How to create Indochina itinerary by your own? How to make plan for Indochina trip based on good itinerary? In this article, I try to give you some idea to have and ideal trip. Indochina countries usually known as Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. But sometimes it relates to Thailand during the trip so I would like to introduce itineraries including Thailand.
Thailand Cambodia Vietnam Itinerary
Travel Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam by land – Indochina Itinerary
Day 1: Bangkok – Siem Reap by bus
Start in Bangkok – Thailand, we take shared bus from Bangkok to Siem Reap through Giant Ibis Transport. Conveniently, you can book online through them. Bus transfer will spend around 8 hours 30 minutes with 3 stops. As the result, you need one day for transfer by bus.
Day 2 – 4: Siem Reap discovery
Enjoy Siem Reap including Angkor temples, Tonle Sap, Siem Reap city. There are 2 attractions you will be regretful if missed: Night market and National Museum. National Museum is a short story about Khmer empire from starting to now, it is presented by modern facilities such as film, models, video clips… Consequently, this is a good way to have an overview about Cambodia and Angkor temples.
Beside that, Night market is also a good place to enjoy at night. It consists of walking streets, pub, shops and various relaxing activities there.
Advisedly, you should spend 3 days in Siem Reap is enough. One day for National Museum and Tonle Sap, 2 days for Angkor aera.
Day 5: Bus from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh
Also using Giant Ibis Transport for transfer from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh. As the result, it takes around 6 hours with 2 stops.
Day 6 – 7: Phnom Penh
Phnom Penh is capital and biggest city of Cambodia. Respectively, you have famous sites to visit: Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, Wat Phnom, Russian Market, Killing Fields, Toul Sleng Museum…
Day 8: Phnom Penh to Vietnam
There 2 ways to go by land from Phnom Penh to the border of Vietnam: by bus or by speed boat. But I strongly suggest to enjoy speed boat. This is a good way to travel on Mekong river as short time and enjoy good view during trip. Finally, you reach Chau Doc (Vietnam) after 6 hours by speed boat. You should spend one night in Chau Doc to prevent tired after a long journey.
Day 9: Transfer from Chau Doc to Can Tho by bus.
Using Hung Cuong bus or Limousine for Chau Doc to Can Tho, it take around 3 hours.
Day 10: Enjoy Cai Rang or Phong Dien floating market in early morning and then transfer to Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 10 – 11: Visit Ho Chi Minh and arround.
Day 11 – 14: Take flight or train to Central of Vietnam to visit Hue, Hoi An and Da Nang.
Day 14 – 18: Take flight ot train to Hanoi to visit capital of Vietnam and Halong Bay.
The tour for this itinerary: Crossing Cambodia to Vietnam – 16 days
Travel Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam by air – Indochina Itinerary
From Bangkok – Thailand, we take flight to Ho Chi Minh. There are various choice of flights for this route. And then, we have the same itinerary as the above from Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi. Continuously, we take flight from Hanoi to Siem Reap or Phnom Penh to enjoy Cambodia.
The tour for this itinerary: Indochina Tour in Depth – 26 days
Vietnam Cambodia Laos Itinerary
Enjoy Vietnam Cambodia and Laos by road – Indochina Itinerary
Firstly, we start the in Luang Prabang or Vientiane in Laos to travel to Vietnam by road. If you start in Luang Prabang, you should take the itinerary Luang Prabang – Nong Khiaw – Muang Xai – Dien Bien Phu – Moc Chau – Mai Chau – Hanoi as the tour: Discover North of Vietnam and Laos. This is well known as one of the most beautiful route in the Southeast Asia.
If you start in Vientiane, you could use the route through Cau Treo border gate to travel by bus from Vientiane to Hanoi. There some bus team you can refer: Viet Laos Bus, Hlink Bus
The tour for this itinerary: Vietnam and Laos Adventure – 16 days
Travel Vietnam Cambodia Laos by air – Indochina Itinerary
With flights, you can start any tourist famous city in Indochina peninsula such as Siem Reap, Phnom Penh, Vientiane, Luang Prabang, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City. All these cities are connected by daily flights with reasonable price from Vietnam Airline, Vietjet Air, Cambodia Angkor Air or Laos Airline.
The tour for this itinerary: Highlight of Indochina – 16 days
Vietnam Cambodia Thailand Laos Itinerary
From Thailand to Laos by land – Indochina Itinerary
Advisedly, I would like to introduce the best way to travel from Thailand to Laos by land through Houeisay border gate. Originally, we start the trip in Chiang Mai or Chiang Rai in Thailand. And then, we travel by land to Pakbeng in Laos. Enjoy boat trip from Pakbeng to Luang Prabang through Mekong river, this is the best way to discover North of Thailand and Laos. During the trip, we are able to visit Golden Triangle area (the connection between Thailand, Laos and Myanmar.
Chiang Mai – Chiang Rai – Golden Triangle – Pakbeng by road.
Pakbeng – Luang Prabang by boat
Tour for this itinerary: Thailand – Laos – Cambodia Tour via border
Travel Vietnam Cambodia Thailand and Laos by air – Indochina Itinerary
This is the most popular way to visit these 4 countries for Indochina itinerary. As the result, the trip usually start and end in Bangkok – Thailand. From Bangkok, you should take flight to Siem Reap. And then, flight to Phnom Penh – Ho Chi Minh – Da Nang – Hanoi – Luang Prabang – Vientiane – Bangkok is the best route. There are various choice for flights through Bangkok Airway, Thai Airway, Cambodia Angkor Air, Laos Airline, Vietnam Airline and Vietjet Air.