Backpack South East Asia in 5 Weeks


We were critisiced by some backpackers for how quickly we were going around South East Asia. But you know what? In the small amount of time I had to travel I squeezed in 5 countries, had the time of my life, had some incredible experiences and I would do it all again. So here is a basic itinerary of where I went.

Travelling From Travelling To Mode of Transport Duration of Transit (Approximate) Number of Nights
Sydney Siem Reap, Cambodia Fly 9 hours 5
Siem Reap Phnom Penh, Cambodia Bus 4 hours 4
Phnom Penh Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam Bus 6 hours 5
Ho Chi Minh City Hanoi, Vietnam Fly 1 hour 5
Hanoi Vientiane, Laos Fly 1 Hour 2
Vientiane Vang Vieng, Laos Bus 4 hours 1
Vang Vieng Luang Prabang, Laos Bus 4 hours 3
Luang Prabang Chiang Mai, Thailand Bus 30 hours* 6
Chiang Mai Bangkok, Thailand Train 12 hours 2
Bangkok Bali, Indonesia Fly 6 hours 3
Bali Sydney, Australia Fly 6 hours  I’m home!

*On my bus trip from Luang Prabang to Chiang Mai we were standed for 7 hours hence why the trip was so long. I share the story of my experience in a previous blog post. Typically, the bus trip is a long one, about 20 ish hours. You could reak up your journey into smaller legs and getting a bit of rest between the two destinations. A quicker alternative would be to fly in between Luang Prabang and Chiang Mai but that is a little more expensive.

Have you done anything similar? I would love to hear from you!


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2 thoughts on “Backpack South East Asia in 5 Weeks

    1. I would definitely reccommend it just to see something new even if it is only for a short time was so worth it. And if you’re in Australia thats a bonus because flights to Asia are so cheap!


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