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  • agnes_wyee

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    I'll be travelling from Central to Southern Vietnam starting from Hue to Saigon (going from Phnom Penh). I had done Hanoi and Halong Bay in a different trip.

    My tentative itinery is (can be changed):
    Phnom Penh - Hue (fly)
    Hue - Danang/ Hoi An (bus)
    Danang - Nha Trang (fly)
    Nha Trang - Saigon (fly)
    *Maybe: Saigon - Mui Ne (bus) & Can Tho

    I saw one of your articles mentioned Con Dao and Phu Quoc. Where exactly is these two places (cannot find in the map) and how do I get there?

    I am considering to extend this trip to Southern Laos as well. But I am not too sure how to cross the border. Can I take a bus from Hue or Danang straight to Pakse? From 4 Thousand Islands, what is the best way to go back to Vietnam or Phnom Penh? Should I include Vientiene and Luong Prabang into the itinery? I have maximum 14 days for this trip. And how can I split the days?

    I don't mind reversing the journey, ie: Laos first then Vietnam.

    Any ideas on this?


    #1 Posted: 22/4/2007 - 18:19

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  • somtam2000

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    Hi Agnes,

    Sorry for the late reply, I just saw your post!

    In answer to your questions - Con Dao Islands are around 250km offshore from HCMC - you need to fly there.

    Phu Quoc Island is south --actually off the coast of Cambodia. Quickest way is to fly there from Saigon.

    A few thoughts:

    Crossing from Hue/Da Nang into laos will most likely take you via the Lao Bao crossing to the lao town of Savannakhet -- from there you could organise transport south to Pakse and Si Phan Don (4,000 Islands).

    From Si Phan Don it is a straightforward trip south over the border and south to Phnom Penh. You can read all about the Lao/Cambodia border crossing here. There's a new crossing that has opened up at Bo Y -- it's between the Lao town of Attapeu and Kon Tum in Vietnam's Central Highlands -- see the Border crossing FAQ for more info on that one.

    With only two weeks, I think you'll be flat out coverign what you have listed without adding Luang prabang or Vientiane.

    One last thing, are you sure you can fly Phnom Penh to Hue -- that's not a route that I'm aware of...

    #2 Posted: 24/4/2007 - 14:26

  • agnes_wyee

    Joined Travelfish
    22nd April, 2007
    Posts: 2

    Thanks for the tips.

    The flight from Phnom Penh to Hue is with a transit through Saigon.

    #3 Posted: 25/4/2007 - 20:24

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