I have a months leave to take and would like to see the three countires covered by this itinery.
I plan to go in March April '10. I'd like to see Angor Wat, go trekking see the Karsts, tunnels wander around some colonial towns hit some beaches and just really relax (and socialise a bit..). At the moment there's just too much information and I'm getting bogged down. I'm also concerned about trying to do too much and losing out in the long run so if anyone has some advice feel free. Thanks John
#1 John67 has been a member since 20/12/2009. Posts: 13
In lieu of any sggestions so far, where would be the best point of entry to start this trip. Ideally I like to strat in Laos so which is ythe best city to fly into ?
#2 John67 has been a member since 20/12/2009. Posts: 13
You can fly to Malaysia then fly into Laos if you really wanted to start there. Airasia fly from the Low Cost Carrier Terminal to Vientiane on Tuesdays and Sundays [or they did...]. It depends where you're flying from though...
I'd personally think flying into Vietnam would be the easiest but i'm not 100% on this
Sorry i couldn't be of more help, i only really responded because no one else has :-)
I'd suggest just keeping it simple, don't try do too much or you won't have a very relaxing time and you might end up spending a third of your holiday in transit. If you're getting bogged down just write down the KEY things you want to see/do and get a map, see where they actually are. You can usually tell how feasible a trip would be just by judging the distances between places and, after that, checking if there is actually any transport between the two.
I'd maybe thing about just two countries. Maybe make the list of key things and see which two countries contain the most then go to those. You could work you're way down from Hanoi to a Lao border crossing to do abit of a Northern Laos loop (e.g. NamCan / Nam Khan) or hit Southern Laos (Dansavanh / Lao Bao), work you're way upt to Vientiane, stopping off at the Kong Lor caves on the way etc. From Vientiane you could catch a cheap Airasia flight to Malaysia (many Nationalities require no visa) before hopping on a flight home...
hope that helps abit
Bangkok is a major hub. I would suggest flying into BKK, staying a couple of days and see some of the sites there... then fly on to Cambodia (Siem Reap) and his Angkor Wat. From there go north into Laos, make your way to Paxse, from Paxse to Savanakhet, from Savankhet to Tha Khek (only about an hour plus away) and check out the caves there. Between Tha Khek and Savankhet you should be able to satisfy your desire to trek. If money is not a factor, then you can fly out of the old Air America airfield in Savankhet and head to Bangkok, and from Bangkok south to Phuket where you can take in some nice beaches and also "socialize" a bit.
#4 MADMAC has been a member since 6/6/2009. Posts: 6,957
Thanks for the replies. I think it's back to the drawing board although I'm seriously considering just Vietnam and maybe Angkor Wat + beaches in Cambodia at the end. I think then I could fly into Hanoi and out of either HCM or Bangkok. I'll make a list look at the map and then maybe the flights will fall into place. I have been to Thailand many years ago so I'd prefer new places to see rather than say Phuket or BKK.
Hopefully it will be quite at work this eveinng and I take my Lonely Planet with me.
#5 John67 has been a member since 20/12/2009. Posts: 13