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Hanoi-Hue-Hoi An in one day?

Posted by dwbpnm on 18/2/2013 at 09:30

My wife and I will be in Vietnam in April and are planning on travelling to Hoi An after a few days in Hanoi. We'd like to visit the Imperial city in Hue . Is it possible to do the O/N train to Hue, tour the Imperial city, a couple tombs, and then continue on to Hoi An while it's still light out for the bus/car/train ride through the Hai Van pass? I know it'd be a hectic day but we're generally pretty quick at seeing sights and will have the next day to relax on the beach in Hoi An. Is it workable? If so, would you recommend continuing to Hoi An via bus, hiring a car all the way to Hoi An, or a train to Da Nang+hired car from the train station to Hoi An. Is there somewhere near the Hue train station to store our luggage while we tour Hue?

Any input would be much appreciated!

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Posted by daawgon on 18/2/2013 at 13:45

Impossible! That's a 2-day trip minimum - take the train/car from Hue to Danang (good views not possible from a bus since it uses the tunnel).

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Posted by Mexi736 on 18/2/2013 at 23:17

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Posted by LolaNguyen on 19/2/2013 at 00:15 TF writer

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If you flew down to Hue from Ha Noi (early) you'd have half a day in Hue aiming to get the Hue to Da Nang train by about 14.30 from which you will see bits of the Hai Van Pass whilst its still light. -https://www.travelfish.org/blogs/vietnam/2012/08/25/da-nang-to-hue-by-train/
You'd arrive in Da Nang around 18.00, so you would be better off getting a taxi from the station to your hotel in Hoi An (about 40 mins) in time for dinner! Perfectly possible.

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Posted by busylizzy on 19/2/2013 at 02:49

I'd agree with Lola about flying from Hanoi to Hue . Mind you, given your rapid pace, I'd question why even bother with Hue in the first place? It's an OK-interesting place to stop if you have the luxury of time, but I wouldn't recommend it as one of the best places to go. I'd say fly direct from Hanoi to Danang, then bus/taxi to Hoi An. Cut out all the time spent in buses/trains/waiting time - and spend some quality time in Hoi An. Seriously, do not under-estimate the travel times in Vietnam.

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Posted by PhiMeow on 19/2/2013 at 05:21

Seriously, do not under-estimate the travel times in Vietnam.
Yeah - just look at the name of the train Unification Express - nothing express about the train at all.


OP - If you are short on time, skip Hue. It's nice enough but I think your time is better spent at Hoi An.

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Posted by LolaNguyen on 19/2/2013 at 05:41 TF writer

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Just over an hours flight from Ha Noi to Hue . A four hour train ride (and one of the most beautiful in Vietnam) from Hue to Da Nang and several half hour transfers between airport, train and cities. Its really not an excessive amount of time travelling and taking in to consideration almost all Hue's best attractions are either within or just outside of the citadel walls it would be a shame to miss it. Hue gets some bad press, but its a very interesting stop for anyone interested in seeing some of Vietnam's history. If your flight got in at around 08.00 you'd have plenty of time to do see a big part of it (do your research prior to arrival) and to even spoil yourselves with a leisurely lunch before you have to catch your train. I'd go just for lunch at Le Jardin De Carambole given half the chance.

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Posted by GilbertMcDonald on 19/2/2013 at 20:58

I would fly on to Hue in the morning and see the sights, there's lots of history in Hue it would be a shame to miss it. Then the next day hire a car to take you to Hoi an over the pass through Da nang.
We did just that in 2011 and had a great time.

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Posted by tf_geckozy on 20/2/2013 at 10:23

I'll show another option different from other posters.

Both of day bus and train from Ha Noi to Hue is very dull and waist of your time so please take open bus(sleeper bus) from Ha Noi to Hue that departs at around 19:00pm & day bus from Hue to Hoi An next day 2 times abondoning your hoping passing through Hai Van Pass this time..


*Take open bus from Ha Noi to Hue,
*and it departs from Ha Noi at around 19:00pm
*and arrives tour office at Hue that organized your open bus at around 09:00am next morning
*and then participate into a City tour(if possible, half day tour, and if not possible, one day tour and abondon half of the programmes) or charter motor-bike taxis for visiting Imperial city--King Palce and some toumbs you want to visit
*and before starting your tour, you can deposit(left) your luggeges at your tour office with no paying if you book a City tour or their open bus to Hoi An
*and while you are visiting some spots, cut your tour programmes remaining for fitting with your open bus's departure time to Hoi An(maybe 13:00pm) .
*For returning to your tour office, you can take motor-bike taxi(Xe-o'm) from some place(? toumb)
*and you are saying "good bye" to your tour guide and other unknown fellow guests of your tour if you participate a City tour.
As for passing through Hai Van Pass is normally impossible without charter a car to Danang or Hoi An now.
As for open bus from Ha Noi(sleeper bus)---if you are big sized western travelers, The Sinh Tourist's sleeper bus is better and comfortable for your good sleeping with its structure and streching your legs.
"The Sinh Tourist" never equals to many other "real Sinh Cafe"s(=copy) and some are almost "gang tour desk" when a trouble or an accident occurs unexpectedly so please never mix and confuse former "The Sinh Tourist" with latter "real Sinh Cafe"though there are so many "real Sinh Cafe" at Old Quarter area in Ha Noi.

The Sinh Tourist
https://www.thesinhtourist.vn/
Ha Noi office
Office 1--(locates at rel center of Old Quarter area)
52 Luong Ngoc Quyen St.,
Hoan Kiem District, Ha Noi Capital
Tel: +84.4.39261568
Fax: +84.4.39261621
Email: hanoi@thesinhtourist.vn
Office 2
64 Tran Nhat Duat St., Ha Noi Capital
Tel: +84.4.39290394
Fax: +84.4.39290395
Hue office
Office 1
12 Hung Vuong St., Hue City
Tel: +84.54.3845022
Fax: +84.54.3826867
Email: hue@thesinhtourist.vn
Office 2--(open bus from Ha Noi arrives here and you can book City tour here too)
48 Nguyen Tri Phuong St.,
Hue City
Tel: +84.54.3848626
Fax: +84.54.3826867

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Posted by dwbpnm on 20/2/2013 at 21:57

Thanks for everyone's responses. I'm planning on us having 4 nights/5 days in the Hoi An area and since we'd be going right by Hue it seemed a shame not to stop and at least have a look around for half a day before continuing on to Hoi An. I've looked into flying from Hanoi to Hue. The website for vietnam airlines shows no available flights on the day we'd need it. Does Vietnam Airlines fly that route only on certain days? Does anyone else fly Hanoi-Hue? I can fly to Da Nang but then I'd be inclined to follow busylizzy's advice and skip Hue rather than backtrack up the coast.

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Posted by busylizzy on 20/2/2013 at 22:19

Try Jetstar - not sure if they do that route, but they do fly in Vietnam. It's not an airline that I'd normally recommend, but desperate times may call for desperate measures!

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Posted by LolaNguyen on 20/2/2013 at 23:17 TF writer

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Vietnam Airlines are the only carrier that does that route so unless there are any agencies that have seats in stock (which is worth a try), you may have to settle on flying in to Da Nang. At least from Hoi An the Hai Van Pass is a day trip so you will still be able to do that.

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Posted by travellingsarah on 21/2/2013 at 20:35 TF writer

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I just saw a notice that Hue airport is closed March to November 2013 so that would account for the lack of flights. Since you have a good few days in Hoi An , if you're really keen on Hue why not spend a day and a night there? Then you could consider taking the train to Hue and travel down to Hoi An the day after.

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