Travelling alone in Vietnam, Cambodia Thailand

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11. Posted by bethena (Budding Member 4 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I've been to VN seven times (mostly alone), Thailand several times and Cambodia and Laos as well. These are very easy places to travel on your own and you'll meet lots of other travelers as well, so you won't ever really be alone. You'll have a fabulous time! Beth

12. Posted by danalasta (Respected Member 519 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hi Lisa,

If you are doing the Indochina Loop, starting from Hanoi and travelling down south,you will have to get to Phnom Penh from HCMC via Moc Bai. You could then get to Battambang, and from here, cross Tonle Sap to Siem Reap. From SR you can travel to Stung Treng,cross over to Laos at Wern Kham, get to Pakse and exit at Chong Mek (or go further up at exit at Nakhon Phanom)and from here find your way by bus/train to BKK. AS far as Laos is conerned, the northern part is more of a trekkers paradise, while southern part is more diverse and more developed.

From BKK, you can bus down all the way to Singapore (if the city state is a must for you!). But personally I think mainland Malaysia has more to offer! Good Luck.


13. Posted by liesel87 (Budding Member 18 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Thank you guys! Looks like im definitely going to Laos! its sooo exciting! I really really cant wait...cheers again everyone!

lisa x

14. Posted by philo (Full Member 107 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I'm planning a 2 month tour of Vietnam, and £2500 is more than twive what I'm taking!! I will ba taking £1200 for the 2 months which should be more than enough if you dont mind living on a bit of a budget.

I'm in two minds about going into Thailand/Canbodia at the moment as I really like the look of Vietnam, but I would definately like to spend a few days in Laos.

15. Posted by zachary (Respected Member 471 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

fyi, i travel alone ALL the time, i love it, i love not having to compromise decisions etc etc, it's ALL up to you to choose everything, it's great :)

BUT i'm a guy, i usually feel safe, for all i know i am usually careful, you being a girl think twice about your decisions, stay in crowds, or more commercial areas

just my advise :)

have fun!

16. Posted by Kayla1 (Budding Member 44 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!


when are you doing this trip?

I am thinking of doing the same thing, but it will be around June 07, and am also travelling alone.


17. Posted by HeikoJT (Budding Member 12 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hi Liesel87,
reasonable travel program you've planned there.
The North and the South of Laos are quite different. In the North there might be more interesting places to visit. The inhabitants are mostly minorities. To meet the Lao people the South is the better place. The Lao are from the same origin as the Thai, also their language is very similar (my estimate: 85 to 90 % of the words are the same). The South is a bit like Thailand 20 or more years ago.
With regard to safety of a female travelling alone: Easy going as it is, be careful at night in isolated places!

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18. Posted by HeikoJT (Budding Member 12 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hi Kayla1,
With the exception of the North of Vietnam June is the wrong time of the year. It's the rainy season.

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19. Posted by RFritz (Inactive 38 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hi Liesel87,
I travelled around S.E Asia for 5 months when I was only 18 and I had no problems. Its so much fun travelling by yourself especially in Thailand because the people are so helpful and friendly. In my whole time alone I was alone only really for 10 days because you always run into people - some of the most amazing people and if you do the whole loop there will be plenty people doing the same thing so you can choose to go with someone on stay on your own. I would defintely go overland for most of it - you do experience so much more and ever though at times it can be frustrating, its part of the adventure. I have been told it is very difficult and frustrating taking a bus over land from Laos to Vietnam so I flew. The road from Cambodia to Bangkok can be a shocker but a good adventure. The best advice I could give you is to be respectful towards the cultures and they will treat you with the same kind of respect.
All the best!!!

20. Posted by philo (Full Member 107 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!


I'm doing a similar thing in about 4 or 5 weeks.

My budget is as follows, per day,

Food- £4
Accommodation - £5
Transport- £2

I'm planning on travelling for two months- mostly in Vietnam, but also some time in Laos and Cambodia, but missing out Thailand.

Including flights, malaria tablets, food, accommodation, clothes, travelling, entry fees, souveniers- basically the WHOLE trip, I have calculated it will cost me about £1700 for the two months - This is on a bit of a budget (if I can find an open flight for less than £500) but not too tight of one (I just hope I will be able to find hostels at less than £5 a night for most nights).

I am also taking a £1000 credit card with me, just incase I run out of money, or if there is an emergency.

I think this budget will be ok. Please can someone let me know if I'm being too tight on my funds.

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