OK. Plan is changed a bit between Viet Nam and Laos border area. I simply want to shorten the trip and go directly to Laos. I do not want to spend much time in the central of Viet Nam.
Viet Nam part
Can Tho → Saigon: 5hr bus
Saigon → Hue: bus/train
Hue → Lao Bao
Lao Bao → Dansavan
[other option from Hue to Savannaket: The trip to Savannakhet takes about 12 hours and cost around US$12. I need to find more info here.I just do not want to spend much time wandering at small towns. More days in Savannaket make more sense to me]
[maybe I’ll take the option from Hue to Savannaket; instead of breaking the trip into small ones – take more energy and time and money as well]
Dansavan → Savannaket: 4hr hus
Savannaket → Vientiane: 13 hr bus
Vientiane → Vieng Vang: 5hr bus
Vieng Vang → Luang Prabang: 7hr bus
Luang Prabang → Luang Nam Tha: 9hr bus
Luang Nam Tha → Huay Xai (border point): 5hr bus + 5~10 mins on ferry on Mekong River
Huay Xai → Chiang Kong
Chiang Kong → Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai → Lamphun
Lamphun → Bangkok
I will skip Burma because of visa issue and means of transportation. According to info of Burma Embassador in Viet Nam, FIT will pay $20 for 30-day travel visa and on land travel is permissible; i.e I have to fly to Burma which will burn my little budget. Next time, I’ll see you, Burma, soon.
Bangkok → Kanger (border point)
Kanger → Padang Besar
Padang Besar → Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur → Melaka
Melaka → Johor Bahru (border point) / or, back to Kuala Lumpur to fly to Indonesia
Indonesia / Philippines
I chose Indonesia and skip Philippines this time. All for my own safety. Also, it is easy to take a flight from Saigon to Manila at weekends.
Get to Borneo either from Indonesia
to be continue about bus trip to Brunei after reading Lonely Planet: S.E.A
Back to Singapore from either Brunei or Borneo.
Singapore → Saigon: 2.5 hr airplane