Hey...We are in thailand at the moment ...leaving Bangkok in 10 days to carry on travelling asia and not sure what route we should take ..we know we want to cover and spend time seeing Vietnam ,,Cambodia..and maybe Laos which should cover 3 weeks.... and after doing that we are to carry on down to the west coast of Thailand ....So would be nice to get some advice on how to go about this transport wise and the best route possible and also the a good list of must does and attractions each country has to offer!!!!!
Thank you very muchhhhh!!!!!
Ok, not sure what a bunch of random info on Chengdu has to do with this post, but anyway...
I think visiting Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos is more like a two month journey, not 3 weeks. With only three weeks up your sleeve pick only 2, and with Vietnam, stick to one region, either North or South. The South seems to make more sense route wise. You could go through Cambodia for about a week visiting Angkor and Phnom Pehn at least. Then head into Southern Vietnam visiting the Mekong Delta, HCMC, and a couple stops up the coast, maybe Nha Trang, Mui Ne, Hoi An and Hue. From Hue or somewhere on that stretch you can head back to Thailand via Laos (just in transit really). I'm not sure where the best place to cross is, or if you have to go all the way to Vientianne to cross into Thailand. You should be able to do this route in 3 weeks, though it will be quicker than I would prefer.
However, all my highlights of Vietnam were in the North - particularly Hanoi, Sapa, and Halong Bay. So if you can find a cheap flight, you could include this. Maybe fly straight to Hanoi, spend a week and half or so up North, then head back to Thailand via the Vientainne - Vang Vieng - Luang Prabang - Mekong route. That part will be a busy week and a half though.
An important question: Do you plan to fly at all, or just land travel?