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Vietnam for 3 full days

Posted by rukiasan on 20/11/2011 at 07:14

Hello guys, i just happen to bump into this forum and so far, its been helpful ....however, I'm wondering any of you can recommend/advise on what we can do in only 3 full days of visit in Vietnam..i know it's tooooo short but I do intend to go back. but for now, I wanted to just have a little get-away anyway with my husband.

I read about Hoi An being preferred more than Nha Trang? Im beginning to be more interested with the idea of old town + culture + beach in Hoi An so, I'm wondering if our travel time is enough coming from Saigon, arriving at night. And how do we go there actually? I wanted to really try via train. Is that even possible? =)

Our arrival is this coming thursday, Nov 24 --- and depart back to Singapore on the 28th morning.

Hope anyone can enlighten my now panicking mind. Hehe
Appreciate it a lot if anyone can reply back any helpful info. Great thanks! =)

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Posted by travellingsarah on 20/11/2011 at 09:29 TF writer

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As you only have such a short time I'd recommend Hanoi . Hoi An is lovely, but firstly, you would have to fly from HCMC to Danang and then take a taxi (the train takes about 20 hours from HCMC so you won't want to do that!) and so you're going to waste a lot of your precious time with connecting flights and secondly, the weather's not so great in Central Vietnam at this time of year anyway. So maybe save Hoi An for when you have a bit longer and the weather's better. The weather in Hanoi is wonderful at the moment, you can fly direct from Singapore and there's plenty to keep you occupied for 3 days. If you don't want to spend 3 days in a city and don't fancy Halong Bay for a day (it is a rush) then you could maybe do a day trip down to Tam Coc.

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Posted by daawgon on 20/11/2011 at 13:27

Last time I checked, Silk Air has a direct flight from Singapore to Danang. I say direct, because I'm not sure if it stops in Cambodia first or not? Hoi An vs Nha Trang - well, I like Hoi An because it's a small place with great food/hotels while NT is much larger with much drinking and partying + crime and all that goes with it and not especially good food. Right now, Hoi An is still drying out from the annual flood.

Personally, I think 3 days in Hanoi would be really fun.

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Posted by busylizzy on 20/11/2011 at 14:59

I agree that Hoi An is preferable to Nha Trang, for what it's worth. But getting there might be a problem if you've only got 3 days without wasting time in airports and taxis.

However, if you're intent on going, Air Asia also fly from KL to Danang too, if that's of any use.


Unless you can fly direct to Danang, I think Hanoi would be the better option for 3 days. It's a fascinating city, and there is more than enough to entertain you there for 3 days.

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Posted by rukiasan on 20/11/2011 at 17:05

oh no, guys thanks for the thoughts..i forgot to mention we already got tix and will land in saigon :( i jst realized how i wish i bought tix direct to hanoi ...

so i guess no choice but get around saigon only with our 3 days huh? or try nha trang/mui ne?

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Posted by busylizzy on 20/11/2011 at 19:14

It's still a long way to Nha Trang.

Maybe spend the time in the Mekong Delta area (Can Tho, etc). That will be minimal travel, interesting and something outside the big city.

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Posted by travellingsarah on 20/11/2011 at 21:50 TF writer

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Yeah, I agree. A day or two out in the Mekong would be an interesting break from city-life. Not that Saigon hasn't got enough to keep you occupied for 3 days, but you're coming from a city so maybe you want a bit more of a change. Mui Ne is still 4 or 5 hours from Saigon but if you're desperate for beach it might be worth considering if you can hire a car / taxi and do it in a bit of comfort.

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