Myself and my partner are planning a short trip to Vietnam/Cambodia.
We live in Hong Kong so have taken the chance over the Easter break to book a trip.
We arrive in Ho Chi Min on Apr 22nd and leave from there on May 2nd the rest of the trip we need to fill in.
So basically we're looking for advice about what to see, how long to stay, best ways to get in between, should we book travel and rooms before arrival etc.
Any advice would be much appreciated.
#1 TBD1 has been a member since 22/2/2011. Posts: 4
I think with ten days you don't need to venture into Cambodia, the Delta if very nice and I would say if you've never been to Vietnam 10 days is a great amount of time to check out HCMC, explore the Delta, and catch a little relaxation on a near beach.
You can easily spend 3 nights in HCMC and the area exploring, and then take a night in Can Tho (at least one full day - two nights preferred) as you go further up the Delta for a home stay of two or three nights.
I'm not familiar with beaches in the area - but if you ask I'm sure there is plenty of good advice.
........Muine is a great beach place, and only a couple of hours north of HCMC.
Although I enjoyed the Mekong Delta when I visited, it can get a little same-y after a while - there's not so much to distinguish one town from the next. It really depends what you're after and how long you spend in HCMC.
If you did want to visit Cambodia, you can catch a slow boat which takes you up the Mekong into Cambodia, with the final couple of hours by minibus to Phnom Penh . It's a great, relaxing way to see the scenery and notice the changes when you cross the border.
There's enough to keep you occupied in Phnom Penh for a few days, and you could visit Kampot/ Kep for a taste of rural, laidback Cambodia. A bus will take about 4.5 hours from Phnom Penh, or you can charter a taxi for $35 which will cut the travel time in half. Once there, you can relax by the river in Kampot, maybe with a sunset cruise, visit caves and plantations, walk in the national park near Kep, eat freshly caught crab, explore the abandoned French villas in Kep and, if you feel like some exercise, take a trek up Bokor Mountain.
Whatever you decide, hope you have fun!
I agree with all of the above.
I just think that you have to choose between 3 rough itineraries for that timeframe:
1. For temples/ruins and cities. HCMC - PP - Siem Reap and back
2. For cities and countryside. HCMC - Mekong delta - Kep/Kampot - PP and back
3. For city, beach and culture. HCMC - Mui Ne - Hoi An and back
In that case do a little research prior if you aim for mid or high end accommodation. It's not high season and good deals can be found on internet. For budget accommodation there is no need nor gain from internet bookings. This applies especially for Siem Reap where competition is fierce.
Travel. Bus tickets don't need to be booked in advance and I think it isn't possible anyway other than the day before departure. You may want to consider going 1 way by plane to make the most of your time since you would have to backtrack if you go over land.