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1. Posted by Evie Nus (Budding Member 8 posts) 11y

Hi

Just stumbled across this site and I love it!

To my dismay I've had to cut short my dream trip to SE Asia and now only have 30 days there (June 2005) starting off in Bangkok. But they will be the best 30 days I've spent abroad so far...

So can anyone please advise what I should see and do to get the most out of my trip? I love sitting on the beach and dreaming as much as I love mad adventures and getting away from the usual tourist places.

Any info would be much appreciated thanks

Evie

2. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru 1027 posts) 11y

If you are flying in and out of Bangkok:

Bangkok for a couple of days, fly to Siem Reap, 3 days exploring Angkor Wat, then get the boat to Phnom Penh, 2 or 3 days here. Then get the boat/fly to Saigon. A couple of days in Saigon exploring. Maybe fly to Hanoi have 5 or 6 days taking in Hanoi, Halong Bay and Sapa. Then fly from Hanoi to Bangkok. Then you have a time to hit the beaches of Thailand - Koh Chang is nice, plenty of other nice places too.

If that itenary is a bit expensive Airasia fly out of Bangkok to Singapore, Malaysia etc so maybe you could head that direction for a week or 2.

3. Posted by mim (Travel Guru 1276 posts) 11y

Why not go into the jungle north around Chang Mi?
Will you be in Thailand for a FULL moon party??? This is an experience not to miss!
Check out a thread posted by someone earlier on the dates

4. Posted by cdntrvl (Full Member 50 posts) 11y

Once in Bangkok make your way to The Grand Palace and Wat Po (massage school there with excellent massages)and then you can leave. Kanchanaburi is a nice destination - River Kwai, relaxing on floating hotels and Erawan national park. Chiang Mai has some great hiking in the hills, an amazing night market and some good shopping for silk (cheaper then in Bangkok). Ko Samui is a nice beach destination, as is Ko Tao (good diving). If you want to expand out of Thailand (30 days is not a lot of time to squeeze a lot of extra countries in), Angkor Wat in Cambodia, Taman Negara Park in Malaysia, or Borneo for some long houses, orangutans, and headhunter trails. The food all over the area is excellent but you may want to avoid durians.

5. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 11y

Quoting cdntrvl

... The food all over the area is excellent but you may want to avoid durians.

WHAT?!?!?!? Avoid durians?!?! Are you nuts?! No way! It's the king of fruits!

6. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Quoting Hien

Quoting cdntrvl

... The food all over the area is excellent but you may want to avoid durians.

WHAT?!?!?!? Avoid durians?!?! Are you nuts?! No way! It's the king of fruits!

Aren't durians those fruits that STINK! ?

7. Posted by ukmassage (Inactive 1052 posts) 11y

there is much more to Bangkok than wat pho massage and the grand pallace - a lots of temples and museums.

Just came back from Kao Chamao National Park (between Rayong and Chantanaburi - close to Ko Chang) - 2 beautiful trails up the mountains along the waterfalls.

Young and fresh durians are not smelly - I have tried them the last time. Not my favourite fruit - but worth to try for yourself.

8. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

If I only had 30 days. I'd do Thailand (10 days), Angkor Wat (3 days), and Burma (10 days). And you still have a week left .

9. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Quoting daveh

If you are flying in and out of Bangkok:

Maybe fly to Hanoi have 5 or 6 days taking in Hanoi, Halong Bay and Sapa.

And here you go, the last week in Northern Vietnam. What a great trip!!! (Thailand, Angkor Wat, Burma, and North Vietnam).

10. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru 2788 posts) 11y

Quoting daveh

If you are flying in and out of Bangkok:

Bangkok for a couple of days, fly to Siem Reap, 3 days exploring Angkor Wat, then get the boat to Phnom Penh, 2 or 3 days here. Then get the boat/fly to Saigon. A couple of days in Saigon exploring. Maybe fly to Hanoi have 5 or 6 days taking in Hanoi, Halong Bay and Sapa. Then fly from Hanoi to Bangkok. Then you have a time to hit the beaches of Thailand - Koh Chang is nice, plenty of other nice places too.

If that itenary is a bit expensive Airasia fly out of Bangkok to Singapore, Malaysia etc so maybe you could head that direction for a week or 2.

Hey Evie, I just came back from 2 1/2 weeks in SE Asia and what Dave posted here was almost exactly my itinerary. I had time to see all of that but in addition to that I went to Chiang Mai for a three day trek. Here is what I saw in that time:

Bangkok - 2 days
Chiang Mai - 4 days
Siem Reap - 3 days
Phom Pehn - 2 days
Saigon (HCMC), South Vietnam - 2 days
Danang-Hue-Dang Ho, Central Vietnam - 2 days
Hanoi, Northern Vietnam - 2 days
Bangkok - 1 day

I would probably add, just like Dave said, 2-3 days for Halong Bay and Sapa (hike there instead of Chiang Mai), I would have gone 2 days to Kanchanaburi to see their elephants and bengal tigers (most people I met that went there, loved it), and then head for the last week to one or two islands in the South, Ko Chang would probably had been my choice. If I would have added all of that to my itinerary I would have been extremely happy. Good luck!