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@ridethecliche That's correct, hopping flights from Hanoi to Hue, Danang to Dalat, and Saigon to Siem Reap to save time and avoid riding buses whenever possible.  Thanks for the advice about the flights, I'll be sure there's nothing mission-critical around my flight-times so I don't get screwed by delays.

 

To @TomOwen's point above, I will be taking the train from Hue to Danang, I really look forward to it. Will be spending a night in Hue and there's some flexibility in my schedule for Nha Trang or Danang but not both.  I'll see what I can do, but I have a feeling that the buses from Dalat to Mui Ne and from Mui Ne to Saigon are gonna take up a really long time and be draining (no other way to make those journeys as far as I can tell... there may actually be a train for the latter but there's some work being done near Saigon and trains seem to be stopping short of it).  I was thinking of heading to Halong the morning I get back from Sapa for a 2d/1n excursion. Would you recommend otherwise? Cat ba would be great, should I be able to find a ferry there from the same part of Halong Bay where the bus drops me off?

 

edit: apologies to anybody who prefers me to use HCMC instead, I understand it's a sensitive topic. I'm just being lazy, I guess.

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Thread Starter 
Loved Vietnam. Spent a week in Danang just after the Hyatt was built there (also, that's a good place to stay in Danang). Went to Hue and Hoi An. There is an amazing Champa ruin near Hoi An. That was the highlight of the trip (though the old palace in Hue was also great)

Some pictures I like (from Facebook, so low res): Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Hotel


Imperial Palace (Hue)


In front of a monument in Hue


Champa ruins

The Champa ruins date to the 4th century. When we visited them, we were the only people there.
Edited by Claghorn - 4/8/16 at 4:58pm
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Cool, thanks for the feedback. Pretty sure this isn't an investment grade piece but I think it will work well as a casual jacket.

May have to find something linen for the summer as well. I like the crumpled look but not sure how it will hold up to multiple wears while living out of a suitcase.
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This is a bit short on you, but I certainly don't think it is a dealbreaker (note that I tend towards shorter jackets by SF standards). I like the patch pockets and the fit through the shoulders seems very clean.  I think overall it looks pretty good.

Edited by bigruss - 4/8/16 at 6:40pm
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Originally Posted by losrockets View Post
 

@ridethecliche That's correct, hopping flights from Hanoi to Hue, Danang to Dalat, and Saigon to Siem Reap to save time and avoid riding buses whenever possible.  Thanks for the advice about the flights, I'll be sure there's nothing mission-critical around my flight-times so I don't get screwed by delays.

 

To @TomOwen's point above, I will be taking the train from Hue to Danang, I really look forward to it. Will be spending a night in Hue and there's some flexibility in my schedule for Nha Trang or Danang but not both.  I'll see what I can do, but I have a feeling that the buses from Dalat to Mui Ne and from Mui Ne to Saigon are gonna take up a really long time and be draining (no other way to make those journeys as far as I can tell... there may actually be a train for the latter but there's some work being done near Saigon and trains seem to be stopping short of it).  I was thinking of heading to Halong the morning I get back from Sapa for a 2d/1n excursion. Would you recommend otherwise? Cat ba would be great, should I be able to find a ferry there from the same part of Halong Bay where the bus drops me off?

 

edit: apologies to anybody who prefers me to use HCMC instead, I understand it's a sensitive topic. I'm just being lazy, I guess.

The HCMC/Saigon thing is fine. Vietnamese people use it interchangeably, so don't worry about it.

 

Sounds like you got it mostly all planned out. If you're in Hoi An, I suggest taking half a day to go to My Son, it's an UNESCO World Heritage Site so it should be good. Beware, it is really hot there, but you'll be there late April so it's not too bad. And if you're in Hoi An you can go see Da Nang for a day, it's a worthwhile place to visit. If I were you though, I'd rather stay in Da Nang and go visit Hoi An, not vice versa. And Nha Trang is spectacular, well worth it quite frankly. It's got the most beautiful beaches in Vietnam in my opinion. Your Sapa and Ha Long plan sounds good, there is a ferry you can take from Quang Ninh that goes to Cat Ba. But I think staying on a boat would also be an interesting experience

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For cruises from haling city, when I went a few years ago we wound up on a small ship which went the opposite direction from most (i.e. away from Cat Ba) and at most times there were zero other boats in sight, which seems to be very different from the usual experience. A bit of googling indicates this might have been Bai Tu Long bay?
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Thanks for all the great advice @TomOwen, @Claghorn, @etostano and the rest. Will try my best to make time for Danang, Champa, and My Son, and perhaps make it to Nha Trang for a day or swap it for Mui Ne/Ham Tien!

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I would suggest trying to do less, rather than more and focus your trip around a few cities. I found myself wishing that I'd had a full month there, but I also would have bought a bike if that were the case.

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Thread Starter 
Just to be clear, My Son are the Champa (name of the kingdom/people) ruins near Hoi An I was talking about.
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Anyone have any suggestions for a chalet holiday in Cleethorpes?

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Anyone have any suggestions for a chalet holiday in Cleethorpes?

 

Stop making up words to sound cool mimo.

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There is not much cool about Cleethorpes.  OK, the weather...

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There is not much cool about Cleethorpes.  OK, the weather...

As you well know, no trip to Cleethorpes would be complete without a day in Mablethorpe biggrin.gif
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Apparently one should always visit the Fitties, but I've never seen any there. :rimshot: 

 

So, nobody worked for Kylie Jenner's lipstick factory/PR agency/personal sphincter buffer then?

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Apparently one should always visit the Fitties, but I've never seen any there. :rimshot: 

 

[...]

 

Don't go there.  The music is awful.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XA66R4urS-8

 

Cheers,

 

Ac

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Brilliant.  I can feel the wind howling in my ears now...England's own little piece of isolated Soviet misery.

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