Got a rough plan for 2 months (64 days) in SE Asia and wanted some guidance and advice on my itinerary. Too little time?...etc.
Also better transport ideas?
London to Bangkok, arrive on 18th June evening.
4 days in Bangkok.
(22nd June) 10 day booked tour from Bangkok, through Cambodia finishing in HCMC in Vietnam.
2 weeks(too short???) travelling by train through Vietnam from HCMC to Hanoi. Stopping at Nha Trang, Hoi An, Hue, Ha Long Bay.
Hanoi to Vientiane by bus or pricey flight(???) 1 week in Laos from Vientiane to Luang Prabang via Vang Vieng.
Luang Prubang to Chang Mai (Bus is best???)
3 days in Chang Mai. Fly/bus (???) down to Phuket .
1 week on Phuket coast area/phi-phi and other islands.
Bus (???) and boat to Ko Samui/Ko Pha-ngan/Ko Toa for 1 week.
Bus/train (???) back to Bangkok for 21st August flight.
This rough plan gives me 9/10 days extra to allocate so I can stay somewhere longer if I like...etc.
Hi jcs, there are 2 similar posts in this same forum. Only difference are the duration.
A booked tour through Cambodia?
Two weeks to traverse Vietnam?
-skip Nah Trang, a couple of days in HCMC (3-4). . . fly to Da Nang (5-6 including Hue). . . explore the area . . . night train to Hanoi . . . explore the area (5 with Ha Long Bay).
You've got 2 months and that is a good bit of time - but I'd recommend rethinking your double archipelago at the end of the trip and consider picking just one of those sets of islands to spend more time with. Take 1/2 the time you save and apply it to either Vietnam or the very short time you've given yourself in Laos. Better yet - skip Laos and fly directly from Hanoi to Chiang Mai and use the time you save to explore either Vietnam or Northern Thailand more.
If I had two months, I'd probably stick to two countries, Cambodia/Vietnam or Laos/Thailand sort of thing.