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6 weeks in southeast asia

  • cassrose

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    A friend and are planning a 6 week trip, spending xmas/new year in thailand then heading to laos. What im wondering is will 5 weeks be enough for Laos, Vietnam and Combodia. I was thinking around 5 days in Combodia, mostly just wanting to see siem reap and maybe around kep.

    Anyone have any suggestions on how to do it and best places to go etc

    Thanks :-)

    #1 Posted: 13/9/2009 - 15:26

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    If you're wanting to see Angkor Wat and Kep and allow for at least a night in Phnom Penh then you'll be needing about a week.

    You'll struggle to see a lot of Vietnam and Laos in your remaining time, so would suggest picking one part of each -- for eg Thailand, then northern Laos, then northern Vietnam ( so Hanoi, Ha Long Bay and Sapa ), fly down to Saigon, travel overland through the Delta to Kep in Cambodia, north to Phnom Penh then Siem Reap and exit to Thailand.

    You'll be covering a lot of miles, so I'd pick your stops carefully and look into some regional flights to save you time.

    Itineraries section is a good starting point else if you've questions about specific destinations, ask away.


    #2 Posted: 13/9/2009 - 15:52

  • cassrose

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    Thanks, was thinking more southern vietnam, starting around Hue. Do you think this kind of trip needs a lot of planning or just do as you go?

    #3 Posted: 13/9/2009 - 15:58

  • DLuek

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    "Do you think this kind of trip needs a lot of planning or just do as you go?"

    It needs enough planning so that you know when/where/how you'll get your visas, and what options you will have for transport. My opinion is that 5 weeks is really not enough time for a totally free "do as you go" type of trip, but that's not to say you can't be spontaneous and make some decisions as you go.

    If I were you, I would decide on some places you really want to visit, and then research how to get to and from each of those places and on to the next. Then, put together a "loose itinerary" that you feel confident with in regard to transport. In Vietnam if you're using the open tour bus systems, it's relatively easy to decide your next destination on a whim. On the other hand, you never want to blindly expect that you can get from one place to the next on a moment's notice, particularly if you're using local transport (i.e. trains in Vietnam or public bus in Thailand). Sometimes arranging transport can be more stressful, difficult and time-consuming than one may think. The Travelfish guides offer a lot of real good info on local transport, including timetables and fares.

    Another consideration is that if you'll be travelling by air for longer legs you'll want to book tickets at least a week or two in advance - have you looked in to Air Asia and Jetstar for cheap flights?

    In sum, my suggestion would be that since you have 5 weeks only and since this is you're first time in SE Asia (correct?), get as much of the transport and visa issues worked out before you leave as possible. This will save you stress and time, which is precious when trying to see 3 countries in 5 weeks. Perhaps book a couple flights that you'd be committing to, but also leave room inbetween to be spontaneous? Just make sure you know what your options are, or you could find yourself in an unnecesarilly stressful position.

    Good luck,


    #4 Posted: 14/9/2009 - 01:01

  • cassrose

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    Hey thanks DLuek that was some really great info. I thought as much.

    #5 Posted: 14/9/2009 - 04:30

  • KazAussie

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    Hi Cass Rose,

    Following a lot of lurking and a lot of advice from this site, we have a rough plan for Vietnam and Cambodia for 30 days. I have copied it below. If I had the extra time I wouldn't fly from Siem Reap but instead would go to Kratie and Dan Lung Cambodia, then Plieku and Dalat in Vietnam.

    We have been pretty generous with our timings and a lot will be weather dependent, but for example if it is raining in Hoi An, we will do some travelling in the central highlands, otherwise we will just chill out there for a couple of days.

    Hope this helps

    Date Where
    Saturday, 12 December 2009 Fly Sydney to Ho Chi Minh Arrive 8:35 pm
    Sunday, 13 December 2009 Ho Chi Minh
    Monday, 14 December 2009 Ho Chi Minh
    Tuesday, 15 December 2009 morning flight to Phu Quoc
    Wednesday, 16 December 2009 Phu Quoc (dive)
    Thursday, 17 December 2009 Phu Quoc to Rach Gia
    Friday, 18 December 2009 Rach Gia to Chau Doc
    Saturday, 19 December 2009 travel to PP
    Sunday, 20 December 2009 PP
    Monday, 21 December 2009 PP Travel to SR
    Tuesday, 22 December 2009 Siem Reap
    Wednesday, 23 December 2009 Siem Reap
    Thursday, 24 December 2009 Travel to BB
    Friday, 25 December 2009 BB
    Saturday, 26 December 2009 BB - Siem Reap
    Sunday, 27 December 2009 Siem Reap
    Monday, 28 December 2009 SR - Fly/Da Nang
    Tuesday, 29 December 2009 Travel to Hoi An
    Wednesday, 30 December 2009 Hoi An
    Thursday, 31 December 2009 Hoi An (maybe a dive - weather dependent)
    Friday, 1 January 2010 Hoi An
    Saturday, 2 January 2010 Travel to Hue (motorbike or train - about 200 k)
    Sunday, 3 January 2010 Hue
    Monday, 4 January 2010 Hue (overnight train to Hanoi)
    Tuesday, 5 January 2010 Hanoi
    Wednesday, 6 January 2010 Travel to Halong Bay
    Thursday, 7 January 2010 Halong Bay
    Friday, 8 January 2010 Travel back to Hanoi
    Saturday, 9 January 2010 Hanoi
    Sunday, 10 January 2010 Fly to Sinapore 20:30 arr 00:50 11 Jan
    Monday, 11 January 2010 Fly Out of Singapore 19:55 arrive Canberra 9:10am 12 Jan

    #6 Posted: 14/9/2009 - 14:38

  • cassrose

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    Thanks KazAussie. Hope you enjoy your holiday

    #7 Posted: 15/9/2009 - 06:19

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