So I'm planning my SE Asia trip right now & I'm doing as much research as humanly possible (so it feels)
I was wondering if people could help me do this an easier way, or how to get places easier. (warning this is going to be long so sorry) Also I may have this all wrong which means I'm going to go cry.
This is what I have so far,
(I'm staying in some of these places for a few days or more or less)
Land in Bangkok & head straight to Ayutthaya to Pak chong see Khao Yai National Park then Korat, Phimai
back to Korat, Sukothai, Lampong, Chiang Mai, Pai, Chiang Rai, Mae Hong Son
Than I some how (don't know how) have to get to Phuket then to Ko Phi Phi, Ko Samui & Ko PhaNgan
I want to hit all these places & Kanchanaburi, Krabi, Ko Lanta, Khao Sok National Park
I then want to go Cambodia & go Angkor, Siem Reap, Banteay Srei, Ta Progm, Bayon, Sambor Prei Kuk, Preah Vihear, Koh Ker, Sihanoukville & Ream National Park
Then head to Vietnam & go Mekong Delta, Cai Be, Da Lat, Mui Ne, Nha Trang, Son My, Hoi An, Hue, Phong Nha, Hoa Lu, Tam Coc, Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, Cat ba Island, Sa Pa, Ba Be National Park, Cao Bang.
Then head to Bangkok & do Bangkok for a few days before heading home.
I have 2 & a half months. Some of these places might be the same place, some might be wrong, I've got so many different tabs open with all these different places trying to work out where to go from where & I keep giving myself a headache. I would love some help please!!
hi Jenny,it seems you want to do and see a lot in seventy five odd days.well with a bit of planning it is possible.id suggest doing ayyuthaya and kanchanaburi when you land in Bangkok or fly from bkk to phuket first thing.you cud also go to samui with Bangkok airways direct. but if u want to go all these places then ithink u shud make bkk the centreand go in either direction.likewise u cud board an overnight train to chiang mai from hualomphong train station in bkk or catch one of the many flights.train is really cheap.everytime u come to bkk u cud spend a day or 2 in the capital and do bkk.it all depends on the time and energy u have and the kind of budget u are on.alternatively u cud go straight to Cambodia and Vietnam and do Thailand on your return.for me this wud be to tiring.
You have to realise it takes a long time to travel around SE Asia. Most buses and trains are rarely ever on time, departing or arriving. Also several of these places, especially in Thailand, aren't on the main backpacker route so have limited departures per day, sometimes not even every day.
I think you need to reduce the amount of locations or else, like #2 said, you will be exhausted! If I can make out all the stops properly, it seems you have around 40 locations in 2.5 months. I traveled SE Asia for 5.5 months last year and managed to hit around 45 locations. I just about fit them in. I'd recommend you cut the list down to around 20 locations as you're trying to take too much on and won't be able to enjoy the places you're seeing.
Another way to approach this might be to stop worrying about specific day-to-day movement details and figure it out as you go. You're undoubtedly going to fall in love with some places and want to stay longer, while other places just won't live up to expectations so you move on sooner.
There might be some places where you want travel arrangements worked out in advance, but that will be rare. It's a lot easier than you realize to firm up movement plans on the spot, you'll discover transport options that aren't even mentioned on the internet.
When you meet other travellers you're going to find other movement and destination options that you've never even heard of too.
Have fun and good luck.
Yeah I know I am crazy over thinking & planning this.
A massive part of me wants to just arrive in Bangkok & see what happens, I want to go with the flow meet other people see what they recommend, do what they might be doing that day & carry on like that I just wanted a kind of rough guide to places I did want to see (so I wasn't wandering around aimlessly or wasting loads of time/money in some places when I could do more)
in my case iplan to change planes in bkk and go to chiang mai and then plan onwards
You're going backpacking Jenny, not planning an expedition to the moon... ;-)
Relax. Have fun.
Yeah I'd give in to your desire to arrive in bkk and wing it.
You have a nice list of objectives, if you treat that as a guide and inspiration rather than a tick list you'll have fun. Unless you have some items which are must-do on this particular trip?
I've decided to make a smaller kind of inspiration list & wing it from there.
I really want to do the lantern festival as I'll be there around the time so going to have to figure out getting to there from where ever I am the week they release the dates.