Yes l am fickle and changable and after posting questions on various destinations ranging from Israel, Morrocco and Thailand - we have yet again changed our mind and its to be Vietnam (definately - have gone to the expense of shelling out £15 on a travel guide so cant change our minds again!)
So we have approx - 20 - 25 days to spend, during November 07 and l have a rough itinerary
Days 1-6 HCMC (5 nights)
- see city
- recuperate after long flight
- take day trips to see Cu Chi tunnels, and Mekong Delta
- visit Cao Dai Holy See
Grab train to Nha Trang
Days 6-12 Nha Trang (5 nights)
- sunbathe, swim, snorkel - maybe do a learn to scuba course if on offer (can anyone recommend) and CHILL OUT!
- anyone advise of any sights to go visit
Grab open top bus or train - which ever is best (anyone?) to Da Nang
Days 11-13 Da Nang (2 nights)
- spend a couple of nights see the area/city
Bus from Da Nang to Hoi An
Days 13- 15 Hoi An (2 nights)
- see the town & maybe get some clothes made
- bus back to Da Nang to grab the train to Hue
Days 15 - 17 Hue (2 nights)
- see the town
Overnight train to Hanoi
Days 18 - 20 (2 nights)
- spend time in Hanoi - see the city, take in water puppet show, HCM Mausoleum. sample Bai hoi in the bars!
Days 20 - 22 (2 nights)
- 2 night trip to Ha Long Bay - spend 2 nights on boat on the Bay
Days 22 - 24 (2 nights)
- back to Hanoi
Fly from Hanoi to HCMC to get flight back to UK.
SO hows that for an itinerary, is it feasible - should we cut some places in favour of spending more time else where?
What about the transportation - l would prefer to take the train than the bus - the thought of spending any longer than a couple of hours on a bus doesnt appeal at least with the trains l can spend a bit extra and get a nice sofa bunk!
What can l expect from the train - especially the sleeper train - am l right in saying that we should just book our onward journey on arrival at each point?
Is there anything else l should know - lm booking the flights on Friday (well the international ones) and l will reserve our guesthouses/hotels cause lm a bit anal and organised and l like to have a plan and know that l have a bed for the night! So any input is crucial!
Also - now maybe lm blind but on the Vietnamese UK website for arranging visas - where is the fee? I will send an email now to them, but if anyone has details on cost that would be great - l think l can post off my passport or drop it in to London Embassy (which is fine cos other half works in London at least 2 weeks in every month!) - how long does it take - lm guessing about 7 working days?
Ok watch out for the barage of questions, but this is it, a final decision made (Michael (Utrecht) l know l told you that about Thailand but we got down to some serious planning on Sunday and Vietnam was a joint decision of somewhere we both want to go to and haven't been before unlike Thailand!)
Thanks in advance!