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1. Posted by kirstie27488 (Budding Member, 4 posts) 14 Jan '13 03:50

Hi Guys,

I need some info/help with travelling from Thailand to Vietnam.

Im from the UK and will be travelling with my boyfriend. We are flying to Bangkok at the end of April and hope to travel through Cambodia and then on to Vietnam. My boyfriend has been to Thailand many times but never to Cambodia or Vietnam.

Can anyone give me any info on the best way to travel to these places, ie trains buses or maybe even flying. What are the cheapest ways etc.

Also, when we want to fly back to the uk would it be cheaper to book flights in Vietnam to come home or would it be cheaper to book them in the uk before our trip?

Any info would be very helpful.

Thanks in advance

2. Posted by MsBuster (Budding Member, 6 posts) 14 Jan '13 06:16

Hey Kirstie,

Have you already booked a one way ticket from the UK?

I usually book an open jaw return, for example Glasgow to Bangkok and returning Hanoi to Glasgow, it is much cheaper doing it this way as you get charged less tax, you do need to give a return date but just check that the ticket will allow flight date changes.

Buses and trains are a great way to travel and see the countryside and are mega cheap but they can take ages, you can also book overnight tickets so you can try and sleep and save on accommodation costs.

Budget airlines like Tiger, Air Asia, Nok air, Viva macau, jetstar, bangkok airlines all have cheap fares and do seatsales if you can book in advance.

If you go to vietnam, i would defo recommend travelling by motorbike between Hoi An and Hue over the Hai Van pass, your bag gets strapped to the back and your driver is also your guide, amazing!

Hope this helps
Dx

3. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru, 3536 posts) 14 Jan '13 10:37

Kirstie,
I would book a return flight. Cheaper than 2 one ways. VN does not have many flights to UK compared to BKK. BKK as a hub is your cheapest option IMO.

Here is what I suggest. After your time in Tland, fly to HAN on Air Asia. After HaNoi and vicinity, travel south on either overnight bus or train to Hue. Open tour bus is easier, cheaper, not not as safe as train travel however. Your decision. Most visitors stop in Hue, Hoi An, Nha Trang, Mui Ne, DaLat, down to HCMC. Of course there are plenty of other places to see that are off the well worn track. It depends on time/money what you choose to do. End up in HCMC. Then bus over to Phnom Penh. My blog covers that leg. Now you can get some beach time in Sihanoukville, or just head for Angkor Wat if you are beached out. Bus or boat option, bus makes more sense IMO. Now you can fly back to BKK, or go overland. Here is a great resource for all things Cambodia. Read over the route back to BKK if you choose overland. One long day, but much cheaper than flying. Good luck with your planning.

[ Edit: Edited on 14-Jan-2013, at 10:38 by vegasmike6 ]