myself and a friend are planning out first time trip to Thailand and Cambodia for 29days from February 1st. I am worried we are planning this trip a little late but hopefully from enough advise from friends we can pull it off! I would really appreciate some tips or advice on our initial itinerary plan, if there will be any travel complications, whether we are trying to fit to much into a short time, and any issues we may hit with the time of year. also any other advice or suggestions of places to visit or stay. We are two female travels but we aren't looking for the Thailand party seen at all, we are interested in Thailands beauty, history and culture. Any first time Asia traveller advice most welcome! and also recommendations for thing to do and see at our locations.
1. Land in Phuket in the evening and stay for the night
3. Phuket -elephant trekking
6. Ferry to Phi phi island
7. Phi phi island for the day and night
8. Maya bay day then back to phi phi island for the night
9. Phi phi island in the morning then back to phuket in the afternoon to stay the night
10. Bus/Ferry to Koh Tao from Phuket early in the morning arriving in the evening
11. Koh Tao
12. Koh Tao
13. Koh Tao
14. Koh Tao to Bangkok 10.15am-8.30pm
15. Bangkok for the day then sleeper to chiang mai
16. Chaing Mai arrive early in the morning then head to the elephant sanctuary
17. Chaing Mai
18. Chiang Mai- zip lining
19. Chiang Mai in the day then sleeper train to Bangkok
21. Fly Bangkok to siem reap. Travel to Angkor wat and stay the night
22. Angkor wat temples
23. Angkor wat temples
24. Angkor wat temples
25. Travel to phnom penh 7am-2pm stay the night in phnom penh
26. Phonom penh
27. Phonom Penh
28. Phnom penh
29. Phnom penh in the morning fly in the evening back to the uk.
I don't know about Thailand, but for Cambodia you should remove one day in Phnom Penh and spend one more in Siem Reap area.
My suggestion is that in addition to 3 full days to visit temples (there are a lot!) you also should go on the Tonle Sap lake and maybe stay a night in a village. Easy to organize from Siem Reap.
[ Edit: Edited on 29-Dec-2015, at 06:27 by Alain13 ]
thats a busy itinerary! good luck and enjoy the travelling, its a big country and while i dont like the touristy phuket area, i know people do! I spend my time with my thai wife in Khon Kaen....
I don't know the area of Thailand you are doing before Bangkok, but we are currently in Chiang Mai, and have just left Cambodia.
First thing I would say is that you should think carefully about whether you really want to do the elephant trekking. Most advice these days is not to do elephant rides, or see them in activities that are not normal elephant behaviour. I have copied a link below. There are some good sanctuaries around Chiang Mai though, if you avoid the ones that do rides and painting etc. Up to you of course.
Siem Reap is great. We didn't get out to Tonle Sap, but I hear it is well recommended. How many days you need for temples really depends on how many you want to do in a day. We spent four days just doing a few each day, because that suits us, but you could do all of the main central ones in two days. Being Melea is the 'scramble over the fallen masonry' jungle temple about 70km away, which would require an extra day because of the travelling time, and we really liked Banteay Srei, which is 40km out, so can be combined with the Landmine Museum and some other temples. Most people also like to do the circus here.
In Phnom Penh, you really should visit the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, which was a Khmer Rouge detention and torture centre. It is excellent, and such an important part of Cambodia's recent history. We preferred it to the killing fields, but they are compelling in their own way of course. I would do both (Tuol Sleng first) if you can, but if I had to choose just one it would be Tuol Sleng.
In Chiang Mai, you could do a trip out to the white temple. We've not been yet, as it is closer to our next stop, Chiang Rai, but it looks stunning.
Hope you have a great trip.
If you have one month for your trip, you should spend about 5 days visiting Vietnam. The trip in Vietnam will bring to you a interesting experience interesting for the people and culture in this country with budget so cheap
Good luck for you!
When in Phnom Penh I'd recommend visiting the killing fields, for sure. It gives a good insight into Cambodia's dark and recent history. Also, that's a lot of temples to see in Siem Reap - some people love that, but for me after visiting a few I was pretty good. Would be worth considering Sihanoukville too - I had the best time down there. But best advice is to not really plan too much. Just get to the places and then decide from there.
I filmed my trip around south east Asia last year - it could give you some ideas. Have an awesome trip!
You're spending too much time in 1 location. Travel north on a single direction as in Phuket, Pattaya, Saigon, Phnom Penh, Siem Reap