My partner and I are planning an overland tripstarting this October in Hanoi .The route we hope to take is Hanoi to HCMC (about 5 weeks), cross into Cambodia and travelaround the whole country for about 3 weeks, cross over the Laos border and travelnorth through Laos for about 3 weeks, then cross over into Northern Thailand and headsouth through the country with hopefully enough time to get right down to Singapore beforereturning home from Kuala Lumpur.
We plan to backpack, staying mostly in hostels andguest houses (maybe splurging towards the end of the trip if the budgetpermits)
What advice I am looking for is:
Must see places/activities
Places to Avoid
Advice on border crossings and visas (i'm particularlyworried about the Cambodia/Laos crossing, and also the news that Enteringoverland into Thailand now only allows a 15 day visa?)
Is this route a good way to see the region? Mostpeople seem to do Laos North to South but I want to avid backtracking.
Money and currency exchanging.
Budget recommendations/ how much do we need?
Really any advice or recommendations would be greatly appreciated!!
#1 liddyb has been a member since 25/6/2012. Posts: 2
"Advice on border crossings and visas (i'm particularlyworried about the Cambodia/Laos crossing, and also the news that Enteringoverland into Thailand now only allows a 15 day visa?)"
No need to worry about the Cambodia/Laos crossing. Get a bus or van to the border, 30-day visa on arrival costs $USD30-42 depending on your nationality, then keep going to the 4000 Islands or Pakse. Entering Thailand without a visa by land you only get 15 days (visa exemption) so get a tourist visa at the Thai consulate in Vientiane, then you will get a 60-day entry extendable 30 more days at Thai immigration.
Thank you so much for your advice! Didn't realise you can get the visa in Vientiane. Is it an easy process and how many days will that take?
Thanks again :)
#3 liddyb has been a member since 25/6/2012. Posts: 2
I can't help on the visa in Vientiane query but I'm sure someone else can. The Vietnam to Cambodia visa is easy too - whether traveling by boat or bus the driver / guide sorts it all out for you and you just need to go and collect your passport and smile. I'm not sure exactly how much it is now though - $20 or $25 I think.
The route you're taking is exactly the route we planned to take. However, we changed our plan when we got to Cambodia as we hit rainy season and were in need of sunshine, so we headed straight to the South of Thailand instead. Didn't get much sunshine there either though! Anyway, your route makes sense.
Lots of threads on here about budget - $30 a day would probably do you though.