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Itinerary too crazy?

  • travelingch-
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    We will be flying in between each connection... but it just seems so tiring (I am getting tired just reviewing this itinerary). What do you think we should cut out? We only have two weeks, and will not be back in South East Asia for a while (sad):

    5-Aug Chicago to Hong Kong
    6-Aug Hong Kong to Hanoi
    7-Aug Hanoi to Halong Bay
    8-Aug Halong Bay
    9-Aug Halong Bay - Hanoi
    10-Aug Hanoi - Luang Prabang
    11-Aug Luang Prabang
    12-Aug Luang Prabang
    13-Aug Luang Prabang to Siem Reap
    14-Aug Siem Reap
    15-Aug Siem Reap
    16-Aug Siem Reap
    17-Aug Siem Reap to Hong Kong
    18-Aug Hong Kong to Chicago

    #1 Posted: 2/7/2009 - 22:04

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  • BruceMoon

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    travelingchinese

    It's very tight, but (as Somtam says) 'do-able'.

    However, I suggest the weather may be against you for Halong Bay. This is the wet time of year. For more on seasons, go to:

    http://www.travelfish.org/vietnam-weather.php

    Though it is the early part of the wet season, it MAY be sunny, showery, rainy, or some combination.

    Last week, the whole area was covered by dense cloud. Today was sun everywhere early, and now the afternoon rain clouds have set in
    .

    Go see at:

    http://www.wunderground.com/cgi-bin/findweather/getForecast?query=HaNoi,%20Vietnam&wuSelect=WEATHER

    If you 'right click' on the small picture to the left side to open in a new tab/window, you'll see just how dense the cloud really is. Halong Bay is about where the 'g' is in Hai Phong (on the right side).

    But, in a weeks' time, it may all be sunny again - that's weather.

    - - - -

    To be frank, Halong Bay is such a nice place when clear and sunny (even overcast), but I wouldn't waste my money if it was going to be wet, or foggy. You just wouldn't see anything to justify the expense.

    Given this, I think I'd suggest that you skip HaNoi and head straight for Luang Prabang.

    I'd then give at least another day to Siem Reap and break the templing up a little by heading to Tonle Sap for a day. Tonle Sap was/is the lifeblood of the Angkorian empire. Go to:

    http://www.talesofasia.com/cambodia-siemreap-guide-other.htm

    and scroll down to look especially at "Kompong Khleang".

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    And, in the event that you spend more time at LP, you may entertain taking the boat up the Mekong & Nam Ou to Nong Khiaw and spending a day or two in that area. You can return to LP by bus or boat.

    Cheers

    #2 Posted: 3/7/2009 - 09:08

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