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1. Posted by ashbullock (Budding Member 21 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi, im travelling asia and australia this summer. im planning a 4-6 week trip around Northern Thailand, laos, cambodia and vietnam. Im starting in Bangkok and need to finish in Bangkok, firstly does anyone know the best route to take? Say i finish in Hanoi, whats the best way to get back to Bangkok.

Secondly I have been advised to do this trip in an organised group, but im not too sure, as i think an organised group may be too restricted, and more costly as to travelling on my own. Is this a dangerous trip to do on my own? am i best going with a group and a tour guide?

2. Posted by vrsmith (Budding Member 5 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

In my experience Vietnam is very safe. When you are in Hanoi your should consider staying at the Nam Hai hotel. My wife and I stayed there last year and it is very clean and good quality for the price. It is located in "old Hanoi" so there is plenty of sights right nearby.

They have a tour arranger named Hai who was very helpful to us.


3. Posted by ashbullock (Budding Member 21 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Thanks Victor, ill make a note of that place. Iv read through a few forums and most peoples advice seems to be do it on your own, so i think im going to give the tour a miss, and brave it on my own.

I noticed your post on china, have you been Hong Kong before? Im spending 4 days there before i arrive in thailand, just wondering if you know the average price of accomodation there?

4. Posted by CanadaGuy (Respected Member 199 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

4-6 weeks will be a bit short to "see everything" from Thailand through Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam- I did a similar trip in 3 months. you will have to obviously decide on your priorities. if you end in Hanoi you should certainly fly from there either back to BKK or home to the UK depending on your ticket situation.

5. Posted by worldwideG (Respected Member 117 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

hi ash, it really depends on what you're interested in seeing and doing. are you interested primarily in culture, religious attractions, outdoor activities, partying? 4-6 weeks is incredibly short to see 4 countries! i spent 8 weeks in laos and cambodia last year. a general route could consist you visiting chang mia, chang ria, northern laos, central and northern vietnam, a flight from hanoi to phnom penh (if possible?), siem reap, battambang, and back into thailand. in my experience i much preferred laos and cambodia to vietnam and many people i met in vietnam agreed. although i'm sure there will be people who disagree and they're welcome to their own opinion (no hate mail please! ).

haven't visited thailand yet so can't offer advice on that country. independent travel gives you greater freedom and normally works out cheaper than an organised tour. post in the travel companions forum and see if anyone wants to hook up. hope this helps. happy travels, pete ;)

6. Posted by ashbullock (Budding Member 21 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Thanks for the advice guys, i shouldnt have really included thailand in that 4-6 weeks, i have 5 weeks to explore thailand after iv been laos, vietnam and cambodia, so i have about 5 weeks just for these countries, which might not be an eternity, but im sure i can see a bit in that time. I want to see the culture and lifestyle, but have a bit of a party while im at it worldwideG,

anyway iv decided to go it alone, the tour seems like a bad idea. From anyones experience would i be best going from BKK through Cambodia, up through vietnam, then into laos, then exiting into northern thailand, or the other way, laos first? or does it not really matter?

7. Posted by ashbullock (Budding Member 21 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

p.s. im wanting to end up back in Bangkok

8. Posted by G-trotter (Budding Member 50 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hmm, in 5 weeks?

Maybe you should cansle one of this countrys and have mor time to go around at your destinations.

One Idea would by, Northern Theiland - Northern Laos - Northern Vietnam- go south and than back to Laos (south) or Cambodia - Phneom Penh - Ankor - if enough time South Laos or Cambodias beaches ... back to BKK

If you would deside to go from Vietnam back to Laos for the southern part just make sure that you have your Cambodian Visa alredy!
But anyway you should not miss the southern part of Laos if you like to relax a bit ;)

I would go for Thailand - Laos - Cambodia.

9. Posted by ashbullock (Budding Member 21 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Say i did that G-trotter, entering laos, and cambodia more than once., would it cost me more? do you have to pay a fee to leave or enter these countries. Iv heard you do, like a bribe to the custom officers?