Photo: Street food Phetchaburi Soi 10, Bangkok.

Southeast Asia forum

Chiang Mai - Laos - Vietnam itinerary - suggestions?

Posted by somanights on 27/10/2013 at 08:06

Hi all. We're currently on the road in Thailand, heading North towards Chiang Mai. We plan to do Laos from Nov 14th when our Visa runs out, and head around Laos until our Vietnam visas commence on 10 December.

The question is - which direction should we take around Laos, and where should we enter Vietnam? We've not seen a single beach yet in SE Asia, and would love to correct that around Christmas time.

Thanks!

#1 somanights has been a member since 10/10/2013. Location: United Kingdom. Posts: 21
 Website   Twitter 

Posted by Geer1 on 27/10/2013 at 12:29

With 3.5 weeks you will be able to see a fair bit of Laos. It makes sense to enter via Huay Xai if coming from Chiang Mai.

Then can go north to Luang Namtha, Udomxai, Nong Khiaw, Muang Ngoi then down to Luang Prabang(by boat if you would like). From there can go to Phonsavan if you want, Vang Vieng, Vientiane, Konglor, Thakek, Savannakhet, Pakse , 4000 islands. From there can head back to Pakse and then cross over to Kon Tum which provides access to either Danang/Hoi An, Nha Trang or Buon Ma Thuot/Dalat.

If you want to spend most time in northern Laos and enter northern Vietnam then could do Luang Namtha, Udomxai, Luang Prabang, Phonsavan, Sam Nuea, Nong Khiaw, Muang Ngoi, Muang Khua and then enter via Dien Bien Phu and head to Sapa then Hanoi.

#2 Geer1 has been a member since 14/9/2012. Posts: 540
 Where has Geer1 been? 


Posted by somanights on 29/10/2013 at 04:03

Thanks so much for a detailed and link-filled response.

I'll be looking into those in a little more detail later, with a particular view to choosing routes where we won't be repeating ourselves. I guess key is going to be finding the right spots for Christmas and New Year, are there any existing write-ups on those for Vietnam?

#3 somanights has been a member since 10/10/2013. Location: United Kingdom. Posts: 21
 Website   Twitter 

Posted by Geer1 on 29/10/2013 at 08:19

Christmas will be pretty much non existent, you are going to a Buddhist country not a Christian one. The new year will have a small celebration pretty much anywhere, the bigger the center/more tourists likely the bigger the celebrations.

#4 Geer1 has been a member since 14/9/2012. Posts: 540
 Where has Geer1 been? 

Posted by somanights on 1/11/2013 at 00:31

Yeah, this suits us to be honest. We're not Christians, so just looking to pitch up someplace nice, warm and relaxing and enjoy an alternative to the booze-filled, frenetic festive weeks we normally undertake at home. Sounds like we're heading in the right direction?

#5 somanights has been a member since 10/10/2013. Location: United Kingdom. Posts: 21
 Website   Twitter 


Please login to add a reply

You need to be a Travelfish member to be able to add a reply to this post. Please use the button below to log in. After logging in you'll be returned to this page automatically to add your post. Not a member? Join up here.