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Will we be chasing the rain?

  • katieandchr-

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    We are planning on travelling around SE Asia from October 2014 to January 2015. We want to go to Thailand - Laos - Vietnam - Cambodia then finish back in Thailand. (Probably spending a month in each country)
    I know October and November is rainy season in different places. Will this affect our route? Should we travel the other way??

    #1 Posted: 29/7/2013 - 14:53

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  • LeonardCohe-

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    Oct/Nov brings some rain for the Samui islands but elsewhere in Thailand it's pretty dry normally. Over the course of 4 mths there's not much need to worry about rain. That's the least of your concerns. It's going to be hot and humid most days and you'll be taking 5 showers a day to cool off.

    #2 Posted: 29/7/2013 - 20:18

  • daawgon

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    You're crossing several different weather patterns - shouldn't be a big problem. A month in Laos? - I seriously doubt that one. Actually you will need far more time in Vietnam than either Laos or Cambodia.

    Actually, I think I would do it in this order: Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and then Laos. The best way would be to fly into Hanoi and work your way south and west into Cambodia (overland is possible but not exactly comfortable).

    #3 Posted: 30/7/2013 - 21:13

  • katieandchr-

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    Thanks for the advice. The time we spend in each country if obviously only theoretical at the moment so will take what you said on board.

    #4 Posted: 1/8/2013 - 13:23

  • lauralenny

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    5th October, 2013
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    hi daawgon
    you mention flying into hanoi and working your way south then up to cambodia. How would you recommend getting from siem reap to vientiane? any easy way or are the only two options - fly or overland for 36 hours? i dont want to stop in between (itinerary doesnt really allow for it)... i guess im answering my own question here!

    #5 Posted: 5/10/2013 - 12:35

  • amnicoll

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    Read up on the weather in each and plan your route on that basis as if you are in the North of Vietnam and Laos it can get cold

    lauralenny go via thailand

    #6 Posted: 7/10/2013 - 07:21

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