Backpacking Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos & Thailand: 6 Days Itinerary for only PHP 14,000

A full pack, epic, worth it and crazy temple run backpacking journey I should say! 4 countries in 6 Days for only PHP 14,000

A full pack, epic, worth it and crazy temple run backpacking journey I should say! After months of saving, planning and two weeks of sleepless and nosebleed nights just to finish our itinerary with a super small budget, finally, here comes INDOCHINA!!!!

Until now, I could still feel the excitement, amazement, and fulfillment I felt after being able to cross out Indochina-Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand and Laos in my bucket list. It was a milestone for me and my friends to breakthrough a four-countries tour in just 6 days. It was truly amazing! Was it tiring? Yes! But all worth it and super fun! I promise! Being able to cross these countries with the shortest possible time given our limitations from our full time jobs and by just spending Php 14,000 plus airfare for the whole trip was a dream come true. All these would not have been possible if not for the seat sales from Cebu Pacific which we booked 6 months ago. In no time, we booked a one-way trip to Siem Reap, Cambodia and another via Bangkok, Thailand as our exit point.

During our second day in Cambodia, I have been receiving a lot of messages asking for my complete itinerary and budget. I know a lot of you are wondering how we conquered Indochina, so here’s how. I decided to divide our itinerary into countries so that it will be easier for everyone to see the complete details. Enjoy!

DAY 0: MANILA – Let our INDOCHINA Traventures begin! Amazing view of Manila Skyline ♥

Screen Shot 2017-08-29 at 11.54.28 PMDAY 1: SIEM REAP, CAMBODIA

After a 2 hours flight from Manila, we are now on our first stop – Siem Reap, Cambodia

Touchdown in Siem Reap International Airport. From here, I could already feel their culture.

Siem Reap is very beautiful with so much to offer. A home to iconic ancient temples which are very rich in history and architecture. Also one of the UNESCO’s World Heritage site and truly one of the a must see places in the world.

A lot of travelers come and go everyday waiting as early as 5AM just to witness the most famous Angkor Wat’s sunrise. These people who have different faces and who comes from different races are scattered everywhere around the temple with their camera’s and tripods ready to take their most instagramable shot of the Angkor Wat’s silhouette.

According to the people I’ve meet during our stay in Siem Reap, until now it is still a continuous debate as to how long someone should stay in the city to be able to see all of the temples but as for my own experience, one day is enough and totally worth it!

These temples are somehow alike though they have different stories behind. So if you are planning to do a temple run, better know which temple would you want to sight see.

Screen Shot 2017-08-29 at 11.54.28 PMWHICH TEMPLES ARE BEST TO SEE?

All of the temples are amazingly created. But among these set of temples are the most visited ones. Here is the map for a better reference.

Angkor Temple Map (source:
Finally had my own shot! It felt so amazing and the view had won me over!
An obligatory jumpshot!
Inside the Angkor Wat Temple

Screen Shot 2017-08-29 at 11.54.28 PMHOW MUCH DID WE SPEND PER HEAD HERE?

Transportation – PHP 612.50                                                                                                          Hotel – PHP 437.50                                                                                                                          Angkot Ticket – PHP 1,000                                                                                                                Food – PHP 180                                                                                                                                          Total = PHP 2,230.00

For a detailed guide and itinerary, you may visit this blog – One day in Siem Reap: A real Temple Run Adventure!

Screen Shot 2017-08-29 at 11.54.28 PMDAY 2: PHONM PEHN, CAMBODIA

Phnom Penh is the bustling capital of Cambodia. It was once a gem but was tarnished by the impact of war and revolution. The city still maintains considerable charm with so much to see, from it’s Angkorian architecture and palaces to their amazing boulevards and more.

We visited all spots which were previously used as jails and killing areas like the Toul Sleng Genocide Museum, the Choeng Ek Killing Fields and until now, I could still remember how most of these gave me goosebumps and took me back to the era of darkness and wars. I can’t help but feel sad for the victims of the past.

Yes, It may be dark but nevertheless, it was still an amazing experience for being able to see and experience their history and culture. I still recommend to come and see Phnom Penh now as it won’t be the same in the next few years.

Inside the Royal Palace
Thought that I would only see this in Italy but Phnom Pehn has a place with so much birds.


Screen Shot 2017-08-29 at 11.54.28 PMHOW MUCH DID WE SPEND PER HEAD HERE?

Transportation – PHP 875                                                                                                                Hotel – PHP 250                                                                                                                                Tickets/Entrance Fees – PHP 650                                                                                                        Food – PHP 362.50                                                                                                                                    Total = PHP 2,137.50

For a detailed guide and itinerary, you may visit this blog – One day in Phnom Pehn, Cambodia: Unveiling the past!

Screen Shot 2017-08-29 at 11.54.28 PMDAY 3: HO CHI MINH, VIETNAM

Welcome to one of Asia’s most compelling cities. Ho Chi Minh City offers an endless exploration and one day won’t be enough to cover everything about this city!

This was our third destination for our Indochina tour and we only have one day to explore the place. I swear! It wasn’t enough and will surely plan out for a Vietnam tour again soon. Nevertheless, we still had so much fun and the adventure was unforgettable indeed!

From noodle breakfasts to art tours and tunnel visits, here’s how we make the most of one day in former Saigon.

Tunnel shot!




Screen Shot 2017-08-29 at 11.54.28 PMHOW MUCH DID WE SPEND PER HEAD HERE?

Transportation – PHP 737.50                                                                                                          Hotel – PHP 299                                                                                                                                Tickets/Entrance Fees – PHP 400                                                                                                        Food – PHP 350.00                                                                                                                                Total = PHP 1,786.50

For a detailed guide and itinerary, you may visit this blog – One day in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam: an endless exploration!

Screen Shot 2017-08-29 at 11.54.28 PMDAY 4:BANGKOK, THAILAND

As one of Asia’s mostly traveled and best valued destinations, Bangkok offers a plethora of experiences. Truly, this city is one of the busiest cities I’ve been. The traffic buzzes everywhere, city streets are always teeming with life and vendors are  scattered all over the place.

This country was our last stop for our Indochina trip starting off from Cambodia-Vietnam-Thailand-Laos-Thailand-Manila. During our visit, the country is still mourning for the death of their King Bhumibol Adulyadej. At the airport, the staff were giving out black tribute ribbons to be worn as a sign of respect. Thais have been wearing dark colours, and travelers were asked not to wear flamboyant colors when in public places.

The Grand Palace crown during the grand invitation.

Most of the tourist spots were closed for operation especially the Bangkok’s Wat Phra Kaeo (Temple of the Emerald Buddha) and the Grand Palace, as they were the venue of the royal funeral rites. Roads were blocked, route guides were posted everywhere and people were asked to walk to be able to reach the main entrance of these temples. Luckily, we were still allowed to enter since it was opened for public viewing for free.



Screen Shot 2017-08-29 at 11.54.28 PMHOW MUCH DID WE SPEND PER HEAD HERE?

Transportation & Airfare – PHP 2,777.78                                                                                            Hotel bag drop – PHP 28.40                                                                                                                      Tickets – PHP 0                                                                                                                                      Food – PHP 300                                                                                                                                          Total = PHP 3,106.18

For a detailed guide and itinerary, you may visit this blog – Bangkok, Thailand – A one of a kind experience!

Screen Shot 2017-08-29 at 11.54.28 PMDAY 5: VIENTIANE, LAOS

This was our final destination and it was again a temple run adventure! Our first plan was to visit Vang Vieng, Laos and try their river tubing but due to time limitations as we only have one day to conquer the country and since Vang Vieng is 4 hours away from Vientiane, so we decided to just explore the latter one.

Vientiane, despite being the largest city still maintains it’s spectacular beauty. It was totally laid back and uncrowded. Roaming around is relatively simple as it can be done either on foot or hire a car for daytour just like what we did. The temples and other sites are just close to each other and everything just blends with the rural foundations of the city.




Patuxai as our background!

Screen Shot 2017-08-29 at 11.54.28 PMHOW MUCH DID WE SPEND PER HEAD HERE?

Transportation & Airfare – PHP 2,366.46                                                                                            Tickets – PHP 0                                                                                                                                      Food – PHP 250                                                                                                                                          Total = PHP 2,616.46

For a detailed guide and itinerary, you may visit this blog – to be uploaded soon!

Screen Shot 2017-08-29 at 11.54.28 PMDAY 6: BANGKOK, THAILAND – And were back to Thailand for our flight back to Manila.

Screen Shot 2017-08-29 at 11.54.28 PMSUMMARY BREAKDOWN:

Manila – PHP 1,843.25

Siem Reap, Cambodia – PHP 2,230.00

Phnom Pehn, Cambodia – PHP 2,137.50

Ho Chi Mihn, Vietnam -PHP 1,786.50

Bangkok, Thailand – PHP 3,106.18 +280.25

Vientaine, Laos – PHP 2,616.46

TOTAL = PHP 14,000.14

Here’s a complete itinerary for the whole trip. Indochina Itinerary

I hope you find it colorful and helpful. If yes, please do not forget to like and share. And If you have any questions, just leave a comment and I will do my best to answer it.

Follow this blog and my Facebook page jiejiethetraveler for more updates. Love lots!

59 thoughts on “Backpacking Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos & Thailand: 6 Days Itinerary for only PHP 14,000

  1. Hi there! Your blog excites me even more for my upcoming indochina trip. Btw, can I ask what airline did you booked your viet to bkk flight with? And how much is the airfare? Thanks!


  2. Very nice itenerary.. The information is so detailed.. I have a question.. What if our entry point is Bangkok Thailand? Our ticket is manila-bangkok.. What should be the sequence of the 4 country tour?
    Thanks a lot!

    Here is my email ad:

    Lany 🙂


    1. Hi Lany, Coming from BKK you can take the ff routes:

      1. Manila > Thailand > Laos > Thailand > Cambodia > Vietnam > Manila
      2. Manila > Thailand > Cambodia > Vietnam > Manila (I guess Laos will be very far from here not unless you you take Thailand route again.)


  3. love your blog, planning to go there around nov-dec 2017
    is it safe for my mom ? (senior citizen) kasi she loves travelling , sabi nya habang nakakalakad pa xa
    can i ask for your itinerary para mas clear? 🙂
    thank you

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    1. Hi April, yes it’s possible for your Mom but please spend more days than we did preferrably 2 days in each country so you’ll have more time to rest. Travelling from one country is comfy especially via sleepery train. Try not to choose the lower class bus as it has a degredaded service like no aircon and stuff. Make your mom feel comfy. Hope you enjoy with your mom. Planning to bring my parents too in my next travels 😍 Please shoot me an email so I could send it. Will also try to update this blog soon for better tips.


    1. Hi Amor, yes the places are safe but be sure to plan out your itinerary well. Note that we had a hard time identifying the places since most of them do not have English translations but you can always ask for help from the locals/tourist around. In booking for your hotel, make sure that the reviews are great and ratings are high and also the location has to be near the pub areas especially in Phnom Penh where we booked a hotel situated in a squatters like community and it feels so scary so we had to cancel it.


  4. this blog is so awesome! My friends and I are planning to do this trip next year. is it okay to have the itinerary be emailed to my personal email address? It will be very helpful reference for our future escapade 🙂 Thank you in advance!


  5. this blog is so awesome! My friends and I are planning to do this trip next year. is it okay to have the itinerary be emailed to my personal email address? It will be very helpful reference for our future escapade 🙂 Thank you in advance!


  6. Hi…. me and my husband are planning next year to go indochina trip … nagsesearch ako sa net at nakita ko to…
    ang galing!! detalyado at my mga tips pa 😀 thanks for sharing… thumbs up!

    Can I ask for your itinerary? Here’s my email add :
    Thank you in advance 😀


  7. Hi! After researching and reading blogs about INDOCHINA, yours is what I found the most comprehensive. I’m planning to do INDOCHINA as well next year. Currently I am in Japan, do you have any suggestions on what route to take? Thanks.


    1. Hi Richel, thank you so much for your compliment. 😍 I appreciate it. I am not particular with travelling from Japan to Southeast Asia since I haven’t tried that route yet but based on my research there are flights from Thailand or Kuala Lumpur Malaysia to Japan which you may opt to try. Then from their you can now cross countries easily. From Thailand you may visit Laos then back to Thailand then Cambodia then Vietnam. 😊 I hope you enjoy tour trip. Please also visit my facebook page jiejiethetraveler for other travel guides. Thank you!


  8. Hi there! I’m planning to go for backpacking trip this easter holiday and would like to try this itinerary out. Might skip the Laos trip though coz I only have 4 days to spend..and I’m currently in Hong Kong, do you think the route you took be okay? Cambodia (2 days) – Vietnam (1 day) – Thailand (1 day)?
    Can you send me a copy of your itinerary pls? Here’s my email add :


    1. Hi Yvz, yep it will be okay if you are up for an epic trip. You won’t be able to see a lot of places in Vietnam and Thailand since one day won’t be enough.


      1. Thank you. I might have to change my plans to 2 days each for Thailand and Cambodia and plan another trip for Vietnam and Laos.


  9. Hi there,,our ticket is from manila to cambodia,,what our the next entry and how we will travel for 6 countries,what our entry point,,1st tym for indochina travel


  10. Thank you for the informative blog. I’m planning to travel with my friend sa Indochina. Im just wondering po if anu mas maganda unang puntahan, cambodia or bangkok? and gumamit po ba kayo ng pocket wifi and how much po? thank you po.


  11. Hi! thank you for this very informative read. i’ve learned so much po 🙂 Just a quick question, though, is there any need to bring like a proof of tourist travel/ itinerary just in case? thank you for your time and answer (in advance) 🙂


  12. Hi there! Saving your post for future reference 😍 Planning to travel alone to these countries kasi as a part of my bucket list. Safe ba for solo female travelers?


  13. Hello po. Thank you for sharing your very informative blog. Just want to ask if all the country visited are all visa free??


  14. Hello!
    Can i ask what airlines you used for your flights because they are unbelievably cheap as compared to what i found in Air Asia… I’m about to do an 8 day Indochina tour this coming November 2018 and your response will help me a lot… Thanks!


      1. thank you! I got a very good deal with Cebu pac on my ticket! Dvo-Mnl-HCMC-BKK-Mnl-Dvo was only 4,800 because it was on sale… and I really wish to get a cheaper ticket from hcmc to siem reap so that I can have an extra day to visit Laos… Thank you for the info… I really appreciate it…


  15. Hi! I really appreciate your detailed blog post for Indochina 🙂 will use this as our guide for our trip!
    Also, thank you for answering all my questions on your Facebook page 🙂


  16. Hi Ms Jie. may i ask what is the cheapest airline for vietnam to laos since our group of 6pax will follow your route and consider your suggestion mla-cambodia-vietnam-laos-thailand-malaysia-mla this coming Christmas holidays. Also, may i know what immigration asked your group.


    1. Hi Weng, I booked thru traveloka and just selected the cheapest fare. You may also do the same. The immigration will ask you normal questions like why are you traveling, are you visiting a friend or do u know someone staying there etc. Just be prepared and be confident.


  17. Hi! Can I ask a copy of your detailed itinerary? It’s incredibly organized and manageable! I feel the excitement of your tour with your friends. Me and my friends are planning to do the same.
    Do you think we can add more itinerary? We are planning to go to Krabi?

    Thanks for the infos!



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