I am planning a trip to Indochina in May. Originally I was just going to do Vietnam and Cambodia but everyone keeps telling me that I should not miss out on seeing Laos. I can only go for a maximum of 3 weeks. Is that long enough to see the best of the three counties? Can anyone suggest a good route? I have always holidayed at 5 star resorts in the past, but want this holiday to different, I want more of an adventure as opposed to luxury break, and really experience local life (even in a short time). Is it possible/a good idea to travel overnight as to save time?
I don’t think I will be able to stay in hostels etc but 2-3 star hotels would be fine, as long as they are clean and have en-suite. What is a realistic budget for accommodation, travel and food?
Any advice would be much appreciated.
Three weeks are really not enough time to hit 3 countries. You lose the day you arrive and the day you leave SEA. You also burn up a day getting to the next country. You basically have 17 days max to visit VN, Cambodia & Laos. This will necessitate being on the go constantly the entire time you are in SEA.
It would help if you share your arrival city and departure city. Then a few of us will take a stab at an itinerary. There is a great tool for hotel rooms right here on TP. Click on the 'accommodation' option on the left side panel. Pick your country, then the city. There are plenty of choices in all price ranges. I would only book something your first night. You do not want to lock yourself into being in a certain city on a specific date. Take note of the hotels that appeal to you in cities that you plan on visiting. Start putting all your planning down in a notebook. Then when you get to Siem Reap for example, you will have a list of hotels that meet your criteria. A good source of information on these countries is here.
Good luck with your planning.
No I don't think you could fit Laos in as well. We had three weeks and only saw central and northern Vietnam.You could just go to Siem Reap and Angkor Wat but would need three to four days at least for that.Phnom Penh is nice, but personally I would spend the extra time in Vietnam.
Laos is lovely apparently.Both my children have been there, and liked it ,my daughter was there only two months ago.She said it is very laid back.But there is so much to see in Vietnam, I think I would stick to Vietnam, and maybe Cambodia.
Even then you will have to pick and choose.Vietnam is a long country, so you would be best to fly between some places.Hanoi, Halong Bay, fly to Hue and drive to Hoi An, and if you wanted, fly from Hue to Ho Chi Minh then to Siem Reap.
I can recommend Golden Sun Hotel in Hanoi - very central, - just one street from the lake and 3 star.The staff are lovely and very helpful on the desk.Southern Hotel in Hoi An was on the outskirts with a bus that went into the town every 30 minutes but it was excellent value with a lovely pool and very nice rooms. Orchid Hotel in Hue was also 3 star and very good. Central, and perfectly adequate. All provide a good breakfast as part of the accommodation. Go to http://www.fascinating-travel-destinations.com/hotels-in-Vietnam.html and check the search box for a huge range of hotels in Vietnam.We booked all our accommodation through Hostelworld here.They have plenty of hotels including these recommended, as well as hostels and other accommodation.You can book each onward step if you prefer not to book the whole three weeks .
If you are asked if you want the hotel to send a car to meet you at the airport, you should accept.The price will be what
you should pay. Some of the taxis at the airports can really try to rip people off.
Have a great holiday