I am travelling to south east asia in September and have 2 months to try and travel around thailand, vietnam, camobdia and laos... am i mad???? looking at maps i think maybe i am trying to do too much. having said that i am quiet a determined person and if i set my mind to anything i do it!!!
Any advice on key spots i should try to take in. I plan to go diving in Phuket and go to Ankor but any other MUST DO advice greatly appreciated.
Also, As i am travelling alone and a bit apprehensive anyone got some advice???
You could go to all four countries in two months (loads of people do), and if you ensure you don't spend very long in any one place you could well be able to visit lots of the "must see" places recommended in the Lonely Planet. But four countries in two months, you really are only going to scratch the surface of each one. You could (in my oppinion) easily spend two months in just Thailand, for example.
My advice would be to head out there, not book much beyond your flights in advance, and just take things as they come. If you find you have time to do all the countries, great, if not then don't rush yourself. They won't run away...
I am going to assume that you are flying into BKK. Easiest and cheapest hub for most of us. Start your trip in the Khoa San Road area of BKK and do the BKK sights. There are so many travellers your age doing this that you will find others with roughly your same itinerary. See Thailand and do your diving, then if you are compatible with some of the guys/girls you have met, plan your next country. I would guess you are going to go to Laos, into VN, head south to HCMC, bus to Phnom Penh, up to Angkor, then back to BKK to exit.
You basically have 2 weeks per country. That is not enough, but you can do PP and Angkor in 7 days. If you give Laos 7 days, you have 3 weeks for both Thailand and VietNam. Once there you will know if you want to rush through your itinerary or stay longer in Tland or VN and save Laos and Cambodia for another trip. Good Luck.
Thanks a million for your advice. I think you're both right, I should just kinda go with the flow rather than plan too much in advance. I think i like to know what im doing too much!! have to learn to chill out. I've heard Laos is very good for this.
I do fly into BKK and am doing an 8 day tour just to get my bearings and then im on my own. All very exciting. there is so much to do though its hard to know where to draw the line. I just dont want to back track too much though as that wastes valuable time.
Glad to help. Remember that Air Asia now flies cheaply from BKK to HaNoi, BKK to Phnom Penh. If you get pressed for time, you can just fly back to BKK the day you fly home. PM me if you have questions.
Im doing that exact route your doing in a two month timescale! but im leaving in june.. i'l let ya know how i get on!
Im kinda going wit the flow.. i havent pre-booked anything apart from obviously my flights so far! but my aim is to hit all four countries!
Definitely keep me posted as to how you get on.... You can also let me know what the monsoon season is like as i think i will hit the end of it, although in the heat out there i will probably welcome the rain (its what us Irish are used to!!!!!)
look forward to hearing all about your trip
I think 2 months for travelling Thailand, Vietnam, Lao, Cambodia is quiet enough. You can 20days for travel around Vietnam from Northern to Southern and visit all beaty spots and beaches. In Thailand, main thing is spend your time in beatiful beaches as Phu Ket, Pattaya, and some island as Samui... Laos and Cambodia( Angko wat,Phnompenh, Siemriep, ) that 1week for each.
yeah im looking at gettin in at least 3 weeks in thailand.. im going for 9 weeks in total so 6 weeks to cover everything else! (fingers crossed!) but as i said im going wit the flow..
really wanna soak up the peace and tranquility of the beaches on thailand. Just to sit there and admire the beauty hence why i wanna try 3 weeks!
the only dilemma i have at the minute is which way round to go! thailand/laos/vietnam/cambodia/thailand.. or thailand/cambodia/vietnam/laos?? i think the latter is better for obtaining visas easier!
Thanks for that piece of advice. its always good to get someone elses perspective especially someone from the area! Im getting really excited about the whole adventure ahead.