I've booked 4 weeks off work in November and I'm planning on a solo trip in SE Asia. I'm not experienced in backpacking or SE Asia and I realize it may be a massive challenge. I've drafted the following itinerary:
Hanoi (2-3 days)
Sapa (2 days)
Halong Bay (2 days)
Flight to Siem Reap
Angkor & Siem (3 days)
Battambang (2-3 days)
Phnom Phenh (2 days)
Another couple of days doing whatever comes to mind
Heading to the border with Vietnam
Phu Quoc (4-5 days?)
Can Tho area (1-2 days)
HCMC (2 days)
I know it's doable but will I be able to enjoy it or do you reckon it may be too intense for an inexperienced traveler?
Any comments/suggestions will be appreciated.
#1 monikaki has been a member since 29/4/2012. Posts: 1
Even for inexperienced backpacker, it's a fair bit of moving around, but it's do-able if you're happy to be on the move every day. By that, I mean you'll be travelling every 2-3 days or so, and the days in between you'll be on the move trying to see as many sights as you at each destination. I know that when you have limited time, you want to squeeze in as much as you can - but be aware that you have very little time to just relax, absorb and enjoy!
In Cambodia, I would suggest skipping Battambang. I haven't been there (yet!), and am a bit bummed that I missed it out on my last trip, but logistically, you will spend a large amount of time getting there/back. I'd add the extra days to somewhere else (possibly the Vietnam section).
In terms of 'intensity' for a new traveller, I think you will be fine. You're sticking to paths well-travelled, transport within each country will be easy to organise and tourists are well-catered for.