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18 Day trip Laos/Cambodia/ Thailand short but all the time I have !!

Posted by bobjim on 10/9/2008 at 06:02

Hi All

Need some help with my Scheduele....

- I arrive in Bangkok at - 19.30 GMt 26th September Friday. Looking for best way to get to Luang Prabang from Bangkok (Is it worth taking a train for the views? or just jump on a plane if there are any at this time?)

- From Luang Prabang I would like to take a boat trip to Vientiane. (Has anybody got a good recomendation?)

- From Vientiane I would like to get to Cambodia Siem Reap (laos Airlines web page wont do bookings at the moment can I wait till I am at the airport?)

- Then from Siem Reap - Koh Tao(for Diving)Would like to get the train does anyone know the aprox time it would take? and any stops worth taking on the way down to brake the trip up

Thanks for any help ..

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Posted by somtam2000 on 10/9/2008 at 08:23 admin

Hi Steve,

Well the quickest way is to fly. To do it overland you're looking at at least two days of travel as you'll need to overnight in Vientiane . The train trip to Nong Khai on the Thai border is a nice one though, so if you've got time, it's a good option.

Daily passenger boats no longer do this route, though a post by somsai in another thread said there is a weekly boat doing this run. Assuming you can get that, the boat trip takes two days.

I'd fly it, perhaps look into booking the ticket when you arrive in Luang Prabang (assuming you've got some flexibility).

You can take the train from the Khmer border to Bangkok and then onwards south to Chumphon for the boat out to Ko Tao -- note there are problems with the southern Thai train system at the moment, so you may need to look into alternative options. Loads of places to break it up -- depends on your interests really.

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Posted by bobjim on 10/9/2008 at 08:40

Thanks for your info..
So which is the most scenic boat trip on the mekong river and which is the best direction to go (Not sure which way it is flowing haha)

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