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5 weeks for Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos?

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1. Posted by Bob-Em (Budding Member 3 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I've only got five weeks to do these. Do people think that's realistically enough time to have a look at all four?

2. Posted by Helena224 (Budding Member 54 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

In my opinion, no. Im going for 4 months and still feel like I am cramming a lot in. If I were you, Id pick 2 of those countries. Otherwise, you will be constantly travelling and not really getting to see the places and the culture.

I'm sure that its possible though.


3. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3580 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I had 5 weeks last year and went to see my Vietnamese GF. I spent 3 weeks in VN, less than a week in Cambodia, the rest in Thailand. That was my 12th trip to SEA and I had been to all the places before.

VN alone is going to take 14-20 days if you go from HCMC to HaNoi and stop to see/experience any of the country while on the open tour bus. Cambodia will take 7 days for Phnom Penh & Siem Reap. This leaves you a week for Thailand & Laos. No, your present plan is not practical.

Emily, I think you should revise your plan and drop one country.

My suggestion;
I assume you will land in BKK and hit Thailand first. Between Chiang Mai/Chiang Rai trekking and the beaches down south, allow 2 weeks for Thailand. Fly between Chiang Mai- Phuket or use overnight trains/buses to save days/money. Overland BKK-Siem Reap in one long day or fly this segment if budget allows, spend 3 day in Angkor. Bus/boat down to Phnom Penh, 2-3 days, overland to HCMC, open tour north to HaNoi, allow 2 weeks, fly Air Asia HAN-BKK, home. You are on the move most days, but at least this is feasible. Save Laos for another trip.

I hope this helps in your planning, send me a PM if you have specific questions. I have many photos of this area in my gallery that may help decide what you want to see.
Good luck with your trip.