I am planning a trip to SE Asia late Sept through Nov. One route idea is fly in to Ho Chi Minh, explore south and delta, road north to Hanoi, fly to Bangkok, road north to Chiang Mai, road to Chiang Rai, to Huay Xia, river boat to Luang Prabang.
Can I then continue by boat to Vientiane? bryceadams said the road is tough, mountainous, I assume, and flights are a good idea, but is there river transport between these two cities?
And, is it possible to continue on the Mekong Riv. to Phnom Penh?
Alternatively, can I fly Vientiane to Siem Reip and continue by road to Phnom Penh and HCM for return flight?
Appreciate any comments and suggestions on the route.