We're visiting Vietnam and Cambodia (mostly Vietnam) for three weeks in December and I was hoping to get a bit of feedback on our draft itinerary. We're looking for a mix of adventure, relaxation and culture.
1 travel to Hanoi
4 Ha Giang tour (posted on this a while back and decided to go for it!)
5 Ha Giang tour
6 Ha Giang tour
7 Ha Giang tour
8 Ha Giang tour
9 Fly/overnight train to Dong Hoi- Phong Nha Farmstay
10 Phong Nha Farmstay
11 Phong Nha Farmstay
12 Bus to Hue, fly to HCMC, bus to Ben Tre
13 Ben Tre
14 Can Tho
15 Fly Can Tho-Phu Quoc
16 Phu Quoc
17 Phu Quoc
18 Ferry to Ha Tien, overland to Siem Reap OR fly Phu Quoc-HCMC-Siem Reap
19 Siem Reap
20 Siem Reap
21 Siem Reap
22 Siem Reap/fly back late PM
What do you think? We're debating taking a day away from somewhere else for Hue, but don't want to rush around too much.
It also seems like we'll be flying a lot- I was hoping to take more ground transport and boats to see the country along the way but it seems with our time schedule flights are more logical.
Thanks in advance.
#1 junebug has been a member since 25/2/2012. Posts: 9
Hi, I can help a little. From Ha Noi down to Phong Nha Farmstay its possible to do by train, but its a long one personally I'd fly and do the six hour train ride from Dong Hoi down to Hue - its a beautiful journey. When you arrive in Dong Hoi its only a 30 min journey to the Farmstay, might be an idea to contact Ben by email as he can arrange that for you and he's a bit out of town.
Hue is great for a day if you like visiting citadels but you would need to have a good itinery to see everything in a day, people seem to either love or hate Hue, so it might be an idea to research it a bit more before you decide.
The Phu Quoc - Siem Reap bit is an expensive flight but the bus journey from Ha Tien up is not the most pleasant journey, it took us 18 hours, and the buses that do that particular route are famous for breaking down.
For a three week holiday I think you have planned very well. We just got back from the Farmstay in Phong Nha and had a great time.
I would leave Cambodia for another trip - Vietnam has plenty of things to do/places to go for a short trip. Dalat and BMT in the Central Highlands are very nice and off the tourist trail, or maybe a bike trip in the Delta?
Thanks for the helpful advice Lola- glad you had a great time at the farmstay!
Daawgon, already have our main flights (into Hanoi, back from Siem Reap, so that is the plan. We had originally planned on the entire time in Vietnam but friends raved about Angkor wat and once we looked into it more, decided it was something we really wanted todo. If we thought we'd be back to the region anytime in the near future (if ever) we'd likely have held off as you suggested, but that is unlikely. Just underestimated the time/distance to get there!
#4 junebug has been a member since 25/2/2012. Posts: 9
Agree totally with Lola - with your tight itinerary, spare yourself Ihe train and fly to Dong Hoi. Ben will pick u up from the airport and look after u very nicely. Like Hue, Phu Quoc can be hot and cold with people. Given u want some beach relaxation time it is prob best bet at that time of year. For getting out of hcmc to Ben Tre and Can Tho, have a think about going pillion on the back of a motorbike. Its great fun and a really great way of seeing the delta. Loc from Saigon Riders can look after you - msg me and I can provide you details.