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Posted by aim88 on 27/10/2013 at 13:54

Hi guys, am heading off on my travels round SE asia in jan 2014 for a ten week career break on my own (solo female)and just wanted some advice on whether this itinery is ok for a solo female?I am 30 so not a party animal but would like to still socialise and meet other travellers, but also like a bit of time to myself.

Fly into BKK 16th Jan

BKK- 3 nights
Ko Chang 6 nights
BUS to siem reap from ko chang- cross border
siem reap for five nights
Pnomh penh five nights
sihanoukville 5 nights
kampot 3 nights
Ho chi minh five nights- mekong homestay
Nah Trang 3 nights
Hoi An- five nights
Hanoi - halong bay four nights
Fly Hanoi to KL
KL for 2 nights
Fly KL to Medan
Medan to bukit lawang for five nights
back to medan and fly to jakarta
jakarta 2 nights
fly jakarta to bali
seminyak 2 nights
ubud- five nights
Gili Istands- 7 nights
Back to BKK

Is this too much?is there an easier way of getting to bukit lawang?I do really want to see the orangutangs so hoping this is ok!
Any advice would be appreciated, thank you!

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Posted by Geer1 on 27/10/2013 at 14:13

I don't know that you will want to spend 5 nights in Phnom Penh. Imo it isn't that nice of a city and have met others that aren't a huge fan either. There are people that say it is nice though so I guess it depends on the person. For me I would spend 2 max 3 days there, Tuol Sleng, Killing Fields, national museum are my main attractions there.

Many people consider Sihanoukville to be seedy. If you don't like it can go to one of the nearby islands instead though.

Some long days travelling in Vietnam with that itinerary. Nha Trang is decent enough for beach time but I would consider skipping and flying to Da Nang instead as it eliminates 2 long days/nights of travel and the flights are reasonable. I would then break up the travel more in northern Vietnam by stopping in Hue(citadel and tombs) and Dong Hoi(paradise cave).

I can't help with the Indonesia side of things but other then what I just mentioned the itinerary looks decent. Lots of time so won't be rushed anywhere and you are stopping at most of the main places along the way.

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Posted by miriam123 on 1/11/2013 at 07:47

Hi aim88,
Im currently in Asia and have been to some of the places in your itinerary recently, I would say dont plan to much because it would be a miracle if it went the way you plan it. You will like some places and stay for longer than planed and the same with places that you dont like so much. I think that compared to other beaches on your itinerary you might be disappointed with Nha Trang beach although the sleeper train in Vietnam are really easy and hardly ever/never fully booked, so you could get off the train just for 1 night if you didn't like it. Also 4 nights in Halong Bay is a long time or are you planning to go to Cat Ba island or Halong City.
But I think dont plan so much, dont stress.

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Posted by somtam2000 on 1/11/2013 at 08:01 admin

Coupla thoughts:

a) Agree with miriam123, I'd skip Nha Trang .
b) Agree with Geer1, 5 nights in Phnom Penh seems like a lot.

I'd cut back Phnom Penh to 2 nights and cut Nha Trang totally and give the extra 5 nights to Bali. There's a lot more to it than Seminyak and Ubud -- both of which are heavily touristed. You seem fairly beach focussed, perhaps a stint down on Balangan Beach on the Bukit Peninsula would fir the bill.

Also bear in mind that January is Bali wet season, so won't be sunshine the whole time.


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Posted by aim88 on 2/11/2013 at 10:26

Thanks so much for your replys...some handy info there. I am only booking my thailand stops so after that I can just see how I go, I will probably do a shorter stop in pnomh penh then and head down to either battambang or sihanoukville. Has anyone been to koh rong island and know if its any good?I have been a bit put off hearing about the sandflys!I think if I dont like sihanoukville I will head for kampot and then have longer time in vietnam...if I dont stop in nah trang can anyone recommend somewhere worth going to after ho chi minh?it seems that there is more to see up the north of vietnam but I think the weather is going to be a bit rubbish that time of year (feb).

Thank you

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Posted by Geer1 on 2/11/2013 at 11:06

I have talked to people that enjoyed Koh Rong.

Alternatively like you say can head to Kampot and also see Kep and Koh Tonsay which are both decent as well. I really liked Koh Tonsay although it is a very small simple island.

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Posted by brentwise on 4/11/2013 at 20:58

Thanks for the nice sharing.It's good to see if anybody gives some nice information.

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