We're planning a three week trip to Thailand and Laos and wonder what the nicest things are to check out. We arrive on the 2nd of September in Bangkok and leave on the 23th from Bangkok.
We're both into exploring the true way the people are living in both lands and less into the crowdy touristy areas. But on the other hand the most beautifull things to see are quickly touristy.
We read about travelling the Mekong from North Thailand to Luang Phabang. What's the best place to leave from Thailand. And what else is worthwhile to discover in Laos?
And what are nice spots in Eastern Thailand?
Is it worth to take the trip to Angkor Wat?
And last but not least...finishing our trip on a tropical Island would be great. But what can we expect from the Monsoonrains in September? Is it even worthwhile to visit one, if it's raining a lot?
Thanx a lot for your ideas
Rene & Celine
Ankhor Wat is definitely worth a visit.
You need 2 or 3 days to take it in. I went about 18 months ago so my info may have changed a bit.
I flew direct from Bkk with Bangkok air the only people to do this from Thailand.
There is a wide range of accommodation from backpacker hostel to luxury Japanese. Try
The town is based on the old French Colonial styles....go to the Hotel de Ville for early evening cocktails if you fancy a slash of colonial luxury for a change.
The temples are spread out all over the place so I hired a motorbike taxi on a daily basis to take me around. Cost about $20 per day I think...you need to haggle. There are other forms of transport. At the time you were not allowed to hire a self drive motor-bike, but this may change, it has before.
To see the temples you will have to purchase a pass, the 3 day cost about $60.00.
You can buy a Lonely Planet guide (copy) for $3.00!
If you are going to Thailand after this the nearest islands are the Koh Chang archipelago, further towards Bkk is Koh Samet, reputed to be the driest island in the wet season, Not as high or large as Koh Chang. All tend to be a bit pricey. For my opinion on Koh Chang see the ecology posting….I don’t like the way the place is going at all!