I need travel advice on "most scenic/culturally interesting" way to get from Da Nang, Vietnam to Chiang Mai and ultmately, Bangkok to return home. I arrive in Hanoi on Feb. 20th and depart from Bangkak on March 7th (15 days).
I will take an overnight train from Hanoi on the eve of the 21st (if possible) to Da Nang, where I will stay for 3 days to visit friends.
My question: is this trip do-able in this 15 day period considering my 3 days in Da Nang plus the travel time? I am a solo budget F traveler in my 60's. I need advice from someone who has traveled to Laos from Central Vietnam, who could give me some wisdom about this choice of travel considering the time available! Also, what is a good, close entry point into Laos from Da Nang where I could get a visa on arrival...or is that not possible? Is there a good, cheap flight option, comparable to train travel, into Laos?
Thanks in advance for your time and advice, as I need to make decisions quickly!