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one month in sea, is my trip doable?

Posted by annu75 on 10/7/2007 at 05:39

i am planning a trip to bangkok then up to the north, over to hanoi, hue, hoi an, phnom penh, siem reap, kl and then over to the southern peninsula of thailand in 4weeks. is that somehow realisticly doable or is it obviously too much?

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Posted by somtam2000 on 10/7/2007 at 09:30 admin

Too much -- that's a week in each country. How are you planning on getting from northern Thailand to Hanoi? Likewise Hanoi to Phnom Penh is a good few days travel. In four weeks you could get three weeks in Thailand (covering north and south) and one week in Cambodia.

I'd suggest saving Vietnam for another trip.

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Posted by Jon_Mak_Mak on 12/7/2007 at 22:14

Good advise^ Spend a little time in Thailand to make the most of it. Cambodia is a good side trip from Thailand tho :)

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Posted by annu75 on 12/7/2007 at 22:44

and how about i just go and see bangkok for a couple of days fly to laos, see laos and then try to get over to vietnam, see hoi an, hue and hanoi, fly to cambodia see that country and go to southern thailand with one stop in kl for a night or so? is that still too much? sorry for annoying you guys...

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Posted by somtam2000 on 16/7/2007 at 09:29 admin

Well it is doable, but extremely rushed. Essentially you're seeing Bangkok, Luang Prabang, Hanoi, Hue, Hoi An, Saigon (transit to) Phnom Penh (transit to) Siem Reap, KL and then somewhere in southern Thaialnd -- I assume Phuket or Samui as they both have airports... I'm dizzy just thinking about it!

But yes it is possible.

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Posted by annu75 on 16/7/2007 at 09:44

you are right, i have to figure out something else. i just love bangkok, northern vietnam and angkor and i have never been to laos before...and unfortunately i only have 4weeks vacation...

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Posted by Guernseystu on 24/7/2007 at 01:07

You could spend the whole of those four weeks in Laos and still not see everything that you want to. Take it easy and break it up a bit, you want an excuse to come back to SEA time and again don't you?

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Posted by annu75 on 24/7/2007 at 07:34

honestly i don't have much vacation, therefore i do not know when i will be able to return to sea again. so that's why i wanted to see as much as possible but also not do the crazy jetsetting vacation. few days here a few there...

i don't know, what are the best places in laos to see? i am honestly not that into trekking...more into some cultural sightseeing...? thank you for all your suggestions...

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Posted by Guernseystu on 24/7/2007 at 15:05

For culture in Laos the obvious choice is Luang Prabang which has so many beautiful temples and quaint French architecture. Expect to pay a little more for accommodation here but it is well worth it. There is a fantastic waterfall nearby - Kuang Xi? If memory serves - and of course caves on the riverbank.

My favourite spots are Champasak which is so quiet and peaceful and great to explore by bike. Don't overlook the Cham temple about 8kms away. Si Phan Don is also a very nice place to stay but it can get crowded so you may need to look a bit further down river for quiet accommodation. Muang Ngoy up North is also a great place to stay, I like quiet places by the river - no pubs, no karaoke, fewer trashy tourists - and these, for me, are the pick of the bunch.

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Posted by Gorey on 25/7/2007 at 00:50

if you do plan to fly to several cities during your trip, check to see if flights are actually availble the days you will want to travel, daily flights arnt always available espescially outside of thailand.
i just finsihed 5 weeks in lao and thailand, and i hardly saw anything, took my two weeks just to do luang prabang - vientiane and that felt rushed.

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Posted by smartcookie on 17/8/2007 at 12:18

4 weeks is not bad. I'm going for 3 weeks (22 days after travel time from the US) and doing Bangkok-Phuket/Phi Phi - Koh Phangan - Angkor Wat - Hanoi - Hong Kong.

I think you can definitely do Bangkok (4 days) - Chiang Mai (3) - Angkor Wat (3) - Hanoi (5) - HoAn (3) - one part of Thai islands (8) (either east OR west) depending on what time of the year you're going. Plus add travel time. This wouldn't be too rushed. Probably just right.

Check out the 2-week itinerary on Vietnam/Cambodia on Frommers.com. I would do that and add the places I mentioned above. Also, check out Bangkok Airways Discovery Pass on their website. It's a good deal considering the places you're traveling, so you can fly some legs relatively cheap, especially internationally.

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