Skip Navigation

1 month to travel- Thai,Vietnam or Cambodia?

Travel Forums Asia 1 month to travel- Thai,Vietnam or Cambodia?

1. Posted by maclean (Budding Member 2 posts) 9y

Hi guys,

My boyfriend and I have 1 month to spare this July and would love to see a bit of Asia. We don't want to do the mad "backpack like there's no tomorrow" or have the "sleep when I'm dead" attitude" (I'm getting old!) as we want to take it easy, maybe sit in a hammock for the 1st coupla days, then see a bit of the sights/culture and travel around. Thinking of just choosing the Thai islands but don't have much knowledge.

Any suggestions?

[ Edit: Edited on Mar 20, 2007, at 6:22 AM by maclean ]

2. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Hello Maclean

What about Koh Pha Ngan. I was there, in November, and i loved it.
I stayed at Am Cholok Lam and Coconut beaches. Both lovely.
Here is a link for coconut beach, because u wont find it, in the Lonely Planet.
http://www.coconutbeach-bungalows.com/

I also went to Kanchanaburi. A few hours by bus, north of Bangkok. That was also lovely. I stayed at the Blue Star guesthouse, and recommend it. Kanchanaburi is particularly interesting, if u are interested in World War 2 history.

Mel

3. Posted by rover9495 (Budding Member 35 posts) 9y

phangan all the way. vietnam and combodia can be a little intense with the travelling but well worth doing if possible. maybe try two weeks doing cambodia and nam and then 2 weeks in the islands, if you travel overnight you save loads of time.

4. Posted by claireh (Respected Member 318 posts) 9y

I think one month is too long for Cambodia and it is quite full on. If you're thinking beaches and hammocks, I'd go for Thailand. However, i think it may be raining in July - check the monsoons. You may find that the Anderman coast might be more wet than the Gulf coast (or vv). If you go to Thailand, make sure you go up north to the mountains (eg/chiang mai & Pai) - Pai is very peaceful and has some great huts in the mountains just out of town and you can also trek from here to hill tribes.

A month is perfect for Vietnam and there is a load to see there too. It's not as 'easy' to travel as Thailand, but more rewarding (I think!). Being frank, the beaches aren't as good (but they are good for a few days!) and there's less space for chilling....but there is a load of culture to be experienced, some great shopping, stunning architecture and gorgeous mountains and few things beat Halong Bay...

5. Posted by maclean (Budding Member 2 posts) 9y

Thanks a mill for all your advice. I didn't realise I'd still have enough time to see Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia in just 4 weeks. Is there a good train/bus network between the countries? And do I have to book a seat in advance or just jump on?

Also, would you recommend using internal flights?

6. Posted by claireh (Respected Member 318 posts) 9y

I didn't realise I'd still have enough time to see Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia in just 4 weeks.

Erm....I wouldn't if I were you, you won't have ANY rest and you'll skim over a lot. Vietnam itself needs at least 2 weeks. 3 wks Thailand/1 week Cambodia may be an ok option as it is easy to see the main parts of Cambodia in a week without rushing too much. Personally, I would recommend 3 wks Thailand and 1 week north Laos - Laos has some of the most beautiful countryside I have ever seen.

Buses between the countries are easy, there aren't trains. The Bangkok-Siem Reap road is dreadful and I wouldn't recommend it if there is any chance of rain. Check what border crossings are open nearer the time as sometimes they are closed because of bandits/terroism etc.

7. Posted by rover9495 (Budding Member 35 posts) 9y

flights from Bangkok to Phnom Penh are around $20. use airasia.com well cheap.

8. Posted by Dezafinado (Respected Member 177 posts) 9y

Quoting Mel.

Hello Maclean

What about Koh Pha Ngan. I was there, in November, and i loved it.
I stayed at Am Cholok Lam and Coconut beaches. Both lovely.
Here is a link for coconut beach, because u wont find it, in the Lonely Planet.
http://www.coconutbeach-bungalows.com/

I also went to Kanchanaburi. A few hours by bus, north of Bangkok. That was also lovely. I stayed at the Blue Star guesthouse, and recommend it. Kanchanaburi is particularly interesting, if u are interested in World War 2 history.

Mel

Hi Mel,

Koh-Phangan is known for the Full-Moon Party but is it all centered around that event. Are there other activities to do, especially outdoors? And what is the best way to do it - online reservation, buy a package in Bangkok or just do it yourself?

Niki