Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi in 14 days
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Jan 20, 2013 3:07 AM Last Post By: mooslie
Jan 18, 2013 1:11 AM
Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi in 14 daysHi everyone,
me and my partner will be arriving in HCM tomorrow evening and the plan is to travel up to Hanoi from which we'll be getting an internal flight back to HCM at the end of the journey before returning back home.
As it seems the more common way is travel the other way round I was wondering if anyone could give us some advice in terms of a suitable itinerary for the 14 days.
We'd probably prefer to spend more time in the south just for the warmer weather but do want to have enough time for Hanoi and Ha long bay (will we have enough time for Sapa?)
I will be grateful for any suggestions you can give in terms of how long we'd need in each of the "main bits" without having to rush too much. We're happy to buy internal flights to speed up the travel time from place to place although we do want to hire the Easy Riders (or other type of a motorbike&driver hire) for 3 days. Which makes me ask another question - if we have to miss some places becouse of shortage of time which places would these be (i.e. what is an absolute must see)?
Thanks very much!!
Jan 18, 2013 2:25 AM
114 days, I have suggestion:
- HCM - your hotel - Cuchi tunnel - life night in HCM
You can spent 4 days in HCM and Mekong Delta.
- HCM - Danang (flight)
Danang - Hoian
Danang - Hue
I think 5days is ok.
- Danang - Hanoi (flight)
Nhatrang, Muine are attractive destination too. You can consider between Nhatrang - Muine and Danang - Hue - Hoian.
If you like learn more history and emperor, you should choose Danang - Hue - Hoian.
Jan 18, 2013 5:12 AM
Saigon - 4 nights
Nha Trang - 2 nights
Hoi An - 2 nights
Hanoi - overnight cruise to Halong Bay. Not much sunshine, you'll need jumpers and a coat. Sapa will be cold, cloudy, foggy and wet.
Jan 18, 2013 6:25 AM
3A picture counts for a thousand words... or something like that. Here's a Flickr album I found after looking at some pictures in the Lonely Planet's weekly competition.
Highlights for us:
Ha Long Bay
Hoi An - marble mountain
Sa Pa - hiking
Ninh Binh - south of Ha Noi
Phong Nha - Paradise cave
Sa Pa - issue is getting there and the time you have. It's a long way from Ha Noi - overnight bus is probably the best option. But if you're going there you want to hike, so add another two nights and a night to return. 4 nights gone already.
Easy Riders - we used these in Da Lat and we had an amazing time. I'm busy writing a blog/ post so if you want the rough version - email me? You could use them to do Da Lat and also do some trekking there.
Ha Long Bay - odd the National Geographic doesn't list this in their photograph section because it is amazingly beautiful. Overnight on the boat - or do two nights and spend a day trekking the island there?
Ninh Binh - quite a few people do this as a day trip from Ha Noi. We took a local bus down (though you could get off early on the A1 on your way north). It is the Ha Long Bay of the land. Great for a few days zipping around on a moped.
If it was me and money was ok then:
HCMC - just a few days. War Rembants Museum, Cu Chi Tunnels (day trip) and a few temples.
Fly to Da Nang and taxi straight to Hoi An.
Hoi An - nice beach only a few KM from the town. Marble mountain is amazing. Old city worth a few nights out. And you could use easy riders here. Their prices though are MUCH MORE than two years ago. But still an experience.
Taxi - Da Nang - fly Ha Noi.
Ha Long Bay overnight or two and do the island and trekking.
Sa Pa - need 1 night travel, arrive a local walks, next day trek and overnight, back and bus back to Ha Noi. Sa Pa is always cold, foggy and wet - and the Hmong people are fantastic!
Ninh Binh - day trip or bus down and time around the area (lush!).
Last few days enjoying Ha Noi - museums, gardens, lakes and beer for 4,000d.
Hope that helps. Check out the photographs that have been posted.
Jan 18, 2013 7:03 AM
I just want to thank you all SO MUCH! This is exactly the sort of advice I was hoping for, something to give me a rough idea from which I can derive some kind of a plan.
Clarky, the pictures are stunning! I will email you in a moment.
Thanks again and keep enjoying the beauties of our world ;-)
Jan 18, 2013 10:30 AM
Jan 18, 2013 10:32 PM
6Stick to 5 'H's :-
Works well for most people.
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