I am going to do my first trip on my own. I am so exacted and scared at the same time.
I have planned to go to northern thailand, laos and cambodia. So I need some advice from you guys.
Which places should I be going? and what should I avoid? I specially need some advice to where I should be going in Laos. I like yoga, meditation(not hardcore meditation), partying and also I am kinda nerdy.
I am only going to travel for about three weeks. Do I need to apply for a visa?
Honestly, for a first time traveller I think 3 countries in 3 weeks is moving way, way too fast. Are you sure you want to be rushing around and worrying about all those international borders with only a short 3 week time frame?
Can't give any advice regarding Visas when you give no clue of your nationality.
Have fun with your research. Travel safe.
I meant 6 weeks not three, my bad.
But maybe you are right. I didn't thought about the international borders. Can it be difficult to cross them?
I am from Denmark.
Even 6 weeks is not enough for 3 countries. Stick to one. Have you thought about Indonesia? Island-hopping in Indo is a great thing to do, especially off the beaten path on the south-eastern islands: Flores - Adonara - Lembata - Alor - check them out. Indonesia is incredibly cheap (if you stay away from touristy places). A 60-day visa is easy to get from the embassy.
The best place for Visa info is always right from the source, the appropriate Embassy or Consulate.
1.) Thailand: Any Danish passport holder is normally allowed to enter and stay in Thailand up to 30 days without a visa for tourism purpose when enter the country by air and only 15 days by land or by sea. If your stay will be longer than the mentioned period, then you need to apply for a visa.
2.) Laos: You can get a 30 day Visa upon arrival at about a dozen different points of entry into Laos. I believe the Laos Embassy in Sweden covers Denmark.
3.) Cambodia: The Cambodian Embassy in the UK handles Denmark. You can get a visa on arrival but it can be a shit show, much better in my opinion to apply at the Embassy or on line. Many people would disagree but in my limited experience the same holds true for Vietnam.
Since this is your first trip then Thailand is an excellent choice. It's arguably the easiest "foreign" budget destination on the planet. It has a fabulous backpacker infrastructure and has hosted untold tens upon millions of low budget travellers. It's a good place for a first timer to "learn" how to travel before going to slightly more complicated destinations - it's packed with people who are the very same as you. It's also an excellent jumping off point to everywhere in SE Asia.
Have fun with your research.
As a first-time traveller, the slow-boat from Chiang Khong on the northern border of Thailand and Laos down the Mekong through Pak Beng and into Luang Prabang is definitely something you ought to do. You'll get help crossing the border into Laos and you can get your Laos visa just before you get on the boat. You'll meet lots of fellow travellers on the boat and it's a pleasant and easy way to get to LP. LP itself is a lovely town and a UNESCO world heritage site. From there you can travel to the Plain of Jars, Phonsavan, Vang Vieng and the capital, Vientiane. You can also get a visa on arrival for Cambodia and there are easy coaches to catch to Phnom Penh for the Grand Palace, the Killing Fields and Tuol Sleng, Siem Reap for the Angkor Wat complex, Sihanoukville for some beach and then to Poipet and the Thai border for Bangkok. There are so many people doing similar trips that I'm sure you could get around with another traveller if you don't want to travel on your own.
Enjoy your first trip!
I have booked a flight ticket to Bangkok, so unfortunately, Indonesia wont be a option. I really want to go to Cambodia, therefore I think I will at least go to two different countries, but maybe you are right, maybe three countries will be to much.
Thank you so much for the visa advice. It can be really confusing sometimes.
Boris --> thank you for the advice, it is really helpful. I am defiantly going to see Angkor Wat. Do you know the easiest way to go from Laos to Cambodia? Do you also think that three countries on six weeks is to much? I am happy to know, that there will be other travellers.
Borisborough is right on the mark. Six weeks is OK. Definitely recommend Luang Prabang and the Angkor temples. In Bangkok, try the fifth floor food court at the Terminal 21 shopping center (BTS to the Asok stop) for tasty cheap eats. It's like Singapore's hawker food centers.
Thai Air Asia has inexpensive flights from Bangkok's Don Mueang airport (DMK) to Siem Reap (REP), where the Angkor temples are located. If you're pressed for time, Vietnam Airlines and Lao Aviation have flights from REP to Luang Prabang (LPQ). I've flown the REP-LPQ route.
[ Edit: Edited on 03-Feb-2015, at 10:23 by berner256 ]
I have thought about taking some cooking classes in bangkok or chiang mai. I have looked at a place called, May Kaidee's. I love vegan and vegetarian food.
Okay, I think I will stick to my Laos/Cambodia/(northern)Thailand plan for now :D. I have never heard about that place in Bangkok, I will try to check it out .
But isn't flight expensive compared to bus/train?
Chiang Mai has loads of excellent cooking schools. They take you to the market in the morning to choose ingredients then you do the cooking class. It's very affordable and loads of fun.
Many of the short hop flights are very affordable and save you loads of bus time. Just compare prices on the Internet and decide if the difference is worth it. I flew from Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang last winter for less than $70 USD - way, way, WAY better than the bus...