Hi everyone, I am planning a 3 week trip in May 2014 to Thailand, Laos and Cambodia. I am flying from London and plan to head to Bangkok first as I believe this where I can get cheapest direct flights to get into the region. I am travelling with my wife and we are keen photographers looking for a mixture of temples, natural scenery, and good food.
So here is my rough itinerary:-
-Fly from Bangkok to Phnom Penh (Flight using Bangkok Airlines)
-Phnom Penh (2 nights and 1.5 days
-Bus (Mekong Express or Giant Ibis) from Phnom Penh to Siam Reap
-Siam Reap (5 nights and 4.5 days)
-Fly from SR to Luang Prabang (using Laos Airline)
-Luang Prabang (5 nights and 4.5 days) before getting a bus to Vang Vieng
-Vang Vieng (2 nights and 1.5 days) before getting a bus to Vientiane
-Vientiane (3 nights and 2 days)
-Fly from Vientiane to Bangkok (Flight on Laos Airlines)
-Spend 2.5 days in Bangkok before flying back to London
Please could you give any comments as to my itinerary? Specifically:-
i) I have tried to allocate a good amount of time in each place - please let me know if I should be spending more or less time in each place
ii) Are there any other interesting towns/places which I have missed which could potentially be added to the itinerary? Or things which I should consider taking off?
iii) I have seen other itineraries where people have gone to Bangkok, then Laos and then Cambodia - are there any cost or time savings from doing this?
iv) I believe that Bangkok is the best place to start our trip around Laos and Cambodia - are there any other options which I have missed?
v) I have taken flights where I can in order to save time as I have quite a limited time to spend in the region - are these the best available options or could I get a train/bus?
I apologise for the really detailed questions and many thanks in advance
#1 corion has been a member since 18/11/2013. Posts: 3
As others on LP I wonder about Phnom Phen but having said that you may well enjoy photographing some of the sites. I would probably stick to 3 full days (4 nights) in Siem Reap
yes there are many places you are missing but very difficult to suggest "the one for you" especially with limited time but perhaps also shave a day of Luang Prabang and cut out Vang Vieng and Vietainne and instead visit the border area (chinese) .
Cost wise doubt there is much differance which way you do it and if you do follow my suggesting then starting in the North of Laos might be better. If you do stick to your plan you might condier taking the sleeper train back to Bangkok from Nong Khai on the otherside of the border if time permits but book it in Bangkok when you arrive.
Given Int. connections bangkok is probably the best place to fly in and out of
I think you're a little low on the natural scenery with the itinerary and therefore I would leave Vang Vieng in. The countryside around Battambang is also great but a lot flatter and with more rice fields so it depends on your interests. Food in Battambang is better but since all your other destinations have great food I wouldn't make that a critical point.
Battambang will also cost you more travel time.
Otherwise given your interests the itinerary looks fine. Although I would do a night less in Vientiane perhaps
Most flights from BKK to Siem Reap make a stop in Phnom Penh (or the other way around). It's worth checking out if you can use the stopover for a few nights. The road trip from PP to Siem Reap is ok but if you have a "free" flight that would be preferable.