I'm planning a trip to SE Asia and am considering going to Vietnam for a week. I'm a little concerned that I'm not giving myself enough time but that's all I've got in my itinerary at this point. Is it worth it or should I just spend the time in Thailand? (I'm going for a month).
Also, which part of the country would you suggest? At first I was thinking Hanoi and Halong Bay but thought they were a little closer together then they are. From what I understand, it's a four or five hour drive from Hanoi to Halong Bay. With only a week, those two areas are probably close to all I'd be able to see.
That said, I've started looking into Ho Chi Min City and the Mekong Delta. Love that it's warmer than the north and wouldn't mind finding a nice beach to relax on. Would this be a better destination for me?
Basically, I'm looking for a good mix of culture, beautiful scenery, some nightlife, possibly beaches, and destinations that are relatively close together so I spend as little time possible on travel days.
Can anyone recommend a good one week itinerary? Would love any info on this. Thanks!!!