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Posted by BeachFossils on 6/10/2012 at 05:59

Hi there,
My friend and I are looking to go backpacking through Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. We are both 18, and on a budget and have 1 month, Bangkok in, Bangkok out.
After some (not much) research, I have found a route i would like to take, along the coast from Bangkok, to Ko Chang, all the way to Ho Chi Minh, then back through Cambodia through Phnom Penh and Siem Reap.
I was just wondering if anyone had any general advice for finding hotels, attractions and connections, but specific advice would also be awesome!
Thanks in advance

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Posted by caseyprich on 6/10/2012 at 09:21

I've heard in the past that the border near Trat is a little more sketchy than the other borders. I don't think you'll have anything worse than an extra 20 USD charge to enter or something - but maybe search this and other online forums for more current advice on that crossing.

Finding hotels and what to do when you're there is really easy - there are people willing to take money to guide you around anywhere you find yourself. Some places like Ko Chang are pretty expansive, so it would be a good idea to know which beach you want to stay on so you can catch a ride directly there and don't end up staying somewhere that isn't to your style.

With just one month, and if it is your first time in Thailand and Bangkok, you may find yourself filling your time with Thailand and Cambodia. I say to keep that in mind, but the issue with Vietnam is that you need to arrange your visa before you try to cross - there is no VOA for overland, and even flying in requires a pre-approval letter. Just as a thought, you could then take your time in Cambodia and if you had extra time to get back into Thailand maybe check out some of the towns around BKK or head up to Chiang Mai for a few nights. That said, Vietnam is great and if you do just hurry through a few spots you're schedule is do-able.

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Posted by thaiXplorer on 6/10/2012 at 13:48

hi kids

thailand+cambodia+vietnam along the beach
best to china - in 1 month - kidding?
best would be from airport to Pattaya(direct bus)
2 days party-then to Trat - Ko Chang
and from trat have boat to
Sihanoukville Beachesin cambodia - look for road
to Phnom Phen, Battambang, Ancor Wat, Thani(20h trip),vietiene(Laos)or
Chiang Mai(commercial-but PAI is nice)-and back to BKK
(all'bout1500km trail )and last stay on Kao San Rd.

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Posted by BeachFossils on 8/10/2012 at 02:31

Thanks for the replies!
@caseyprich Thanks for the heads up, will definitely check it out. Yeah, will have to look into some of the hotels in the key spots. Yeah, Vietnam might be somewhat of a pain, but we're meeting a friend their, so it's probably worth it, but yeah, definitely considering Chiang Mai and Bangkok surrounds if we have time.
@thaiXplorer Sounds like a good route, would definitely have to consider parts of it, could you maybe link me the boat you mentioned if you can find it online?
Cheers for the advice guys

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