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Itinerary advice needed for Cambodia, laos and Thailand - any thoughts much appreciated!

Posted by hjbvet on 27/10/2010 at 21:00


This is my first post, and my first time traveling in SE Asia so any advice would be much appreciated. My boyfriend and I are planning on traveling in Cambodia, Laos and Thailand for a month or so, starting just before Christmas. I'm arriving from China and we'll be meeting in Cambodia. Our planned itinerary is:

22nd Dec - Arrive and meet in Siem Reap, Angkor Wat
26th Dec - Pnom Penh
28th Dec - Kratie, irrawaddy dolphins
30th Dec - Cross Cambodia/Laos border (can we get Laos visas on arrival?) Arrive Don Khon
3rd Jan - Arrive Pakse , fly Pakse - Luang Prabang
9th Jan - Boat to Houay Xia
11th - 13th Jan - Gibbon experience
13th Jan - Cross border into Thailand (can we get visas on arrival?) arrive Chiang Mai
14th - 19th Jan Stay Chiang Mai
19th Jan - Overnight sleeper to Bangkok
20th Jan - Arrive Bangkok, fly to Koh Samui, boat to Koh Tao
28th Jan - Depart Koh Tao to Bangkok

Does this sound feasible? -We can be a little flexible with timings and I'd be really interested to hear any recommendations anyone has for activities and sights that might fit into this itinerary. I'd really appreciate visa advice - especially as I'm a UK citizen arriving from China and so my chances of being able to get visas in advance are quite slim. I've read the visa pages on travelfish but would especially like confirmation of the Cambodia-Laos crossing as I've read conflicting information on other websites.

Thanks so much

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Posted by nada_k on 28/10/2010 at 00:58

Hi! I'm a 30 year old female from the UK...I am also going to be in the region (Vietnam, Cambodia) around late Jan to Feb and would love to meet up with people if anyone is around...planning on heading from Bangkok to Vietnam, then working my way up the coast and then possibly heading back to Phnom Penh.

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Posted by somtam2000 on 28/10/2010 at 09:58 admin

In answer to the visa questions:
Visa on arrival for Laos is available at the land crossing with Cambodia. No need to get the visa beforehand.
Visa on arrival is available at the land border with Thailand, BUT you will only be given 14 days, which leaves you one day short, so you'll need to pay a one-day fine for overstay when you leave (or, get your Thai visa while you are in Phnom Penh)

Sounds like a good trip - have fun!

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Posted by caseyprich on 28/10/2010 at 15:45

Somtam2000 - if you have a return flight ticket out of BKK can you get a longer visa on arrival for Thailand (overland) or do you have to arrive by air?

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Posted by zeejei on 31/10/2010 at 01:05


I am from Philippines and have a scheduled 5 day vacation from dec. 2-7 to Bangkok. I would like to ask for some advice, I need to visit 3 countries, (Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam) either whichever is more feasible and nearer to visit. I need to have my passport tagged with these countries for I will be applying for a VISA to US this January. Can you help me with the itenerary? By the way, I prefer travelling by land. Hope you could help.


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