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  • roynolan

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    Hi, we ahve only 10 days in Vietnam this year, and would appreciate any views/tips on my plans.
    SAIGON day 1&2:half day to cu chi tunnels and saigon
    day 3:boat from saigon to MY Tho then Phoenix Island
    day 4:PHAN RANG- po klong gari and po ro me cham towers by motorbike
    day 5&6 NHA TRANG- po hagar and thap ba hot spring and beach.
    day 7&8:HUE imperial city, royal tombs.
    day 9&10: HANOI.
    we are travelling by train all the way including a couple of overnight sleepers.
    Thanks

    #1 Posted: 29/1/2009 - 17:03

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  • chrispyrolls

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    hey roy ... you're gonna need a holiday after that trip!

    why not just focus on one area, say the south, for your 10 days?

    #2 Posted: 29/1/2009 - 17:55

  • roynolan

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    thanks crispy, I know it is a bit full on, but wanted to get the highlights this year, then spend more time another year. We have a few days to relax in Phuket before we go to VN, and a couple of days in Bangkok after.

    #3 Posted: 29/1/2009 - 22:28

  • bfaresin

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    It took me 1 month to travel around Vietnam the way you want to do. If you go to Hué you can't miss Hoi An, it's wonderful, and if you go to Hanoi you can't miss to see Halong Bay, Tam Coc and Sapa in the north.
    I enjoyed a lot North Vietnam, it's a pity to go there only to visit Hanoi.

    #4 Posted: 30/1/2009 - 01:43

  • brucemoon

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    Roynolan

    I'm with crispyrolls on this one.

    You don't say where you've previously been, so its hard to know what could readily be left out.

    Saigon really warrants more time

    In some respects I'd suggest you stop over at Danang, get a moto and 'do' Hoi An (20 min from Danang southside) then head up to Hue and moto the area.

    IMHO (in my humble opinion) the 'temple' tour so promoted by the VN gov't (and endorsed by LP) isn't the be all and end all; though some aspects are well worth the 'journey' (especially My Son near Hoi An).

    I'd question Nha Trang for a 10 day trip - too commercial (despite Po Hagar)! And, to many Phan Rang is merely 'another' VN regional centre (much like the others!). That said, both have wonderful attractions off the beaten path.

    Thus, I'd suggest a 3 or 4 stop trip Saigon, Danang (& surrounds) - maybe Hue - and HaNoi.

    Cheers

    #5 Posted: 30/1/2009 - 20:24

  • roynolan

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    thanks bfaresin and brucemoon.
    The next trip we will spend more time in the north, I know it needs more time to go to Halong, Sapa and other places and we don't have the time this visit.
    My Son we are missing out due to spending a couple of days at Angkor before coming to VN, and we don't want to walk round another place which is similar. That sounds bad, but I don't mean it to sound that way.
    My Son, Hoi An and Danang deserve a few days, which we don't have, so they will be the next trip along with Phan Thiet, Ta Cu mountain.

    #6 Posted: 31/1/2009 - 20:31

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