Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Spend your 10 days annual leaves in Indo-China

- Flight ticket from Ho Chi Minh City to Kuala Lumpur ($$ varies)
- Change RM500 to Thai Bath
- USD300

A - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
B - Butterworth, Penang, Malaysia
C - Bangkok, Thailand
D - Aranyaprathet, Sa Kaeo, Thailand
E - Siem Riep, Cambodia
F - Phnom Penh, Cambodia
G - Ho Chi Minh, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Note: Fellow Malaysian... in ASEAN country. You'll get 14 days max free entry VISA. So, don't need to prepared your VISA in advance. For JOHOREAN... it's like entering SINGAPORE. ok :)

Butterworth Train Station

DAY 1 - Try to reach BUTTERWORTH before 11am... because you'll need to purchase train ticket towards BANGKOK, departure 2:30pm. Cost around RM120/berth (excluded from our budget above).

Train Sleeper/Berth

Hualompong Train Station, Bangkok, Thailand

DAY 2 - You'll arrived at Hualamphong Train station, BANGKOK around 10:00am... get transport to KAO SAN ROAD. If you're alone... try share your transportation cost with other traveler. Check-in any hostel or room. Make sure you booked you bus towards SIEM RIEP, CAMBODIA on DAY 4. It will cost you maximum Bath600 (RM60). Then, hangout with other traveler, explore KAO SAN and the CITY.
Note: Previously I travel from Siem Riep towards Kao San Road... it took around 12 hours. A lot of traveler complaining scam relatively about NO connecting transport after the border. However, in my case... I have a smooth travel even after border. A huge bus awaits after the immigration points. Do check various travel/transportation agencies before you purchase your tickets.

Grand Palace, Bangkok, Thailand

DAY 3 - Explore Floating Market, Grand Palace (WAT PHRA KAEO) and in the afternoon go towards CHATUCHAK WEEKEND MARKET.

DAY 4 - Your day 4 eventually will be spent on the road. It took 12 hours (3 hours from KAO SAN towards ARANYANPRAHET) and remaining hours from the border towards SIEM RIEP. The journey, immigration, and road towards SIEM RIEP is unvarying interesting as your destination. Arrived at SIEM RIEP early evening... There's a lot of good accommodation around SIEM RIEP, head downtown or around national road 6 for cheap accommodation below RM50. Try to get bus towards PHNOM PENH on DAY 7. Or booked it tomorrow.

Angkot Wat, Siem Riep, Cambodia

Angkor Thom, Siem Riep, Cambodia

DAY 5 & 6 - Your task to is venture around ANGKOR RUINS, BENG MEALEA, BANTAEY SREI, PHNOM KULEN, TONLE SAP...

DAY 7 - Most buses depart from CHONG KOV SOU BUS STATION near PHSAR LOU 2km from town center. The bus will take National Road No.6 towards PHNOM PENH... it took around 6 hours. Then look for MEKONG EXPRESS for your trip towards HO CHI MINH CITY... cost about 60,000Riel the journey another 6 hours. Most likely you'll arrived at HCMC around mid evening. Try to booked your hostel in advance before arrival. Otherwise it's kinda hectic to find a place to rest from a long journey.

Bantaey Srei, Siem Riep, Cambodia

Baphuon, Siem Riep, Cambodia

Ta Phrom, Siem Riep, Cambodia

DAY 8 & 9 - There's a lot of Museums, Religious site and Parks that worth to visits. Try Binh Quoi at southern VIETNAM if you like nature and old culture. (I should elaborate more eh... albert if you reading this help me... hehehe)

DAY 10 - Heading back to KUALA LUMPUR by AIR. ;)

The budget given will cover your basic necessities (food, place to stay and most important your transportation). If you need to do a lot of shopping... please add extra money. ;)

Another option is to fly towards HO CHI MINH CITY, starts there and return back to MALAYSIA via CAMBODIA and THAILAND using land transportation. Try to avoid monsoon season, last year (2011) the train between BUTTERWORTH and BANGKOK is non function because of FLOOD. It will ruin the whole plan since the train is part of the journey.

Give it a try... you'll get 3 VISA stamp from THAILAND, CAMBODIA and VIETNAM in one trip. You can add another country stamp VISA if you flew from HCMC towards SINGAPORE... hehehehe. If you're SINGAPOREAN... definitely 4 stamps. :P

Go travel. Learn other culture, religion and history... the more you travel, the more you'll treat people equally.

Safe travel yo!.
p/s if you feel that my information is NOT complete or wrong... please don't hesitate to contact me back. :) My intentions is very clear, to encourage you to travel and LEARN.

1 comment:

Azri Idlan said...

broo...kalau dari Ho Chi Minh ke KL ade itenary x? kalau ade igt nk minta jasa baik share.. :-)