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Vietnam in two weeks

Posted by fire_lily81 on 10/4/2006 at 13:14

I'm planning to start at Hanoi and end at Hi Chi Minh and cover these routes:

Hanoi - Halong Bay - Ninh Binh - Hoi An - Nha Trang - Dalat - Ho Chi Minh City

How do I get from one place to the other? Should I opt for open tour bus? I'm realy sceptic about the open tour bus though since i've read that they might drop you at an expensive guesthouse or somewhere that you don;t wanna go and get your already restricted time wasted. I know that train route is possible from from Hoi An to Nha Trang but what about the other destination?

Is is realistic to cover all these places in two weeks? If not, how do I get from Vietnam to Cambodia using other routes?

I know that this might be too much to ask, but since this is my first time, I hope that somebody could help clear out my dilemma =)

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Posted by coogi on 10/4/2006 at 13:58

Hi Newbie

I have just recently returned from a 3 week holiday in Vietnam, and I feel it would be unrealistic to visit all these places mentioned in 2 weeks. Vietnam is a diverse country with much to see and do, and I felt that we were pushing it to see Vietnam from north to south in 3 weeks. If you want to travel in 2 weeks I would suggest Hanoi, Halong Bay overnight boat trip, Hoi An, Nha Trang? and Ho Chi Minh City. The best way to travel is by train. They have express trains leaving at different times of the day. To save money and time opt for the overnight trains soft sleeper for the longer trips Hanoi to Danang (Hoi An) Danang to Nha Trang, Nha Trang to HCM City. I found them clean and comfortable and not too noisy. The tickets can be booked ahead at the train station or there are lots of agencies that can do it for you for a price. The best thing about the trains is that you can move about and stretch your legs, go to the toilet when you want to and not to have the worry of being another road statisitic. I hope this has helped you with your dilemma.

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Posted by somtam2000 on 10/4/2006 at 16:54 admin

Hi fire_lily81 & coogi,

Welcome to you both!

OP, you're timing is good as we've just added the first of many Vietnam trip plans to the site. The link will take you to a suggested trip which, whil you could do it in ten days to two weeks, would be far more comfortable stretched over 3-4 weeks.

On the route you suggest, see the Vietnam Railways site for detailed timetable and pricing info.

We're not fans of the Open Tour system, and don't recommend it.

Coogi gives some good advice above -- Vietnam is a country where LESS really is MORE -- particularly when you only have two weeks.

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Posted by fire_lily81 on 11/4/2006 at 17:30

coogo n somtam,
Thanks for the advise.. really help me in making my decisions... i've decided to put Dalat away for this time around.. maybe in my next trip since I think I've covered the mountain part in Chiang Mai.. Thanks again.. n Somtam, keep up the good work..

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