Yep, I'm going. Trying to get itinerary ideas, tips, Maybe meet a fellow traveler or two.Will be flying in to Bangkok and was thinking of doing Thailand-Laos-Vietnam-Cambodia-Thailand. I"ll have a month to do it in.Would like to catch as much culture as I can. I like cities. I also want to do some diving and maybe some surfing if possible.
[ Edit: Edited on Jun 29, 2007, at 2:12 AM by Dave 101 ]
The last time I was in Cambodia, I spent 4 days in Siem Reap visiting temples and the lake. Then We spent 2 days in Phnom Penh and 2 days in bankok (which I think, we need more time in Bangkok..). But maybe you can skip Phnom Penh and spend more time in Bangkok and vietnam...
With only one month, forget trying to see all those countries. Thats a three month trip. Stick to one or two countries. Three weeks in Thailand and one week or so in Cambodia or Laos could work well. If Vietnam is a priority, spend a week or so around Bangkok and then fly to Vietnam for 3 weeks. Or, spend a week around Bangkok, head through Cambodia for7-10 days, and then spend the rest of your time in Southern Vietnam.
As for diving, the best spots tend to be in southern Thailand on the Islands. Ko Tao is a divers mecca, but any of the Islands have lots of options. Nha Trang in Vietnam also has apparently good diving. I can't really give you any advice on surfing, since that's not my thing. But I haven't really seen much surfing going on in this area. I'm sure there is some in Vietnam or Thailand, but from what I understand, Indonesia is the place to go.
I have 20 - 25 days to spend on a trip and we were thinking of spending some time in Thailand and then Vietnam but the more l researched it seemed that with my time we could see a good bit of Vietnam rather than bits and pieces of a couple of countries. I suppose it does help l have been to Thailand before.
Maybe choose one country and concentrate on it and get a real good feel for the place?
They all look so amazing and l know its is hard to choose!
there is no way that all these places can be done properly in a month. as Purdy says, your best option would be to choose one place and explore it properly. I would recommend Vietnam because Hanoi is a great city to spend a few days in, Ho Chi Minh also has some worthwhile sights, and there is plenty to do in the rest of Vietnam. A month would be perfect to see most of the main places. if you really wanted to see Cambodia too, you could spend a few days in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap (Angkor); PP can be easily accessed by bus from Ho Chi Minh.
im a first time traveller, going to SEA for a month in march 08. after debating itineraries for a while now i think ive got a good idea of what i want to see. it may be alittle much, but maybe some of you journeyman travellers can give some insight. we are gonna spend a few days in beijing on the way down to check out the great wall, then down to Hanoi (Halong Bay ect), then to Chiang Mai (Jungle Trekking), then to Siem Reap (Angor Temples), then down to the southern thailand islands for some relaxin on the beach for the last week, and then to bangkok for a few days before heading home. is this too much?? i will most likely not be back to SEA in my lifetime so id like to see as much as possible.
Myself & my boyfriend are doing the same trip as you but we are going 1st of october - 21st of December - & we're still feeling like we haven't got enough time to do all of this & really enjoy each place.
I've never been before but I've been researching for the past year & it seems like vietnam takes 3-4 weeks at least to really enjoy the country, as does Thailand.
Maybe you could fly into bangkok & stay 2 days there, travel into cambodia for 5 days(3 in siem reap & 2 in PP) & then have roughly 3 weeks in Vietnam, travelling north. At least this way you get to see 3 of the countries you want without really rushing yourself - it is a holiday afterall you don't want to come back more stressed out than you go!