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Itinerary advice - Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, Singapore

Posted by ToniandCraig on 2/3/2013 at 03:58

My partner and I are in our 30/40s and live in Auckland, New Zealand. From Bangkok onwards we'll be meeting family and traveling with them.

Any advice is appreciated. Also, will the weather be okay in all the places we'll be going to at the times we are going? Is this the best route? Is it realistic?

09/9 - Auckland/ Siem Reap
10/09 - Siem Reap - day trip to Kompong Khleang (1.5 - 2.5 hours each way by road via the village of Domdek
11/09 - Siem Reap - Beng Melea
12/09 - Siem Reap - 3 day pass
13/09 - Siem Reap
14/09 - Siem Reap
15/09 - Siem Reap/Phnom Penh - 6 hour bus ride
16/09 - Phnom Penh
17/09- Phnom Penh/Sihanoukville - bus leaves at 2 pm, arrives 6 pm.
18/9 - Sihanoukville/ Koh Rong Island - Palm Beach Bungalow Resort - 3 hour boat ride
19/09 - Koh Rong Island
20/09 - Koh Rong Island
21/09 - Koh Rong Island/Sihanoukville - 3 hour boat ride
22/09 - Sihanoukville/Phnom Penh - 6 hour bus ride
23/09 - Phnom Penh/HCMC - 6 hour bus ride
24/09 - HCMC
25/09 - HCMC/Mekong Delta
26/09 - Mekong Delta/HCMC
27/09 - HCMC/Hoian - fly
28/09 - Hoian
29/09 - Hoian
30/09 - Hoian/Hanoi - fly
01/10 - Hanoi
02/10 - Hanoi/Halong
03/10 - Halong/Hanoi
04/10 - Hanoi
05/10 - Hanoi/ Sapa - overnight train
06/10 - Sapa
07/10 - Sapa - Love Markets - Saturday only
08/10 - Sapa - BacHa Markets - Sunday only
09/10 - Sapa/Hanoi - overnight train
10/10 - Hanoi
11/10 - Hanoi/ Luang Prabang - fly
12/10 - Luang Prabang
13/10 - Luang Prabang/Nong Khiaw - 7 hours up Nam Ou by boat
14/10 - Nong Khiaw
15/10 - Nong Khiaw
16/10 - Nong Khiaw
17/10 - Nong Khiaw/Muang Ngoi - 1 hour boat ride
18/10 - Muang Ngoi
19/10 - Muang Ngoi
20/10 - Muang Ngoi/Luang Prabang - 7 hours boat ride
21/10 - Luang Prabang
22/10 - Luang Prabang/Vang Vieng - 5 hour bus ride
23/10 - Vang Vieng
24/10 - Vang Vieng/Vientaine - 3 hour bus ride
25/10 - Vientaine/Bangkok - overnight train
26/10 - Bangkok
27/10 - Bangkok
28/10 - Bangkok/ Kanchanaburi - 4 hour train
29/10 - Kanchanaburi
30/10 - Kanchanaburi
31/10 - Kanchanaburi
01/11 - Kanchanaburi /Bangkok - 4 hour train
02/11 - Bangkok
03/11 - Bangkok/Singapore - 2 hour flight
04/11 - Singapore
05/11 - Singapore
06/11 - Singapore
07/11 - Singapore/Auckland

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Posted by Travel_companio on 2/3/2013 at 09:49

Posted from within Vietnam.

Hi T,
My advice for Vietnam
23/09 - Phnom Penh/Chau Doc - by boat
24/09 - Chau Doc: Tra Su
25/09 - Can Tho: floating market, Cai Be/ My Tho
26/09 - HCMC
27/09 - HCMC/Hoian - fly
28/09 - Hoian: Ancient town
29/09 - Hoian: Tra Que village
30/09 - Hoian/ Hanoi - fly
01/10 - Hanoi
02/10 - Hanoi/Halong
03/10 - Halong/Hanoi
04/10 - Hanoi
05/10 - Hanoi/ Sapa - overnight train
06/10 - Sapa
07/10 - Sapa - Love Markets - Saturday only
08/10 - Sapa - BacHa Markets - Sunday only (Trekking to some nearly villages: Cat Cat/ Ta Van/ Ta Phin..)
09/10 - Sapa/Hanoi - overnight train
10/10 - Hanoi
11/10 - Hanoi/ Luang Prabang - fly
Maybe, there are too many days in Hanoi. However, Hanoi is charming :)
Hope that I will help you with more on the next day. I'm sleepy now. lol

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Posted by somtam2000 on 2/3/2013 at 17:56 admin

A couple of thoughts:

I'd take a day off Siem Reap and give it to Phnom Penh

You're time on Koh Rong will be at the tail end of wet season -- there will be some rain.

From Phnom Penh you can do 2/3 night trips via the Mekong Delta that will deposit you in Saigon. While they are a bit of a touristic experience, for a quick look at the Delta, they can be a good option. Any travel agent in Phnom Penh will be able to assist in this regard.

No airport at Hoi An -- you'll be flying to Da Nang and then getting a transfer south to Hoi An. (minor point)

I'd take a day off Nong Kiaow and give it to Luang Prabang.

Vientiane deserves another day.

Brief points, but I've yet to have a coffee :-)

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Posted by ToniandCraig on 4/3/2013 at 17:44

Thanks for the feedback. So take a day off both Hanoi and Siem Reap you reckon, and add another day to Phnom Penh and Vientiane?

My main concern is the weather. Will it be okay? North Vietnam sounds okay at that time of year, but I'm worried the rest of the places especially Hoian and Koh Rong Island. Has anyone travel to these places at that time of the year?

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Posted by eastwest on 4/3/2013 at 20:29

There is always a risk of bad weather in that period. Just be flexible.

For Hoi An it isn't such a problem since there are things that can be done indoors and things can still be interesting.
Koh Rong might not be that pleasant if you're unlucky but then you can cut that short and spend more time in Phnom Penh. With good weather you can stick to your itinerary.

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Posted by AngkorDraft on 6/3/2013 at 00:53 TF writer

Hi Toni and Craig

Weather is definitely the watch word for Cambodia at that time of year. 2012 was not too bad in terms of rain, but previous years have seen a lot of flooding in September and October. You will need to be prepared to be flexible with travel plans and if you plan snorkelling or diving, the water can be very cloudy if the rains do tank it down.

If you are relaxed and chilled out and can chop and change your itinerary you'll be OK! And of course we could get a rainy season like last year when everything just worked as normal!

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