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Old Aug 11th, 2005, 04:56 AM
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Vietnam and Cambodia Dec05

I will be travelling to Vietnam and Cambodia in December. My itinerary looks something like this: 4-5 days in Siem Reib, 4-5 days in Hanoi, HaLong Bay, and Sapa, and 4-5 days in central Vietnam. I am concered that this may not be the best time of year to travel to N. Vietnam. I do not want to be there if it is rainy and foggy. I am guessing the beauty of the environment could be spoiled. Does anyone have any feedback on my concern? Should I consider a different itinerary given the weather? Thanks in advance.
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Old Aug 11th, 2005, 05:52 AM
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Sapa will be cool with fog or drizzle/ Hanoi will be fine. If it were me, I'd just skip Sapa, you have plenty to do in Hanoi/Halong Bay for your 4-5 days.
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Old Aug 11th, 2005, 06:55 AM
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I agree with Kathie. Skip Sapa and spend the entire time in Hanoi. It is a fabulous city with plenty to do and see. Central Vietnam will be fine as will Cambodia.
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Old Aug 11th, 2005, 07:35 AM
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Thank you for the replies. Perhaps I will skip Sapa or just leave it for a last minute junt. What will I be missing if I do not go?

As for central Vietnam, I would like to go to Hue and Hoi An. If I do not go to Sapa and I have time, is there some place else in central Vietnam that I should see?
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I enjoyed Hue. Much of the old Citadel was bombed out during the war by the US,but I think some of it is being restored. A favorite memory is going down the Perfume River to the tomb of Ming Mang-there are others. Rivers with working people provide such a glimpse of everyday Vietnamese life. Watching the family paddle with their feet to get sand from the river bottom was something I had never seen.
Hoi An is an interesting small town. Here I had my silk clothes made. There is an interesting old house-not sure of the name. China Beach is not too far away. Outside of the town I went to a Vietnamese orphanage which was an experience I will never forget.
Not many tourist go up to the Du Moc Tunnels where the people lived during the war. To come out of those tunnels on the otherside and see the beautiful China Sea You can understand maybe this helped them survive. There is definitely more to Vietnam than the normal tourist route. It was raining as we traveled along the Hai Von pass which I will always regret.
I think you will be fine with the weather. I remember (in Jan.) it was cool in Northern Vietnam. Don't miss Halong Bay. Stay overnight to get the full experience. It is some distance from Hanoi too long of a trip for the day. I never got to Sapa on any of my 3 trips to Vietnam so cannot comment on that.
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