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  • Balihopeful

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    Hoping to go to Vietnam in January. Probably only have 2 weeks with extra night stop over in KL on the way and 2 nights KL returning. Flying out of Perth and wanting to see Hanoi, Hoi An, Halong Bay and maybe one other place. Dont want to be travelling every day would rather see a few places and stay a few days in each place. Any recommendations?

    #1 Posted: 26/4/2013 - 03:37

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  • daawgon

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    Be careful with January - TET in Vietnam is the end of Jan '14 (transport problems and higher cost generally)

    #2 Posted: 26/4/2013 - 12:17

  • caseyprich

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    I always recommend the sleeper train from Hanoi to Danang. If you book the later departure you should end up passing the stretch of track between Hue and Danang in the morning hours, very beautiful seaside views. The train is also more convenient than the Hanoi airport, and from Danang to Hoian is something like 30 minutes on moto. If you are trying to travel during Tet you can book tickets ahead online. I used the following site and had my ticket waiting at my Hanoi hotel when I arrived: http://www.trainticketdeliver.com/

    #3 Posted: 26/4/2013 - 17:59

  • Balihopeful

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    thankyou overnight train sounds good. Guess if I start at Hanoi then I might fly out of Saigon and have a day or 2 there as well. Can I fly to Saigon from say Danang? I must admit to ignorance and ask what is TET? I should be home by 20th January so possibly miss TET???

    #4 Posted: 26/4/2013 - 19:50

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    arah

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    Posted from within Vietnam.

    Tet is the lunar new year. It's 31st Jan next year so you shouldn't have any problems with transport. I think Hanoi , Halong and Hoi An are good bets for a 2 week break if you want to take it slow. There are loads of day trips and activities you can do from Hanoi as a base, same as Hoi An. You could also add in Hue if that interests you and you feel you'll have time - so take the train to Hue, stay a day or so, then take the train onward to Danang. And yes, you can fly to Saigon from Danang.

    #5 Posted: 27/4/2013 - 01:37

  • frere

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    Posted from within Vietnam.

    i just answered someone about a similar issue -
    1 hanoi and saigon are my two least favourite places here
    2 what do you know in a couple of days?

    introduction on this site is useful if a little rose-tinted and the best advice is repeated: ask other travellers. my personal tag is to avoid the lonely plonker guidebook - apart from anything else you end up at places where you only meet people with the same book. get out there and explore!

    #6 Posted: 28/4/2013 - 03:10

  • caseyprich

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    With two weeks I agree you go more with Sarah's plan. Keep to the Triple-H ( Hanoi -Hue-Hoian). You can fly back to Hanoi from Da Nang (Hue or Danang airport closed at this time? I keep forgetting).

    #7 Posted: 29/4/2013 - 00:35

  • Mexi736

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    I would like recommend you Optiontown.com to everyone. I had an economy class ticket of Vietnam Airlines and applied for Upgrade to business class. and got the upgrade. Traveled in business class at a very low price. Enjoyed full, worth using.

    #8 Posted: 29/4/2013 - 06:03

  • Geer1

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    If you are going to do the north stretch slowly add in Paradise Cave. Can take sleeper train to Dong Hoi(slow train might work best for this arrival time and cost wise, at least it did going to Hanoi) then you can either rent a scooter and ride it to the cave(nice scenery along way and very reasonably priced this way) or can book a tour although they are fairly pricey.

    Then hop on train down to Hue, Hoi An etc. This should only add 1-2 days to your schedule and you will be very happy you went.

    #9 Posted: 5/5/2013 - 01:08

  • Hazel_87

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    I recommend Lang Co beach, Paradise Cave very beautiful places. For flying I recommend Vietnam Airlines & Use optiontown.com services (I enjoyed business class upgrade for VND 363577 between Hanoi to Nha trang)
    ENJOY

    #10 Posted: 14/5/2013 - 02:04

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