After Falling in love last year with Thailand, we are heading back to SE Asia! This time we are traveling into BKK in October and planning to travel to Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia. So the trip is being planned for October to Mid December. Does anyone have advice on the best route to take? We are not fans of big tourist traps but prefer the small rural communities.
Any advice on how to go from Thailand this time of year accounting for the wet and dry seasons as well as boarder crossings and cost?
#1 KRStamm has been a member since 10/9/2007. Posts: 38
So you've got around ten weeks?
A lot would depend on which route from Laos to Vietnam you take. If you take the northern route (through Phongsali and Dien Bien Phu) that lands you well for northern Vietnam, but will mean you'd need to allow a solid month in Vietnam if you're planning on travelling the full length of it before exiting into Cambodia.
If you use a more central crossing (entering in for Hue or Vinh) you'll be doing some backtracking heading north then south etc.
What I'd suggest it take a look at some of the suggested itineraries to give you an idea of how long it takes to get around.
The above trip takes you to Laos and Cambodia before Vietnam -- this reduces the amount of backtracking.
Vietnam will be the main time-sink, Laos it depends on if you're seeing the north and south or just one or the other.
The above are just some thought off the cuff -- there's many many ways to skin this particular cat -- if you come back with an idea of a few of the places you want to visit, I'll be better able to suggest a routing.