good to have you guys on board :)
Only a handful of days left Shaker!!
See you guys soon.
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
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!
I’m Lauren traveling from Melbourne arriving in Ho Chi Minh next Friday night traveling solo!
Looking forward to meeting everyone.
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
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.
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