These forums have been paramount in helping me plan our trip to Vietnam at the end of February. I believe I have the majority of it finalized (I am a planner and must have a solid itinerary before travelling). With the advice and knowledge of many on this forum here is what we developed...
February 28- Arrive in Hanoi at 2330 hours
March 01/02 Hanoi
March 03/04 Halong Bay via Eco-tours
March 04 we fly from HaiPhong to DaNang
March 04 to March 10 Hoi An
March 10 we fly to HCMC and stay until March 15.
We dropped the idea of train travel and booked internal flights. The flights were very comparable in cost and gives us extra time in Hoi An and HCMC. We extended our trip by three days to give us a full two weeks on the ground. Unfortunately, the days were added to the end of the trip meaning we gained days in HCMC and not Hanoi.
I would have liked more days in Hanoi but pre-booked my hotel and failed to get cancellation insurance for the Eden Saigon meaning we must be in HCMC by a certain date.
We booked our Halong Bay trip with Eco- friendly tours. Mr. Ba had excellent communication with us and suggested we fly from HaiPhong rather than return to Hanoi. He also ensured that his company will ensure we get to the airport in ample time for our flight.
At this time we only have two nights hotel booked in HCMC at the Eden Saigon. We were going to spoil ourselves by spending our last two nights there before going home. Now we need to make arrangements for three more nights. I have tried emailing Eden Saigon but never receive a response. With that, still deciding what to do from March 12 until we leave on the morning of the 15th. This effectively gives us three whole days of planning in HCMC. I am not overly keen on a Mekong Delta trip and still wondering if I should change hotels or not? We have an XO tour booked for the evening of the 11th then nothing after that.
Any ideas how to fill March 12, 13, 14? We fly home at 0830 hours on March 15...
Once again, thanks everyone on these forums for the endless hours of reading and knowledge provided in these forums!