Solo Travel gal here looking for your ideas!
After spending 5 weeks in Southern Africa and 5 weeks in Thailand I am moving on to the rest of the region and want your input on my itinerary.
As much as it looks over planned its just an outline and really more for me the factor in travel times then destination stays and I'm planning on going with the flow and seeing what happens ...
Comments, ideas, suggestions PLEASE!
Aug 19: Depart Bangkok for Ayutthaya , Thailand
Aug 20: Ayutthaya
August 21: Depart Ayutthaya for Sukothai, Thailand
August 22: Sukothai
August 23: Depart Sukothai for Chiang Mai
August 24, 25 & 26: Chiang Mai
August 27: Depart Chiang Mai for Chiang Khong
August 28: Depart Chiang Khong for Houay Xai, Laos and embark on slow boat ride down the Mekong, arriving in Pakbeng , Laos for the night
August 29: Depart Pakbeng for Louang Phabang, Laos
August 30, 31, September 1 & 2: Louang Phabang
September 3: Depart Louang Phabang for Vang Vieng , Laos
September 4: Depart Vang Vieng for Vientiane , Laos
September 5 & 6: Vientiane
September 7: Depart Vientiane for Savannakhet , Laos
September 8: Depart Savannakhet for Hue , Vietnam
September 9: Hue
September 10: Depart Hue for Hoi An , Vietnam
September 11 & 12: Hoi An
September 13: Depart Hoi An for Nha Trang , via Da Nag
September 14, 15 & 16: Nha Trang
September 17: Depart Nha Trang for HCMC
September 18 & 19: HCMC
September 20: Depart HCMC for Phnom Phenh
September 21 & 22: Phnom Phenh
September 23: Depart Phnom Phenh for Siem Reap
September 24, 25 & 26: Siem Reap
September 27: Depart Siem Reap for Bangkok
September 28 & 29: Bangkok
September 30: Depart Bangkok for Hong Kong
October 1, 2, & 3: Hong Kong
October 4: Depart Hong Kong for Vancouver
October 4: Arrive HOME!!!
this looks like a fairly straight-forward itinerary, and while i can't speak for the vietnam portion, the rest of it doesn't seem to have any logistics issues.
one thing you'll see alot in comments on itineraries, and it applies to yours as well, is that you have quite a bit of moving around built into a relatively short time. because of that, you'll be spending a big chunk of your holiday getting from place to place. some of that is fun for sure, like the river trip down the mekong, but some will be real work, like the bus ride from vientiane to savannakhet.
standard advice is to take a hard look at the places you want to go and make sure the amount of time you'll spend getting to the various places won't prevent you from having time to enjoy them once you arrive. hope that helps. cheers.
Looks like a sensible route though I agree with exacto. One note on Laos - if you want to go tubing in Vang Vieng you'll either need to get a very early bus from LP to get there in time to make it worth doing that day or need to allow a day in between your travel days.
Also, we crossed at the Lao Bao border earlier this year so just so you're prepared.... we were sleeping in our bus (waiting for the border to open) and a guy told us that at 6am we had to leave the bus and walk the 1km to the Laos Immigration. There, we had to check out of Laos and wait until 7am when the Vietnamese side opened. He then said we should run to Vietnam Immigration to get through quickly and we would meet our bus (and all our belongings!) on the other side. All sounded a bit suss, and was quite bizarre, but that's what we did and it all worked out fine. We didn't have to change buses but you might have to, in which case this might not happen to you, but just be prepared!