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HELP ITINERARY vietnam trip ,activities with overnight close to Hoi an

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I am organising a trip to Vietnam with my husband and 2 daughters (13 and 16). I wanted to do something special and not overly touristy if at all possible in Vietnam with little time. We are leaving next week on the 21st July and I am finalising activities now. Unfortunately I had an ankle injury not healing properly and my husband has a problem with his foot too so no hiking option for us:(

At the moment I am looking at 2 options for overnight stay close to Hoi An:

- a homestay bicycle tour organised by heaven and earth, in the countryside around Thu Bon river delta; it sounds fun and hopefully feasible cycling distance with injuries, but wondering if it is something very similar to what we can do on day trip from Hoi An, where I am planning to stay for a few days.

- the Bho Hoong & Co tu explorer option in the village with drive by jeep, which include a long drive up the mountains up to minority group village; Given that we cannot hike I thought it could be an interesting way to show girls the remote village, any feed back on the trip?

any help much appreciated. I would normally look into adventure and self organising my trips but given the poor health I might have to opt for a more organised version. any suggestion onj how to do it without ending in a touristy trap.

the full itinerary is not very original, basically:

- flight into Hanoi 2 night (1 day)
- halong day cruise 3D2N
- sleeper train to Hue
- visit citadel and perfume river :night in Hue
- drive to Hoi an over the Mai Pi Leng Pass
- 3 night in Hoi an with day activities
-1 overnight stay around Hoi an (Bho Hoong or Homestay fvillage )
- back Hoi an for 2 night
- flight to Ho Chi Minh, night in HCM
- mekong delta -possibly 3D2N
- back in Ho Chi Minh 1 full day and 1 night
- last day HCM flight back at 7pm


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    It is VERY difficult to avoid "touristy" in and around Hoi An. We did a couple of bicycle tour around Hoi An and out in the countryside along the Thu Bon delta. Not really necessary to take a tour. We just got a map from our hotel and borrowed a couple of bikes. Difficult to get lost but even if you do its all part of the fun! I would avoid the beach areas as you will get harassed by the bike parking ladies all wanting to "look after"your bike for you. Some stunning countryside in the area and being flat it is easy cycling so your foot shouldn't be a problem - but it will be hot! Very hot! We were there last July and had to get out of the sun around mid day.

    Boat cruises up the river are pleasant but again, no need for an organised tour, just do a deal with one of the Sampan ladies - great fun!

    I don't know the homestay you mention but have done quite a few in Vietnam. They vary from basic and "authentic" i.e. Sharing someone's actual home to small guesthouses. I prefer the former but you would be best to go with a guide because of the language barriers.

    Personally, I think you are short changing HCMC, but that largely depend on your preferences. There is a lot to see, do and eat there. Especially if you have an interest in 20c history.

    The Mekong delta is one of my favourite parts of Vietnam. I love Chau Doc but that is probably too far to go in the time you have. Cai Rang market near Can Tho is wonderful in the early morning and it is possible to do homestays close to there. Ben Tre is also closer to Saigon and could be combined with CT.

    Some photos and detail of our time in Vietnam last year on our blog Just noticed I haven't posted about Hoi An - must get around to that!

    Hue is another place that has a lot to see. You mention the perfume river and the Imperial citadel. Easy to get a tour which includes a boat on the river to do both and a pagoda etc. That will probably take a morning. Have lunch ate Lac Thien - possibly my favourite eating place in Vietnam. Run by a deaf mute guy who is a real character and great fun. Superb food! Very close the citadel and main market.Order a couple of beers and he will usually give you on of his signature bottle openers - a piece of wood with a nut and bolt.

    The imperial tombs around the city are arguably, even more impressive than the citadel. Can be done by bicycle or organised tour - given the time you have I suggest organising tours with your hotel before or immediately on, arrival.

    Have a great time!

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    While you have lots of good ideas for your trip, you're moving around so much I wonder if you'll have time to experience any of VN. For instance, you have one day in Hanoi and one day in HCMC. Most of your time is in central VN, which is fine. You should have plenty of time to do/see/experience there. No need to worry about what activities to schedule there - you can do all of that on the ground once you are in Hoi An, etc, easily and less expensively that organizing it online in advance. And by that time, you'll have a better idea of what your injuries will allow.

    PS In case you/your daughters are tempted to ride motorbikes there, be aware that the leading cause of death in VN for both locals and visitors is motorbike accidents.

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    Hi thanks for your reply.

    I appreciate that we will be moving around lots and most of the time is most of the days are in Hoi an area, my understanding was that weather in July is best in central vietnam and for Hanoi and north is not the best time and not ideal but better for south.

    I only planned 1 day in Hanoi and 1 in HCM because my husband is not big on crowd and busy cities, I thought mekong delta might be a more interesting experience then HCM but I could change plan

    better to spend an extra day in HCM and one less in delta or Hoi an?

    the wish to organise some of the activities from here, mainly the overnight during stay in Hoi an was due to hotel booking

    open to suggestions

    thanks again

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