Am meeting my parents in Bangkok early next week and then we are all heading to HCMC, Vietnam, for 3 weeks.
My boyfriend and I are backpacking at the moment but my parents are just coming for a holiday.
They are in their mid sixties, so obviously not going to be trekking up mountains etc, really just need some advice of what to do in Vietnam in the 3 weeks that we have.
We fly into HCMC and out of there, so dont think we will have enough time to go to the north - we might make it as far as Nha Trang or possibly Hoi An (this might be pushing it).
Any info on good places to visit and roughly how long for, overnight trains arent a problem, also are there any good islands to visit that are relatively easy to get to by bus/boat?
Thanks in advance.
Phu Quoc island is a short flight from HCMC with Vietnam airlines. It's quite an unspoilt beach island at the moment. Mui Ne is another beach resort just 4 hours from HCMC. It's pretty lovely too.
You could go to Dalat. It's a nice mountain town with a pretty lake and a lot of things to visit that don't involve trekking. The countryside around it is very interesting with fruit farms and coffee plantations and the like. It's about 6 hours from HCMC by bus,
While in HCMC I would recommend doing a trip out to the Cau Dai temple and the Cu Chi tunnels. And another to the Mekong Delta. You can do a one day trip to the nearest places to HCMC or an overnight one where you see some of the floating markets. Look at the website of Sinh tourist for some ideas of tours you can do.
Hope this helps
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Thanks for all the info its really helpful!
As you know our first stop is HCMC for a few days, so we can go and see the tunnels etc. Then I think we should head up to Dalat, then back to HCMC for a Mekong Cruise. Dalat sounds good, some people have put us off from going there but I think it depends who you are and what you like as Ive heard lots of conflicting stories so best to go and see for ourselves!
After coming back from Dalat, I thought we could get on a 2 night Mekong cruise to Rach Gia and then take the boat over to Phu Quoc. Im not really sure how long all that will take, but if we have time we might be able to go to Mui Ne as well?!
Anyway, Im sure it will all be fine am just worrying that they are going to have a good holiday and not waste it in not so good places. Its the first time theyve been to Asia for more than a stopover so am sure everything will be interesting to them!
Again thanks for your help. May need some more when we get there 😊