I’ve contacted and consulted travel bloggers about this route and after telling them I only have 25 days to make it happen I could tell their reluctance just by reading their e-mail. They all told me I couldn’t do it all in that short window but I’m one that loves proving people wrong and I sure did! The only thing I would probably do next time I repeat the route is have about 6 months to enjoy and delve into the local culture.
Here’s the route…
1. PDX>YVR>GouangZou,China>BKK by Plane
2. Bangkok, Thailand to Chiang Mai, Thailand on a 15-Hour sleeper bus ride (amazing experience I must say!)
3. Chiang Mai>Chiang Khong, Thailand>Cross the Mekong River to the Laos Side on quick boat ride
4. Houayxiay, Laos>Pakbeng Village, Laos>Luang Prabang, Laos on an epic 2-day slow boat ride (everyone doing this route should most def experience the 2-day slow boat ride! You haven’t done SEAsia unless you’ve done this.)
5. Luang Prabang>Vientiane, Laos (by 7 hour sleeper bus ride)
6. Vientiane>DaLat, Vietnam>Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (on a 40-Hour Sleeper bus ride – I wouldn’t recommend this particular route. I would go head to Cambodia first then Vietnam). Our situation was different that we had to do this route to get to Vietnam.
7. Ho Chi Minh>Pnom Penh, Cambodia>Siem Reap, Cambodia (by 7 hour bus ride)
8. Siem Reap>Bangkok (by bus)
9. BKK>CEB, Philippines (by Plane)
10. CEB>BKK (by Plane. next flight the next day so we slept at the airport very uncomfortably to wait for our next flight)
11. BKK>GouangZou, China>YVR>PDX (by plane and we’re home!!!)
This journey was amazing! The food were especially great and the people/locals were super friendly! I would do it again but changing one specific route and just change #6.