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1 month in August/September maybe including Myanmar

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1. Posted by vikinghs (Budding Member 10 posts) 10y

Hi all,

I have found a lot of usefull information on this forum but i still have some questions, that i hope you can aswer.
I am planning a 1 month trip in August or September with base in Bangkok, but would really like to see something else except Bangkok and the usual islands to the south. I was wondering what you would recommend for a trip this long? Should i go north, east, west or south? Do i have enough time for Cambodja, Vietnam and Laos, or should i stick to Thailand. Has anyone been to Myanmar recently, and how does one go around travelling there?
Also is it financially and timewise reasonable to catch a flight to the phillipines, which i would like to visit as my brother is staying there.
I guess what i am asking is how much distance can you cover in a month without getting stressed out and maintaining a budget of max. 2000$?
Any recomendations on things to do, places to go and so on will be very much appreciated.

2. Posted by wildfk (Respected Member 459 posts) 10y

You can fly to Cambodia from Bkk. Flights to Pnom Phen are cheapest but there are direct flights to Ankhor Wat (Siem Reap) which cost about 9 to 12 thousand baht.

There are cheap flights to be had around Thailand, try Air Asia and Thai aIrways and their budget branch, forget the name.

Areas you might like to try in Thailand - Chiang Mai and the North, or Kanchanaburi (bridge over the river Kwai)...lots of wilderness and waterfalls.

The Eastern Seabord has some beaches not yet used by foreigners and the overpriced islands of Koh Chang and Koh Samet. All islands are overpriced nowadays.

3. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3720 posts) 10y

Hi,

I was in Myanmar in June. it's a fantastic country with loads to see and the local people are lovely. you can get around by bus, train, internal flight, boat and/or by hiring a car and driver. a car and driver might be expensive if you are travelling alone however. Travel takes time here so I would recommend spending a minimum of 2 weeks if you decide to visit Myanmar. Bangkok airways fly regularly from Bangkok to Yangon.

You could also visit any of the other countries from Thailand, but a month is not a long time if you want to see several countries. I spent 3 months in the region and could have spent a lot longer.

You can message me direct if you need any more info on Myanmar or any of the other countries you mention.

hope this helps. it's a wonderful part of the world so have fun!:)

4. Posted by wildfk (Respected Member 459 posts) 10y

Remember that Myanmar has a very repressive regime and you have to consider whether your visit to the country is supporting this or not - be a responsible tourist...

5. Posted by buzzard (Respected Member 187 posts) 10y

Laos, Cambodia, and Myanmar are all wonderful places to visit. I haven't done Vietnam yet but I'm sure that's worthwhile, too. You'll be dealing with rainy season no matter where you go so be prepared for bad, muddy roads and maybe transport delays. I think Angkor in Cambodia is an absolute MUST visit. Spend at least 3-4 days there. But right now my favorite place to visit is Myanmar. I've been there twice and am planning another trip later this year. As bex76 mentioned, there is a lot to see and you should budget about 2 weeks to see the main cities/sights. I didn't have a lot of time when I went so I took flight between each city, except for a boat trip on the river from Mandalay to Bagan (and that took all day, about 11 hours and wasn't really that scenic). I'm told that buses and trains there can be VERY slow. Plan accordingly. But go. Put the politics aside and go meet the people in Myanmar. That country is so unique and fascinating.
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6. Posted by vikinghs (Budding Member 10 posts) 10y

Quoting bex76

You could also visit any of the other countries from Thailand, but a month is not a long time if you want to see several countries. I spent 3 months in the region and could have spent a lot longer.

Yeah, i know a month is not a long time, if could i'd spend longer time, but i'm a just a poor student, and people at my job might wonder a little if i don't return for months:)
Anyway i think i will definitely try Myanmar for two weeks and then spend the rest of the time in Thailand. Cambodja, Laos and Vietnam will be next on the list:)

[ Edit: Edited at Jul 6, 2006 4:43 PM by vikinghs ]