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2 weeks in december: north or south (or both)?

  • valentinafo-
    rno

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    Hi all, I am planning a 2 weeks family trip (4 adults) in vietnam in december, Xmas/New Year's time (couldn't take vacation at a different time). I wonder if it's best to stick to a region (north or south) or if it's ok to try and travel from one end to the other. If sticking to one area only, I need suggestions to wether visit north or south Vietnam. Thanks!

    #1 Posted: 2/9/2013 - 10:25

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  • Want2BHappy

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    South.

    #2 Posted: 2/9/2013 - 13:24

  • travellings-
    arah

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    Posted from within Vietnam.

    In two weeks I'd stick to one area and the south will be warmer in December. You can get city, countryside and beach in the south which should fill your time for a couple of weeks. But if you want to explore further afield you could fly up to Hanoi or the centre for a few days - Hanoi will be cool but should be dry and the centre will possibly be very wet but unless it's flooded you can still have a good visit.

    #3 Posted: 4/9/2013 - 04:09

  • valentinafo-
    rno

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    Thank you. I was thinking to do this itinerary:

    - HCMC (2 days)
    - fly to Hue
    - visit Hue and Hoi An (4 days)
    - fly to Da Lat and visit Cat Tien national park (2 days)
    - go back to HCMC and visit the Mekong Delta (3 days)
    - end of trip

    What do you think? Is Cat Tien worth the visit or do you have other places to recommend? Is 2 days in Hue and 2 days in Hoi An enough?
    Any suggestions?

    Thanks!!!

    #4 Posted: 4/9/2013 - 04:23

  • valentinafo-
    rno

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    Thank you! I'm glad you think that 4 days for Hue and Hoi An are ok, some people told me it's too much as they are very small. For the Mekong area, I was thinking to do a 3 days cruise.

    #5 Posted: 8/9/2013 - 05:39

  • Willstrong

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    Good plan but i recomment you to go to Mui Ne beach than Da Lat.
    -The first 2 days in HCM city, you can stay in Pham Ngu Lao street, you can look for travel information there, visit around HCM (zoo, park, waterpark, pagoda, church, museum,...)
    -Hue, i've never been there so i can't tell you. Hoi An old town, at night they turn on the lanterns, no neon light, the street only for walking and bicycle. You can take a day tour to four islands.
    -Relax at Mui Ne beach and see the Suoi Tien spring, sand dunes.
    -Back to HCM for delta mekong, Cu Chi tunnel,...

    #6 Posted: 18/9/2013 - 10:28

  • valentinafo-
    rno

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    Thank you Willstrong. In the end, my family decided to change itinerary.

    We will fly to Hanoi, then Halong Bay, Hue, Hoi An, Saigon, Mekong Delta, and back home. No beach time unfortunately...

    #7 Posted: 18/9/2013 - 11:26

  • Willstrong

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    Well ha long bay is better than mui ne. Still salt water...

    #8 Posted: 18/9/2013 - 11:35

  • valentinafo-
    rno

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    Cold though!

    #9 Posted: 18/9/2013 - 11:38

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