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How long in each city? 3 weeks: Angkor Wat --> Hanoi

  • pencl658

    Joined Travelfish
    7th October, 2012
    Posts: 2

    Hi all,

    I just about think I have an itinerary sorted but I'm having that age old dilema of tossing up how many days will do justice to each place. It will be my first time in this area of the world, so I'm looking forward to some fun (and delicious!) exploring. Any advice or comments on the following would be wonderful:

    (2-3 days) 11-13 Dec: Siem Reap /Angkor Wat
    (1 day roughly) 14 Dec: bus from Siem Reap to Saigon
    (4 days) 15-18 Dec: in Saigon
    overnight 18 Dec: train to Danang (heading for Hoi An)
    (4 days) 19-22 Dec: in Hoi An
    afternoon/overnight 23 Dec: train to Hanoi (if this isn't crazy - I think it is 16 hrs)
    (4 days) 24-27 Dec: in Hanoi
    (5 days) 28 Dec - 1 Jan: Halong Bay
    2 Jan 2013 - fly out from Hanoi and away home

    I had thought about visiting Sapa or Ha Giang but I'm not sure I can realistically fit this in.

    Huge thanks for any suggestions or comments!

    #1 Posted: 7/10/2012 - 04:07

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  • suzienichols

    Joined Travelfish
    5th September, 2010
    Posts: 17

    your itinerary is similar to what I have planned but in reverse:

    Flight to Hanoi
    one night Hanoi
    Overnight trip to Halong on boat,
    Another night in Hanoi
    Sleeper train to Da Nang
    Then on to Hoi An for 3 nights
    Travel to Hue for 2 nights
    Fly to HCMC for 3 nights
    2 night trip in Mekong Delta (ending Chau Doc)
    Travel to Phnom Penh for 2 nights
    Car up to Siem Reap for 3 nights
    Fly to HCMC for 1 night
    Flight home

    We're doing Hoi An before Hue to be there for the Full Moon festival :)
    Lots to cover in 3 weeks but when you've only got a small amount of time I like to cram in as much as possible! Time to sleep when I get home ;)

    #2 Posted: 8/10/2012 - 10:36

  • daawgon

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    "overnight 18 Dec: train to Danang (heading for Hoi An)"

    this is an especially long and boring trip by train with very little to see - I suggest a flight to save you some frustration

    good luck

    #3 Posted: 8/10/2012 - 12:34

  • caseyprich

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    (1 day roughly) 14 Dec: bus from Siem Reap to Saigon

    This is a very long day (6 hours t o Phnom Penh and then another 6 hours to Saigon) and I think you may be well served to stop for a night in Phnom Penh, as you have four days in Saigon anyway it might be nice to slow down a moment on the road and have an afternoon-evening to explore PP.

    overnight 18 Dec: train to Danang (heading for Hoi An)

    Agree with the above post - save a day and fly.

    afternoon/overnight 23 Dec: train to Hanoi

    This is not the loveliest ride save the stretch between Da Nang and Hue . I quite liked Hue and would recommend it for a night or two. Could I recommend taking a night or two off Ha Long Bay and checking out Hue? Then from Hue you take an overnight train to Hanoi and don't really lose any quality time.You can fly out of there, but it tends to be more expensive than Da Nang flights. Hue has a really nice feel and plenty to do in the countryside around (DMZ), could be an 'on your path' alternative to going afield to Sapa.

    #4 Posted: 8/10/2012 - 18:52

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