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1. Posted by Beezle (Budding Member 22 posts) 9y

Hi, Im planning on spending a few weeks (3/4 maybe) in Vietnam and am wondering if anyone can suggest a good routeand also the best way to get around on a budget? I will be in Thailand before and after that :)

2. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 9y

You did not say if you are flying into VN or going overland. I am going to recommend flying from BKK-HAN on Air Asia. I did this a year ago and it was about $50 1 way. Book it online when you know what day you want to arrive in HAN. There is a procedure to obtain your VN visa when you arrive at the airport.

3-4 weeks is perfect to see most of the country. The cheapest and most flexible option is to book the 'open tour' bus in HaNoi all the way to HCMC. This allows you to stay as long as you wish in each city, or just move on. This gets you to HCMC where you can fly back to BKK or go overland through Cambodia if you so choose.

I have plenty of photos of this trip in my gallery. Send me a PM if you have specific questions on any of this. Have a great trip, Mike

3. Posted by CanadaGuy (Respected Member 199 posts) 9y

Take Mike up on his advice- I was in VN recently as part of a SE Asia trip and he is a wealth of useful information.

4. Posted by kevmille (Budding Member 4 posts) 9y


Definitely head to Chau Doc from HCMC and then take the boat up the Mekong River to Phnom Penh. From there again take a boat to Siem Riep, visit Angkor Wat and then fly to Bangkok. Good route.

5. Posted by tjantzer (Inactive 13 posts) 9y

Quoting Beezle

Hi, Im planning on spending a few weeks (3/4 maybe) in Vietnam and am wondering if anyone can suggest a good routeand also the best way to get around on a budget? I will be in Thailand before and after that :)

When do you plan on visiting Vietnam?

6. Posted by dinhhue (Budding Member 14 posts) 9y

fly from BKK to HAN then spend 1 week to visit Hanoi and surrounding. Get open bus as follow:

- from Hanoi to Hue, Hoi An and Da Nang, one week is quite enough.
- From Hoi An to Nha Trang by Open Bus , Spend 3days is OK,
- From Nha Trang to Phan Thiet by express train or by open bus. 3days in Phan Thiet if you have time
- From Phan Thiet to HCMC bu open bus.
Good point to see;
The north: Hanoi, Halong Bay, Sapa, Tam Coc.
The center: Hue - Da Nang - Hoi an, Nha Trang
The South: Phan Thiet, HCMC, Cu Chi Tunnel. Mekong Delta Tour, Tay Ninh.

Hope the information is useful for your trip.


7. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 9y

I think the best option if you land in Bangkok originally would be get a cheap Air Asia flight to Hanoi and then make you way overland on the opentour bus to Saigon and from there if you want to be adventurous you could get a 3 day 2 night Mekong Delta tour to Phnom Penh/Cambodia, see Siem Reap and it's temples and then you could get another cheap Air Asia flight from Phnom Penh-Bangkok (or go overland through Thailand from there.

The opentour bus I mentioned only cost $20US last year when I did it and did stop overs at many places along the way wheer you could spend a day, two or more before moving on to the next stop. Whilst in Vietnam you should definitely do a trip to Halong Bay (you can buy cheap tours to there when in Hanoi). You could also take a trip to Sapa. I didn't have time so I can't comment for what that is like but a lot of people have said it is very nice.

If you go to Nha Trang, you can do an island hopping tour which had a floating bar which was very cheap and great fun for a day.

Doing a trip like on the opentour bus allows you to see a lot of places in a reasonably short amount of time and doing that Mekong Delta tour it shows you a side to Vietnam that you don't see in other places like a floating market.

You should check out the website, but DO NOT purchase off that site it is far more expensive off that site for most things than when you buy from any number of the tourist shops in Vietnam. That company is the same company you will use for the tours and opentour bus when you buy in Vietnam, but for some reason they put the prices a lot higher on the website than when you arrive in Vietnam. It has the sample itineraries for the open tour bus on there and I think last time I checked the bus ticket was accurate on the site for price, but that was about it.

Have a great trip.