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Driving from Dalat to Saigon

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Driving from Dalat to Saigon

Does anybody have an opinion regarding driving from Dalat to Saigon? The tour operator that we are communicating with in Vietnam is telling us that it is not worth 7 hours of driving because of bad roads. We figure that if we survived Mongolian roads or sometimes no roads at all, then it's a piece of cake.

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1. Re: Driving from Dalat to Saigon

Wanderingjo, when you say 'driving' do you mean taking a bus or hiring a car with driver?

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2. Re: Driving from Dalat to Saigon

Our trip is customized, so it is by car.

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3. Re: Driving from Dalat to Saigon

In that case it might be worth doing if you make stops to do a bit of sightseeing along the way. However if it's more a matter of getting from A to B, then flying would definitely be the better option.

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4. Re: Driving from Dalat to Saigon

Thank you CreakingBones for your input. Yes, we are going to do a bit of sightseeing. Below is an overview of our itinerary . What do you think of it?. Is is too tight in some places? We have tweaked it many times to satisfy specific wish list between me and my husband.

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3-Nov Arrive Hanoi

4-Nov Day tour of Hanoi

5-Nov Sapa

6-Nov Sapa

7-Nov Overnight train to Hanoi

8-Nov Hanoi to Halong

9-Nov Halong to Hanoi fly Hue

10-Nov Hue

11-Nov Hue to Hoi An

12-Nov Hoi An

13-Nov Fly Hoi An to Nha Trang

14-Nov Drive Nha Trang to Dalat

15-Nov Drive to Saigon

16-Nov Saigon

17-Nov Saigon

18-Nov Mekong Delta

19-Nov Mekong Delta

20-Nov Arrive Cambodia by boat

21-Nov Phnom Penh

22-Nov Drive to Siem Reap

23-Nov Siem Reap

24-Nov Siem Reap

25-Nov Early evening flight to Vientiane

26-Nov Early evening flight to Luang Prabang

27-Nov Luang Prabang

28-Nov Luang Prabang

29-Nov Luang Prabang

30-Nov flight back to Hanoi

1-Dec Day at liesure/tour Hanoi

Thanks.

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5. Re: Driving from Dalat to Saigon

Even more important is the safety factor - have you ever been in country? Have you seen how they ignore traffic laws here? Have you counted the fatal accidents on that road???

Vietnam Airlines is a far far far FAR better idea.

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6. Re: Driving from Dalat to Saigon

wanderingjo, parts of your itinerary are overly rushed (Hue, Hoi An) but I'm afraid the middle bit of the Vietnam portion is unworkable.

On the 13th, half a day will be lost flying from Danang to Nha Trang, so at best you will only have half a day there before leaving the next morning to drive to Dalat. That is not a short drive, so all you will have in Dalat is again half a day when a minimum of 2 days are required.

It really isn't worth the time and effort involved in getting to those two places if you can only fit in a few hours' sightseeing, so I strongly urge you to drop one or the other. If you do not want to drop Dalat, you can fly there from Danang.

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7. Re: Driving from Dalat to Saigon

Another factor to consider is visas. Your itinerary has you departing Viet Nam to visit Cambodia and Laos then returning to Viet Nam. For this you would need a multiple entry visa for Viet Nam.

But really it would make more sense to visit Hanoi while you're there and fly home from Laos on an open jaw ticket.

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9. Re: Driving from Dalat to Saigon

Dalat - Saigon = Vietnam Airlines, cheap, fast, and safe.

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10. Re: Driving from Dalat to Saigon

Hi, Your itinerary looks perfect. The road from Saigon to Dalat is good for driving. If you want to see scenic hillside roads, I think you can take a 45s tourist bus than the private car because the private car is more expensive, it is not safe. The bus ticket is cheap, comfortable. Or the flight is the best option (safe and short journey -45mns),

Good luck,

Cheers,