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1. Posted by bennnn (Inactive 93 posts) 8y

Hi all,

I plan to visit Thailand and Cambodia in August (and in time for the full moon party), so pretty much covering:
Bangkok, Ko Pha-Ngan, Ko Samui, Phnom Penh, and Angkor Wat...

But I can't decide whether to go north to Laos (most likely i'll be in Vientiane the whole time), or visit HCMC in Vietnam.
While on the topic of Vietnam, is Hanoi worth visiting?

I only have 5, maybe 4 weeks to cover all I pushing it?

Any input will be great!

2. Posted by DieuThuy (Budding Member 22 posts) 8y

is Hanoi worthy ?'s sad...he he...Hanoi has nothing fun huh?...poor my country...
anyways, have a nice trip

3. Posted by at-siam (First Time Poster 1 posts) 8y

I think is some place is beautiful, example "Old quarter gets ancient in Hoi An" The old quarter, a World Heritage Site in Hoi An City, is set to come alive with its Week of Culture and Tourism 2008, beginning on March 27.

4. Posted by bennnn (Inactive 93 posts) 8y

Quoting DieuThuy

is Hanoi worthy ?'s sad...he he...Hanoi has nothing fun huh?...poor my country...
anyways, have a nice trip

ahhh no, I don't mean it like that!
sorry, maybe i should re-word my question..

Because I'm spending most of the time in the southern to Vietnam, Hanoi looks really far up north. I'm just not sure if i can cover the vast country of Vietnam in the timeframe I have
sorry for the confusion!! :(

5. Posted by Degolasse (Travel Guru 823 posts) 8y

In my books Hanoi is far and away the nicest and most interesting city in Southeast Asia, and has the added bonus of being a good base for visiting two more of Asia's top sights, Halong Bay and Sapa. So yes, I would say its worth a visit. But in such a short time, no, you probably can't. If you only have 4 weeks than i wouldn't add anything else other than Thailand and Cambodia.
I guess if you want to fly from Bangkok to HCMC and work your way back via Cambodia (or vice versa of course) it could be done quick enough to make it worthwhile. But if you are planning on doing it overland, than I don't think you'll have time. Just concentrate on Thailand and Cambodia. Instead of considering Laos, why not head to Northern Thailand. There's lots to see up there in Chiang Mai - hiking, cooking, temples, etc... You can fill at least a week or two there.

So a 4 week trip would be something like - 2-3 days in and around Bangkok. a week on the beaches, a week in Chiang Mai, and a 10 days in Cambodia. With one more week up your sleeve, you could maybe make a side trip into Vietnam, but you may want more than just a week on the beach, and there is plenty you'll be missing around Bangkok, like Kanchanaburi, Ayatthya etc...

6. Posted by akiwiroo (Budding Member 37 posts) 8y

This will be my 3rd trip to HCMC in 1 year and I love it ! Enjoy it , embrace it and have fun, fun, fun. Try staying in District 1 if you make it.

Cheers & Happy Travels

7. Posted by Dent Tran (Inactive 11 posts) 8y

Hi Benn,

I full agree with Akiwiroo, HCMC is nice and most attractive destination. I am now living in HCMC so I can feel

I strongly reccomend you visit HCMC

Happy travel


8. Posted by Budai (Respected Member 506 posts) 8y

If you just have time to go to Vientiane in Laos, then definitely choose HCMC. Vientiane's attractions aren't that many, its just a rather chilled-out, slow moving capital - much more things to do in HCMC!

9. Posted by tmc7427 (Inactive 42 posts) 8y

In 2005, I went to HCMC, Hue, and Hanoi, did it in 4 days. Took walking tours with those books that have all the points of interest. My friend and I saw plenty and have no regrets. Have an adventure in Vietnam, see as much as you can. It was when I went to Thailand, Cambodia, anfd Vietnam in 15 days. To date, it's still the best trip I've taken.


10. Posted by bennnn (Inactive 93 posts) 8y

Hi all,

After much thought, i've decided not to go to either of these countries.. main decision was that Vietnam itself is already so HUGE.. and I would like to cover all 3 of Hanoi, HCMC and Hoi An. Same goes with the size of Thailand, I really want to soak it up slowly.

I'll definitely visit Vietnam.. soon. The thought of eating Pho every morning will be my paradise!