Me and the girlfriend are taking a little trip to Vietnam from the 19th til the 28th and I'm looking for some insidertips :)
I am flying to Bangkok on Saturday the 15th and continuing to Chiang Mai where we will stay for 3 days. The plan is to go back to Bangkok and fly to Da Nang on the 19th where I plan to spend 3 days in Hoi An checking out the city and landscape nearby and go to Ba Na Hills as well - and then spend the final day and night in Hue. After that continue to Haiphong and maybe go on a cruise in Halong Bay (I'm thinking 2 days/1 night). After that go to Ninh Binh for 1 or 2 days. I'm trying to figure out if it's worth going to Hanoi too, I don't really like the heat and congestion of Bangkok, so if it's really similar I might skip it.
What do you think? Any advice on cruises in Halong Bay? Hard to decide if we should go with all the mixed reviews - although it looks really nice.
I wanted to see Angkor Wat too but the price for the flight + entrance to temples and visa is a total of about 300 $ more, so North Vietnam looks more doable budgetwise.