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1. Posted by Becky88 (Budding Member 4 posts) 2y

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Hey,
Im heading out to Vietnam for a couple of weeks from 10th January. I was planning to stick to the south and see Hue to Ho Chi Minh. If anyone is that area around then or has any tips for places to see and where to stay then let me know :)

2. Posted by Tom49 (Budding Member 2 posts) 2y

Becky

I'm also landing in Ho Chi Minh on 10th (from Thailand on a year-long RTW). Even though I'm not looking for a travel companion, I don't mind being available if you ever feel uneasy. Presume you're a confident solo traveller though.

SE Asia is easily one of the safest places in the world, from muggings anyway. Wouldn't same the same about safety in the roads!

Take care
Tom aged 49 and a third

3. Posted by Becky88 (Budding Member 4 posts) 2y

Thanks Tom!

Where are planning to see in Vietnam?

4. Posted by Tom49 (Budding Member 2 posts) 2y

Hi Becky again,

I'm going to be delayed getting to Vietnam because of a hiking injury yesterday in Thailand. Have to check out where I stand with my visa! But if they'll still let me in, then the idea is to head north (all "overland") to Hanoi/Hai Phong, then into China towards Hong Kong. I haven't got a set agenda but I'd think Vinh, Danang & Hué will be stops. Ultimately though, I'm aiming to climb Fansipan, if I'm well enough.

Please post how you get on, and enjoy your trip! (You will)

5. Posted by Ducati (Budding Member 8 posts) 2y

Hey Becky,

If you've got a couple of weeks, you should see more of Vietnam. Hoi An is also very nice. That's where people go to get custom tailored suits, shirts & dresses made. Ninh Binh is also a quiet smaller city. You can hire a scooter there and ride up the mountains (with or without a guide) without the crazy traffic of the big cities.

As for lodging in Ho Chi Minh, I would definitely recommend Long Hostel. The family running the place is the nicest ever and the facilities are clean as well. I may head back there in mid-February, but hopefully by then, you would have seen a lot more than just Ho Chi Minh & Hue. :)

Good luck and if you have any other questions, feel free to ask.

6. Posted by Becky88 (Budding Member 4 posts) 2y

Thanks for the tips!

Im starting in Hue, then my plan is Hoi an, Dalat, Mekong Delta, Phu quoc and end up in Ho Chi Minh. If theres anywhere else along the way you'd recommend then let me know!

Im flying out on Thursday so getting abit nervous now!

:-)

7. Posted by Colbie Callat (Inactive 3 posts) 2y

You can get by Da Nang. It's near Hue with warm beach, nice view.

8. Posted by Ducati (Budding Member 8 posts) 2y

Those should be some interesting places. I've heard Da Nang was really nice as well, but I've never been there. Phu Quoc sounds great too and I've been wanting to go so you'll have to let me know how that is.

I'm surprised you picked Da Lat. It's a quaint little town. Not that much to do there, but it's nice. It's a little bit cooler than the rest of the other places you'll visit in Vietnam so it's a nice break from the heat. If you haven't booked lodging there yet, Hai Long Vuong is a nice guesthouse with a very friendly family running the place. I stayed there last time. Tell them Kevin Ducati sent you. :)

9. Posted by Becky88 (Budding Member 4 posts) 2y

Great, I'll stay there!

If theres anywhere else you'd recommend let me know. Ive heard Con Doa's good as an alternative to Phu Quoc, so I need to decide between them too.

10. Posted by Ducati (Budding Member 8 posts) 2y

Hmm, I haven't heard of Con Doa. Do let me know how that or Phu Quoc is. I may head back to Vietnam in March. Safe travels!

Cheers.