• http://HoneyTrek.com/ Mike Howard – HoneyTrek.com

    definitely recommend mui ne beach, very low key, not a major party place, unlike other popular beach area a bit further north (name eludes me at the moment)

    we did a day trip to mekong delta- not so hot. there is an island off southernmost tip of vietnam that looks really mellow,perhaps hard to get to though

    COMMENT FROM A FRIEND:

    “definitely recommend taking an easy rider tour- you and your pack are on the back of a small motorcycle with a vietnamese driver who speks quite good english. you can arrange to take trips to wherever you like, from one day to many. i had been on the back of a motorcycle just few times in the past and was quite nervous about it- but have to say, never ever once did i feel unsafe- even driving up wicked curvy mountain roads in the rain. the guides are great, make frequent stretch stops,

    halong bay is worthwhile for sure,, we only did an overnight trip, but a 2 night trip if weather good would be lovely as well. didn’t makeit to sapa bu hear great things about it if you like trekking.

    we booked guesthouses along the way, using trip advisor and lp for guidance. the majority of places we stayed in were quite good, about $20-25 per night for 2, a/c, private bathroom, cable tv. can’t beat that! it was a bit more in mui ne since a ‘resort’ area, paid about $50/night with awesome breakfast included– many restaurants in walking distance that are cheap, really cheap. a good tour to do from mui ne is to go to fairy spring and also to the sand dunes.

    if i think of anything else, will let u know- and feel free to ask about anything else.

    marble mountain was cool, china beach too to look at.

    regards,
    liz

  • http://HoneyTrek.com/ Mike Howard – HoneyTrek.com

    COMMENT FROM LONELY PLANET:

    “Vietnam is always good value, but you can now skip the package trips arranged in Ho Chi Minh City that tread the same worn-out routes. It’s become easier, more rewarding and just as cheap to go on DIY multiday adventures to destinations like Ben Tre, Chau Doc and the floating markets of Vinh Long, and some less-seen ones like Ha Tien or Tra Vinh. Go by air-conditioned bus or hire moto-taxis as you go; the latter know ferry crossings on roads not on any map. Boat trips go for US$5 to US$10, while most guesthouses run US$10 to US$25.”

  • http://twitter.com/katbeckerawr Kat Becker

    Hanoi is definitely more fun than Ho Chi Minh. You will probably want to budget at least a week there.

    • http://HoneyTrek.com/ Mike Howard – HoneyTrek.com

      thanks for the tip Kat….i agree we liked Hanoi a lot better. and we liked Sapa even more :)