In September I'll be flying into Ho Chi Minh with a group of 4 friends. None of us have been to Vietnam or any Asian country before, most of us have only traveled to New Zealand with 1 of us having been to Europe and the US as well.
Our itinerary is looking to be something like the following over 2 weeks: Ho Chi Minh > Nha Trang > Dalat > Ho Chi Minh > Phu Quoc > Ho Chi Minh > Home
The above isn't final and is definitely open to being modified and re-ordered, so far we've only booked a couple of nights in Ho Chi Minh right after we arrive.
I've spoken with an array of work colleagues that have been to Vietnam and done quite a bit of reading around this website, other travel/blog websites and have purchased the latest edition of the Lonely Planet Vietnam guide book.
After all of this I have a few general questions and some concerns regarding some conflicting information.
1) I've had a few people recommend checking out Mui Ne and others advising the total opposite citing that there's nothing to do and it's boring.
2)Reading around Trip Advisor and pages such as http://www.seat61.com/Vietnam.htm I've come to the conclusion that a train from Ho Chi Minh to Nha Trang could be a cool experience. Touching on that subject with 1 colleague she mentioned that while she was in Vietnam she was advised not to travel by train due to apparent crime.
3)If travelling from say Dalat back to Ho Chi Minh what would be the best method of transport?
4)How much and what should we have organised in advance? Examples being plane/train tickets, accommodation, tours and the like?
5)Any recommendations for things that are worth checking out and fit with our itinerary would be greatly appreciated!