Dear fellow travelers,
I am going to Vietnam in September, 6 - 23 to be precise. (17days) In and out flights are HCMC. I have done extensive research and came up with the following itinerary. If someone could take a look and share some feedback based on experience I would be mostly grateful.
Arrive, spend 2 days in HCMC - go to local museums, eat street food, relax after the flight.
Day 3-4-5 Mekong Delta, Floating markets. Should I take a tour for this (what's a reasonable cost to pay and if I should book anything in advance) or could I do this with public transport.
Day 6 - get back to HCMC and take a flight to Hanoi. Spend days 6-7 in Hanoi, enjoying local food and bars.
Day - 8 - 9 - 10 Sapa. Again - should I book a tour or could do this myself? Trekking multiple km is not a problem. I would love to get as much of a local experience as possible.
Days 11 - 12 - 13 Halong Bay. Should I book in advance or could book this with a local agency? What would be a reasonable price to pay for the cruise (3-4stars?)
Day 14-15 Enjoy Hanoi and fly back to HCMC.
Days 16-17 stay in HCMC and fly back home.
I feel like I could accommodate another highlight after the Halong Bay - any advice?
Any information is much appreciated.
Budget wise, i would love to fit into $1000-1500pp , it will be 2 of us.