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  • Bunnderful

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    Hi all,

    I have 2 weeks to spend in Cambodia and Vietnam this July, coming from Bangkok. The route I am considering is:

    Fly to Siem reap for ~2 days >
    Bus to Phonm penh for about a day and a half>
    Bus to Saigon (including Mekong Delta) for 3.5 days>
    Fly to Hanoi (including Halong Bay) for 3.5 days>
    Fly back to U.S. from Hanoi

    Is this itinerary practical in a little under two weeks given travel times? If not what should be skipped, or, on the other hand, what should be added?

    Appreciate any and all insight!

    #1 Posted: 11/5/2011 - 04:36

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  • JasonB

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    Posted from within Vietnam.

    You can take a boat from Phnom Penh to get to Chau Doc (a part in Mekong Delta) Then do you trip in Mekong Delta, after that you can go to Sai Gon and fly to Hanoi.

    #2 Posted: 11/5/2011 - 22:04

  • gatvietnam

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    Posted from within Vietnam.

    On the way from Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi, you should make a stop in Hoian- a world heritage of Vietnam.

    #3 Posted: 15/5/2011 - 10:22

  • busylizzy

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    I would probably suggest skipping Cambodia since you really aren't there long enough to see much anyhow. (Bus trip from SR to PP is basically 6 hours so that's a good chunk of a day gone. Fly straight to HCMC (Saigon) and spend your two weeks in Vietnam. You can still spend some time in Mekong Delta before heading north. I also agree with the previous poster - HoiAn is definitely worth checking out.

    #4 Posted: 15/5/2011 - 11:19

  • Rasheeed

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    Ya, skip Cambodia. I love it, but not this trip...


    #5 Posted: 15/5/2011 - 11:46

  • camillasw

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    I agree - two weeks was barely enough in Vietnam let alone trying to cover both countries. And definitely try to fit in Hoi An, I spent 3 nights there and was the first place I would choose to have spent longer in. You can't go to Vietnam and not go to Hoi An!

    #6 Posted: 18/5/2011 - 22:03

  • Rasheeed

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    To each his own. Hoi An is a favorite of mine to spend LESS time in.

    #7 Posted: 19/5/2011 - 11:16

  • Thomas922

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    I loved Hoi An. But i don't consider it a must see. Why? It is a small town full of foreigners hanging out with each other and locals upping the prices on everything. It is cool to ride a bike to the beach and see the area. At night everyone chills out on the river. But as far as Vietnamese culture and sights, surely there are other places.
    OP you have little time. If Angkor Wat is a big deal for you then spend 3-4 days in Siem Reap. If you rush it, it will suck. I would not even try to do too much of Vietnam in such a short time. Spend 3-4 days in the Mekong area including Saigon. If you want to fly up to Hanoi for 3-4 days, cool. But Vietnam is a 3 week place to me. Just to much to do in less time. You could skip Cambodia this time. All two weeks in Vietnam.Then re-assess your plan. Or plan an all Vietnam trip for later.
    If such short stops is enough then do as you are but you will not get the real feel of such a diverse country. IMHO

    #8 Posted: 19/5/2011 - 12:29

  • Rasheeed

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    I'm with you on that Thomas. I love me my Hue for the reasons I don't like Hoi An anymore...

    #9 Posted: 19/5/2011 - 12:45

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