Honeymoon in Vietnam - Mid May
Replies: 11 - Last Post: Mar 7, 2013 9:49 PM Last Post By: mooslie
Feb 26, 2013 5:05 AM
Honeymoon in Vietnam - Mid MayTravel itinerary for Mid May
As the flight tickets have been bought I've put together initial travel itinerary and there are some questions I require some guidance on:
We're somewhat experienced travellers in our early 30's. We're planning to send approximately 2 weeks traveling from the north to the south. Thereafter we will be spending (chilling) our final 2 weeks in Thailand. This implies that we would travel by boat / air to Thailand from Saigon (most likely).
Would be good to see some historical sites, cities but we are also keen in doing some low key adventurous type of stuff (bicycle tours / car hire).
It works best for us to be more busy in the beginning of the trip and more laid back towards the end of it.
First place: Hanoi (arrival from South Africa). Maybe spend 2-3 days here
Second place: Hanoi (night train to Sapa). Have heard good things about the Sapa terraces but not quite sure how long we should spend here and what activities are available. Perhaps a bicycle tour through the rice paddies?
Third place: Halong bay (perhaps we should go here second and not third) for 2-3 days. Perhaps we should catch the night train back to Hanoi city and hereafter a bus to halong bay. Just worried that we will be spending too much time traveling. Perhaps it's not worth going to Sapa??
Fourth place: Travel south to Phong Nha Kebong national park. Once again not sure how long it will take to get here and what means of transport to use. Possibly the train again (600km south of halong bay). Looking forward to checking out the caves and kayaking. As long as its not too hectic as my wife can't swim :-)) maybe 2 days here?
Fifth place: Travel south to Mui Ne. Also not sure how long it will take us to travel this route and which method of transport we will use. It seems to be quite far. Plan to stay here for about 3 days, will hire a scooter and explore. Will definetely visit the sand dunes. Is this a resort type of place. Not really keen on a resort.
Sixth place: Cu chi tunnels. Was planning to visit the tunnels whilst staying in Mui Ne. Is is short enough a distance for a day trip from Mui Ne?
Seventh place: Ho Chi Minh city (Saigon) will spend about 3 days here. Most likely travel to Saigon from Mui Ne by bus. It's only 170 km. is it wise to spend this amount of time here?
From here we either plan to fly to Thailand (Ko Tao / Ko Samui / Ko Phangang directly or via Phu Quoc. What do you recommend?
I've left out places like Hoi An / Mekang River Delta. Not sure what if thats wise.
I would really appreciate some guidance about the places ive chosen, time spent there as well as the best methods of transportation to be used.
Edited by: Markola
Edited by: Markola
Feb 26, 2013 7:17 AM
1go by train from Hanoi to Sapa (night train), get trekking to hill tribe villages along Muong Hoa valley. Biking is also possible to the nearby villages. Connect your relaxing trips in Halong Bay. From Hanoi, get night train to Quang Binh (Phong Nha- Ke Bang). Flights are available between Hanoi - Quang Binh- Saigon. From Saigon, go one day trip to Cu Chi Tunnels. Mui Ne is a very good place for honeymooners. Then, need to get back Saigon for a flight to Bangkok and then to Koh Samui.
Feb 26, 2013 1:18 PM
2I wouldn't bother with Mui Ne if your already planning on going to the Gulf of Thailand islands. You might consider Hue or Hoi An instead.
Feb 26, 2013 2:13 PM
Feb 26, 2013 6:47 PM
Feb 26, 2013 8:38 PM
5Forget Mui Ne . It's full of Russians and wind. Substitute Phu Quoc for Mui Ne.
Feb 26, 2013 11:12 PM
6Mid May is a good time to visit Vietnam, beaches may get crowded. You should not miss Hoi An &Mekong Delta, perfect to cycle through rice paddies. In Sapa, rice is harvested already at this time, so no green rice paddy, but views still spectacular. Mui Ne is 4 - 5 hours from Saigon by bus or train. Cu Chi tour takes half day but distance from Mui Ne to Cu Chi is long and tiring You should base in HCM to visit Cu Chi. Mui Ne is a resort town but the sand dunes are well worth visiting ( i think 2 day is enough, just for you to catch a sunrise or sunset over the white dunes.
Feb 27, 2013 3:06 AM
7Surprise , surprise Phu Quoc also has sand dunes & sunrises & sunsets!
Mar 4, 2013 10:29 AM
8Thanx for the advise
Only problem I'm having is that whilst I'm in the north of Vietnam, I was thinking its a good idea to see Hanoi, Halong Bay and Sapa.
The dilemma I'm having is figuring out how I should see first, second and third without wasting too much time traveling.
Taking into consideration that our flight arrives in Hanoi first, it's seems reasonable to spend the first 2-3 nights here.
We'll travel by train, bus or car to Halong (as it doesn't seem to be too far -130km). Spend 2 nights there. Thereafter, if it possible, catch a train directly to Sapa (is that possible?)
Am I thinking straight here? :-)
Mar 4, 2013 10:37 AM
9Regarding the Cu Chi Tunnels, thank you very much... Will organize a day trip from HCM city. Done :-)
Regarding Phu Quoc, do you think it's a good idea traveling here? Considering that I will be spending the last two weeks of the holiday in the gulf of Thailand? Not sure really... I don't think so
Regarding Mui Ne, was worried about it being too touristy, so I'm thinking of giving it a skip.... Dunes look amazing though!
I'm definetely considering Hoi An, but maybe Malvollo is right.... Try not too cram too much in 2 weeks could work out to be too tiring
Thank you guys
Would love to hear your thoughts again
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