I'm going to Thailand for 26 days, but would like to see a friend in Ho Chi Min, and another friend in Singapore.
I'd like to spend about 2 nights in Singapore, and about the same in Ho Chi Min. I'd like to soak up lots of Thai culture.
I'm wondering if it's unrealistic to also see a bit of Cambodia - ie. visit singapore then back to bangkok in 3 or 4 days, then spend 3 weeks travelling East through Cambodia to Ho Chi Min, then back overland to North Thailand, then mosey down south (maybe to Ko Samui), then back to BKK?
Or... is it totally crazy to do the above to Ho Chi Min, but instead of going back through Cambodia, travel north in Vietnam, through Laos, then north Thailand back to Bangkok (then south to a beach)?
I'm not really sure about how much travel time is good for soaking up the atmosphere of each country.
Can anyone suggest a route for the timeframe?
Hello, imho its quite possible to go from Thailand to Sihanoukville (decent beach) in Cambodia and then from Cambodia to Vietnam before jetting off to Spore and then back to Thailand in a month... Or go to Singapore from BKK and then back to BKK or to save time u could book a flight from Spore direct to PP or SR so you could spend more time exploring Cambodia/Vietnam....
I think with only 26 days you are really going to have to limit your trip and make some choice. I would say the the option of going North through Vietnam and into Laos is completely out because you would need at least a month to do that bit alone and actually enjoy it.
Going through Cambodia to HCMC, to Northern Thailand, down south, and a quick stop in Singapore all in 26 days is completly out of the question.
So you have a couple options:
You could do a return flight from BKK - S'pore for a few days
Then fly to HCMC (or maybe you can catch a direct flight from S'pore to HCMC)
From HCMC head overland through Cambodia back to Bangkok
This will easily take up your 26 days even if you rush. As itenerant says, there is a beach at Soukathai in Cambodia so you can miss the beaches in the South. You might have a few days to play with, and you can spend those in the towns around Bangkok, like Kanchanburi, so that you can actually see a bit of Thailand while you are there.
Or you can just do the the side trip to S'pore - HCMC and fly back to Bangkok during the first week or so. Then with the 2 1/2 weeks left you can spend half of it in Chiang Mai, and half of it on a beach (think about the beaches closer to Bangkok like Samet).
Either way, you are going to have to make choices and you won't be able to see it all in 26 days.