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1. Posted by jpKNOCKOUT (First Time Poster, 1 posts) 8 Jun '14 11:55

Hey there! New to these forums, thought I'd create an account and say hello. I'll be heading all through SE Asia and Japan this summer - Japan, Thailand and Vietnam being the focal points. Anyone have any recommendations or tips? I enjoy staying active and being engrossed in nature, along with the occasional sit down at a beach or pub.

Furthermore, I'm big on meeting friends all around the world; any other solo travelers planning on being in Vietnam in mid to late July?

Thanks!
-Mandip

2. Posted by Jezebel86 (Budding Member, 17 posts) 17 Jun '14 08:18

Hi Mandip,

You did not mention how long you would spend in each country here, but I guess it is impossible to cover all of each country in a summer. I have been to Vietnam and Thailand recently and here are my suggestions:

Thailand:
1) Bangkok - Must-go for shopping, food, and mix of culture (The Grand Palace), floating market etc. It has many night markets like Khao San, and malls like MBK, Paragon etc.

2) Krabi - This is not as developed as Phuket, with beautiful seas, islands and rocky cliffs. Ao Nang Beach has a pier with boats going to surrounding islands like Ko Phi Phi. You can also go for Emerald Pool, white water rafting and snorkelling.

3) Chiang Mai - Cooler climate than the South, friendly Thais, cheap and delicious Thai food. You can ride an elephant at one of the elephant rescue centre, take a bamboo raft down river, white water rafting, shop at Chiang Mai Night Bazaar.

4) Phuket - Patong beach is where the party and drinking are. Lovely white sand beach - very crowded most of time. You can do some souvenir shopping there, and the prices here are more expensive as it is more touristy too.

Vietnam:
1) Ha Long Bay in Hanoi is a must-go! Cooling weather and beautiful scenery. You can do a day trip but its a 4 hr ride from Hanoi city. I like the quaint Old Quarters too.

2) If you are into culture/history, you can go Ho Chi Minh and visit the War Remnant Museum, Cu Chi Tunnels.
We also went on Meekong Delta tour but I won't recommend it as there was nothing much to see.

Hope this helps.

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4. Posted by HoangT (Inactive, 7 posts) 19 Jun '14 20:35

hi dear,
Viet nam
in the North there are some famous place to go such as Sa Pa.
if you go to ha Long, can spend time to Co To island for 3 days. this island is so peaceful and stunning place.
besides, if you would like a brand-new tour you can choose Ha Giang, Ba Be lake, Ban Gioc waterfall. you can search some tours of -snip- for reference.
i think you shouldn't miss Da Nang, Nha Trang also with nice weather and beautiful beaches.
Hoi An is a suggestion of culture and festival

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