trip to Cambodia - vietnam - laos - thailnd : Feb - May 04

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1. Posted by natmanu (Budding Member 4 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!


Planning to travel alone to the above locations, I'm not really tight on a planned schedule
but I would like to make it back to Thailand to meet a friend by mid April. I'd would
appreciate any useful info the above places, specially great locations to sleep and eat.

I'd also be interested in meeting fellow travellers to share parts of my joiurney/
experiences or note swapping if we going in different directions.

Any one knows of any locations online to find proverbs from the above countries????


[ Edit: removed duplicate ]

2. Posted by chickabell (Budding Member 6 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

i am doing a similar route to you, but in reverse i'm going from Bangkok through Laos and Cambodia finishing in Saigon, Vietnam in August-september. i stubled across a couple of sites that may be of help to you, with border crossings etc.

the later i have cut and pasted from the page i was viewing, but i'm sure they have other info and from ex-pats who have been living there!!
hope this is helpful

Claire aka chickabell

3. Posted by natmanu (Budding Member 4 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

thanks for the links chick,

If you have not seen
check it out, it's got an excellent Cambodian section also invaluable notes for border crossing.

When are you planning on being around SE Asia?

I fly out next week to chiangmai then on to Nong Khai. How do you propose to cross into Laos?

Have fun

If it makes you feel better you are not the only one doing a trip alone for the first time :-)


4. Posted by zils (Budding Member 4 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Hi Nat,
I am arriving as a solo female traveller in phnom Penh next Tue (20th) doing the same route as you,only in a shorter amount of time, i leave cambodia 4 HCMC Vietnam on 4th feb, then leave from Hanoi on 19th Feb into Vientianne Laos, the from there to Bangkok on 2nd March. Getting really nervous now, so if you wana catch up along the way it'd be cool. I think i'm gonna head for the Lake in PP for my first night. Heard different oppinions on the area, some love it some hate it but i gotta go somewhere. My e-mail address is
Drop me an e-mai if u wana, nice to know i'm not the only one going it alone,

5. Posted by natmanu (Budding Member 4 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

hi Zils

I've had a few changes to my route. I managed to enrol on a volunteer scheme teaching web design and IT in North Eastern Thailand, Nong Khai, for 4 weeks. And I'm probably going to try a hand at a Thai cooking and language course so i'm gonna be around northern/north-eastern Thailand, specially in Nong Khai until the beginning of March.

Then I'll do the round trip Vangvieng - Luang Prabang - Hanoi - Siagon -PP - Ankor Bangkok - Beach - London :-(

Nong khai is right on the border with the Laos capital Vientiane, a distance of about 6-8km separates both towns, oh and also the friendship bridge. So I hope to be popping in and out of Vientiane during my long stay in Nong Khai.

If you heading to Vientiane around the 19th Feb then we will both be in the same area. I can pop over to Laos or you can pass through Nong Khai on your way to BKK.

I fly next thur 22, so i'm with you on the nerves.
Stay in touch and fill me in on any pitfalls or jewels you find along the way:

P.s Toast to loads of pre trip nerves n bad Asian dreams or should i say nightmares

[ Edit: Sorry, no email addresses please. Use MC instead... ]

6. Posted by chickabell (Budding Member 6 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Hi Nat,

Thought i'd send you a "" Have a super fab n funky time!!!!"" Not long for u now huh!
i bet your on a complete high, passport,plane tickets,cash and clean pants, as long as u've got them yer fine!!
I'm not starting my trip until May, so won't be in se asia until August-October.thanks for the links

Be sure to drop me any hints on your return. i'm bound to log on at some place on my way there, so any useful info will be digested

Have a fab !

love Claire

I'm jealous mine isn't sooner!

7. Posted by iloveflyin (Full Member 159 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Hi nat,
You seem to have plenty of time traveling. If you travel from London, then you can take straight flight on BA to Bangkok. After visiting Bangkok and other part of Thailand, you can take a train from Bangkok to Nongkhai (Not far from Laos)depart 6pm- arriving 6am . Take a taxi from Nongkhai to the Friendship bridge, where you will get your Laotian visa and walk accross to Thadua, Laos. In Laos, you can stay in Vientiane, the capital, and take buses to other part of Laos. From there, take a short plane ride to Viet-nam (either Saigon or Hanoi). In Vietname, you can take buses or train to travel, cheaper than plane. After that you can go by plane or bus to Cambodia. From Cambodia, Pnomphen, take a plane ride back to Bangkok, then to London, or better yet, to Hongkong, then to London.

How do I know this, because I have lived in Vietnam, Laos, and going through Thailand and Hongkong many times. I will be glad to answer any specific questions you might have.