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1. Posted by eug (Budding Member 3 posts) 10y

Hey All!

Travelling to Thailand for first time on own in June and have 2 months until my flight from Singapore end of August.

Cambodia is gonna be my first stop then to Vietnam (HCMC?). The quesion is am I going to have enough time to travel up to Hanoi and back to Thailand (possibly through Laos) before heading south? I'm going to want to spend some time at ko samui, Phuket etc. Dont want to rush around by trying to take in too much.

Anyone got any suggestions on routes, or done anything similar? All helps appreciated

Cheers

2. Posted by danalasta (Respected Member 519 posts) 10y

depending on what you want to see & experience( too much time in bars and beaches?)...two 2 months, yes, you can do the 3 countries -cambodia, vietnam & laos...starting & finishing in Thailand...I presume u are flying into BKK, and exiting from Singapore ?
Well, from BKK find your way by road to Siem Reap or Battambang (in which case you u can take ferry across to SR. I like this way cos for the USD12 I pay, I get to see and experience a greater part of floating fishing villages,lifestyle than to pay separately for a trip to Chong Kneas area from SR),and from Siem Reap by road to PP , and from here on to HCMC, get the open bus ticket (USD25-28) right up to Hanoi (tho I prefer the local bus as it gives me chance to interact with locals)which allows you to drop off at any point along the route (such as Danang, Nga Trang,Hue, Thanh Noa )and get back till your destination in Hanoi...from Hanoi you can find your way into Laos..u can chose the northernmost entry point at Nam Xoi-Na which will take you to Xam Neua (Laos), and from here you can head for Ponsavan and on to Luang Prabang or take the other route - a more painfully bumpy ride to Luang Prabang (Nongkhiaw/Muang Ngoi).....from LP, you have a choice: head for Vientiane to get past the Friendship bring to Thailand, via Nongkai, or take the more adventurous journey from LP to Huayxai by boat, cross over to Thailand thru Chiang Kong...and you have Chiangrai, Chiangmai for you pick, and then u can head by bus or train to Suratani via BKK for your beaches in Samui or Phuket...you have buses from Surat to Phuket...and from Samui/Phuket, you can find your way by road/train to Singapore thru Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)...How does that sound ? You want the route plan, complete with how to go about it, modes of transportation & cost, choice of cheap accommodation, what to see (hey!the lonely planet is not exactly my guide!!)...

have fun!

dana

dana

3. Posted by sunnyday (Budding Member 25 posts) 10y

Hi,

For Vietnam from South to the North 8-10 days is enough for you to travel to the highlight places. Such as Cu Chi tunnel, Mekong Delta, Da Lat, Mui Ne-Nha Trang beaches, Da Nang-Hoi An, Ha Long bay.
Enjoy your trips,

4. Posted by gianfu (Budding Member 14 posts) 10y

Trust SunnyDay on the Vietnam Posts... She knows local travel in Vietnam and HCMC like a native... Wait.. SHE IS A NATIVE !!

and she is helpful too...

What an adventure... Wish I had the time for your SEA travel plan...

Eric

5. Posted by eug (Budding Member 3 posts) 10y

Hey everyone, thanks for all your advice all been a great help, esp dana given me loads to think about!

Really looking forward to the summer, need to read up a bit more on Vietnam and Laos and then can plan final route..

If anyones going to be in BKK at the end of June and wants to meet up get in touch!

Cheers
Eug

6. Posted by ToneMaria (Budding Member 8 posts) 10y

Hey there,

I def. think two months will do.

If I were you, I'd avoid Nha Trang, it's not a nice city. Instead, spend some time in the mountain city Dha Lat (I think that's the name), go for a trip with one of the Easy Riders, they're so cool! Mui Ne is a really lovely beach (at least it was when I was there), and the best thing is: you don't have to make beach salesmen go away all the time.

Another thing you definitely want to avoid is the 36-hour bus ride from Hanoi to Vientiane!! I did it, the other way though, but we all decided to nickname it the busride from Hell...

In Laos, Phonsavan, Luang Prabang and the slowboat ride is worth spending time on. There's not a lot to see or do in the capital, Vientiane.

Hope that helps you a bit

Maria

7. Posted by campingirl (Budding Member 5 posts) 10y

I am planning a 2 month trip to Southern Asia-I will be in Chiang Mai Thailand for 3 weeks for massage therapy school, but I will have 5 weeks to travel and I want to see Cambodia, Vietnam, and Laos. Will I have enough time? Any suggestions?

8. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 10y

Quoting ToneMaria

Hey there,

I def. think two months will do.

If I were you, I'd avoid Nha Trang, it's not a nice city. Instead, spend some time in the mountain city Dha Lat (I think that's the name), go for a trip with one of the Easy Riders, they're so cool! Mui Ne is a really lovely beach (at least it was when I was there), and the best thing is: you don't have to make beach salesmen go away all the time.
Maria

My favorite city in VN is DaLat. Cool, pretty and plenty to see around the Central Highlands. The Easy Riders are a fun bunch, but the prices are out of many travellers budgets. They want $50/day for their tours up to Pleiku & Buon Ma Thout. A bit stiff for me. I enjoyed Mui Ne as well, but must defend Nha Trang a bit. The diving around there is good most of the year and the day tour around the off-shore islands is a real bargain at $6 for tour/lunch/booze. Good nightlife; Sailing Club is usually hopping after 9:00pm. There are Viet ladies offering their services prowling the beach boardwalk and Tran Phu St. If this puts you off, then avoid walking that area alone at night. There have been reports of pickpockets working this area as well. Use common sense when out at night and you should enjoy Nha Trang. I did.