Hi TA friends!
Going to Nha Trang the last 2 wks of Feb. My fiance's parents are doing an apt swap with another couple in Nha Trang (and that couple will be going to Sonoma, CA) so they'll be there 1/28-3/6 but we can only stay for 2 wks.
We are flying roundtrip into HCM and need arrangments to go to Nha Trang. I've read to fly VN Airlines as it is a short 1 hr flight and ~$50 USD. Should I book my flight ahead or can I purchase when I arrive? What is the process from getting from HCM airport and going to Cam Ranh Airport? I believe we'll take a taxi to the apt in Nha Trang when we arrive.
Next, the future in-laws want to go to Halong Bay, Dalat and Hanoi and Angkor Wat. (we have no desire or time to go to Angkor Wat) Any suggestions how to go about doing that? Should we find a local tour to take us? They have 2 months but we would be cramming as much sight seeing in 13 days.
I'd like to see (in no particular order):
1) Halong Bay and the Caves- can anyone suggest a cruise tour? Should we do an overnight one or day tour?
2) Cu Chi Tunnels
3) Dalat: I've heard its mountainous and can be steep by car. My future MIL is afraid of heights, escalators and tall elevators w/ a view. Will she be able to handle it? Also, besides the flowers and scenic view, what are some things we can do? I imagine we'll be going to the many pagoda's.
4) Ba Na Cable car (too touristy?)
5) Beaches in Nha Trang: we'll be staying a few days in Nha trang and I know we'll be laying out on the beaches and swimming.
I'm bummed that this is my first trip to VN and w/o my Vietnamese parents (fiance & in-laws are Irish Americans) so most of the translation will be by me and I can only speak in broken Vietnamese and read mostly food and make out other words. Are there any discrimination against people like me by the locals b/c of it? My friends that are Vietnamese descent that have gone back have been ridiculed by the locals as been too tall, too pale, too fat, can't speak the native tongue fluently, show too much skin, or not enough, etc.
I left most of the planning open rather than plan all the details like our trips to Costa Rica and Mexico.
Thanks for all your help!