Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Vietnam - Cambodia - Laos 7- Days Solo Journey

Indochina transnational 11th solo backpacking tour
august 24 - september 1, 2011 Wednesday to Thursday

objective: to visit the best tourist spot that fits to my budget at limited amount of time.
additional tasks: lost half of my pocket-money in day 1... show must go on for the planned itinerary no matter how it takes

Indochina, or French Indochina, was a federation of French colonies and protectorates. It consisted of Cochin China, Tonkin, Annam (all of which now form Vietnam), Laos and the Khmer Republic (now Cambodia).

timezone -  +0700H UTC
former name - north and south vietnam
capital - Hanoi City
currency - dong (VND) 1PHP = 500VND, 1USD = 21,000 VND
basic phrases - Cám on (thank you), Xin chào (hello)
visa (for filipino) - tourist visa-free at 21-days

The Vietnamese became independent from China in AD 938 after their victory at the battle of Bach Ðang River. Successive dynasties flourished along with geographic and political expansion deeper into Southeast Asia, until it was colonized by the French in the mid-19th century. Efforts to resist the French eventually led to their expulsion from the country in the mid-20th century, leaving a nation divided politically into two countries. Fighting between the two sides continued during the Vietnam War, ending with a North Vietnamese victory in 1975.
source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vietnam

indochina currencies; vietnam dong, cambodia riel & laos kip

vietnam war remnants museum of ho chi minh city

cu chi tunnel (outside of ho chi minh city)

vietnam food trip

timezone -  +0700H UTC
former name - kampuchea
capital - Phnom Penh
currency - riel (KHR) 1PHP = 300KHR, 1USD = 4,000 KHR
basic phrases - Akun (thank you), Suosday (hello)
visa (for filipino) - tourist visa-free at 21-days

In 802 AD Jayavarman II declared himself king which marked the beginning of the Khmer Empire. Cambodia was ruled as a vassal between its neighbors, until it was colonized by the French in mid-19th century. Cambodia gained independence in 1953. The Vietnam War extended into Cambodia, giving rise to the Khmer Rouge, which took Phnom Penh in 1975. Cambodia reemerged several years later within a socialistic sphere of influence as the People's Republic of Kampuchea until 1993. After years of isolation, the war-ravaged nation was reunited under the monarchy in 1993.
source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cambodia

cambodia food trip

angkor wat of siem reap

wat phnom in phnom penh city

timezone -  +0700H UTC
former name - Muang Lao
capital - Vientiane city
currency - kip (LAK) 1PHP = 190LAK, 1USD = 8,000 LAK
basic phrases - khawp-chai (thank you), sa bai dii (hello)
visa (for filipino) - tourist visa-free at 30-days

In 1893, Laos became a French protectorate, with the three kingdoms, Kingdom of Luang Phrabang, Kingdom of Vientiane and Kingdom of Champasak, uniting to form what is now known as Laos. It briefly gained independence in 1945 after Japanese occupation, but returned to French rule until it was granted autonomy in 1949. Laos became independent in 1954, with a constitutional monarchy under Sisavang Vong. Shortly after independence, a long civil war ended the monarchy, when the Communist Pathet Lao movement came to power in 1975.
source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laos

khone phapheng waterfalls in champasak province

champasak college stupa in pakse city

booked again via my favorite budget-friendly airline, cebu pacific's 50% discount promo fare last may 30, 2011 for php5,110.10. since i do not own any credit card from the beginning of my travel addictness, i paid this again through myBDO online payment. this is my 4th roundtrip ticket purchased by that BDO's very stress-free mode of payment. another thing, i have set new journey records on my bucketlist for this event;

1. 1st time to travel for more than 6 days outside philippines
2. 1st time to visit three(3) countries in a row
3. 1st time to avail roundtrip ticket that amounts above php3,700

anyways, i divided this wonderful journey into different set of posts to be more specific on its content;


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  2. when it comes to traveling solo and detailed- the name you can trust is Andie!

  3. Looks like you had an amazing adventure in Cambodia and Laos. I always wanted to visit the Angkor Wat. Great photos you have there!

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  4. sobrang grateful ako to this post :D maraming maraming salamat, i enjoyed my holy week vacation. traveling solo makes me prayerful, kaya in time pa rin sa holy week ;)
    sinundan ko lang yung detailed itinerary mo, i survived the 7 days in 3 countries ;)

  5. hi..astig ng travel mo..interested din ako to do this..can u send me in my email a4millaers@gmail.com the budget and itinerary and contacts for this? thanks in advance

  6. hi is there a way from siem reap to laos then to thailand?


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