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2 weeks in Vietnam!! advice needed

Posted by DeviouslySweet on 3/7/2011 at 20:00

I'm going travelling alone to Vietnam in Sep(or the beginning of Oct), and I'm only going to be able to spend 2 weeks there. I'm thinking of flying into Hanoi(2nights) and then travelling Sapa(1) -> Hue(1) -> Hoi An(1) -> Da Lat(2) -> Nha Trang(3) and Ho Chi Minh(2).
How does this plan sound to you? I’m not sure if it’s better to travel from Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi.

+ Any recommendations for a day trip in Ho Chi Minh and Nha Trang?

I know it’s a little early to plan for Sep, but it makes me feel like i’m already there!! Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks xx

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Posted by domb on 4/7/2011 at 13:42

I would spend more time in Hoi An, its really gorgeous there and if you want to get clothes tailored you should spend atleast 2 days there...

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Posted by mikethediver on 6/7/2011 at 19:49

It's a lot of travel time if you are traveling by road. Sapa is a long way from Hanoi , normally an overnight train, so if you intend to spend only 1 night there, you will not see much.

I would think about cutting out some locations and flying where possible; as a suggestion; fly into Hanoi then straght out to Sapa for 3 nights (we got a 3 night package including travel, treks, food & accommodation for 80 US$) back to Hanoi & 2 nights in Halong bay. You could then fly to Hoi An for a few days & then fly to HCMC. If you need a few days on the beach then Mui Ne is fairly near HCMC.

It doesn't really matter if you do Hanoi to HCMC or HCMC to Hanoi.However, one advantage of ending in HCMC is there is land route out to Cambodia if that is of any consideration.
Have a good time,

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Posted by Rasheeed on 7/7/2011 at 16:27

See, I would do both Hue and Hoi An. You will probably like one much more than the other. (I likes Hue, don't like the shopping mall that is Hoi An). Make that your base for central VN. Unless you really feel the need to buy clothes, don't do it in Hoi An. Good tailors are far outnumbered by crappy ones.

Fly from either of those places to HCMC. Skip Nha Trang.


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Posted by Queenienguyen on 8/7/2011 at 15:43

Posted from within Vietnam.

Hi ,
As I know if you have 2 weeks you can go to Hanoi , Sapa , Hue , Hoi An, Dalat , Nha TRang and Ho Chi Minh City . Please see the draft itinerary which I give you as below:
Day 1: Arrival to Ho Chi Minh City
Day 2: Ho Chi Minh- Mekong delta one day
Day 3: Ho Chi Minh - Cu Chi tunnels & city tour - Flight to Nha Trang
Day 4: Nha Trang
Day 5: Nha Trang - Danang - Hoi an ( by air plane)
Day 6: Hoi an fishing tour
Day 7: Hoi an - Hue
Day 8: City Hue
Day 9: Hue- Hanoi
Day 10: Hanoi city tour - overnight to Sapa
Day 11: Sapa
Day 12: Sapa - Hanoi
Day 13: Hanoi- flight back home
For the hotel accommodation in Ho Chi Minh you can stay at Elios hotel and in Nha Trang you can stay at Asia Paradise. This is the normal budget that you can stay.
You can book your package tour via the travel agent. That is good for you. They can arrange everything for you. Here some of the travel agent you can reach it via their website: or .

I hope all this information is clear for you.

Hope you have a great time in Vietnam

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Posted by Rasheeed on 8/7/2011 at 16:02

Damn. Lots of travelling. Only 4 days where you don't see a bus or train. Insane.

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