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Extended trip recommendations--Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand?

Old Jul 29th, 2019, 11:34 PM
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The Delicacy looks v nice but is not in a fantastic location. A bit too far from Hoan Kiem. The Apricot is in a perfect location right by the lake but although on first sight it looks a true 5 * on closer inspection it lacks the quality of a true 5* property. I still like L’Opera it is in the French quarter rather than the old quarter but still reasonably convenient and I do like the Accor group.

I don’t know the Emeralda in NB as we just stayed in a concrete block type place for one night. If I had our time again I would probably opt for a homestay type place like Nguyen Shack or similar. Choose your boat tours carefully there teh main landing at Tam Coc is hopelessly overcrowded and busy. A good guide will lead you to a quieter place.

At the Azerai, try to get a room overlooking the river. The Imperial City is now open at night on certain days of the week and would be excellent. Be sure to visit Lac Thien close to the Imperial City for the best Bahn Xeo in Vietnam ( and the coldest beer).

In Hanoi, in addition to all the usual museums that are worth visiting, Military, Women’s, Ethnicity Etc., we popped into the Police Museum just along the road from Hỏa LÚ which was worth an hour if visiting Hỏa LÚ.

If you are happy riding a bike then I would suggest getting out into the countryside in Hoi An to some of the artisan villages. Also, bikes are a good way to get around to the markets and tombs in Hue.
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Old Jul 30th, 2019, 12:19 PM
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Final touches? Would love suggestions!

Originally Posted by adhock View Post
Thank you all. Crellston, this itinerary is almost exactly what we decided to plan (perhaps with an extra day in Siem Reap at the end of the cruise) but we'd only gotten as far as logistics. Filling in the details is the next step and this was super-helpful. And, yes, suggestions on lodging/hotels would be great and appreciated.
Thank you, everyone!

Flights made (all on points), some hotels confirmed, others TBD. For those, I'd love to hear anyone's personal experiences/suggestions. This is our joint 65th birthday trip (does that count as 130 years?) and we have extended it to a month!

Have booked the Park Hyatt in HCMC (points and then River Cruise meet-up). Booked the Azerai in Hue and The Sofitel in Siem Reap.

In Hanoi, considering L'Opera (Crellston's earlier recommendation), The Delicacy Hotel (new, small, quiet, supposedly great location, reasonably priced @3* with 5* reviews), and The Apricot Hotel. Experiences? In Hoi An, The Anantara Hoi--any feedback on that one? Alternative recommendations? Orchid Cruise 2-night cruise Halong Bay--supposedly goes off the beaten routes. Open to other options. Also the Emeralda Resort in Ninh Binh.

Would love to hear anyone's experiences with these and any other recommendations. Have also booked a few private tours, cooking classes, art gallery visits, but am interested in anything out-of-the-ordinary. We also leave a lot of time for pure exploration. Thanks again for helping me do this deep dive. We're so excited.
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Old Aug 1st, 2019, 09:21 AM
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We loved the Hanoi Street Food Tour we did in Hanoi. We did this on our first day in Vietnam and it was a wonderful introduction to the country. Our guide was very personable and we had a terrific time sampling tasty food. Besides tasting, we learned quite a bit about local customs and, most importantly, how to cross the street (not for the faint of heart!)
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