The trip was great. This Vietnam tour operator is top notch. We had guides and drivers meet us at the airport wherever we were. This really helped us get oriented, especially considering that we do not speak Vietnamese or Khmer. We stayed at nice hotels (you could certainly do this tour cheaper, and the tour operator can adjust the tour to your needs), ate great food, and had a wonderful time. I highly recommend the Victoria Hotel in Siem Reap, and the Victoria chain has a number of resorts across Vietnam.
We stayed in six different places during the trip, and we had two favorite spots. The first is Siem Reap in Cambodia. Our hotel was wonderful, we enjoyed taking tuk tuks (moped powered open air carriages) into the market area for dinner, drinks, and shopping, and most importantly we spent two days visiting the temple complexes of Angkor Wat. The tour also included foot massages, which are awfully nice after a day of climbing temples. Spectacular.
Our other favorite was staying on a junk (well, a really nice junk) in Ha Long Bay. The scenery is stunning, we spent time on a small island beach, walked through caves, and ate well.
For our other spots, Hoi An has great and cheap shopping (tailoring). The beaches are also nice. Hanoi is more interesting than Saigon (we were surprised). There are some great local places to eat there. I recommend the first three on this list (if you like pho bo, beef noodle soup, and trust me you do, the third place on this list is awesome):
If we had to do it again, we would stay an extra night on the boat in Ha Long Bay. We would have skipped Hue completely. Being there felt like we had driven into North Korea. We would also decrease the time that we spent in the two major cities. We would also do less driving. Driving anywhere in Vietnam takes forever because the top speed on highways is around 35 miles an hour (really). Ha Long Bay was worth that drive (from Hanoi). The Me Kong delta boat tour (from Saigon) is probably not.
I have heard from friends that Phu Quoc island is really great for relaxing on the beach as well. If I had to plan this whole trip again, I would spend time there, Siem Reap, Ha Long Bay, and Hoi An.
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