If you had 2 months to explore, where would you head to? After Hanoi , I was thinking of heading inland from Hoi An to Kon Tum, Pleiku down to Dalat. Then hitting the coast at Nha Trang... or maybe staying inland ... before heading to HCMC, Mekong, Phu Quoc.
Also Sapa / North of Hanoi is an option (as well as the above), but it will be Dec time... and am concerned it will be too cold! ... any help greatly appreciated.
2 months in Vietnam seems like overkill... Have you considered a side-trip to Cambodia or Laos? They're also warmer than northern Vietnam in the winter. I traveled Vietnam south to north in December/January and as soon as you were north of Nha Trang it was chilly... On the Halong boat trip we were freezing... don't count on doing any swimming or sea kayaking. Pack warm clothes and a coat with good wind protection if you're planning to do any motorcycle tours. It can be as low as 12C and the damp ocean air makes it even colder.
I'm Canadian - believe me it was cold!
There's endless things to do in Vietnam... Mui Ne was a surprising highlight of my trip (enjoyed it much more than Nha Trang). Other than the beach, it's a really nice area to rent a bike and explore (not much traffic) and you can go "dune-surfing" which is a pretty unique experience.
2 months in Vietnam sounds so wonderful. Those that think the nation can be 'seen' in a few weeks leave me gobsmacked.
But, then, so many people just spend their time in buses/trains/planes/taxis, etc. travelling between cities, and when in cities, just seek out nightclubs.
I could spend 2 months just south of the Mekong!
You haven't indicated your focus for the Vietnam trip. Maybe if you indicated what you want to focus upon, others could better assist.
'2 months in Vietnam seems like overkill'
jep. I live here since June 2007 and I hate Vietnam.
My insider recommendation: Phu Quock!!! It is a small island with a tiny airport, is is ubelivaby beautiful, clear water. There are only less flights to there. I've been there, i know a german family living there they have a resort with like 5 huts, (2 beds per hut), there are less tourists there when you go before June.
#7 Phen0m has been a member since 2/5/2009. Posts: 6
I would just buy or rent a motorbike , and see it for yourself , after 2 months you should be able to visit every province. I like Quang Nam Near Tam ky good room prices cheaper food and nice nearby beach, no tourists , almost never.