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  • Scott1987

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    I am trying to plan a trip to SE Asia for the start of October 2011 for 1 month. I am looking to visit Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam with a budget of around £1000GBP.

    I fly into Bangkok so would be starting the trip there and would need to return to Bangkok in a months time.

    I am a bit concerned about it being the rainy season is Laos and Cambodia safe enough to travel bus or mini bus at this time?

    I am open to suggestions on places to visit or even places to avoid. I am trying to pack a lot in but don’t mind skipping out a few places if we start to run out of time.

    The trip so far....

    Arrive in Bangkok
    3 Nights in Bangkok
    Bangkok> ChiangMai
    2 Nights in Chiang Mai
    Chiang Mai > LuangPrabang
    4 Nights Luang Prabang
    Luang Prabang >Hanoi (possibly flying)
    2 Night in Hanio
    Hanoi > Halong Bay
    2 Nights Halong Bay
    Halong Bay > Hanoi> (then flight to Hue)
    2 nights stay in Hue
    Hue > Hoi An
    2 nights stay HoiAn
    Hoi An > Nha Trang
    2 nights stay NhaTrang
    Nha Trang > Ho ChiMinh City
    2 nights Ho Chi Minh City
    Ho Chi Minh City >Phnom Penh
    2 Nights stay in PhnomPenh
    Phnom Penh > SeimReap including Angkor Wat
    4 Nights stay
    Angkor Wat >Bangkok
    1night Bangkok

    #1 Posted: 31/8/2011 - 21:54

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  • busylizzy

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    I have said it before and I'll say it again (and so will others!) - 4 countries in 1 month is too much until you really do want a whirlwind tour.

    Have you taken into account actual travel time to get between destinations? You effectively lose a day each time you move - so subtract that for your total days. That applies to flight days as well - by the time you get to the airport, check-in, wait, fly, customs, find hotel, etc, etc. You may be able to take overnight buses etc but I would think you need to build in a little bit of recovery time along the way.

    At minimum, I would suggest cutting out two countries and aim for a quality time rather than focus on 'quantity'.

    Given your time timeframe, forget Vietnam. But if you DO go there, then skip Nha Trang and Hue - and focu on the other main areas (you really want 3-4 nights in Hoi An, for example).

    Alternatively, skip Chiang Mai and fly BKK-LP direct. Or skip LP altogether and fly Bkk -Hanoi.

    Travelling time aside, your budget will be much higher too if you travel frequently, plus you will have extra associated costs such as departure taxes, visa fees, etc.

    #2 Posted: 1/9/2011 - 03:38

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