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Thailand - Laos - Vietnam - cambodia in 30 days?

Posted by WelshGem on 20/3/2011 at 00:50

I am planning a 30 day trip to SE Asia in June/July this year my plan is to fly into thailand travel through Laos to Vietnam, Once in Vietnam I'd like to travel North to South, travelling back to thailand through Cambodia. The 30 days is the total time I have to travel internally I have days either side for arriving/departing.

My question is, is this completely crazy in 30 days? I appreciate I won't see much of either thailand, Laos or Cambodia my main aim is Vietnam but I'd rather take the train/bus and take in the scenery than fly straight from thailand to Vietnam.

If I am not completely crazy any ideas on best routes? I'd like to take one or two key sights in Laos and cambodia like Siem reap but only if they're in the general direction I am heading

Thanks in advance!

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Posted by JasonB on 20/3/2011 at 08:33

Posted from within Vietnam.

Too much to go in just 30 days. You should cut off one of them from your list, but if you still want try it with 30 days, you will be moving so hurry.

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Posted by octopus29 on 20/3/2011 at 13:53

Posted from within Vietnam.


I dont know which part of Thailand u wanna visit. The islands or just BKK. if u wanna visit BKK only, u might make it in 30 days. u have to remove Laos from the list I assume.

I spent 5 days for Cambodia last time. visited both Phnom penh and Siemreap. There was nothing spectacular in Phnompenh to see though. My advice is that u can spend a full day and full night in Phnompenh. Thats enuf. 2 nights in Siemreap becoz u gonna spend the whole day in Angkor wat if u wanna take a look at it. 2 other nites for Sihanouk ville

If ur main aim is Vietnam then u can choose to start ur trip from Vietnam or from Thailand. If u start it from Thailand and just visit BKK, u can spend few nites there and take a nite bus to Siemreap (around 5 hours), then a bus from Siemreap to Sihanoukville ( 3 hours or so), then another bus from Sihanoukville to Phnompenh. and spend another 6 hours for a bus from there to Saigon, Vietnam and from there, u can choose where to go since Vietnam is a long and beautiful country.

If u start ur trip in Vietnam, start it from Hanoi then go a whole long way to Saigon and do the trip vice versa to BKK.

As i know, many of my friends spent at least 1 month for Vietnam only. too many things to see. I did a trip from Saigon to Hanoi and it was awesome which took around 14 days (not include Sapa, Ha Long Bay or the Mekong Delta).

Hope this helps!

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Posted by busylizzy on 20/3/2011 at 14:16

It's way too much. Consider one of the following options for a 4 week trip.

- Vietnam only (north to south)
- Central and Southern Vietnam (2-3 weeks), through Mekong Delta into Cambodia to see PP and Siem Reap (1-2 weeks).
- 3 weeks Thailand, 1 week Cambodia (PP and SR)
- 2 weeks Thailand, 2 weeks Northern Laos

Don't underestimate the travelling distances, esp when travelling overland. Each time you move to a new destination, consider that you will potentially spend the entire day to get there by the time you checkout, get to bus station/airport, wait around, travel,then get to your new accom. Be careful you don't spend one week of your 4 on-the-road. Limit your destinations and allow yourself a bit of time to enjoy them and to immerse yourself in them (as much as you can do in a few days). I almost always plan on spending 3-5 days at each destination. Any less, and everything becomes a blur.

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Posted by WelshGem on 20/3/2011 at 16:24

Thanks for the replies, I already have flights booked into and out of BKK and I've already done thailand so wont be spending anytime there.

Laos would just be a means of getting to Vietnam from BKK overland, on the map it looks to be the most direct route to Hanoi and the North, I'd like to go to Sapa and maybe do some trekking?

Could anyone give me a rough estimate of travelling times overland from BKK to either Hanoi or Siagon?

how ever I do Vietnam I have to get back to BKK from either the north or the south of the country I just figured that travelling in a big circle would let me see abit more of the countryside and be more efficient verses travelling back on myself?

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Posted by busylizzy on 20/3/2011 at 17:41

Check out some of the relevant itineraries on this page:

If you scroll down to the bottom of each itinerary, you will see a table of transport time to get between key destinations, by bus, train, plane, etc. They will also give you some ideas as to how to go about it/where to go.

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