Hi everyone, I am planning a 3 week trip in May 2014 to Thailand, Laos and Cambodia. I am flying from London and plan to head to Bangkok first as I believe this where I can get cheapest direct flights to get into the region. I am travelling with my wife and we are keen photographers looking for a mixture of temples, natural scenery, and good food.
So here is my rough itinerary:-
-Fly from Bangkok to Phnom Penh (Flight using Bangkok Airlines)
-Phnom Penh (2 nights and 1.5 days
-Bus (Mekong Express or Giant Ibis) from Phnom Penh to Siam Reap
-Siam Reap (5 nights and 4.5 days)
-Fly from SR to Luang Prabang (using Laos Airline)
-Luang Prabang (5 nights and 4.5 days) before getting a bus to Vang Vieng
-Vang Vieng (2 nights and 1.5 days) before getting a bus to Vientiane
-Vientiane (3 nights and 2 days)
-Fly from Vientiane to Bangkok (Flight on Laos Airlines)
-Spend 2.5 days in Bangkok before flying back to London
Please could you give any comments as to my itinerary? Specifically:-
i) I have tried to allocate a good amount of time in each place - please let me know if I should be spending more or less time in each place
ii) Are there any other interesting towns/places which I have missed which could potentially be added to the itinerary? Or things which I should consider taking off?
iii) I have seen other itineraries where people have gone to Bangkok, then Laos and then Cambodia - are there any cost or time savings from doing this?
iv) I believe that Bangkok is the best place to start our trip around Laos and Cambodia - are there any other options which I have missed?
v) I have taken flights where I can in order to save time as I have quite a limited time to spend in the region - are these the best available options or could I get a train/bus?
I apologise for the really detailed questions :) and many thanks in advance :) :)