I'm planning a 6 week trip to SE Asia, starting in June. I'm visiting my sister who's a volunteer with VSO in Kampot, so I will probably spend close to 3 weeks in Cambodia. I'm trying to plan what to do in the other 3 weeks. I'm flying in and out of Bangkok, so I'm going to spend 3 days there, before heading north to Chiang Mai and the surrounding area. I want to then head across to Luang Prabang and see a bit of Laos. I don't think I'll have time to see much of Vietnam, but was wondering whether it is easier to get to the south of Cambodia by travelling south through Vietnam, and taking the crossing at Tinh Bien, although I've read somewhere that I need to get a visa in HCMC if I take that route. From Kampot I'll then head up to PP, and then Angkor before heading back to Bangkok.
I'm more interested in culture, architecture and scenery than beaches. Can anyone suggest any "must see" places. I realise that I am limited by the time I have, so if I have to miss out Vietnam, I guess I can do that another time. Also, if anyone has any hostels they can recommend, especially in Bangkok and Chiang Mai it would be appreciated. I'm a (mature!) student, and up for a good time, but can't be doing with "kids" getting hammered on their first beer, so somewhere with a good atmosphere, other single travellers, and no wall to wall vomiting competitions would be good! Finally, what's the definitive about getting a visa for Cambodia if travelling there overland?
P.S. If anyone else is heading that way, and wants to hook up for any of the trip, get in touch.
#1 Blueeyedboy13 has been a member since 25/3/2006. Posts: 10
Sorry, hard to believe, but I forgot something! Is it possible to travel down the Mekong from Laos to the delta?
#2 Blueeyedboy13 has been a member since 25/3/2006. Posts: 10
welcome to travelfish!
First I'd suggest saving Vietnam fr another trip. Instead cross from Thailand at the northern crossing, head down river to Luang Prabang, overland through Vang Vieng to Vientiane. then overland south, i'd suggest breaking the trip at Tha Khaek or Savannakhet, then down to Si Phan Don, cross into Cambodia, Kratie, Kompong Cham, Phnom Penh, Kampot, backto Phnom Penh, Angkor and out to Thailand.
Sorry about the typos - on a very bad Balinese keyboard here!
Re Q2, there is only regular boat transport south as far as Luang Prabang, after that services are irregular and/or charter only... you've missed the boat on that trip!
Thanks for your reply, it is very helpful.
#4 Blueeyedboy13 has been a member since 25/3/2006. Posts: 10
my friend and i are also planning a trip to indo-china. We are looking at Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam and Laos. However, it looks like we might have to eliminate either Cambodia or Laos. For Cambodia, we are planning to visit both Siem Reap and Phnom Penh.
any advice as for which countries we should visit? and the route?
#5 airfaze has been a member since 27/3/2006. Posts: 11
and forgot about this... is it safe to travel from thailand to Siem Reap through the Aranyaprathet/Poipet border crossing?
#6 airfaze has been a member since 27/3/2006. Posts: 11