Well, I'm leaving in 10 days to go to Vietnam and I wanted to put a few more questions to the board.
I figure I will have to choose between Da lat and Nha Trang - which is better? I've heard good and bad things about NT (beach, nice, but tacky??), but I don't know how much I'm into drunken boat trips so... is it worth it to go or should I just head to DL for a couple days?
I've also heard not such good things about the minibuses that do the hop-on hop-off thing. Are they anything like the mini buses in Thailand? Clean? Old? Safe? Are the night trains better??? I'm going to fly from Hue to Hanoi but was planning on taking the buses up as far as Hue from HCMC.
Thanks for everyone's help! I'm slightly nervous (hard not to be with all of the scam reports) but very excited!
Oh yeah, and if anyone has recommendations for good tailors in Hoi An - pass those along my way!
Dalat is very nice and picturesque, Nha Trang is pretty decent too. I dont think the beaches of Vietnam are quite up to the standards of Thailand though. I would say that if you are going up north and hitting Sapa, then i would give Dalat a miss, if Sapa is not on your agenda then Dalat is certainly worth a visit. If you want to hit the beaches for a few days though Nha Trang is the place to go (never been but heard from friends who live in Vietnam Phu Quoc is a beautiful little island with nice beaches, and not as touristy as Nha Trang). The night trains are ok, and a little more comfortable than the buses. No need to be nervous, the viets are really friendly and as long as you use your common sense you shouldn't get ripped off. Sounds like people have filled your head with horror stories about Vietnam, i have been twice and had amazing times, and found everybody really helpful, and nobody trying to rip me off.
There are no shortage of good tailors in Hoi An, don't tell them you might come back later though as they have been known to follow you round the town all day. Just say you don't need a tailor if they ask
My wife and I have just got back from 4 weeks in Vietnam and Cambodia. I don't know what dodgy stories you have heard but we never had a problem, nor come close to a problem as they are all so friendly.
As for a tailor, Mr Xe is really good, he is also very funny. Located at 71 Nguyen Hoc st, Hoi An
If you have clothes made by a tailor, make sure you allow enough time to return them for alterations, if necessary. Don't collect clothes just as you're leaving town
Da lat is very picturesque as daveh said but there really aint much to see or do as i recall. not sure what NT is like now but i remmember the boat ride out to the islands as being great, the Chum temples are also worth a look.
Dalat is well known for its lakes, waterfall and pine forest. Xuan Huong(Spring Lake),Da Thien Lake and Van Kiep Lake. ... Xuan Huong is a very beautiful lake located in the centre of Dalat City.
Dalat is known as the first choice for domestic honeymooners. If you're on your own, then it may hold as much appeal as coastal Nha Trang