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2 Month SE Asia Itinerary- Possible?

Posted by squirk on 9/11/2010 at 02:45

I am traveling with my girlfriend from California to Southeast Asia in January/February (~55 days).  Below is the itinerary we were thinking about following.  I was looking for some thoughts from experienced travelers to this part of the world if this is possible, or if we should thin it out a little:
1. Flying into Hanoi (2-3 days)-- Ha Long Bay (3-4 days)
*1 Day Bus to Phang Na or 1Hr Flight*
2. Phong Nha/Ke Bang National Park/Hue (3 Days)
*4 Hr Bus or 2 Hr Train to Hoi An*
3. Hoi An/Da Nang (2-3 Days)
*Flight to Ho Chi Minh*
4. Ho Chi Minh/Phu Quoc Island/Mekong Delta (2-3 Days)
*Flight from Ho Chi Minh to Phnom Penh *
1. Phnom Penh (1/2 Day)
*4-5 Hr Bus to Kampot *
2. Kampot (3-4 Days) 
*4-5 Hr Bus back to Phnom Penh*
3. Phnom Penh (1/2 Day)
*5 Hr Bus to Siem Reap * 
4. Siem Reap & Angkor Wat (3 Days)
*Fly from Siem Reap to Vientiane *
1. Vientiane (2-3 Days)
*4 Hr Bus to Vang Vieng *
2. Vang Vieng (2-3 Days)
*8 Hr Bus to Louang Phabang*
3. Louang Phabang (2-3 Days)
*Bus, Train or Plane to Chiang Mai *
1. Chiang Mai (3-4 Days)
*Overnight Train to Bangkok*
2. Bangkok (1/2 Day)
*Fly from Bangkok to Krabi*
3. Andaman Islands (5 Days)

From here we were thinking about flying to Bali/ Lambok for ~7-10 Days if we have time before flying to New Zealand.

Thanks in advance for your responses!

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Posted by Caswell on 26/2/2011 at 20:18

Hello there
From my research an alternative to:
Flight from Ho Chi Minh to
Phnom Penh *
will be taking the bus. Almost as quick and much cheaper.

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Posted by MADMAC on 15/4/2011 at 15:36

"From here we were thinking about flying to Bali/ Lambok for ~7-10 Days if we have time before flying to New Zealand."

Good idea. Breaks up that long flight home.

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Posted by SBE on 15/4/2011 at 16:22


While it might be possible in theory, it looks like most of your time will be spent sitting on trains, buses and planes.

SE Asia is a very very easy place to wing it. You've obviously already done a lot of research so by all means take along your itinerary but use it as a transport reference guide, not as a timetable you need to stick to slavishly.

The only country you're going to need to get a visa in advance is the first one, Vietnam.

Land in Hanoi and take it from there.

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