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I've put together a 2 week Itinerary to Vietnam - feedback welcome!

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My wife and I are planning to visit Vietnam for 14 days (August 27th - September 9th, 2012 ). I’ve been doing research on how to make the most of our 2 week stay in this forum and I’d love to hear some feedback on the basic itinerary that I’ve come up with.

Here’s the rough city itinerary:
Hanoi
Halong Bay, Cat Ba island
Hoi An
Da Lat (maybe)
Mui Ne (maybe)
Saigon
Cat Tien National Park

Da Lat and Mui Ne are potentially on the chopping block. I’m not interested in rushing from place to place, and if we plan on visiting all of these cities, we’d roughly get 2 days in each, which is too fast paced for me.

I’m really interested in seeing Saigon, but I haven’t heard a ton of great endorsements for it, so it’s possible that we show up there and just fly out in order to help us spend more time in other areas. If you have any thoughts on this, please share!

We currently aren’t attempting to explore Sapa from Hanoi, although we’ve heard wonderful things. If you think it’s a must-see, please tell us why! Thanks for any feedback!

Specific plans per location

*Hanoi*

We understand that Hanoi Backpackers is the place to stay while here. “Old Town” apparently has the most interesting night life. I also found a strong recommendation to find the restaurant “Indochine” and try their “banana salad”. From Hanoi we want to take a trip to Ha Long bay.

*Ha Long Bay and Cat Ba*

There’s an adventure company at slopony.com. We were thinking about doing rock climbing adventure (1 day) and the Cat Ba motorcycle adventure (1 day). I’ve heard recommendations to stay one night on a boat here. We don’t have that setup, and I don’t know if that’s what we want to do, but I’m interested in any suggestions, especially on how to find a reliable, safe boat with an entertaining crew.

*Hoi An*

I hear this is just a nice town to explore and have clothes made. I think we’ll probably just wander; no itinerary.

*Da Lat and Mui Ne*

Nothing planned for this places because I’m not sure if they’re worth visiting. Mui Ne is a beach location, and I simply don’t know if it’s worth it to visit the beach during August/September. I understand it will be the rainy season. But, if we do go, I might try the kite boarding lessons offered there.

*Saigon*

We don’t have a good idea of what’s available here, but I’m interested in any suggestions!

*Cat Tien National Park*

Go exploring?!

All tips are welcome - travelling, culture, food, suggestions. Thanks in advance!

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