"The crook usually tries to intercept you as you are walking to the taxi stand."
And that's the key.
Do NOT go with anyone who approaches you at the airport.
"One first time visitor from UK was cheated out of 150 pounds on arrival."
That's good Tommy, that you've read all about the, supposedly, 'rampant' scams in Vie...
Six days, arriving Hanoi, departing HCMC?
I think that's your itinerary right there.
But some people like to add more destinations than is ideal.
If you want to...
"Hoi an is everyone's favourite..."
Not everyone's. 😉
"...most enjoyable lunch in weeks! :D"
It was our first, and last, overseas holiday with the kids.
I vowed never again at the time, and l ain't br...
"I find it gets worse over the years. I can be sad at the thought of leaving Vietnam even when I'm not there."
I dread that last day.
I even struggle with the d...
Click on 'flight', which is under 'book'.
Enter your starting point.
As soon as you go to enter your destination you ...
"...tinged with just a little sadness at leaving..."
Just a 'little'?
I must be doing it wrong. :-(
But yes, definitely spend your last hours in the city before...
If you're staying in the Old quarter, then most places can be reached on foot.
But if you do use taxis in Hanoi, then stick to Mai Linh and Hanoi Taxi Group.
"...or we could do Marble Mountain from Da Nang ? I hear Marble Mountain is midway"
Marble Mountain is actually in Danang. If you Google it, you can see exactly...
"When we were there it was not a tourist destination but I bet that has changed?"
While we didn't see it 25 years ago, I suspect it may be unrecognisable.
"...but there's really no need to use cyclos at all."
I put it in the same category as buying matching watermelon or banana shirts and shorts for the wh...
"If it takes 4 days in daylight that's ok."
So this is really just about the train journey, along with seeing Vietnam through a window?
If so, check out maninse...
The War Remnants Museum.
But really, just take in the sights of the city. They're far more interesting than the sites, anyway.
And book yourself into an XO Foo...
"It's also not helpful that the consular website doe NOT mention this option."
The reason they don't mention it is because they want you to spend your money wit...
"...looking at the hard seats, they seem a bit uncomfortable...."
Oh yeah, they're hard alright. :-)
"That's more than what we are paying for our HCMC to Nha Trang flight!!!"
So why is it only now that you've managed to find your way here?
"The main thing really is whether you sit on the right or left side of the train. I do remember the key is the third class seats because the others don't allow ...
"Otherwise I can go the VOA route with (http://www.vietnamvisapro.net - which from reading seems like a good service, any opinions?)."
While e-visa claims to de...
"I don’t know, jacques, I’m not from the USA..."
Ignore Jack, Lauren.
He's not worth it.