I am planning a trip in July - August with a family of four (two adults, two children ages 10 & 13) and am trying to find an airline that will allow us to fly into Hanoi and out of Bangkok, any suggestions? None of the websites seem to be set up for this arrangement and I prefer not to sit on hold at every airline just blindly calling around.
My other question is around travel distances in SEA. I am having a hard time finding information around how long legs of the trip will take us. We are planning to start in Hanoi, head up to Halong Bay, then slowly down the coast to Ho Chi Minh. Then up the Mekong Delta and over to Siem Reap. I'm thinking all of that can reasonably be accomplished at a relaxed pace in 4 weeks. After that, we will want to spend time at the beach, but are not certain that heading down the Gulf coast into Thailand is reasonable in terms of travel distance. Thoughts on travel distances and whether to stick in Cambodia or venture farther into Thailand are very much appreciated!
#1 LynneVermont has been a member since 6/2/2011. Posts: 2
4 weeks from north to south in Vietnam is very doable at relaxed pace. You can find plenty of info on this site and forum for a 4 week itinerary. Distances in Vietnam are big, at least much bigger than most people assume.
Don't include Siem Reap in those 4 weeks however. You'll need almost a week for Siem Reap, that includes travel from HCMC to Siem Reap.
Coastal Thailand is a serious option if you limit yourself to the eastern islands (Ko Chang and surrounding islands) and travel is not difficult and you can make it in 1 tiring day or 2 easy days. Southern Thailand is only feasible if you plan to fly there.
In general you could say that the (standard of) resorts are better in Thailand. The coastal towns of Cambodia are not for everyone. You can also find plenty of info on those here as well
For trip times, take a look at the suggested itinerary section as that outlines some rough times. For eg
Vietnam top to tail
Regarding your flight question, flying in from where? Open jaw tickets (fly into onw port out of another) tend to cost a bit more, so it may work out more affordable to get a return to say Hanoi and then grab a low cost flight with Jetstar from Saigon back up to Hanoi to leave.
July & August is wet season in the south, so the Cambodian beachs and islands and Phu Quoc in the south, will be pretty wet.