Well its holiday planning time again,and this trip is a big one, you see its my dear wife’s let say milestone birthday next year and also we have been together for forty years so we decided that we would do something special. Now from previous posts you can see we love travelling and have always been ones to do lets say not your average holiday, we have always booked our holidays independently and not with tour or holiday company, now for many people having the comfort of leaving it all to a travel agent is the way they like it but personally the planning of the holiday is just as enjoyable as the holiday itself.
We have travelled a great deal but mainly to the USA and throughout Europe and we have only been on the eastern side of the world a couple of times both these times to India with a stop overnight in Qatar but our experience of the east has left us wanting more. Now the idea of going to Vietnam was conceived after watching an episode of Top Gear where they travelled to Vietnam and travelled from Ho Chi Minh (Saigon) in the south, travelling north along the coast and ending up in a place called Halong Bay a Unesco world Heritage site which I instantly fell in love with as it looks a truly magnificent place.
Another reason for booking independently is that you can change your plans along the way the more information about the country you are visiting to you gain, so here is the itinerary so far
- Fly to Bangkok with Emirates airlines, where we have three nights at the hotel Boonsiri Palace.
- We then have the option of either taxi, coach or train to the border town of aranyaprathet
- Cross the border into Cambodia then travel onwards to Siem Reap by coach or taxi (no trains in Cambodia)
- We have three nights at the Hotel La Tradition d’Angkor it’s from here will be visiting the temples of Angkor
- Then our next leg is an onward journey by river speed boat , (looking forward to this part) to Phnom Penh for two nights where we are staying at the Aqua Boutique Guesthouse.
- Next it’s onto Ho Chi Minh City formerly Saigon. We are staying here for four nights and are staying at the Nhat Ha 3 Hotel it’s from here will be visiting the various sights that Saigon has to offer, the Mekong Delta, Cu Chi Tunnels (not all the 200km of them I might add) and the Killing Fields etc, although the killing fields will be a rather sobering and distressing place to visit I feel its a must if you are in Saigon
- Next it’s an overnight sleeper train to Nha Trang where its time to chill for a couple of days. We staying at the Fairy Bay Hotel in a luxury sea view suite, I might add all for £60 per night bargain
- Then its on the train again to Hoi An a Unesco World Heritage site for three nights at the Vinh Hung Hotel & Spa
- Next it’s off to Hue (pronounced hway) where we are staying in the Orchid Hotel for two nights
- Then it’s an overnight sleeper train to Hanoi where we are staying for three nights at the Ha Noi Eternity Hotel with a day visiting Halong Bay
- Then it’s a flight back to Bangkok for a relaxing three nights at the Anantara Bangkok Riverside Resort & Spa before flying back to the UK
Finally here are some of the websites that I have used to put this trip together just click on the highlighted links
- Emirates Airline
- Wiki Travel
- The Man in Seat Sixty One (Train, bus & Coach travel throughout the world)
- Booking.com (Hotel accommodation)
- Air Asia
You can find more of the sites that I have used by checking out my Pearl Trees account, just click here Bob Rouse@ Pearl Trees . Keep a check on this from time to time for more additions and useful information for anyone planning a trip to Vietnam.
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