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One Month - Itinerary? Budget?

  • adelene

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    My husband and I have booked flights out to Bangkok on the 22nd July, returning from Bangkok 22nd August. We are planning to spend two days in Bangkok, a week in Cambodia, almost three weeks in Vietnam, and then fly back to Bangkok and then home. Do you think this is the best thing we can do in the time, and at this time of year? We are not restricted to place at all, as the only flights we have booked are the Bangkok ones. We also have a maximum budget of £1200 for the month, including all accommodation, any extra flights, travel, food, activities, etc etc. Please tell me that this will be enough! Does anybody have any suggestions of things we should do/avoid?

    #1 Posted: 29/6/2006 - 02:36

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  • somtam2000

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    Hi adelene,

    If you take a look at the following two trip plans, you'll see that your trip is a bit of a combination of the two -- some of one and some of the other (I've not had time yet to do one like what you're doing, but it is a common route):
    Southern Laos, Southern Vietnam and Cambodia
    Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam explorer

    Within the above you'll see details on trip times, so you should be able to figure out how realistic your timeline is, but overall I'd say your trip sounds realistic.

    As for money, I'm assuming you're 1,200 quid is for the two of you, which comes out at 40 pounds a day, which should be more than enough -- even allowing for a few splurges along the way.

    One thing I'd suggest, is, when you run from Cambodia to Vietnam, take the boat from Phnom Penh to Chau Doc, and do an early morning boat trip there the following day, and head by bus to Can Tho and do the floating market boat trip from Can Tho. The Delta is an amazing place, and while many choose to do it on an organised trip out of Saigon, doing it yourself is easy and totally customiseable -- we spent half a day floating around Can Tho in our own boat and it was outstanding -- really worthwhile.

    Hope that helps!

    #2 Posted: 29/6/2006 - 07:24

  • adelene

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    Thanks somtam2000! That's great. The tip about the boat from Phnom Penh to Chau Doc is great, as we were not sure what to do about the Delta - whether it would be far too time consuming to try to go it alone and whether it would be worth it at the beginning of August when it will be raining a lot! But that sounds brilliant. Yes, the £1200 is for the two of us - and it's an absolute maximum (we haven't really saved up - we're just figuring it's cheaper to live out there for a month than to be buying food/petrol/going out etc at home), so that's good that it gives us room for a few splurges, as it'll be our 2nd wedding anniversary while we're there.
    You've put my mind at rest!
    Thanks again,

    #3 Posted: 29/6/2006 - 15:42

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