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4 weeks Vietnam/Laos/Cambodia - Itinerary advice

  • ibon

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    19th May, 2009
    Posts: 12

    My husband and I are headed off to Vietnam/Laos and Cambodia at the end of the year for 4 weeks. Although we've travelled in Asia before it's our first time in SEA. We'll be flying between countries to save time. The idea with this trip was to hit a few highlights, and as such we'll be firmly on the beaten track. Any advice on whether it seems like there is too much/not enough time allocated certain places? Do we need more time for Pnomh Penh?

    20th Dec Arrive Hanoi
    21-23 Hanoi
    24-25 Halong Bay
    26 Hanoi
    27 Hanoi - Luang Prabang
    28-31 Luang Prabang
    1-5 Jan Nong Kiaow/Muang Ngoi (return to LP on the 5th)
    6 Luang Prabang - Siem Riep
    7-11 Angkor Wat & surrounds
    12 Bus to Pnomh Penh
    13 PP
    14 Depart PP am


    #1 Posted: 19/5/2009 - 10:40

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  • brucemoon

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    As a citified journey, you seem to have been able to match opportunities with limited time.

    A word of warning, travel in SE Asia is different to 'Asia' (assuming Japan, Korea, China) in that things don't always go like clockwork, or as they were described in a brochure. But, I suggest if you can handle that, you'll love. Most do.

    For me, Halong Bay needs 2 nights on the water. That means a 3 day journey. There are many posts here on Travelfish about Halong Bay, the pitfalls, the great aspects, etc.

    While you have allocated time in the Luang Prabang area, I'm wondering what you've scheduled (if anything).

    Similarly, unless you know what you want to do in the Nong Kiaow/Muang Ngoi area, I'm wondering whether that may be too much time.

    I suppose the reason I mention this about LP & up the Nam Ou, is that in contrast to the Vietnam & Cambodia 'legs', these appear very relaxed: which may just be your intention. Feedback here may help in offering alternate (possible) suggestions.

    The Siem Reap option is about right, as is a day in PP.


    #2 Posted: 20/5/2009 - 11:14

  • ibon

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    19th May, 2009
    Posts: 12

    Thanks for your thoughts brucemoon. I've allocated another day to Hanoi, to allow for a 3 day trip out to Halong if that's what we decide. Am also now thinking of shortening the LP leg and adding our downtime onto the end of the trip, maybe somewhere like Kampot.

    Cheers and thanks for the help.

    #3 Posted: 21/5/2009 - 11:44

  • alex16103

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    23rd May, 2006
    Location United Kingdom
    Posts: 8

    Hi ibon,

    If you can find a couple of days to head down to Sihanoukville in Cambodia for a bit of a relax at the end of your holiday I'd recommend it.

    It's a 4 hour (from what I can remember) bus ride from PP, but the road is good (paid for by the Americans...), probably a bit easier to get to time wise than Kampot.


    #4 Posted: 21/5/2009 - 21:12

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