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

  • ToniandCraig

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    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

    #1 Posted: 2/3/2013 - 03:58

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  • Travel_comp-
    anio

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    Posts: 3

    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

    #2 Posted: 2/3/2013 - 09:49

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    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 :-)

    #3 Posted: 2/3/2013 - 17:56

  • ToniandCraig

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    Posts: 2

    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?

    #4 Posted: 4/3/2013 - 17:44

  • eastwest

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    Posts: 771

    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.

    #5 Posted: 4/3/2013 - 20:29

  • AngkorDraft

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    Posts: 6

    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!

    #6 Posted: 6/3/2013 - 00:53

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