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Travelling to Hanoi alone in November

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1. Posted by Afparungao (First Time Poster 1 posts) 2y

Hi!

I am a 23 y/o female travelling alone for the first time to Hanoi. I have been busy researching stuff for my Hanoi trip and haven't decided on what to do yet. I have also been making notes to help sort things out, but the more I look for things online, the more I get confused and excited about my trip at the same time. :-)

I will be arriving on November 21st in the wee hours of morning and leaving on 25th am also. I am feeling it's a bit too short for a trip to Vietnam, but I would like to maximize my stay. Here are my few concerns:

1. Aside from Hanoi, I'd also like to go to Halong and Hue if possible. I'm not planning to swim or snorkel in Halong so is a daytrip possible?
2. What's the fastest and cheapest way to get to Hue from Hanoi and viseversa?
3. Is it even possible to go to Hoi An in my short trip? Just hoping it's possible, but I doubt. :-P

I am also open for meet-ups with fellow solo travelers. It would be fun to travel with new friends. :-)

Thanks for advice in advance :-)

Anj

2. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1946 posts) 2y

1. Aside from Hanoi, I'd also like to go to Halong and Hue if possible. I'm not planning to swim or snorkel in Halong so is a daytrip possible?
Possible yes, but a day trip means like 8 hours on a bus!!!

2. What's the fastest and cheapest way to get to Hue from Hanoi and viseversa?
The bus would be cheapest, plane fastest. I would suggest the overnight train. Can't give the exact price, but it's probably about $30. to $50. depending on which one - Livitrans is the most comfortable sleeper.

3. Is it even possible to go to Hoi An in my short trip? Just hoping it's possible, but I doubt.
Yes, it's possible, but how much do you want to rush? Personally, I like Hanoi City best of all, and Hue the least. Hoi An is great for relaxation and good food - I suggest Hoi An rather than Hue for such a short trip. It can all be done - but again, how much do you want to rush. I advise Hanoi and Hoi An only for 5 days. You also have to stay flexible due to possible weather concerns - the Central Coast of VN is prone to typhoon at that time (I would say your chances of having a storm are pretty slim that late in Nov). Take the train/plane to Danang for Hoi An

[ Edit: Edited on 24-Aug-2012, at 12:21 by Daawgon ]