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Phong Nha or Ninh Binh, or neither?

Posted by Danila on 30/10/2016 at 00:01

Greetings, firming up our Vietnam trip. Here's what I have so far:
HCMC 10 nts
Can Tho 3 nt side trip during Saigon stay
Fly to Da Lat: 3 nts
Fly to Da Nang for Hoi An: 7 nts
Train to Hue: 5 nts
EITHER train to Hanoi
OR train to Dong Hoi for Phong Nha , stay overnight
then train to Ninh Binh, stay overnight
or both!
then train on to Hanoi: 10 nts, with 2 side trips
Ha Long Bay 1 or 2 nts
Sapa: 2 or 3 nts.
Wondering whether we should add in either Phong Nha or Ninh Binh, or not? Not sure if that's going to be too many stops, for not much scenic advantage?
Time frame is Feb/March
All suggestions and comments gratefully received!
Thanks, Danila

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Posted by somtam2000 on 31/10/2016 at 19:44 admin

If you're going for the caving, I'd drop Ninh Binh and give Phong Nha longer - you can read Cindy's caving experience here. I think quite a bit of the accommodation there has a minimum stay or 2/3 nights - so I'd check that before planning just an overnight visit.


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Posted by Danila on 31/10/2016 at 20:09

Thanks Somtam! wow, Cindy's caving experience sounds amazing! Possibly a little more hard-core than us oldies are up for at this stage of our lives. But incredible, what an experience!

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Posted by braylor on 5/11/2016 at 19:57

I agree with admin. If you want to explore the caves, come to Phong Nha. About Ninh Binh, this small town offers you a beautiful sightseeing. There're also other places to see around here (Tam Coc, Trang An, Cuc Phuong forest...). To reach these destinations, you can take a boat trip or go by bicycle. You' ll take the paths that lead you through the villages, the rice paddies and lakes.

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