We are two guys traveling from Bangkok to Cambodia and then to Vietnam and we have only 24 days to do it. (17th of March - 10th of April)
So my question is, what route do you recommend for us to travel and what places are a must to see along the way to our last destination which is Hanoi(We plan to fly from there back to Bangkok).
Our interest are culture, beaches, food and of course a little bit of partying and we are backpacking so it would be on a budget.
IÂ´ve been using Google a lot, and this page of course and I just need a little help here because IÂ´m a little lost, especially about the route to go!
No places are a must see. So if you like say caves or kayaking then look up where is the best places to go.
What is culture? If you want Thai culture then learn the language and talk to the locals.
#2 LeonardCohen1 has been a member since 24/7/2012. Posts: 2,148
Of course there are quite a few ways to go. This is just one possibility ...
- Go from Bangkok by train or bus to Aranayaprathet, and from there to Siem Reap if you want to see Angkor.
- From Siem Reap you could head south to Phnom Penh by bus or boat.
- From PP go south to Sihanoukville, or Kampot, for the coast and beaches/islands you might want to hang-out on for a bit.
- Cross into S. Vietnam and then work your way north to Hanoi. Plenty to see and do along the way.
If you're really into the beaches and want to spend more time on a few, then consider skipping Siem Reap and Phnom Penh and heading to the islands in the Trat Provice of Thailand, spend some time in that area on one of the islands or mainland beaches, then enter Cambodia through Had Lek/Koh Kong, about 70 km from Trat and hit some of the Cambodian islands/beaches.
Make sure you've got your Vietnamese visa before you get to the border.
As for places where you should definitely check-out and how long to stay in each, I suggest you do a bit more research on this site, or buy a guidebook on the region and see what's there that interests you.