hey everyone, i would be grateful if you could comment on my itinerary...
27 - 29 dec: Bangkok & around
30 december: first thing in the morning get a cab from Bangkok to Siam Reap.
31 december: Angkor Wat, and spend new year in Siam Reap (any suggestion where?)
1 january: in the morning get a cab from Siam Reap to Phnom Penh. lunch in PP, then get a bus to Ho Chi Min City
2 january: HCMC city tour
3 january: leave to Singapore
is this itinerary doable? or will it be better and more convenient if i stay the night in Phnom Penh, then the next morning take a bus to HCMC?
thanks so much in advance...
I'm not sure this itinery is doable unless you get some flights. To save time (and a lot of hassle) I would fly from Bangkok to Siem Riep, that way you would get an extra day in Cambodia. I would spend that extra day either at the temples (they are amazing and could easily take up 2 or 3 days instead of the 1 you have planned!) or I would stay overnight in Phnom Penh to break up the journey. Phnom Penh was one of my most memorable destinations when I last went travelling as sights such as S21 and Killing Fields are shocking, but really give you insight into the country.
#2 rocketgirl has been a member since 1/10/2007. Posts: 22
That's a very ambitious schedule!
Also some good advice from RocketGirl.
I assume you're planning on going to Saigon to pick up a cheap flight back to Sg, I'd suggest skipping Saigon totally and getting a cheap flight from Phnom Penh back (with Jetstar), otherwise you're going to be spending around half your trip on the move. It will take you the best part of a day to get from PP to Saigon, and then to have just one day there, it seems hardly worth it -- better to spend the extra time in PP and slow down a bit.
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thanks guys for the suggestions...!!! to think of it, it would be a useless trip if i don't enjoy it. so i did a search and found a cheap flight from Hanoi to Singapore, and incredibly cheap flight from Bangkok to Hanoi ($60 from Nok Air).
so i'm thinking to skip cambodia, and from Bangkok fly to Hanoi. that way i have 4 days in Bangkok and 5 days in Hanoi. that should be enough to enjoy the city, right? what do you think?
It is up to yourself but many travellers including myself only enjoyed Bangkok for the first few days and then had to leave as our heads were being wrecked, you will really enjoy Hanoi. Be sure to do the Halong Bay trip which is fantastic, there are a number of discussions on this forum about what travel agency to use as the standard of the boats seriously vary. Ocean Tours seem to be the most reliable. In general you get what you pay for.
When you arrive in Hanoi, the best way from the airport into town is the Vietnam Airlines bus for $2 (taxis are usually $10 approx) takes about 40 min if I remember correctly. But this bus left us off at the Fortuan Hotel which we stayed for 1 night and it is a dump.
Anyway hope some of this info is helpful and be careful crossing the roads in Hanoi! When you get there you will know what i mean!!
#5 ionaman has been a member since 21/10/2007. Posts: 12