2 months SE asia
Replies: 8 - Last Post: Jul 23, 2013 1:43 AM Last Post By: Paul_Holmes
Jul 18, 2013 8:11 AM
2 months SE asiaJust after a bit of advice guys, I'm going out to Australia on a whv next year but I fancy spending a couple of months in SE Asia first, probably Vietnam and Thailand. I'm a 22 yo English male, travelling on my own. Just after some advice/tips on the countries in general, spots to see, price wise etc. I'm doing my own research aswell but I've just started looking into it.
Jul 18, 2013 4:37 PM
1Wo... very broad question there man! You'll get excoriated for asking a question like that on this forum!!! The problem is people don't know where to begin!
Browse through the thailand branch FAQ. Look at Safety, scams and warnings. Google things to do and see in thailand and SE Asia.
If I had to come up with some advice/tips based on the information you've provided, and assuming that you'll be arriving in Bangkok, I'd say head north straight away. (Maybe check out Kanchanaburi first) then go to Auyuthaya, then Chiang Mai, Pai, Mae Hong Son, Mae Seriang. Cross the border into Laos, Luang Prabang. See if you can get over into Vietnam/Hanoi from there. Travel down Vietnam from north to south. Come back through Cambodia/Angkor Wat to Bangkok. Then after all of that, if you have time, consider some Thai islands.
Otherwise, have a great time!
Jul 18, 2013 6:19 PM
Jul 18, 2013 10:41 PM
3If I were you.....
1. Pitch up in Bangkok - stay in the Khoa San/Soi Rambuttri area. Lodgings in abundance between 150 - 300 baht on avarage, you can afford to be picky :) The vibe is good and plenty of buses for getting to downtown. Hardcore boozer, then pick on an Island and join thousands of westerners :)
2. Bus to Sihanoukville, Cambodia - I paid $5 per night for a double room on Victory Hill. Idependance beach was my pick. Transport and lodgings on the Islands nearby is cheap also - $5 return to Koh Rong where a room is about $10 and drom only $5. Booze cruises are available also.
3. Bus to Saigon and hangout there in district 1, the backpacker vibe. Arrange a hop-on-off bus to Hanoi. I took a week stopping off at various beach towns on the way North. Average price of Lodgings is $10 and there is always a crowd of guesthouse owners waiting for the bus arrival so you don't even have to look around :) too much.
4. Hangout in Hanoi - visit Halong Bay and Sapa. From Hanoi, bus into Laos and maybe hangout there or go into North Cambodia and visit Siem Reap, Angkor Wat. Pitchup is Siem Ream and there will be a host of tuk tuk drivers meeting the bus. Top tip - walk away slightly from the crowd and prices will start to drop :) but to start with they are not expensive. The drivers will know of a room to suit your budget.
5. From Siem Reap, bus to North Thailand and Chang Mai and back towards Bangkok. There you are! narrows things down a bit, and thats a pretty good 8 weeks of travelling :)
and scan the blog to glean some pointers http://paul-d-holmes.blogspot.co.uk/
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Jul 23, 2013 1:43 AM
8This lot seems popular whilst I was there last month.
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