We arrive in Hanoi this Saturday (09th Sept) and are travelling down the coast to HCM. We were wondering if we should do it ourselves or take a tour? We were thinking of doing it ourselves. We have 2.5 - 3 weeks to go down the coast.
We were thinking of stopping at the following places:
Hanoi to Halong Bay
Does anyone recommend anywhere else to stop or is this fine?
Also what time allocation would people suggest for these places?
Your comments feedback are greatly appreciated!!
#1 brinner has been a member since 29/8/2006. Posts: 20
While the open tour things cover that itinerary, I'd lean towards doing it independently, except perhaps for doing Ha Long Bay on a tour out of Hanoi.
Hanoi to Halong Bay - probably a tour out of Hanoi
Hue - train
Hoi An - train to Da Nang then taxi/motorbike to Hoi An
Nha Trang - train
Mui Ne - bus from Nha Trang
HCM - bus
if going straight from hanoi to mui ne would you recommend train and then bus? is there a website for trains in vietnam?
#3 alexrobinton has been a member since 8/9/2006. Posts: 3
Express trains normally leave Hanoi on time and arrive in Saigon on time again. However these days they arrive in Hue 2 hours late, pick up one more hour delay on the scenic stretch to Danang and arrive in Nha Trang 2,5 to 3,5 hours late. After that they pick up steam again. You might take a local train, they are more reliable these days, or a bus.
#4 ReneHanoi has been a member since 3/7/2006. Posts: 54
I would softsleeper between Ha Noi and Hue or Da Nang (for Hoi An); and between Da Nang and Nha Trang.
Hue / Da Nang is best covered with bus with another bus to Hoi An.
There is now rail service bwteen HCMC and Phan Thiet - which is 25 miles south of Mui Ne.
Book all rail travel 2-3 days ahead of travel. Softsleepers include 3 snack packs + water each day and a newspaper. Ask for the shower option!
#5 DakLak has been a member since 28/8/2006. Posts: 57