Siem Reap & South
Replies: 5 - Last Post: Jun 23, 2013 1:22 AM Last Post By: daycat
Jun 21, 2013 2:58 PM
Siem Reap & SouthI am helping my little brother out:
He has backpacked before, but this will be his wife's first time. They are both travel at a little higher level then I am used to. They are in their late twenties and want a good balance between comfort, value, experiences, adventures, exoticness. They are very adventurous, but aren't going to go very far off the beaten track. I think for approx $30-80/night accom in smaller towns and $75-150/accom in the bigger cities they would be covered comfortably for higher end of the mid category. Budgeting isn't really a concern here, but this is a indication of the level they are at...
He is looking to travel to SE Asia in Oct/Nov of this year. He can't get away too long, but he has 18 days for the trip. Angkor & Siem Reap are the only musts for the trip. So that is a central point.
Other then that his needs include: a modern fancy/big city or two, siem reap, snorkelling, cool market/food, then general SE asianness.
I travel through SE Asia and suggest Luang Prabang as one of the best tourist cities in the world. Though, they are finding it difficult to find connecting flights from where they want to go. They have looked into connecting through China or Japan, or flying into Kuala Lumpur. They are open to going more south to Indo or anything really.
They aren't looking to cover too much ground, fewer good places are better then a hurried trip. He really wants to find a nice place to snorkel that he can walk to, where he doesn't need to take a boat out to the reef. Surfing would be fun, but not a must. They have been to a lot of fancy resorts on beaches, so they have been spoiled in that regard, so the beach part requires something more then just a normal nice beach.
I know Laos, Cambodia, China and the Philippines. So there is a little cross over to where they want to go, but I am hoping some other people here can make some suggestions.
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Jun 23, 2013 1:22 AM
Malaysia & Singapore (esp Singapore) will be tame.
Singapore will be easy to get around, and he will be "safe"... where as Malaysia is slightly wilder, ie, there is more chances of scams and tricks, Thailand will be giddy... what with the food stuff (or what counts as it), will pop his eyes open. Indonesia as well.
I love Singapore, as I am a coward, that's the country I spend all my few days holiday in. You are sort of left alone, ie, people in the streets, as opposed to Malaysia, and esp Thailand, where you can expect games when some of the people know you are from outside the country.
Heh, at least they speak an understandable version of English in Singapore & to a certain extent Malaysia. I know someone whose credit card got bad scammed in Thailand, (this was prior to netbanking), and he relied on the card statements, he was in Thailand for about 3 weeks, and then when the statement came, boy, he was in for a shock... Usd$100 kept disappearing from his account via at that time, known as Firecash money transfers.
But I guess if he is adventurous, he would feel just right at home in Thailand or Indonesia.
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