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1 month to go: Vietnam & Cambodia Trip

April 12, 2011
Vietnam & Cambodia

It’s only a month to go before I start our 10-day trip to Vietnam & Cambodia. And am I excited? hell, yeah!

I’m excited for the trip because of a couple of things – one because this will be my first international trip for 2011 and the longest backpacking trip yet (it will be a 9 day trip!). It’s also my first time to go to Vietnam & Cambodia.

With 9-days, I expect to see much more than a weekend – and of course, it will be a bit more relaxed than a weekend trip. I’m particularly excited for the Cambodian leg of our trip as I get to finally visit and see Angkor Wat. At the same time, I’ve been looking forward to be part of the traveller circuit  again. And of course, I’m also adding 2 countries to my 25-country list and will up my travel points to 21 countries.

I’m not doing the trip alone but with a good friend of mine, Riya. It will be her first trip outside of the country – so she’s more excited than I do when it comes to this trip.

We’ll arrive their early morning of 14 May and will travel to a few points across the country and will need to be back to Ho Chi Minh by 22 May at night for our flight back to Manila. When it comes to preparation, we have our draft itinerary below which of course is subject to change:

Day 1 (May 14) – Around Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), Vietnam
Day 2 (May 15) – 12 hour trip to Siem Reap, Cambodia from HCMC
Day 3 (May 16) – Angkor Temples
Day 4 (May 17) – Siem Reap // Travel at night to Sihanoukville
Day 5 (May 18) – Sihanoukville
Day 6 (May 19) – Sihanoukville
Day 7 (May 20) – Sihanoukville to HCMC (12 hour trip)
Day 8 (May 21) – HCMC to Mui Ne (day trip)
Day 9 (May 22) – Around HCMC
Day 10 (May 23) – Trip back to Manila

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Now, it is only a draft itinerary for now – looking at it, I’m a bit concerned that it maybe too many places with too little time, and I’m open to suggestions.

Have you been to Vietnam or Cambodia? What are the places that we should definitely visit? Food to try?  Share them below!

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  • Reply Smith Cam April 6, 2013 at 06:43

    Cambodia’s terrain consists mainly of low plains, with mountains to the southwest and north.

  • Reply Will July 8, 2011 at 03:57

    Cambodia is spectacular! Enjoy! Wish I would have had time to visit Vietnam while I was in the area 🙁

    • Reply Jerick Parrone July 10, 2011 at 16:56

      Thank you, I’ve done the trip a couple of months ago and it was excellent! I really like Cambodia too – have so many posts on draft, and will put them up soon!

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