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Posted by kate78 on 11/2/2006 at 19:48

Hi everyone

I'm in the middle planning a trip for next January. My original plan was to fly to Bangkok and spend time in Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam.

I'm planning on spending 6 weeks altogether in Asia, before travelling to Australia. I want to spend about 10 days - 2 weeks bumming around on a beach somewhere, so was looking at 4 weeks travelling. After reading another post, I've found that I'm probably not going to be able to fit all 4 countries into the 4 weeks, so should I leave out Thailand or Vietnam? My new itinerary was to leave out Vietnam, but I really want to go there!

I'm going to have about £1000 (US$1500) for my Asia experience.... that is to include all travel, accommodation and any trips I do. I'm also a very, very fussy eater, so probably wouldn't be eating really cheap meals!

Any advice would be great!

#1 kate78 has been a member since 11/2/2006. Posts: 1

Posted by iwillfly525 on 13/2/2006 at 09:20

i think you can do all 4 countries in 4 weeks. or at least the way i travel, i could/have. but i only sleep about 4 hours a night and am always on the go. i know a lot of people don't like to travel that way. if you are going to cut one. i would suggest cutting vietnam. i didn't care for it all that much. i liked southern vietnam a lot better than nothern (expect halong bay was awasome). i loved thailand and cambodia. im going to laos in may for the first time.

as for food, i'm also very, vey fussy. i tend to take granola bars with me and i can live off of those for a few weeks (take whole grain ones, they give you lots of energy and the choclate ones melt). i didnt eat any local food the entire time i was nothern vietnam (i had trouble finding food without meat, but in southern vietnam vegie food was everywhere. maybe i just wasn't in the right places in the north) if you sick to the "backpacing roads" in thailand and cambodia you will be able to find westeren food that is good without any problems.

i hope that helped.

#2 iwillfly525 has been a member since 13/2/2006. Location: United States. Posts: 50

Posted by Merlot on 13/2/2006 at 18:44

2 years ago I did Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia in 6 weeks, but I did not 'do' the beaches because I can do that in other less interesting places. From Bangkok I took train to Chang Mai and spent a few days there doing hill trek and cookery course! (If you stay in budget self-catering you can get good fruit and veg and cook for yourself - good advice about granola bars - I also had a jar of Vegemite! The food was great for me in all 4 countries but I like most Asian food.) Take the boat from Thailand to Luang Prabang and allow plenty of time for Laos - it's wonderful and I am going back next month! I spent too long in Vietnam and therefore ran out of time in Cambodia, only managing to see the temples in Siem Reap. (A must!) I agree with iwillfly525 - Vietnam was my least favourite and apart from Halong Bay, I did not like the north - I would advise you to do the beaches at the end (they have great ones in Cambodia apparently but I did not make it) and have a really flexible itinerary so that you can stay somewhere if you love it - as I did in Luang Prabang - for a week! I spent £1000 in 6 weeks including a few flights when I ran out of time but you can save on that travelling by road. Guest houses are cheap, particularly in Laos. I never had to stay in a dorm - I could always find a cheap, clean room. Whatever you do and wherever you go - you will love it! I am now teaching in China so that I can travel to these countries again (except Vietnam - don't need to return there!)

#3 Merlot has been a member since 12/2/2006. Posts: 2

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