THE SOLO DRIFTER: Indochina 1 (Vietnam-Cambodia-Thailand) Travel Guide, Budget and Itinerary

This article was first published on 3 June 2018, 1:41PM; updated on 3 June 2019, 8:12PM.

Hi, VoicePoints readers! It’s me again. I know you miss my #WhereIn series which features places and cuisine. I am changing the name of my travel corner. I now call it “The Solo Drifter”. I have been featuring landmarks, new spots and cuisine solely for years so I decided to change my corner to #TheSoloDrifter.

In this first episode of #TheSoloDrifter, I am featuring three countries from Indochinese Peninsula or Mainland Southeast Asia – the most visited in the world, Thailand, and two of the famous countries from French Indochina which is Vietnam and Cambodia.

In May 2018, I had a three-day Asia-Pacific Conference in Bangkok, Thailand so I used this opportunity to visit the neighboring countries of Thailand. I prepared a video of each country and uploaded it in YouTube. Please follow the link below:

In May 2019, our conference was held in Ho Chi Minh and I uploaded my videos here:

I also wrote a detailed travel guide for tourist visiting the following countries:

In this article, I am sharing my suggested itinerary and budget:

Note: I suggest to use Oanda Currency Converter

Time Place Remarks PHP USD THB VND KHR
DAY 1 – Nature
1:30AM Manila International Airport Flight to Bangkok, inclusive of travel tax of PHP1,620     6,785
4:10AM Suvarnabhumi International Airport Give at least 45 minutes for immigration processing 700
Taxi fare going to hotel, plus toll fees
6:00AM Wild Orchid Villa Check in     1,782
6:30AM Travel time to Ekkamai. Take Grab        188
7:00AM T-Tour Station Travel time to Pattaya        190
9:00AM Pattaya Beach        100
10:30AM Nong Nooch Garden        500
12:30PM Elephant Jungle Sanctuary     3,748
6:00PM Travel time to Bangkok        150
8:00PM Khao San Road Budget        500
DAY 2 – Temple Run
7:00AM Travel time to Ayutthaya 150
9:00AM Ayutthaya Historical Park
Wat Maha That
Wat Phra Si Sanphet
Wat Lokayasutharam
11:00AM Travel time to Bangkok 150
1:00PM Chatuchak Weekend Market Budget        500
2:00PM The Grand Palace (opens until 3:30PM)
Wat Phra Kaew (opens until 3:30PM)
Wat Pho
Wat Suthat
Wat Arun
Entrance fee, including taxi fare          750
6:00PM Damnoen Saduak Floating Market Budget          500
8:00PM Asiatique The Riverfront Budget          500
10:00PM Chinatown Budget          500
DAY 3 – Bangkok to Siem Reap
1:00AM Travel time from Bangkok to Siem Reap     1,558
11:00AM Little Prince Resort & Spa Check in 29.67
6:00PM Pub Street Budget          10
DAY 4 – Temple Run
4:30AM Angkor Tour Service and Angkor Pass          37  100,000
12:00PM Travel time to Phnom Penh 715
5:00PM Ohana Phnom Penh Palace Hotel Check in 37.80
6:30PM National Museum of Cambodia Plae Pakaa Cambodia Living Arts Show 1247
DAY 5 – Phonm Penh and Ho Chi Minh
9:00AM Royal Palace
Wat Moha Montrei
Wat Phnom
1:00PM Travel time to Ho Chi Minh 703
5:30PM A25 Hotel Check in     660,000
7:00PM Ben Thanh Market  1,000,000
DAY 6 – Ho Chi Minh
5:45AM September 23 Park Morning walk
Saigon Square
Bitexo Tower and Sky Deck
Opera House
8:00AM TNK Travel Meet up for Cu Chi Tunnels tour
9:30AM Art Shop (Agent Orange victims), Cu Chi Tunnels and Mekong Delta Tours 22
10:00PM Ho Chi Minh to Manila     5,165
Sub-total   19,921        147     5,060  1,660,000  100,000
Total (in PHP)   40,849

If you are planning to visit Malaysia-Singapore-Indonesia after Thailand, here’s my travel guide.


Cebu Pacific (MNL-SGN, MNL-BKK, REP-MNL)
Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

12Go Asia (Bus Booking)

Busbud (Booking)
Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

VietnamBusTickets (Booking)

TravelMart Bangkok (BKK-REP)
Website | Facebook

Virak-Buntham Express (PNH-HCM, PNH-REP)
Website | Facebook

Long Phuong Cambodia (SGN-PNH)

Kumho Samco (HCM-PNH)

Siem Reap Angkor Transport Services
Number (WhatsApp): 088 84 14 866 or 081 42 47 11


Ohana Phnom Penh Palace Hotel

Little Prince Resort & Spa (Siem Reap)
WebsiteFacebook | Twitter

A25 Hotel (Ho Chi Minh)
WebsiteFacebook | Instagram

Shangri-La Hotel (Bangkok)
WebsiteFacebook | Twitter | Instagram

Rex Hotel Saigon (Ho Chi Minh)

Wild Orchid Villa (Bangkok)


Elephant Jungle Sanctuary
WebsiteFacebook | Instagram

Experience Cambodian Living Arts
WebsiteFacebook | Twitter | Instagram

Bossotel Spa (Thailand)
Website | Facebook

Klook (Booking)
WebsiteFacebook | Twitter | Instagram

TNK Travel (Indochina)
Website | Facebook | Twitter

Asiatique The Riverfront (Thailand)
WebsiteFacebook | Instagram



SH Garden
Monday-Sunday, 10AM-11PM

Cafe Cheo Leo
Monday-Sunday, 5:15AM-6:45PM

Monday-Sunday, 9:30AM-10PM

Fanny Ice Cream
Monday-Friday, 8AM-11AM; Saturday-Sunday, 8AM-11:30PM


Golden Mango
Monday-Friday, 9AM-10PM; Saturday, 10AM-10PM

FIRE & DINE Bar n’ Restaurant
Monday-Sunday, 5:30PM-1:00AM


Yi Sang Restaurant
Monday-Sunday, 6AM-10PM

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