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Hannah
Portland

Vietnam, Thailand

Suggestions on Visiting Vietnam from Thailand?

Hi Friends,

I'll be on my honeymoon in Thailand from November 1st - November 21st and we're toying with the idea of visiting Vietnam during this stretch. My questions are:

  1. Getting there - while looking in the US at flights from Thailand to Vietnam result in $1,000 flights. Is it really that expensive to travel there? If not, when and where did you book and how much did it cost?
  2. Where to go - best city(ies) to visit that won't add a ton of travel days.
  3. Anything else we need to know about traveling in Vietnam?

Thank you so much for your help and suggestions!

Cheers,

Hannah


2 Answers

answered by
Jacey & Scott from Fort Collins

Take a look at Bangkok Air or Vietnam Airlines.  We found them booth to be very reasonable.

To visit in Vietnam, we loved Hoi An (fly into Danang).  We stayed at the Anantara Hoi An Resort which is right in the central area-walking distance from everything.  They will arrange transport to and from the airport.  The town itself is just adorable-beautiful setting on the river, excellent food (do no miss the Banh Mi at Bánh Mỳ Phượng) and the people were very friendly.  Make sure to have some fun clothes made at the many tailors in the area.

From here, you can hire a driver to take you up to Hue-which is lovely as well.  It is certainly more historic with the Citadel, and tons of temples and pagodas everywhere (we visited Thien Mu Pagoda and Ming Mang Tomb.)  You can easily spend several days touring the various sites.  Make sure to take part in an Imperial Cuisine meal, we very much enjoyed ours at Nhà hàng Ancient Huế and the setting was phenomenal too.  You can easily fly out of the Hue airport.


If you have the time, I would highly recommend taking a boat for a few days in Halong Bay Vietnam.  It was simply stunning.  It takes a bit of time to get here, but is so worth it (about 4 hour drive from central Hanoi).  We sailed on the Paradise Cruises' Paradise Privilege boat.  It only had 3 cabins and the staff was as nice as could be.


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  1. Hoi An (city)
  2. Anantara Hoi An Resort (hotel)
  3. Bánh Mỳ Phượng (restaurant)
  4. Hue (city)
  5. Thien Mu Pagoda (attraction)
  6. Nhà hàng Ancient Huế (attraction)
  7. Halong Bay Vietnam (attraction)
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answered first by
Alex from Ranau

Hi Hannah, 

1. Check out AirAsia for cheap flights all over Southeast Asia. Also Hipmunk.com is a good resource for checking out other airlines. It's currently showing prices as low as $162 for Bangkok to Hanoi. $1000 is an insane amount to pay for regional flights.

2. I loved Hanoi, Hoi An, and Hue and didn't like Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City). It depends on what you are into and what you are looking for. I found Hanoi to be a much prettier city. Hoi An had fantastic food and a beautiful beach, and was much smaller and laid back. Vietnam is long, and travel can eat up your time, but there are also cheap flights if you want to jump around. But, I'd stick to one region to maximize your time. 

3. Eat everything you see. The food in Vietnam is amazing, and the very best of it is found at tiny street stalls. 


Enjoy!


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  2. Hanoi (city)
  3. Hoi An (city)
  4. Hue (city)
  5. Ho Chi Minh City (city)
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