My boyfriend and I are travelling to Vietnam at the end of October for one month.
We fly from London to Bangkok, have got two nights in Bangkok and then a fly to Hanoi.
We want to travel from Hanoi down the coast to Ho Chi Minh City, which seems do able in 4 weeks. However a number of people have sugested that we could also fit in some of Cambodia- e.g Siem Reap and Phnom Penh and then could fly back to Bangkok and Home.
Has anyone done this? Do we need 4 weeks in Vietnam or could we do just 3 and then a week in Cambodia? We want to see the cities and Beaches of Vietnam, but as we are going all that way it would be nice to also see another country, however not if it means we are rushing and we have missed other places in Cambodia that are worth seeing.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
I think three weeks maybe long enough. For Cambodia, just try to avoid the border between Cambodia and Thailand. There are kind of little war there. However, if you pass Bangkok, would you try to arrange time to vist Phuket as well. End of October is good time and there are so many interesting things to do in Phuket... -snip- I hope the information can be some useful to you.
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If you're not often in that part of the world, I would definitely recommend that you take the time to visit Angkor in Cambodia. There are very few things on the planet that are as impressive - but that obviously depends on whether you like traipsing around ruins for several days :-)
21-24 days is perfect to travel between HAN & HCM. This allows you time to see Angkor Wat & Phnom Penh.
I have used the open tour bus to travel between HaNoi & HCM and took 22 days. Here is a rough guide for your trip.
Day 1-5 HaNoi, HaLong Bay. Overnight bus to Hue. Days 6-7 Hue. I suggest a moto or boat tour that includes the royal tombs just outside of Hue. Tour the Citadel by yourself. Day 8, bus to Hoi An. If you are going to order custom made clothes, do it as soon as you arrive. Do some online research on what tailor shop to use. Day 9 visit My Son, walk historic Hoi An. Day 10 beach, leave on the overnight bus to Nha Trang. You arrive early am on your day 11. I would stay here. Sightseeing or beach time. Bay tour day 12. Day 13 sightseeing, beach time. Day 14 over to Mui Ne. Sand dunes, sightseeing. Day 15, beach time, sightseeing. Bus over to DaLat day 16. Cool, green pretty, I would use 3 days in DaLat. Down to HCM on Day 19. Stay in HCM days 19-22, city tour, tunnels, delta.
Bus to PP on day 23. Days 23-25 in PP. Bus or boat up to Siem Reap on day 26. 3 day pass to the temples. Day 27-28 Angkor. Now you can fly REP-BKK or one long day overland. You have to decide if the flight is worth the price. Overland is around $40, flight is over $200.
Good luck with your planning and send me a PM if you have questions.