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Itinerary help please!

Posted by Lori on 13/8/2013 at 16:25

Hi I am travelling for 6 months starting in march 2014.
Starting off in Beijing to Hong Kong then onto Vietnam /Cambodia /Laos
I will be teaching in Thailand for 2 months and with a 90 day visa I want to spend one week in Thailand before I start teaching and the remaining time after I finish.
So am looking for advice as to where to start ..
If I start in Vietnam in Hanoi and go south then into Cambodia then through Laos ?
Then into northern Thailand before I head down south for teaching
Would this be a good route?

Sorry it a bit long winded!

Thanks in advance


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Posted by somtam2000 on 14/8/2013 at 22:57 admin

Hi Lori,

Yes that sounds like a sensible route. There are some suggested itineraries here which may be a good starting point.

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Posted by Lori on 15/8/2013 at 04:59

Thank you!

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Posted by caseyprich on 15/8/2013 at 18:44

You've given yourself a lot of time as it seems you've got 5 2/3 months for Vietnam, Cambodia & Laos. Of course, part of that is BJ & HK - I'm wondering if you're just flying from BJ to HK or will you be going overland there as well? You can get some very comfortable trains that can be much more convenient (station wise) than flying if you are thinking of stopping in Shanghai first. With the time you have I'd even say you could take a detour to more historical locations like Nanjing or Hangzhou before heading down to HK - and I'd probably recommend a stop at either Huangshan (Yellow Mountain) or Guilin/Yangshuo. I'm assuming you'll fly from HK to Hanoi rather than go overland?

Anyway - some thoughts are here if you're interested:

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Posted by mftwanderer on 15/8/2013 at 23:16

Sounds like a pretty logical route... although it depends what parts of Laos you want to see.

Alternative would be to cut through Cambodia and then do Northern Thailand before heading on into Northen Laos before coming back down towards Thailand through Vientiane. This would mean much less time on painfully slow transport in Laos.

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Posted by Lori on 16/8/2013 at 04:30

Thanks for all the info!

Caseyprich - I am thinking of doing a tour in China which goes from Beijing to Hong Kong which takes in most of the places you have mentioned. I have been to Thailand solo before but I wouldn't be confident in China solo..
As I have a 6 month trip .. I thought this might be a good way to start!.. though maybe I am wimping out! :)

@mftwanderer - I haven't really decided on what parts yet and how to split the time.
I have 3 months for china/Vietnam/Cambodia/laos but if I am trying not to travel through Thailand till the end because I don't want my visa to run out... I know the 90 days will start as soon as I enter Thailand.. am I right with that?

Thanks to you all for your help


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Posted by Lori on 16/8/2013 at 04:31

@ caseyprinch yes I will be flying from Hong kong to Hanoi

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Posted by chinarocks on 16/8/2013 at 05:10


I would advise you not to do a tour in China. It's not as daunting as it may seem. English is spoken in all the big cities, hostels and some restaurants. A Mandarin phrasebook is invaluable as well as the ability to point in restauants! When booking train tickets etc, you can get the staff in your hostel to write out what you want and then hand it to the ticket attendant in the train station.

Even in off the beaten path places, a smile goes a long way. People are generally very friendly and, as I said above, with a good phrasebook it is very possible to get by. I hate the idea of tours in general but I think a tour would particularly spoil the magic of China, as, for me, all the best places are in the countryside and would not necessarily be covered in a tour.

If you go independently, don't overstretch yourself as it is simply an enormous country which not even a map can convey until you actually travel around it for a while.

Good luck whatever you do.

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Posted by mftwanderer on 17/8/2013 at 13:54

Are you talking about a work visa for Thailand? I believe that every time you enter Thailand you get a fresh 90 days of travel but not 100% sure on that!

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