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11. Posted by one_two (Budding Member 9 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Hi Tanja, thanks for the advice but unfortunately I can't offer you any in return as I've never been to Asia before and am going to stay with my brother who lives out there.

phicau - thanks very much, may have to pm you later :)

12. Posted by Llorente (Budding Member 5 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Quoting one_two

hi there,
I would definetely like to see Indonesia at some point but it just seems that with limited time you would have to mainly stick to the most touristy areas.

I'd say stick with Vietnam for a start then & save Indonesia (the outlying islands can already add up to quite a handful yet filled with enriching sights) for another time.

Oh just to add on, The predominantly Buddhist population there mean that there are actually quite alot in which Vietnam & Laos share culturally, not forgetting the likes of Thailand & Cambodia as well.


[ Edit: Edited on 27-Aug-2009, at 07:29 by Llorente ]

13. Posted by Llorente (Budding Member 5 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Quoting tanjaradet

Vietnam is easy to travel, by night trains you can save few days. Northern Vietnam with hill tribes, Sapa and Bach Ha, Halong bay, Ha Noi, central Vietnam withbeutiful beaches....great food.
You will enjoy it a lot!

Now I need a little help, please. Am going in Sumatra and will stay a few days in Singapore on sept 26th. Any suggestion for accomodation?

Hey tanja, if you happen to be on a budget during your stay at Singapore, you can try the various budget accommodations.

They are mostly centrally located, over at the Bugis area which makes it very much a hassle free experience moving around the island. :)

If need be, just send me a pm and i'll help you with your queries.

14. Posted by noka (Budding Member 24 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Hi one_two,

I'm an Indonesian and I have traveled to Indochine countries a couple of years ago. I'd say that Indonesia is cheaper than Cambodia for sure. One bottle of mineral water in Phnom Penh or Siem Reap can cost you 1 us dollar, whereas in Indonesia, including Bali, it's not even 25 cents.

Indonesia offers so many things, for its the largest archipelago country in the world. And it's not just about Bali. There are abundance of wonderful spots to visit, and it would require not just one trip to explore everything :)

Tanja, where in Sumatra are you going to visit?

15. Posted by rosenhung (Budding Member 26 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Hi one_two!,

I also agree that 3 weeks is not enough time to cover all Indonesia, Vietnam, Lao, Cambodia. I am highly appreciated when you choose Vietnam Vietnam is a great place for standards you want. Traffic is easy except inside Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh city. Price of services is very cheap and especially, Vietnam is the safest country in South East Asia region. Have you ever heard the sentence "Hanoi-the city for peace" So, traveling here you can protect yourself the most, safer than Indonesia or Thailand you know
Sceneries here are so great. We has mountain, sea scenery and religious shirnes like pagoda, temple, tower...
you would not have regretted when traveling in Vietnam

16. Posted by one_two (Budding Member 9 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Where is recommended to visit in the north if I want to see villages and are they very difficult to get to?

Thanks :)

17. Posted by paul j (Respected Member 217 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

If you only have 3 weeks, i would just stick to 1 country, otherwise you wont experience much . you will get people telling you they spent 4 weeks in Vietnam etc and that was plenty of time, but if you want a real experience limit the places you visit and dont try and do too much . Most people who fly through countrys trying to fit it all in have a naive ignorant approach to the country they visit, most just stick to the backpacker areas because its easy and more comfortable, but they dont really see the country for what it is and have no respect to the locals because they only associate themselves with other travelers, then they have the impression that everyone is after your money because they dont leave the back packer areas and people are tying to sell, them things . Get to know some local people and and you will have a better experience, let them take you too to restaurants and you will see a massive difference in the food compared to what you was eating in the local westernized trendy bar where all the tourists hang out . 3 weeks i would do north Vietnam and Laos.

18. Posted by one_two (Budding Member 9 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

I've got an ordered list of where I want to go, could I please have advice for how long should be spent in each place.
I have 20 days and 20 nights

Thanks :)

Arrive at Angkor Wat (Siem Reap)

Bus to Phnom Penh

Boats to Saigon

Train directly up to Danang

From Danang I then want to slowly make my way up to the north, seeing (if possible)

Hoi An
Bach Ha
Ha Phong
Halong Bay
villages in the hills

19. Posted by phicau (Budding Member 2 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

- Saigon: 2 days
1 day in train.
- DaNang: 2 days. It's a cheap place. You can hire a motobike, 5$/day. Great seefoods.
- Hoi An: 1 day. I think you should go to Ngu Hanh Son first. You need to come bach Da Nang then go to Hue.
- Hue: 1 day. Citadel, tombs, pagoda in the morning and the afternoon, Perfume river in the evening.
- Bach Ma: 1/2 day.
1 night in train.
- Ha Phong ??? Maybe you mean Hai Phong city: 1 day. You should pass if dont have enough time.
- Ha Long bay : 1 day.
- Hanoi : 2 days.
1 night in train.
- Villages in the hills is Sapa ? : 3 days.

20. Posted by paul j (Respected Member 217 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Try and fit Ninh Binh into your trip it has amazing scenery, one of the highlights of Vietnam i think .