Hi all, We are a mature couple travelling to Vietnam mid Feb. for 3 weeks.
1st of all would like to thank all the contributors to this forum, I have found the search facility invaluable in answering most of my queries - Visa, places to go / avoid / scams etc
I have put together a rough itinery, although none is set in concrete apart from our flights into Hanoi and out of HCMC. We are interested in nature and seeing interesting parts of rural Vietnam. This draft itinery is as follows:-
Fly into Hanoi, 3 nights in Hanoi,
Travel to Ning Bingh by train for 3 or 4 nights (Tam Coc or Trang Anh, Cuc Phoung National park etc)
Travel to Cat Ba Island for 3 or 4 Nights ( day cruise Halong Bay, Cat ba National Park)
Fly Haiphong to Danang and 2 nights Hoi An
Fly Danang to Phu Quoc (via HCMC)
Phu Quoc 4 nights
Fly to HCMC 3 nights
Fly to London.
Hopefully this fits in quite a bit of Vietnam without too much rushing around. Any thoughts?
Also have a couple of queries. Firstly, all the books say hire a scooter to see the sights. Sadly, we do not do scooters but we assume its like Thailand and we can hire a driver and Tuc tuc (or similar) for drives in places like Cat ba and Phu Quoc. Is this correct? How much (roughly) would a driver / guide cost for a day?
Also, I want to fly Haiphong via HCMC to Phu Quoc with Vietnam Airlines. Wll they check the luggage through or will I have to build time in HCMC airport to collect luggage and check in for onward flight?
Thanks in advance