Our Indochina trip will finally tomorrow and I’m supposed to be packing right after I printed our travel itinerary booklet (download the itinerary template here). However, due to pride of making one, I posted it at a group and everyone suddenly became interested not just the itinerary template booklet itself but even our Indochina Itinerary. hehe So now I’m stuck blogging contents and this is actually a second post already. lol This is so not me posting ahead the itinerary because usually I post it after the trip but hey, here you go.
We chose Siem Reap, Cambodia as our entry point of country since we wanted to spend more in Bangkok. Then, we’ll be riding a bus heading to Phnom Penh spend overnight there, then another bus heading to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh), Vietnam for another overnight stay. Finally, heading to Bangkok we’ll be taking a plane since as I’ve researched, the trip would take 15 hours coming from Vietnam. Also, we plan to going all the way to Laos unfortunately, it would take another 12 hours and we have to get back to Bangkok again as our exit point so that would total to a whole day. We’ll be like Zombies right after the trip.haha
So for this INDOCHINA itinerary we’ll be spending the following days:
Day 1: Siem Reap, Cambodia
Day 2: Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Day 3: Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
Day 4-7: Kanchanaburi and Bangkok, Thailand
Since we’re coming from Cagayan de Oro, we will spend almost the whole day traveling heading to Siem Reap due to connecting flights to Manila then Siem Reap, Cambodia.
10:05 – 11:45am: Cagayan de Oro to Manila
07:05 – 09:10pm: Manila to Siem Reap, Cambodia
Expectedly, we will be arriving at our accommodation around 10pm so our first activity for the day should be Pub Street.
10:00 till dawn (haha) – Pub Street
Luckily, our hotel also provides tuktuk tours for Angkor Wat so it was easy for us to book ahead. We were given discount of $2 off for the tuktuk and since there is another fee for catching up sunrise at Angkor Wat, our total payment would be $25 for one tuktuk. The Angkor Wat entrance is another fee which costs $37.
04:30 – Sunrise at Angkor Wat
Since we read about reviews of taking the night bus to be suicidal (haha) we opt to take the afternoon bus in going to Phnom Penh. So for this day, the highlight would just be Angkor Wat.
02:00 – 08:00pm – Travel to Phnom Penh which average costs $8
Stay overnight at Phnom Penh.
06:00am – Breakfast
We haven’t decided yet as to where but since our hotel is nearby the Russian Market, I guess we will just eat there. Due to limited time, we only chose two major tourist spots which is Killing Fields and S21.
02:00 – 08:00pm – Travel to Saigon, Vietnam
Stay overnight at Vietnam. I’m not sure if we will still have remaining energy for a short night tour but if ever, we’re planning to got Phu My Hung and Starlight Bridge at District 7. They say the starlight bridge is so romantic so this day will be a post monthsary date so I guess visiting it would be perfect.
Finally, for this day, there will be no more afternoon trips since our flight to Bangkok will still be at nighttime so we need not wake early in the morning.
08:00am – Breakfast.
We’ll try out Pho at Pho Le, District 1 as this is their usual food for breakfast. Right after we’ll be heading to Ben Thank Market for some mini shopping.
09:00am – Ben Thanh Market
09:30am – Attend Mass at Saigon Cathedral of Notre Dame
Our 4th day will fall on a Sunday so it would be great to attend mass in a different country.
11:00am – Lunch at the famous Lunch Lady
12:00pm – City Tour
06:00pm – Dinner
Then for the tourist spots we decided to get the feel of Saigon’s French colony so below are the ff that we will visit.
Opera House theater
Central Post Office
Tan Dinh Church should be to top priority since this one is pink and I’ll be wearing pink on this day.hehe
We only chose three since we won’t risk of getting late for our flight to Bangkok. Plus, the fact that we will be taking a local airline, NokAir just to get the feel of being local, we have to be early since everything is not familiar.
11:00 – 11:30pm: check in at Hotel
Because we’ll be spending more days in Bangkok there’s no rush to squeeze in a night activity here.
07:00am: Pick up at Hotel
This would probably be the day that we’ll be spending most of our money. Because Bangkok wouldn’t be complete without seeing Elephants then we made sure to include it in our itinerary. The big BUT her is that it’s not the ordinary Elephant tour that includes a back ride because that definitely a No-No. Instead, we will be having an Elephant bath at Kanchaburi Elephant village. So it’s not the elephants who’ll be working for us but rather it will be us who’ll be serving them–feeding and bathing which also includes us on getting wet.
08:30am: Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, we’ll definitely ride a boat here
09:00 – 09:30am: Maeklong Railway Market, for sure you’ve seen a video in FB where a train passes right in the middle of the market. It’s this place.
10:30 – 01:00pm: Travel to Kanchanaburi
01:00 – 01:30pm: Elephant Bath for 30min
02:00 – 05:00pm: Travel back to hotel
We’ll definite take the whole night sleeping and let everything else to follow. If we will happen to wake up with still a lot of time at night, then we’ll probably go to a food market if not, we’ll just be having dinner downstairs.
By the way, we will be renting a van from Tour by Tong which costs 3500THB for 10 hours that includes driver, gasoline but with no tour guide. Then, the elephant bath costs 700THB.
07:00am: Breakfast at a food market
08:00am till afternoon – Temple Tour: The Grand Palace, Wat Pho, Wat Arun
Then, we will be spending the remaining time food market hopping.
10:10 – 2:45pm: Travel back to Manila
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