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18-day itinerary in Vietnam for 1st timers

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18-day itinerary in Vietnam for 1st timers

My husband and I are going on our honeymoon to Vietnam- 17 days in mid-Oct. Can you take a look at our itinerary? A bit concerned about central Vietnam and if we need to re-do this itinerary since it's their rainy season.

Day 1- Arrive HCMC in early evening

D2- HCMC

D3- Mekong Delta (day trip)

D4- Flight from HCMC-Da Nang; Drive to Hoi An

D5-7- Hoi An

D8- Hue (day trip)

D9- Flight from Hoi An-Hanoi

D10-11- Hanoi

D12-14- Halong Bay (2-night cruise)

D15- Flight Hanoi/Da Nang - HCMC

D16- HCMC

D17- Fly home

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1. Re: 18-day itinerary in Vietnam for 1st timers

That's a lot of travelling. Up to you, but I'm not a fan of travelling too fast. Especially in Vietnam where travel is never fast.

You know you can fly HUI-HAN? Hue is about 120km from Hoi An. That's a very long way for a day trip. Maybe move to Hue, have some time there then fly HUI-HAN.

Why fly HAN-DAD-SGN on day 15 rather than just HAN-SGN direct? I'd only do that if kidnappers insisted.

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2. Re: 18-day itinerary in Vietnam for 1st timers

Good point- I will just fly directly from Hanoi back to HCMC. Not 100% sure I'll do Hue.

We actually really do want to visit Da Nang, Hoi An, and 1-2 days in Hue but the weather in this area in mid-October is scaring me...

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3. Re: 18-day itinerary in Vietnam for 1st timers

Could look Hanoi, Sapa and Halong Bay and if time Hoi An at the end ( but rainy season not great beach weather).

Remember you don't want to spent your time in airport waiting areas.

Edited: 12 June 2018, 08:07
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4. Re: 18-day itinerary in Vietnam for 1st timers

Hoi An is the #1 place I want to visit, but not if I'm getting wet and rained on the entire time.

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5. Re: 18-day itinerary in Vietnam for 1st timers

Skip Hue and spend more time in Danang (Hoian). In case of bad weather in Hoian at that time, do Sapa or Ninh Binh in North.

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6. Re: 18-day itinerary in Vietnam for 1st timers

October is rainy season in Hue and Hoi An, but It only affects to beach relaxation. For sightseeing, October is still very fine. Your outline seems not much logical. Please try this:

Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City arrival

Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City

Day 3: Mekong Delta 1 day

Day 4: Ho Chi Minh City - Hanoi

Day 5-6: Hanoi

Day 7-8: Hanoi - Ha Long bay (2 nights)

Day 9: Ha Long Bay - Hanoi - Hue

Day 10: Hue

Day 11: Hue - Hoi An Ancient town

Day 12: Hoi An

Day 13: Hoi An

Day 14: Hoi An

Day 15: Hoi An - Danang - Ho Chi Minh City

Day 16: Ho Chi Minh City

Day 17: Ho Chi Minh City - Departure

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