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1. Posted by lukeyboy77 (Budding Member 3 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

im going travelling next may and i was just wondering roughly how long you would recommend to stay in cambodia, vietnam and laos. im going to be in asia for 10 weeks.


2. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 2012 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

You must like heat? Before I/we can answer, answer these ?

Going to just Indochina?
Alone or with someone else?
Major interests?
Style of travel (backpacker/flashpacker/midrange, etc.)?

Here's a weather summary for Vietnam:

3. Posted by lukeyboy77 (Budding Member 3 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

sorry im 23 and will be going with 2 others.

we are going to be in asia for 10 weeks, then australia for 7 months, new zealand for a month then fiji, cook islands and la.

we're going to be backpacking.


4. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 2012 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Sounds like quite a trip. I'm guessing you're from the UK? I'm quite surprised to hear that you're not going to Thailand? I'm certainly no expert on the area, but I did spend almost a month in Vietnam recently. I went flashpacker (backpacker plus) and had a ball. I didn't try to see the whole country, but I think I could easily spend another 6 months there and still not see it all. It's a great place, the nicest people you will ever meet, and did I mention inexpensive. I have not seen the rest of Indochina, but believe it to be equally great, but somewhat less developed. I'm especially drawn to Luang Prabang (I hear that Laos is the hottest spot in SEA right now?)

Considering all this, I'll break down the 10 weeks like this:

Vietnam - 6 weeks
Laos - 2.5 weeks
Cambodia - 1.5 weeks

At the end of your trip, I suggest you avoid LA and concentrate on San Francisco instead (much much nicer).

5. Posted by lukeyboy77 (Budding Member 3 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

oh sorry i meant the whole of asia! so we'll be doing thailand afterwards. guna do the islands etc... to do the full moon party and all the rest of it. just wasnt sure how long is best to spend in each place! yeah iv heard the laos is pretty cool, heard some good things about tubing in vang vieng.

yeah i am from the uk. i dont suppose you've been to australia aswell have you?

6. Posted by stoneman (Respected Member 216 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Hi, Given you won't be travelling until next May you have ample time to undertake research on the web. As Daawgon (who always posts good balanced info) has eluded to, how much time you spend in each country will depend on the interests of you and your friends. I have travelled to Thailand each of the last 3 years (this year predominantly Cambodia). Next year I will spend most of my holiday in Vietnam and Laos (which I have already researched subject to fine tuning prior to my departure). At my age (52) I restrict myself to drinking, eating, sightseeing and tours which involve things I have not done before. I will be limiting myself (only due to time contraints) in Vietnam to Saigon, Nha Trang, Hoi An, Hanoi and Halong Bay tour(2 nights). If your in to trekking then as far as VN is concerned you should definately make the effort (overnight train) from Hanoi to Sapa. Many travellers have raved about it.
In Laos I will be visiting Luang Prahbang, Vang Vieng (only for one reason being the tubing/rope swings/drinking), and Vientiane.
In Thailand I enjoyed Chiang Mai (incl. 1 day elephant tour, 1 day Golden Triangle tour), Bangkok 2-3 days max.(I did a 1 day trip out to Kanchanaburi to visit the Tiger Temple)(Chatuchak market if there on a weekend), Pattaya (a single man's paradise,say no more), Koh Samui (Chaweng beach area best for young dudes followed by Lamai beach (which I preferred only because it was smaller and less tourists), Koh Phangan (the place for people to be at for a full moon party), Koh Tao (best for chilling,diving,snorkelling), Koh Phi Phi (beach,chilling,bars), Ao Nang/Krabi (I have only stayed at Ao Nang as it has that holiday by the beach feel)(Railey Beach 10 min. longtail boat ride away, supposedly one of the prettiest beaches in the world). Between the islands of Koh Samet and Koh Chang, given your age I would recommend Koh Chang only because my research shows Koh Samet as being more expensive.
New Zealand certainly depends on your interests. If your in to snow skiing then the south island is the place to visit. Numerous ski fields as well as a boat ride on Milford Sound (which I enjoyed). Again, if your in to trekking then the Milford Sound walk is regarded as one of the best walks in the world. The north island has some beaches, mud pools at Rotorua, Auckland (probably the city for young'ns). For overall landscape I rate it higher then Switzerland.
As an Aussie I wouldn't know where to start when it comes to Oz. The land mass is huge and therefore travel times from one place to the next have to be carefully considered. I believe most travellers make Sydney, Gold Coast and the Great Barrier Reef as must see places. For the outback -Uluru,Alice Springs. Research from there. Hope this helps.