Myself and three others are travelling to Vietnam in April. We are travelling for just over three weeks in the hope to see many different locations. After looking at numerous other posts and suggestions, I have come up with an 'itinery' that I believe best suits what we are after.
Now I know there are many other posts like this and some may get easily offended for me asking for some advice but I know there are many experienced and helpful posters on here who may be able to help with a few of my questions at the bottom.
Just as some background information the party will consist of 2 males and 2 females all aged 26. Whilst we are keen on seeing snippets of the 'old' Vietnam and the vast history it has, we are also keen to do the 'tourist' things and at times just chill out on a beach and enjoy the vibe.
Please have a look at my plan below and if you could help with any of the questions I have it would be massively appreciated.
DAY 1 Day – Flight from UK in morning. Night – Flying.
DAY 2 Day – Land in Hanoi. Night – Hanoi.
DAY 3 Day – Hanoi. Night - Hanoi.
DAY 4 Day - Depart for Halong Bay. Night – Halong Bay.
DAY 5 Day - Halong Bay. Night – Halong Bay.
DAY 6 Day - Return from Halong Bay. Night – Hanoi.
DAY 7 Day – Flight to Hue. Night – Hue.
DAY 8 Day – Hue. Night - Hue.
DAY 9 Day – Travel to Da Nang. Night – Da Nang.
DAY 10 Day – Da Nang. Night – Da Nang.
DAY 11 Day – Day out to Hoi An. Night – Da Nang
DAY 12 Day – Flight to Nha Trang. Night – Nha Trang
DAY 13 Day – Nha Trang. Night – Nha Trang.
DAY 14 Day – Nha Trang. Night – Nha Trang.
DAY 15 Day – Nha Trang. Night – Nha Trang.
DAY 16 Day – Flight to Phu Quoc (via HCMC), Night – Phu Quoc.
DAY 18 Day – Phu Quoc. Night – Phu Quoc.
DAY 19 Day – Phu Quoc. Night – Phu Quoc.
DAY 20 Day – Phu Quoc. Night – Phu Quoc.
DAY 21 Day – Flight to HCMC. Night – HCMC
DAY 22 Day – HCMC. Night – HCMC
DAY 23 Day – HCMC. Night – Travel to HCMC airport.
DAY 24 Day – Morning flight back to UK.
1) As a basic start - Any 'holes' you can see in this or anything that we could look at doing differently. I know each person will have their own opinion but would you say I need more/less days in certain locations?
2) During the trip there will be a total of 5 internal flights. Through Vietnamair and Vietjetair I have priced these up for around £150 which I thought was extremely reasonable. Do you believe there are too many flights? If so where could I look to cut down?
3) As April is just about in high season do you think I need to pre book accommodation at places such as Hanoi, Nha Trang, Phu Quoc and HCMC?
4) We will be looking to pre book the Halong Bay Cruise and are keen on starting the trip off on a good foot. We don't mind paying a little more than average - could anyone recommend a cruise that may suit us?
Once again - any advice you could give me with the above would be extremely appreciated.
Thanks in advance!