A friend and I are traveling through Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos in July and August. We currently have our Vietnam itinerary planned, but we are pretty open to our travels in Laos and Cambodia. We will be flying into Luang Prabang from Hanoi but do not have any plans besides having to be in HCMC 12 days later.
We definitely want to see Luang Prabang, Siem Reap/Angkor Wat and Pnom Penh. Ideally we would visit Vientiane and either Vang Vieng or Sihanoukville as well but are very open to suggestions. We are willing to take/pay for flights as our time is limited.
Any suggestions that anyone has for a potential itinerary would be greatly appreciated!
#1 absher has been a member since 23/6/2010. Posts: 1
12 days will be tight since transport is slow, unless you plan on flying from Vientiane to Siem Reap . I would definitely recommend Vang Vieng if you are interested in tubing or checking out caves! I would spend at least 3 days in Luang Prabang, a day or two in Vang Vieng - depending on your interests, one day tubing, one day caving. Personally, Vientiane didn't impress me all that much, but I didn't spend much time there either (1/2 a day). I think 3 days in Siem Reap is good (2 days of temples, one day to explore the city/shop/relax) and 2-3 days in Phnom Penh. I pretty much did this itinerary in reverse direction in January except we also did Battambang (not a crucial place to see with limited time). It was a bit rushed, but amazing sites and well worth it. I didn't make it to Sihanoukville so can't comment on that.
We liked Sihanoukville. There are busy beaches and not so busy beaches so you have quite a lot of choices.The accommodation range is good, there is plenty to do, islands to visit and the nightlife is really good. Also, the locals tend to holiday there as well so there is a good mix of everyone.