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North to South Vietnam to BKK

  • James90

    Joined Travelfish
    28th April, 2012
    Posts: 2

    Hi guys,

    I'm looking to travel North to South Vietnam and then into BKK from 21 June to 8 July this year.

    This is the route I'm planning to take

    Hanoi -> Hue -> Hoi An -> Dalat -> Mui Ne -> Saigon -> Siem Reap -> Aranyaprathet -> BKK

    The thing is I need to reach BKK by the evening of 7th July to meet my friends and spend a few days there. Do you reckon if this trip is doable if I'm looking to stay maybe 1-3 days at each town? I am looking to do the open tour bus by sinhcafe and then take the railway from Aranyaprathet to BKK.

    I'm also looking at doing a Easyrider trip from Dalat to Muine as many have said that riding through the mountains in Vietnam is an experience

    I'd greatly appreciate if anyone can offer some advice or suggestions! Also let me know if anyone here will be travelling in the same period, would be interested to hangout!


    #1 Posted: 28/4/2012 - 14:23

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  • daawgon

    Joined Travelfish
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    I suppose it's ok for time, but I don't think Hue or Saigon deserve 3 days (Hanoi needs more time, and you're skipping one great place in Sapa). The trip from Hoi An to Dalat is very long - much better to fly Danang-Dalat. You should know that VN roads are less than safe - Personally, I avoid those buses!

    #2 Posted: 30/4/2012 - 11:16

  • Bartje83

    Joined Travelfish
    2nd May, 2012
    Location Netherlands
    Posts: 10

    A bit much for such a short time, but should be doable. Agree with above that Danang-Dalat flight would save time. Also might consider leaving out either Dalat or Mui Ne to give yourself a little more breathing space.

    Disagree with above on Hanoi deserving more time than Hue and Saigon. Liked those places much better than Hanoi.

    #3 Posted: 2/5/2012 - 04:26

  • Anna2121

    Joined Travelfish
    7th June, 2012
    Posts: 6

    Dear James90,
    I am planning to do a similar tour as yours:
    Saigon - Can Tho
    Can Tho - Phnom Penh
    Phnom Penh - Siem Reap
    Siem Reap - Poipet - Aranyaprathet - Bangkok
    Did you get any information for the trip Can Tho to PP (are there any speed boat doing it in one day so as I don't need to sleep over in Chau Doc?).
    Also what would be recommended to do PP - Siem Reap?
    I know there are 2 options: boat and bus...but I read somewhere that the boat was not safe. Is that true?
    Thank you all for your help!!!

    #4 Posted: 7/6/2012 - 22:46

  • ecotravelvn

    Joined Travelfish
    3rd June, 2012
    Location Vietnam
    Posts: 19

    Posted from within Vietnam.

    Hi James,
    Why don't you spend your time in Halong Bay. 2 days with 1 night on board. It is worth to visit.

    #5 Posted: 9/6/2012 - 09:18

  • James90

    Joined Travelfish
    28th April, 2012
    Posts: 2

    Any overnight tour cruise for Halong Bay that you'll recommend? Thanks!

    #6 Posted: 11/6/2012 - 12:17

  • Anna2121

    Joined Travelfish
    7th June, 2012
    Posts: 6

    Dear James90, I just did a cruise with Vietnam Insolite in Halong Bay and it was amazing. I totally recommend! 2 days, 1 night aboard their private junk. They also offer non-private options.
    Could you please share with me your findings about the Saigon-PP part?Thank you very much in advance.
    I looked at some tours by Sinhcafe: Saigon to PP. Anyone ever done one? Please give me feedbacks!

    #7 Posted: 14/6/2012 - 05:21

  • ecotravelvn

    Joined Travelfish
    3rd June, 2012
    Location Vietnam
    Posts: 19

    Posted from within Vietnam.

    Take Dragon Peark junk or Red Dradon Junk or Phoenix Cruise is good to choose 2 days/1 night trip in Halong bay.

    #8 Posted: 14/6/2012 - 09:53

  • stephenpham

    Joined Travelfish
    12th June, 2012
    Posts: 8

    Posted from within Vietnam.


    If you have time, you can do 3days/2nights in Halong bay on boat

    #9 Posted: 14/6/2012 - 10:49

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