Help and suggestions needed for with 3 week Vietnam\ cambodia itineray. Myself and girlfriend are heading in a few weeks. Is this stretched, should i leave out one place to spend more time elsewhere
Tues - Arrive Hanoi
Wed - Hanoi
Thurs - Head to Halong bay spent one night on Boat
Fri - Back in Hanoi
Sat - Fly to Hue arrive 13:45 (or get train previous night)
Sun - Hue
Mon - Train to Hoi An
Tues - Hoi An
Wed - Hoi An
Thurs - Fly to Nha Trang (or get train previous night)
Fri - Nha Trang
Sat - Nha Trang or Train Mui Ne
Sun - Mui Ne
Mon - Train Saigon
Tue - Saigon
Wed - saigon
thurs - Bus to Phnom Penh
Fri - Bus to Siem Reap (Angkor Wat)
Sat - Siem Reap (Angkor Wat0
Sun - Siem Reap (Angkor Wat
Mon - Siem Reap (Angkor Wat)
Tues - Fly to Hanoi..
That looks ok to me. It's a route that a lot of tourists seem to be doing in about the same timeframe. You can get the bus if train times don't fit in with your schedule. One thing I would say is that you seem to be going into Phnom Penh from Saigon for one night. You could get the bus directly from Saigon to Siem Reap if you aren't planning to see any of Phnom Penh.
Alternatively, Mui Ne to Saigon is only about 4 hours, so you could take a day out of Saigon and add it to Phnom Penh. If you want to do the day trips to the Cu Chi Tunnels and the Mekong Delta you will need a few days in Saigon, otherwise you can see a lot of the major sites in a day.
Hope this helps
Looks like a good itinerary - & I agree with Kate too.
Overnight buses are common and might be useful too.
Depends on how much of Angkor Wat you want to see - you might be able to do two full days instead of three to see the major parts & temples, it's worth seeing a sunrise there too. Obviously there is plenty to fill three days if you want to see lots of it.
Have a great trip!
I don't know, sounds very rushed to me. One missed bus or train and you are in trouble, you arent always guaranteed a seat on these buses if you dont arrange a couple of days ahead. Sounds a little stressful to be on such a tight schedule. I realize not everyone can get months and months to see this part of the world but I really think you are pushing it.
I liked Hanoi, some very interesting restaurants for the adventurous (snake village for a crazy experience) but great 'regular' food as well. Hoi An is not to be missed, great place to relax, also some unique cuisine. I wasn't impressed with Nha Trang, as far as beaches go its good for Vietnam but not in the same league with anywhere in Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia - I would save the beach time for a different trip and save those days for the things that Vietnam and Cambodia are really good for. Like Angkor. Three days is really the minimum as far as I am concerned. Phnom Penh is also an interesting place to explore and try some crazy food.
I was largely unimpressed with Saigon as well, the touts there are horrible. Felt like an animal in a zoo walking around there, just nothing really interesting to see, did I miss something?
My advice would be to just tackle North Vietnam and Cambodia and give yourself at least 5 unscheduled days to spend anyplace you find yourself liking, you will enjoy having that cushion and not feel pressured to fit everything in. Unless you like that kind of pressure on your vacation.