Trying to plan a trip to Vietnam,and can't decide whether to include Cambodia. We have to decide if we should fly directly to either Hanoi or HCMC and then spend 3 weeks travelling and then on to Siem Reap (and then we would have to backtrack to our departure point for return flight) or to fly into Bangkok ,and then go first to Cambodia and on to Vietnam,and then again we have to return to BKK to fly home.
It seems too complicated. Is it too rushed to do this in one trip?Is it practical to go to Angkor Wat first cos then it will all be an anticlimax after that ??
BTW we are not young backpackers, more like grey nomads.... if it is at all relevant.
All advice greatly appreciated :-)
Hi - I have been to Cambodia, but not Vietnam (although I'm in the midst of planning a trip there later this year). If you are only interested in seeing Siem Reap in Cambodia, you can get away with 3-4 days there without any problem, and spend the rest of your time travelling through Vietnam.
My question for you - is do you definitely need to depart from the city that you arrived in? IN other words, why not fly into Bkk then onto Siem Reap, then fly into Hanoi, travel to HCMC they fly home from there (assuming there are flights)? It might cost a bit more (in which case you need to weigh up the difference in costs -vs- convenience, etc).