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Posted by bamjitsu1 on 15/5/2012 at 06:54

Flying in to HCMC and out of Hanoi. (or the other way) 3 weeks in August.
Planning to go from HCMC to Hoi An, possibly Sapa as well and where ever else we stop. But are wanting to also go to Cambodia before we start heading North. Do you think we would have enough time to get to Siem Reap then travel up the Vietnam coast.
Im worried about the time spent on travel to and from SR from HCMC. I dont want it to be rush rush rush the whole time. But we'd love to see Angkor Wat etc.
I looked up flights from SR but they are super expensive! so we wont be doing that.
Any suggestions on this would be awesome.
Ive spent the past 5+ hours looking up things and my brain is fried!

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Posted by daawgon on 15/5/2012 at 13:26

3 weeks is barely enough time to make 3 or 4 stops in Vietnam - leave Cambodia for another time. I would only spend a day or 2 in Saigon before heading north to Hoi An/Danang, and then on to the Hanoi area and Sapa. You just need more time - moving from place to place in this country takes quite a lot of time - that's why I fly. Where to start - right here at Travelfish (great features and blogs). Get recommendations for hotels, airlines and travel agents so you won't be scammed too frequently.

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Posted by busylizzy on 15/5/2012 at 14:50

Start here: https://www.travelfish.org/trip_planner/vietnam-hanoi-to-saigon.

THen start reading up on the places that interest you to fine-tune your plans. If you're not wanting to fly to Siem Reap, then I'd suggest skipping Siem Reap, too. Don't underestimate how long it takes to get from one place to the next - including your check in/out times, travel time to/from bus stations, etc, waiting time - and then the lengthy travel times! At the end of each itinerary in the planning section is an indication of travel times - use those as a guideline.

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Posted by ecotravelvn on 23/6/2012 at 10:11

Posted from within Vietnam.

Hi,
think of visit Ho CHi Minh city , then take flight to Siem reap and visit. Then back HoChiminh city and go on your trip in Vietnam if you cannot book fly directly from your country to Siem Reap before arriving Vietnam. This is my suggest for brief itinerary
D1: HCM arr
D2: HCM city & Cu Chi
D3: hCM - Mekong Delta
D4:Mekong delta - HCM
D5: HCM - fly to Siem Reap & visit
D6: Visit Angkor wat
D7: Visit Angkor
D8: Visit Siem reap & fly back Hochiminh afternoon
D9: hochiminh - fly Nhatrang
D10: Nha Trang visit
D11: Nha Trang - fly Danang
D12: Visit Hoian - My Son
D13: Visit Tra Que village & cooking class
D14: Hoi An - Hue
D15: Hue city & fly to hanoi
D16: Hanoi city - night train to Lao Cai
D17: Sapa visit
D18: Sapavisit - night train back Hanoi
D19: Hanoi - halong
D20: halong - hanoi
D21: Hanoi depart

Or you can cut a place you don't want to visit Phu Quoc island at least 2 days, or Dalat city 2 days. Or choose to home stay in Sapa.
Sunny welcome

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Posted by oceansrepublic on 23/6/2012 at 12:23

keep in mind u need a multiple entry visa for VN if u do that....I recon fly in hanoi...make your way to halong...forget danang...go to Hoi An, Nha Trang (short stop over), Dalat (highlands), Mui Ne beach for relaxing...Saigon....take a bus to Phnom Penh (8+) hours then siam reap...fly out of Phnom Phen again or even Siam Reap....

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