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My first travelling trip - what not to miss?

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1. Posted by claireako (Budding Member 3 posts) 10y

On the 15th January I'm heading off on my first travelling trip around Asia. I'm starting in Thailand for two months, then I'm moving on to Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia for the following three months. The final destination of my trip is Sabah in Borneo, where I'll be helping a charitable project set up a communications department.

I realise its a bit of a vast question but I'm really hoping for some top tips on where to stay and what not to miss for all five countries.

I'm particularly eager to speak to anyone who has experienced Borneo, as despite working over there, i'm really keen to see as much of it as possible. Are there any hidden places that I should seek out, other than the usual?

Thanks xx

P.S When i first arrive in Bangkok I'm want to stay in a nice hotel, as I would have been travelling for about 2 days straight and want to grab a little luxuary before I head off to sample hostal life on a budget! Does anyone have any recommendations, as this is one I would like to book before I leave? My plan is to then travel down to the islands where I plan to catch the full moon (Yey!) in Feb and any suggestions on this topic would be gratefully recieved;)

2. Posted by danalasta (Travel Guru 519 posts) 10y

Quoting claireako

I'm particularly eager to speak to anyone who has experienced Borneo, as despite working over there, i'm really keen to see as much of it as possible. Are there any hidden places that I should seek out, other than the usual?

I am not sure what kind of project u will be involved in Sabah (and the area u will be located)...as someone who is involved in UNDP conservation project in Sabah, I am familiar with the state...something which is hidden from the tourist trail is a new proboscis monkey sanctuary in kg masigua (in Padang Teratak, which can be reached via Beaufort)...this is different from the touristy Klias Wetland Sanctuary...in fact, in padang teratak, u will see the migratory stork, villages little disturbed by the outside world... the other you may not want to miss is the pygmy elephant sanctuary...if u want to know more, send me a PM.

dana

3. Posted by jackboy (Inactive 350 posts) 10y

Hi
The most important thing you have to buy is your travel guide and the best one for Asia for "all hotels" and city/town/country information is Lonely Planet South East Asia.
The only place you/me anyone stays in Bangkok is down the Khao San Road which is a huge backpackers fun lively area but near to lots of tourist sites that you good walk to after learning how to cross their roads!!
Khao San Rd has a vast mixture of decent hotels and guesthouses.
You will not see or stay in Hostels in Asia as en-suite rooms are so cheap.
Your travel to Bangkok is only 1 day but it seems longer because you loose a day flying out their so you will not be tired and most flights land early morning.
I would travel down the Pattaya coast of Thailand relaxing on the beaches then into Cambodia then down the Mekong River into Vietnam "then" back up to Laos through Cambodia taking in "Angor Wat".
Make your way upto Chang Rai then backdown taking day trips into Burma and go all the way down to Phuket beaches and maybe a day in Malaya.
I will be on the road myself from Pattaya appox 8-1-06 as I land Bangkok 29-12-05 and go stright to Pattaya's beaches as plenty of time for Bangkok "smog" on my way back,I'am jumping a plane to Manila from Saigon.
Have a great fun trip to Land of Smiles and enjoy your travels.
al de bes

4. Posted by joey22 (Travel Guru 561 posts) 10y

hey. i'm just gonna spew out info now ok? not in any kind of order:

stay at narin guesthouse in phnom penh, cambodia...

spend at least two days at angkor wat. the temples are vast, beautiful and need to be seen more than once...

take the tourist boat on chao phraya river, bangkok...

give laos as much time as you can and don't just visit luang prabang, vang vieng and vientiane. try out phonsavan, the four thousand islands, savannakhet...

koh samui and pha-ngan are ok, but i love koh tao in the gulf of thailand. the lotus bar is wicked! say hi to the island for me...

chiang mai and pai are great places. stay at banana guesthouse in chinag mai, the people are wonderful...

hilltribes and trekking in northern thailand...

hire bicycles as much as you can cos they are fun and easy on environment...

be careful of your wallet in vietnam. the prostitutes are very eager and then they slip a hand in your pocket and you won't even know. trust me!...

take slow boat into laos along mekong...

don't bring too many clothes. the shopping is unbelievable...

hoi an, vietnam...

saigon, vietnam...

koh tao...

kuala lumpur, malaysia...

good choice with sabah...

plain of jars, laos...

sang-som whiskey, thailand...

take the boat from saigon to phnom penh, its a wicked journey and better than another poxy bus...

anyway, hope that helps in some way. basically, i have spent the last four months absolutley loving s.e. asia and am still here (currently in kuala lumpur).

don't panic about anything, its easy and fun to travel out here.

good luck

joey :)

5. Posted by claireako (Budding Member 3 posts) 10y

Thank you very much for your information Danalasta, Jack and Joey. All your suggestions are great and duely noted. I really appreciate your help. You never know I might bump into some of you out there!

Thanks again and happy travels! xx:)

6. Posted by tron0801 (Budding Member 7 posts) 10y

Hello,
What is your budget for a luxury hotel in BKK (US$)?
There are quite a lot of hotels for your choice.
Best,