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5 1/2 Weeks in Vietnam-Laos-Cambodia

  • nzeplo

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    Hi everyone, I'm planning a trip with my dad this January and February. He's in his mid 50s and i'm in my early 20s. I am trying not to do too much but he wants to try and hit up a lot of different places. Here is a tentative schedule. Mostly travelling by buses.

    [Jan 15-17] - Hong Kong (flying to Hanoi )
    [18-19]- Hanoi
    [20-21] Sapa
    [22]-Dien Bien Phu
    [23] Muang Khua
    [24-26] - Luang Prabang
    [27-28] - Vientenne
    [29-30] Tha Kheak
    [31-Feb 1st] - Ban Khoun Kham with trip to kong lo cave
    [2-3] - Pakse
    [4-7] - Don Det & Don Khon
    [8-11] - Siem Reap & Angor Wat
    [12-14] - Phnom Penh
    [15-18] - Sihanoukville
    [19-21] - Ho Chi Minh City

    I personally think this is too much and want to get rid of the portion from Sapa to Luang Prabang and fly from Hanoi to Luang Prabang to try and save some time. I'm still worried about the timing and was wondering what others think. Let me know what you all think.

    #1 Posted: 7/12/2012 - 21:12

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  • caseyprich

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    Yeah - 4 days between Hanoi and Luang Prabang with stops will really just be a lot of time on uncomfortable buses, and the north is a little chilly and drizzly that time of year anyway.

    Save that time and apply it to Southern Laos where the weather will be nicer anyway. If you are going to Pakse, which is a nice town but nothing special, I think you'd be better served to spend the night in Champasak and wake up early to ride bikes down to Wat Phu as a warm-up for Angkor. You'll be relaxing on 4,000 islands after that so a little adventure before shouldn't be a problem.

    My other thought is that you've got 2 days in Hanoi and 3 days in HCMC for which you will get a double-entry visa and only see a little around those cities. If you're cutting out the other location in northern Vietnam that means you're only going there for 5 nights in the cities. Maybe better to just add a day or two to Hanoi and check out Ha Long Bay or something and then end your trip in Cambodia . . . or considering the weather that time of year, skip Hanoi and end in HCMC and the Mekong Delta.

    #2 Posted: 8/12/2012 - 01:25

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