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1. Posted by moosejunk (Budding Member 3 posts) 7y

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Hello all...this is my first post so please, be kind.

We are a family of 4, (2 boys - 11 & 12). We will be in Vietnam for 1 mo in Dec/Jan. We land in Hanoi & plan to bus & train down to Ho Chi Minh City.

For the last week or so we want to go to a remote island or beach. (We stayed in a wonderful beach island in Thailand last year that had elec only from 6pm to midnight, in huts on the beach - it was ideal). We want it to be off the beaten track & very untouristic... any help?

Thanks in advance.

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3. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 7y

Here is one place that I have read about, not stayed there. Just too quiet for me. It might be what you are looking for.

4. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1993 posts) 7y

Sounds like you're talking about Phu Quoc Island off the southern coast. I'm headed there myself in October.

5. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 7y

Whale Island may be worth a look.

6. Posted by moosejunk (Budding Member 3 posts) 7y

Thanks for the great suggestions - I looked them both up & they look great...Just one more question - We prefer to travel w/o reservations, so we don't have to BE somewhere in case we're enjoying where we are ---- Can we go to these places, in Dec, height of the season, w/o reservations?

7. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1993 posts) 7y

Quoting moosejunk

Thanks for the great suggestions - I looked them both up & they look great...Just one more question - We prefer to travel w/o reservations, so we don't have to BE somewhere in case we're enjoying where we are ---- Can we go to these places, in Dec, height of the season, w/o reservations?

Really depends on what level you travel at and if you want specific properties? If you travel and stay at guesthouses/inexpensive hotels, then I don't think it will be a problem at all. Some resorts like Hoi An or Phu Quoc will get filled up, but VN has thousands of small places to stay - not a real problem. I'm doing likewise in Oct/Nov - last trip I made this set itinerary and booked ahead, but became very sorry I did so. TP and Travelfish have excellent recs for hotels - LP has the worst! I also like Hostelworld for ideas and good honest reviews. You should be aware of the copycat name thing in this country - a successful hotel will often be copied in name - you should always double check the address of the property you want. You'll love it!

[ Edit: Edited on 11-Sep-2009, at 09:37 by Daawgon ]

8. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 7y

Quoting moosejunk

Thanks for the great suggestions - I looked them both up & they look great...Just one more question - We prefer to travel w/o reservations, so we don't have to BE somewhere in case we're enjoying where we are ---- Can we go to these places, in Dec, height of the season, w/o reservations?


I just show up, never make reservations. It has always worked out in 5 trips to VN and 12 trips to Thailand. In my blog under "On the road to Paradise" is another option. I really liked the set-up at the 'Paradise Resort'. Not as basic as Jungle Beach, but certainly quiet. I relate how I got there, but you would probably need a taxi. Or contact the owner and see if he provides transport. Send me a PM if you have questions.

9. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru 1113 posts) 7y

I really regret not staying in MU NEI... it looks so good on photos.

10. Posted by paul j (Respected Member 217 posts) 7y

Quoting Swept Away

I really regret not staying in MU NEI... it looks so good on photos.

Yeah Mu Nei is worth a visit stayed there this year twice . Hoi an beach is really nice i think clean, and empty in the day .