I was wondering if there are anyone going to Vietnam in June 2007? Perhaps we can tag along. I am going there for 2 weeks. I am intending to go for the Fransipan Trek and the Halong Bay Experience and the Perfume Pagoda at Hanoi. At Ho Chi Minh City, I am intending to go for 2 days bike expedition which visit at the floating market.
HCM city doesn't have any floating market. They are at the Mekong Delta's provinces.
If going to Halong Bay book through locals when you get there - works out cheaper and every bit as good. Make sure you allow at least 2 nights and spend at least one of those on a boat, and make the effort to get up for sunrise on the top deck. Kayak if you can, and take a swim too if you don't mind a bit of greasy water! And 'Surprise Cave' is surprisingly boring, but great view from the outside steps. Go to Cat Ba Island - the rural part, not the touristy bit as there is NOTHING worth seeing there in my short experience (except hot showers, always worth seeing!)And if you're climbing on Cat Ba, please take your rubbish out with you, and other people's if you're feeling generous