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Visit Hanoi or Ho Chi Ming Capital

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Visit Hanoi or Ho Chi Ming Capital

I have planned to visit either Hanoi or Ho chi Ming capital in April next year but I am not sure which one to do first as both are totally new to me. I need to make quick decision due to cheap available air fares at this promotion period. I will only be able to stay for 5 nights before flying back to KL. Would anyone recommend which capital to do first.

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11. Re: Visit Hanoi or Ho Chi Ming Capital

Thanks for all the information. It really gives me the good information to enable me to plan better for my holiday. By the way, is it cheaper to ask the local tour in Hanoi to arrange hotel accommodation or it is better to book through internet. Any suggestion is appreciated.

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12. Re: Visit Hanoi or Ho Chi Ming Capital

Saigon is crazy.

I would estimate that the roads in Saigon are at least twice as busy as those in Hanoi.

Saigon is great for shopping at the markets and seeing Vietnam at it's frenetic best.

Hanoi is a lot calmer than Saigon and doesn't seem to be as tourism driven as Saigon is. The roads are still busy but there is no comparison between crossing roads in Saigon and Hanoi. We had 3 days in Saigon at the start of our trip and by the time we got to Hanoi we were amazed at how thin the traffic was by comparison.

The Old Quarter in Hanoi is a really pleasant area to walk around and you find that you are left to wander a lot more than in Saigon where you recieve a lot more approaches for moto-taxi.

I preferred Hanoi and my girlfriend preferred Saigon so I guess it depends on what you are after.

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13. Re: Visit Hanoi or Ho Chi Ming Capital

it really depends what you are in to but for something different Hanoi has more to offer...all the honking and crossing the road at a snails pace is all part of the fun...we enjoyed both cities when we were there ...both very different..Ho Chi Minh similar to other big cities and Hanoi very different to anywhere I've been..If you get the chance make sure you spend a night in Halong Bay on one of the old boats...amazing experience

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14. Re: Visit Hanoi or Ho Chi Ming Capital

Raywong,

>>> is it cheaper to ask the local tour in Hanoi to arrange hotel accommodation or it is better to book through internet.<<<

You should check to compare. In my case the tour company gave me the same rate with what was charged by the hotel. If want 4 and 5* places, rates offered by the tour company can be better.

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