(Closed) Thailand? Vietnam? HM help needed!

posted 4 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 2
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

Two countries in two weeks is do-able if you don’t mind not getting totally immersed in either. My husband and I did Thailand and Vietnam last year and were fine with spending only a few days in Vietnam. We spent the majority of our time in Thailand (in Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Koh Samui) and 3 days in Hanoi. Both countries are cheap once you get there, especially if you eat street food – which we did the majority of the time, in fact, it was better than at the resorts (and I’m Asian so it was actually just food to me J). If you’re looking to do just Thailand, I would spend a few days in Chiang Mai for the culture/history (do an elephant sanctuary, hike to the rice paddies, nigh bazaars, etc.) and then head south to the islands. I would only spend a day or two in Bangkok (maybe the first two nights and the last night) to get used to the time difference. On Koh Samui, we rented a car and was able to get around fine – no issues, we did a snorkeling tour and just drove around the island, stopped at food stands on the side of the road and laid around by the pool and beaches.

Post # 4
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

We arrived in Bangkok, spent three nights there (we stayed near Khao San Road), 2 nights in Hanoi (stayed in the french quarter), 4 nights in Chiang Mai (stayed in the old quarter), 3 nights in Koh Samui, 1 night back in Bangkok before our flight home the next day. I think in hindsight, we should’ve just stayed in Bangkok for 2 nights instead of three nights in the beginning and added more time in Vietnam or on the island. Vietnam was a last minute add that’s why we didn’t fly there first and then onto Thailand…would’ve saved us some time travelling. We flew to the different cities and chose either earlier or late flights (to save time commuting – traffic in Bangkok is awful during rush hour/and waiting in lines at the airports) and so we would have most of the day to do stuff.

Post # 5
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

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jellybellynelly :  Vietnam is insanely beautiful, varied and interesting. Please don’t only go for a few days. Two weeks is the perfect amount of time to do north to south or vice versa (Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh), see the Mekong Delta, do a home stay, see the Cu Chi tunnels etc. The delta, Hoi An and Hue are so completely different to the big cities. It has to tie with Sri Lanka as one of my all time favourite places. 

 

I’d say if you’d pick Thailand first that’s cool, but save Vietnam to do at its fullest another time. 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee

I think either country deserves at least 2 weeks themselves, but you could do one city in each… 

Personally, I would say do 5-6 days in Bangkok then head to a beach in the south (by plane) to relax. 

Or you could do Hanoi or HCMC for a few days, and then head to Da Nang/Hoi An for beach time. I think doing Hanoi, HCMC AND a beach town would be a bit much for a 2 week honeymoon. A regular two week trip? Maybe, but moving around that much (and packing/unpacking) isn’t fun when you’re trying to relax!

Have you considered Cambodia? It is def in my top 3 favorite countries (out of the 50 I’ve been to!)

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2018

Yes, you can definitely do both in 2 weeks. I actually live in Vietnam at the moment and we take trips to Bangkok and the beaches often.. usually just about 5 days at a time and I found that to be enough. As for Vietnam, I would recommend you not spending much time in hcmc and more time in central (hue, da nang, hoi an) and north (Hanoi – ha long bay). 

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Yes I think it’s doable to do both countries. Anyway if you’re going to thailand, you might want to check out phuket (if you are a beach lover), there’s so many activities to do and many beautiful island!! It’s the most crowded part of the island though. For Vietnam itself, I find around 5 days would be suffiecient.

Post # 12
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Newbee

Bali is also a great spot for honeymoon. The food and beaches there are all beautiful. 

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

Definitely stay in either Vietnam or Thailand – don’t try to do both, not enough time.

Have you been to Asia before? If so, I’d do Vietnam. It’s a magical, fascinating, beautiful place. If this will be your first time to Asia, I’d go to Thailand. It’s a good introduction to Asia. Easier to get around and more people speak English than in Vietnam. More touristy than Vietnam, too. Both are inexpensive. I did find Vietnam to be more beautiful than Thailand, though. But I much preferred the food in Thailand (because I’m vegetarian).

Post # 15
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2017

My husband and I went to Thailand on our honeymoon and we absolutely loved it. We were supposed to stay in Koh Lanta for 3 nights, but ended up leaving after 2 nights to ferry to Phi Phi for a night –which is a fun, beautiful party island. I enjoyed Koh Lanta but I’m not sure I would want to stay for 5 nights. We did rent a scooter there and were able to find private beaches, which was awesome. We took a cooking class at Time for Lime which I would highly recommend! But as far as hotels go, we were pretty unhappy with our hotel there. I wouldn’t recommend staying at SriLanta Resort…the bed was literally hard as a rock and we would wake up sore, there was a 10+ minute uphill hike to our room, open cracks in the windows letting mosquitos in, etc. Also, Dengue fever is a risk there so make sure you wear your mosquito repellant! (Sorry, not trying to freak you out. ) Maybe I would feel differently about Koh Lanta if we had stayed in a different hotel. Bangkok was one of our favorite places on our trip. We stayed at the Chillax Resort and really enjoyed it. The location was great and it was very inexpensive, but really nice! The Thai people are so friendly — I hope you love it!

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