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4 Weeks - August 2014 - Thailand, Cambodja, Laos and Vietnam - Help please!

  • caroquette

    Joined Travelfish
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    Good evening everyone,

    I'm travelling to Southeast Asia in August and I am in need for some help. I only have 4 weeks to stay.
    Do you recommend me going to all four places - Thailand, Cambodja, Laos and Vietnam?
    It's my first time, and I really want to take the best of my trip.
    I want to stay approximately one week in Ko Pha Nhgan where I will take two days or so, to visit Ko Tao.

    Apart from that, do you think I have the time to visit all four countries?
    If not, what should I discard - Laos or Vietnam?

    Thank you so much for your help,
    Best regards,


    #1 Posted: 15/4/2014 - 18:04

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  • LeonardCohe-

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    1 country is enough for 4 weeks.

    #2 Posted: 15/4/2014 - 18:51

  • AbigailatPe-

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    Laos and Vietnam are very different places, so it depends on what you want.

    Vietnam is a large country and to see a bit of it would probably take two weeks. It's beautiful and interesting, with lots to see and do. Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City are both worth visiting, but there's also beautiful Hoi An, the amazing landscape of Sapa, the cool hills of the Highlands.

    Laos is much more peaceful, but not quite as easy to travel around. Luang Prabang is a favourite place to visit - lovely buildings and interesting day trips to waterfalls, on the river etc.

    Cambodia has Angkor Wat, of course, which is stunning to visit, and Siem Reap has quite a lot to offer apart from temples. There's also interesting, quieter places like Battambang and Kampot which give you a good feel for rural life.

    I think four weeks is definitely not enough time to visit four countries - perhaps choose two (Thailand plus one other) and have some time for relaxing and exploring. You probably don't want to spend all your time travelling on buses!

    #3 Posted: 15/4/2014 - 23:28

  • caroquette

    Joined Travelfish
    15th April, 2014
    Posts: 22

    Thank you all for your replies :)

    #4 Posted: 16/4/2014 - 19:22

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