myself and 5 other of my 19yr old friends are going to vietnam for 2 weeks in january next year.
we're really not too sure where to start with the planning.. where and how long we should stay in each place etc. we dont really have any must sees besides ha long bay, but we're after a cheap and cheerful holiday where we can see some sights, relax on the beach, shop and do a bit of partying. any ideas??
thanks very much :)
#1 nam09 has been a member since 13/9/2009. Posts: 4
I assume you're flying into Hanoi ?
If that's the case, you could spend a few days in Hanoi, then north to Sapa for a couple of days, then back to Hanoi for Ha Long Bay.
Once you're done there, I'd suggest night train south to Hue, couple of days they, then south again to Hoi An (via Da Nang).
By then you'll be running down on your two weeks so either back to Hanoi if you're flying out of there, or down to Saigon -- depends.
A big mistake with Vietnam is to try and see too much in too little time. It is a deceptively big country.
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I'm thinking of focusing my trip mostly on Vietnam, also for around two weeks. Does anyone have any idea how practicable it would be to make a quick trip into Laos for some tubing and maybe check out the islands? Thanks
#4 jclarkson has been a member since 10/9/2009. Posts: 35
Somtam's suggestion is certainly a good one, but here's another that would include the points you mention (assuming you're flying into Hanoi ):
Hanoi > Ha Long Bay > Hanoi (5 days)
Fly on Jetstar or take open tour bus, or train from Hanoi to Danang
Hoi An and surrounds (3 days)
Overnight open tour bus to Nha Trang
Nha Trang (3 days)
Start heading back to Hanoi, maybe spend last free day there, or could stop for a day in Hue or somewhere else on the way if you take train or bus back to Hanoi
I assume your talking about 10,000 islands? If you want to make it there and go tubing around Vang Vien, plan on spending most of the 2 weeks in Laos. Vietnam to Laos is a bit tricky - bus will take 1 to 2 days (depending on route), and flights are on the expensive side from Hanoi to LP or Vientiane. Visas could also be a bit tricky so if you do go to Laos make sure to get a double entry visa for Vietnam.
If I were you, I'd save Laos for another trip and do your best to see Vietnam. Travel is slower in Laos than maybe anywhere in SE Asia, best not to be rushed.
we're actually flying into saigon as you cannot get a flight form perth to hanoi which is crazy annoying. soo we'll be making our way up by im guessing the train which really changes things...
ive heard nha tran is a good beach spot. what will that be like mid jan?
thanks so much for all the help. very handy
#6 nam09 has been a member since 13/9/2009. Posts: 4
I just came back from Viet Nam
I also spent 2 week there,maybe you can follow my schedule
Day1: Ho Chi Minh
Day 2: Ho Chi Minh - Mekong Delta
Day 3: Ho Chi Minh - Mui Ne (by pm sleeping bus)
Day4: Mui Ne
Day5: Mui Ne - Nha Trang
Day 6: Nha Trang
Day7: Nha Trang - Hoi An (by pm sleeping bus)
Day8: Hoi An
Day 9: Hoi An - Hue
Day 10: Hue - Ha Noi(by pm sleeping bus)
Day11: Ha Noi
Day 12: Ha Noi - Ha Long
Day 13: Ha Long - Cat Ba
Day 14: Cat Ba - Ha Long - Ha Noi
Day 15: Ha Noi depart
If you want to stay at Ho Chi Minh longer so You shouldnt stop at Mui Ne.
For this trip you can book open bus from Ho Chi Minh to Ha Noi
and then you do open tour in each city.
#7 katherine1984 has been a member since 14/9/2009. Posts: 6
oh wow thanks thats really handy, unfortunately we're flying in and out of saigon so will have to cut a couple of days out of there somewhere to get back down to ho chi minh.
thanks so much
#8 nam09 has been a member since 13/9/2009. Posts: 4
I was thinking of flying into Saigon going up the country catching a flight from Hanoi to Vientiane or LP and then flying back go Saigon. I realize that may be kind of pricey but unfortunately I'm on a pretty tight schedule. Also, what are the big party spots in Vietnam and the most interesting spots for people interested in Vietnam's 20th century history?
#9 jclarkson has been a member since 10/9/2009. Posts: 35
If you want to cut off couple days you should cut off Mui Ne.
You can take cheap airline from Ha Noi to Ho Chi Minh the same day when you take another flight from Ho Chi Minh back to your country.I have one friend work for travel agency(I knew her when I traved to Viet Nam) you can contact with her as this mail: firstname.lastname@example.org she will help you to plan and intend how much you must pay for your trip.
You can take flight from Ha Noi to Luongphabang then Vientain to Ho Chi Minh.However to come back Viet Nam the second time you must do multiple visa Viet Nam.
main place to visit in Viet Nam for history of 20th century are: Ho Chi Minh,Hoi An, Hue, Ha Noi
#10 katherine1984 has been a member since 14/9/2009. Posts: 6
I have some recommendation for you to consider:
Day 1: Hanoi
Day 2+3: Hanoi - Halong : 2days 1night, visiting cave&kayaking.
Day 4: Hanoi - Hue : in the afternoon city tour Hue with imperial citadel & Dong Ba market.
Day 5: Hue - Hoi An: a half of day in Hue to visit Thien Mu pagoda, Royal Tombs of Emperor Khai Dinh, Minh Mang.Then comes to Hoi An.
Day 6: Hoi An: Cham Island tour or Tra Que village
Day 7: Hoi An- Nha Trang : Transfer to Danang airport
Day 8: Nha Trang discovery: scuba diving, canoeing, fishing,..
Day 9: Nha Trang - Sai Gon
Day 10+ 11: Mekong Delta Day trip: Cai Be floating market, Cai Rang floating market,...
Day 12: Saigon relaxing and shoping.
Moreover, Vietnam's high season runs from November to March. So It's highly advisable to book services as early as possible.
#11 elisemai121 has been a member since 22/9/2009. Posts: 1