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First Time Traveller

My wife and I are considering a holiday to Vietnam but not sure if we'll like it.

In the last year I've been to Thailand, Malaysia and Singapoure and enjoyed then all for different reasons.

The things I'm looking for most are:

1) Night Markets

2) Night life - bars/clubs

3) Shopping Malls

We want to go for 2 weeks, can someone let me know how good Vietnam is for these things and which part of Vietnam we should go to, to find these things.

River trips and sight seeing are things we would also like to do, but we don't want them to be a big part of our holiday.

Also any suggestion on the best thing of the year to travel would be appreciated as we can go anytime between Feb 2008 and July 2008

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1. Re: First Time Traveller

If you're looking for the 3 you mention, you can't visit Vietnam.

The best bet can be Ho Chi Minh City

but

- There is no big night market.

- Best bars, clubs and shopping malls are in District 1 but much smaller compared with what you've seen.

Feb is the best time weather wise.

If you look for something you've never seen before, go to Hanoi.

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2. Re: First Time Traveller

Why travel halfway around the world to go shopping ... at night?

VietNam is an 'early' country; in many places you roll up the streets around 23.30H but they are up and about at 05.00H the next morning.

Night entertainment venues have to shut by 24.00H although HCMC is considering allowing places to close later in 'tourist' areas. Karaoke is very popular over here.

How about HongKong - better than Singapore without being so uptight?

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3. Re: First Time Traveller

Vietnam is a 3rd world country. I have just returned from there. I f some one here had told me how dirty, filthy and poor the country was I would not have bothered.

The markets during the day are nothind special compared to other markets I have been to elsewhere in the world.

We have been to various Asian countries and if you are looking for the above 3 items try Hong Kong, Singapore or Bangkok.

I also wouldnt go to any of the above places either for 2 weeks.

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4. Re: First Time Traveller

It's well known that Vietnam is a 3rd world country, most people here who haven't been there were amazed that we could be bothered to go there.

Personally when I see "dirty, filthy and poor" I feel empathy. Could you be bothered to notice anything else such as the amazing sense of friendliness and honesty that we encountered?

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5. Re: First Time Traveller

Hi Dr,

Darlek is correct in that Vietnam is not really a late night kind of place. But you'll find some night life in HCMC and Nha Trang though not very late. As for shopping malls, Vietnam is still well behind many of its Asian counterparts. For me the true beauty of Vietnam is in its people. Of course it's not for everyone. Yes there is quite a bit of poverty from a financial standpoint, but in spite of this, you will never see a happier group of people. I have been to "rich" places like Singapore, Hong Kong, Seoul and Taiwan but have never felt the warmth I have felt in VN. When I travel, I look for something other than the comforts of home. Otherwise I wouldn;t bother traveling

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6. Re: First Time Traveller

Honesty? You cant be serious.

I am some what travelled and of all the asian coutries I have visited I have never been to a country that has its mind so set on ripping off tourists.

From buying a meal, a drink an item of clothing. Accommodation, transport , boat ride, taxi ride, etc everyone wants a piece of the Western Dollars. lpease dont trot out the feeble excuse of having to "negotiate" thats crap. Offer a fair deal i the first place. They might be a 3rd world communist country, but when it comes to making a buck they are experts at trying to rip you off.

Sure they are friendly and generally nice. Thats all. Most asian countries are aequally frienldy and nice as well.That's not just unique to Vietnam.

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7. Re: First Time Traveller

Making money is important no matter what country you speak of. I found it rather offputting in Singapore and Hong Kong when upon my arrival at my hotels I was not greeted by Hi or Welcome but by desk attendants asking "what form of payment?" By contrast, in Vietnam I was not expected to pay until the end of my stay. Everyone's experiences are different, but in 7 visits I have encountered far more honest people in VN than dishonest ones. ,\

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8. Re: First Time Traveller

When I go off the beaten tracks, people are surprisingly kind and honest. In their menu they printed VND35,000 per dish but when they cooked for us only 2 adults, they charged only VND20,000. With this amount of foods, in big cities, I'll need to pay VND50,000.

I don't know why in touristy areas, local people learn so many tricks. I first was very itchy reading what Darlek said "Hanoi is the land of ^%$$ and $%$@ taxi drivers" but after I met a tacky guy in one of the fake Sinhcafes and after paying for magic meters, I'm thinking.

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9. Re: First Time Traveller

Bonketoo said "Making money is important no matter what country you speak of. I found it rather offputting in Singapore and Hong Kong when upon my arrival at my hotels I was not greeted by Hi or Welcome but by desk attendants asking "what form of payment?" By contrast, in Vietnam I was not expected to pay until the end of my stay."

So is ripping off the local tourist for the overly inflated price of a can of coke, Honest? Or a taxi ride with dodgy meters honest?

Or trying to sell a POLO shirt in the market at 6 times what the real price should be? No its not.

I would rather have someone ask me what creidt card I use, than have them try and rip me off for all the "extras" they try to do in hotels (as previously posted here).

Incidentally I have never paid for a hotel stay anywhere in the world before I had completed my stay. Vietnam is no different to anywhere else in the world in that regard.

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10. Re: First Time Traveller

What's the 'real' price? Value is only determined by what people are WILLING to pay for it. It is not inherent

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