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Old 16-10-2007, 01:28 AM   #31
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care to tell which air company you taking?

hotel tou book on line? which wed site

taking jetstar asia............
hotel not book yet.
still searching for the cheapest deal..........
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Old 16-10-2007, 01:31 AM   #32
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You can go Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City, I dun know much about Hanoi so just say about HCMC.

Normally no need to book for hotels, just go to Ben Thanh market, walk around and get one hotel. but u got a cute child so I think better book in advance for free mind, can try this one: http://www.ananhotel.com/ (25 USD per night), cheaper one: http://www.lucysaigon.com (16 - 20USD per night), cheapest ones try http://www.hostelbookers.com, look for the one near Ben Thanh market. The 2 hotels above I often recommend for my friends when they go to Vietnam. First one nearer to Ben Thanh Market than the second one. Btw, high-class hotels can find here: http://traveltovietnam.com/

For a relax trip and not-much-shopping, I think just stay in HCMC first day, first night, second day, then take a tour to somewhere else. Can try Vung Tau beach (2 hours going by bus) as saigonblack said above, its near to HCMC. Nicer but further place is Mui Ne beach (Phan Thiet City) (4 hours going by bus). If dun want beach, then can try Da Lat City (4 hours by bus), chill and peaceful place, but this one, normal tours take 4D3N, so I think u should plan 6D5N in Vietnam. No more place to recommend within ur time budget.

For booking tours in Vietnam, can try: http://www.sinhcafevn.com/ (my friends often book here)

if wanna go both HCMC and Hanoi, can try book from Sin to HCMC, enjoy HCMC, fly to Hanoi (can go by train but takes 1 or 2 days to Hanoi), then fly back to to Sin. I think should have at least 5 nights in Vietnam. Btw, Hanoi is turning cold this season, so prepare clothes if u plan to go there. Same if you go Da Lat.

currently Sing Air got promotion $198 + $124 [tax] for a return ticket ( 2 persons go same days ), which period I am not very sure, can ask them.

Hope it helps. And enjoy! Btw I going back vietnam from 25 Oct to 5 Nov. If u guys go there this time, I am willing to help if needed. Dun worry I do not charge haha.

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Old 16-10-2007, 01:38 AM   #33
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so shouldnt change money in singapore? change a little of dong? the bulk change in jewelly shops and banks in vietnam?? later attract attaction from strangers.....?
no need to change to VND in singapore, change a little about 50SGD @ Tan Son Nhat Airport, then if wanna change much, do it in jewelly shops or banks. anyway, if you change < 500 SGD, think just change @ airport lor, not much difference.
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Old 16-10-2007, 08:24 AM   #34
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no need to change to VND in singapore, change a little about 50SGD @ Tan Son Nhat Airport, then if wanna change much, do it in jewelly shops or banks. anyway, if you change < 500 SGD, think just change @ airport lor, not much difference.
easy to take a cab from the air port to the hotel? what is the cost like? as i move around with my 3 year old kid, any attraction near to HCMC? which mean easy of transport access? 2 to 3 hour of bus ride think is too much fro me with for me.

also any recom hotel, maybe 4 star, that is good location of good transport?

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Old 16-10-2007, 08:54 AM   #35
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no need to change to VND in singapore, change a little about 50SGD @ Tan Son Nhat Airport, then if wanna change much, do it in jewelly shops or banks. anyway, if you change < 500 SGD, think just change @ airport lor, not much difference.
ya... remember to change at the airport... the taxi driver to ask for VND10k for their parking fee/toll or something...
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Old 16-10-2007, 08:56 AM   #36
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easy to take a cab from the air port to the hotel? what is the cost like? as i move around with my 3 year old kid, any attraction near to HCMC? which mean easy of transport access? 2 to 3 hour of bus ride think is too much fro me with for me.

also any recom hotel, maybe 4 star, that is good location of good transport?

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better to start around the backpacker area so that u can easily access the tour without taking cab... I will suggest this: http://www.lacvienhotel.com/English/services.htm

cheap and good...
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Old 16-10-2007, 10:31 AM   #37
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woot, seem like you know vietnam quite well! u working there or got gf there?

last week got storm in the middle of vietnam thats why got flood in DaNang lor. But no more already, I going back next week too, hope no rain also to take a trip.
yes, my other half is vietnamese. Rain is going to be quite bad as follows. anyway, it rains almost everyday in HCM
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Old 16-10-2007, 10:38 AM   #38
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actually, personally, i feel changing money is not much of a problem. i changed over 5k there under many people watchful eyes. Never never change in Singapore for VND. For travelling within Vietnam, can try pacific airlines. admin charge of $20 over the counters.
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Old 16-10-2007, 01:42 PM   #39
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You can go Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City, I dun know much about Hanoi so just say about HCMC.

Normally no need to book for hotels, just go to Ben Thanh market, walk around and get one hotel. but u got a cute child so I think better book in advance for free mind, can try this one: http://www.ananhotel.com/ (25 USD per night), cheaper one: http://www.lucysaigon.com (16 - 20USD per night), cheapest ones try http://www.hostelbookers.com, look for the one near Ben Thanh market. The 2 hotels above I often recommend for my friends when they go to Vietnam. First one nearer to Ben Thanh Market than the second one. Btw, high-class hotels can find here: http://traveltovietnam.com/

For a relax trip and not-much-shopping, I think just stay in HCMC first day, first night, second day, then take a tour to somewhere else. Can try Vung Tau beach (2 hours going by bus) as saigonblack said above, its near to HCMC. Nicer but further place is Mui Ne beach (Phan Thiet City) (4 hours going by bus). If dun want beach, then can try Da Lat City (4 hours by bus), chill and peaceful place, but this one, normal tours take 4D3N, so I think u should plan 6D5N in Vietnam. No more place to recommend within ur time budget.

For booking tours in Vietnam, can try: http://www.sinhcafevn.comundefined/ (my friends often book here)

if wanna go both HCMC and Hanoi, can try book from Sin to HCMC, enjoy HCMC, fly to Hanoi (can go by train but takes 1 or 2 days to Hanoi), then fly back to to Sin. I think should have at least 5 nights in Vietnam. Btw, Hanoi is turning cold this season, so prepare clothes if u plan to go there. Same if you go Da Lat.

currently Sing Air got promotion $198 + $124 [tax] for a return ticket ( 2 persons go same days ), which period I am not very sure, can ask them.

Hope it helps. And enjoy! Btw I going back vietnam from 25 Oct to 5 Nov. If u guys go there this time, I am willing to help if needed. Dun worry I do not charge haha.

if i book the local tour via sinhcafe, where is the pick out point of the tour, they come to the hotel to ppick you up or need to go to thier office to be pick up? by the way, is this sinhcafe near to the hotel area?

any one know the wed site for th sing air promotion?

thanks
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Old 16-10-2007, 03:54 PM   #40
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Old 16-10-2007, 04:20 PM   #41
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4-star hotel I think try http://traveltovietnam.com/ lor. just choose "Lodging class" 4 star and there you go, the ones in Dist. 1 are right in the center. Recommend Rex Hotel http://traveltovietnam.com/booking/l...ce=Ho+Chi+Minh
since my company often chooses it.

Erm.. regarding the sinhcafe tours, I am not very sure, any1 here used to book tours from this one can confirm for him? Yes this sinhcafe is right in the hotel area. Anyway, if you stay in 4-start hotel, I think you can book tour through them, more convenient.

For sing air promotion, its right on their website as I just check:
http://www.singaporeair.com/saa/en_U...es/v07_sgn.jsp

Cab from airport to center easy to get, going out of airport you will see, same as Changi. Cost is about $8 to Ben Thanh market, and hotels nearby.

If going to other provinces is not convenient for you, can try these places in HCMC:
- Cu Chi tunnel, its in the countryside, mostly about history, you will be able to try the tunnel also but its not convenient for you since kid cant I guess. So basically just to know the place.
- Binh Quoi tourist village, about 1 hour taxi, I often go there having south special buffet (at weekends), can fishing there, sometimes got boat traveling along Saigon river at night. Not very sure there is always buffet and these events, you ask the hotel reception to check for you first.
http://www.binhquoiresort.com.vn/
Taxi cost I think around $20 to $30 one way.
- Yellow Scorpion: dun scared, its just a name , can read some info of it here:
http://english.vietnamnet.vn/travel/2006/08/607229/
This one not really familiar to travelers, but very familiar to locals, relax and peaceful place. There is not official website about it yet, so going this place at your own, get taxi go there and explore. Must try "chicken cooked in a jar" if you go there, I love it and so eager to try it again next week soon . Cost for taxi about $20 to $30 one way.
- Kid maybe interested in these parks:
http://www.suoitien.com.vn/new_index.asp
http://www.damsenpark.com.vn/English/
Their websites quite slow so be patient. So much infos about it that I got no time to tell. Beside Damsen Park got Damsen water park also interesting.
- Historical places within HCMC, I not interested in these things so any1 here can help?

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Old 16-10-2007, 05:53 PM   #42
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is 5 day 4 night in HCMC too long, can get to another place? but need to consider that my 3 year old tadding along.
I did a 5D 4N too... it was just nice cos i did a couple of day tours to Cu Chi tunnel and Mekong Delta. with a 3yr kid might be a bit challenging cos the traffic there is very busy, so crossing must be careful. but think nothing much to do for a 3yr old lah.
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Old 16-10-2007, 05:56 PM   #43
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so shouldnt change money in singapore? change a little of dong? the bulk change in jewelly shops and banks in vietnam?? later attract attaction from strangers.....?
yeah no point changing to Dong in Singapore. maybe change some USD (since USD vs SGD now is good) to pay for taxi to ur hotel. should cost abt 5 USD. bring SGD u can leave a portion in the hotel safe and change some first. when run out than change again like what i did. in my opinion is better to pay in Dong. but of course try not to keep excess dong cos it'll be useless bring back to SGD.

i spent abt 350 SGD there.
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its no exactly useless to bring back unless you really think ur not goin back at all.

change 10USD and change to VND just after custom clearance. should be quite enough for your ride to hotel.
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if i book the local tour via sinhcafe, where is the pick out point of the tour, they come to the hotel to ppick you up or need to go to thier office to be pick up? by the way, is this sinhcafe near to the hotel area?

any one know the wed site for th sing air promotion?

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they should pick you up at your hotel, at least, that's how it works for the local tours which i joined.
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