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Vietnam - Ho Chi Minh to Siem Reap. Lots of questions!!

Travel Forums Asia Vietnam - Ho Chi Minh to Siem Reap. Lots of questions!!

1. Posted by kazzabug (Budding Member 16 posts) 9y

Hello,

I'm a 23 yr female travelling on my own around asia for 2 months most of august and september so i have a few questions.

Is it easy enough for me to travel vietnam and cambodia on my own without getting ripped off?

Can any one suggest the best way to get from HCMC to Siem Reap?

Is the weather 'beachable' in vietnam at the end of july/beginnning august?

Any suggestions on nice quiet beaches in vietnam?

I have a month to see both Vietnam & Cambodia - do you think i should divide my time evenly or spend more time in one place rather than the other?

I am volunteering in an orphanage in Jaipur for 4 weeks late august/early september. Will 1 week be enough time to go to Goa then back to mumbai by cheapest transport possible? Would it be not be feasable because of the weather? Any suggestions of MUST see places?

Is there a storage facilities in Mumbai airport?

Sorry for all the questions!! I trust that someone is bound to help... I am addicted to this website :P

Thanks guys!!! Your help is much appreciated.
Kaz

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

Hello Kaz, can answer a few of your questions, first travel by bus is easy in Vietnam and Cambodia. In cambodia the Meking Express buses are very good, providing water and snack, also a lady to tell you about the various districts as you pass through them. It is a bit more expensive than the other bus companies, but still very cheap by western standards and so safe for single travellers.
The beach at Mui Ne is reasonably quiet and also Nha Trang, Phu Coq is highly recommended but there are now lots of travellers going there, so who knows!! I preferred Vietnam to Cambodia so would spend a little more time there but its up to personel choice. Vietnam is cheaper and a lot cleaner. Cant help you with the weather we came back 2 weeks ago and it was blazing hot, good luck with your travelling Pat {stokesy}

3. Posted by Degolasse (Travel Guru 823 posts) 9y

Is it easy enough for me to travel vietnam and cambodia on my own without getting ripped off?

Yes, you just have to be careful and use your head. Dont trust anyone who seems to have more interest than just talking to you (though don't get paranoid because many people are just very friendly and want to say hi to a foreigner). Since you are going to India first, you'll be plenty used to getting ripped off. South East Asia will be a breeze in comparison.

I have a month to see both Vietnam & Cambodia - do you think i should divide my time evenly or spend more time in one place rather than the other?

3 weeks Vietnam, 1 week in Cambodia. Not that Cambodia doesn't have lots to see, but Vietnam has too much to see. Make sure you get up North to Hanoi, Sapa, and Halong Bay, that's the real highlights, though Hoi An, Nha Trang, the Mekong..its all great too. In Cambodia if you visit Phnom Pehn, Angkor, and maybe Sianoukville then you've seen the main tourist stops (of course you miss lots, but a least you hit the main bits).

I am volunteering in an orphanage in Jaipur for 4 weeks late august/early september. Will 1 week be enough time to go to Goa then back to mumbai by cheapest transport possible? Would it be not be feasable because of the weather? Any suggestions of MUST see places?

I wouldn't bother, Goa is ok, but since you are heading to Southeast Asia, Nha Trang, Mui Ne, or even Sianoukville are just as good. That time of year Goa won't be at it's best anyway. Since you only have a short time in India, visit some of the highlights of the region instead of wasting your time on the beach. If you have to get to Mumbai, maybe go from Jaipur to Pushkar, to Udaipur, and then to Mumbai. It'll be way more interesting than Goa.

4. Posted by kazzabug (Budding Member 16 posts) 9y

thanks for all your advice - much appreciated :)