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14 days Itinerary... In need of some advice...:)

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14 days Itinerary... In need of some advice...:)

Our itineary so far:

We're arriving in Hanoi on the 19th of August.

Stay two nights there, before doing a Halong Bay cruise from the 21st to the 22nd.

We would like to visit Hue, Hoi An and Da Nang. We fly back from Da Nang to Hanoi on the 30th.

How many nights should we spend in Hue/Hoi An/Da Nang? We would like to spend some time on the beach. Have also thought about going to Cat Ba for some beach life, but maybe some other beaches closer to Hue/Hoi An/Da Nang will be good enough? As I guess you understand, I'm a bit confused about what to do...

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1. Re: 14 days Itinerary... In need of some advice...:)

If this makes your decision easier, the beaches on Cat Ba are not great and there is little 'beach life' to speak of.

There are good beaches and beach resorts in both Hoi An and Danang, so you need to do some more research to decide which of the two destinations most closely meets your requirements.

Hue requires two days to see the main attractions.

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2. Re: 14 days Itinerary... In need of some advice...:)

CB is correct - avoid Cat Ba, and especially Cat Ba Town (just a waste of your time)

Watch the weather - this is typhoon season!

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3. Re: 14 days Itinerary... In need of some advice...:)

Ooh, I didn't mean the the island isn't nice, just that it's not a great beach destination. There are many other things to do on Cat Ba if you're energetic - trekking in the national park, cycling, cliff climbing, kayaking and the like.

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5. Re: 14 days Itinerary... In need of some advice...:)

I would book a flight to Hue for the night you come back from the cruise, you get back around 16.00/ 16.30 from Halong bay and we got a flight at 19.20 you need 2 full days to visit Hue then I would book a car to take you to

Hoi An, I would spend the rest of your time there.

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6. Re: 14 days Itinerary... In need of some advice...:)

Thanks for your replies:) I guess we'll skip Cat Ba then. Guess we'll go straight to Hue after the cruise. But probably with night train. We've just buildt a house, so the wallet is close to empty...;)

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7. Re: 14 days Itinerary... In need of some advice...:)

The night train is fine, and adds to the experience of your trip. In case you are not already aware, the beach at Hoi An is not near the town so when choosing your hotel take that into account. Shuttle buses run regularly so you can easily get from one to the other.

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8. Re: 14 days Itinerary... In need of some advice...:)

Check airline and train prices before deciding. I'm in Danang and want to head back to Hanoi tomorrow-- $70 on the train versus $98 on the plane.

If you choose the train look into the Levitrans car which will give you a little more comfort.

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10. Re: 14 days Itinerary... In need of some advice...:)

You have 14 days in North and Central of Vietnam.

19 Aug: arrival in Hanoi

20 Aug: Hanoi city tour

21-22 Aug: Halong Bay.

You can spend 1 more night in Cat Ba if you are interested in, some Halong Bay cruise, visit Lan Ha Bay...

24 Aug: back to Ninh Binh for visit Trang an, Van Long or Kenh Ga.

25 Aug: Back to Hanoi and take flight to Hue

26 Aug: Hue city tour

27 Aug: Hue city tour and then to Dananng. Overnight in Danang and enjoy in My Khe Beach in Danang

28 Aug: Hoian - My son

29 Aug: Hoi An

...

Some days are leisure, you can take some tour in Hoi An or fly to Saigon, city tour in Ho Chi Minh city