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Posted by debbierey on 6/11/2016 at 11:45

My husband and I are travelling to SEA late December to late February. We fly into Bankok and stay for 2 days and then fly to Siem Reap for 3 or more days. From there we really haven't planned an itinerary but want to go to Laos, North Vietnam (spent 4 weeks in Vietnam but didn't make it to Sapa or Halong Bay) and possibly Malasia and Indonesia, also more time in Thailand. We're in our 60's and are back packing and staying at low to moderate level hotels and enjoy everything from beaches, biking/hiking, culture, diving/snorkeling, etc. (we also both have motorcycle licenses). We know it's colder in North Vietnam in the winter so had planned to head north later in our trip. We will be travelling mostly by air but will likely travel by boat and bus as well. Any suggestions for an itinerary once we're in Siem Reap. Much appreciated.

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Posted by somtam2000 on 9/11/2016 at 18:50 admin


First thought is from Siem Reap you can either fly direct up to Laos (into Vientiane or Luang Prabang ) or go from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh and then north, overland through say Kratie and Stung Treng into southern Laos at 4,000 islands (so Don Khon and Don Dhet then up to Champasak and then Pakse and then fly domestically up to Vientiane.

You could easily lose two weeks doing this. You could also continue north overland from Pakse, spending another week (or so) in the south before getting to Vientiane.

So there is that.

Once in Vientiane, you could easily spend a week to ten days in Vientiane, Vang Vieng and Luang Prabang – or even longer if you like Luang Prabang and then fly to Hanoi.

Give northern Vietnam perhaps two weeks - so Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, Sapa and perhaps a side trip to Mai Chau or something like that. There is also Cuc Phuong National Park...

So depending on what you do in Cambodia and Laos you're already a month down.

You could then spend another two weeks in central Vietnam (so Hue Hoi An Da Nang and so on )or fly further down the coast - perhaps to Nha Trang or even Saigon and spend another week (or so) around there.

I think Indonesia would be a push, but you could certainly get a cheap flight from Saigon to Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia and from there perhaps head to Taman Negara National Park or Penang or the Cameron Highlands - plenty of options.

Hope that helps. More questions, ask away.


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Posted by Bxmas on 10/11/2016 at 04:32

From Siem Riep, you can take a direct flight (about 1h) or bus (about 11-12h) to go to Ho Chi Minh city and can stay here 2, 3 nights. You continue your trip in the South of Vietnam with some highlights such as : Phu Quoc, Nha Trang, Da Lat. You can add some destinations (Hue, Da Nang, Hoi An..) in the Central to your trip plan before heading the North.

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Posted by debbierey on 10/11/2016 at 10:06

Thank-you for the suggestions! We plan on heading north to Vietnam after seeing the sights in Siam Reap. We've already spent 4 weeks in Vietnam on a previous trip so just plan on hitting Halong Bay and some northern parts of Vietnam...we've decided to skip Sapa. From there we plan to make our way South hitting the highlights in Northern Laos and Cambodia and perhaps a few days floating down the Mekong. I think southern Thailand will be another trip. We plan on hiring a guide in some of these places...any tips/suggestions about guides? Thank-you.

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