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Travel Advice for SEAsia- Lay it on me straight

Posted by mjbrennan on 23/11/2012 at 10:12

In the spirit of being prepared, I was hoping that some seasoned travelers on this forum could provide constructive advice on my itinerary. I've booked pretty much everything except for my time in Cambodia and HCMC.

I'm looking for possible issues I haven't yet anticipated. I've been reading about scams at the Thailand/Cambodia border (Poipet) but I've found little info about the Chau Doc border. I'm looking for must-see attractions in these areas. I'm a foodie and I will be in pursuit of authentic cuisine everywhere.

Logistical concerns also welcomed.

Also is it easy to get a Vietnam visa in PNH? I am of US nationality.
Day 1

Arrive HKG at 8:30PM Dec 27

Ferry to Macau from HKIA

overnight in Macau

No idea what to do in Macau, not really into gambling.

Day 2

Spend day in Macau, catch late night flight to Chaing Mai from MFM

Day 3&4 in Chiang Mai

Rent car, scenic drives, wats

End of day 4 catch night train to BKK (already booked)

Day 5&6

New years in BKK (I'm slightly worried about this, any advice on where to be? I wouldn't mind celebrate safely...)

Day 7

Travel to Siem Reap train/bus overland

I booked a hotel near the train station in BKK. Will be catching the 0555 train to Cambodia.

Days 7-10

Angkor (SR) (week of Jan 2-5)

Night of Day 10

Take latest possible bus to Phnom Penh

Day 11

Phnom Penh/ killing fields etc.

Day 12

Catch 1200 ferry to Chau Doc

Day 13 Chau Doc to HCMC

Day 14

HCMC to Con Dao Islands

14-15 Con Dao

Booked mid-range

Day 16 SGN to HKG

Arrive HKG 1415

Day 16-17 in HKG

Day 18 11:10AM flight from HKG to ORD

#1 mjbrennan has been a member since 5/10/2012. Posts: 8

Posted by exacto on 24/11/2012 at 09:52


i think most of the seasoned travellers on this site would suggest not trying to do too much in the time you have. but since the trip is already booked, just relax and make the most of it.

when i visited macau, we did a day trip that toured the entire area. it included a park, and old church, a really cool chinese temple and shipping museum (with a model of the famous porteguese black ship), the old border crossing, a casino, and ended with a dinner in a revolving restaurant. it was a great day really. maybe you can book something similar.

one tip i hope may help you is to take small $US for your time in cambodia. maybe take something like 50 one-dollar bills to pay for small purchases and such. payments for lots of things, including visa on arrival and even angkor wat tickets are often in dollars, so it helps to have some extra $US cash on hand.

chiang mai has lots of great small temples scattered throughout the city, if you are interested in such things, and it makes for an enjoyable walking tour inside the old walls. good luck!

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Posted by mjbrennan on 26/11/2012 at 11:28

thanks for your response!

My biggest concern is getting to HCMC airport on the 9th for my 0555 flight. If I leave PP on the 7th, can I make it to HCMC on the 8th via Chau Doc to catch my flight the next morning?


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