Vietnam - Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi

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1. Posted by joeyanna1989 (Budding Member 19 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Hey Guys,

Me and a girl friend are travelling from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi end of September start of October, total of 16 nights.
We are trying to decide where to stop on the way up, we will do all the travelling by public bus or train.
We are thinking of Nha Trang, Hoi An, Hue and Ha Long Bay but don't know too much about each place. We are wanting a mixture of different things, backpacker night outs, chilled beach time, cities, 'real' Vietnam experiences and some history.

Any help would be greatly appreciated
Thanks,
Joanna

2. Posted by MarcoPolo89 (Full Member 159 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Hey!
I traveled Vietnam for 1 month last year and I absolutely loved it. Something I didn't realise is just how long it takes to get from one city to the next. The population of Vietnam is around 90 million people and, even though most people drive mopeds, there is a lot of traffic. It can take up to 12 hours to get from one city to the next. I recommend taking the night buses (unless you're over 6 foot tall then it's not very comfortable).
Nha Trang is filled with as many Russians as locals and Halong Bay has 10 times as many tourists than Vietnamese but both places are a lot of fun, just really not Vietnamese at all. Hoi An is a beautiful city and you can spend days walking around the lovely streets. Hue I was very disappointed with - a lot of the historical buildings were destroyed during the American War so really not a lot left to look at.
You'll get enough city and history in HCMC and Ha Noi, Nha Trang has great beaches, Ha long has great parties and Hoi An has nice culture. Try to stay at HQ Cafe Hostel in Nha Trang - was a great place to stay; might have to book a day in advance though.
O.J.

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