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Posted by perivalepaul on 30/11/2013 at 16:08


Could do with some help with a Itinerary...

My wife and I are planing on a trip to the South of Vietnam and Cambodia in January for just over two weeks.
The question is where should we go and what should we see and how long should we stay at each destination ? I appreciate this is a very personal decision .
We are keen to visit the usual sites but would also like some time to relax on a beach and hence do not want to rush around.

We will be flying from London to Hong Kong or Singapore . Should we go to Cambodia first or Vietnam ?

We'd appreciate any input you can give .



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Posted by daawgon on 1/12/2013 at 14:29

Travel agents do a good job of planning itineraries for those who can't be bothered

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Posted by perivalepaul on 1/12/2013 at 15:08

Yeah very funny daawgon....

Thank you for your informative comment... If you don't have anything positive to contribute then please don't waste my time....

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Posted by NYTim on 1/12/2013 at 18:08

i would do Saigon and surrounds, Da Lat and then Cambodia

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Posted by Want2BHappy on 2/12/2013 at 06:52

I'm also not a fan of overplanning....

Two weeks isn't very long. By Cambodia, I'll assume you just mean Siem Reap/Angkor.

I'd do Saigon + surrounds: Cu Chi, Tay Ninh etc.

Mekong Delta Can Tho (floating markets) + Boat from Chau Doc to PP and on to Siem Reap.

Back to Vietnam via Ha Tien.

Hyrdrofoil to Phu Quoc for some beach time.

Fly back from Phu Quoc to Saigon and exit...

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Posted by pdropl on 2/12/2013 at 07:53

Posted from within Vietnam.

I agree with want2bhappy, two weeks isn't very long.
If you go to Cambodia you must visit Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, you can take a boat to the capital and there visit Killing fields or travel by bus. If you want a quiet beach in Cambodia, try Otres beach or Otres beach II near Sihanoukville (perfect for couples).
Phu Quoc island is very nice as well, and you can fly to HCNC or even to the north in case you want to visit Hanoi and Halong.
If you stick around south, go to the Delta and try to avoid overpacked tours and areas...

If you only have two weeks, first you should know where are you flying to and then it will be easier to make a plan! ;)

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Posted by perivalepaul on 2/12/2013 at 08:02

Thank you all for your informative replys . I will certainly look into your suggestions.

One final question , would you spend all your time in :
Vietnam ,
Or would you split it between the two , staying in the south of Vietnam ?

Thanks again ...

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Posted by pdropl on 2/12/2013 at 08:13

Posted from within Vietnam.

Well... That's your decision. What I would't do, is try to do Cambodia and North/South of Vietnam. I guess it would be too much.
From my point of view, if you think there are no many possibilities to come back to this part of the world in the future do Cambodia and the South of Vietnam. If you can plan another trip next year, do one and take your time. You will enjoy it.

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Posted by MADMAC on 2/12/2013 at 09:57

OK two weeks is nothing. One country for sure. And Vietnam is big, so that means you pick the north of the south if you go that route.

Personally, I wouldn't pick either and would go Thailand because you want to have some chill time and Thailand is a good place to do that.

But if you really want to go to Vietnam, and you want to hit beaches, then I'd recommend Saigon and it's environs (mind you I've never been there). The rationale is simple - January is cold here and the beaches up north will be COLD.

As I said, Southern Thailand would probably do you better, but it's up to you.

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