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Posted by KRStamm on 9/4/2009 at 02:57

After Falling in love last year with Thailand, we are heading back to SE Asia! This time we are traveling into BKK in October and planning to travel to Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia. So the trip is being planned for October to Mid December. Does anyone have advice on the best route to take? We are not fans of big tourist traps but prefer the small rural communities.

Any advice on how to go from Thailand this time of year accounting for the wet and dry seasons as well as boarder crossings and cost?

Thanks

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Posted by somtam2000 on 9/4/2009 at 11:08 admin

So you've got around ten weeks?

A lot would depend on which route from Laos to Vietnam you take. If you take the northern route (through Phongsali and Dien Bien Phu) that lands you well for northern Vietnam, but will mean you'd need to allow a solid month in Vietnam if you're planning on travelling the full length of it before exiting into Cambodia.

If you use a more central crossing (entering in for Hue or Vinh) you'll be doing some backtracking heading north then south etc.

What I'd suggest it take a look at some of the suggested itineraries to give you an idea of how long it takes to get around.
https://www.travelfish.org/trip_planner/thailand-indochina-tour1

The above trip takes you to Laos and Cambodia before Vietnam -- this reduces the amount of backtracking.

Vietnam will be the main time-sink, Laos it depends on if you're seeing the north and south or just one or the other.

The above are just some thought off the cuff -- there's many many ways to skin this particular cat -- if you come back with an idea of a few of the places you want to visit, I'll be better able to suggest a routing.

Cheers!

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Posted by minhnguyen16051986 on 22/4/2009 at 14:27

Posted from within Vietnam.

Hi KRStamm
I'm not sure about Lao and Thailand but the weather may be acceptable in Vietnam in that season. It's not so hot and wet.
Good luck

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