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4 weeks solo in Vietnam&Cambodia

  • monikaki

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    Hi all,

    I've booked 4 weeks off work in November and I'm planning on a solo trip in SE Asia. I'm not experienced in backpacking or SE Asia and I realize it may be a massive challenge. I've drafted the following itinerary:

    North Vietnam:
    Hanoi (2-3 days)
    Sapa (2 days)
    Halong Bay (2 days)

    Flight to Siem Reap

    Angkor & Siem (3 days)
    Battambang (2-3 days)
    Phnom Phenh (2 days)
    Another couple of days doing whatever comes to mind

    Heading to the border with Vietnam

    Phu Quoc (4-5 days?)
    Can Tho area (1-2 days)
    HCMC (2 days)

    I know it's doable but will I be able to enjoy it or do you reckon it may be too intense for an inexperienced traveler?

    Any comments/suggestions will be appreciated.

    #1 Posted: 29/4/2012 - 13:33

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  • busylizzy

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    Even for inexperienced backpacker, it's a fair bit of moving around, but it's do-able if you're happy to be on the move every day. By that, I mean you'll be travelling every 2-3 days or so, and the days in between you'll be on the move trying to see as many sights as you at each destination. I know that when you have limited time, you want to squeeze in as much as you can - but be aware that you have very little time to just relax, absorb and enjoy!

    In Cambodia, I would suggest skipping Battambang. I haven't been there (yet!), and am a bit bummed that I missed it out on my last trip, but logistically, you will spend a large amount of time getting there/back. I'd add the extra days to somewhere else (possibly the Vietnam section).

    In terms of 'intensity' for a new traveller, I think you will be fine. You're sticking to paths well-travelled, transport within each country will be easy to organise and tourists are well-catered for.


    #2 Posted: 29/4/2012 - 15:16

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