Firstly I just wanted to say how great this site is – but I think it may have overloaded me.
I am going to be travelling across SE Asia I don’t really want to plan more than my flights and stays in each country
Cambodia 4 weeks
Laos 4 weeks
Thailand 4 weeks
Vietnam 2 weeks
I would rather wander around but is there anything I should do in one country / place that I shouldn’t do in another ie: I don’t want to visit 40 buddah if there is just 2 great ones if that makes sense.
This will be my first time travelling and like I said I am female (aged 22) and planning to travel alone.
My estimated budget for the trip is £1500 approx (£15 ($30) per day) excluding flights, will this be enough / what will I get for this?
Any advice/tips would be much appreciated.
#1 charliescott86 has been a member since 23/6/2008. Posts: 1
Sounds like a decent plan though Vietnam is long and thin so you might need a bit more time there.
Your budget should be enough to get you a decent GH, food, the occasional excursion and transport if you don't move on every day and don't drink too much.
Things to do. Well just a few thoughts to start the ball rolling.
Cambodia... the temples in Angkor Wat are totally different from Buddhist ones elsewhere and the S21 war museum in PP is a must see IMO.
Laos. Luang Prabang of course. Then if you want to do jungle trek stuff it is (was?) a bit less heavily commercialized around there than Thailand's Chiang Mai for example.
Thailand. Best country of the four for beaches I think. Bangkok is manic and overwhelming at first but rarely boring .. a strange eclectic mix of old and new. And it's remarkably safe. Khao San Road is not *Thailand* BTW. ;-)
Vietnam...haven't been there yet! ;-)
In my opinion, 4 weeks each in Cambodia and Laos is really too much time whereas 2 weeks in Vietnam is not nearly enough for this wonderful place!
#3 daawgon has been a member since 17/4/2007. Posts: 1,091
Unless you're keen on getting very far off the beaten path or taking it very slowly, 4 weeks in Cambodia and Laos is quite a bit. I didn't enjoy Vietnam as much as Cambodia or Laos, but the other posters are correct that 2 weeks isn't enough time if you want to go the whole stretch from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City. Bus travel in these 3 countries is very, very slow.
If you only want to hit the major temples try these:
Thailand: Ayuthaya or Sukhothai for the ruins (they're rather similar, Ayuthaya is much closer to Bangkok though), Wat Phra Kaew in Bangkok, and Doi Suthep (temple on a mountain) in Chiang Mai
Cambodia: you can see the highlights of the Angkor Wat complex in one day, none of the temples I saw in Phnomh Penh were anything spectacular
Laos: the city temple in Vientiane is nice but can be skipped. The temples are one of the highlights of Luang Prabang and you'll see them just exploring the city.
I started traveling in SE Asia when I was 21 and never had any problems as a solo female traveler.