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Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi (Vietnam)

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  • Michael C

    @Michael, out of curiosity, which hotel do you favour in HuaHin? Many moons ago we stayed at a small private resort called Baan Talay Dao, nestled amongst the towers, it was a wee gem way back then. Been too long since we stopped over in HuaHin, need to make an effort to stay again.

    Our priorities changed a bit with the arrival of the little one, with the last couple of trips being to the Marriott (v nice, extremely central, but definitely more family-oriented, for good or for bad! Splash area in the pool, etc.).

    However, in July, now he’s bigger, we’ll split time between there and the gorgeous Centara, just stunning.

    Love being able to walk to the night market. Back in the day we’d stay out of town at the Evason, which now changes its name every 6 months!

    yorkshireRich

    I’ll chip in if you don’t mind, Vietnam is one of my favourite places. I haven’t visited since the pandemic, but absolutely loved the country. We love Hoi an and stayed at hotel sincerity, but they have a sister hotel now called Anio boutique. The staff were amazing to say the least.

    I also really loved Hue, and stayed at the vinpeael. If you are going from Da Nang, you travel the breath taking hai van pass.

    I’d alsobe intrigued to see what Nha Trang is like at the moment.

    cinereus

    I’m going to agree with posters above. HCMC is a bland shiny city with no soul, Hanoi is where you’ll get down and gritty with life and people.

    Sure it doesn’t have as good a high-end dining scene, but I’d heavily favour Hanoi.

    ffwd

    In Hanoi now, not much to do, I think one full day would do it. Staying at fabulous Sofitel Metropole which is French colonial style.

    Just come back from 2 days/1 night in HaLong Bay on a cruise which we loved.

    Colin MacKinnon

    @ffwd

    Might sound weird, but would you do that trip twice? Sometimes doing something again right afterwards lets you see more detail.

    ffwd

    I don’t think so straight away but maybe next year. There are different places to go around Halong bay.

    Crafty

    One full day in Hanoi “would do it”? That’s poor advice. Hanoi is a bustling city with so much to see! And think of all the amazing food options one would miss out on.

    JDB

    One full day in Hanoi “would do it”? That’s poor advice. Hanoi is a bustling city with so much to see! And think of all the amazing food options one would miss out on.

    I’ll grant you that there are great food options and it is a bustling city, but when you say “so much to see” what specific things/places are you referring to?

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