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20 days in Vietnam - Advise on itinerary

Posted by Dutch on 17/4/2013 at 08:40


My girlfriend and I are planning a 3 week trip in Vietnam this summer (July/August) We will be traveling from South to North. Would be great to have some feedback on our itinerary:

2 Nights in Ho Chi Minh City (possibly a day tour to Mekong Delta)
1 Night train to Nha Trang
2 Nights in Nha Trang
3 Nights (4 days) Easy rider tour to Hoi An (Via Central Highlands)
2 Nights in Hoi An
-> bus to Danang -> train to Hue
2 Nights in Hue
1 Night train to Ninh Binh (No flights from Hue available due to airport renovations)
Day trip on bicycle around Ninh Binh
1 Night in Ninh Binh
-> train to Ha Noi (3 hours)
1 Night in hanoi
2 Nights in Halong Bay
2 Nights in Hanoi

The first week of our trip is already pretty solid (Easy riders and HCMC hotel are booked), the rest is open for suggestions. We're not quite sure about Ninh Binh yet, maybe we should skip it in favor of some extra time in Halong Bay. Any advise is more than welcome!

Since we'll be traveling in Vietnam during the high seasons, would it be wise to book the hotels and train tickets in advance?

Would be great to have some tips/suggestions from you all!


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Posted by daawgon on 18/4/2013 at 14:05

Sapa is far more interesting than Ninh Binh, and Cat Ba Town is a total dump! You make the mistake of most first timers - just too many stops for a short 3 weeks. Fewer stops and you will enjoy your vacation more. Hanoi is extremely interesting - Saigon much less so (just my opinion).

A day tour to the Delta is not recommended - at least 2 days for the Delta or you just spend the day inside of a minibus! By the way, road travel in VN is damn dangerous - be careful please!!!

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Posted by Dutch on 18/4/2013 at 15:42

Thanks for your reply daawgon! Which places would you skip, and to which destination would you add the extra day's? Like I said the first week is already pretty much booked, but the other one and a half are open for changes. (As long al we'll end up in Hanoi, to fly back home).

Would be great to hear your suggestions!

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Posted by ivareinwein on 13/12/2013 at 09:51

Posted from within Vietnam.

For all of you who would like to visit Hai Phong, here are some details: the only place you can buy a city map is a newspaper shop on the intersection of Le Loi and Cau Dat st; there are no tourist information offices so ask in your hotel reception for any information you need; no matter what kind of coffee you ask for, you will always get too strong, too sweet...And no one speaks English, only primary school children know the basics. Tourists are not usual here, so expect to hear 'hello' every 10 seconds.
The city is very clean, not too crowded, not too noisy like Hanoi and Saigon, it's cheaper and nobody is trying to scam you just because you're a foreigner.
All sites are admission free.

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