Hi there.... im going to SE Asia in June and will be there for ten weeks, me and my mate have come up with this rough itinery of where we want to go....
Singapore (Inbound Airport) (2days)
Kuala Lumpur (3 days)
Phuket (Thailand) (2 days)
Ko Phi Phi (5 days)
Surat Thani (1 day)
Ko Samui (5 days)
Ko Phangan (7 days)
Ko Samui (3 days)
Hanoi (Vietnam) (5 days)
Halong City + Bay (7days)
Hanoi (2 days)
Bangkok (Outbound Airport) (3 days)
Ive looked at it, and there is a lot of moving around and not much staying in one place involved im not sure whether we would be taking on too much in one visit... does anyone have any suggestions? or any "must-go-places" that i have missed out?
Would love some help...
Itinerary looks great, but 7 days is a long time to spend in Halong Bay. I would recommend cutting it down by a few days and checking out Hue and Hoi An. You can catch the train from Hanoi.
That's a really different itinerary than most people post. First of all, do you really want to spend 25 days on the beach when there is so much more to see. Im not saying that the beaches aren't great, but that's definetly alot more time than most people need for their first trip to Asia.
But anyway, assuming that you do want that long to do nothing on the beach, keep in mind that your entry stamp for thailand will probably only be good for 30 days. You've scheduled more than that, so you will have to trim a few days off of Thailand, or pay for a 60 day visa.
Secondly, why to you have Phuket - Phi Phi - Phuket. It's quite easy to get to Phi Phi via Krabi if coming from the south and there is no need to go to Puket first. Then you can head to Phuket and onward. Same deal with the other side. You have Samui - Phangan - Samui listed, whereas you can just as easily go to Samui first, then Phagnan, and then continue on from there without having to go back to Samui. Or are you talking about flying to these places?
3 days in KL is also too much I would say. Its not Asia's most exciting city and it can easily be visited in 2 full days. You would be better off taking a couple extra days to stop in Penang on the way up.
7 days in Bangkok is also alot. I think its a great city but what are you doing to do for a whole week. Spend 3 days there, and move on to nicer places.
7 days in Halong Bay is also too much. Most tours from Hanoi are for 3 days, and that's all you really need. You could also shave a couple days off Hanoi. Use that extra 6 days or so to head up to Sapa, or as MS suggested, Hoi An.
or any "must-go-places" that i have missed out?
Well, personally I think by spending half your trip on the beach and so much time in the cities you are missing out on most of the real highlights of Southeast Asia, such as - a proper trip to Northern Vietnam, the Mekong, Angkor Wat, Laos, Chaing Mai area.
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thanks for your help. i was plannign on mainly flying because i dont want to spend my whole time there travelling. Although i didnt realise that you could move on from there places in a more direct way.....
is there anywhere major that ive missed? i mean i am gettin pretty well read on the region, but im lookin for some beach resorts with good night life.... and by that i dont mean loadsa of pink english people gettin drunk, i mean nice respectful people havin fun in decent bars in nice surroundings....... ha
i sound posh, but im not... jus want something different to the usual places i get dragged to; ibiza etc.
Also i want to buy some gadgets when im in S.E.A, ie.. a digital camcorder... where do you reckon would be the best country/place to buy something like that?
i think your best bet (of not getting ripped off) would be to get ur tech gadgets in singapore. it's ur first stop anyway, so it works out great, doesnt it?
u can take a MRT (subway) to Bugis MRT station. alight there, and ask the pedestrians for a place called "SIM LIM SQUARE".
this is where all locals go for their gadgets, n it's pretty good value. u are less likely to get ripped off also, n pay a gd price for the items. for comparison, ask around a few shops before u decide on where to get ur items. u can go back to the shop tht u think offers the best price (n more freebies, haha) when u think u've shopped around enough.
the other place u can go to is "FUNAN DIGITAL MALL", which is more up-market, but there is considerably less variety here, i feel. n off course, because the mall looks better n more posh, u can expect to pay more for ur gadgets.
hope u get what u're looking for, at a good price! enjoy ur SEA trip.
thanks... that sounds good. i think when i arrive there is something on called the Great Singapore Sale or something aswel.. dont know much about it... just been told that stuff goes a bit cheaper then.
thanks for the advice everyone!!!
That is OK, as a loose itinery. U can always change and adjust it, along the way, if u especially like someplace or meet people, or discover someplace better to go.
Just rereading your itinery.
Why not just go to Koh Samui once, and stay longer. U can get boats, from Koh Samui, to Koh Pha Ngan or visa versa. U can also get boats from Koh Pha Ngan to the main land or visa vesa. It is all very easy, with numberous travel options available several times per day, to and from everywhere. I was there, last November.
Also, why go to Phuket twice.
I think going to these islands twice will just cause unnecessary rushing around. Relax!!!!
I agree with most of the other posters- that is a most unusual itinerary unless your goal on your trip is mainly to lie on a beach, and do a lot of drinking and oartying- If it is, thenh you are probably OK. Otherwise you are majorly missing out on SE Asia- I would suggest cutting way down on the beaches and plunging into some of the sights more- Vietnam is beautiful ( Halong Bay only needs about 2-3 days with the typical boat trip) - consider Sapa, Hoi an,Hue, HCM Cityas well. to go all the way to SE Asia and not go to Angkor in Cambodia would be a shame- unless of course you plan on another trip. I spent over 1 month in Laos and loved it- incredible natural beauty, and the nicest, friendliest people in SE asia.
You just have to decide what your priority is, which we have no way of knowing.