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Re: Vietnam (Thread 4)
« Reply #280 on: June 17, 2015, 09:39:39 pm »
^^sis magka fb na nga pala tayo hindi ko paba yan nasagot hehe mauuna pala ako sayo ulit... Anyways samin is a whole day tour inclusive na lahat ng nabangit mo even the lunch pero mekong river nga lang yun at it cost US$25 yung Cu Chi Tunnels is US$20. Balitaan kita sis nextweek.  Sa tapat ng ben than market sa may Le Loi St. may mga agencies dun na nag aalok ng tour packages nang icompare ko same lang din sa hotel namin yung cost. Mismong sa tapat ng hotel kami sinundo ng bus. Bukas alis ng friend ko mag tour din sila same hotel namin sila last jan at april ako lumipat sa Sanouva hotel for a change naman:). Ask ko rin siya kung what agency yung sa thien xuan.

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« Reply #281 on: June 17, 2015, 10:13:50 pm »
@sublime1: Satisfied customers naman kami.  ;D 'Yung sa mini-bus siguro mga 30 tao 'yung capacity. May free bottled water na rin. What we did was, 'yung supposed breakfast namin sa hotel, pinatake-out na lang namin at kinain namin on the way. We bought an ice cream lang inside Cu Chi tapos nag late lunch na lang kami back in HCMC.

Reliable naman ang The Sinh Tourist. I think ito na ang isa sa pinakareliable na travel agency in all of Vietnam. Last year, we made the mistake of booking the Cu Chi Tunnels tour with our hotel. And we paid US$15/ person. Take note that these hotels do not own (or in any way directly connected with) the travel agencies offering the tours. So understandably, mas mahal sila kasi may commission pa sila sa rates na binibigay nila sa kanilang guests.  ;)

Last January, prepared na kami after reading several reviews online. Hindi kasama 'yung entrance sa Cu Chi pero VND 90,000 lang naman 'yun (or US$4 dollars). So parang US$10 ang total na binayaran namin per person. US$ 5 savings din 'yun compared last year! Isang masarap at malaking bowl na ng pho 'yun!  ;D

The Sinh Tourist's office is located within walking distance from the backpackers' district (Pham Ngu Lao at Bui Vien). Kaya kung dito kayo naka-book, lalakarin n'yo lang. Or just take a cab going there. Sobrang mura lang naman ng taxi sa HCMC.  ;)

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Re: Vietnam (Thread 4)
« Reply #282 on: June 17, 2015, 10:25:19 pm »
Yes bro, mura lang taxi sa HCM wag lang matapat sa balasubas na taxi driver as in iiikot ka para lang mahal bayaran mo kaya yung trusted lang na taxi na  mailinh at vinassun nga ba yun piliin

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Re: Vietnam (Thread 4)
« Reply #283 on: June 18, 2015, 10:30:13 am »
^korek grabe ang mga taxi drivers dun! Nung dumating kami from Cambodia by bus to HCM, nag cab kami dahil sobrang pagod. Pina ikot ikot ng driver at singil kami ng $15. Eh napakalapit lang pala nung hotel namin sa binabaan namin ng bus. Grabe talaga! Kaya nadala kami, puro mailinh at vinassun na sinakyan namin :)

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Re: Vietnam (Thread 4)
« Reply #284 on: July 06, 2015, 07:01:56 pm »
Thanks sa mga inputs mga sis! :-) naplan namin ng maayos ang vietnam cambodia trip namin because of the threads here in fn. :-)
We're now currently at Cambodia. We stayed at Duc Vuong hotel at Ho chi Minh (Bui Vien St. At District 1), and all I can say is super duper highly recommended hotel!! :-) super bait ng staff, the room was really clean, the breakfast was good, and super affordable din. :-)  Good thing talaga nakita ko sila through tripadvisor. :-) ok din ang location nila kasi walking distance lang sa Ben Than Market, and mga travel agencies. And also super duper daming kainan sa street, and wala kaming ginawa kundi magfoodtrip. Haha :-)
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Re: Vietnam (Thread 4)
« Reply #285 on: July 08, 2015, 10:19:52 pm »
Just got back from our trip and can I just say that we loved Saigon!

We stayed at Luan Vu hotel along Bui Vien (street parallel to Pham Ngu Lao) and it was just so clean! Breakfast was okay (eggs, toast, butter and jam) but coffee was reaaal good! Highly recommend Luan Vu for its cleanliness. Kind of set the bar for our hotel stays in our trip.

Saigon was our jump off point for our 10-day Indochina trip. On our first day, we did the walking city tour and had our fill of pho from the Lunch Lady. We just got a map from the hotel then mega lakad nalang. We only rode the taxi (Vinasun) when we went to the Lunch Lady. I think to really be able to get to know the place, you really have to go on foot. Iba talaga to get to explore its nooks and crannies when you go on foot. Downside nga lang, hindi kami tinatantanan ng cyclo drivers whenever they see us holding up a map. When we were near Ben Thanh, may lumapit na driver at inalok kami na isakay for 15,000 vnd and that he'll take us around. Of course I was skeptical kasi sobrang mura. Even when you walk away, humahabol pa rin. True enough, when I went online to search about cyclos in Saigon lumabas na ang mga posts about cyclo scams.

We also watched the AO show at the Saigon Opera House and though it was interesting, I felt it wasn't worth the ticket price (cheapest was at 500,000 vnd). It's a cultural show with acrobatics and many compare it to cirque du soleil though they dislike the comparison.

We did the half-day Cu Chi tunnel tour the next day with TNK travel. Booking the tour was hassle-free but felt that the entire tour was rushed. Sayang. Sana we could've stayed longer o kaya opted for the whole day tour, away from the tourists. Sobrang dami pala talagang tao.

Doing the Cu Chi tunnel tour, you really can't help but feel so much admiration for the Vietnamese people's indomitability, resilience and ingenuity fighting the Americans in the Vietnam war. Sa tingin ko, one must visit the War Remnants first before doing the Cu Chi tunnel tour para sa context and to get to appreciate more the significance of tunnels during the war.

A couple of things we liked in Saigon: Vietnamese iced coffee sa tabi-tabi (huhu I miss this already) and their parks! Natuwa ako lalo na sa parks kasi may green and public spaces right smack in the middle of the city. Napansin niyo rin ba yung exercise machines sa parks nila? Katuwa! And very popular ito sa kanila. Nahirapan nga kami na sumingit to try them out kasi seryoso talaga sila sa pagwoworkout. Nakakatuwa rin yung kids na gravitating towards the park, playing football, yung version nila ng sipa, or just running around.

I plan to be back in Vietnam reaaal soon pero next time sa Hanoi naman. Excited!
« Last Edit: July 09, 2015, 10:46:13 am by gulaysk »

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Re: Vietnam (Thread 4)
« Reply #286 on: July 20, 2015, 09:24:56 pm »
Wow! Your trip report's a good read, gulaysk;D Oo nga, sobrang dami ng parks sa Saigon considering na sobrang cramped ng lugar. Ang galing!

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Re: Vietnam (Thread 4)
« Reply #287 on: July 22, 2015, 09:43:25 pm »
Mga sis parecommend naman ng okay na hotels sa hcmc.. Yung malinis pa din pero affordable.. Palagay ng rates please.. Will be staying for 2nyts kasi..

Tapos yung iba na nababasa ko DIY sila sa tour nila.. We plan to have a city tour lang din then shopping coz we only have 1 whole day talaga in hcmc.. Normally how much yung rate per person pag city tour? Nagooffer na ba si hotel ng ganung package? Or better na magresearch kami ng gustong puntahan then take a cab nalang everytime? Which is
More practical kaya?

Ive read before about bich duyen.. Na they offer din airport pick ups and arrange tours.. Mejo kabado lang ako kasi thru email lang sya.. Unlike yung iba na thru agoda so sure ang booking nyo..

Pahelp naman ako.. Thanks sa mgrereply in
Advance..
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Re: Vietnam (Thread 4)
« Reply #288 on: July 23, 2015, 08:56:21 am »
^Hi sis. Nung first time ko in HCMC, nilakad ko lang 'yung city tour. Walkable naman pero depende rin sa stamina n'yo. Tapos nung may mga kasama na ako, we decided to take a cab na lang from one tourist spot to the next. Sobrang mura lang naman ng taxi doon. Or you can ask your hotel to get a taxi na for exclusive use nyo. Chances are, baka early in the afternoon, napuntahan n'yo na karamihan.  ;D Tingin ko this is better than joining a city tour package kasi group n'yo lang 'yung concern n'yo. You can stay in one place as long as you want. Or you can skip the ones na hindi kayo interesadong puntahan.  ;D

For the hotels naman, I've stayed in BICH DUYEN the first time kasi 'yan din for the longest time ang nakagawian ng maraming Pinoy visiting HCMC. BUT, there are BETTER hotels in Pham Ngu Lao, Bui Vien streets! Nung second time namin, we stayed in PINK TULIP HOTEL. Early this year, sa LILY's HOSTEL naman kami nag-stay. These hotels are no more than 100 meters away from each other. So talagang nasa backpacker's area sila. Ang maganda niyan, since sobrang dami ng hotels/hostels, pababaan sila ng presyo. Most of them inclusive na rin of the breakfast. We paid no more than 600/person per night sa hotels na pinag-stayan namin. Ganoon kamura!  ;D

Of the 3 hotels mentioned, I'd pick Lily's Hostel. Sobrang nice ng staff nila and they serve good breakfast, too! Check din the hotels' reviews in Tripadvisor. We always use it before booking any hotels and it has never failed us so far.  ;D

Oo nga pala, if you're just going to stay for a night, I doubt if the hotel will offer you a hotel pick-up. But don't worry, hindi naman mahal ang taxi doon kahit sa airport pa nanggaling. ;D

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Re: Vietnam (Thread 4)
« Reply #289 on: July 23, 2015, 10:08:34 am »
^^Thanks, fittotravel! We really enjoyed Saigon and wished we could've stayed a day longer to explore their cafes. We only got to try L'Usine along Le Loi St. Their food/coffee is relatively more expensive than the usual cafes, me thinks. Pero maganda ang ambiance, very hipstery. Hehe.

^Just a tip when getting a taxi from the airport: From the international terminal, turn right and walk around 100 meters till you reach the domestic terminal. From here look for the taxi attendants of Mai Linh or Vinasun taxi. Recommended na dito kumuha ng taxi kasi naka-meter sila, para iwas taga sa presyo at iwas scam na rin.
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Re: Vietnam (Thread 4)
« Reply #290 on: July 24, 2015, 10:21:26 pm »
Thanks sis fittotravel! Check ko yang mga hotels na yan! 😊 dong ba yung binayad nyo or in usd?

Pano ka nagbook sa hotels mo sis? Thru agoda din?
yung bich duyen kasi kaya ko lang sya kinoconsider dahil sa pagkakaintindi ko pwede mo icustomize yung mga gusto mo gawin tapos sasabihin mo lang kay mr chanh tapos magbabayad ka na lang.. Lol.. I havent planned kasi an ootc trip talaga ngayon pa lang kaya wala ako idea sa ganun.. Pero kung walkable naman pala at maliit lang city baka mas ok nga magcab na lang.. 😄 san pala kayo nakakuha ng maps sis? Meron na ba sa airport? Not sure kasi kung meron sa lahat ng hotels dun..

Gulaysk thanks for the tip din! 😊 makakatulong lalo na yung directions papunta dun.. Uhm.. Madami pa din bang taxi -vinasun or mailinh kahit 2am na? Parang ganun kasi ang dating namin dun.. Mejo natakot pako kasi yung kakilala ko nunh nagpunta don hindi ngavail ng airport pick up ng hotel Nila tapos pagdating dun sarado ang hotel at natagalan pa sila katukin. Lol..

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Re: Vietnam (Thread 4)
« Reply #291 on: August 06, 2015, 08:41:37 pm »
backread the entire thread 4! excited for my trip next month to HCMC! :)
thanks for the tips

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Re: Vietnam (Thread 4)
« Reply #292 on: August 07, 2015, 10:29:58 am »
Hi girls!

Hi guys!

We're a group of 8 friends going to HCMC next week. Will appreciate your inputs on our draft itinerary:

Day 0
Arrival at HCMC

Day 1

Cu Chi Tunnel tour (AM)
City tour (PM)
Night out

Day 2
Mekong Delta tour (whole day)

Day 3
Shopping at Benh Tahn (AM)
Lunch at Lunch Lady
Take 3 PM trip to PP


Also, I just found out na wala palang sleeper bus from HCMC to PP ang Giant Ibis and Mekong Express  :-[

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Re: Vietnam (Thread 4)
« Reply #293 on: August 14, 2015, 05:13:01 pm »
Hi!
Hubby and I are set to HCM end of this month. (28th to 30th)
And we are staying at Townhouse 23 (It has good rating on agoda, so mukang ok naman - anyone have any feedback?)

Finished backreading and I finally decided on this itinerary:

DAY1: 
Arrive HCM 8am
Check in at Townhouse 23
Explore City
Lunch
Mui Ne travel

DAY2:
Mui Ne Tour
Lunch
Go back to HCM
Explore City

DAY3:
Early morning flight back

Have questions lang po:
(1)  How much yung bus going to Mui Ne? Included na ba siya sa tour? I read mga $15? or iba pa?
(2)  Anyone tried renting motorcycle in Saigon tapos you just go around by yourself? My husband wants to do this e, pero im very skeptical.
(3)  What time do shops open ba in the morning? Meron na ba kami pwede maikutan from 9am?

Yun lang po, TIA! :)

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Re: Vietnam (Thread 4)
« Reply #294 on: August 14, 2015, 11:31:22 pm »
^ ask your hotel if they can provide or refer motorbike rental services. Yung mga nasa streets kasi when they know you're a tourist kasi malakas sila sumingil. Someone I know was charged $200/day, that's too much to pay.. If the price doesn't sound right in Pinoy standards then it definitely isn't right in Vietnamese standards hehe  ;).

Anyway, it's very easy to get GrabTaxi / Uber and GrabBike in Saigon. :) A lot cheaper than renting Xe Om / Vinasun or Mailinh cabs. Uber rates start from VND 17,000 (34 pesos!) samantalang yung Xe Om eh madalas VND 60,000 ang minimum.

I almost never had to pay for my food and transpo here in HCMC. Super friendly ng mga tao. They refuse to accept my share sa bill. For the transpo naman almost everyone has a motorbike so angkas angkas lang, for free.

I stayed in a hostel and one of the bellboys offered to bring me to the airport for only VND 100,000 (instead of the regular VND 160,000). The key here in Saigon is being friendly and maximizing their hospitality :D Just give them a great time, specially yung mga nagpapractice ng English. Treating you out for lunch is a lot cheaper than 1-on-1 english lessons sa kanila.

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Re: Vietnam (Thread 4)
« Reply #295 on: August 16, 2015, 01:49:48 pm »
Sissies, I would like to share an IT for my Viet-Cam tour with friends.

Sept 4- 12:30AM Arrival at Hanoi Airport
Sept 4-5 - Halong Bay Cruise (Okay ba Sinh Tourist? Are they offering airport pick up and drop off?)
Is there a need for us to travel to Halong upon arrival at the airport and mag hotel before the cruise since we will be arriving at midnight?

Sept 5 - 9:45 PM flight to HCM (Any hotel recommendations near Mekong Express terminal or Ticket office?)
Sept 6 - Travel to SR via Mekong Express
Sept 7 - Whole day Ang Kor [textspeak!] tour
Sept 8 - 7AM travel back to HCM for our 1AM (sept 9) flight back to MLA.


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Re: Vietnam (Thread 4)
« Reply #296 on: August 26, 2015, 01:55:19 pm »
@ COLEs

1.Yes sis, $15 lang bus, balikan na yon from sihn tourist. For Mui Ne tour nasa 15$ to 20$ din depende kung ano ang gagamitin nyo, if motorcycle nasa $15 if car nasa $20-$25 kasama na tour guide sa rate.

2. For me ah, pwede naman malibot ang mga tourist spots sa Saigon ng lakad lang di na need mag rent ng motor, ganun ginawa namin dati, mejo nakakapagod lang pero masaya naman. Na try lang namin mag rent ng motor sa Mui Ne.
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Re: Vietnam (Thread 4)
« Reply #297 on: August 27, 2015, 03:08:44 pm »
^ Thank you sis.

San kayo nagbook ng Mui Ne tour niyo? pwede pumili kung motorcycle or 4x4?

 :)

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Re: Vietnam (Thread 4)
« Reply #298 on: August 28, 2015, 08:58:39 am »
kung papipiliin kayo ano mas sulit? mekong o cu chi tunnel tour? Thanks

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Re: Vietnam (Thread 4)
« Reply #299 on: August 28, 2015, 01:29:28 pm »
^^ sa hotel na pinagstayan namin sis kami nagpabooked ng Mui Ne tour.
Yes pedeng pedeng pumili if motorcycle or 4x4. I recommend 4x4 na lang kayo medyo malayo yong white sand dunes.
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