we're a couple planning to visit Thailand Vietnam Cambodia for 16 days through the fallowing itiniray:
Bangkok- 3 days
(by flight) Hanoi+Halong Bay 3 days
(by train ) DaNanag+Hoi An 3 days
(by flight) HCMC+mekokng 3 days
PP 1 day
Siem Reap 2 days
(by bus) Bangkok 1 day
I know it's a rush but I can't decide from where I should take days off. Instead I try to find time for Dalat!
I would really appreciate if you can comment on it with your valuable experience..
Thank you all very much in advance!
#1 selinsay has been a member since 19/9/2010. Posts: 3
Unless you have some special reason to go to Dalat I would keep it like it is and skip Dalat.
Although a pleasant place it's not in the same league as all the other places you've mentioned which are "must see" places.
Your itinerary is already rushed. No point in making it more rushed by trying to fit Dalat in.
If you have a special reason for Dalat and put a gun to my head: a day less in Bangkok.
I agree on missing out Dalat. The scenery's great but you'd need to find a day or so for the extra travel it will involve and then at least a day there and as eastwest says, the other places are more must sees.
Once you build in your travel time to the itinerary you really are tight on time - depending on whether you eat up a day of Bangkok or Hanoi with your flight, that maybe limits you to just a one day in Halong, which is a very long day. I just tried to work it out with travel included and couldn't make it fit into 16 days even on a tight travel schedule.....
Days 1 and 2 Bangkok
Day 3 flight to Hanoi
Day 4 Hanoi
Days 5 & 6 Halong with an overnight train to Danang
Days 7 & 8 Hoi An (skip straight through Danang)
Day 9 flight to HCMC
Days 10 - 11 HCMC and 1 day in Mekong
Day 12 - Travel to PP
Day 13 - PP
Day 14 - Travel to SR
Days 15 & 16 - SR
Day 17 - Travel to Bangkok
Not sure you could cut any more out of that! Although unless you want to see S21 prison and the Killing fields I'd be tempted to skip through PP. I'm sure someone will argue about that but it was one of my least favourite places.
If you'll be getting back to Bangkok at the end of the trip you could always take off earlier, like day 2. That way you've got that extra day in your pocket throughout the trip and if you don't use it by the end then you've got that day in Bangkok anyway.
Dear Eastwest, travellingsara and caseyprich;
thank you for your helpful ideas and quick comments !..
Ok, I will not considering squeezing Dalat in this itinirary ( although I've read numuerous wonderful feedbacks ..) and taking a day off from PP might be an option...
I'll be consulting again for your comments if something comes up...
thank you very much again!
#5 selinsay has been a member since 19/9/2010. Posts: 3