Hi, i'll be in SEA starting in bangkok and travelling around laos, vietnam and cambodia, i just wondered if anyone could give me their suggestions on paces to go and things to do that are a must, preferably of the beaten track, places that are not over crowded with tourists, maybe off the beaten track a bit. I have lp and rough guide to SEA but im looking for experiences that i can bring back that not everyone who travels to SEA would have came accross, something a bit different. Any suggestions would be much much appreciated, thanks
Most visitors to VN hit the main cities on the open tour bus. Why not rent a motorbike in DaLat and tour the Central Highlands on your own? Great scenery, waterfalls, ethnic minorities. Worth considering.
Go to Ratanakiri in the wild northeastern Cambodia!
See more info and how to get there in : www.yaklom.com (in Yaklom Hill Lodge's page)
Rainy, muddy, and slippery are the norms in this season!
Talk about off the beaten track and high adventure...yes...as suwannaphu says, Rattanakiri comes out top...In fact during this time of the year, the road to Ban Lung ( capital of Rattanakiri)gets your adrenalin flowing!. It's an experience..and the reward after the painfully bumpy ride is a town where you will hardly bump into another foreigner...The Yaklom Lake, the Tempuan tribal villages are fascinating...Nobody goes to Rattanakiri unless he or she has a gone reason - eco adventures & memories that not many can share with you,itchyfeet!
A few ideas: Lots of out of the way places to see in Cambodia such as the previously mentioned Rattaniri, and also Battambang, Kratie, and Kampot. Beautiful scenery, friendly people, caves, rivers and waterfalls.
In Thailand, take a train north from Bangkok. On the way north, stop in a smaller town like Lopburi (Khmer temples, lots of monkeys) or Phitsanulok (old temples, great riverside food vendors throwing skillets of morning glory vines into the air) and soak up the local atmosphere. And anywhere in Myanmar. That country gets so few tourists that all visitors are appreciated. So many things to see there and the people are fantastic.