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We have been to THAILAND called at BKK for a few days then caught a flight to the islands Stayed in the smaller places on the beach then caught a ferry to another island would like to do the same in Vietnam but don't really now were to start thinking about a 3 week stay Can anyone help Trevo

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There is so much to see in VN, it would be a crime to spend your 3 weeks on a beach. It's nothing like Thailand, and not known for its beaches so if that's what you really want to do you may be best sticking to Thailand or trying Bali etc. It's a beautiful country, in 3 weeks you could see its best bits and have a few days relaxing by the sea to finish it off.

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Hmmmm, if you're a coastal Thailand fan then JoLeicester is undoubtedly right in that Vietnam probably doesn't have what you're looking for.

Vietnam offers culture, stunning landscapes, fascinating glimpses into different ways of life and so much more. But for a stay-put or island-hopping 3-week beach holiday it's probably not for you, not least because there is no island-hopping to speak of.

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maybe the Philippines? no shortage of islands there.

Edited: 07 July 2012, 00:30
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Woodwarms..

Recommend My Khe beach in Da Nang, rated one of top 6 most beautiful beaches in the world by Conde Nast Traveler. 9KM of pristine beach and Viet Nam's best seafood will keep you busy for those three weeks. We also have three resorts that made the Conde Nast Hot List for 2012 (and they have private beach access!).

We also have the Cham Islands nearby which is a short 30 minute speedboat ride with some excellent secluded beaches. Arrangements can be made to spend the night on Cham as there are no formal hotel accommodations, but if your the adventurous type this may fit perfectly.

Panda

Edited: 07 July 2012, 01:39
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What's your daily budget for a hotel and what are your requirements for other activities, sight-seeing, and dining? Do you like to snorkel? Do you like crystal clear waters or just require bathing in the surf? Do you eat street food or do you require 5-Star dining? Do you want an island beach or mainland beach? Vietnam offers both. Vietnam offers a lot of beach accommodation diversity along with double-digit prices or 4-digit prices per night if you're so inclined.

As others have suggested, it would be a travesty to come and only see "a beach" for three weeks. If you haven't been to this country, I would suggest traveling from north to south or south to north to see what it offers.

Personally, I like the southeast facing beaches of Phu Quoc Island. You can't beat Nha Trang for all it offers, including beaches. Da Nang beaches are nice but the town is kind of boring. The Furama Resort was nice a couple years ago but you can easily pay $300-$400 a night or more.

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Edited: 07 July 2012, 02:15
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Someone obviously has not been to Da Nang in (more) than a few years.

Edited: 07 July 2012, 02:49
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Well, maybe five years and if you're staying out on the beach, the taxi charges can be kind of expensive. Then again, if you can afford the Furama at $500/night, the taxi fares shouldn't shock you.

Still would take Nha Trang over Da Nang any day of the week - sorry, just my opinion.

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I think you need make another visit to Da Nang before you pass sentence or tell others that the town in boring, much has changed in the past five years. There are resorts and casinos of every kind along the Southern beach, and Central/North My Khe is littered with hotels of all price ranges. The Han River along Bach Dang is hot with nightlife and cafes, and many upscale hotels have opened in the city with every amenity that would match those in Hanoi or HCMC. We have three brand new oceanside golf courses hosting International and Asian golf tournaments on a regular basis, and new International Airport with daily scheduled flights to Singapore, and South Korea (Asiana and Korean Air).

Nha Trang is a great place too, and the OP would do well with either choice.

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I'll give Da Nang another try and be happy to post an update. I will say that it can't be beat as a base of operations when visiting Hue and Hoi An. In fact, I do believe the Furama Resort provided a free shuttle to Hoi An several times a day, when I last visited. I wonder if they still do?

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