Asia Forums

Post New Topic

Recent Activity

View all Asia activity »
  1. 1 Where to stay in Tokyo
  2. 2 Tuk-tuk, songthew or taxi?
  3. 3 First time in India and Nepal-HELP
  4. 4 Osaka, aquarium?
  5. 5 2-3 weeks in Asia this fall
  6. 6 Seeking Help With My Sri Lanka And South India Itinerary: Rough Draft #1
  7. 7 Update on cash situation in India for imminent visitors
  8. 8 Bali in Feb. for nature & unique cultural perspectives
  9. 9 Difference in staying at Dambulla or Habarana
  10. 10 Advice on Hainan Island?
  11. 11 Trip Report On the road again - to Incredible India.
  12. 12 Where to go for 3 days in SEA after business meeting in Singapore?
  13. 13 3.5 Weeks in Japan (First-time) Itinerary Help
  14. 14 Indonesia travel agent
  15. 15 Trip Report Trip Report: First time in Thailand and Cambodia
  16. 16 A beach of choice on Samui
  17. 17 Krabi--Ko Tao--Ko Samui
  18. 18 Bangkok Taxis
  19. 19 3 weeks - first time SEA
  20. 20 Where to buy reading glasses and get a massage in Bangkok?
  21. 21 Heads up for US people trying to pay for Myanmar by cc from the US
  22. 22 A month in central Asia
  23. 23 Central Asia Four Week Itinerary
  24. 24 Trip Report Something about... Malaysia
  25. 25 Day trip from Kuala Lumpur
View next 25 » Back to the top

Vietnam, too much to see...

Jump to last reply

We are in the very early stages of planning a Vietnam trip, our first in the area. We are a couple in our early 50s, and we are planning this for April-May 2017 for about 3 weeks, maybe 19-20 days on the ground.
We like nature, good food, photography, ruins, temples, small villages/towns, local markets. We don’t care for big cities, nightlife, beaches. A few museums are ok, but not too many.
Based on what I read, I think Hanoi and surrounding area would interest us. The following look interesting and I would like to know your thoughts on them: Sepa, Ha Giang, Halong Bay (overnight boat), Ninh Binh/Tam Coc, Mai Chau, Cao Bang, Bac Ha Market.

A few questions:
1) We would probably spend about 10 nights in this area. Is the above too much? What should we cut?
2) How difficult is the trekking in the Sepa area? We enjoy 2-3 hours leisure walks, but not difficult mountain treks. I associate “trekking” with Inca Trail in Peru, so is Sepa an area similar to that? We would not do the Inca Trail, is Sepa an area we should not consider?
3) One major thing we would like to see are the rice terraces, and I think Sepa is the place to see them. If not, please let me know and suggest alternatives.

One non-negotiable destination is Angkor Wat, and I think that would require 4 nights.
If the 10 nights plan for Hanoi area is ok, that would leave us 4 extra nights, and I’m thinking Hue and Hoi An. If we only have time for one, which one do you sugest?
Other places I looked at and considered: HCMC, mostly for the Mekong delta trip, Phnom Penh or Luang Prabang for the temples.

I’m sure I’ll have more questions later, but for now, please help me focus on what you think is the best choice (I know, such a personal decision). I don’t think this will be our only trip on this area so I am ok to leave some for the next trip. We usually do a country at a time, that’s why my option would probably be Hue and/or Hoi An.
Also, what would be a 2nd good time frame for the above itinerary? We can go any time of the year.
Thanks

23 Replies |Back to top

Sign in to comment.

Advertisement