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Itinerary Ideas

Posted by arenalk on 8/6/2013 at 13:16


I've found Travelfish to be incredibly helpful in planning my trip so a big thank you first. I've just discovered this section and wanted to get people's views on my itinerary. I'm arriving in/leaving from Hanoi and I have about 7 weeks to travel.

Arrive in Hanoi
2 nights Hanoi
Night train to Hue
2 days Hue
travel day to Hoi An
2 days Hoi An
travel day to Saigon (fly?)
3 days HCMC
travel day
2 Days Mekong Delta
travel day
2 Days Phnom Penh
travel day
3 Days Siem Reap
travel day
4 days some Thailand Beach - I thinking Bang Saphan/Ban Krut Easily accessible, low-key and good reviews
travel day
3 days Bangkok
travel day
3 days Chiang Mai
1-2 travel days (slow boat?)
2 days Luang Prabang
travel day
2 days Vientiane
travel fly (definite fly)
3 days Sapa
1 day Hanoi
1 day Halong Bay
1 day Hanoi

As I've thought more about it and looked at others' itinerary, I think it might be a little rushed. I'm also not sure when I'll get to SE Asia next so there is that consideration. Some cuts I've been thinking about making: skipping Hue, doing a daytrip to Mekong Delta instead (very likely), skipping the beach in Thailand, skipping Sapa. A little bit about myself: 27 yo female. I like culture, scenery, and history and have put my partying days behind me. I'm not a huge beach person (hence why I'm okay with cutting out the beach) and am more interested in day hikes/light exploring than long treks. I'm not sure if itinerary is more trekking orientated with both Chiang Mai and Sapa.

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Posted by Tilapia on 12/6/2013 at 07:25


If you're only giving yourself less than 2 weeks in Thailand you might want to consider going to one of the beaches or islands that are more on-the-way to Bangkok from Siem Reap. The Trat province has several decent islands and mainland beaches, and there's Koh Samet, as well as Koh Si Chang. You're going to spend (waste) a lot of time traveling to and from Bang Saphan/Ban Krut ... no way you'll make it to that area on your Travel Day. You'll be looking at the better part of two full days if you're traveling overland.

Cambodia has a good selection of islands and beaches, as well, that you could choose from before heading off to Bangkok.

I'm not a beach person either, but if you, like me, are into "scenery" you'll find that the scenery on the beaches and islands can be quite stunning. I found that Koh Wai was a great island for chilling out on. Lovely spot and good for walking around on. Great for a few days, anyway, and you can leave there in the morning and be in Bangkok later that same afternoon.

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Posted by arenalk on 12/6/2013 at 23:03

Posted from within Vietnam.

Thanks for the reply, Tilapia and your thoughtful suggestions.
I am thinking of flying into Bangkok from Siem Reap since with my current itinerary I have 14 days in Thailand and I might extend the amount of time I spent in country (I have additional unplanned days) so I am thinking the 30 day flight exemption would be useful. That is why I originally counted out the islands/beach in the part of Thailand closer to Cambodia. I was very intrigued by Koh Samet. If I got an early morning flight from Siem Reap and then took a train south the same day - would it be doable to get to Bang saphan/ban krut? After reading about it, I have seemed to have gotten my heart set on those places. Not the best plan though when it might take 2 days to get there.

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Posted by LeonardCohen1 on 13/6/2013 at 10:23

2-3 days is very little time to see a place. I bank on 3,5,7 days. Much more enjoyable that way.

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Posted by Tilapia on 13/6/2013 at 16:22

Hi arenalk,

If you got an early morning flight into Bangkok, you could probably get the 1:00 pm train south which would, theoretically, drop you off at Ban Krut Railway Station at around 7:30 pm, or Bang Saphan Yai about 15-20 minutes later.

You might want to hop off in Prachuap Khiri Khan and spend a night there, then head south to one of the other two spots the next morning. Probably easier to get a place to stay for the night in a larger town like PKK after the sun has dropped. You might even want to hang-out there for a bit. It's a great town.

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