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thail/laos/cam/viet itinerary suggestions

  • cynko

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    hi all-
    i've really enjoyed reading this forum over the last few days! a friend + are are preparing for a trip to se asia in may/june + i thought i'd post our tentative itinerary here + see if anyone has suggestions... my main question- is this even feasible in 5 weeks?! i dont want to be on the move every single day, but theres so much to see + do- i'm having a hard time cutting things out! (BTW- this started out as a 5 week trip to thailand + maybe angkor wat)
    many thanks for your advice!
    -cyn


    Bangkok -> Siem Reap (BUS) 2 days angkor wat
    Siem Reap -> Saigon (FLY?) 2-3 days saigon
    Saigon ->Hanoi (FLY or train) 1-2 days hanoi
    Hanoi -> Ha Long Bay (BUS) 2 days halong bay
    Hanoi-> Bangkok (FLY) overnight BKK
    Bangkok - Chiang Mai/Rai (BUS) 4-5 days trekking
    Chiang Mai/Rai - Chiang Khong (BUS)
    Chiang Khong - Pakbeng (BOAT?)
    Pakbeng - Luang Prabang (BOAT?) 3 days on boat
    Luang Prabang - Vang Vieng (BUS) 4-5 days luang prabang
    Vang Vieng - Vientiane (BUS) 3-4 days vang vieng
    Vientiene - Bankgkok (bus/train) 1 day vientienne
    Some beach destination to be determined in so. thail for 7 days

    #1 Posted: 17/3/2007 - 00:27

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  • steviej

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    Hi cynko,

    Seems to be quite a bit of to-ing and fro-ing to/from Bangkok. A 'loop' would be a simple option.
    I personally wouldn't spend 3-4 days in Vang Vieng and if your into temples you may be better off spending the extra time for Angkor

    Maybe:
    BKK-Chiang Mai
    Chiang Mai-Chiang Khong-Pakbeng-Luang Prabang
    L Prabang-Hanoi (Fly, Lao Air now do the route)
    Halong Bay
    Saigon-Mekong Delta-Phnom Penh
    Siem Reap
    BKK-Beach

    Just a thought....................

    TTFN
    steviej

    #2 Posted: 17/3/2007 - 07:05

  • somtam2000

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    Good suggestion from steviej -- here's another idea:

    Once you get to Hanoi:
    Hanoi -> Ha Long Bay (BUS) 2 days halong bay
    Hanoi-> Luang Prabang (FLY)
    Luang Prabang - Vang Vieng (BUS) 4-5 days luang prabang
    Vang Vieng - Vientiane (BUS) 3-4 days vang vieng
    Vientiane - Nong Khai (BUS)
    Nong Khai - Bangkok (train)

    Then you've got a lot more time for islands ;-)

    #3 Posted: 18/3/2007 - 12:09

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