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Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos 3 week itinerary

Posted by fionoula on 23/10/2009 at 15:19

We are a group of 7 adults who are interested in, scenery and culture. We are economy travellers but not backpackers.
We are travelling early January
The itinerary must begin in Hanoi and finish in Ho Cho Min.
As there are seven of us we thought that we could hire a minivan and driver in some areas (as well as travelling by palne, boat etc)
I would appreciate any recommendations

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Posted by somtam2000 on 24/10/2009 at 08:16 admin

Hi Fiona,

Three weeks is a pretty short period of time to cover all three -- my advice would be to look into a fair bit of flying, allow roughly one week for Laos, ten days for Vietnam and the remainder in Cambodia -- primarily in Siem Reap .

So, you could do something like:
Arrive Hanoi, two nights, do a two night trip out to Ha Long Bay and also two nights in Sapa (each way by train).

Once back in Hanoi, fly to Luang Prabang in Laos, allow three nights there then overland to Vang Vieng and Vientiane -- allowing four nights between the two of them.

Then fly from Vientiane to Siem Reap with three days there and then bus to Phnom Penh for a night.

Last leg would be boat from Phnom Penh to Chau Doc (in the Mekong Delta) and spend your last few days in Vietnam's Delta seeing floating markets etc, before finishing in Saigon for exit.

That is a LOT to try and do in three weeks -- but it is possible. Depends what sort of holiday you're looking for.

Hope that helps

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