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Any suggestions/tips PLEASE!

Posted by cassrose on 19/11/2009 at 09:04

Hi, Just wanting to know what people think of the times allocated for each place. not all set in stone though. some info would be much appreciated! Thanks!! 24th Dec – 29th – Phuket and surrounds – 5 nights 29th – 1st – Koh Phangan – 3 nights 1st – 4th – Bangkok – overnight train to Nong Khai – 4 nights including train 4th – 5th – Nong Khai – 1 night 5th – 6th – Vientiane – 1 night 6th – 9thth – VV – 3 nights 9th – 16th - Luang Prabang/N ...

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Three weeks in Vietnam, Laos and possilby Cambodia, tips?

Posted by jclarkson on 5/11/2009 at 14:54

I have got three weeks to spend in south east Asia, unfortunately Law School means my travel time is seriously limited. I was planning on mostly doing Vietnam with a bit in Laos to do Vientiane, VV and a day in LP. However, I have recently been thinking about cutting the Vietnam trip in favor of seeing Cambodia. One of my main interests is the nightlife and party scene of my destinations but I would really like to see Cambodia before it becomes further developed. So how is the nightlife in Cambo ...

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Viewed 4,421 times, with 3 replies. Last reply by mattocmd on 18/11/2009 at 23:49

(Another) Itinerary advice request

Posted by emma066 on 16/11/2009 at 22:50

Hi there, Any advice would be appriciated, obviously this looks rather strict and structured and we plan on sticking to the route but maybe not the amount of time in each place. Does it seem too rushed?? Have we missed any major places out that should not be missed? Date Country Region Nights Details 16-May-09 Thailand Bangkok 2 Chaing Mai 3 North (Jungle Trek) 4 25-May-09 Laos Hua Xai 1 Hua Xai > Pakbeng (travel) 1 (1 day boat) Pakbeng 1 Pakbeng > L ...

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Viewed 2,190 times, with 1 reply. Last reply by somtam2000 on 17/11/2009 at 08:43

1st trip...comments/advice on itinery please =)

Posted by effi_kiki on 24/10/2009 at 20:10

Hi, this is gonna be my first time backpacking,(im 18, going with my boyfriend) and this is the plan so far: fly to bankok 9th nov, (stay for 4/5 days) make our way to siem reap, (another 4/5 days in that area) bus or boat to phnom penh, (another 5 days(?) ) go down to kep/kampot, and spend a night on ko tonsay island (3 days) then make our way along the coast, cross over to vietnam, and towards ho chi minh for a few days, then get a flight from there to bagkok for our flight home (7th de ...

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Request for comments on Laos/Cambodia itinerary November/December 2009

Posted by thepegasusleague on 9/11/2009 at 16:27

This is the itinerary: 29/11 Arrive Phnom Penh 30/11 PP – Kratie 1/12 Kratie 2/12 Kratie – Don Khong 3/12 Don Khong 4/12 Don Khong – Pakse via Wat Phu Champasak 5/12 – 8/12 Bolaven Plateau by motorbike 8/12 Pakse – Tha Khaek (VIP night bus) 9/12 Caves etc around Tha Khaek by motorbike 10/12 Tha Khaek – Vientiane 11/12 – 12/12 Vientiane 13/12 Vientiane – Vang Vieng 14/12 Vang Vieng 15/12 Vang Vieng – Luang Prabang 16/12 ...

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Intinarary first time in asia

Posted by cassrose on 2/11/2009 at 15:30

Hey guys, Have been checking out info for months. Have come up with a rough idea. Just wondering what people thoughts are.... eg to much time somewhere not enough somewhere else. Would really appreciate from advise. Thanks heaps!! 24th Dec – 1st Phuket , surrounds and koh phangan 1st - 3rd Jan - Bangkok 3rd – 4th Nong Khai Laos 5th – 6th Vientiane 6th – 8th VV 8th – 15th Luang Prabang + maybe nong kiaow 15th – 17th Pakse 17th – 21st Salavan - Pakse 21st – ...

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Viewed 1,827 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by cassrose on 3/11/2009 at 11:54

First time in Southeast Asia

Posted by cassrose on 30/10/2009 at 08:42

Hey there, Have been checking out all the posts and information for a few months and found it fantastic! I have a few questions based on my itinerary. I am going with my friend (2 young girls) and we originally wanted to see Thai, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. We have now come to the realisation that that is just not do able as we only have 6 weeks. We fly into Phuket and am spending xmas/new years around there and the islands. Think i will head up to Bangkok around the 1st jan. Not su ...

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Laos or Vietnam to Tokyo

Posted by jclarkson on 30/10/2009 at 10:15

Delta canceled my flight from SGN to Tokyo so I figured I may as well stay in Laos and fly out LP, any advice on any cheap airlines that may not be listed on Also, any advice on the best (cheapest, and if there is a fun one day stop all the better) way to get from Laos or Vietnam to Tokyo? Or to get from Vietnam to Tokyo? ...

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Travelling Alone and Suddenly Feeling Vulnerable

Posted by OrangeEm on 24/10/2009 at 13:32

I've done loads of travelling on my own including parts of SEA and never had any problems, always really enjoyed myself. I have 2 months in T&IC arrived in Bangkok on the 21st checked into ok acc. just off Khao San Rd and headed out for a look round. Was aproached by a man from the tourist police office who offered me a map, we went to his Information desk back inside the police station and he gave me a map and asked where I would be travelling to I told him was planning on Chiang Mai then La ...

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Viewed 2,725 times, with 12 replies. Last reply by sidewinder on 29/10/2009 at 23:22

Any Comments on Planned Itinerary?

Posted by RichMelZA on 21/10/2009 at 19:07

Hi all, My wife and I are planning our first SE Asia backpack trip next year, very exciting - but also fairly terrifying! :-) We have a total of 6 weeks exactly. We hope to get a taste for Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. We are landing in Bangkok on 7 Jan and booked into the Lamphu Treehouse hotel on our arrival for 3 nights. Splashing a bit above budget, but wanted a reasonably 'soft landing' in the region! :-) After 3 nights in Bangkok, we plan to do the following: - Bus to Aranyapr ...

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Viewed 2,940 times, with 3 replies. Last reply by RichMelZA on 27/10/2009 at 02:02

Itinerary Help - 5 weeks

Posted by azeret on 26/10/2009 at 08:40

I know, ANOTHER intinerary post. I am just wondering if this sounds possible? It may seem fast for some, but we want to see as much as possible (also, we will only loosley be following it - we are open to going with the flow once we get there). The only parts that can not change are stopping in Hong Kong, arrival in HCMC, departing from Phuket and stopping in Tokyo as these flight are already booked: Nov 24: dept Toronto Nov 25: Arrive Hong Kong Nov 26: Hong Kong Nov 27: arrive HCMC ...

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Viewed 1,960 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by azeret on 26/10/2009 at 20:24

Ho Hum another itinerary to evaluate

Posted by KazAussie on 6/8/2009 at 16:03

Okay we have nearly a month. Two adults late 40's travelling with their 20 year old son. Thanks to a lot of advice on this board this is the plan: Date Where Overnight Saturday, 12 December 2009 Fly Sydney to Ho Chi Minh Arrive 8:35 pm Ho Chi Minh Sunday, 13 December 2009 Ho Chi Minh Ho Chi Minh Monday, 14 December 2009 Ho Chi Minh Chui tunnels Ho Chi Minh Tuesday, 15 December 2009 Ho Chi Minh Ho Chi Minh Wednesday, 16 December 2009 Meekong Thursday, 17 December 2009 Meekong Frida ...

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Hong Kong to Laos over chinese new year any ideas where to go.

Posted by byrochap on 23/10/2009 at 10:49

My boyfriend and i are travelling back from a year in New Zealand in Feb,our flight goes through HongKong, and we are thinking we are not too keen on going straight home so thought we would travel overland down to Thailand to meet friends. We have been to Thailand a couple of time before but have no idea about getting from Hong Kong to Laos so wondered if any body had any advice? we are travelling on a budget so not looking for pricy places but would really like to see the cultural side of china ...

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Viewed 3,266 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by byrochap on 25/10/2009 at 04:47

5 week itinerary - any advice appreciated!

Posted by jemsta7 on 24/10/2009 at 11:25

hello, i'd be really grateful if anyone could tell me whether they think this itinerary is optimistic. We will land in saigon and fly out of Luang Prabang - and have 5 weeks to spend. My partner has never travelled before. We plan to head to the beach at Mui Ne so she can chill for a bit and then back to Saigon. From there we will: get the bus to chau doc then boat to Phnom Penh . Then bus to Siem Reap. Then back to Phnom Penh and go overland to Laos. We will catch public transport/min ...

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Itinerary for 4 months in SEA. Feedback and suggestions wanted.

Posted by janime on 19/10/2009 at 18:49

Hi everyone! This is my first longer trip and I´m looking for feedback and suggestions/recommendations for my itinerary in SEA trip next JAN-MAY. This board has been very helpful for planning my trip and I have found a lot of answers to my questions but I still hope to have some info from more experienced backpackers. Here is a preliminary plan for my route: View Southeast Asia tour in a larger map Map embedded by admin I´m flying with my friends from Tampere, Finland to Lon ...

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6 weeks in SE Asia - Itinerary advice for a rookie plse :-)

Posted by simons104 on 21/10/2009 at 03:57

Hello everyone! I’ve been reading through lots of posts here recently and you guys have already been a great help – thanks a lot for that! I’ve been trying to put together an itinerary for my trip to South East Asia (Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia). As it’s my first backpacking trip ever, I would greatly appreciate any comments and "expert" advice. I’ll be in SE Asia for 42 days, before heading to Oz, starting in Bangkok on November 1st at 4pm and ending in Bangkok on ...

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Viewed 5,475 times, with 3 replies. Last reply by simons104 on 21/10/2009 at 21:46

where next??

Posted by christay2009 on 16/10/2009 at 10:19

So far i've spent 30 days in China, 30 days in Laos and i am heading to Malaysia for about 2 weeks-ish on the 27th of this month. After that i'd say i've got about three weeks of cash left but i am unsure of where to head next?? I think Indonesia would be interesting but know nothing about it and also i am unsure how i'd deal with money there. I think i read no ATM's and at the moment i have some travellers cheques but would need to use an ATM or bank to withdraw cash using my visa Any t ...

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Viewed 2,270 times, with 15 replies. Last reply by christay2009 on 20/10/2009 at 13:25

35 days itinerary (Viet/Camb/Laos) - backpacking rookie asks for help :-)

Posted by summerrain on 21/7/2009 at 18:12

Hallo everybody! I’ve been reading through quite a few posts in here and you guys have already been of immense help for me – thanks a lot for that! I’ve been trying to put together a tentative itinerary for my trip to Indochina (Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos). As it’s my first backpacking trip ever, I would greatly appreciate any comments and "expert" advice. I’ve got exactly 35 days, starting in Hanoi on August 3 at 8:30 am and ending in Bangkok on the 5th of September (have to ...

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Posted by MADMAC on 17/10/2009 at 21:05

Why is it that whenever anyone talks about ethnic groups outside the main they are always referred to as "hilltribes"? Even when they don't reside on hills? I never liked the word tribe as a descriptor for ethnic groups anyway. Nobody calls the Serbs a "Tribe", they're an ethnic group. Don't we have any "Plains Tribes" in SEA? ...

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Viewed 1,964 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by MADMAC on 18/10/2009 at 01:30

Bangkok to Hanoi or Vice Versa,?

Posted by Marlbs on 24/8/2009 at 19:06

I arrive in Bangkok at the begining of October and have 10 weeks before flying back out from there home. I want to go to Nth Thailand, down through Laos and Cambodia and up through Vietnam to Hanoi then fly back to Bangkok. I'm not sure whether to do the above route or do it in reverse starting with the flight to Hanoi. Does it really make any difference and is there any advantage one direction has over the other? ...

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Viewed 3,161 times, with 3 replies. Last reply by Marlbs on 15/10/2009 at 14:02

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