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  • "I'm going to Vietnam for 3 weeks in January. "

I'm going to Vietnam for 3 weeks in January.

I would like to know the best things to see, the ones to avoid considering I'm focusing on all stuff related to the nature, hiking and off established trails? Thanks a lot !

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  • Drew Horowitz

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    If you're focusing on nature-related activities for your travels through Vietnam, you absolutely can't miss Halong bay in the North (http://www.travelfish.org/location/vietnam/hanoi_and_surrounds/quang_ninh/ha_long_bay). (You'll have to get a glimpse of some photos to get a feel but it's truly one of the most majestic places you will ever visit.) With what seems like thousands of small limestone islands spread throughout a serene bay, the possibilities for outdoor activities is endless in this UNESCO World Heritage site. There is world class rock climbing, kayaking and trekking.

    Should you require some local support, I'd recommend going with an outfit formerly known as Slopony (www.asiaoutdoors.com.vn). Also, you can rent a spot on a boat and spend a few nights drifting through the bay and taking it all in.

    It sounds, Julien, like you'd benefit from focusing your trip throughout Central and Nothern Vietnam, where even the more metropolitan areas (i.e. Hanoi) retain some of the colonial charm. (While there are some interesting sites to see in Ho Chi Minh, it's very much a major metropolitan, urban atmosphere.) There are lots of areas to go trekking as well.

    Vietnam is fairly small, geographically speaking (at least compared to the United States) and three weeks will give you plenty of time to roam around these regions.

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      Thanks a lot Drew ! We gonna be there for New Year's day ? Then if you have any idea where we would celebrate it... ? Thanks again. Julien · (1 likelikes)

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      If you're going to Halong Bay, I'd suggest to book a tour on Ba Tu Long Bay. It's basically the same only fewer tour companies have permits to go there so it's a lot less busy and touristy than Halong Bay itself. · (2 likelikes)

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    There were two places that really surprised me during my Vietnam trip, Mai Châu and Mekong Delta .

    Mai Chau is impressively green, with rice paddies, palm trees and wonderful bamboo pole houses that you can sleep in. Lovely place to hike.

    The Mekong Delta boasts great food, lovely people and the delta is a wonderful place for some cycling.

    In terms of nature I'd also definitely recommend Sapa . The views there are stunning and it offers great hiking opportunities, though it does rain there quite a bit.


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    Hi Julien,

    Hanoi , Cruise Halong Bay , Sapa , Tam Coc , these are few places that you shall not miss it. :)

    Hope it helps! :)

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      I have to say Tam Coc is nice but not as nice as I imagined. Would you recommend it for the boat tour Tracy? · (2 likelikes)

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      Yeap! :) · (1 likelikes)

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