Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand Transport

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1. Posted by Uppo_88 (Budding Member 20 posts) 43w Star this if you like it!

Hi All!

I am going to be travelling a small part of India finishing up in New Delhi. My plan next is to Visit Vietnam, Cambodia then on to Thailand and the Islands visiting Koh Samui, Phuket, Krabi, Phi Phi and May Bay, any suggestions which is the cheapest way to see all these please? :)

2. Posted by Andrew Mack (Respected Member 524 posts) 43w Star this if you like it!

The cheapest way is public/local transport, but it's not always convenient and usually a very time consuming way to travel. Saying that Phi Phi is a tourist attraction with access by tour boats only (as far as I'm aware).
I'd suggest you grab a travellers guide book like rough guide or lonely planet, but remember they're guides not gospel!), look at seat61 website and check an air ticket search engine like skyscanners (it can be the best alternative even when they aren't doing deals).
Also if you're intending to stay at hostels, you will probably meet others that are travelling to the same places/in a similar direction/have travelled to those locations, and can give you up to date info.

[ Edit: Edited on 17-Feb-2018, at 14:10 by Andrew Mack ]

3. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 2129 posts) 43w Star this if you like it!

Transportation depends on where you are heading for and the time available. Also your budget! In Cambodia I have used a boat to get to Siem Reap (Angkor Wat area) from Phnom Penh. But I chose a cheap flight to get back Phnom Penh and from there to Bangkok to save time.

If you do choose a bus research how long it takes to get between where you are and where you want to end up. Some of the discount airlines have some good prices and save you many hours on a bus. Warning - when using a bus keep passport, money, electronics and anything important with you on your body or within sight. Don't put valuables in a check in bag when using buses. Have padlocks with you and bags or whatever you can lock.

You have only beach areas in Thailand, some beach areas are not that cheap if on a tight budget. Phuket can be the most expensive city in Thailand. Part of the reason for Phuket being expensive is the cost of local transportation. Not on your list is Bangkok. Bangkok has cheap city transportation. (All of Thailand has summertime type weather not just a beach.)

Safeguard your passport. Keep it dry - keep it safe from rain and sweat. Lose it or damage it a replacement is a real pain in the arse to get!

Each country you enter has their own particular visa requirements. Take the time to research what is required. Sometimes passport photos, sometimes money to pay. (Thailand for instance, a booked flight out of the country if entering on the free 30 day Visa Exemption stamp you get in the passport might be needed.)

You need to work up a budget and see how much per day you have for living expenses. How much for hotel, hostel or guest house each night. How much for food and local travel AFTER paying for any long distance flights.

You might want to check out the weather available for the months you travel too. Also do not rely on a single debit card for all of your spending money. Lose a single card you will have a heck of a time getting spending money. So have back up sources of spending money even credit cards in case you have to get hospital care or pay other unplanned expenses. If traveling with big pile of cash be careful of the friends you meet on the road. Don't hang around with dopers or you can be rounded up along with them. Asian jails suck big time!

Good luck.

4. Posted by Stellajones (Budding Member 5 posts) 42w Star this if you like it!

You can choose the best travel agent which is plan your trip. Also, give some tour packages at an reasonable price.

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6. Posted by Jenniferda3107 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 38w Star this if you like it!

Travelling to Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia need a lot of research if you do it by yourself. Have you read about the famous places, some stunning beaches? or have you decided where to stay, how much money to spend? I see your question about the cheapest way.
First of all, to travel among these countries, you can choose the flight - also the safest and easiest transportation. Many airlines offer ideal discounts with reasonable prices.
When you are in Vietnam, the price of transportation is totally cheap. you can walk around the city to enjoy the culture here or get on a bus with less than 1$. It will drive you to your favorite places. To visit the beaches or mountains in Vietnam, you need to get the ticket of the direct bus or sleeper bus at the bus station such as My Dinh, Giap Bat, Nuoc Ngam depending on where you go.
In general, the transportation in Thailand is quite similar to this in Vietnam

However, you had better start your trip via a reliable travel agent. They know the place clearly and plan everything for you from hotels, destinations, transportations to local specialties that you must try

7. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 1287 posts) 38w 1 Star this if you like it!

Quoting Stellajones

You can choose the best travel agent which is plan your trip..

Quoting Jenniferda3107

However, you had better start your trip via a reliable travel agent.

You guys do know this site is really about helping people to liberate themselves from package tours and travel independently, right?

8. Posted by TravelNowWorld (Budding Member 7 posts) 38w Star this if you like it!

I have traveled all the countries you mention by road as well as using flights. You will need to decide on the mode of transport based on the amount of time you have. If time is not a constraint, you can take cheap buses to almost everywhere except the islands ofcourse :) @karazyal had posted some great advice above.

If you need to fly, try booking regional flights directly with the local operators, example, Nok air is usually cheaper than Thai airlines. These countries are relatively cheap so you should be able to get by on a very low budget for your stay and food unless you decide to go fancy.

Hope this helps. If you have specific questions, PM me.

9. Posted by Planeterium (Budding Member 20 posts) 37w Star this if you like it!

It honestly depends on your overall plan. The quickest suggestion would probably be local transport around each city, and perhaps those scheduled vans/buses that go across the borders.

10. Posted by Paulbk (Budding Member 3 posts) 37w Star this if you like it!

if in vietnam i think you should be use Bus