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Re: Vietnam Master Thread
« Reply #90 on: November 02, 2014, 03:58:06 AM »
3 lil ones...

Gotcha ;) Maybe leave them behind couple of days in Hanoi with wife..

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Re: Vietnam Master Thread
« Reply #91 on: January 04, 2015, 05:07:32 PM »
@Drago --

Did you ever end up planning/taking a trip here?

Am thinking of perhaps doing a couple days in PVG/PEK/ICN/NRT (not sure which yet) and the balance in Vietnam.

I'm dying to do some caving while there...
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Re: Vietnam Master Thread
« Reply #92 on: January 05, 2015, 12:29:10 AM »
@Drago --

Did you ever end up planning/taking a trip here?

Am thinking of perhaps doing a couple days in PVG/PEK/ICN/NRT (not sure which yet) and the balance in Vietnam.

I'm dying to do some caving while there...
In a few months.
Def look into the caving. I posted some links down thread, and can ask a relative who did it last year if you need.

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Re: Vietnam Master Thread
« Reply #93 on: January 05, 2015, 12:33:55 AM »
What's your planned itin as of now?
2015: 116K bkd | 1.6M brnd | F: OZ,NH,AA,EK | J: UA,CA,TK,DL,TN,AF,VA | LIH,NRT,ROR,PEK,CNS,BOB,MEL,TLV & Pacific Hopper

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Re: Vietnam Master Thread
« Reply #94 on: January 05, 2015, 12:38:08 AM »
What's your planned itin as of now?
A quieter bay close to Halong Bay, 2 days, 1 night in boat.
Sapa: 2 nights in train, 2 nights there.
Hoi An: Few nights including a shabbos
Hanoi: First shabbos, our base btw travels

All subject to chg of course.

Keep in mind I'm going w/ kids, so we're somewhat limited w/ the types of activities.
And I don't think the the suites in the train are on the same level as SQ suites, but on the plus side, they're a bit cheaper. :)

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Re: Vietnam Master Thread
« Reply #95 on: January 05, 2015, 12:50:00 AM »
Trying to decide between Vietnam and PEK/NRT/PVG.
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Re: Vietnam Master Thread
« Reply #96 on: January 05, 2015, 01:29:01 AM »
Trying to decide between Vietnam and PEK/NRT/PVG.
From what I've read, it's a much diff experience.
Much more third-wordly than places like Thailand, let alone your other options. And more so the north than the south.
Probably depends on what you're looking to do.

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Re: Vietnam Master Thread
« Reply #97 on: January 08, 2015, 03:50:29 PM »

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Re: Vietnam Master Thread
« Reply #98 on: January 08, 2015, 04:21:08 PM »
uhh, yea, I'll spend 25k IHG points at this place per night...
Might be one of their top values. Rates are over 350 per night, and the place is new.

http://theselfishyears.com/2013/02/26/the-intercontinental-danang-sun-peninsula-resort/
http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g298085-d2368744-Reviews-InterContinental_Danang_Sun_Peninsula_Resort-Da_Nang_Quang_Nam_Province.html

Beautiful. And a sick value. Love the patio. If only it had a private pool.

Reminds me of Conrad Koh Samui, just not as nice. CKS was an unbelievable value at 35K HH/night + $0.00. Definitely the nicest hotel I've ever stayed at.
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Re: Vietnam Master Thread
« Reply #99 on: January 08, 2015, 04:27:37 PM »
Beautiful. And a sick value. Love the patio. If only it had a private pool.

Reminds me of Conrad Koh Samui, just not as nice. CKS was an unbelievable value at 35K HH/night + $0.00. Definitely the nicest hotel I've ever stayed at.
+1,000, though I don't have that broad a repertoire to compare it to.
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Re: Vietnam Master Thread
« Reply #100 on: January 08, 2015, 04:27:41 PM »
Beautiful. And a sick value. Love the patio. If only it had a private pool.

Reminds me of Conrad Koh Samui, just not as nice. CKS was an unbelievable value at 35K HH/night + $0.00. Definitely the nicest hotel I've ever stayed at.
W/ kids, I can do w/o the private pool  :)

Just burned 100k points w/ them.

Also planning on using a IC Royal Amb account to book the IC in Hanoi w/ cash.
Chk it out, tell me what you think.

We'll likely hit up a AirBnB in Hoi An for shabbos, and do 5 days down there.

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Re: Vietnam Master Thread
« Reply #101 on: January 28, 2015, 04:14:41 AM »
So it looks like we've got the plans more of less finished.

1) Crash at the Holiday Inn Hanoi after arriving late, and then leaving early the following morning. 10k HH per room. (The Opera House from Hilton looks very nice, but we'll be arriving and leaving while it's dark, so no point in spending the extra money.)
2) Do a 2 day, 1 night junk boat tour on a private boat in the bay.
3) Spend 2 nights including shabbat at the IC in Hanoi, which is a few minute walk from the Chabad family.
4) Take a 4 night, 3 day trip to Sapa, but not hitting up Bac Ha Sunday market. The 4 nights will be 2 nights on the train, and 2 nights in Homestays, roughing it with the locals. We could do hotels instead, but we want to experience the local living.
5) Fly to Danong, spend 2 nights at the IC, and then drive to Hoi An, stay 3 nights including shabbat at a AirBnB propery in the center of the old city.
6) Spend last night in Hanoi b/f flying back home.

Wish us luck...

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Re: Vietnam Master Thread
« Reply #102 on: January 28, 2015, 07:15:36 AM »
Wow. With kids😯

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Re: Vietnam Master Thread
« Reply #103 on: January 28, 2015, 07:25:24 AM »
Wow. With kids😯
I hope we're not overdoing it.

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Re: Vietnam Master Thread
« Reply #104 on: January 28, 2015, 07:27:51 AM »
I hope we're not overdoing it.
Looks fun!
When you leaving?