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1. Posted by liesel87 (Budding Member 18 posts) 10y

i was just wondering whats the shortest time that you can do the indo china loop? and how much do you think it would all cost incl flight, food, acc etc

cheers lisa x

2. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 10y

I dont think there is a set amount of time. Just do as much as u comfortably have time for. These countries will still be there, if u want to go back again.
I wont say, about the costs, because it has been 7 years, since i was in China.


3. Posted by Degolasse (Travel Guru 823 posts) 10y

This is really an empty question and without knowing what you want so see and do, a general idea of what kind of money you would like to spend, and even what countries exactly you want to visit. But, assuming you are a backpacker (meaning cheapest possilbe), you want to visit Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos, and all you are intersted in is zipping around the area and checking off the must-see list, here is an intinerary that will get you around as quick as you can, all by bus or train.

Bangkok - Siem Reap (1 day)
Angkor (1 day)
Phnom Phnom Penh (1 day)
Ho Chi Minh (1 day)
Mekong Tour (2 days)
Nah Trang (2 days)
Hoi An (2 days)
Hue (1 days)
Hanoi (2 days)
Halong Bay (3 days)
Fly to Vientiane
Vientiane (1 day)
Vang Vieng (2 days)
Luang Prabang (2 days)
Boat to Thailand (1 or 2 days)
Chaing Mai and treking (5 days)
Back to Bangkok

There you have the standard Indochina loop, missing months worth of fantastic places, but hitting all the Must-sees. With the amount of time I listed for each place, plus a days travel between each, you are looking at an exhausting 38 days. Most people take a couple months. It me about 9 weeks.

For budget - going fast will increase your daily budget, since you spend more on transport in a shorter time. Excluding the Hanoi - Vientienne flight, since I have no idea about costs, you can still do the trip with $25 a day, maybe even less.

4. Posted by scotty85 (Full Member 88 posts) 10y

sorry but you have thet same second name as me its all good
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5. Posted by philo (Full Member 107 posts) 10y

I'm starting the loop in a few weeks time. It will be taking me 7 or 8 weeks, on a budget of about £12 ($22?) per day including transport.

Buses seem to be extremely cheap here, but not the most reliable. I will be spending between 2 and three nights at most places, but 6 nights in Hanoi as this is the place I'd most like to visit. I won't be taking any internal flights, so my main concern is the journey from Vientiane back to Bangkok, but I'm sure I will find many companies with southbound buses heading toward Bangkok.

I know with my budget, I won't get to do a lot of the main things, but I will be going on a sightseeing tour in Bangkok, visiting many temples along the way, going on a Ha Long cruise and visiting the VietKong tunnels etc, so it's not all going to be trotting round the streets dodging the touts, sitting on beaches and reading books, although that wouldn't be THAT bad!

I wish I could take my time a bit more, but if I want to spend longer in a certain place, then I will. My itinerary isn't dogmatic.

6. Posted by boulderman (Respected Member 418 posts) 9y

In 80 days I spent £1100.00 I spent 49 days doing that loop, didn't spend much. I spent £250 on scuba diving. On that route I spent maybe £250-£300 as I bought soem badminton kit and sent stuff home. I spent £250 on an elephant rescue camp in Chang Mai (recommened by CNN/National Geographic/BBC).

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