I have been meeting some fellow travelers during last 2 weeks while I'm travelling through SE. Have to say the stories I have heard so far about Vietnam, from 6 different people from different countries, is not so encouraging. One girl advised me to cut Dalat out from my itinerary so I could travel on the train (apparently better than bus). But Dalat is, according to reviews, books, quite different from other parts of Vietnam. please advise me on transportation, so I could make a decision or at least better prepared.
the bus from HCMC to Dalat is about 5-6 hours according to schedule, how long does it take in reality? how's the condition of the road and bus? I travel alone, but 5-6 hours I probably can handle it.
my research shows there is no major city I could reach from Dalat in 5-6 hours, the closest seems is Nha Trang, 12 hours or more?
Is there sleeper bus going from Dalat to Hoi An? bus and road condition? is it safe? (will someone go through your luggage on the bus at night etc)
if I take Dalat out from my route, does Reunification Express stop at Hoi An and Hue, or I have to take it from HCMC to Danang, then bus to Hoi An? how long will that train take from HCMC to Danang? is there trustworthy bus company at train station to Hoi An, such as Mekong Express kind?
if the Reunification Express doesn't stop at Hoi An or Hue, is there other option rather than turn back to Danang to take it from there to Hanoi?
How long will the train take from Hanoi to Nanning, China? is there any bus option? how's the bus and road condition?
If I cross into China from Dongzing, how would I get there from Hanoi?
sorry for bombing you guys with questions. millions thanks in advance.