Just barely doable in 3 weeks, assuming you want to actually spend time (couple days each) in these places. Good to fly straight up to Chiang Mai and also Luang Prabang to Pakse. 4000 Islands to Siem Reap by bus in one day is quite a stretch, but still doable. However Siem Reap to Tonsay probably isn't. It's a long way and your bus will probably stop in Phnom Penh and you'll be lucky to make Kampot or Kep same day. So assuming you'll spend 2 no-travel days each in places like Chiang Mai, Luang Prabang, etc. it comes out to... yep, about 21 days.
#2Captain_Bob has been a member since 27/5/2006. Location: Thailand. Posts: 1,958
Posted by joyjasp on 16/2/2016 at 08:55
thank you so much for taking your time to help me out here!
sounds like we'd have to kind of rush our way threw everything..So would you say flying Luang Prabang to Siem Reap instead of Pakse would be a better idea? its about the same price but we'd have to skip 4000 islands..Not sure about 4000 islands anyways, seems like some people love it, some people dont really care too much about it..what do you think?
#3joyjasp has been a member since 16/2/2016. Posts: 2
A few ways to cut out a destination or two. Flying Bangkok - Luang Prabang OR flying Luang Prabang - Siem Reap OR skipping Tonsay and going Siem Reap by air or road to Bangkok would each free up 3-5 days and allow you to maybe feel less rushed.
What you choose to skip is really a matter of opinion. I really enjoyed the 4000 islands, especially Don Kong as it is big and relatively non-touristy, but for example you can still capture a "life on the Mekong" vibe around Luang Prabang. In dry season when the river is at its lowest large sand banks emerge and locals set up temporary beach bars, restaurants, etc. and you can do one-day boat trips to caves and villages. Also you will have just come off 2 days of slowboat. Maybe consider how much time you would invest in getting to each place vs. the amount of time and enjoyment there.
#4Captain_Bob has been a member since 27/5/2006. Location: Thailand. Posts: 1,958
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