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Advices for 3 weeks intiary in Vietnam?

  • camerondir

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    Posted from within Vietnam.

    I am currently in Hanoi to do a small study for my bachelor thesis.

    As part of my studies, I am going on a short field trip to Sapa , Halong, Hoa Bing , Hue, Hoi anh, Myson. The scheduling is still not in stone, but I expect to visit Sapa on the 16th of January as well as spending 3 full weeks starting on the 20th of January till the 10th of Febuary to Halong-hoabing-hue-hoianh-myson.

    Would like to get your suggestions on whether 3 full weeks enough for doing my small study in these locations? Which is the best transportation to get these destinations? How could I organize this trip as most economically?

    And for this trip, I will need an guide, who has good command of English and who is guiding me for 3 full weeks from Sapa-Halong-Hoabing-Hue-Hoian-Myson. My budget is 10 USD/guide/per day.Any advices for looking a guide?

    I would highly appreciate. Thanks a million.

    #1 Posted: 28/12/2009 - 14:17

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    I think train would be the best way for most of that trip as outside of the Ha Long Bay legs it is straightforward by train. I don't like your chances of getting an English-speaking guide for $10 a day -- if you're already in Hanoi I'd suggest swinging by some of the travel agents to get an idea of what the going rate for a guide is.

    #2 Posted: 29/12/2009 - 14:48

  • bristol

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    In my opinion, the trip you are proposing to do is feasible - 3 weeks being a happy medium however the excursion to Hue, Hoi An will eat into your time. I advice you make a trip like this..., explore 3D2N in Halong as first destination and then 3D/2N Sapa,3D2N in Hoa Binh ...all in the North of VN. Then travel around 2 weeks to Hue, Hoi An in the Middle.There has many historic sites in Hue, Hoian etc to go visit
    The best transportation to get there:
    Hanoi-Halong ( by cruise), back to Hanoi
    Hanoi-Sapa ( by train)
    Hoabinh - Hue- Hoian- Myson ( by train or by car)
    Or you can go around the Old Quater and then search some recommended travel agent: Columbus, Hanspan, Singcafe... they are tour experts in Vietnam tours. Compare the prices then choose one for you. The tour always covers the English professional guide
    Hope this help

    #3 Posted: 29/12/2009 - 15:39

  • silversnapp-

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    Camerondir, don't forget to add a the Dong Xuan market in Hanoi in your study. It's one of the oldest landmark there and you can see a lot of the activities there. You can learn a lot from there about the everyday life of the city, plus Hoan Kiem Lake is just near the market.

    #4 Posted: 30/12/2009 - 11:05

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