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Any help on a short trip to Cambodia/Vietnam?

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1. Posted by knauermd (Budding Member 2 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

Cheers all,

Wondering if any might have an advice...I have only 11 days on short holiday trip to visit Cambodia/Vietnam...I've heard that if I'm in SE Asia, Angkor Wat is not to be my tentative plans..

I arrive in Siem Reap on Monday, 30 November at 8am, so I get a full day in Angkor Wat... and possibly spend the next two days (so 3 full days) there until Wednesday, 2 December. From there my itinerary looks to be the following:

2 December - Siem Reap - Ho Chi Minh City arriving mid-afternoon 2:40pm - seeing the History Museum, Unification Palace, and then the markets. The following day, on the 3rd, possibly going out to see the Cu Chi Tunnels carved out by the Viet Kong...anyone know if they're worth seeing? Or simply a tourist trap? If not, I'd leave on the 3rd for Da Nang...otherwise...

4 December - HCMC to Da Nang, arriving early in the morning and catching the train to Hue, returning to Da Nang the following day. Anyone know if Hue is worth the 2.5-4.0hour train ride each way?

6 December - Da Nang to Nha Trang, and spending two days in Nha Trang

8 December - Nha Trang to Hanoi and on to Ha Long Bay for 2-3 days until 11 December, when I leave...

Any ideas if this is a decent itinerary for my first, almost cursory, visit to Vietnam? Anyone think I'll need more time somewhere else? Need to see any other sites or cities or beaches or islands? Phu Quoc looks really beautiful...but is it worth skipping anything else? I have been told it's the most beautiful place in Vietnam...maybe worth skipping Da Nang? Any advice is greatly appreciated!!!

2. Posted by good_life (Budding Member 12 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

Sorry but i have to tell you the truth that your itinerary will kill your time! so I have some following advices:

the 3rd Dec: you should go to My Tho ( Mekong Delta) to visit floating market and coconut candy makers... in early morning then after lunch, on the way to SGN, pass by Cu Chi Tunnels to discover underground world in the war. It will be a pity if you miss the Cu Chi Tunnels.

the 4th Dec: fly directly from SGN to Nha Trang early and enjoy 02 days in Nha Trang as your plan.

Then on 6th or 7th Dec, fly from Nha Trang to Da Nang and from Da Nang, take a train to Hue for enjoying a full-day city tour and overnight in Hue.Next day, take a flight from Hue to HaNoi.

( Hoi An is a must-visit place near Da Nang, if you have one more day, you can visit Hoi An first then back to Da Nang for a flight to Ha Noi)

However, If you wanna go to Phu Quoc, I advise you to change your itinerary up side down because Phu Quoc is belonged to the south of Vietnam. So the itinerary will be:

Ha Noi - Hue - Hoi An - Danang - Nha Trang - SGN - Cu Chi - My Tho - Phu Quoc - SGN for flight home.

Just make a careful decision then tell me, we will together clear and finalize your itinerary.

Best regards,

Thu from [snip]

[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please. ]

3. Posted by knauermd (Budding Member 2 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!


Thanks for the extensive advice...just wondering, do you you think I'd be missing out by not seeing Ha Long Bay? I've heard so much about it...
I wish I had more time to stay in Vietnam!

4. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3573 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

I think you do need to make time for HaLong Bay. The weather was terrible the day I went, but it was still worth the effort. It is one of the 'must see' when in VN.

5. Posted by good_life (Budding Member 12 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

hi knauermd,

You should spend 03 or 04 days in Ha Noi ( included Ha Long) as final destination of your Vietnam trip. It will more flexible for you. Ha Long is one of the most beautiful bay in The World and Vietnamese are always proud of it. So i think the reasonable itinerary in Ha Noi is:

- 01 day for Ha Noi half-day city tour combined visiting Bat Trang ceramic Villages. ( if you can spend one more day here, Duong Lam is the should-see ancient village of Ha Noi.)

- Cruise on Ha Long Bay: 03 days 02 nights on Board to enjoy the beauty of epic Ha Long. ( you can shorten this cruise to 02 days 01 night. It's ok too)

Best regards,

Thu from [snip]

[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please. ]

6. Posted by stoneman (Respected Member 216 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

I agree you MUST include Halong Bay. From what I have read the train ride from Da Nang to Hue is one of the, if not the, most scenic train ride in VN. Cu Chi tunnels is not for everyone (reference blogs (incl pics) from various websites. Phu Quoc is a place (I believe) that if you spend the time travelling to and from then you really need to visit for 3+ days. Nha Trang - yes; Hoi An - yes if you can fit it in; Hue - day/o'nite trip.