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Marli Wingens

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What's the best way to travel trough Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia?

I'm thinking about going to Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia next april. How many time do i need for all of them? Which route would you recommend? Which places do i definalty need to see? 

I wanna do/see culture, nature and some partying.

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  • Kelly Weiss

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    Hi Marli the usual route is to start north in Thailand and get the slow boat across the border to Laos to Luang Prabang and work your way down. I would recommend giving yourself at least 6 weeks in total and don't make plans just see how you go when you get there. You can book everything last minute and work your way down. I personally spent 2 weeks in Laos just over a week in Cambodia and Vietnam would need 2 - 3 weeks. While in Laos I went to Luang Prabang, Vang Vieng, Vientiane, Pakse and Four Thousand Islands

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    In Laos and Cambodia you will most likely be using bus and mabye the odd domestic flight if it is within your budet.

    In Vietnam you have a good bus system too if you don't mind the time it takes and want to save money.


    In Laos I would say that you should certainly see Luang Prabang and possibly also Vang Vieng for party or The Plain of Jars for a really unique cultural experience.


    In Cambodia Angkor Wat is the most obvious place to visit, but the capital Phnom Penh is interesting too and Kampot, Kampot Province, Cambodia is also nice.


    Vietnam is a big country and going through the whole country there would take you around 1 month alone unless you are rushing it, so you might wanna chose what part of the country you want to see.

    Some of my favorite places there are Hanoi Cruise Halong Sapa Hoi An Da Lat Ho Chi Minh City and Mekong Delta


    If you want to visit all 3 countries using public transport then you will need some time as the infrastructure there is still not the best and I would recommend 5-6 weeks if you have that much time.

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    Hi Marli,

    I traveled to Cambodia in 2012 and I had a great time. You can cover a lot of territory in one week in Cambodia. If you want to experience the entire country you can do that in about 2 weeks. I personally stuck to Phnom Penh and Siem Reap because I only had five days and needed to hit the essentials but I know there are also some nice costal areas and islands such as Krong Preah Sihanouk and Koh Rong and some cool jungles in the north. It all depends how long you are going for and what you want to do. The best thing I did was connect with some locals when I was there. I really got to enjoy Cambodia from their perspective. My friends just cam back from Cambodia and they actually received some great recommendations for their trip and met up with some great locals who showed them around. The site they used was called a site called http://filos-travel.com/. Might be worth checking out as you plan you trip.

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