My boyfriend and I are going to Siem Reap for a wedding, and want to do as much as possible in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam in 14 days before the wedding. Ambitious I know. We're looking for suggestions of "must sees" in these 3 countries and how long we should spend at each. Ankor Wat and Siem Reap are obviously included in our itinerary. We're a bit clueless for the rest although I'd love to see Hanoi and Halong Bay. He also wants to do a 3-day trek somewhere if possible. Any ideas?
#1 sjanzen has been a member since 22/5/2009. Posts: 1
I note you say "We're a bit clueless...". That means you may be inundated with all sorts of ideas. And, while every idea will have merit, it may not suit your time/budget/preferences.
My personal view is that to comprehend the scale of the Angkorian temples at Siem Reap, one needs at least 4 nights. However, people go for one day and are (apparently) satisfied.
You don't say when you are going, so we don't know whether Halong Bay will be beautiful or closed due to a monsoon.
But, if you are going at an OK time, and you want to 'see' Hanoi (and hopefully also 'experience' the place, then perhaps combine all three options in that area:
Hanoi (you suggest time)
Halong Bay - 3 days: am bus to boat, overnight on boat, next day kayaking, etc/overnight on boat/ return to Hanoi,
Sapa - trekking: on sleeper train to Lao Cai , am to Sapa, afternoon in Sapa, on Sapa next day organised trek in/around ethnic hilltribe areas/ rtn Sapa, to Lao Cai for overnight sleeper train to Hanoi.
next day, fly to Siem Reap.
This will give you a 'taste' of some of the various options that SE Asia has to offer
Just some ideas to mull over.