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HCMC and Hanoi

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HCMC and Hanoi

We arrive Sept 16 into HCMC and leave Sept 27 out of Hanoi.

Can anyone suggest how any days my wife and I should spend in HCMC and how many in Hanoi.

We'd like to do adventurous activities so any recommendations is greatly appreciated as well.

My wife loves the street vendor foods, where is the ideal place to go for that in both HCMC and Hanoi.



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1. Re: HCMC and Hanoi

Your asking a big Hanoi fan here - I would spend about 3-4 in Saigon, and the remainder in the Hanoi/North Vietnam area. From Hanoi you can travel to Sapa and Ninh Binh/Mai Chau. The trekking in Sapa (NW Highlands can be adventurous if you choose).

Careful with those adventurous activities such as motorbiking in VN - if you go that route be sure to investigate extremely well (can be dangerous/illegal). Vietnam requires extensive research - even for short trips (you have to know in advance what to expect!)

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2. Re: HCMC and Hanoi

Have a look at the XO foodie tour in HCMC. Reviews are spectacular and we are booked in for our first. Night there in September, after many recommendations from forum members.

There are street food tours in Hanoi too - google is your friend.

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3. Re: HCMC and Hanoi

Wil spend longer for north Vietnam. Hanoi - Sapa - Halong bay. North- west with Sapa is the most beautiful golden terrace rice fields by the time you come and great photo shots of havesting season.

Saigon is the best for street food and also take a couple day trip to Mekong delta.

Cheers and welcome to Vietnam

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