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14 days...doable or a bit unrealistic??

Posted by HanCi on 29/2/2012 at 20:19


We will be visiting family in Singapore in June and are planning a 2 week sidetrip to Vietnam. This is the itinerary that we have come up with, just need reassuring that it is doable or are we being very ambitious?!

Day 1 - arrive Hanoi (in the evening)
Day 2 - Halong Bay (1 night)
Day3 - Halong Bay/ Hanoi
Day 4 - Hanoi then overnight train to Sapa
Day 5 - Sapa
Day 6 - Sapa/ overnight train back to Hanoi
Day 7 - Hanoi/ overnight train/next morning flight to Hue /Danang
Day 8 - easy rider trip to Hoi An
Day 9 - Hoi An
Day 10 - Hoi An then eve flight to Saigon
Day 11 - Saigon/ CuChi Tunnnels
Day 12 - Mekong Delta
Day 13 - Mekong Delta/ Saigon
Day 14 - Saigon then eve flight to Singapore

We are not really into history/museums ect. and we don't plan to do the beach destinations on this trip. We are very keen to fit Sapa in for some trekking. If we arrive in Hue we just plan to go straight to Hoi An. Also, we are not sure if we should stay overnight in the Mekong Delta, is this recommended or is one day enough?

Thanks in advance for any replys :)

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Posted by MADMAC on 29/2/2012 at 21:26

It looks really hectic to me. If it were me, based on the things you wrote about desires, I'd just go to Hanoi and Sapa. 14 days is not a lot of time...

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Posted by caseyprich on 29/2/2012 at 23:20

June in the North is supposed to be relatively rainy (though not as bad as August) so keep that in mind for planning treks in Sapa and a visit to Halong Bay. June is an excellent time to visit Hue /Danang/Hoi'an as far as weather is concerned. So, though you aren't that keen on making this a beach outing or staying in Hue very long you may want to reconsider and allow for more time there. As you could find complications in travel with rain delaying treks in the North, it may be better to give yourself the full 14 days for just the North and Central Vietnam.

You could take an overnight train to Hue (or fly) and spend a night or two in the area (plenty to see and do), then take a morning or afternoon train to Da Nang (a beautiful ride) and check out the less touristy Da Nang for a night or two (staying close to China beach and getting some fresh seafood and beach time anyway) - then going down to Hoi'an for a couple nights before flying back to Hanoi from Da Nang (very convenient airport there). There is also a notable stretch of beach in Hoi'an, though I prefer the one around Da Nang. Renting motorbikes in Da Nang there are two nice 1/2 day trips you can take either to Marble Mountains or Monkey Mountain (Son Tra) for a great view of the area.

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Posted by daawgon on 1/3/2012 at 00:31

The word is brutal, even with a private aircraft, your head would be spinning off it's axis - and this doesn't even consider the heat of June! Since you arrive in the evening, you only have 13 days - SLASH AND BURN! I consider Hanoi to be interesting enough for several days, and Sapa is a must on my list too.

I would spend those 13 days in the North + Hoi An, and forget the rest. You can fly directly from Danang to Singapore.

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Posted by HanCi on 6/3/2012 at 09:03

Thanks for the replies!

Thanks to the advice above I think we will be leaving south of Hoi An for another will be an excuse to go back!

Thanks again

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Posted by sn0wman on 9/3/2012 at 01:00

i intend to travel also just like the thread starter but i will skip the HCMC part as i have been before.

Jus wondering izzit worth going to danang and hoi an?? I will be going only end oct to early nov.

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Posted by daawgon on 10/3/2012 at 13:07

"Jus wondering izzit worth going to danang and hoi an?? I will be going only end oct to early nov."

That depends on a few things, if you have the time, then absolutely! In my book, Hoi An is the real attraction there - it's just a great place to relax without all the usual hassles one finds in VN.

It will depend on the weather, as fall also means typhoon season and flooding in that area - you just have to keep on top of the weather forecasts - you should be flex in your travels of this country, anyway.


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