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Feedback on Itinerary - Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand!

Posted by wanderlust2010 on 14/4/2010 at 22:35

Hi all,

I'd really appreciate your feedback on the relatively detailed itinerary I've laid out below. I'm trying to find a way to fit Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand into 5 weeks. I'm also meeting my boyfriend in Siem Reap to do the second half of the trip, so the timing is a bit of an issue!

I'd also love your feedback on a few key questions that will DEFINITELY help me plan my time:
1)What is the best way to get from:
-HCMC to Hoi An (and back)
-Siem Reap from Singapore
-Siem Reap from Phnom Penh
-Siem Reap to the Thai Islands ( Ko Tao /Ko Pha Ngan/Ko Samui)
2)Which are the best Thai islands to focus on in 1 week?
3) Any recommendations for accomodations on the Thai islands? (I'm dreaming of bungalows on the beach)

23-Jun Arrive in singapore (late)
24-Jun Singapore to Ho Chi Minh City (fly)
25-Jun HCMC
26-Jun HCMC - Danang/Hoi An (fly or overnight train?)
27-Jun Hoi An
28-Jun Hoi An
29-Jun Hoi An / day trip to DMZ
30-Jun Hoi An to HCMC (flight or overnight train?)
1-Jul HCMC - Can Tho
2-Jul Can Tho
3-Jul Can Tho to Chau Doc
4-Jul Chau Doc to Phnom Penh (bus?)
5-Jul Phnom Penh
6-Jul Phnom Penh
7-Jul Phnom Penh to Siep Reap (fly)
8-Jul Siem Reap
9-Jul Siem Reap
10-Jul Siem Reap
11-Jul Siem Ream - Bangkok (fly)
12-Jul Bangkok - Phuket (train or fly -- can i get directly to Ko Tao instead?)
13-Jul Phuket - Ko Tao (bus/ferry)
14-Jul Ko Tao
15-Jul Ko Tao -> Ko Pha Ngan
16-Jul Ko Pha Ngan
17-Jul Ko Pha Ngan
18-Jul Ko Pha Ngan - Phuket (ferry/bus)
19-Jul Phuket to Singapore (fly)
20-Jul Singapore - DC (early morning)

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Posted by UCSBrown on 15/4/2010 at 01:48

From HCMC to Hoi An the trip by train/bus can be long.. something like 20-24 hours. You may consider flying to Da Nang.

On your way to Ko Tao you may want to fly to Koh Samui instead of Phuket. You'll save yourself 6-8 hours if you're flying. Taking the train can be extremely long. Also keep in mind that the last ferries leave for the islands at about 2pm. If you arrive past this you'll be stuck overnight in a place with not much to do.

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Posted by wanderlust2010 on 16/4/2010 at 01:21

Thanks so much for the flight suggestions. I think we'll bite the bullet and do the pricey flight from Siem Reap to Samui. So much easier that way!

I've updated my itinerary below. Would someone mind commenting on my plans for Vietnam/Cambodia? Does this look like enough time to do everything or am I being too aggressive? Also, I'm a bit sad not to be able to fit in Northern Thailand (Chiang Mai). Think there any way I can make that happen?

Date Itinerary
23-Jun Arrive in singapore (late)
24-Jun Singapore -> Ho Chi Minh City (fly)
25-Jun HCMC
26-Jun HCMC -> Danang/Hoi An (fly)
27-Jun Hoi An
28-Jun Hoi An
29-Jun Hoi An / day trip to DMZ
30-Jun Hoi An -> HCMC (fly)
1-Jul HCMC -> Can Tho
2-Jul Can Tho
3-Jul Can Tho -> Chau Doc
4-Jul Chau Doc -> Phnom Penh (bus?)
5-Jul Phnom Penh
6-Jul Phnom Penh
7-Jul Phnom Penh -> Siep Reap (fly, bus, or boat?)
8-Jul Siem Reap
9-Jul Siem Reap
10-Jul Siem Reap
11-Jul Siem Ream -> Ko Samui (fly)
12-Jul Ko Samui -> Ko Tao
13-Jul Ko Tao
14-Jul Ko Tao
15-Jul Ko Tao -> Ko Pha Ngan
16-Jul Ko Pha Ngan
17-Jul Ko Pha Ngan -> Phuket (ferry/bus)
18-Jul Phuket - Ko Phi Phi
19-Jul Ko Phi Phi
20-Jul Ko Phi Phi
21-Jul Ko Phi Phi -> Phuket
22-Jul Phuket -> Singapore (fly)
23-Jul Singapore (buffer day)
24-Jul Fly home from Singapore (early morning)

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