Chiang Mai was nice, too. But I was thinking almost daily about an overnight drive back to Bangkok. In Chiang Mai there is simply nothing special. Still, I’ve stayed an incredible 3 weeks, at a 7 EUR bus ride price to Bangkok.
In Vietnam, my desire to go to Bangkok grew by almost an order of magnitude. The price of a bus trip to Bangkok matched up, because a Cambodian visa was added to the total cost. The more you move to the north in Vietnam, the more annoying people get. Of course, you can immediately deduce this from the price of a bus ride to Bangkok from Hanoi.
Only Siem Reap is a runaway value. From there, I wouldn’t even have taken a free bus to Bangkok.
In Hanoi, I’m just about to spend the 53 EUR (-;