arriving by plane to kuala lumpur and then bus it or train it all the way up to saigon.
Can it be done?
#1 virusvaleria has been a member since 10/3/2009. Posts: 40
in the sense, its 3 weeks enough?
#2 virusvaleria has been a member since 10/3/2009. Posts: 40
Sure - ten days in Thailand and a week and a half in Cambodia through to Saigon. It is a rush - but certainly doable - depends a lot on where you're planning on stopping along the way.
we arrive in Kuala Lumpur cos its way cheaper then flying to Saigon...
#5 virusvaleria has been a member since 10/3/2009. Posts: 40
The reason I asked is because I was wondering whether - in the 3 weeks - whether the travel part of your journey was most important.
Or, whether the most important aspect is the exchange between you and the local people / culture / etc.?
I ask because going overland to Saigon from KL means you will be spending a HUGE amount of time sitting in buses, trains, taxi's, waiting rooms, and hotel (or Guest House) rooms.
If you want to spend MUCH time in transport/accommodation, so be it.
If it is the people interaction that appeals to you, maybe you can consider flying to Saigon and starting your journey there.
Regarding Vietnam, check out my blog, it may help...
I'm assuming your intention to get to Saigon is that you've seen 'cheap' flights from there. But, several airlines fly from places in SE Asia to KL.
If you start in Saigon, you can then take your time holidaying, and wherever you end up after 3 weeks you can then fly back to KL.
For example, you may get to Siem Reap, or Vientiane, or Chiang Mai, or Bangkok, or Phuket, or wherever. And, knowing that you've really enjoyed taking your time, etc., you can then schedule a flight late in your holiday.
Just a suggestion.
Thanks indeed. From Melbourne though theres a really cheap flight with Air Asia to Kuala Lumpur (they only do that route). It costs almost double to fly to Saigon, thats why we are flying to KL.
But we are also thinking that we may take a few flights here and there. to speed things up u know...
#7 virusvaleria has been a member since 10/3/2009. Posts: 40
We're on the Gold Coast, and use AirAsia as well.
We took the AirAsia flight from KL to Chiang Mai on our last trip, and flew from HaNoi back to KL.
Previously, we'd flown from Kl to HaNoi, and returned to KL from Siem Reap.
Next, we're going to KL then London all with AirAsia, but with a side journey to Miri (on Borneo) with Air Asia after getting to KL.
This is a lengthy way to say we use KL as a hub to then go on.
After much travelling throughout SEAsia, I'm of the opinion that interacting the people from differing 'cultures' can be problematic to short time travellers. I say this because I'm one of those people who try and learn a bit of the local language so that I communicate with the locals where I am. This ALWAYS helps in making the interactions entertaining and so making the journey more enjoyable. So, by visiting several countries, it becomes difficult for me to remember the language and so enhance my interactions.