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Travel rookie needs info on SEA please!

Travel Forums Asia Travel rookie needs info on SEA please!

1. Posted by aroz (First Time Poster 1 posts) 50w

Hi - I am 31 and recently decided I would like to take 3 months out in South East Asia. Am a bit of a travel rookie generally but I do know what I like: chilled-out, classy locations with a bit of heart and soul, where I get to relax away from mad city life. That's not to say I don't want to fit in any cities at all but I don't want to stuff my itinerary with the usual thronged spots.

First place I'd like to plonk myself is Bali for two weeks, probably Ubud and then venture a little (have always wanted to go there), and from there, anywhere.

Any tips? Obviously when I'm there for three months I'd like to hit up Thailand, Cambodia & Vietnam - but within those places would like calm, chilled out spots and not just mad bustling cities.

Will be flying from Dublin around March.

Thank you!

2. Posted by backpackblogger (Budding Member 58 posts) 48w

In Thailand I like Kanchanaburi. I hear Pai has a great scene - never made it. Some people love Chaing Mai, but it's a pretty big city. I really like Udon Thani - not a big tourist scene, but very chilled out.

Cambodia - Siem Reap is laid back, but growing. Battambang is pretty relaxed.

In Bali, Candikuning is up in the highlands - very few tourists, save the ones who drive through during the day to look at temples. Hope that helps!