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Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia & Laos Travelling Tips

what is the best order to visit all of these countries, and how do i go about getting visas.
9 years ago, January 7th 2010 No: 1 Msg: #98774  
Hi Everyone.

I am planning on visiting these countries in October/November of this year (2010).
I only am allowing 4-6 weeks to do EVERYTHING which I know I struggle with.
Just not sure how to go about Visas. Do they give you a visa on entry, or can I get my visa for ALL of these countries in Thailand?

Also, what is the best order to visit these countries.

Is it easy to book travel (flights, buses, trains etc) as you are about to go or a day before, or should I pre-book these before departing from New Zealand?

What places do you recommend me to visit?
Im NOT interested in Phuket, but would like to go to an island like Koh Samuri (not sure on spelling)

I think im sorted with vietnam. want to start in HCMC heading north stopping at Hoi An, Harlong Bay for an over night junkboat trip.
what is the best way to travel in Vietnam (keeping in mind I only have 4-6 weeks)?

not sure on key things to do in these countries. Except DEFINATLY the killing fields, the tunnels and Ankgor Wat in Cambodia.

Any help would be appreciated.

ALSO, what vaccinations do I need to get before I leave New Zealand?


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9 years ago, January 8th 2010 No: 2 Msg: #98778  
I suggest you take flights at some sections to save your time.

The route I advise you: BKK - fly to Siem Reap - take bus/boat to Phom Penh - take a bus to HCMC - fly to Da Nang - visit Hoi An (30km from Da Nang) - bus to Hue (old city) - flight/night train to Hanoi - Ha Long Bay - fly Hanoi to Luang Prabang - Vientiane - back to BKK. This is the most major tourist route, you can add a place or two on the way if you like.

I guess you meant the Cu Chi tunnels near HCMC which were built during the American War. I don't think there are tunnels in Cambodia. When you are in Phnom Penh you can book a tour to the Killing Field which is located 15km from the town, then a prison and some temples. One day in Phnom Penh is enough.

Oct/Nov is the time when typhoons may hit the central coast of Vietnam, so you should check out the weather forecast. It's also the end of the rainy season, so you will experience rain/flood in SE Asia Mainland. Reply to this

9 years ago, January 8th 2010 No: 3 Msg: #98779  
Visa: You must have a Vietnam visa in advance. You can get one in BKK or Phnom Penh.

Laos and Cambodia: You can get a visa on arrival (at major border crossings and international airports). Reply to this

9 years ago, January 8th 2010 No: 4 Msg: #98782  
Thailand, I have not been to Koh Samui, but I would recommend Koh Phi Phi or if your into diving Koh Tao.
also Chang Mia, there is mountain trekking there, one day, two day, and three days as far as I know, but probably more if your interested. the night market is also worth a looksee as there is a lot going on over a large part of the town, but gets a bit repetitive with the goods that everyone is selling.
Cambodia, Angkor Wat, and there is a park in south eastern Cambodia near the border to Vietnam, the town is called Kampot, you can take day trips up into the park and see some very old ruins from when the French were in the area, breath taking views, was an amazing day trip!
Vietnam, Dalat was amazing as well, there are some older guys doing motorcycle trips in the town, they have one day or more depending on what you want, are very informative and take you all around their city, into peoples homes for lunch and shots of home made whiskey, and some beautiful waterfalls, among other place. it cost about $20us and was worth much more then that!
Laos, I was there for only 14 days which has been such a disappointment for me that I'm going back this year for a month, the only town I really stopped in for long enough to take in some sights and smells was Vang Vieng, we did the river tubing, which is a booze filled ride down the river in a tube, and a two day trek with some locals, stayed over night in the bush, ate a typical Laos dinner, and went on another tube ride, this time in some underwater caves, which was quite exciting, and an amazing but strenuous hike for probably ten hours in total (some on the way to camp, set up camp, hike up to some falls and back down for dinner, sleep, hike the next day around a village to get to the underwater tunnels.

I agree with taking flights, it will save you HUGE time and hassle, as most everyone goes by the slower time, I met a guy travelling with about the same time line as you and seeing the same places, he was able to see the major sites but did feel a bit rushed.

one suggestion i have is get a map of the four countries and pick out a site that is MOST important for you to see per country, and then make a sort of route based on that. we found that very helpful in planning our upcoming trip! Reply to this

9 years ago, January 8th 2010 No: 5 Msg: #98783  
and travelling in Vietnam, the bus system they have their is fantastic and very handy, you can pick the cities you want to stop in, either in Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City, pay there, and then when your ready to leave town you give your hotel a days notice and the bus is there to pick you up in the morning. Reply to this

9 years ago, January 10th 2010 No: 6 Msg: #99096  
Thanks guys for all of your help!
this is VERY usefull.
Might have to make our trip a bit earlier or later seeing as it is Typhoon season.
Would you recommend going earlier (August/September), or later, perhaps december? Reply to this

9 years ago, January 11th 2010 No: 7 Msg: #99130  
May to October is the rainy season in the SE Asia Mainland. I think November and December are good months to visit this region. Reply to this

9 years ago, January 11th 2010 No: 8 Msg: #99131  
Okay great, we will plan for November and December. Reply to this

9 years ago, January 11th 2010 No: 9 Msg: #99215  
Looks like everyone has told you all the important stuff already.. I think this time of the year (wet season)is the best time to come to Cambodia. I doesn't rain that much, everything is green, it's not stinking hot and there's less tourists..
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9 years ago, January 13th 2010 No: 10 Msg: #99451  
Alby, any more suggestions you have would be greatly appreciated 😊 im wanting to soak in as much recommendations as possible before planning 😊 Reply to this

9 years ago, January 13th 2010 No: 11 Msg: #99453  
December the tourist masses are on the way... Go November and pack a jumper just in case! ;-) Reply to this

9 years ago, January 13th 2010 No: 12 Msg: #99468  
i dont know much about thailand vietnam or laos but im living in cambodia and know quit a lot about gettin round(im not a master or anything but i know a little) you should be careful at night in the areas in pp where there are no streetlights cos of this http://www.khmerwitica.com/forum/posts/id_5655/ PLEASE READ copy and paste the code into the adress bar

tahnks, bleys

ps:can we be friends? Reply to this

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