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China or Vietnam...travel advice wanted.

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    I am currently in the process of working out what I want to do in the summer. In an ideal world, after uni exams, I would fly out to China, spend 2 weeks with my friend and her mum who are there for the whole summer, and then travel to Vietnam and say with my uncle and his family, who live in Hanoi, for 2 weeks. Then fly back home.

    However if (as is looking likely) the flights for this multi destination trip end up being too expensive, I will have to choose which one I will be able to do.

    So basically, based on your knowledge of travelling and of Asia in general (I've never been), what do you think sounds best?

    Option 1
    2 weeks in China. Would involve travelling around a bit and seeing sights with two of my friends who I get on relatively well with, and one of their mothers, who is Chinese. Would stay in hotels but she has a lot of friends that would let us stay for discounted rates.

    Option 2
    3 weeks in Vietnam. Wouldn't have to pay for accommodation , but it would just be me, my aunt, uncle and cousin, who is 14. Uncle said he would take me places and show me sights. Has lots of friends that I could stay with if I wanted to explore on my own, and a driver so I could get to places.


    BASICALLY
    What sounds better?


    China for 2 weeks with friends

    OR

    Vietnam by myself to stay with family for 3 weeks.


    Thanks in advance.
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    Assuming you've already been to Vietnam since you have family there why not try China? It's incredibly cheap if you live local and a great experience. Where about would you go? Beijing/Shanghai (ie urban areas) or the more rural areas. China is a huge country and two weeks is a short amount of time.

    Background: I've lived in Beijing for three years. Love it.
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    Does depend whereabouts your going Like I'd hate to be in Shanghai for 2 weeks, but there are plenty of places in China that would be amazing.
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    Well i think the price to fly from China to VN isn't too expensive or you could go by coach from China to VN and experience the north VN.Also, i would suggest that you better go with someone if you choose VN..The traffic is very terrible and a lot of things can happen(people in Hanoi usually double the price for tourists)
    If you choose VN and need help i fell please to answer
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    Why not do both? Air Asia are a low cost carrier out there and I'm sure they will have what you need.
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    It's possible to travel between Vietnam and China by train. Factoring in the hotel costs you will save by getting sleeper trains, it might be an option worth considering.
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    MATE!! , VIETNAM IS A MUST SEE PLACE IN THE WORLD.

    IT'S WORTH THE TRIP, TRUST ME. SO MANY WONDERFUL THINGS EVEN WEIRD AND UNIQUE IN VIETNAM.
    NICE PEOPLE, NICE FOODS AS WELL.

    Head to Hanoi this summer, recommended, I swear!
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    Depends on where you're going in China.

    If it's places like Beijing, Shangdong, Guangxi, Anhui, Yunnan etc.. then yes! although two weeks is a very short time, especially with the huge distances you need to travel.

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