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1. Posted by kazza1966 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

hi everyone im a single mum wanting to go to vietnam at xma time for month any one that has been there id love to chat to

2. Posted by LadyCroft (Budding Member 41 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

I've not been to Vietnam yet, but I'll be there end of November/Dec of this year. Supposedly its a wonderful place to travel now, really inexpensive, and pretty well traveled over so relatively safe. I have Frommer's S.E. Asia guide, which includes vietnam and its a pretty comprehensive guide. Not the best, i'm sure, but a pretty good place to start.

I'm entering vietnam in the North, from Laos, making my way to Hanoi, and then south to saigon. I'm backpacking. Are you backpacking too? or do you have a little dough, thereby staying in hotels and doing nice tours and stuff? Are you on your own?

anywho, best of LUCK! happy travelling,


3. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 2012 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Hi Kazza - I was there in March (first trip to Asia) and it was the greatest place! I flew into Saigon via Seoul and just sort of got the feel of the place first. March was an excellent month for weather (pleasantly warm just about everywhere but the far north). Saigon was a very busy and exciting town with really good street food and very nice people (very welcoming to tourists). I stayed in this hotel in the backpacker area that was rather unusual (seven flights up to my room - no lift). After a few days I was off to the Mekong Delta by speed boat. That part of the trip didn't go so well - I should have booked a tour of the area instead of trying to do it alone, but it certainly was not boring, so I'll just skip over that part. I was expecting more tropical jungle type area and instead found crowded areas with many ferries. I returned to Saigon and flew up to Danang and took a car to the beautiful town of Hoi An. This is everyone's favorite in VN and it's no wonder - the town with good everything and inexpensive too (some of the best food in Hoi An in all of VN). From there I hired a car to take me to Hue, and from Hue I flew to Hanoi and N. Vietnam. Hue was a nice city, but unless you're a history buff, one would say it's just a nice city! I was truly in my element in Hanoi - bohemian, interesting, colorful, friendly, great shopping and people watching - GREAT! I went up to the hill town of Sapa for a few days to see the minorities and to trek for a few hours until my feet gave out - very glad I did - don't miss Sapa either! Back in Hanoi I just had 2 more days before my plane left for the States, so I just splurged in semi-luxury for 2 days and had myself a great time. My hotels ranged from a low of $9. in a basic 2 star hotel in Can Tho, Mekong Delta to my splurge room in Hanoi at $35. (averaged about $15. - you get a very nice simple room for that with fridge, minibar, bathroom, AC or fan, TV w/cable, bed and window.) I probably spent more on food - it really is of excellent quality and quite varied (not just Viet, but everything else too from pizza to Western to Indian, Italian or Thai). I spent 3.5 weeks total in country, and I liked it so much that I'm planning my return for next winter. I'll be glad to answer any questions. John in Oregon

4. Posted by modern era (First Time Poster 1 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

I believe going to vietnam is a very nice experience. It is known to be a nice place with friendly people and many attractive places to see. Asia has many countries that offers exciting travel experiences. You can also try visiting the Philippines especially in Cebu. Cebu has an international airport so there is no hassle for you to go there. Ten minutes from the airport, are international hotels like Hilton and Shangri-la Hotels. You can also go island hopping, city tour and countrywide tours. From Cebu, you can try going to Bohol where the famous chocolate hills and the tarsier is seen. Or you can go to Boracay, the world famous beach resort known for its powdery white sand. You can try going to Puerto Princesa in Palawan and visit the caves and underground rivers. It is worth a try to visit the Philippines. To make your visit more hassle-free, it is best to get the services of a travel operator like the modern era travel and tours.

5. Posted by Alqueda (Inactive 17 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Enjoy your time in Vietnam.

6. Posted by travelbug_ (Respected Member 110 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

We are going to be there around end Nov/Dec time too :)

This link might be useful to you :

Where in Vietnam are you planning to visit?

7. Posted by Buffalo (Full Member 120 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Have a think about visiting Dalat after Saigon as well, it was probably my favourite place in Vietnam, lots to do and see, and plenty of beautiful scenery!! Get an Easyrider to show u around, great fun altogether!!

8. Posted by Jennyyore (Budding Member 66 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

We had a fantastic time in Vietnam in February.
We did pretty much what everyone else has said:
Halong Bay
Hoi An
Dang Nang
Mui Ni

It was really cheap we took £500 each which paid for all accomodation, food and trips, clothes made for us in Hoi An, and came home with money.

Look at my photos, they are beautiful, it was cold in february though!


9. Posted by CatAttack (Inactive 15 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Just make sure that you take adequate clothing. Saigon is hot all year round, but up north and Hanoi it can get quite cool as it is winter. Make sure you don't get stuck with only summer clothing otherwise you'll freeze in Hanoi! And also Halong Bay, especially out on the bay on a boat on the water, it can get very windy and cold.
Anyway, I started south and did:

Cat Tien National Park - mini trek (which was absolutely beautiful, lots of history but lots of leeches too :P) - 2 days
trained up to Nha Trang - it was raining, wanted to stay for Beach Party on my birthday (16th Dec) but it was too wet and not tempting enough to stay.
trained up to Hue (I think we trained?) and that was also raining but we had a ball. Lots of history there, and beautiful architecture. We were there for 3 days and it rained the whole time.
Up to Hanoi - ALOT COLDER, so keep that in mind. However, you could compare it too Melbourne spring. Rather nice. (But then again, there's no "average" Melbourne seasons as it changes that much!)
Sapa - 5 day trek with homestays - the best part of the trip by far. This is where you get to see some of the most native Vietnamese hill tribes, who are also some of the poorest. However, it was fascinating and some fantastic photo ops.
Then Hanoi again and over to Halong Bay - the views were nice, but it was freezing so wasn't as good as it would be in the summer probably.

Anyway, that took up four weeks believe it or not. AWESOME

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