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How does this sound for Vietnam

Posted by Louise73 on 8/2/2006 at 02:37

Hi,

I'm going to Thailand and Vietnam for 6 weeks.

I plan to spend the first two weeks in Thailand and then fly to Vietnam from BKK.

I have two weeks for Vietnam - is this realistic?

My rough plan is to land in HCM and then do some touring from there (Mekong Delta, Ciu Ciu Tunnels & Cao Dai Temple and of course HCM).

From here I plan to fly to Danang and then do an overnight stop there and then move on to Hoian for a couple of days. I will then make my way to Hue for an overnight stay.

From Hue I plan to fly to Hanoi and then do some touring from there including Halong Bay and hopefully if time allows Sapa.

Does it sound like I’m trying to push too much into my two weeks?

I figured I could save time on taking internal flights.

Any opinions?

Thanks,

Louise

By the way my last two weeks in Thailand will be spent lounging on the beaches, so I have got relaxation time!

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Posted by somtam2000 on 8/2/2006 at 08:33 admin

Hi Louise73,

That sounds doable, perhaps a little rushed -- particularly if you do a few domestic flights in Vietnam to help speed things up. One thing I would suggest, given your trip time is a little short, is to skip the overnight stay in Danang and head straight from Danang airport to Hoi An (it is about one hour away).

From Saigon is it easy to do organised tours to the Delta, Cu Chi and the Cao Dai temple -- these tours are certainly the fastest way to get around.

You may find yourself running out of time in the north -- if I had to recomment Halong Bay or Sapa, I'd suggest Halong Bay.

Hope that helps

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Posted by quefew on 11/2/2006 at 22:49

I think it's cutting it a bit short. It took me 3 weeks to do the same trip, without an overnight in Danang. Agreed - skip Danang and maybe Hue (personally I think there isn't that much going on) and maybe you'll have to throw up between Sapa and Halong Bay. I wouldn't want to miss either. However, it is cold and cloudy in Sapa it is pretty miserable and you may want to skip it - there are no views and its really not much fun trekking in the rain up there.

I would really recommend to anyone visting Vietnam to avoid the tourist trap of Halong Bay and venture up to the next bay - Bai Tu Long. It's exactly the same only 50km North and theres no tourists - just make sure you bring a phrasebook or something. Only one guy speaks Enlgish in the main town on Van Don island. Just an idea. It's worth the adventure if anyone has time. Just catch local bus up there and watch out for the massage parlours!

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