Vietnam/Indonesia - Opinions? Advice?
This is my first thread here, first post as well. So I want to say hello to the lot of you. I love the RFD travel sub-section - a lot of good advice on here.
Anyways, me and my wife have an upcoming trip to SEA. We will be going for about 24 days split between Malaysia - Vietnam - Indonesia. We rather spend more time in Vietnam and Indonesia.
I have been to Malaysia before so I am not to concerned about that - however I have never been to Vietnam or Indonesia. So I am looking for some very general/basic idea and from there I can do my research to put the plan in place.
1) Vietnam; is it better to start North - South (Hanoi and ending it in HCMC/Saigon) or the other way around? What cities would be a must visit? I know I want to visit Hanoi/HCMC for sure.
2) Indonesia - can anyone recommend where we would start? My wife and me are still deciding if we should switch Indonesia out for Thailand. I would like opinions on this.
Our flight is at 5:00 A.M. and believe it or not, I have had very few close calls of missing my flight and missed one completely due to my own fault. So any tips on staying awake the night before (I was thinking party/going out the night before?) Or maybe if I do decide to sleep, any tips on making sure I get up?
I have a short connection in Incheon (South Korea) - 90 minutes. Please tell me this is enough? I am scared ---- when I booked the flight. I thought I would be okay but after looking at the Incheon airport (holy fuarrk - it's huge). Am I screwed?
Is staying at a nearby hotel a good idea? How much would this cost generally? I know there are shuttles but I am trying to see the most economic way of getting there? I am coming in from North Caledon, I think Uber and Taxi Limo will cost a fortune. Last I check, in the $80 range.
If the above does not work or is price-restrictive. Are we able to go to any lounges at Pearson if we decided to check-in extremely early and just chill? I don't mine paying. No, I don't have any of those fancy credit cards with free lounge passes. I am a member with Mariott and have status with Eva Air and Aeroplan.
Thanks a lot for your help RFD. Appreciate it.