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Vietnam and Angkor wat trip - help!

Posted by Rinny on 15/5/2013 at 15:08

Hi everyone
Happy to be in this forum and thanks for the help!
My boyfriend and me are flying to vietnam Next august and staying three weeks, so i just want to ask some tips. We're planning 2 days in Saigon and then going to Chau Doc by bus to get the boat to Pnom Phen early in the morning. First question:
- is there a night bus from Saigon to Chau Doc? Does it worth staying in Chau Doc for a day?
Then, from PhnomPen we'll take the bus to Siam Reap and spend 2days in Angkor Wat.
-Are 2days enough to see the most relevant things?


After this we'll fly to Da Nang to see Hue and Hoi An
- do we miss too many places in the south this way?
after this we'll move to north vietnam. If you have some trekking or nice place to stay in Sapa or surrounds, please dnt hesitate!
Finally, i just want to ask how many days we need to stay in Hanoi and if you have a nice place to stay there.
Sorry for my bad english,
thanks a lot!

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Posted by JohnLe on 22/5/2013 at 03:52

Posted from within Vietnam.

Hello Rinny
As a local person in Vietnam, I think you should call a tourism agency for a tour guide. But I'mna answer some of your questions:
- It worth staying in Chau Doc for a day, or even more. There, you will learn about the living of country men on the rivers.
- 2 days for Angkor is enough.
- You should spend 2 more days in Southern for going to Phu Quoc island or Con Dao island.
- When you're in Saigon, remember to go to Cu Chi Tunel.
With Northern
- It's very easy to find an accomodation in Sapa, and cheap, too.
- For Hanoi, It should be 3 days. There are old quarters, special pagodas, craft villages... and the most special thing is food. If you have enough time in Hanoi, you can enjoy specialities in Hanoi.

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Posted by NYTim on 23/5/2013 at 08:25

I think your best bet is to get a bus from HCMC to Phomn Pehn then after a day or two take another bus to Siem Riep. The bus to Chau Doc is 8 hours the bus to Phomn Pehn is five hours.

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Posted by Travellincouple on 8/7/2013 at 02:02

For Angkor Wat two days are enough.

I'd take a tuktuk arranged by your hotel to see the 3 main temples on day one - Angkor Wat, Ta Prong & Angkor Thom - They are huge and took us 8 hours to explore. Tuktuk cost $15 dollars to stay with us for the entire day ($5 extra if you go for sunrise - recommended due to less crowds when exploring temples).

Bear in mind that a 1 day pass is $20 each but a 3 day pass is $40 to see all of the temples.

On day two, explore some of the smaller temples (maybe the 'grand tour') via Tuktuk for $20, which in our opinion were much better to view.

We absolutely loved Angkor Wat. Only thing; have patience with the little kids that constantly ask you to buy stuff and try and joke with them. They are more than willing to chat even if you don't buy stuff (our favourite was asking them why they weren't at school - to which they seemed programmed to say "school on the afternoon/morning" depending on what time of day you ask them, but when you ask them a more complex question like "what did you learn" they smile and don't know what to say - bless them, some parents don't encourage them to go to school :-()

Enjoy, sure you'll have an amazing time!

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Posted by Rinny on 8/7/2013 at 02:30

Thank you everybody for your answers and help!
One more question: have someone tried the massage made by blind people in Siem Reap? I'm very curious about it..
Thanks again!

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Posted by Travellincouple on 8/7/2013 at 02:47

Oh they are very good! It's the only way the blind people can really make a living I think (I.e. they don't get support from anyone).

Costs about $5-10 dollars depending on what you want. Check Tripadvisor for the reputable firms as they are the trained ones. My GF had a massage from one and she loved it. It costs $10 for a full body massage for an hoir but they came to our hotel for that price! Much cheaper if you go to them.

Also if you're into charitable type things to do in Siem Reap then eat at Haven training restaurant. They train young adults who have recently left orphanages hospitality and cooking skills. The food is unreal, the service is fantastic and all the while you're really helping people that need it. Khmer curry was the best curry we had in SEA!

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Posted by Rinny on 8/7/2013 at 11:34

Nice advice, we'll go for it and then let you know how it was..thanks a lot!

What about Hue, how many nights we have to stay? And china beach? We'd like to jnclude some relax at least in one day!!!

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Posted by MADMAC on 6/8/2013 at 14:30

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Posted by Night_exile on 8/8/2013 at 00:54

- is there a night bus from Saigon to Chau Doc ? Does it worth staying in Chau Doc for a day?

Yes, you could take a bus to Chau Doc over night, go to 395 Kinh Duong Vuong street - ward An Lac - district Binh Tan. Trying to be patient with staff here, they are not good at English (Maybe they even don't know it). Tel: (84) 38776594 or (84) 37521517.

Yes, it is worth because it has different culture from the rest of Vietnam (one of the old land of old Champa Kingdom). But Melkong Delta and food in Ho Chi Minh is even worth more.

Then, from PhnomPen we'll take the bus to Siam Reap and spend 2days in Angkor Wat.
-Are 2days enough to see the most relevant things?


Yes, 2 day is too enough because Angkor Wat is the best worth for seeing in Siem Reap.

After this we'll fly to Da Nang to see Hue and Hoi An
- do we miss too many places in the south this way?


I think that best places in the South are: Melkong Delta, Chau Doc, food cuisine in Ho Chi Minh (don't miss China Town in HCM, every time I come to China town, it reminds me about old movie about Shanghai in China in 1980).

Some good places for food (Trust me, I am food specialist, I have travelled to 5 countries for only enjoying food).

Best places for "pho" in Vietnam: (Currency: VND/ bowl)

1. 260C Pasteur street, ward 8, district 3. Price: 45,000 to 55,000.

2. 288/M1 Nam Ki Khoi Nghia street, ward 8, district 3, HCMC. Price: 65,000.

3. 146E Ly Chinh Thang street, district 3. Price: 55,000 - 60,000.

In Hue and Hoi An, you could spend 2 days. They are beautiful places but if you stay too long, you will find yourself stuck with the sadness of this place.

after this we'll move to north vietnam. If you have some trekking or nice place to stay in Sapa or surrounds, please dnt hesitate!
Finally, i just want to ask how many days we need to stay in Hanoi and if you have a nice place to stay there.

You should spend 2 days in Hanoi. First day: Historical places, second day: enjoying food.

Sapa: You could find homestay with tribal village by this tour: https://www.triip.me/sapa/hmong-authentic-sin-chai-village-adventuring-with-kids-23/. My friend tried its tour and it was very nice, he was local Vietnamese but thanks for the tour, he could have a different look into the world of tribal people and understand about their world. Tribal person think very different from us. 2 years ago, my friend joined a drinking party of a tribal family and after the party, according to custom, he has to marry the first girl in family. Finally, we have to seek help from government to rescue him. It may be a bad ending, but finally, it became an unforgettable memory.

Or you could use service of http://www.intrepidtravel.com/. I saw good reviews about it on travel forum.

If you want to go trekking, you could try tour trekking to Tu Lan Cave in Quang Binh province - one of new cave in Vietnam found by National Graphic and a Vietnamese local person. But you have to hire a tour guide with qualified permit to enter into the cave because the cave is quite dangerous. Or if you are courage enough, you could try go trekking to Phanxipang - the highest mountain in Vietnam. On the way trekking, each 5 meters, my friend heard stories such as "there are someone dying here", "maybe there are ghosts here"...blah and blah. But the feeling when you stand of the roof of Vietnam - no world could describe it.

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