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Vietnam / Thailand itinerary - seeking advice from experienced travellers

  • prankmonkey

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    Posts: 4

    Dear SE Asia travellers,

    My girlfriend and I are planning a trip to Vietnam and Thailand, arriving in HCMC on the evening of 8 July and returning home from Bangkok on 8 August. I've put together an itinerary and would be very grateful if some experienced travellers could cast their eye over it. Recommendations, suggestions, changes would be greatly appreciated. We've included a few internal flights to save time. Here we go...

    Day 1 - HCMC
    Day 2 - HCMC
    Day 3 - HCMC (day trip to tunnels)
    Day 4 - Mekong Delta (over night stay)
    Day 5 - HCMC
    Day 6 - Nha Trang (fly from HCMC)
    Day 7 - Nha Trang
    Day 8 - Nha Trang (Sleeper train to Hoi An via Danang)
    Day 9 - Hoi An
    Day 10 - Hoi An
    Day 11 - Hoi An
    Day 12 - Hue (easyrider from Hoi An???)
    Day 13 - Hanoi (fly from Hue)
    Day 14 - Hanoi
    Day 15 - Halong Bay
    Day 16 - Halong Bay
    Day 17 - Hanoi
    Day 18 - Hanoi
    Day 19 - Bangkok (fly from Hanoi)
    Day 20 - Bangkok
    Day 21 - Bangkok
    Day 22 - Bangkok (sleeper train to Chiang Mai
    Day 23 - Chiang Mai
    Day 24 - Chiang Mai (over night trek)
    Day 25 - Chiang Mai
    Day 26 - Ko Sumui (fly from Chiang Mai)
    Day 27 - Island (Ko Pha Ngan/Ko Sumui/Ko Tao
    Day 28 - as above
    Day 29 - as above
    Day 30 - as above
    Day 31 - as above
    Day 32 - Fly Surat to Bangkok to home

    Specific questions:
    1. Is it too long in HCMC given our time frame. Would it be better to take a day off and put it somewhere else?
    2. Is an overnight stay on Mekong highly recommended?
    3. Should I take a day off somewhere to add on to our stop in Hue?
    4. Given our timeframe is a two night Halong Bay package appropriate or would one night suffice?
    5. Should I take a day off Bangkok and add it on to Chiang Mai?
    6. Is it worth doing to Pai to do the trekking or will Chiang Mai suffice given our timeframe?
    7. Is there much added benefit from island hoping or should we maximise our time on one island and explore it as much as we can. If so, which island out of the three?

    Thanks in advance.
    pm

    #1 Posted: 9/2/2010 - 18:22

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  • mullup

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    5th February, 2005
    Posts: 18

    With such a busy schedule, one less day in Bangkok in favour of an extra one in Chiang Mai seems sensible.

    #2 Posted: 10/2/2010 - 20:48

  • chrispyrolls

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    what happened to the other replies to this thread ... there were at least 3 or 4 if i remember?

    #3 Posted: 11/2/2010 - 14:08

  • 4coconut

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    11th February, 2010
    Posts: 2

    Posted from within Vietnam.

    great time in VN & TL! actually u could not discover HCMC in 3 days since this 8 mil people city has a lot of things to discover from foods and routine (all vietnamese foods presents here with variants against local specialties). It's dangerous for foreigners to drive a motorcycle here, but it's great to get one around HCMC. frankly!

    #4 Posted: 11/2/2010 - 20:57

  • prankmonkey

    Joined Travelfish
    8th February, 2010
    Posts: 4

    Crispyrolls, I posted the exact same thing in the Vietnam forum.
    cheers

    #5 Posted: 12/2/2010 - 09:52

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