Hi. We're a family of 3 spending 12 days in Vietnam and Cambodia in December, which I now realise is nowhere near enough! We were planning to take overnight train from Hanoi to Hue and spend 3 nights there before flying from Da Nang to Siem Reap. It seems that the most spectacular scenery on the train journey is between Hue and Da Nang though, so i'm now wondering if we'd be better to fly Hanoi to Hue, and then take train Hue to Da Nang the day we leave (it's a late afternoon flight). Any advice that would allow to see the most of the countryside while we're there (given we have a preference for train over bus)? Thanks in advance.
#1 annie101 has been a member since 22/9/2012. Posts: 3
Given your limited time, I'd suggest flying. Also, if I read your post right, you will be spending time in Hanoi and Hue only, and then going straight to Danang airport to fly elsewhere...? From that, I assume that you will miss out on Hoi An .
If it were me, I'd spend the time in Hoi An rather than Hue. Hue was nice enough, albeit cold and drizzly when I was there in early Dec - but I had a whole month in Vietnam. Skip Hue and fly Hanoi to Danang, then make your way to Hoi An (about 1/2 hour away). Lots to do in Hoi An itself, but there's also a nice beach nearby, it's a great area for cycling, and you can do day trips up towards Danang (Marble Mountain, China Beach, etc).
Thanks so much for this. I've taken everyone's advice and just booked flights from Hanoi to Hue . This will give us an extra night, so we can have 3 nights in Hue and one in Hoi An . We arrive late the first night and then plan to spend the first day looking around Hue and the second full day visiting the DMZ and Vinh Moc tunnels (my husband's interest). The following day we'll try to hire a car and driver to go to Hoi An with a stop at Hai Van pass, giving us part of that day and the following morning in Hoi An. Though this will be fairly rushed, I'm hoping it will give us a bit of an overview - so we can return to Central Vietnam and know exactrly where to visit next time! Thanks again for all your help. Annie
#5 annie101 has been a member since 22/9/2012. Posts: 3
Good luck to your trip!
#6 Lila_Kue has been a member since 16/10/2012. Posts: 13