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1. Posted by Spokeny (Budding Member 4 posts) 7y

Hi everybody,
I'm planing to cross vietnam cambodia and Thailand in January 2010 with my wife.
My planing is:
Jan 10 - Arrive in Bangkok, fly to HCMC / Jan 11 - HCMC / Jan 12 - HCMC / Jan 13 - Nha Trang / Jan 14 - Nha Trang / Jan 15 - Nha Trang - Phnum Pénh / Jan 16 - Pnum Pénh / Jan 17 - Pnum Pénh / Jan 18 - Pnum Pénh - Siemreab /
Jan 19 - Siemreab / Jan 20 - Siemreab / Jan 21 - Siemreab - Bangkok / Jan 22 - Bangkok / Jan 23 - Bangkok /
Jan 24 - Bangkok / Jan 25 - Bangkok - Krabi / Jan 26 - Krabi /Jan 27 - Krabi / Jan 28 - Krabi / Jan 29 - Phuket /
Jan 30 - Phuket - Bangkok

What do you think? The time is enough? how about VISA? does anyone recomend any cheaper hotels with double room? What is your opinion about the budget to do all this?


2. Posted by murray2701 (Budding Member 33 posts) 7y

i'd suggest taking out nha trang

not really much to see or do

you would be better trying to get to the lovely hoi an, very lovely.

3. Posted by prettychin (Budding Member 9 posts) 7y

I suppose you will try to visit Ha Long Bay in the North before you take a flight to Cambodia., Ha Long Bay is one of 7 wonders of the world.

What is your budget for accomodation in Ho Chi Minh city? Do you want luxury one or standard one?

I am the local. You can contact with me to make sure everything clear.


4. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 7y

I agree with most of your itinerary. Fly into HCMC, perhaps city tour, delta, tunnels. I would take the overnight bus to Nha Trang. Saves 1 night accomm. and you get in early am, perfect time to find a room. I suggest you c/o of your hotel, store your bags with them, spend the day sightseeing, bus at 8:00pm to NT. Same with coming back. Store your bags, hit the beach or bay tour, get on the overnight bus back to HCMC. It is possible to get on another bus to Phnom Penh that morning , but that is one long, tough day. Perhaps it is better to stay one less day in HCMC at the start, stay 1 night before bus over to PP. 2 days in PP, bus or boat up to Siem Reap. 3 days trudging around the rocks at Angkor, overland back to BKK. It is an expensive flight, tiring day overland. Read about it here if you go overland.

You can fly to Krabi or overnight bus. I would drop Phuket. Crowded, expensive and not as pretty as the Krabi coast area. Perhaps Railay Beach, Koh Jum or Koh Lanta instead. Fly to BKK, home.

My blog covers VN from NT south, the bus from HCMC-PP. My photos cover all of your trip.
Good luck with your planning.

5. Posted by Spokeny (Budding Member 4 posts) 7y

What is the budget that I will need per day in a cheaper hotel/hostel in a double room, and cheper meals?
What is the price of overnight bus from HCMC to NT?
How do I with VISA? get on arrival at HCMC airport?
Thank you all

6. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 7y

Quoting Spokeny

What is the budget that I will need per day in a cheaper hotel/hostel in a double room, and cheper meals? What is the price of overnight bus from HCMC to NT? How do I with VISA? get on arrival at HCMC airport? Thank you all

Read my blog. I used the 'visa on arrival' system for VN. "Off to SaiGon" covers visa, airport, taxi. I also chat about hotels in HCMC, DaLat, Nha Trang in my blog. Bus between HCMC and Phnom Penh is covered as well. I also have suggestions on eating cheap. You will be able to stay in every city for around $10/nite, food under $5/day. Send me a PM if you have additional questions.

[ Edit: Edited on 27-Jun-2009, at 20:48 by vegasmike6 ]

7. Posted by Spokeny (Budding Member 4 posts) 7y

I would like ty visit ha long bay, but i dont have time enought.
I will stay in HCMC in cheper hotels, and go to Da lat or nha trang.
Thanks you all for your help

8. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1997 posts) 7y

Since you really intend to see Vietnam first, why not open jaw into Vietnam and out of Thailand. I too agree that you should alter your destinations in Vietnam. The areas in N. Vietnam are much more interesting than the south, and I would pick Hanoi and Hoi An over Saigon and Nha Trang.

9. Posted by jajoo (First Time Poster 1 posts) 7y

Hi Spokeny,
In Vietnam there are many sightseeings worth visiting. The most important thing is your purpose. If you want to visit the most traditional scene in Vietnam, you should go to Ha Long bay. If you want to know more about some famous cities you can go to HoChiMinh city, or famous beaches like NhaTrang, Phan Thiet, or famous highland like Dalat.
To be honest, within 20 days in there countries, you will take very little time to enjoy your journey. You should visit less: cut down on countries to save time and spend more places nearby in the same countries.
Don't be worried to chose a hotel in HCM. However, where do you want to visit, and how much you can pay for such a cheap hotel as you say. In HCM, you can find every kind of hotel with the money you are able to pay.;)
Good luck.

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