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How long in Vietnam, Cambodia & Laos?

Posted by Vee on 28/2/2010 at 22:42


We have a month planned for Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. but we are not sure how long to spend to spend in each country?

we were thinking Vietnam: 2 weeks
Cambodia: 1 week
Laos: 4 days

the rest of the time being allowed for travel.

Also, what would be the MUST SEES in these countries?

thank you so much!!!

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Posted by christay2009 on 1/3/2010 at 01:55

personally i'd go for something like...

Vietnam: 1 month
Cambodia: 1 month
Laos: 1 month

..but if you don't fancy that...have you checked out the travelfish itinerary for all three countries here?. I think it covers most of the main 'must sees' in the four countries and give an accurate break down of timing, how many days where etc


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Posted by luvmedic on 1/3/2010 at 13:19

I haven't been to Cambodia and Laos but I've spent 18 days in Vietnam.

For me IMHO the must see / do are:

1. halong bay min 3 days 2 nights (pay mid range is best)
2. Sapa about 4 days 3 nights trekking here is so great
3. Hanoi 3 days 2 nights (just going around + seeing uncle Ho's body)
4. Ho Chi Minh (Cu Chi Tunnels and War Remnants museum)
5. Drinking Trung Nguyen Coffee at De Le Loi in Ho Chi Minh

6. Optional mid way stop at Hoi An
7. Optional mid way stop at Hue

in that particular order.

if you are short on time, i suggest you give saigon a miss. you should know that the people in hanoi will try to cheat you all the time but it's less stressful at saigon.

hope it helps

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Posted by francesstella on 1/3/2010 at 17:07

I have to second christay2009's post. With your current itinerary you might end up staring outside a bus window longer than actually doing stuff.

We travelled through Vietnam North to South this time last year with the following itinerary:

Hanoi - about 4 days
Halong Bay - tour, 2 nights
Sapa - tour (we didn't actually make it but wish we had!)
Hue - 2 days
Hoi An - 6 days
Nha Trang - 2 days
Mui Ne - 4 days
HCMC - 4 days (incl. trip to Cu Chi tunnels)
Mekong Delta - tour, 1 night (2 would have been better)
Phu Cuoc - another place we didn't go to but wish we had!

We mostly took overnight buses in between destinations, not the comfiest sleep in the world but it saved us a lot of time. Some friends we were travelling with rented motorbikes and biked the whole way, they loved it!

Hope you can get some inspiration! Take care,

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Posted by Vee on 2/3/2010 at 10:03

thanks you very much for your replies!

luvmedic and francesstella, thanks for the itineraries you gave. they will definitely help with our trip planning.

christay2009: we have decided to skip Laos and focus on Vietnam and Cambodia.

can anyone recommend any good mid-range Halong Bay tours? I have been looking online but seem to get contradicting feedback on some Junks.

thanks again!

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Posted by travel2vietnam2010 on 3/3/2010 at 00:04

Posted from within Vietnam.

Hello Vee,
I think you would choose the Phoenix Cruise ( which is recommended alot), Bai Tho Junk, Huong Hai Junk as the middle range of Halong bay. Phoenix tour costs around 85$ per person ( included everything except drink). If you have email, please let me know, i would send you the detail itinerary for Halong bay and for Vietnam and Cambodia in one months as well.
Anna Ms

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Posted by francesstella on 3/3/2010 at 00:17

Hello again Vee,

I booked my Halong Bay tour through Backpackers Hostel in Hanoi. It was 2 nights: one on board the junk and one on Cat Ba island. I loved it because our group was pretty small but I'm aware that other tours booked through them end up looking a bit like spring break on a boat! So it all depends what you're into.

Good luck!

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