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First trip - Itinerary Help/Suggestions appreciated.

Posted by tyson on 28/7/2011 at 14:29

My girlfriend and I are travelling to Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and KL for the first time. This is a rough draft of our itinerary. Any help or suggestions is very much appreciated.

We will be flying to and from each city. We have to put Bali in the middle of our trip because of family reasons


Vientiane 1st to 6th of December

Hanoi 6th to 11th of December
(includes two nights on Halong bay)

Hue and Hoi an 11th to 17th of December

Ho Chi Minh 17th to 21st of December

Siem Reap 21st to 24th Of December

Phnom Penh 24th to 28th Of December

Bali 28th of December to 7th of January

Bangkok 7th to 9th Of January

Chang Mai 9th to 15th of January

Phuket 15th to 21st January

Kuala Lumpur 21st to 24th January

Thanks :)

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Posted by svendj on 28/7/2011 at 15:57

since you are flying you don't have a lot of lost time to catch up with.
Itinerary sounds reasonable as you have enough time for each place you visit.

Although money doesn't matter since you're flying, you are missing out a few beautiful places in between your trip.
If you have some more time left I'd suggest to visit some places in between.
good itinerary and good time schedule!

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Posted by SBE on 28/7/2011 at 18:02

If money is no object (you say you're flying everywhere) then you might as well go and see Luang Prabang rather than spending your entire time in Laos in Vientiane. LP is a World Heritage site after all and the number one tourist attraction in the country.

Same thing with Cambodia... why spend longer in Phnom Penh than Siem Reap ? I'd suggest cutting down the days in PP and adding them to SR. What airline are you using between Siem Reap and Phnom Penh BTW? The bus between these two towns would be a lot cheaper and it would give you a brief glimpse of the country (or you could use a private taxi).

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Posted by Thomas922 on 30/7/2011 at 05:11

I see SBE's points. I was wondering about adding a day to Bangkok. People treat is as a stopover and miss so much. For me that is a huge mistake but I am a city person.

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Posted by Archmichael on 30/7/2011 at 08:22

I agree with SBE. Rather than all those nights in Vientiene, I'd split them between VTE & Luang Prabang.

As for Phnom Penh vs. Siem Reap, I like both (for different reasons), so can't get in the middle of a choice there. I do think, though, that at least one bus ride in Cambodia is highly recommended. SR > PP is your opportunity. And hey, meals are included. On PP Sorya, anyway, which would be my choice for bus line.

Happy travels!

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Posted by Archmichael on 30/7/2011 at 08:22

I agree with SBE. Rather than all those nights in Vientiene, I'd split them between VTE & Luang Prabang.

As for Phnom Penh vs. Siem Reap, I like both (for different reasons), so can't get in the middle of a choice there. I do think, though, that at least one bus ride in Cambodia is highly recommended. SR > PP is your opportunity. And hey, meals are included. On PP Sorya, anyway, which would be my choice for bus line.

Happy travels!

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Posted by travellingsarah on 30/7/2011 at 14:11 TF writer

Posted from within Vietnam.

Nice, reasonably relaxed itinerary, but agree with all above: go to LP and move a day from PP to SR. I really liked the bus trip from PP to SR despite the bumping up and down - great views of the landscape and local life. I'd also suggest maybe a train journey between Hanoi and Hue (or Bangkok and Chiang Mai), just for the experience.

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Posted by MADMAC on 30/7/2011 at 18:01

I agree with Thomas here. If it's your first time in Bangkok, it needs more time than a couple of days unless you hate cities (Bangkok being a mega city). There's a ton to see and do there, and any kind of hobby or interest you have might well be represented there as well and worth checking out.

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Posted by tyson on 17/8/2011 at 12:55

thanks so much for all your advice
we have decided that we will also visit luang prabang and also be catching a bus between phnom penh and siem reap and catching a train between bangkok and chang mai

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Posted by Rasheeed on 17/8/2011 at 13:52

I like the pace. Don't add more places...

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