Hi, we are going to Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos in November. We are trying to do a 'greatest hits' of these countries in about 15 days. My question is regarding out Vietnam portion (and the whole thing, really)... Is this dumb?? See below. Should we cut Ninh Binh and do more days in Hanoi? I know this seems rushed. It also could be awesome. But we want to see so much. HELP!!! Thanks for your time. You guys are the experts. BTW we are adventurous and in our thirties.
day 1 Arrive into Hanoi, morning
day 2 Hanoi
day 3 Hanoi, travel to Ha Long Bay
day 4 Ha Long Bay (overnight on boat)
day 5 Ha Long Bay/Travel to Ninh Binh
day 6 Ninh Binh
day 7 back to Hanoi and fly to Laos at night
day 8 Laos, Luang Prabang
day 9 Laos, Luang Prabang
day 10 Laos, Luang Prabang
day 11 Laos, Fly to Angkor Wat
day 12 Angkor Wat
day 13 Angkor Wat
day 14 Fly to Phnom Pehn (night)
day 15 Fly home from Phnom Pehn
I think you are trying to do far too much. I'm not even sure you can fly Hanoi - Luang Prabang (I'm pretty sure you have to go via Vientienne.
But that aside, while all of these places are indeed rather special, they do require or rather reward time. We spent a full 10 days just exploring Angkor as there is loads around it. And getting between these places isn't like just driving down the highway back home either.
Take your time but go and enjoy too. They are really wonderful countries and cultures. about 6 years ago
I've been to all these places and like the comments above, agree that they all warrant time. But if you don't have it, then make the most of what you've got. Cut out Ninh Binh - it's a fair way from Hanoi and you'd be better off adding that day to Angkor (especially!), Hanoi or PP. Two days in Halong Bay is enough. And I *would* go to Luang Prabang as the pace of life in Laos is a marked contrast to that of Vietnam and Cambodia - I loved LP and would go back again in a flash! Hopefully you can fly Hanoi > LP these days. about 6 years ago
This is very doable, personally I would also scrap nin binh in favour of an extra day in phnom penh. As regards to flying Hanoi-luang prabang I'm almost certain that this is possible with Lao airlines, I have flown direct lp-Hanoi so would expect there to be a return service. about 6 years ago
There is a direct Luang Prabang - Hanoi flight, at least a couple times a week.
Having visited several countries in the area, I found Laos and Cambodia (and Thailand) to be the most interesting and varied, and with the kindest people, (not to mention the best food!) I'm an independent traveller and found Vietnam a bit difficult - always had to be on your guard to avoid scams, touts etc - WAY more than any other country I've visited.
I found southern Vietnam to be ... well ... kinder than the north, and Vietnam's neighbours much much more so.
Luang Prabang is lovely, and your stay would be short, but enough. You will need more time in Angkor (plus I think you need to fly through Bangkok). 3 days of visiting the temples is a minimum. And don't forget you need down time, time to rest from the heat, and time to see other things in and around Siem Reap. You'll need more time in Phnom Penh too. Interesting city, plus much history to see first hand. You can most likely fly home (via Bangkok) from Siem Reap, so if you need more time at Angkor, one way is to skip Phnom Penh altogether (however you would be missing a lot).
In Luang Prabang: make sure you have a lunchtime lemongrass chicken sandwich from the ladies near the post office!
And if you see a "caution stumble" sign in the Hanoi airport (near staircases) I'd love it if you could snap a photo for me :-) (twitter @TravelEater) about 6 years ago
you missed ho chi minh and great mekong delta over 4 years agoAnswered by mei ro do via WorldNomads.com