Vietnam only or stop in Laos/Cambodia?

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

Hello everyone :)

My partner and I are planning to leave Berlin for an 18 days trip in November and regarding the scope of it, we're hesitating between 3 options:

1) Focusing on Vietnam only and travelling the whole length of the country
2) Vietnam + Laos (flying to Ho Chi Minh city, spending some time in Can Tho, then crossing into Laos and finishing in the Hanoi region)
3) Vietnam + Cambodia. I already went to Cambodia once as part of a bigger trip but I was only in Siem Reap.

We'd like to see as much nature and culture as possible, even though we should of course see some main cities.

Any arguments as to which solution would be the best?

2. Posted by Andrew Mack (Travel Guru 1037 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

It depends on how you prefer to travel.
Personally I'd use all the time in Vietnam (and I've already visited there a few times), but I do like to spend time just wandering around a city and sitting down to watch the (new to me) world go by.
Saigon, Hoi An, NhaTrang, Haylong and Hanoi (maybe Danang as well) are each worth at least 3 days each in my opinion.
I like the heat, but the side effect for me is that I prefer to do things at a gentle pace.
I'm old'ish now, but I've always preferred to take a longer time and to explore places fully.

I do know people that try to fit as much as possible into their travels, but they usually need another holiday to get over the exhaustion of their travels.

That's my suggestion.

Leave Laos and Cambodia for next time.

3. Posted by dinhoecotour (Budding Member 49 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

Do Vietnam only within 18 days!
Do Laos and Cambodia for another trip.

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5. Posted by MAd4travel (Respected Member 29 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

We’ve done Laos early this year and Travel all of Vietnam ans Cambodia years ago. 18 days is not much especially as every time you I’ve country you loose a day. There is so much to do and see in all these countries that you won’t have time to enjoy them. You will just on the move all the time. I would recommend The whole if Vietnam. So different from norht to South

6. Posted by SirGaw (Budding Member 45 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

Northern Vietnam around Sa Pa is so spectacular. Sadly the local Hill Tribes are disappearing, so get there before their culture is just memories. Visit from Ha Noi, which I think is better than Sai Gon. South of there is the small area of Tam Coc and is described as Ha Long (bay) on land. If you want more of my views, there are 21 blog entries on our trip done in April 2018 and for 23 nights.

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8. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 2015 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

Vietnam is really much larger than you imagine, and you will need every one of those 18 days to see it. Don't spread yourself too thin, people who move around too fast will be sorry here. Do as much research as possible - this is now my home but it is very different!

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

Thank you all for your recommendations :) We chose to go only to Vietnam in the end, to see as much as we can! Our trip is in a month now, so we are thinking of where to go exactly. We looked up Sapa, Halong Bay, and of course we'll go to Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi. Any other places that should not be missed?

I'm also wondering, what flight companies you'd recommend to fly cross country once there?

10. Posted by Borisborough (Moderator 1609 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

You might want to do Hoi An too - half way down the coast with a great beach and some touristy charm.