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Help With Trip Ideas After Viet Nam-Cambodia River Cruise

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Late October we arrive Hanoi for a 2 week tour including a 1 week Mekong River cruise in Cambodia, ending in Saigon November 3rd. We have UP TO 2 additional weeks before returning to the US. Note: we will arrive Hanoi for a few days early to explore independently and will also stay in Saigon for a couple of days at the conclusion of the river cruise. The second part of the trip is where I'm having a problem.

I wanted to go to Hoi An but am concerned about possible flooding at that time. I have been there before during heavy rains. My dilemma is where to go after Saigon. Possibilities include:

1. Fly to Luang Prabang, where I've never been, for 4 days and return to Hanoi for our flight home.
2. Fly to Thailand...Bangkok (been there before) , return home
3. Fly to Thailand... Bankgkok and Chiang Mai (never been) OR also include Chiang Rai OR also include Luang Prabang (never been).

My dilemma: We are late 60's and early 70's and don't want to try and cover too much in too little time. My problem is, when I look at the map, places look fairly close and I'm afraid I'm tempted to do too much. Yet the flights to Asia (economy, unfortunately) are so long that I want to make it worthwhile once getting there.

More information about us...sightseeing, sure, but we do enjoy shopping, markets, food just as much.

If I sound confused, it's because I am! Any thoughts/suggestions would be appreciated.

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