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60 days in Indochina. Suggestions/advice on my itinerary welcome!

  • Lornie

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    Hello all! I am leaving the UK in March 2009 and stopping in Indochina for 2 months before heading on to Australia for a year of work and travel. This website has been invaluable for my planning and I would love it if all you helpful Travelfishers would cast your eyes over my itinerary to see if what I am trying to do can be comfortably done in 60 days.

    1. Arrive Bangkok
    2. Bangkok
    3. Train to Ayutthaya
    4. Ayutthaya
    5. Train to Phitsanulok
    6. Phitsanulok
    7. Train to Chiang Mai
    8 - 10. Chiang Mai
    11. Bus to Huay Xai (changing at Chiang Khong)
    12 - 13. Slow boat to Luang Prabang
    14 - 16. Luang Prabang
    17. Bus to Phonsavan
    18. Visit Plain of Jars, then get overnight bus to Vang Vieng
    19. Vang Vieng
    20. Bus to Vientiane
    21 - 22. Vientiane (get Vietnam visa here)
    23. Fly to Hanoi
    24 - 31. Hanoi (including trip to Halong Bay and 3 days in Sapa)
    32. Overnight train to Hue
    33. Hue
    34. Train to Danang, then bus to Hoi An
    35-36.Hoi An
    37. Bus to Danang then train to Nha Trang
    38. Bus to Mui Ne
    39 - 40. Mui Ne
    41. Bus to Nha Trang and overnight train to Saigon
    42 - 43. Saigon
    44 - 47. Mekong Delta trip (will book one when I arrive in Saigon)
    48. Saigon
    49. Bus to Phnom Penh
    50-51. PP
    52. Bus to Siem Reap
    53 - 55. Siem Reap (and Angkor Wat of course)
    56. Bus to Bangkok

    And a couple of questions:
    a) Is it best to book my flight to Hanoi before I leave the UK or can I wait until I get to Vientiane to book?
    b) I´m not sure about the Phonsavan part of the trip? Anyone been on the overnight bus? I don´t want the expense of flying there, so is it worth the very long journey there for such a short period of time?

    Any thoughts and suggestions are welcome. Thank you.

    #1 Posted: 21/11/2008 - 01:52

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  • Lornie

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    And any suggestions for the four days I haven´t accounted for?

    #2 Posted: 21/11/2008 - 01:54

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    Hi Lornie -- a couple of suggestions:

    14 - 16. Luang Prabang
    17. Bus to Phonsavan
    18. Visit Plain of Jars, then get overnight bus to Vang Vieng
    19. Vang Vieng
    20. Bus to Vientiane

    Above strikes me as a crammed, I'd liberate a couple of days from somewhere else and add a second night in Vang Vieng or Vientiane, else I'd drop either VV or Phonsavan.

    37. Bus to Danang then train to Nha Trang
    38. Bus to Mui Ne
    39 - 40. Mui Ne
    41. Bus to Nha Trang and overnight train to Saigon

    You can get a minibus direct from Hoi An to Mui Ne (if you're planning on only transitting through NT). Also I wouldn't advice backtracking to NT for the train to Saigon -- either go to Phan Thiet and get the express train from there, else get the bus.

    Given you're not travelling in peak season, I'd leave your flight tickets till you are in the region.

    For Phonsavan, depends on your interests - some like it a lot, others find it boring. See this story for some ideas on it.

    Hope that helps - glad to hear you've found the site useful!

    #3 Posted: 21/11/2008 - 06:16

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