I've seen the suggested itinerary for SE Asia with 4 weeks but was wondering what the pace of that trip would be?
Would we constantly be on the move?
We have about 5 weeks in July/August and would like to see the "must see" things, without constantly being on the move.
Would 2 weeks in Vietnam South->North
2 Weeks in Thailand, Jungles and Islands,
4 Days in Cambodia to see Ankor Wat and Phnom Phnh
Is there anywhere we should add more time to, or less to? We've also heard great things about Laos... would it better to take time away from somewhere else to see it?
Any advice or tips would be appreciated, we'd love to have more time, but this is what we've got.
#1 natesta has been a member since 12/11/2007. Posts: 2
It's certainly doable, though would depend how many steps you're thinking of working in along the way, and importantly, how you're planning on travelling between countries. If you make use of the budget airlines flying in the region you should be able to jump around quickly.
I'd say 2 weeks would be close to the minimum to see north and south vietnam -- if you're planning on stopping by the highlights - eg Saigon, Nha Trang, Hoi An, Hue, Hanoi, Ha Long Bay and Sapa, that's seven destinations just there.
Two weeks in Thailand, allow say 3 days in Bangkok all up, 3 days in the north and close to a week on one island and you're all done.
Don't see much scope to realistically fit Laos in as well -- of all the countries in the region, it's the one that requires the most time to explore. One option, to just get a taste, would be to fly Hanoi to Luang Prabang, have a couple of days there (consider it research for your next trip!) and then fly onto Chiang Mai in northern Thailand.
Hope that helps!