My 3 week SE Asia Trip
Replies: 17 - Last Post: Nov 12, 2012 9:06 AM Last Post By: calistyle
Oct 16, 2012 11:27 AM
My 3 week SE Asia TripI'm flying from NYC to Hanoi .
10 hour layover in Hong Kong- Gonna try to at least check out Victoria Harbour and a few things.
12/18-Spend the night in Hanoi.
12/19-Transport to Halong Bay
12/20-Sleeper-Train from Hanoi to Danang, then head to Hoi An for a day.
12/22-Sleeper-Train to Saigon...Possibly stop in Mui Ne for some kitesurfing??
12/24-Train/Bus to Phnom Penh
12/26-Speedboat to Siem Reap
12/28-Bus to Battambang
12/29-Bus to Bangkok
12/31-Flight to Surat Thani, then bus/boat to Koh Samui, the Full Moon Party in Koh Phagan
1/2-Bus/Boat to Phuket
1/6-Flight to Bangkok
1/8-Flight to NYC
I know it's rushed! But that's the way I have been accustomed to traveling. I enjoy a fast pace and covering a lot of ground. I can always come back again if I want to revisit any of the places I didn't get to spend enough time at.
The only part of this itinerary that is confirmed are the flights.
Are there any places I CAN'T afford to miss along the way?
Are they any places that I CAN afford to miss??
Any and ALL advice or recommendations would be highly appreciated!!
Edited by: calistyle
Oct 16, 2012 12:14 PM
Oct 16, 2012 12:24 PM
2Nooooooooo dont cut me out
But yeah it is true actually. There's no point to go just for one night, better to take that extra day and spend it in Siam Reap, you can buy the 3 day Angkor wat pass, you need at least that much time for it anyway, there are so many temples plus its a nice town.
It's a very rushed schedule, for vietnam it would probably be better to fly part of the way, like Hanoi- Danang, or Hanoi- Nha trang, or Hue - HCMC just to save time, the flights are cheap.
Oct 16, 2012 1:05 PM
3Thanks for the info guys!
What about a day trip to Battambang to shoot machine guns/rocket launchers for a few hours? Can you recommend any good links or info for those activities?
I figured any place that I can roam around all day or for at least 10 hours, is most of what I need to see. Like I said I will come back and revisit the places I love one day. I'm young and fit, so don't need much rest.
Edited by: calistyle
Oct 16, 2012 1:34 PM
4After doing a bit more research, flights seem more practical for these routes:
-Hanoi to Danang
-Danang to HCMC
-Phnom Penh to Siem Reap
-Siem Reap to Bangkok
It should cost roughly $200 more but take maybe 20 hours off my travel time??..which would be very necessary with this itinerary...
Oct 16, 2012 3:54 PM
5You just don't have enough time there.
Last year we did 3 weeks in Vietnam and Cambodia
3 days Siem Reap
1 night Banteay Chhmar homestay
3 nights Phnom Penh
2 nights HCMC
2 nights Hoi An
1 night homestay on 2 day bike trip from Hoi An to Hue
1 night Hue
Sapa Trip, Halong Bay trip and a couple of nights Hanoi
Hanoi is really nice, that doesn't give you any time in that city.
We contemplated squishing Bangkok in last year on our trip and decided against it, I think you should too.
I think just do the 2 countries and you'll have a much better balanced trip
Oct 16, 2012 3:55 PM
Oct 16, 2012 7:23 PM
7I'm sure all those places are amazing and I could spend a week in each town, but like I said I'm accustomed to this way of traveling.
I will def look into the Cu Chi tunnels. Thanks for the tip!
Oct 16, 2012 11:57 PM
8By the way, don't expect too much from the gun shooting.
At the Cu Chi tunnels they have the famous automat kalaschnikow and some M16 and M60 (mainly German MG42).
You pay 1 US$ per shot, which is OK, compared for the price I have to pay for a 6,5x55 this is still cheap. But if you use the M60, you need at least 50 shots to get some impression. But even then the guns are havily mounted on the range, so no real feedback from the gun.
Imho just a waste of money and ammunition. Go to your local shooting range, that is more fun.
Oct 17, 2012 6:32 AM
9You dont need to fly from Phnom pehn to Siem Reap, its only a 4 hour bus ride.
Although its not a good way to go from Siem Reap to bangkok as well as the routes you mentioned in vietnam
Also a few weeks ago i saw a cheap flight on Tiger airways from Phnom pehn to Phuket or Hat yai, that might be a better way to go - backtracking to phnom pehn instead of through bangkok.
Oct 17, 2012 9:45 AM
10Those tiger airways prices from PP cost more than Siem Reap to BKK..
Oct 17, 2012 9:49 AM
11And they all have layovers in Singapore for like 10 hours.
Oct 17, 2012 12:10 PM
Oct 17, 2012 5:03 PM
I have just booked the following flights:
-PP to SR
-SR to BK
-BK to Surat Thani
-Phuket to BK
Now I have some serious decisions to make in Vietnam, either:
-Hanoi to Danang, then Danang to HCMC
-Hanoi to Nha Trang, then Nha Trang to HCMC
OR due to limited time:
-Hanoi to HCMC
Jetstar and VietJet seem to best options, with VJ roughly $10-15 cheaper
Would love some input/advice/recommendations on this! Trying to lock it up!!
Oct 17, 2012 6:30 PM
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