Best route to take

Old May 26th, 2022, 11:30 AM
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I am planning a trip leaving Toronto on Feb 5th 2023 for Japan (10 days) Taiwan (10 days) Vietnam (20 days - Hanoi, Sapa, Danang, Hue, Hoi An) what would the best order of travel be to minimize backtracking and travel time as well as overall economics.
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Old May 26th, 2022, 03:19 PM
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I am planning a trip leaving Toronto on Feb 5th 2023 for Japan (10 days) Taiwan (10 days) Vietnam (20 days - Hanoi, Sapa, Danang, Hue, Hoi An) what would the best order of travel be to minimize backtracking and travel time as well as overall economics.
You probably want to do Vietnam first. Early Feb weather is less hazy and hot than March.
Do Taiwan next. Its geographically in the middle.
Then end with Japan in March (weather is nicer then instead of Feb). But you may be a bit too early for cherry blossoms, which are the second half of March or early April in most places. It would be worth delaying the trip a week or two if possible in order to enjoy the pink tsunami!

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Originally Posted by DavidD52 View Post
I am planning a trip leaving Toronto on Feb 5th 2023 for Japan (10 days) Taiwan (10 days) Vietnam (20 days - Hanoi, Sapa, Danang, Hue, Hoi An) what would the best order of travel be to minimize backtracking and travel time as well as overall economics.
Hanoi- Sapa- Hanoi- Hue- Danang (Hoian) (Means of tranportation is flight, train and bus)
No Ha Long Bay or Lan Ha Bay or Bai Tu Long Bay?
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Did that last time. But might be worth a second look. Thanks
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Thanks. Makes sense.
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As far as the economics are concerned , I would first check out the cost of flights to those locations from Toronto and also whether any changes are reasonable. it may be worth looking at flights that stopover in one or more destinations thus removing the need for one or more separate flights within Asia. Eva Air to Hanoi via Taipei might be a viable route or even an around the world ticket. There can also be some bargains to be had with budget airlines within Asia . Having wandered around Asia for many months at a time, I wouldn't worry too much about backtracking. in the greater scheme of things a few hours extra on a plane dent make much difference but a few hundred $$$ in you pocket certainly does.

Weatherwise , I don't think it really matter much which way around you do it.

Of greater importance, is where you go within those countries. Personally, I would skip Sapa and Da Nang. Each to their own but IMO there are far better places to visit in Vietnam. Ten days is a good amount of time for Taiwan but nowhere near enough to do Japan justice. you will need to be very selective.

All are affordable though Vietnam will be the cheapest by far.

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