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Angkor Wat or Dalat, Vietnam?

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This might seem like an obvious choice, but hear me out!

I saw Angkor Wat in 2006 while on a side trip from Thailand. I went with my sister, and we both absolutely loved it. I'm going back to the region this July with my husband, who's never been to Asia at all. We're mostly going to be in Vietnam, but we've got a few days when we could fit in a trip over to Siem Reap so he could see Angkor Wat too. My dilemma is just if it's going to be too much travelling, and if it would be better to take our time getting to Ho Chi Minh City through Dalat, which I hear is lovely (and cool, which might be an important respite in mid July!). We're from Canada, so the likelihood we'll be back in SE Asia anytime soon is very slim - we've pretty much got to plan as though this could be the only time we'll get there.

Here is our potential itinerary (Days 7-10 are the ones in question):

Days 1-6 - Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, Hue, Hoi An
Day 7 - early afternoon flight from Da Nang to Siem Reap
Day 8 - Angkor Wat
Day 9 - Angkor Wat
Day 10 - early afternoon flight from Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City
Days 11-14 - HCMC, Mekong Delta, HCMC again

We are pretty busy in the first and last parts of the trip, as you can see (I didn't elaborate for the sake of brevity, but it's pretty packed). Do you think it's worth going to Siem Reap for two full days, or should we just linger a little more in Hoi An, then head down to Dalat, perhaps via Mui Ne (we're doing the "beach thing" for a week in Bali after we leave Vietnam, so we didn't prioritize beaches on this part of the trip, but some cooling/relaxation might be nice mid-trip too). Like I said, I've seen Angkor Wat before but my husband hasn't, and while I would love to see it again, I haven't seen Dalat at all. Is Dalat worth leaving Angkor Wat off the itinerary?

So, what do you think? Flight Da Nang - Siem Reap, two days at Angkor Wat, then flight to HCMC, or stay in Vietnam and go by flight/train/bus (however) from Hoi An to Dalat and then down to HCMC from there?

I really appreciate any input you can provide - thank you so much in advance!!

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