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Posted by jsdagger on 19/4/2006 at 16:54


I am a well travelled 28 year old and looking to take a short 25 day break into Indochina. I plan to fly into Bangkok and then take in the highlights of Cambodia and squeeze in a breath of Vietnam before heading to chill on Ko Chang for a few days before a reluctant return to Bangkok. I have investigated numerous options but am not convinced I can fit in all the highlights I want with the routes I have compiled. I am seeking a second opinion

My highlights would include :

Siem Reap
Angor and the surrounding ruins
Phnom Penh
Bokor Hill St

Halong bay
Mekong Delta

Ko Chang

If I am going to Ko Chang and Hanoi would it be advisable to drop Kampot, Sihanoukville and Bokor Hill St. as these could be deemed comparable experiences on such a short visit?

My preference in order would be to finish with the awesome sights on Angkor followed by the delights of Ko Chang before Bangkok. Other than that I am free to experiment.

I am not restricted by budget so any ideas ?

Thanks a lot

#1 jsdagger has been a member since 26/3/2006. Posts: 2

Posted by somtam2000 on 19/4/2006 at 19:33 admin

Hi jsdagger,

Welcome to Travelfish!

The easiest itineraries are those not restricted by budget!

I'd suggest something like this:
Bangkok -> Hanoi (fly with AirAsia)
Hanoi -> Ha Long Bay side trip
Hanoi -> Saigon (you can fly this, or take the train -- it you take the train I'd suggest breaking the trip somewhere -- perhaps Da Nang with a side trip to Hoi An)
Saigon -> Can Tho then onto Chau Doc -- both these give a good Delta fix
From Chau Doc, take the boat upriver to Phnom Penh.

As you're going to Ko Chang, I'd skip Sanookyville, but still see Kampot & Bokor), so do a side trip down there and back (allow two nights)

Back to Phnom Penh, then bus or boat to Siem Reap (or fly if you want)

Then overland via the Poipet crossing to Chanthaburi, Trat and Ko Chang.

Then back to Bangkok and out.

You could easily do that in your trip time -- particularly if you fly Hanoi to Saigon -- Vietnam is long and thin -- land transport takes a long time!

#2 somtam2000 has been a member since 21/1/2004. Location: Indonesia. Posts: 8,090

Posted by jsdagger on 19/4/2006 at 21:04

Cheers for that advice, very much appreciated.

It's almost a carbon copy of the draft journey I had planned but originally I was going to take the Sihanoukville - Trat - Ko Ghang route as I heard the Poipet crossing was 'the long way around' ?

Your point is valid. As I will be on Ko Chang for a few days chilling, there is less of a need to visit Sihanoukville.

The Air Asia flights seem very cheap. Their website states the one way flight from Bangkok to Hanoi as on 1650 THB (about $44) is this just great value. The flights from Hanoi to Saigon are 1,500,000 VND (about $93) with Vietnam airlines or pacific airlines. Is this the way to go ?

#3 jsdagger has been a member since 26/3/2006. Posts: 2

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