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  • soniak

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    Hi,

    So, I am planning to travel to Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos. I don't have any dates set as yet and would like to get a suggestion on good time to visit. I would prefer to go in non-tourist season as am not very fond of tourist crowds everywhere I go. I would like to do a more cultural tour and don't want any beach travel. Now, the main issue is that I can squeeze only 15 - 20 days (corporate America worker bee!!). I have no idea at all about the above countires to even start with an iteniary..so please help!!! Thanks in advance :)

    #1 Posted: 13/3/2006 - 08:04

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    Hi Soniak,

    Welcome to Travelfish

    To see Cambodia, Laos ,Thailand and Vietnam in 15-20 days is going to be a really really tight squeeze. You'd really need to consider some flights to make it doable.

    An itinerary taking in all the "highlights" could entail something like:
    Bangkok -> Chiang Mai -> Luang Prabang ->Vang Vieng ->Vientiane ->Hanoi ->Hue ->Hoi An -> Saigon -> Siem Reap -> Bangkok

    would be feasible but you'd be travelling almost every other day, and you'd need to fly at least some of the following legs: Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang, Vientiane to Hanoi, Hoi An (Da Nang) to Saigon, and Siem Reap to Bangkok.

    Travel in Laos and Vietnam in particular can be very time consuming unless you fly, so you may want to consider seeing perhaps just two of the countries on this trip -- save the other two for next year ;-)

    #2 Posted: 13/3/2006 - 12:44

  • exacto

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    Hey Soniak

    Have you considered joining a tour or cultural group rather than independent travel? I'm a big fan of independent travel, but there have been a few times, like once in Turkey and once in Australia where the group trip was a better deal and meant I got to see much more than I could have done on my own. In any case, given the limited amount of time you have, you might want to limit your itinerary to just a few major places rather than trying to do too much. It will be more relaxing that way, less expensive, and you'll actually get to see and do more and in greater detail. Good luck.

    #3 Posted: 14/3/2006 - 04:20

  • luciehayes

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    Hi

    I'm planning on travelling through Thailand, Laos and Cambodia in Nov/Dec this year with my soon to be husband on a honeymoon trip. We don't have a huge amount of time and don't want to spend our whole trip travelling. Could you reccomend a good itinerary (starting and finishing in Bangkok) that would last for 5 1/2 weeks?

    Thanks in advance
    Lucie

    #4 Posted: 14/3/2006 - 19:48

  • luciehayes

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    Sorry, wrote this in completely the wrong place - I deserve my newbie status!

    #5 Posted: 14/3/2006 - 19:52

  • soniak

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    Thank you all...I appreciate your suggestions.
    I was recommended this website by my boss (who went to Myannmar for 15 days and was all parises for them)
    http://www.mekongtreks.com/vietnam/vietnam_tours_packages/travel_vietnam_tour_packages_index.shtml

    Has anyone heard of them...they have some good packages that look attractive. They have multi country tour in few days.

    Iteniary that you all gave sounds good...so I will explore both options and see. Thanks for your help again!!!

    Sonia

    #6 Posted: 27/3/2006 - 22:29

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