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1. Posted by selector (Budding Member 6 posts) 10y

I have just scored some days off work and I want to go to Vietnam.

I will have about 10 days. At the start of October.

I really don't know much about the country, places to stay and transportation.

This is the plan I have come up with so far.

1 Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
- Just Out of Saigon, Cu Chi Tunnels
- War Remnants Museum
- Mekong Delta
- Ben Thanh market

2 Da Lat city: city of love(a highland city)... Markets

3 HUE... very interesting and attractive old town.. (Not really sure what to do in this city???)

4 In Hanoi(North)
- HaLong bay (needs at least 2 days)
- SaPa city.
- National Preserve of Cuc Phuong This national park

Will I have be able to do this in 10 Days?
What is the best way to get around the country?
I don't mind using planes for long distances.

Thanks... any advice would be appreciated

2. Posted by rosecarlit (Budding Member 5 posts) 10y

Hi,

It seems you have a lots of research about Vietnam. for 10 days you can not go through all the points in your plan. let's me see

1 : in Ho Chi Minh City,

  • you could take half day City tour, you could book through agent. go by bus or car. you could join with other tourist or private tour.

- Ben Thanh Market, War Museum,...

  • on the half day you will take the tour to Cu Chi Tunnels.
  • Mekong delta need to have one more day.

2. Da Lat you could take flight or bus to travel there. it depends on you how do you like to spend time there but at least 2 days.

Then you could take flight to Ha Noi. from Ha Noi you could travel to Sapa by train and to Ha Long bay by car or bus for 05 days and come back to Ho Chi Minh 01 days. you do not have enought time to go to Hue or Da Nang ( HOi An)

Hong

1 Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
- Just Out of Saigon, Cu Chi Tunnels
- War Remnants Museum
- Mekong Delta
- Ben Thanh market
2 Da Lat city: city of love(a highland city)... Markets
3 HUE... very interesting and attractive old town.. (Not really sure what to do in this city???)

4 In Hanoi(North)
- HaLong bay (needs at least 2 days)
- SaPa city.
- National Preserve of Cuc Phuong This national park
Will I have be able to do this in 10 Days?
What is the best way to get around the country?
I don't mind using planes for long distances.

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4. Posted by selector (Budding Member 6 posts) 10y

thanks for you replies :)

In regards to Transport within Vietnam.

from HCHC to Da Lat
Da Lat to Hue
Hue to Hanoi

How long does it take to get to these places using plain or train? and how much approximately does it cost?

Thanks

5. Posted by selector (Budding Member 6 posts) 10y

I think I will struggle to see all the cities..

What is better... Hue or Da Lat..
Or is there something better to see between Hanoi and HCMC?

I have seen plenty of temples before.

6. Posted by rosecarlit (Budding Member 5 posts) 10y

Hi,

They just have flight from Ho Chi Minh to Dalat, Hue, Hanoi. not Dalat to Hue.

it is around : one way ticket

HCM - Dalat : 429.000
HCM - Hanoi : 1530.000 or 1380.000
HCM - Hue, Danang : 830.000
Hue - Ha Noi : 830.000

if you go by train I do not think you have enough time .

Hue and Dalat are all interesting places. if you go to Sapa this time so you chose Hue. as Sapa and Dalat are also in highland

7. Posted by selector (Budding Member 6 posts) 10y

thanks rosecarlit, where did you get that flight information from?

I will be flying into HCMC and flying out of Hanoi.

8. Posted by vngreen (Full Member 71 posts) 10y

hi
10days to explore Vietnam is so short, you'll miss some place
HCMC, Da Lat, hue, Hoi An, Hanoi, Sapa, Halong are worth to visit.
You can use 2days in HCMC and flight to Dalat, or flight to Da nang and go to Hoi An & Hue in 2-3days(Hoi An 1day, Hue 2-3days). From Da Nang or Hue, flight to Hanoi and go to Halong Bay or Sapa(halong 2days, sapa 3days and Cuc Phuong 1 day). You can save the time by transfer from two place in the late afternoon and depart to destination from early morning.
Have a good trip!

9. Posted by rosecarlit (Budding Member 5 posts) 10y

I got the quote from the airline agent. that is the fix price

10. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 10y

Andy,
Are you arriving in HCMC and departing from HaNoi, or flying home from HCMC? If out of HCMC, I would slow down and see a couple places and not cram too much in too few days.

Leaving from HCMC;
2 days HCMC; delta, Cu Chi tunnels & city tour. Then DaLat for 2-3 days, some beach time at either Mui Ne or Nha Trang and back to HCMC to fly out.

If flying out of HaNoi, then 2 days HCMC, up to DaLat; 2 days, fly to HaNoi. This is not an easy ticket, not many seats and can be fully booked. Over to HaLong Bay 2 days, see HaNoi for a few days until you fly out.

Andy, if you are constantly running from city to city, you will feel like a rat on the threadmill rather than a holiday to enjoy. Good Luck.