Hello, I am new here and was hoping for a little bit of help with sorting out an itinerary for my trip to Asia this coming spring. I have approx. 6 weeks between the beginning of May and mid-June to do my travelling. I will be flying into Bangkok and am looking to spend 3 weeks travelling though Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. Then either fly from Ho Chi Minh or from Bagkok depending on which way I travel.
Ther problem which I am having is what to do next. I am thinking of flying to Java and exploring Indonesia but I do not want to be stuck in Jakarta and want to be exploring islands more off the beaten track.
Any help that anyone can give me regarding Indonesia's 'places to see' or points of interest in Cambodia and Vietnam would be much appreciated! Its probably also worth mentioning that I will be travelling alone.
Many thanks in advance,
I see that you are young and I assume energetic, but trying to see Thailand, Laos, Cambodia & VN is 3 weeks is really pushing it. You will need all of your 6 weeks to even see some of these countries. I would advise you to leave Indonesia for another trip. Think that over and send me a PM if you want help on VN, Thailand & Cam.
Hi, in Vietnam, there are many attractive places, you can go to Hanoi (the capital of Vietnam) to see Ba Dinh Square, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Hoan Kiem Lake; and then go to Ho Chi Minh to see Notre Dame Cathedral, Presidential Palace; you also can go to China from Halong Bay. Have you been to China before? China is a large country with beautiful landscapes and long history. It's easy and convenient to go to China after your Vietnam travel.
Perhaps it would be more suitable for me to concentrate solely on Thailand in teh first three weeks and then move on to Indonesia?
These plans are still in the early stages of planning and any advice is good advice. Cheers guys.
[ Edit: Edited on Nov 21, 2006, at 3:37 AM by tomrichard ]
You could easily spend your 3 weeks in Thailand and still not see all that you wanted to. Unless Indonesia is a 'must see' for you, I would save that for another trip. You could allow 1 week for Cambodia, overland from Phnom Penh to HCMC, then use 2 weeks going north to HaNoi, fly Air Asia back into BKK on your last day, then home.
I have photos of much of this trip in my gallery. Send me a PM if you have questions on Thailand, Cambodia, VN. Good Luck.
I think, the first you'd go to Thailand, stay there 1week, then fly to hanoi (capital)- Vietnam. Vietnam lie along North to South, so you can take a trip to Sapa, Halong from Hanoi, then down to Hue-old capital , Hoi An-ancient town by bus, train, flight... Then go along to Nha Trang by bus, train, flight... then to Ho Chi Minh city, explore the mekong delta river and exist to Cambodia by way.
This is the topic i was looking for!! :p
I'm planning a three-week trip in the North of Vietnam with some friends. What shouldn't we miss? Should we hop over the border to Laos? I found some information that it might be dangourous there because of some groups fighting eachother...
Of course you will want to spend time in Sapa trekking, also at least 3 days in HaLong Bay. Those are 'must see' while in the north. Then I would take the overnight bus to Hue, several days worth there, then short bus ride to DaNang for beach time, then hop over to Hoi An. I have photos of some of this in my gallery. You will have a great time in VN. I met my GF just walking down the street in DaLat. You never know!