I'm new to this forum but after reading A LOT of the other threads I've gathered some valuable information.
Would love your opinions on this: I'm flying into Hong Kong and I have roughly 11-12 days to reach Bangkok. Travelling overland would be my first option - Hong Kong to Hanoi - Saigon - Phnom Penh would be the towns I would most like to see in this time. I realise that it is a probability that I won't get to spend much time in these places.
Is this viable? I see that Hong Kong to Hanoi is a bit of a journey. Don't want to be overly exhausted getting to Bangkok. If it is going to be really tough, I can possibly look at getting my flight changed.
Your opinions would be greatly appreciated.
For the South East Asia part I think you ought to just fly into Bangkok! Once you are in that part of Asia it is much easier to travel by land throughout Thailand and the nearby countries. You can probably add Laos to your schedule if you want.
I would take China as a separate trip by itself or maybe combined with Hong Kong and Macau.
We don't know what country you are from and if you are an experienced traveller or a "first timer." Most travellers (country specific) don't need advance visas for Thailand, Macau and Hong Kong; you will need visas for the other countries.
If you are going to lose money by changing flights see how that loss compares to just purchasing an additional flight from Hong Kong. There are quite a few airlines that fly from Hong Kong to Bangkok. I've used China Airlines and Emirates for connections to BKK. Kenya Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Thai Air are a few who fly to Bangkok. Flights from Macau are sometimes even cheaper. (You do have to figure in the cost of ferry travel between HK and Macau though.)
You don't say how long you will be in Bangkok or how long you will spend in the other countries around there. And you mention nothing about a daily budget. Some people spend over a month in Thailand alone!
I am a first time traveller, this will be my first trip. We have 6.5 weeks to travel Thailand and Malaysia - but because we have our flight going into Hong Kong we thought it would be a good idea to travel overland to Bangkok, getting to see some of Vietnam and Cambodia. We want to spend a 1 - 2 weeks in Malaysia and about 3 weeks in Thailand so it doesn't give us a lot of time to see Vietnam and Cambodia - it seems the majority of the time would be travelling. We're not planning on seeing any of China.
I'm a British Citizen - I have looked into the whole visa thing and think I'm pretty organised in that respect.
I think we will just have to look into getting a flight to Bangkok instead of travelling overland. Taking the fact that we would have to budget for a Visa for China, Vietnam and Cambodia, if we could get a flight for 100GBP then it would even out.
Never mind, will just have to save for the next trip and see Vietnam and Cambodia!
It is possible, but you'll spend most of your time travelling. Ignoring the leg to Hanoi which you've looked at, Hanoi to HCMC is a minimum of 30hrs by train, some take 40 (bus is a long trip), whilst PP to BKK is a 12-14hour+ trip done at day (depending uponluck and the border). HCMC to PP possible in a few hours.
If you want to see all of them on the way, flying would probably be easier. Othewise, at least half of your 12days will be in transit only.
Cheap flights from Hanoi and HCMC to BKK, and Hanoi to HCMC mean you could probably fly HK - Hanoi, Hanoi - HCMC (lots of other places to see in Vietnam anyway), and then go overland via the Mekong delta to PP. Flights PP to BKK aren't the cheapest, but shouldn't break the bank, but by that time you'll know if you have any time left for thy overland journey. And in fairness, PP to Bkk isn't the most exciting overland journey anyway.
One idea would be to fly to somewhere like Nha Trang from Hanoi and overland it down. Much of the scenery in Vietnam is worth a look anyway, and going that way maybe via Dalat (even if you bus it straight through) would give you a taste.
And finally, going to Cambodia but not seeing Angkor is surely a criminal offence...
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