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Cambodia/Vietnam Itinerary-Please Advise

  • mayhe

    Joined Travelfish
    28th December, 2011
    Posts: 1

    Could you please take a look at my itinerary and let me know if it's too much to do in 25 days? We are using airline miles and the closest we could get to Cambodia/Vietnam was Beijing and since we have to pay for the visa anyway, we decided to include it in the trip.

    June 16:
    Arrive Beijing at 10:30pm
    July 17:
    Beijing/Phnom Penh
    July 18: Phnom Penh
    July 19: Phnom Penh/Siem Reap
    July 20: Angkor Wat
    July 21: Angkor Wat
    July 22: Siem Reap/Phnom Penh
    July 23: Phnom Penh
    July 26: Mekong Delta
    July 27: Phnom Penh/Saigon
    July 28: Saigon (all day)/Hoi An (overnight train)
    July 29: Hoi An
    July 30: Hoi An/ Hue
    July 31: Hue
    Aug1: Hue (all day) /Ninh Binh (overnight train)
    Aug 2: Ninh Binh
    Aug 3: Ninh Binh/Hanoi/ Sapa (overnight train to Sapa)
    Aug 4: Sapa
    Aug 5: Sapa (all day)/Hanoi (overnight train)
    Aug 6: Hanoi-Halong Bay
    Aug 7: Halong Bay-Hanoi
    Aug 8: Hanoi
    Aug 9: Hanoi/Beijing
    Aug 10: Beijing
    Aug 11: Beijing
    Aug 12: Beijing
    Aug 13: Travel back home

    Thanks in advance for any help.

    #1 Posted: 28/12/2011 - 19:17

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  • vietnamvisi-

    Joined Travelfish
    24th December, 2011
    Posts: 8

    Posted from within Vietnam.

    Why don't you take flight from Siem Reap to Saigon. Or you arrive Siem Reap first and then to Phnom Penh and take speed boat from Phnom Penh to Chau Doc - Sai Gon. By this way you can save a domestic flight back Phnom Penh. The itinerary in Vietnam seems ok.

    #2 Posted: 28/12/2011 - 22:10

  • chinarocks

    Joined Travelfish
    17th June, 2011
    Posts: 739

    Leave China for another trip, even if you have to pay for the visa.

    Give Cambodia two weeks and include Kampot/Kep and Sihanoukville and perhaps consider another day at the temples (3 seems to be the minimum people recommend).

    Just concentrate on Northern Vietnam, flying from Saigon (don't spend any time here) up to Hanoi. This will give you more relaxation time in Hanoi, which is advisable. Come back another time for Hue, Hoi An, Saigon etc. As it is, one of your days consists of Ninh Binh/Hanoi/ Sapa, which I think you'll agree is in nobody's interests.

    Therefore, do something like roughly:

    2 weeks - Cambodia;
    11 days - Northern Vietnam.

    Obviously this is an approximation but I think it is better than what you propose.

    #3 Posted: 30/1/2012 - 09:45

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