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Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore overland... help by EmilyChung on 17 January 2007 7:49pm
 
Hi everyone!

I'm going to Cambodia next month for six weeks on a medical elective. Then I have about six weeks to go travelling. I'm planning on meeting my boyfriend in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, travelling up to Hanoi, then going through Laos, around Thailand, down to Malaysia then Singapore, then flying back to London. We want to do this all overland on a tight budget as we don't have any money after six years of studentdom!!

If anyone has an experiences of such a trip or any advice it would be much appreciated. Also the time scale - is it a doable itinerary?

Thanks a lot!
 
Re: Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore overland... help by Ellerd on 18 January 2007 4:14am
 
I've never done it, but six weeks seems an awfully short amount of time to cover such a large area, especially on a tight budget. Is there any particular reason why you want to cover all those countries? Perhaps you should stick to, say, Vietnam & Laos?
 
Re: Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore overland... help by Mystic Traveller on 18 January 2007 10:39am
 
Travelling by land across to Vietnam, depends on many extraneous factors. I ended up flying from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh. However, it is very easy to travel by land from Cambodia to Thailand for only $12. I must warn you that the roads on the Cambodian side are VERY, VERY bumpy...but, I loved every moment. In fact, I have been to Cambodia three times.

Also, it is easy for certain nationalities to get a Thai visa at the border. Vietnam requires that you have one arranged at one of their embassies. I sorted mine out at the Vietnamese embassy in Phnom Penh.

If I were you, I would focus on Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore on this trip. Very, very easy do do by land. I like Laos, but it really isn't my favourite country in the region. I would recommend Myanmar (Burma) above all of them. A destination that can be reached by road in North Thailand. However, to really see the country properly, you will need to fly in via Rangoon (Yangon).

I'm rambling now. I hope that it all works out for you and that I have been helpful. In fact, I will be spending a month in Myanmar during the Spring.

Check out my site for lots of photography and traveller's tales: http://themystictraveller.com
 
Re: Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore overland... help by EmilyChung on 19 January 2007 1:07am
 
Thanks for the advice, mystic traveller. Yeah, I'm not that bothered about Laos either, but we will have to travel through it to get to Thailand overland.

We considered Burma, my Mother is Burmese and I've never been there, but I think I'm going to save it for a separate trip with her and take my time with it. I look forward to that ...
 
Re: Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore overland... help by Mystic Traveller on 23 January 2007 3:23pm
 
Hi again!

Why do you "have to travel through Laos to get to Thailand"? Luang Prabang is beautiful, but it is such an alcove of Lonely Planet sensibility now, that it has lost so much of its original culture, with its hemp clothes shops, Western-style restaurants and other usual backpackers' staples. It really is a lovely place....but...

Burma, on the other hand, is everything a traveller could want. The Burmese are just the most wonderful people I have ever met. It is my reason for repeatedly returning. Yes, the politics are shit, but what a hidden jewel that country is. As a Buddhist, their intense faith is inspirational to me. I cannot recommend Burma more strongly. It is a favourite of mine, that holds so many unique and special memories.

Which part of Burma is your mother from, Emily? Oh, you MUST go there...

Anyway, best of luck!!!

Kind regards,

The Mystic Traveller
http://themystictraveller.com
 



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