regarding travel to South East Asia
Replies: 8 - Last Post: Nov 8, 2012 2:39 PM Last Post By: jonappleton
Oct 30, 2012 12:30 PM
regarding travel to South East AsiaI would like to go on a trip for about 17 days to Cambodia and Burma. I plan to go this coming January.
If Burma is not possible, then I would like to go to Laos and maybe Hanoi.
I really would like to visit Burma but am a little concern for visa requirement. I leave in Alabama and do not have the time to travel to New York City to go to the Myanmar consulate. I like to hike or at least walk a lot during a day when I travel. I do not like to just sit on a bus and sightsee unless it is the only way to travel in certain areas. I don't mind flying in between locations even if it is more expensive. I don't care about how nice a hotel is. I like it mostly to be safe and clean. Is it better to go solo or with an agency? Any itinerary suggestions? I do not speak any of the local languages. How realistic is it to go solo?
Oct 30, 2012 3:42 PM
1Just some answers: Re Burma Visa, a suggestion is that a Burma Visa can be obtained in Bangkok in 1 or 2 days, and you will most likely have to fly via Bangkok to get into Yangon or Mandalay.
If you mean agency as in an organised group tour, then it is 1000% better to go solo.
SEA is set up for English speaking tourists, so you will be able to communicate OK with all the tourist services. If you're trekking off to remote villages, then you won't be able to have a long chat a local villager, but mime skills come in handy.
Oct 30, 2012 4:00 PM
2you can go to Burma without a visa I have done it several times while working on the border in Thailand to renew my visa. I haven't ever stayed for more than a day though so I would guess you would need a travel visa to get through military check points. If you are hoping to travel around you'll probably have to go the visa route, if you just want to spend the day you can do that with no visa. you apply through the mail for a visa check out the embassy web page for more info "http://www.mewashingtondc.com/visa_en.php". You can get a Visa on arrival in Cambodia its very easy. You can get a 30 day visa for Laos as well on arrival in most port locations (bus crossings/airports. English is the second best language to know outside of the local language (though many Cambodians know french), you shouldn't have any trouble getting around and getting help or directions.
I would suggest having at least a loose itinerary, so that in a worse case scenario you know where you can go. Everybody is online now, so even your out of the way places have info you can find online.
http://travel.state.gov/travel (this is a great site for info and visa requirements)
Oct 30, 2012 6:47 PM
3If you think solo travel to Burma is better, can you suggest an itinerary? Can I get hotels there when i arrive? or do I need to make reservation in advance?
Oct 30, 2012 11:28 PM
4Burma has a known tourist trail known as the big four, Yangon, Bagan, Inle Lake and Mandalay. Spend two or three days in each of these places, then check out some side trips or treks to these ones. Maybe check out an organised tour, then use that as a basis for your solo adventure. It is best to book accommodation in Yangon and Mandalay, the others you probably can book once you're in the country a day or so before you head off there. Most Burmese people associated with tourist speak very good English
Oct 31, 2012 1:28 AM
5with just 17 days (is this total days for your trip?) I would do Thailand and Cambodia or Thailand and Laos, traveling on own is not alone Ok plenty to meet on the way to share thge journey
head up to changmai take 3 days trek to include elephant ride bamboo rafting and ethnic villages etc mae rim area etc and back down through Laos from Hoyxai to Luuam Phrabang by speedboat then vang Vienne tubing from Vientianne take udonthani international bus amnd then overnight to Chantaburi and beach koh Chang
now research Myanmar FAQ73 / Laos / cambodia threads FAQ76 /FAQ52
Oct 31, 2012 2:35 AM
Nov 8, 2012 1:38 PM
7I decided to go to Cambodia (Angkor Wat, Phnom Phen) and Laos. Maybe do Burma next year. Would it be possible for me to do the Ankgor complex, Phon Phen, Luang Prabang, Vienntiane and Halong Bay or would it be it too ambitious in only 16 days? One day I will have to spend in Bangkok because of the flight connections.
Nov 8, 2012 2:39 PM
8Wow, you are all over the place. With only 16 days, you could do a quick visit to Phnom Phen/Siem Reap/Angkor Wat in maybe 3 days and that will give 13 days in Laos, but you mentioned Halong Bay, that's in Vietnam. So it would be possible to do all three countries in 16 days if your private jet is already filled with fuel.
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