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Vietnam itinerary help for May

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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.

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