My friends and I are planning a 3 week trip from Saigon to Chiang Mai.
Plan is to spend about a week to get to Hanoi and we want to go to the gibbon experience (that being the real issue getting there) we will overnight train in Vietnam to get around fly to laos and possibly fly to the houy xai for the gibbons as i think a 2 day slow boat will consume too much time and I get sea sick.
Just wanted to know which places we should stop at along the way are for how long? Also how hard is it to get a flight to houy xai?
#1 21days has been a member since 27/7/2009. Posts: 12
I suggest you need to give us more details.
In the grand scheme of things, 21 days is not very much.
You can 'waste' a lot of your journey on travel, thus seeing much but experiencing little, or get focussed and enjoy much.
Until there is more detail from you about where/when/etc., I doubt anyone can make an objective observation.
Personally, I wouldn't be allocating just a week from SaiGon to HaNoi. And, I'd like to know more about your expectations regarding the HaNoi to Huay Xai part of the journey.
Try reading here to plan for your journey, and then determine what you want to do/see.
Really aren't to many expectations. There are 6-7 of us going. want to see the tunnels in saigon halong bay go to luang prabang in laos and tubing and the gibbon experience. I have read alot of this site but its just a real backpacker early 20s trip, i like doing things more than just taking in towns which is not like most on this site. It a quick trip but we like to be busy so going hiking swimming that sort of thing appeals.
#3 21days has been a member since 27/7/2009. Posts: 12
Sorry the grammer was really bad in that
#4 21days has been a member since 27/7/2009. Posts: 12
21 days - no worries. This isn't an English class.
"I have read alot of this site but its just a real backpacker early 20s trip, i like doing things more than just taking in towns which is not like most on this site."
You're going to love it here then. Group is a little big for my tastes. Will require some flexibility on everyone's part. Like you I am a city boy who wants to do - not see. Looks like you picked some good locations to do though... have fun.
#5 MADMAC has been a member since 6/6/2009. Posts: 6,957