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1. Posted by peted (Budding Member 9 posts) 10y

Hello

What are the best things to see in Vetnam, Cambodia, Thailand I have two months to visit the whole lot. traveling by train bus etc.

All help appreciated
Cheers
Pete

2. Posted by dbchase53 (Full Member 88 posts) 9y

I know cambodia very well.

You must get to Siem Reap (bus or fast boat from Phnom Penh or bus from Bangkok) to see Angkor Wat - recently nominated by Wanderlust magazine readers as the second Wonder of the World for travellers.

Also get out into the Cambodian countryside and plan of getting to some of the lesser visited temples. the coast is nice in a layed back sort of way but is developing fast.

NE cambodia (ratanakiri and Mondulkiri) for hilltribes.

Best

Andy

3. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 9y

Pete,
I am not sure VN has a 'must see', but certainly HaLong Bay is a 'should see'. As is DaLat. When you are tired of being hot and sweaty everyday in the south, cool, green DaLat is a nice respite. Pine trees, waterfalls & lakes make it a nice change from the cities and the beaches.

In Thailand, you 'should see' the Krabi-Phuket area. Very scenic, perfect beaches and water, plenty of islands to choose from. It should be on your list when in Thailand.

4. Posted by RFritz (Inactive 38 posts) 9y

There is so much to see in all of these places-= it depends what type of traveller you are - do you want to do all the ouristy things or got a little off the beaten track. In Thailand Kanchanaburi is very beautiful. Um Pang was my favourite place in Thailand - there is a great 3 day trek you can do and you get to see a stunning waterfall. I personally think you should give most of you time to Thailand. Spend sometime in the South and North - Are you off to Laos?? Vietnam is beautiful but the locals do hassel you alot in the touristy areas. I spent a very short time in Vietnam but I have been told that the MEkong Delta is a must see. Hanoi and HCMC are very busy but good to see. My Son is beautiful but see it before you see the Ankor temple's. Hoi An is nice to see but the ticket to see the old town I found was a rip off. Nah Trang is also very nice.

In Cambodia I would say definitely see Phnom Pehn and sped at least 3 days in Ankor - it is very beautiful. This is were most people go but I have been told if you go down South to the beaches it is very relaxing.

All the best....

5. Posted by philo (Full Member 107 posts) 9y

If I wanted to go somewhere in Vietnam with beautiful beaches where I could relax for a few days in November/start of Dec, where would you suggest?

Will the weather be good enough to catch a few rays then?

6. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 9y

Rob,
You will pass through Nha Trang(NT) on your open tour bus. Nice beach, but not easy to swim as the waves break right on the shore. Plenty to see and do, many restaurants & hotels to choose from. Mui Ne is between HCMC and NT and worth a stop. Scenic, nice sand & water, sand dunes worth exploring.

If you really want some quiet time, look north of NT. Dai Lanh Beach & Doc Let Beach have accommdation and facilites for enjoying your stay. But, not much else but sand and quiet time. Swim and catch up on your reading list.

Rainy season should be over and plenty of sun when you get there Rob. Good Luck with your Asian adventure.

7. Posted by China2006 (Budding Member 32 posts) 9y

Hi, peted,
After you finished visiting Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand, if you still have the free time, i recommend you another destination--China.
Maybe you would say you can not afford such long time, but you need not worry, Surely i know if yo want to travel the whole China you may have to another month holiday;).
Iwhat I refered is Nanning, in south China, in the bordering area betwee China and Vietnam. it only takes sveral-hours' bus ride.
Nanning attracts you with its unique natural landscapr and folk minorities .It is an amazing place where you can experiance true nature and experince true Chinese folk culture and customs.
I you are interested in such a destionation, I would like to send you some pictures I took in Nannig.
Anyhow, have a nice trip in China. :)

8. Posted by peted (Budding Member 9 posts) 9y

Cheers Guys
All your help is greatly appreciated.

Pete

9. Posted by lanphuong (Budding Member 11 posts) 9y

Ha Long bay in Vietnam!

10. Posted by HafJafMark (Respected Member 291 posts) 9y

Cambodia -
Siem Reap, Ankor Watt as others have said. If your interested in the Khmer Rhouge genecide, id visit the killing fields outside Phenom Phen. Also Tol Slueng or S21 - an school that was used for intterrogation and torture of 40,000 cambodians. Its now a muesuem - really gruesome, but moving.

Vietnam -
Mekong Delta is cool. From Saigon you can visit the Co Chi Tunnels - the underground tunnels the Viet Cong fought the americans from during the war - its really interesting, but again gruesome.
The American war crimes musesum is quite interesting too.
For more pleasant places try Na Trang, Hoi Ann and Hue. If your really interested in the war theres the DMZ and Den Bien Phu in the North.

Thailand -

its hard to go wrong in Thailand.
I liked Aranya Prathet cause it was devoid of tourists, bar those making the border crossing to Cambodia.

Kanchanaburi is cool - you can wash and ride elephants, stroke tigers, see the bridge over the river Kwai and visit Hellfire pass.

Koa Toa is great if your into diving.