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Places to snorkel in November? In northern half of Vietnam?

Posted by EdwardTrunk on 7/9/2013 at 13:28

We're trying to plan our first holiday in Vietnam and would be very grateful for advice on a couple of questions. We were thinking of going this November. We're seeking a sort of 2 /1 mix of cultural and beach holiday. We've got plenty of places in mind for the former - Hanoi and environs, then to Laos for Luang Prabang, then back to Vietnam for Hue and Hoi An and back to Hanoi.

But where in November would be suitable for the beach side of the holiday, which didn't mean travelling any further south? We're seeking snorkelling and quiet beauty - definitely not a loud beach party scene nor luxurious hotels and restaurants.

I had wondered whether beaches near Hoi An, like Cua Dai, might fit the bill - or the Cham Islands. Near Hue, Thu An beach sounded attractive - but can you snorkel there? We saw snorkelling advertised on Cat Ba island, north of Hanoi, but wondered whether November would be too cold so far north.
I'd be grateful for any comment on which of the above places might be best for what we're looking for - or anywhere else you know which could suit us.

Please say if there's a better month than November for what we're seeking. Vietnam's weather sounds so complicated!
Many thanks for any advice.

#1 EdwardTrunk has been a member since 7/9/2013. Posts: 35

Posted by EdwardTrunk on 9/9/2013 at 05:37

Thanks very much for the crucial info re typhoons on central coast. We're keen on visiting both Hanoi and Hue, so I'm now considering other months.

#2 EdwardTrunk has been a member since 7/9/2013. Posts: 35

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