Hi, firstly thanks for all the amazing information on these forums. Has been so helpful with the short time I have to plan our trip to Vietnam for early November.
Our family of three active/fit young boys (6,8,10yearz) only have 11/12 days (in Vietnam - Hanoi as arrival and departure) and so far have planned
- Hanoi - 4 nights (3 full days)
- 2 nights on boat in Halong Bay area with Cat Ba Ventures
- transferring directly to Ninh Binh for 2 nights or 1 night
- overnight train to Hoi An for final 3 nights of trip.
My questions are:
Is it worth going to Ninh Binh as well as Cat ba/Halong?
Could we just do 1 night and 1 full day in Ninh Binh (before catching the late night train?)
Are the drive times from Ninh Binh to see the sights long? I don't want the kids in cars for too long - we don't need to "tick off" sites. Would rather walk/tramp, see locals, go to a local school etc.
Has anyone come across bikes for kids available with any day tours?
Any suggestions or advice would be greatly appreciated.
Lastly while not really this topic, does anyone have experience with internal flights? Would I be crazy to try to catch a flight from Da Nang to Hanoi to then connect with our international flight? Our international departure from Hanoi is 6pm - are internal flights often delayed?
Thanks for your advice - greatly appreciated.