Hello you helpful bunch. Having spent many hours reading forum posts and reviews I have narrowed down our trip but would really appreciate any travel advice and suggestions of special places. We are a couple in our early 60's travelling to Vietnam to celebrate our 40th anniversary. We have travelled quite a bit in this part of the world and totally love it. I plan to stay in the north and central areas. We love history, nature, curlture, scenery, food and most things Far East. We want to get a flavour of Vietman but also take time to relax and soak up the atmosphere. We land in Hanoi at 5.00 am on 22 February and leave from Hanoi at 1.00 am on 15th March 2019. So far I have booked our international flights from Heathrow, London and three nights at the E Central in Hanoi.
Rough plan so far: 22 to 25 Feb - Hanoi. 25th Feb travel to Hue (travel advise please) 3 or 4 nights in Hue. Visit citadel, Perfume river trip and generally mooch around. From Hue we want to go via the Hoi Van Pass (I hope that's right but open to suggestions) to Hoi An. 7 or 8 nights in Hoi An basing ourselves in a comfortable hotel with a pool. Not really sure whether to opt for beach or city or in between. Not so sure of the weather in early March. We plan to celebrate our anniversary here. So around the 7th or 8th March we want to head north again. I have discounted Sapa due to the time of year and weather. Instead we would love to visit the Ninh Binh area for a night or two; possibly homestay. Scared of motorbikes!!! I have since childhood wanted to go to Halong Bay but the more I investigate the more confused I am. I think one night would be enough as it is the bay I want to see and not the various excursions that seem to be on offer. We would like to spend at least two further nights in Hanoi before our return flight at 1.00 am on 15th. I did think overnight sleepers could be fun but have since changed my mind on reading reviews but would love a day time train journey. Thinking I can maybe book Halong bay when we first arrive in Hanoi.? Please if you experts have any suggestions I would be grateful. S