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1. Posted by Blanco (Budding Member 26 posts) 9y

Is there any websites or does anyone recommend a route to take starting in bangkok then maybe cambodia, and vietnam.

Im currently living in oz and will probably sort something when ive saved a bit more money up.

Cheers

2. Posted by husker (Budding Member 7 posts) 9y

I just traveled from Bangkok to Cambodia last October and can give this advice. From Bangkok you can get the bus, which departs Lumpini Park (Silom/Rama IV) to Poi Pet for about 200 baht. The only downside is that you have to get there at the crack of dawn because this is a gambling bus, but very comfortable and only about 3 hours to the boarder.

When you get to Poi Pet you will have to obtain a travel visa. You can wait in line with all the Thai's who have come to gamble or spend an extra 300 baht to get the VIP service (seemed from a slightly corrupted official).

Once you cross the boarder and pay for the visa (approx. 30USD) you will take a tuk-tuk to get to the bus station (tuk-tuk about 10 baht). I would suggest that you hire a car to take you to Siam Riep, which takes 4 -5 hours and will run you about 40USD. If you want you can take the bus, but I don't reccomend it. Cambodian roads are the worst I have ever seen and the cars have super suspensions to make the journey somewhat less painful.

In Siam Riep you can see Angkar Wat and the great lake. From the great lake I have heard that you can travel down the Mekong as far as Phnom Phen. Hope this helps!

3. Posted by stokesy (Budding Member 76 posts) 9y

we too are travelling your route in Feb/March and April, going to siem reap phnom penh and then to sihanoukville before crossing into vietnam. We expect to stay 10 days in thailand, 14 days in Cambodia and 14 days in vietnam, hope you have a good time stokesy

4. Posted by Blanco (Budding Member 26 posts) 9y

Ok, thanks for your help, ill be looking into it more over the next few weeks.

Cheers

5. Posted by claireh (Respected Member 318 posts) 9y

I've just done the Indochina loop and this is how I did it:

Started in Bangkok, then headed down to the Gulf Coast islands for a few weeks before heading north to Chiang Mai (overnight sleeper train - costs about 700 Baht) stopping at Hua Hin & Kanchaburi. Once in Chiang Mai, I explored Pai & Mai Hong Son (by government bus - about 60 Baht). Then I went back to Bangkok and got a VIP bus to Siam Reap to about 300 Baht (I wouldn't recommend this however as there is often problems on this route. It would be better to fly, but is more expensive). Then I travelled through Cambodia in 10 days down to Sihanoukville then across to Siagon, Vietnam (via Phnom Penh). In Vietnam, you can get an 'open bus' ticket from Saigon to Hanoi for about 20-25 USD stopping off as many times on the way as you wish. You can also buy the tickets between each place separately. After spending 3.5 weeks there, I went through Laos back to Bangkok by bus. I spent a week in north Laos - the place is beautiful. If you're in the area, I'd definitely recommend trying to fit it in.

Or, you can go the other way around from North Thailand to Laos to Vietnam to Cambodia... it's pretty easy either way...

I'd recommend 3-5 weeks in Thailand, 1 in Cambodia, 3 in Vietnam and 2 for Laos to see most of the good stuff without hurrying...

If you need any extra more specific info, feel free to PM me.

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 6, 2007, at 11:18 PM by claireh ]