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1. Posted by Curnsy (First Time Poster 1 posts) 8y

G'day. I'm off to SE Asia (Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam) in April for ten weeks. I'll be flying from and returning to Sydney, but have the option of flying into and out of either Bangcock or Ho Chi Minh and essentially moving in a circuit, or flying into one of these cities and flying out of the other. My question is essentially - given these options - where should I fly into and from where should I leave? I know nothing of the region and haven't looked into it at all yet, the reason being I have a fair bit of travelling to do between now and then, so please forgive me if my question's a stupid one.

2. Posted by s0f (Full Member 163 posts) 8y

You might want to check your spelling of Bangkok...

It's up to you which way you want to go. I would suggest flying into Hanoi (if you can - I think Jetstar does flights to Hanoi) and start there. Then work your way down the Vietnam coast and around to Ho Chi Minh City. Then go to Cambodia and into Thailand but go straight to Laos. End up in Thailand, travel around the top before making your way down to Phuket where you can fly out direct to Sydney.

3. Posted by frosty (Full Member 107 posts) 8y

Quoting Curnsy

G'day. I'm off to SE Asia (Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam) in April for ten weeks. I'll be flying from and returning to Sydney, but have the option of flying into and out of either Bangcock or Ho Chi Minh and essentially moving in a circuit, or flying into one of these cities and flying out of the other. My question is essentially - given these options - where should I fly into and from where should I leave? I know nothing of the region and haven't looked into it at all yet, the reason being I have a fair bit of travelling to do between now and then, so please forgive me if my question's a stupid one.

It's up to you!

For me, I would fly into Thailand first. Bangkok is easy to do, they are pretty accommodating for tourists. Thailand has a good transportation system, cheap too! You can go overland, even a bit by train, to the Laos or Cambodian border if you want. You can take discount air carriers or regular carriers like Thai Air to other countries nearby (Laos, VN and Cambodia.)

You could make your travel simple by getting a round trip to Bangkok and just plan on returning back to Thailand to go home. Visa required for VN, Cambodia and Laos. Free 30 day entry stamp in your passport for Thailand if you are from EU countries, Aus, NZ, U.S. Gemany, UK and several other countries.

4. Posted by stuna (Budding Member 10 posts) 8y

soapsuds: going by land from Cambodia to Laos, are you saying it's easier to go first over to Thailand and on from there, than going straight over the border to Laos? Sorry for butting in here, but I'm going to SE-Asia myself for the first time at about the same time as Curnsy and am planning on starting in Vietnam and ending in Thailand

[ Edit: Edited on Dec 12, 2007, at 10:06 AM by stuna ]

5. Posted by stuna (Budding Member 10 posts) 8y

One more thing: I'm trying to decide whether I should get vaccinated for Japanese B encephalitis. From what I understand it can be found in the rural areas of SE-Asia but the infections are not very common, varying between seasons. I've already had the more typical hepatitis and typhoid vaccinations, but is the Japanese B encephalitis something that backpackers in general are getting before entering SE-Asia? Any input?

6. Posted by s0f (Full Member 163 posts) 8y

I made my way to Laos via Thailand - train from Bangkok to Nong Khai then over the border to Vientiane (where the food is delicious by the way!) I'm not sure how easy it is to get into Laos from Cambodia. I think there is a border crossing from Cambodia at Voen Kham but you'd have to check the status of that with someone else.

I know it's always ideal to not have to backtrack but I think in some areas around there you may have to.

As for vaccinations... I haven't had the Jap. Enc. but I did get most of the others... typhoid, Hep A and B, Tetanus, Rabies drops etc etc