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Vietnam & Laos 6 weeks in December

  • Wazzak

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    Looking for an itinerary covering both countries. Fly in/out of Ho Chi Minh early December leave end Jan 2015, 2 adults & 2 teenagers.

    We had 3 weeks in Cambodia last year & loved it. Vietnam was always high on the list but we keep hearing great things of Laos also. Any suggested itinerary would be much appreciated.

    Thanks!

    #1 Posted: 1/2/2014 - 01:05

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  • Wazzak

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    We're into sightseeing, eating & drinking, temples, snorkelling/diving but not the trekking scene. Teenagers will be 15 & 17.

    As a rough guide, what about

    Saigon>Mui Ne
    Mui Ne> Nha Trang
    Nha Trang>Hoi An
    Hoi An>Da Nang
    Da Nang>Hue
    Hue>Ha Long Bay
    Ha Long Bay> Hanoi
    Hanoi>Sapa
    Sapa> Luang Prabang
    Luang Prabang> Vientiane

    Then some how get from Vientiane to Saigon for flight home. No idea regarding transport between these places, but an overnight train does not sound like much fun!

    Is this too many places? I know we've got 6 weeks but wouldn't mind spending some time in these places as opposed to being continually on the move.

    #2 Posted: 2/2/2014 - 03:14

  • dannyjacob

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    Hi,

    I would like to recommend you to skip Mui Ne if Nha Trang is included in your program, then replace it with Da Lat. In the North, you should visit Ninh Binh province which is home to many beautiful caves and old temples, pagodas.

    The itinerary I like would be as below:
    Saigon>Nhatrang
    Nha Trang>Da Lat
    Da Lat>Hoi An
    Hoi An>Da Nang
    Da Nang>Hue
    Hue> Hanoi
    Hanoi>Ha Long Bay
    Ha Long Bay> Ninh Binh (via National Road 10, no need to return to Hanoi)
    Ninh Binh> Return to Hanoi for an overnight train to Sapa
    Sapa> Luang Prabang
    Luang Prabang

    Cheers,
    Dan

    #3 Posted: 10/2/2014 - 08:07

  • daawgon

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    I like to fly the longer distance routes such as Nha Trang to Danang/Hoi An - the train will get you there eventually, but it's slow going and none too interesting/none too clean. VN roads are to be avoided - especially sleeper buses.

    Sapa-Luang Prabang - I would return to Hanoi and fly this too. If you need to drop a location, I would drop Vientiane - bored me to death!

    #4 Posted: 10/2/2014 - 14:13

  • dannyjacob

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    Yes you are right, Daawgon :)

    I failed to mention that we need to be back to Hanoi for the flight to Luang Prabang

    #5 Posted: 11/2/2014 - 08:36

  • Wazzak

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    Saigon>Nhatrang
    Nha Trang> Da Lat

    ? Da Lat is on the way to Nha Trang.

    Wouldn't Sapa be cold in January?

    #6 Posted: 11/2/2014 - 19:54

  • dannyjacob

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    Actually we can reach Da Lat and Nha Trang from HCMC 2 different way. From Nha Trang, we take a 4 hour drive uphill to Da Lat the most romantic city in Vietnam and can be considered Sapa of the South. From here, there are available flight by Vietnam Airlines to Danang which is gateway to Hoian.

    Yes, Sapa is cold in January but the best time for a visit.

    #7 Posted: 12/2/2014 - 07:42

  • Wazzak

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    Thank you for this, great information. Da Lat sounds great. Any idea roughly what a flight from Nha Trang to Da Nang would cost, approximately?

    #8 Posted: 12/2/2014 - 15:30

  • Wazzak

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    Also, what's the best way of getting from Hue to Hanoi? Looks like a long way. Open Tours?

    #9 Posted: 13/2/2014 - 00:12

  • Wazzak

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    How about

    Saigon13-12-14 to 18-12-14
    Nha Trang>19-12-14 to 23-12-14
    Da Lat >23-12-14 to 26-12-14

    Fly Da Lat to Hoi An

    Hoi An>26-12-14 to 29-12-14
    Da Nang>29-12-14. 1-01 15
    Hue > 1--1-15 to 3--1-15
    Fly Hue to Hanoi

    Hanoi>3-01-15 to 6-01-15
    Ha Long Bay> 06-01-15 to 07-01-15

    Return to Hanoi for an overnight train to Sapa

    Sapa> 07-01-15 to 10-01-15
    Fly Sapa> Luang Prabang
    Luang Prabang 10-01-15 to 15-01-15

    Need to be back in HCMC by 26-01-15. Fly via Phnom Penh?

    Not sure I have allowed enough time for travelling between locations. All suggestions welcome.

    #10 Posted: 7/10/2014 - 05:18

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  • annakute

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    Posted from within Vietnam.

    I would agree with dannyjacob. Da Lat and Ninh Binh are really worth visiting. There is no airport in Hoi An , so you would must fly from Da Lat to Danang, stay here first and then take a taxi or private car to Hoi An for 3 nights. From Hoi An, book a bus to Hue. It takes about 4 hours on the bus.

    #11 Posted: 12/10/2014 - 20:59

  • Wazzak

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    Thank you annakute for pointing that out. We'll fly to Da Nang if that is where the airport is!

    What would be the best way from Saigon to Nha Trang ? And would you favour Nha Trang over Mui Ne?

    Thinking of doing Easy Riders from Nha Trang to Da Lat, but there are so many of them. Any recommended companies, better to book in advance or on the spot in Vn?

    #12 Posted: 13/10/2014 - 02:05

  • PoppyHeart

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    Posted from within Vietnam.

    I vote for Ha noi- Halong in 1 day

    #13 Posted: 17/10/2014 - 20:34

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