20 days in vietnam, any advice for my itinerary?
Replies: 28 - Last Post: Jan 5, 2013 9:34 AM Last Post By: mooslie
Oct 23, 2012 6:51 AM
20 days in vietnam, any advice for my itinerary?Hi. I planed a vacation in vietnam in december, will be my first time in this country but I got some "asian experience" from a couple of visits in china.
Will be in Bangkok before I went to Vietnam and I have to go back there. Haven't booked the flights, but I think my time will not be enough to travel from Hanoi to Bangkok overland via HCMC and Siem Reap, so I have to go back by plane from HCMC. Want to go to Sapa, this is the only fixed thing I have in this itinerary:
D1: Flight from Bangkok to Hanoi & Exploring Hanoi; Sleeping in Hanoi
D2: Exploring Hanoi; Sleeping in train to Sapa
D3: Exploring Sapa; Sleeping in Sapa
D4: Exploring Sapa; Sleeping in Sapa
D5: Exploring Sapa; Sleeping in train to Hanoi
D6: Exploring Hanoi; Sleeping in Hanoi
D7: Halong Bay;Halong Bay
D8: Halong Bay;Hanoi
D20: Flight from Bangkok to HCMC to Bangkok
Can you help me to fill it a little bit more? :) I'am a backpacker, so to travel cheap is welcome and I'm always happy if there will be one or two days without seeing other foreigners. So don't want to explore the big tourist spots and like to stay in the countryside. You have any ideas for me?
Oct 23, 2012 7:13 AM
1Apart from scenery what else are you interested in?
VN ticks all the boxes for a good trip.
Personally, I find that I usually spend at least five days in Ha Noi.
About 4 in Hue, 4 in the Da Nang/Hoi An area. 5 in HCMC
if it is just scenery you want try the areas around Ninh Binh for the karst (limestone) scenery.
Dong Hoi for the harbour and the inland parts including Paradise cave plus others.
Da lat in the Central Highlands is a good base for the area.
Mekong Delta near HCMC is worth a few days.
Oct 23, 2012 7:23 AM
2Thank you. Yes its just the scenery I'm interesting about and of course have contact with to the local people. Don't like to hang around with foreigners so much, so any tour bus would be something to run away for me :) Also don't like big cities.
I'm not sure about going to Halong Bay. Scenery looks good at the pictures, but could be to much tourists there and I read also that its a dirty place now. Thanks for the places you posted, will check them out tonight.
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Oct 23, 2012 7:45 PM
10Unlike poser #5, I suggest you never consider Nha Trang. It's a pathetic inexcusable imitation of what it used to be. It is a damn tourist trap and even the places that are still worth a visit will never redeem it.
Oct 24, 2012 5:25 AM
Oct 24, 2012 12:49 PM
12So the only place I was sure to go is a no go for this time, perfect :)
Hanoi and Ninh Binh will be worth to go there in late december? If not, I would really thing about skipping the north, safe some money on flights and just fly from Bangkok to HCMC, then travel back overland. After I'm back in Bangkok I will fly to Myanmar and visit Bagan, so there is no need to stay longer in Siem Reap, will still see enough temples. In this way there would be around two weeks just for the south of vietnam, maybe to much if I want to skip the big cities?
Oct 24, 2012 5:08 PM
Oct 24, 2012 7:04 PM
14If you don't like big cities I would skip Hanoi (although some things you will miss that way) and Saigon (also some nice things there), and go to Ninh Binh in stead of Halong Bay, rent a bike, cycling through the same karst landscape as Halong Bay, but then a dry version without hustling and tourist traps, and climb the hill in Hoa Lu for the view... We liked Hue, especially to walk in the old town, behind the citadel, especially when the sun sets... The surrounding country side (and tombs) are nice too... Hoi An is very cute, rent a bike there too and cycle through the country side, walk around the old town early morning and early evening.... Phu Quoc was, well, nice too, especially the harbour, night market, light house, the clean beaches near but also the dirty parts and beach of An Thoi.
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