Need travel advice
Replies: 10 - Last Post: Mar 29, 2013 8:17 PM Last Post By: jonappleton
Mar 27, 2013 10:57 PM
Need travel adviceHello all,
I was thinking of going to SE Asia in May. Specifically from the beginning of May until the beginning of June, or roughly 25-26 days of time once there. My plan is to fly into Saigon, then bus into Cambodia to visit Ankor Wat, then bus into Bangkok. From Bangkok, I will explore Chiang M. and the islands to the south. Maybe I will then fly back to BKK and from there return home. Does skipping Laos make sense? Also, do you think I will have enough time to complete my itinerary. Any thoughts on making it a better trip? Any advice much appreciated. Thanks.
Mar 27, 2013 11:29 PM
1Laos is one of the best areas of SE Asia, IMO. Why not fly into Bangkok and then take a flight up to Luang Prabang? From there, you could head south via phonsovan/plain of jars; vang vieng; Vientiane, and then the overnight train to Bangkok. Then make your way to Siem Reap from there. You could fly to shianoukville for the beach, and back to BKK from Phnom Penh, for instance.
Mar 28, 2013 1:16 AM
226 days your feet wont touch the ground skip Vietnam for a start arrive 1 day tourist thing bangkok then #3 bus from kaosan rd to Morchit bus station and overnight 6pm to 10 pm buses to Changmai same day top north GH or in area 1 day trek to mae rim mae teng area to include white water rafting elephant ride tourist ethnic village (a real joke Ha! HA!) walk around (trek) mountains 2hrs to swim under waterfall lunch and bamboo raftinmg down river 1 hr cost around 650-850 baht. Then then next am minivan 2,000 baht to Luam phrbang includes evening meal and hotel at border breakfast and ferry plus tuk tuk other side to speedboat station and luam Phrabang (alternative is fly but you miss so much adventure doing that.
next am watrfalls and opm palace and evening theatre show at palace early am bus to Vang vienne am tubing and pm reclining bhudda cave and swim in pool ouitside sunset at river. Next am to veintianne and same day prebook overnight bus direct to pakse and then day bus to Siem reap (angkor wat) from here batenbang and bamboo railway and after bus to Paillin border and chantaburi thai side to Koh Chang for 2 days beach and then bus diorect to airport or bangkok and get dumped off at junction to airport taxi from the fly out
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Mar 28, 2013 1:22 AM
3It probably depends on your situation, #1Tungurahua gives you a bit of a rushed trip, but still picks up a number of the areas highlights. That's fine, if this is your one and only chance at travelling in the SE Asia area. But SE Asia has so much to offer and is one of the cheaper places on this planet to backpack, so if you think you could be coming back every couple of years, then maybe spend your month concentrating on one country.
You plan is somewhat OK, but I'm not sure about your plans to fly into Saigon (HCMC) and bus it to Angkor Watt (Siem Reap). As #1 suggests, it would be better to fly into Bangkok, then you can still do your planned Chiang Mai, side trip to Ankgor Watt and Islands in 26 days.
Mar 28, 2013 3:35 PM
4i really depends on what you are looking for, what your interests are
25-26 days is good, but not huge, and i wouldnt try to fit in too much in that time. you are better offf in my opinion to skip one place and spend more time in other places instead.
for the itinerary you suggest: spend 2-3 days in saigon (at least), and go on trip to the mekong delta (2-4 days) - i like saigon, but in my opinion if you dont have enough time to go to the mekong delta as well (which is one of the highlights of soa), you are better off skipping vietnam and having more time in the other places
fly to siem reap (or travel overland, but that will take more time), and spend at least 3 days (the more, the better) there. continue to thailand (yep, you can bus, but i would also consider flying, to save some time).
bangkok being one of my favourites places i'm probably a bit biased. there is a lot to do and visit, as there is in chiang mai. and i love places like ko chang, ko phangan and ko samui.
laos is less "spectacular" than the other mentionned countries, but it also one of my favourite places. luang prabang is the most touristy destination and a wonderful place.
Mar 28, 2013 6:51 PM
5Everyone has his opinion I suppose. I did almost exactly what you suggested and enjoyed it a great deal. I went to Laos on another trip and found it a bit... quiet.
By the way, there's no need to work this out ahead of time. You can go to HCMC, poke around until you're bored, catch a bus for PP, and repeat the process until you run out of either time or Indochina. If you do have time left when you finally get to Bangkok, you can go north or south, to the hills or the beach, depending on how you feel.
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Mar 29, 2013 8:17 PM
10I think its a bit of both regarding planning, needs to have a rough itinerary/wish list but 26 days will still give you time to linger at places that takes your fancy and the occasional unplanned side trips and can shorten you visit to places that didn't live up to your expectation. But probably depends if the OP is a control freak or a free wheeler.
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