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    There is will be raining, mostly in the afternoon and evening. But not too bad so far.

    You can go google those places name as follow :

    Phan Thiet (200km away from HCMC) Seaside, sand dune, seacape...
    Mekong Delta (about 120km away from HCMC) country side, Floading market early in the morning etc...
    DaLat (360km away from HCMC) Highland with alot of veggy farm, flower farm , fruit farm etc...
    HCMC : street life, markets, temples, food etc...

    Hope this will help.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hedgehog05 View Post
    yeah.. i' going free and easy.. anyway it's my first time there.. so maybe we could really plan one tgt?
    cool!so when u planning to go?
    we can go meet Zenplz too

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    Quote Originally Posted by yrh0413 View Post
    Yeap, we can plan one Do you have any friends who speak Vietnamese?
    nope.. haha.. go there "wu da wu zhung"

    Quote Originally Posted by Redsun View Post
    cool!so when u planning to go?
    we can go meet Zenplz too
    eh i already book my flight.. 22oct to 25oct.. but no book hotel yet... haha... anyone? Zenplz is coming back to sg in sept.. haha... so don think can meet him le...

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    For a guy who can speak Vietnamese, then im the one (but not good in English )

    For your trip, just me know when you are going, Sept i go to Singaore just to visit some friend + bizz. (just for few days only)
    Actually my base is in HCMC Vietnam

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    19-24 Nov for me.

    Some from HCMC in June. City and street only.

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    Wow... I was just planning to make a trip down to Vietnam (HCMC or Hanoi) and saw this thread =)

    Am planning to do a 4 day 3 night between 18-28 Aug period.

    Hmmmm... but now the weather bit is a little worrying.

    Will be my first time in Vietnam too.
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    I am still pending for a trip somewhere in mid-Aug to HCM ....
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    August is already here.

    I am planning to fly over on 18th Aug and return on 21st Aug. Ho Chi Minh City... don't think a 4 day 3 night is good for venturing far.

    ANyone has any suggestions on "must-sees" and "must-shoot" places?

    Thanks!
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    I am going on the 6th of Sept till dunno when..haven plan my return ticket.
    But staying with friend in Hanoi. Going to Halong Bay, Sapa, Da Nang, Hoi An..
    then leave vietnam from Ho Chi Minh

    Maybe 2 weeks bah...

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    How many person will go with you ? if you go alone can contact me

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    Hi Zenplz, may i know what is the best time to go Sapa? Preferably when the paddy fields are green or golden yellow
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    wow .. didn't know so many people go HCMC ... I am planning to go too.

    Perhaps some one can list down a places to go for photography and leisure?
    Also what's the customs there .. like I read above .. it's good to ask for permission there before photographing people ... etc ..
    Appreciate lotsz ... =)

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    Quote Originally Posted by junniee View Post
    i wan go sapa and halong bay this dec!

    That will be nice. December is winter and cool chill.

    I love halong bay in winter.

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    wow seems like lots of ppl planning to go!
    im planning to go too in oct/nov

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    Quote Originally Posted by marctheworld View Post
    We are going to HCM and Hue during Aug 07 weekend. How is the weather there?
    Bro,

    weather now in August is not that good. It is currently the hot and wet season, meaning bloody hot temperatures (33-34) in the day and bouts of rain every 1-2 days.

    Perhaps you should consider going around Oct-Nov... slightly better weather...

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    Esoteric

    August is already here.

    I am planning to fly over on 18th Aug and return on 21st Aug. Ho Chi Minh City... don't think a 4 day 3 night is good for venturing far.

    ANyone has any suggestions on "must-sees" and "must-shoot" places?

    Thanks!
    Hey,

    my hubby and I were in HCM in March for close to a week. Initially we planned to visit Mui Ne but decided that we'll spend more time in HCM itself. We rented a motorbike and it was really really fun being part of the millions of motorcyclists!

    I think some of the famous icons would be:

    the reunification palace (a bit boring actually - much of it about the rooms that were used by the leaders. The top floor has an open veranda offering some nice views. Anyway if I remember correcrtly, its about 1US or 2US to enter),

    Norte Dame Cathedral (has a huge statue in front of the cathedral - probably will make for some architecture shots. At the time when we were there, it was closed, so we could not go in),

    the Post Office located right next to the cathedral (I felt that it was nice place to shoot architecture as it is from the French period - bring wide lens),

    the War Remanents Museum (I enjoyed it because I used to be History teacher before but it is non-A/C, so gets pretty hot)

    and the Water Puppet Theatre (I highly recommend this, very funny and interesting to watch. We made the mistake of going for the show about 15 mins ahead and hence were made to sit on plastic chairs! It's free seating and heavily booked by tour agents, so get the tickets early - even a day ahead)

    Ben Thanh Market - It's THE market to get wet produce, coffee, souveniors, etc in HCM. However, be prepared to bargain like there is no tomorrow. The prices are inflated 100% or even more!

    HCM also offers a lot of opportunities for street photography as there are many vendors hawking their products and its bustling with activity.

    Out of HCM, some of the recommended place for day trips would be:

    Mekong Delta (Lots of scenic photographic options available)

    Cai Dao Temple (It's a made-in-Vietnam cult/religion that mixes up all the religions in the world but predominantly has a buddhist, taoist influence. The temples are colourful and makes for good photography as well. Wide angle lens help in capturing the entire temple.)

    Cu Chi Tunnels (Famous, historical legacy of the Vietnam War. Underground tunnels built by the Vietnamese against the US soldiers. Worth a visit as you get to travel through one of the tunnels - its really narrow and pitch dark!)

    For the day trips, we went with Sinh Travel Cafe. Highly recommended by other travellers as well. Be careful when approaching tour agencies. Many of them are not genuine. Also, we found that we got a better rate when we changed currency at goldsmith shops than in banks. HCM is generally safe, we did not face any problems, but I think Westerners get harassed more. Also, we didn't frequent the pubs and such, so I think we didn't invite trouble. We wore money belts as well, just in case we got pickpocketed.

    There were other places we went as well, some pagodas, spa (its cheap!), etc. I'm sure you will come up with your own travel plans! Have fun!

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    get in touch with tungtong ...... he is meeting up with a group of vietnamese photogs in HCM around that time from photo.vn .......

    below is a cut and paste of his post in the Crossing Bridges thread

    Quote Originally Posted by tungtong View Post
    **warm-up shoots-Ho Chi Minh city .......Hehe-
    31 Aug 2009 to 11 Sep 2009
    photographers - KWNSX(kok wee), Dan & tungtong

    Friend From CB3&5 Vietnam sand me this-

    Itinerary
    We will take photograph step by step
    - Ho Chi Minh city: 1 days
    - Chau Doc (mekong delta): 3days
    - fishing village: Long Hai and ancient island: Long Son: 1 day
    - white sand dunes and fishing village at Phan Thiet : 2 days
    - Dalat (highland city with ethnic community): 3 days

    Welcome to Vietnam Tungtong
    Longpt, me and many of your vietnamese friend from CB will take care of you

    Haipiano
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    Thank you, everyone, especially Hal80 and Zenplz, for your inputs & advice.

    I will be arriving in HCMC on 26th(Wed). I shall be taking the Mekong Delta tour from 27-28th. Spend another morning in HCMC on 29th before flying back.

    Looking forward to the adventure... and nice captures!
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    I am now in - Ho Chi Minh CITY

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    When will you be back? I will be going to Hanoi next tuesday..

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