I am flying in to Bangkok in November and will have 3 weeks before I leave from there. I am hoping to get round North Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam, though I realise this is quite ambitious! I am doing my own research and have ideas of what I'd like to see, but I'd really like to hear from people about what they did in this time frame or to offer me suggestions of where to spend more time and where to miss out. I'm on a budget so would appreciate specific details about day or night trains and buses and the length of journeys too if possible. Guest houses and hostel recommendations also welcome!!! Thanks in advance!
[ Edit: Edited at Jul 25, 2006 6:28 AM by free amy ]
You're right; 3 weeks is not much time to see all the countries you listed. You could easily spend 3 weeks in each one and still only skim the surface. I'm assuming you are passing on South Thailand beaches & islands, so that makes things easier. To save time, I'm also asssuming you are flying between each place. Here's what I'd do on a 3-week trip. I'd spend the first 2 days in Bangkok and then 3 or 4 days up in Chiangmai. From there go to Luang Prabang in Laos and do another 3-4 day layover. From LP go to Siem Reap/Angkor in Cambodia (I think there is a direct flight) and spend about 3-4 days. So much so see in that area if you love old temples. It's my fave place in SEA. After that, drop down to Phnom Penh for a day or two. Then fly to Hanoi and spend 2-3 days. Pick another place in Vietnam (somewhere along the coast or upcountry, but perhaps not Saigon/HCM City) for a couple of days before going back to Bangkok for your last night (or budget and extra day and go see the ruins in nearby Ayutthya). Whew! Too much travel so quickly. But that would give you a good overview of the highlights of those countries. I think. Then again...
Sorry to borrow ur thread...may i know where r u guys apply visa to Cambodia?