Hi, I'm arriving in SGN on Dec 23rd about 4:00pm and was hoping to get to MuiNe and into a guesthouse the same day. I've emailed Hong Di, Keng, and Paradise Huts through this site but haven't gotten anything back from any of them. Can you give me some hints on how to get there and into a hut for the holidays. Thank you.
#1 BigJim has been a member since 1/12/2006. Posts: 6
Hi Big Jim,
Welcome to Travelfish.
If you arrive at SGN late afternoon, your only option will be to take an open tour bus from Pham Ngu Lao north to Mui Ne. That would get you into Mui Ne in late evening.
I'd give the guesthouses a few more days to reply, or perhaps send them a reminder -- they're all small, family run businesses. At worst, give them a call when you get to Saigon.
Thank you for your reply. I heard from Keng and they are full. The others haven't replied. I hear that a car and driver (taxi) from the airport is an option that albeit much more expensive, would be much quicker. Do you know how fiesable this is? If I show up at night will the budget places be open?
Sorry to trouble you. It's my first time to vietnam and I'm coming with a first time traveler from work and trying to make it as easy as possible. I very much appreciate any assistance and information.
#3 BigJim has been a member since 1/12/2006. Posts: 6
I asked our Saigon hand and he said he thought you'd need to arrange something like this beforehand -- though he wasn't 100% sure.
I guess you could show up and get a taxi to go there, but it would cost quite a bit... it's about 4 hours by minibus, so a guess a cab could do it in three -- no idea on price though sorry.
Doesn't matter how late you get there, places will always have someone at least semi-awake to show you a room (if they have one).
Thank you Somtam
I'll start calling Monday. After MuiNe We're heading to Hoi An For some clothes then eventually Ha Long Bay. We fly out of Hanoi on the 4th. Between Hoi An and Hanoi, where would you reccomend being for New Years Eve?
#5 BigJim has been a member since 1/12/2006. Posts: 6
Well, I made a couple calls to Mui Ne and unfortunately the prices they gave me on the phone were double the prices posted here, and they didn't budge when I told them about the internet prices. So, it looks like I'll have to try and get there eventually and hopefully work something out then. Not my first choice for the holiday season but don't see any other options. Any thoughts or suggestions?
#6 BigJim has been a member since 1/12/2006. Posts: 6
I don't know if I can be of help with your Mui Ne dilemma, but I would recommend Hanoi over Hoi An for new year's. Hoi An is a gorgeous town, and the clothing tailoring is fun, but it didn't seem to have much of a fun night life. Hanoi would have some great variety, I would assume.
#7 halu has been a member since 21/8/2006. Posts: 31
Thanks Halu, I'm in Mui Ne now. Had to spend a night in Saigon and take the bus next day. Was relatively painless, hate losing beach days though : ) . I am in a bare bones place in Mui Ne until tomorrow when we'll try to get to Hoi An by train. Thanks for the Hanoi tip. Sounds like a good one.
#8 BigJim has been a member since 1/12/2006. Posts: 6
Happy New Year Everyone, and thanks for the advice and info. I'm back home in Tokyo now and already looking forward to when I can go again. Hanoi for new years was very cool. Weather in Halong was crap but we spent a little more for a one night deluxe tour and were very pleased. Food was phenominal. Overall, Vietnam was easily one of my best trips ever
Kudos to travelfish for being out there.
#9 BigJim has been a member since 1/12/2006. Posts: 6