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Advice about the weather and the four countries

Posted by RachelW on 18/11/2009 at 18:53


Am planning on going to travel the "four countries" from March next year for 6 months.

I had orginally planned to get a flight into Bangkok (because the flights are cheapest!) then go through Laos for a month (April), Vietnam for 2 months (May- June), Cambodia for a month (July), and then the around August spend the rest of the time doing the Thai Islands.

But having looked at the weather it wil be scoring hot in Laos and raining in Cambodia!. Then I thought i could do it the other way and go through Cambodia up Vietnam then to Laos. But it will be boiling in Cambodia in April too.

Has anyone got any suggestions on how to do it, i really wanted to do it in a circuit so I wouldn't be going back on myself at all.

Thanks very much for your help!

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Posted by somtam2000 on 19/11/2009 at 10:10 admin

Hi Rachel,

You'll hit the heat regardless of which way you go!

If you want to see the Cambodian beaches, then I'd go there before Vietnam rather than after as by July the coastal weather there can be pretty awful.

Laos isn't bad in the wet -- slower going, but the rivers are higher and more spectacular. so my advice would be to do it counter-clockwise -- ie Thailand Cambodia Vietnam Laos Thailand.

August on the east coast of Ko Tao is brilliant.

Have fun!

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Posted by scottyheather on 30/11/2009 at 14:44

My neighbour just returned from Cambodia last week (mid November) and he said that it was 40degC while he was there working. Six of their staff (construction) collapsed with heat exhaustion. However, the staff who were working in northern Laos and Vietnam had to go out and buy jackets as it was so cold. Weird.....

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