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Firts Trip To Vietnam Itinerary (Can someone please add their comments?)

  • gracenpaul

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    Hi, My wife and I are planning our first trip to Vietnam in SEP/OCT and was wondering if someone could please add comments/suugestions?

    We only have 14 days to spare.

    Arrive HCM (3 Nights)
    Fly to Na Trang (2 Nights)
    Train to Da Nang (1 Night)

    What we are stuck on is the best way to get to Hanoi from Da nang? We would like to spend a few days in Hoi An and Hue and a least 3-4 days in Hanoi before we head home.

    Is this a realistic plan?

    If someone can add their suggestions it would be greatly appreciated.

    #1 Posted: 29/7/2009 - 07:42

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  • BruceMoon

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    gracenpaul

    It's great to see that you have got a prough plan on where you want to rest your head along the way.

    Before I further comment, I'd really like to know what you two want to see, do and experience while in Vietnam. That (for me at least) would fashion how I offered ideas.

    As an aside, go read these two 'posts' on Travelfish...

    1. This here is oriented to Thailand, but it also perfectly applies to Vietnam, and

    2. This here (I suggest) helps marry travel with enjoyment/experience.

    Cheers

    #2 Posted: 29/7/2009 - 08:27

  • gracenpaul

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    BrueMoon,

    This is the second part of our first backpacking adventure through Cambodia and Vietnam.

    Both my wife and I have never travelled overseas before so we really want to 'experience' the places that we visit. We are open minded and want to take it as it comes. We want to get off the beaten track.

    The culture and history of Vietnam is something that we really want to encounter.

    We don't want to make any "concrete' decisions. Our trip is going to be open so that if we decide we like the current place we are visiting, we will stay longer. If we don't like it, we will move on sooner.

    I hope this helps.

    #3 Posted: 29/7/2009 - 09:09

  • BruceMoon

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    gracenpau

    Your original post (ie #1) lists places that are well and truly on the banana pancake trail (see my #1 link).

    That said, I doubt you will experience much in Vietnam other than what westerners like on the banana pancake trail.

    There is nothing necessarily wrong with doing the banana pancake trail. My wife & I did that a year or so ago. We made a blog that may help (go here to look.

    But, if you do want to see aspects of Vietnam outside the banana pancake trail, you will have to give yourself time to so do, be oriented to explore options that will get you away from the banana pancake trail, and be willing to turn your back on the banana pancake trail crowd.

    Cheers

    #4 Posted: 29/7/2009 - 09:18

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