I intend to travel for 1 month and will be starting from Phnom Penh. Looking to go to Sihanoukville and Siem Rep along the way before going to Vietnam. Do you guys think I have time for one more country? Or should i spend the 1 month exploring these 2.
Also, starting from Phnom Penh is a little odd geographically for travelling purposes that is why I'm having difficulties planning the order/route for this trip. Any advice here?
You should have plenty of time. Just go with a rough schedule and then take it as it comes. Lots of accommodation about which you can book on the internet before arrival at the place.
The travelfish site is pretty good for information on those parts of Asia.
I would go to up Siem Reap via bus after sightseeing in PP. At least 3-4 days touring Angkor and perhaps Banteay Srei. Bus back to PP. Down to S'ville. I suspect you are going to spend at least 3-4 days hitting the beaches. Then you can get over to Kampot, 1-2 days, then enter VN at Ha Tien. Buy your VN visa in either PP or S'ville. VN does not allow visa on arrival when crossing via land. Or bus back to PP, next day travel to HCMC via bus and enter VN at Moc Bai. My blog covers my experience taking the bus from HCMC to PP.
If you have any interest in Phu Quoc, travel from Ha Tien to the island. Or tour the delta as you head for SaiGon. Then tour as much of VN as time allows. I really don't think you have time for another country. You will use up about 14 days in Cambodia, leaving only 14 days in VN. You could see DaLat, Mui Ne & Nha Trang plus HCMC with your 14 days. Anymore than that and you will be on buses/trains everyday. Not very relaxing if you try to pack too much in your allotted days. Good luck with your planning.
[ Edit: Edited on 17-Nov-2013, at 12:15 by vegasmike6 ]
Hi, I think it is enough time for visiting these countries. Before traveling to Cambodia or Vietnam, you should take care about visa requirement for this country. In case you plan to enter Vietnam, you need to get visa code at Vietnam Embassy as said in visaforvietnam dot org before entry as there is no on arrival visa service at the border of Vietnam. After getting visa, you can enter the country and visit wherever.
I suggest one month is enough to explore these countries. Make a rough plan or plan at the moment, that would be more fun. Enjoy and happy travels !