Am just working out some date for my travels as im looking to get my ticket booked! I am planning to fly into siagon travel north to hanoi, then into Laos, and through to cambodia briefly before retuning to saigon for my return flight!! is this possible? too little time? Much to see in Cambodia or is it ok to miss out ? any advice or tips much appreciated thankyou
sorry........i actually have to get from saigon to bangkok overland,i dont go back to saigon for a flight,any ideas on best routes-sorry bout that :-/ doh!!
You can get the trip done in six weeks...okay, u fly into Saigon (HCMC), and within a week u can cover places between HCMC & Hanoi, and then cross into Laos (via Na Meo-Nam Xoi border crossing) and u can spend about 10-12 days visiting places south of Vientiane , such as Savannakhet, Pakse, Champassak and then cross over into Cambodia, via Stung Treng, and head on to Kratie, Kg Cham, Phnom Penh, Siem Reap ( by fast boat ), or by road to Battambang, then ferry to SR, and then head for Sisaphon-Poipet, cross into Aranyaprathet and from here u can bus up to BKK, or the slow train...
There are many places along the route that are worth stopping...if u want more assistance and details PM to me. There are many routes but all depend on what u want to see and experience...do u want to try 90-minute elephant ride in Champassak ( Phu Asa ) ? Dolphin watching in Kratie ?
Just had to say you could spend six weeks just trying to get out of the mud on a highway in Cambodia!!
Actually, we made the run from Poipet to Siem Reap in under three hours, but it was before the monsoon season set in.
If you stick with Siem Reap, really, a week is adequate. Spend about three days exploring temples. After a while, you kind of get overwhelmed by all of it and can get "templed out."
I don't think you should pass Angkor up. Go see it, and see it sooner rather than later. You never know what new tricks the Apsara Authority have up their sleeves next...
See Tales of Asia for the best up-to-date info, especially on the latest scams and road conditions.