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Have a trip to Hanoi, Penang and Ho Chi Minh .. Flights are already booked!
My trip with be from NYC Feb 24 - Mar 4th (10 days including traveling time).

First time going International.. Looking for all sorts of help, tips and suggestions! I will be going with 2 other adults which traveled abroad before but never to these places. We all love deals obviously which is why we are on this site but I still want at least average standard since its a vacation to luxury!

For the Visa, I believe we can apply for online and put HCM as entry point since we will be landing there first and then going to Hanoi? Our flight is TO/FROM HCM but we will be staying in Hanoi first, then penang and last days in HCM to catch flight easier.

Any must see or must do attractions in the area? What are some pro tips/info for the flights and stay there? What about lodging? We are all 25-32 years old so fun activites, relaxation, good food is probably priority followed by shopping/sightseeing but that doesn't mean some MUST see/visited places for sightseeing cant be priority!

I have been searching and see that hotels are pretty cheap.. From simple google searches, I see a lot of 4-5 star popular places is only like $30-60/night for your standard room at attractive places (good location, good highly reviewed hotels). Are there any "nice" places with extremely big nice rooms to share amongst 3 people? Would rather do that and chop it up to pay about the same price but get to be more luxury and stay together in a room.

As for the flight, I am planning to bring a 24" suitcase and a backpack on board. Also will put an empty small-medium sized empty duffel in the suit case for insurance. Will this be okay? I have 2 friends that have traveled international a few times and told me I would be better off with a bigger suitcase but I really don't want to get another one.

I was thinking the 24" would be considered a carry on as most airlines do 22" for carry on but let it slide if its not over stuffed which is unlikely of me (Worst case, check it in) but the main concern is not wanting to check it in so they can ruin my beautiful barely used suitcase!

I am not one to do extreme hardcore shopping but just minimal small/light souvenir for several people so I would think my luggages would be enough, (The 24" suitcase and a bookbag w/ duffel as insurance)

What are some places I should bookmark for future references to find flights/hotels/discussions and info about destinations? I'm pretty sure there are other/better resources to this as its specialty is slickdeals and not vacation Stick Out Tongue

Thanks, sorry for the long post!

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Saigon HCM stay walking distance from "Cho Ben Thanh" Ben Thanh Market Place. Ha Noi has "36 Pho Phuong" 36 streets / Avenue. These are prime shopping and eating areas for foreigner with plenty of other backpackers to get advice on the fly. When in the north near Ha Noi be sure to get to Ha Long Bay. Must see natural beauty that can't be found anywhere else. Google it.
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District 1 in HCM is nice and probably good for first time visit. We prefer to stay out further in one of the non tourist districts.

For getting around with your luggage use a taxi, if you just need to get from a-b while in town use Xe om. https://www.vietnamonline.com/tra...xe-om.html
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Second vote for Halong Bay. Sapa is another place I'd recommend but I don't know how much time you have. Years ago I went there by train (overnight) from Hanoi and it was quite a long ride but it was worth it.

As for transportation, Uber is all over Saigon and I imagine the same for Hanoi.
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Thanks for the tips! Where should I look at for getting the city to city flights? Like HCM to Hanoi? I still need those flights there, only have the main roundtrip one from NYC <---> HCM
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Thanks for the tips! Where should I look at for getting the city to city flights? Like HCM to Hanoi? I still need those flights there, only have the main roundtrip one from NYC <---> HCM
You can search on google flights and go from there. My friend said Vietjet is a popular carrier to the locals (perhaps for their low price? I don't know anything about their service). Their website is VietJetAir.com and in the upper right corner you can see an option to select English.
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Btw, if I were you I'd start my search and inquiry in TripAdvisor Travel Forum instead of here.
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Thank you guys.. All booked vietjet indeed ;x yeah, tripadvisor helped with the hotels!
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Wish you have an enjoyable and memorial trip, like any where in the world treat people well they do would be the same in return. Vietnamese do smile a lot, can be confusing, but harmless, just smile back. Please share your experience in your return.
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Thank you, will do
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