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Cambodia-Laos-Vietnam itinerary

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Seriously, I don't know what I'd do without my Fodors forum! My best friend has become Google, but my real bestie remains Fodors:)

I've got what I THINK is a somewhat sensible itinerary for the SE Asia leg of my trip, but please let me know if you think if my itinerary looks a bit...off or anything. I'm definitely open to suggestions and advice from all of you who have traveled so extensively in the region!

I'm trying to keep everything somewhat budget-friendly but still relatively comfortable (as comfy as budget travel can be), so I'm trying not to have to fly everywhere as often as possible, so long as it doesn't require some 24 hr long ride on buses that may potentially make me quesy.

SE Asia Start Point:
Feb 27 - Taipei, Taiwan to Phnom Penh, Cambodia

*PHNOM PENH (2 nights) to do the following:

1) The Silver Pagoda
2) The Killing Fields
3) Tuol Sleng

===Bus from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap (5-6 hrs? / any recommended bus companies?)===

* SIEM REAP (3 nights) to do the following:

1) *Angkor Wat
2) Bayon Temple
3) *Angkor Thom
4) *Ta Prohm
5) Banteau Srei + Kabal Spean
6) Preah Khan
7) Pre Rup
8) Banteay Samre
9) Phnom Bakheng
10) Tonle Sap

===Siem Reap to Vientiane by bus (any recommended bus companies?)===

Possible stop in Don Det / 4000 islands? I hear this is a 1 day bus journey to Don Det from Siem Reap, and another 1 day bus journey from Don Det to Vientiane? Does anyone have any advice on this? Having trouble finding much detail on this.

Siem Reap - Don Det - Vientiane?

*VIENTIANE, LAOS (1 night)
1) Check out some Wats (Wat Sisaket and Ho Pha Kaew), Mekong River food stalls

===Vientiane to Vang Vieng by bus (4 hrs? / any recommended bus companies?)===

*VANG VIENG (2-3 nights) to do:

1) Caving, Limestone Mountains – Tham Chang Cave
2) Outdoor Activities –Tubing, etc.

==Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang (5-6 hrs??)==

*LUANG PRABANG (2-3 nights) to do:

1) See colonial buildings, ancient temples
2) Mount Phou Si temple – climb to temple’s peak
3) Tat Kuang Si – awesome waterfalls / pools (should we hire a driver?)
4) Morning Almsgiving
5) Wat Xient Thong (Golden City Temple)
6) Phu Si Hill at sunrise – to see view of Luang Prabang
7) Mount Phousi at sunset
8) River Cruise to Pak Ou Caves (maybe--I've read this isn't that impressive)

**This is where I get confused...LAOS - VIETNAM

I was thinking of Luang Prabang to Hanoi, since both are somewhat northern, seemed to make the most sense?

Only method of travel I found was a $200 flight from LP to Hanoi, and comments about how this is a 24 hr+ bus ride with no direct route.

I was hoping to do Hanoi - Halong Bay, and need to find my way to Ho Chi Minh City for a flight out to Australia afterward...

Thanks in advance for all the help, and apologies for the longgggg post!

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