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Hanoi to Bangkok in 2 weeks

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1. Posted by stevenpike (Budding Member 16 posts) 8y

Hi,

Simple question.... I fly into Hanoi today then depart Bangkok in a fortnights time.

What would everyones ultimate route be considering the tight time frame??

Thanks
Steven xx

2. Posted by Degolasse (Travel Guru 823 posts) 8y

My route would be to spend a week in Hanoi, Sapa, and Halong, then fly to Bangkok and spend a week in and around there (Kanchanaburi, Ayathaya, Floating Markets).

With only two weeks, an overland trip would be too much travel and not enough visiting.
Your quickest option would probably be to head from Hanoi on the direct bus to Vientianne. It's a 24 hour journey but isn't unbearable. If you really have to see more of Vietnam than you might be able to make it all the way to Hue before heading into Laos, but that would be pushing it. I think you would be better off seeing a few of the highlights around Hanoi and then getting on the road toward Bangkok.
From Vientianne the trip down to Bangkok is pretty straightforward and takes about a night. You could spend a day or two in Vientianne before hitting the highlights of Bangkok and around, or you can take some time to stop at some of the lesser visited stops in the Northeast of Thailand.
I think going the length of Vietnam and through Cambodia route would be too long for two weeks. You could probably just do it if you were willing to spend almost every single day on the road.

3. Posted by Robbiet (Full Member 11 posts) 8y

We're in Hanoi now after travelling from Bangkok. We left Bangkok on 9th of May. You easily have enough time to do it overland and check some places out along the way, maybe not as much as if you flew straight to bangkok but it's more of an experience over land.

Our route.

  • Bangkok - Aranya Prathet (border town with Cambodia) only cost 48 Baht. (5-6 hours)
  • Tuk-tuk to the border crossing at Poipet (Cambodia), we paid 60 baht. (only takes 15 mins)
  • Taxi (bus takes a lot longer) to Siem Reap. This was a lot of hassle trying to get a good price then we almost crashed at high speed but going from Siem Reap to Poipet shouldnt be a problem. We paid $40USD between 4 of us for the whole car with driver.

It's tiring but you can do all this in one day

Spent a day checking out the temples in Angkor

  • Bus from Siem Reap to Phnom Pehn, $9USD, 6 hours

Check out the sights in Phnom Penh for a day.

  • Bus from Phnom Pehn to Saigon (Vietnam) $10, 7- 8 hours.

Spent a day in Saigon

  • Train (SE2) at 7pm from Saigon straight to Hanoi, $62USD in soft sleeper. 2 nights and one day.

That took us around a week so you could spend more time in each place if you wanted to or make trips off somewhere else.

Hope that helps.

(In reverse, obviously)

4. Posted by bradco77 (Budding Member 17 posts) 8y

Hey Robbiet

Do you recommend more time in PP and at Angkor Wat or was one day enough? I am doing the Hanoi-HCMC-PP-Siem Reap-Bangkok route in Dec/Jan. about 2.5 weeks for this.

5. Posted by Robbiet (Full Member 11 posts) 8y

If you're interested in seeing a lot of the temples then I'd definately spend more time near Angkor. One day was enough see the main sites but there's tonnes you can see and it'd be a bit more relaxed that way. You can buy a pass for either 1, 3 or 7 days entry to the temples.
In Phnom Penh one day was enough timne for us to go to "The Killing Fields", S21 and the palace (really not worth going there). I think there's more things you could fill some extra days up with but compared to Siem Reap Phnom Penh is pretty grotty, the areas we saw anyway.