My 11 yr old son and I are arriving Saigon 9 Oct and will spend until 13th Oct here. Intend to do the Cuchi tunnels and Mekong delta etc etc. My husband arrives on night of 12th Oct as he is already in Vietnam for work. We had intended to head straight to Phu Quoc on 13th until around 18/19th and then fly home (NZ), however I wonder if it is better to take the time to fly to Hanoi on 13th from Saigon and do an overnight cruise at Halong Bay, and then fly to Phu Quoc and have only say 3 nights there... I realise we would be going from one end of Vietnam to the other(!), but due to weather we wanted to avoid central - Nha Trang/Hoi An, where very bad rain is likely, and have some beach/sun time hence choosing Phu Quoc. Have done a bit of homework here.
My question I suppose, is if it is worth the diversion in time and money to do HaLong Bay for the overnight junk cruise (would do a luxury one to ensure a good experience), or just be satisfied with HMC and PQ at one end of the country?
Many thanks in advance!