Hello, I was hoping I could get some opinions on our proposed trip to Vietnam in January. I've read a lot of conflicting comments regarding January weather, and am also trying to decide how long to allocate for each stop. We must travel in January so we don't mind if Hanoi is a bit chilly but are hoping we could spend sometime on a beach swimming or poolside further south.
We are a couple in our early 30's who like art, food,theatre. Usually when we travel we book an apartment in each stop for a week or more and do day trips from there. However I am planning shorter stops for this trip as there are many places we want to visit, but I don't want it to feel rushed. We are not the type to just do the checklist of top 5 attractions and move on, we like to explore more, maybe take a cooking class or 2 etc.
We plan on flying between most places to save time and it seems like the flights are well priced.
January 5 -fly to Hanoi for 4 nights
- I don't think we want to go to Halong bay, it sounds beautiful but I don't want to spend 3 days on a boat and the itineraries for the 1 night cruises from most companies seem very rushed with only a few hours kayaking or exploring caves. I also assume it is too cold for swimming in January.
January -9 fly to Hue for 2 nights
January 11- train orbcar to Hoi An for 2-3 nights
We would like to spend some time in Hue or Hoi An by the beach & swimming. Is this possible? I know December is too cold but January weather seems warm enough, will the water temperature have warmed up enough by then?
Also is it possible to do Hue as a day trip from Hoi An? Or would you suggest staying in each city?
January 14 fly to Ho Chi Minh 4-5 nights
One day visiting the tunnels
Fly home on the 19th or 20th.
As you can see the # of nights don't really add up, I am trying to decide if we should cut some days from somewhere and head to a beach area in the south, perhaps someplace close to a larger city to eliminate travel time. I really would like to be able to go swimming.
Is there anywhere else we really should not miss or any suggestions for day trips from Ho Chi Minh or Hanoi that we shouldn't miss?
I have seen suggestions of only 2 days in Hanoi etc but it seems like that would be way to quick to explore in a large city.
Thank you very much for your input