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3 week itinerary, your critique welcome!

  • iciclesecret

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    Your recommendations are much appreciated! We're not huge city fans (didn't enjoy Bangkok), more into beautiful scenery and geography. Do you think we should try and get Pakse/4000 islands in there and drop something else?

    Let me know your thoughts!
    thanks loads

    28th Dec flight into HCMC, connecting flight to Vietiene
    29th Dec – Vietiene
    30th Dec – Vietiene-Vang Vieng
    31st Dec – Vang Vieng
    1st Jan – Vang Vieng
    2nd Jan – Vang Vieng
    3rd Jan – Vang Vieng-Luang Prabang
    4th Jan – Luang Prabang
    5th Jan – Luang Prabang
    6th Jan – Luang Prabang-Hanoi
    7th Jan – Hanoi/Halong Bay
    8th Jan – Hanoi/Halong Bay
    9th Jan – Hanoi/Halong Bay
    10th Jan – Siam Reap
    11th Jan – Siam Reap
    12th Jan – Sihanoukville
    13th Jan – Sihanoukville
    14th Jan – Sihanoukville
    15th Jan – HCMC
    16th Jan – HCMC
    17th Jan – HCMC Flight home

    #1 Posted: 23/7/2008 - 16:29

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    I'd say 4000 islands is a far more interesting destination than say Sihanoukville -- but it depends on your interests I guess. For you to add in the islands you'd need a pretty substantial rearrangement of your itinerary unless you're happy doing a long backtrack to and from Vientiane. Looks like you're flying quite a few legs?

    Also I'd lean towards a day less in Vang Vieng and a day more in either Hanoi or Luang Prabang.

    #2 Posted: 23/7/2008 - 17:08

  • iciclesecret

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    Cool, good to know - thanks loads

    #3 Posted: 23/7/2008 - 20:48

  • iciclesecret

    Joined Travelfish
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    Cool, good to know - thanks loads

    #4 Posted: 23/7/2008 - 20:48

  • iciclesecret

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    Sorry, I just posted twice. Yes were were planning on flying. Maybe I should not fly the HCMC to Vietiene and do 4000 islands on the way instead of Sihanoukville on the way back.

    Do you think 4000 islands would be a good place to spend new year? I'm guessing no one celebrates it in the region? but it's the same date as my partners birthday!

    #5 Posted: 23/7/2008 - 20:51

  • saigondave

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    Posted from within Vietnam.

    Couple of suggestions:
    Flying from HCMC routes through Phnom Penh anyway, so why not do Siem Reap and or Sihanoukville on the way?

    One less day in Vang Vieng, unless you prefer to hang out with backpackers rather than meeting/interacting with locals. Loatians are real nice, very mellow.

    Hanoi, three days/two nights is plenty in the city. Jan is cold, down to 7-9 at night.

    Halong Bay, take an Emeraudes overnight cruise (about US$80) and avoid staying in the town as the food is awful and at the w/e there are squillions of local tourists from surounding provinces.

    Expats celebrate New Years everywhere, even if the locals don't, but anyway the Loatians love a party and get stuck in with or without any real reason. Vientiane has a few good watering holes.

    Suggest you return to Hanoi to fly to Da Nang or Nha Trang on the central coast to enjoy their beaches. If time allows drive from Nha Trang to Mui Nhe, staying at the Sailing Club, before driving (3-4 hours)to HCMC to catch your flight out.

    I also think you're flying too much.

    just some ideas for you.
    cheers
    Dave

    #6 Posted: 24/7/2008 - 14:30

  • iciclesecret

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    Thanks so much Dave. Would you suggest more like the following:

    28th Dec flight into HCMC, connecting flight to Siam Reap
    29th Dec – Siam Reap
    30th Dec – Siam Reap
    31st Dec – Siam Reap - Vang Vieng
    1st Jan – Vang Vieng
    2nd Jan – Vang Vieng
    3rd Jan – Vang Vieng
    4th Jan – Luang Prabang
    5th Jan – Luang Prabang
    6th Jan - Luang Prabang
    6th Jan –
    7th Jan –
    8th Jan – Luang Prabang-Hanoi
    9th Jan – Hanoi/Halong Bay (Emeraudes overnight cruise)
    10th Jan – Hanoi/Halong Bay (Emeraudes overnight cruise)
    11th Jan – Hanoi-Nha Trang
    12th Jan – Nha Trang
    13th Jan – Nha Trang
    14th Jan – Nha Trang
    15th Jan – Mui Nhe
    16th Jan – Mui Nhe
    17th Jan – HCMC Flight home

    I've got a couple of days there in the middle to play with - but do you think this looks better? Not hugely fussed about Sihanokville, Nha Trang sounds better! Do I need to try and get 4000 islands in?
    Is there anything obvious I'm missing?

    #7 Posted: 25/7/2008 - 21:43

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