trip to south Vietnam in April
Replies: 5 - Last Post: Dec 14, 2012 7:21 AM Last Post By: alenathai181
Dec 2, 2012 9:03 AM
trip to south Vietnam in AprilHi
I intend to spend 2 weeks in April in South Vietnam with my 5 years old daughter. Can anyone please suggest me an itinerary possibly avoiding crowded places. I would not like to book expensive hotels from the UK. so I wander if it is safe to find an accommodation once there.
Dec 2, 2012 1:01 PM
1That's rather a broad request, but here are some thoughts. "South" Vietnam consists mostly of Saigon, the Mekong Delta, and the shore.
Saigon of course is a huge city. It will be crowded, not with tourists but with Saigonese, going about the days. Since your plane will almost certainly land there, you going to have spend some time in the city. Any five-year-old will love Dam Sen water park and will probably like the Cu Chi tunnels (more for scrambling around underground than the historical significance I'm guessing).
Vietnam has a coastline as long as the western United States has. If you want a cultural experience, go see Phú Quốc or one of the other islands in the south. If you just want to lie on the beach, Mui Ne is recommended (if you want to snorkel or scuba-dive, go to Thailand).
If you want to see the Delta (snakes, crocodiles, similar creepy-crawlers), there are a lot of companies that can arrange boat tours and home stays.
About the hotels, Vietnam is a huge and mobile population (it has more people than France and the Netherlands put together) in a relatively small space (at its narrow "waist", the country is barely 100 km across), so there are lots of hotels. They are "safe" in the sense that you won't get robbed or raped, but if you just ask your cabbie to find you a hotel, you won't get good value for your money.
My policy is to just reserve one night for when I land and then spend some time the next morning investigating other hotels. I recommend the Đức Vượng -- a little pricy at $45 a night but lovely rooms, incredibly attentive staff, and a prime location on Bui Vien Street -- but as I say there are thousands of other choices.
Dec 2, 2012 4:11 PM
Dec 2, 2012 5:18 PM
3A couple of weeks gives you time to see the Mekong Delta, Saigon, perhaps an island and a bit of the coast. Hue and Hoi An are the the usual suspects. Those places are touristy but nice and no overwhelming with the tourist hordes.
I recommend using tripadvisor in combination with agoda for booking accommodation. Plenty of good, clean and well-priced guesthouses if you're on a fairly tight budget.
Dec 2, 2012 7:37 PM
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