Tickets are bought, into Hanoi mid May, out early July. At very least, I plan to spend some time in Vietnam, Thailand and Myanmar.
With that amount of time, is it advisable to add another destination or to devote more time to those three? I am considering going overland from Thailand through Laos or Cambodia to get back to Hanoi.
I am traveling with my 21 year old daughter.
I like to walk the earth, meet people, get in adventures.
Hitting all of the "must see" sights is not necessary.
I don't require luxury.
How would you spend that time? Any advice appreciated.
I live in Hanoi, I think if you don't need luxury hotel, you can stay in a hostel inside the old town of Hanoi, quite cheap and comfortable. From there, you can easily access to the traditonal central of this city and enjoy the weird and shitty lifestyle here (In Hanoi, you will meet some vendor who try to persuade you to pick up their goods, fruit, like banana, for instance, to take some pics, you may think they are friendly, but don't do this, they charge money for that and it doesn't worth. And in Hanoi, I think there has been nothing is a must see place. But you may want to see something as an iconic communism fortress, like Ho Chi Minh burial chamber, take a tour by eco-car around West lake, or even hire a bycicle or motorbike to go whenever you want. I can tell you that the security situation is quite good, you only have to be aware of the pickpockets.
In Hanoi, you can visit some pagodas, you can go visit somewhere in the outskirts, where I believe that it's much more interesting than the central of the city. Should you go by train to Hue city, it's regretable if you don't go to DaNang city and Hoi An town.
If you need any advice, you can ask me, I have been living in that shit hole for 30 years :D And if you want, I'm more than happy to take you go around in Hanoi without any cost.
I think you may not want to stay in Hanoi more than two weeks, so you can go to some province which near Hanoi, such as Quang Ninh and you can go to HaLong Bay, to some islands, it's much more appealing.
P/S: you can visit agoda.com to check for some hotels in Hanoi in the period of time you will spend, I think you will find some very good deals at kind of three stars hotels or more luxury.