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Jo Fitzsimons is a freelance travel writer who has visited over 60 countries. is the place where she shares destination details, travel itineraries, planning and booking tips and trip tales. Her aim: to help you plan your travel adventure on your terms and to your budget.

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  1. Hiroshi Bangladesh
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    Really great post.I really love this are really nice.

  2. Vietnam Original Travel
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    It was really a comprehensive articles on your trip through Vietnam. Thanks for spreading the love, and yes, Ho Chi Minh City is awesome! If you ever come back, I would highly recommend Phú Yên.

  3. Buffalo Joe
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    Very nice article for those travelling to Vietnam to read, what i like best about your post is that I did exactly your program! Well, my trip last year was 2 days shorter, but surprise with the match!

    Thanks for sharing Jo,

  4. anna
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    Very helpful article! My boyfriend and I will fly into HCMC tomorrow and we will spend 2weeks in Vietnam! We will definitely follow your tips and suggestion!

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  6. Ankit Tandon
    Ankit Tandon at | | Reply

    Any thoughts about Phu Quoc? I’m planning a Vietnam trip, and would like to snorkel if there is an opportunity. Did you come across any snorkeling options in Nha Trang (or Hoi An, for that matter)? Also, I’m planning all the internal travel (Saigon – Da Nang – Hanoi) by air (cheaper than train tickets). Do you think that’s a good idea?

  7. Ankit Gupta
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    Awesome blog. I am travelling to Vietnam next month and was literally scratching my head gathering information in bits and pieces from the Internet until I landed on this page where I think most of the information, I needed, is available. Great job! Bookmarked your blog. Thank you so much.

  8. crazyblondechick
    crazyblondechick at | | Reply

    I was on the fence about whether Vietnam would be a good fit for us for next year, but your post has sealed the deal. I will definitely give the night buses a swerve though! Thanks for posting 🙂

  9. John
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    I found your blog post when I searched about visiting Mt Fuji (because I’m in Japan now) in the rain but just had to make a comment on this article. I pretty much did all of those places but over three weeks, and am surprised you thought Hanoi had less to see than Saigon, I know each will have their opinion but Hanoi hands down has the more historical and cultural attractions than Saigon (which has only even been a Vietnamese city for like 400 years). I preferred the quaint Old and French Quarter and while Saigon has interesting things to see, found myself getting bored after a few days. My recommendation would be to give Hanoi 3 days and Saigon itself perhaps 2.

  10. yuri
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    Astonishing article! I really really loved it! Im leaving this saturday for a 2 month trip: vietnam, Cambodia and maybe laos (i am not sure yet!) I have to say im even more excited because of your article Jo!

    Im so inspired by your blog! Your article about ‘How to write a travel blog’, even got me figuring out my own travel blog which will possibly be up and running this thursday!

    So if i can say one more thing, please DO keep blogging as I would love to read your upcoming adventures!

  11. Linda
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    Sapa is the highlight of my 2 weeks in Vietnam (just left the country 2 days ago). The overnight trains Hanoi/Sapa and Sapa/Hanoi (8 hours) were quite smooth – good nights sleep on the train – it was a great way to travel. SaPa is a wonderful location, lovely town and breathtaking landscape. Great treks, especially the one to Ta Phin village.

  12. Corinne
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    I agree this is the first taste of Vietnam tour…exactly what I did minus Halong Bay and Sapa. I know. I know. Both very worthy. I do plan to go back. I, too, loved Hoi An, but am afraid if I return it will sour me with it’s popularity. Great post!

  13. Tara
    Tara at | | Reply

    A very detailed itinerary! I don’t think there is much to add.

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