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Hue to Hanoi in Jan 09

  • hunter

    Joined Travelfish
    15th July, 2008
    Posts: 7

    Researching alternatives for my last leg Hue to Hanoi
    688 km found several options:

    Bus 200,000 overnight, takes 12 hours
    Train 470,000 overnight soft sleeper
    Plane $ 74 one hour, VN airlines

    managed to find the overnight train schedule from Hue

    SE2 15.55 arr 05.40
    SE4 16.38 arr 04.30

    SE4 departs later but arrives earlier, is this possible ?

    I have read the accomodation listings, but do you
    have any rec hotel for Hue ?

    #1 Posted: 15/7/2008 - 22:10

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  • daawgon

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    I know this doesn't exactly help for Hue-Hanoi, but Jetstar is only charging US$28. for Danang-Hanoi.

    #2 Posted: 15/7/2008 - 23:19

  • CatBa2

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    6th November, 2007
    Posts: 53

    Posted from within Vietnam.

    The order in which a train leaves does not mean it arrives in the same order.

    The rail line running from Ha Noi to HCMC is a single, narrow guage, track with a lot of bypasses - they run many trains aside from the Reunification Express along this single line and some express trains overtake slower ones.

    If you decide to take a bus please take a Mai Linh Express as they employ trained drivers and new buses. The OpenTour alternatives seem to be driven by suicidal maniacs who are still to learn.

    If you take a bus you arrive tired and lose time in a hotel recovering so rail is more attractive as you save on a hotel room.

    #3 Posted: 16/7/2008 - 05:51

  • hunter

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    Daawgon, thank you for your input on Jetstar option,
    Danang-Hanoi $ 28 sounds very attractive.
    Not sure if it is advisable to backtrack 5 hours
    plus from Hue to Danang ? Has anybody done this ?

    CatBa, your rec to use Mai Linh is noted with thanks.
    The train sounds better than 16 hours by bus.
    However I may consider to fly direct from Hue to
    Hanoi depending on my budget then. I presume that
    I can book the flight at Hue using credit card ?

    #4 Posted: 19/7/2008 - 01:27

  • redgum

    Joined Travelfish
    24th January, 2008
    Location Australia
    Posts: 26

    Hiya
    Why not check out Vietnam Air? We paid bout $43 Hue to Hanoi, Jetstar no longer flies this route.

    #5 Posted: 20/7/2008 - 11:12

  • vrostoff

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    21st July, 2008
    Posts: 4

    Hi, thanks to all for their info. redgum, just wondering about that $43 Vietnam Air flight to Hue. Did you book the ticket in Vietnam? How many days in advance did you book? I'm flying in from Luang Prabang and am trying to sort out august Vietnam travel.

    #6 Posted: 21/7/2008 - 09:22

  • vrostoff

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    Hi, thanks to all for their info. redgum, just wondering about that $43 Vietnam Air flight to Hue. Did you book the ticket in Vietnam? How many days in advance did you book? I'm flying in from Luang Prabang and am trying to sort out august Vietnam travel.

    #7 Posted: 21/7/2008 - 09:26

  • redgum

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    24th January, 2008
    Location Australia
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    hi vrostoff
    yes i did get the tickets in vietnam, a tour guide we have booked got them for us, we just transferred the money to him. We booked them about 3 weeks ago & are flying on the 13 th august. Let me know if you want his email addy
    good luck

    #8 Posted: 21/7/2008 - 10:21

  • vrostoff

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    thanks for the offer about the email addy, it would be great to have. I'm new to the boards and don't know the best way to share the info.

    #9 Posted: 21/7/2008 - 14:09

  • kongxh

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    23rd April, 2008
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    if you're on a budget, then bus is good. i took the sinhcafe overnight sleeper and found it wonderfully comfortable. the buses they use are much newer than the rest of the daytime fleet.

    that said, train is the most comfortable if your budget isnt so tight

    #10 Posted: 22/7/2008 - 00:46

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  • redgum

    Joined Travelfish
    24th January, 2008
    Location Australia
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    HI vrostoff

    his email is jasonrockstarguide@yahoo.com
    You can also join trip advisor & do a search for jason, no-one ever says anything bad about him & highly recommends him.
    If you need anything else feel free to message me again
    red

    #11 Posted: 22/7/2008 - 09:20

  • vrostoff

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    hi redgum, thanks for the email contact, Jason has lots of postive feedback. thanks kongxh for the bus experience. I only have 9 days in Vietnam so I'm trying to pack in as much as I can.

    I'll be in Vietnam around the same time as you redgum, let's hope that the rainy season isn't too bad this year.

    thanks again,
    vr

    #12 Posted: 22/7/2008 - 20:04

  • redgum

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    Location Australia
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    Hiya again
    Yes Jason is great, we booked a mekong delta tour with him as well as a city tour too. His tours are private so it suits us. He helped us book flights & a motel as well as putting us in touch with a tour guide in Hanoi to take us to Halong bay. He always emails straight back & sooo polite, cant wait to meet him. We are staying for for 14 nites & now i'm sorry we didnt book for longer.
    As for the rainy season well i spose we'll have wait & see, lucky i love the rain!

    #13 Posted: 22/7/2008 - 21:24

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