1 month in Vietnam, Route..
Replies: 9 - Last Post: Dec 9, 2012 5:09 AM Last Post By: mooslie
Dec 5, 2012 11:49 AM
1 month in Vietnam, Route..Hi all! Looking for some advice...
I will be travelling through Vietnam for 1 month from 15th February 2013. I am a 20 years old and will be travelling solo.
I arrive in Hanoi and will be there for 5 day. I have booked a 3 day Ha Long Bay Cruise, other than that, I don't have any set plans. I like to meet people, enjoy a nightlife and would like to see some of Vietnam's best beaches as well as seeing some culture.
I have in my head a rough itinery; Hanoi-Ha Long Bay- Hue- Hoi An- Nha Trang- HCMC- and I do like the look of Phu Quoc Island.
I don't really want to spend any more than £1000 in Vietnam.
After Vietnam, I would like to travel through Cambodia and into Thailand, so would like to cross the border somewhere in the south of Vietnam.
Any suggestions would be greatlty appreciated! Thanks!!
Dec 5, 2012 12:42 PM
1Your plan is perfect. Enjoy your time in Vietnam!
Only suggestion: Don't rush.
(So many meticulously planned itineraries we see here so often :-( . So refreshing to see something different. )
Dec 5, 2012 5:51 PM
2Tom -- it certainly looks good to me. I agree with 1. above: nice to see an itinerary that doesn't look like "bagging" cities.
Check out your route across the south of Cambodia ahead of time, though: you might find Phnom Penh worth visiting, and it might be a shame to get that close to Siem Reap and miss both the city and Angor Wat.
They are almost on your way from HCMC to Bangkok.
In terms of travelling south through Vietnam, we loved taking the night trains, in a sleeper. They give you double value for your money (accommodation and transportation), it's very comfortable -- as compared to buses -- and you meet folks. Sometimes they DO arrive or depart at an ungodly hour, but hell, it's an adventure.
Dec 5, 2012 9:16 PM
Dec 6, 2012 5:19 AM
4Think about a trip to Sapa. It's very touristy and I didn't decide to go until the very end of my trip but I'm glad I did. The scenery is great and seeing the local people in their traditional garb is quite interesting. they're also mostly quite friendly but the bottom line is they want to sell you something.
Dec 6, 2012 6:43 AM
5Think about a trip to Lung Phin or Na Chi. It's not at all touristy and I only stopped there by chance but I'm glad I did. The scenery is great and seeing the local people in their traditional garb is quite interesting. they're also extremely friendly, but the bottom line is they're extremely friendly. :-)
Dec 6, 2012 6:57 AM
6If Sapa is too touristy then go to Bac Ha instead, good Sunday market.
Dec 8, 2012 7:55 AM
7If you don't want to spend more than 1000USD, you should skip Phu Quoc island (it's expensive). If you want to stay at the beach for a while, Phan Rang or Ha Tien are good choice (and cheeper).
Before you go to Hue, you should spend time in Mai Chau or Moc Chau... They are near Hanoi, both have great landscape and you can meet the minorities there.
Because you travel by motorbike, then I think you should visit Phong Nha (in Quang Binh, near Hue), too. 1000USD is a good budget, just remember to bargain well. :)
Dec 8, 2012 9:36 AM
8Ok- Thanks all for the advice.
Ok 3- Think I'll skip Nha Trang, you're not the first person to say that. Is there anywhe else I could stop between Nha Trang and HCMC?
Dec 9, 2012 5:09 AM
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