Asia Forums

Post New Topic

Recent Activity

View all Asia activity »
  1. 1 Beach hotel Thailand
  2. 2 India help needed
  3. 3 Advising hotels of time of arrival?
  4. 4 Ankor Wat - sunset , sunrise, itinerary
  5. 5 Trip Report Tasting Sri Lanka
  6. 6 Cruise to Vietnam -Excursions from cruise terminal
  7. 7 Trip Report Nywoman an older single traveler explores Taiwan and Japan
  8. 8 Trip Report Permit alert Andaman Islands
  9. 9 Sim cards and adaptors
  10. 10 Singapor/Malaysia/Thailand trip - Need advices!
  11. 11 6-8 Weeks in South East Asia
  12. 12 Sri Lanka Visa
  13. 13 Hoi Ann hotel
  14. 14 Hotel in Hanoi
  15. 15 Place to stay Hue
  16. 16 Good Places to See in Ooty?
  17. 17 What are the best places to visit in karnataka during November?
  18. 18 First Trip to Japan - help with planning please
  19. 19 Sapa - current conditions due to typhoon
  20. 20 Four Days in South Korea (Incheon and Seoul) with Baby
  21. 21 First time to Japan - tour or independent trip?
  22. 22 Trip Report Trip Report: Malaysia in 2 weeks
  23. 23 Trip Report Nywoman an older single traveler explores Taiwan and Japan
  24. 24 Help with SEAsia itinerary
  25. 25 Trekking outside Sapa
View next 25 » Back to the top

Vietnam itinerary help for May

Jump to last reply

Hello everyone. A friend has just asked me to join her on a trip to Vietnam in the spring of 2017. I have been looking over trip reports and weather posts and would love some direction. We are both early 60s, fit, well travelled and travel with a lower budget, not backpacker style but not the hilton. We both love to experience the rural life, meeting people and taking in the beautiful scenery. Big noisy polluted cities are definitely not what we want, nor the bar scene.

I am thinking about the following, my initial planning thoughts.
Fly from Vancouver into Ho Chi Min city the last week of April, around the 26th. Neither of us like cities so will most likely overnight and maybe one more day then head off to smaller places.
I am thinking of a beach for swimming and hopefully snorkelling, maybe around Phu Quoc for a few days to get acclimatized.???

We are considering travelling the country by train.

From there we would head north, Na Trang, Hue and then up to Sapa area and do a couple of days on a junk into Halong Bay. I have read a lot of negatives as well as positives on the Halong Bay trips. Any recent feedback and advice is appreciated. If we go longer do we get further away from the crowds?
We would end up in Hanoi and fly home from there.
Total probably 3 weeks.
Or, should we do it in reverse? Mainly the weather, humidity heat and rain, is what my considerations are for which order we do. I don't know if three weeks will really make that much of a difference.

I have been in this part of Asia before, Laos, Burma, Thailand and Cambodia, but always in Jan/Feb. I have never been this late in the year before .

Changing it earlier is not possible as I have another trip booked and won't be back until March 14. I do need to spend a few weeks with my husband before I take off again. :)

Thanks everyone for any input.

19 Replies |Back to top

Sign in to comment.

Advertisement