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Must see in vietnam?

Old Dec 8, 09, 10:23 pm
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I will be cruising to Vietnam in Feb.and will be in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City for only one day-----what are the "must see" places to visit?
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Old Dec 8, 09, 10:28 pm
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i'd recommend doing a search in the Asia forum..

http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/asia-460/
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Old Dec 8, 09, 10:30 pm
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If you are looking for specific recommendations in say destinations, you should try the Destination Section on FT. If it's about airlines, there are airline programs forums.

For Vietnam, try Asia Forum. There are some threads with good info in Asia Forum.
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Old Dec 8, 09, 10:37 pm
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Originally Posted by allieboy View Post
I will be cruising to Vietnam in Feb.and will be in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City for only one day-----what are the "must see" places to visit?
Also you can always check the bookstore for a Frommers, fodors, or Lonely Planet guide book on Vietnam. Those are super helpful and will educate you on local customs, prices of hotels/taxis, and other useful info. Highly recommend
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Please follow the discussion as the thread moves to our Travel->Asia forum. Ocn Vw 1K, Moderator, TravelBuzz.
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We (wife and I) had university students pre-arranged for a day in both Hanoi and Saigon to show us around.

In Saigon, exploring Cholon was the highlight, and in Hanoi it was walking across the Long Bien Bridge. These were also the things our student friends had the most fun with. We got good tours of all the standard attractions as well.

There are plenty of temples and pagodas and museums and markets to visit in both places. We hired a taxi for the day in HCMC and just grabbed taxis as needed in Hanoi. Nice to have Vietnamese language speakers with us, both to direct the taxis and to help order in restaurants.

Hanoi Kids - http://www.hanoikidsclub.org/
Saigon Hot Pot - http://www.saigonhotpot.com/ (we had two students pre-arranged that we met on Thorn Tree, but this looks to be similar to Hanoi Kids, which we did use and were happy with)

In both cities, the kids met us at our hotels in the morning. We paid for everything, admissions, lunches, transportation, etc., and tipped each kid 200K dong, or like ten bucks. Interestingly, in both cities they asked if we had any two dollar bills, considered lucky.

I estimate we spent about $50 in all in Hanoi, and $60 in HCMC, as we had the taxi all day.
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Old Dec 10, 09, 1:35 am
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Yeah Vietnam is amazing, compare to this boring orlando...
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I'll be in Hanoi 14-16Feb!

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Old Feb 9, 10, 4:15 am
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Vietnam during Tet (New Year)

Originally Posted by JHattery View Post
I'll be in Hanoi 14-16Feb!
Was in Hanoi last year during Tet. Before everything closes down completely
for the family reunion dinners it is interesting to watch all those motorcycles
with people carrying huge pots of flowering plants or peach blossom branches.
Must warn you though that on Feb. 15 the city will be dead with practically
all shops and department stores closed down.
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Old Feb 9, 10, 9:38 am
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One "don't miss" place is Halong Bay, up north, on the coast.
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One "don't miss" place is Halong Bay, up north, on the coast.
I agree.. rent a boat and eat a meal on the deck while cruising the limestone waters. There are also some great caves to go see.
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Old Feb 10, 10, 12:11 pm
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Originally Posted by allieboy View Post
I will be cruising to Vietnam in Feb.and will be in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City for only one day-----what are the "must see" places to visit?
The O/P states, as I understand it, he has one day each in Hanoi and HCMC.

The phrase "I will be cruising to Vietnam" would lead me to believe he will be seeing Halong Bay. Are there Vietnam cruises that would not include Halong Bay?

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Old Feb 21, 10, 2:05 am
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With so little time, I agree that your best bet is to book with Hanoikids and Saigonhotpot (just google for email addresses). I do not agree that you need to tip at all. Both times that I've taken tours with Hanoikids, they have refused all monetary gifts from others in my party. Tipping is not the custom in SE Asia and these students are volunteers who exchange their knowledge for English practice!

Please return to Vietnam without a cruise sometime - this is an amazing country, and one sees very little from the deck of a ship.
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