How to Plan A Vietnam and Cambodia Trip Together?
A trip to Vietnam and Cambodia may be on your traveling schedule. All you need to know is that before you can experience the amazing ancient temples hidden within lush jungles, the culture of Mekong River and the gorgeous natural scenery, there is an important to-do list stands between you and your perfect classic Vietnam Cambodia tour. The more prepared you are, the more possible that you can have a successful trip that lives up to your expectations. If you are not willing to spend time on creating an itinerary, arrange transportation or decide where to stay, you can have a look at the following steps that will help you draw your inspiration to plan a flawless trip to Vietnam and Cambodia.
1. Get your documents in order
Passport: If you don’t have a passport, then you have to apply for one. It will take four to six weeks from the time of application for you to receive one. Expedited service is available to process a passport within two to three weeks from the time of application with an additional $60. However, if you already have a passport, you need to check its expiration date. And both Vietnam and Cambodia require that your passport that has as much as 6 months validity remaining for entry. If your passport doesn’t have the required validity, you need to renew it as soon as possible to avoid the cost and stress of waiting until the last minute.
Visa: If you plan to fly to Vietnam at first, then obtaining a visa-on-arrival is the best way. You should apply for a VOA letter of approval on-line, which is easy and there are many reputable agents online. You just need to Google a website and follow the steps it required. And tourists can apply for a visa at most border crossings between Vietnam and Cambodia. However, it is recommended to get a visa in advance to avoid numerous bribes and payments.
If you plan to fly to Cambodia first, you can apply for a Cambodia visa at the airport. If you are from most countries, you can get visa-on-arrival at Phnom Penh Airport and Siem Reap Airport. You just need to fill in a paperwork that is given to you on the plane. Of course, you can apply a visa in advance at the Cambodia embassy and online. From Cambodia to Vietnam, tourists can get a visa-on-arrival at all the Cambodia international airport and most main land border crossings.
2. Establish a budget based on your destination list
It is essential to establish a budget after you decide where you want to go in Vietnam and Cambodia. If you have enough money to do this trip, then there is nothing to worry about. But if you want to do it in a budget way, you should know that some destinations are generally cheaper than others, and there are ways to save, like travel in off season, pick budget accommodations and so on. Usually, From November to March is the off-season for Vietnam and Cambodia. But what should be noticed is that most international airlines will raise the ticket price around Christmas.
3. Create a rough itinerary
There are several classic Vietnam and Cambodia itineraries for tourists to pick. You can check the scenic spots online to decide where you want to go and then compare to the itinerary provided by IndochinaTour. Before you sketch out a day-by-day itinerary of your trip, don’t try to book anything related to your tour.
4. Book your flight tickets
It may be the most expensive part of your trip. So, you can book earlier to see if there are discount tickets around the date you plan to go. After this expense, it will be more flexible for you to book other things according to your budget.
5. Book your accommodation
Where to stay is also one of the important parts of your trip. In order to do that, you need to take out your itinerary and find the places to stay according to your route. The earlier you book, the better you will find, especially during high season. Try harder to find places with lower cost but higher quality. In that case, it is recommended to try some homestays, farmstays or some hotels with national style.
Transportation in Vietnam: Travel between the major cities, like Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi and Da Nang, tourists can choose flight service, which will be more convenient. However, in order to meet the needs of tourists, domestic flights in Vietnam are rising in number of routes and frequency. The Reunification Express runs the entire length of Vietnam’s coast, connecting most cities and provinces all over Vietnam. If you want a budget yet exciting travel from North Vietnam to the South, it is a perfect choice to take the train. As for the cheapest and the most convenient means of transportation in Vietnam, it has to be the bus. The bus system in Vietnam has been well-developed and it covers almost every part of the country. In the major cities, you can find buses that can take you to every tourist destination and other provinces.
Travel by train
Transportation in Cambodia: If you want to travel in Cambodia by plane, you’d better book in advance. Because there are only flights between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, as well as Siem Reap and Sihanoukville. And the rotations are limited. As for the train system in Cambodia, it is in very poor condition, which will not be recommended to tourists as the better transportation in Cambodia. Well, the most convenient ways to travel is by bus. Most buses in Cambodia are air-conditioned and comfortable. And tourists don’t need to buy tickets in the office. There are guesthouses and hotels selling tickets to travellers.
Do not pack just the day before your trip. You should start to think about what you need to bring at least one week before departure. Only this way can it be possible that you pack all the things you need for your trip.
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