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    You'd need to take some pretty powerful binoculars for that. The Man with the Golden Gun was filmed around Phang-nga in Thailand, about 2,000 km from Halong Bay...
    Spoil it using my imagination.
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      Thinking of around 2 weeks, with per person budget of around £2000. Looking at including some major sights, cities, some beach time and ideallysome trekking or living in among the real life as opposed to luxury overnight stays. Anyone done this, can give tips on travel ,time of year, where to go and how etc?
      I have a client who is a Tour Guide in those countries. Not sure which parts of the year she works but if you want her details PM me and I will pass them on to you.
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      Actually, just found a link to her next Tour Guide dates

      http://www.deniseheywood.co.uk/tours.html
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      We spent 4 weeks in Hoi An last September and absolutely loved it. However we didn’t have children to keep entertained. Really recommend Hoi An food tours - one of the guides, Nancy, was particularly good. The old town is lovely - but try and stay outside it as it does get busy at night. We really enjoyed the street food - check out where the locals go - if it has a fast turn around the food is safe. Apart from that there are lots of nice cafes and ridiculously cheap beer.

      If you get a full moon they have a lantern ceremony on the water which is quite spectacular.

      Great place to get clothes made (and copied) but avoid the banana suits.

      Talk to the locals - they are so friendly.

      The beach is really nice although unrecognisable from when I first went 20 years ago.

      Sorry I can’t be of more help for the children, but do try and let them Explore the non touristy parts

      If you haven’t booked accommodation try Full House 1 - run by a family - super friendly- a nice pool and fantastic breakfast. Like most places they have free bicycle hire
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      Visited Hoi An for 2 weeks last year with 2 young children and we all loved it. Stayed on the beach about 5km towards Danang which was lovely. The beach nearer Hoi An and the river mouth was washed away by a typhoon some years ago, so if you're after a beach resort in the area it's better to stay towards Danang a bit but also there are many really nice boutique hotels on the river nearer Hoi An old town. The crab fishing and cooking class tour was a really good day out for everyone and the speed boat out to Cham island was fun. We generally went into Hoi An town in the evenings which is a very pretty time and all in all the locals we met were really lovely and very kind to the children. I'd go back there or elsewhere in Vietnam at the drop of a hat, enjoy!
      That's great to hear and thanks for the tips. It can be easy to stick with the safe option when travelling with kids but I'm glad we took the plunge and plumped for further afield .
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      From there we headed back to Hanoi for an overnight train to Hue, great experience and probably would do it again. Stayed in Hue for a few days, it was nice but not sure I'd rush back if time was limited. However the best part of our trip started in Hue. We randomly ended up being driven by a family (son, dad, uncle) on mopeds to Hoi An via the Hai van pass (top gear). It was without a doubt one of the best things I've ever done. They took us to so many different places and sites I hadn't considered when planning the trip and the views on the pass were breathtaking. We had originally planned to take a private car and I'm so glad we didn't, I'll happily tell you the guys details. They are very highly rated on TA now.

      Would you be able to send me over the name of the family/tour guide? I've had one already recommended but they seem like a huge chain so rather use a smaller company.

      We are off in August for 3.5 weeks, starting in Hanoi and making our way to Ho Chi Minh. Planning to stop in Hanoi, Ha Long, Ninh Binh, Phong Nha, Hue, Hoi An, then flying down to Nha Trang to do Nha Trang, Mui Ne and HCMC and a homestay on the Mekong Delta. Luckily due to the nature of my work we've got a lot of our tours through work agents at great prices - can't wait.

      Going by a couple of the comments above, we may well cut down our time in Nha Trang as sounds a bit 'meh'.
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      Would you be able to send me over the name of the family/tour guide? I've had one already recommended but they seem like a huge chain so rather use a smaller company.

      We are off in August for 3.5 weeks, starting in Hanoi and making our way to Ho Chi Minh. Planning to stop in Hanoi, Ha Long, Ninh Binh, Phong Nha, Hue, Hoi An, then flying down to Nha Trang to do Nha Trang, Mui Ne and HCMC and a homestay on the Mekong Delta. Luckily due to the nature of my work we've got a lot of our tours through work agents at great prices - can't wait.

      Going by a couple of the comments above, we may well cut down our time in Nha Trang as sounds a bit 'meh'.
      Likewise - the Hai Van pass option sounds great so would love the details of the guide.
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      Would you be able to send me over the name of the family/tour guide? I've had one already recommended but they seem like a huge chain so rather use a smaller company.
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      Likewise - the Hai Van pass option sounds great so would love the details of the guide.
      Yeah sure, they're called Le Family riders, search for them on TripAdvisor and you'll see how highly rated they are.
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      Just got back from my latest trip to Cambodia. If it hasn't been mentioned already, the infamous S21 is a must visit. Be prepared to be humbled. I had the honour of meeting one of only 12 (known) survivors of the camp, an elderly gentleman called Chum Mey. He could see how visibly upset I was and gave me the warmest of hugs. This wonderful gentleman is a reminder of something that isn't widely talked about in the west these days, and it happened in a lot of our lifetimes. 25% of the population wiped out in a little over 3 years. A reminder of just how brutal humanity can be.

      First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out--Because I was not a Socialist. Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out-- Because I was not a Trade Unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out-- Because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me--and there was no one left to speak for me - Martin Niemoller
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      Thinking of around 2 weeks, with per person budget of around £2000. Looking at including some major sights, cities, some beach time and ideallysome trekking or living in among the real life as opposed to luxury overnight stays. Anyone done this, can give tips on travel ,time of year, where to go and how etc?
      just get the number of a decent driver/guide off someone who's been there before ...get in touch on messenger , tell them what kind of digs you are after and what you want to see and they will organise it for you .....you will not need much money at all .
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      Just got back from my latest trip to Cambodia. If it hasn't been mentioned already, the infamous S21 is a must visit. Be prepared to be humbled. I had the honour of meeting one of only 12 (known) survivors of the camp, an elderly gentleman called Chum Mey. He could see how visibly upset I was and gave me the warmest of hugs. This wonderful gentleman is a reminder of something that isn't widely talked about in the west these days, and it happened in a lot of our lifetimes. 25% of the population wiped out in a little over 3 years. A reminder of just how brutal humanity can be.

      country still run by khmer rouge ...no...??
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