Is it possible to explore the best places in Thailand in three weeks? We are going to see in the New Year in Thailand flying to Bangkok. I'd love to have been able to see Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam as well but obviously time isn't on my side. We're looking to just backpack over there, and utilise the modes of transport Thailand has to offer. If you can help, let me know!!
3 weeks should enable you to see quite a bit. buses in thailand are pretty good, and cheap, and you could do a couple of overnight journeys if you're short on time. also bangkok airways and several other budget airlines offer some good value fares if you wanted to fly. you can arrange backpacker buses to most places in the country from the khao san road/soi rambuttri areas of bangkok which cater mainly for backpackers. if you let me know the types of things you are interested in I can give you some more tips. I spent 3 and a half weeks in thailand last year and manager to see quite a bit.
U would certainly get to see plenty in Thailand, in 3 weeks.
The first time I went there, I was only there for 2 weeks.
U can get all the way to the the north or south of Thailand, from Bangkok in one night on the train.
Bus and train are the best way to travel around Thailand. Able to see more lands as well.
you are coming during high season and tickets usually booked out.
I would suggest you to check price for low cost airlines..could help you a lot.
sometimes..it's almost the same price as bus!
These airlines fly to Chiang Mai, Phuket, Krabi etc.
Day 1 : Arrive & over nigth in Bangkok.
Day 2 : Bangkok shopping & city tour
Day 3 : get a flight to Chiang Mai. try khan toke dinner.
Day 4 : some temples or trekking
Day 5 : Go to Doi Inthanon , the highest peak of Thailand.
Day 6 : If you like to have more free time in Chiang Mai..if not, then fly to Phuket. ( you can buy 2 tickets..chiang mai - bangkok & bangkok - phuket ) .
Day 7 : Now it's your beaching time.
Day 8 : Island excursion eg..James Bond Island
Day 9 : Take a ferry to Phi Phi Island..over nigth here a few nights for snorkeling
Day 10 : Still in Phi Phi
Day 11 : Take an afternoon ferry to Railey Beach for rock climbing .. or Ao Nang
Day 11 : Some Islands exurision eg..Poda
Day 12 : You may need more time for beaching here.
Day 13 : You may take a bus or low cost airlines back to Bangkok.
Day 14 : Buy a ticket to Hanoi. Airasia fly to Hanoi as well.
Day 15 : City tour in Hanoi. water puppet show.
Day 16 : Buy 2 days 1 night package to Halong Bay and over night either onboard or at Cat Ba Island.
Day 17 : Leave Halong Bay and take overnight train , soft sleeper to get to Hue.
Day 18 : Arrive Hue and you wll have a chance to explore the palace and the old city. Perfume River shouldn't be missed.
Day 19 : Buy a full day tour to DMZ , vinh moh tunnel...it's cool.
Day 20 : From Hue, you can take a noon bus to Hoi An.
Day 21 : Fly from Danang back home?
well...it's general idea that you can do 2 countries as well..
it depends on your interest.
you can even combine with Siem Riep if you want...gotta choose which part of thailand would you like to see.
Yeah 3 weeks is enough to see the main hot spots , I spent 4 weeks in Thailand and i was very lazy , staying in places just because i could not be arsed packing my gear (which is an easy thing to do). If you are disciplined you could see quite a bit in 3 weeks , but even if you are lazy you could see the main hot spots and have a great time easy .
Excellent replies guys, thanks very much!
Well, me and my girlfriend booked our flights last night: £520 return, going on 28th December 2007 and returning on 30th April 2008 - four months, not three weeks! We'll be travelling through Bombay so hopefully we will be able to spend a day there before setting off again.
I have calculated that I will nearly £6,000 for me to spend - will this be enough?
Hopefully you guys will be able to help me as the months pass as to various things, essentially because I've not been travelling before so I'm slightly nervous/clueless! I suppose the first thing to ask is what to pack! We are taking a simple 65l rucksack, thats all, and just hopping in cheap accomodation when land in different towns/villages/cities.
Our planned trip will include Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Vietnam, and then flying off to Hong Kong before flying back from BKK so we need to sort out the best places to go, travel costs and visa requirements.
So much to do, and I'm soooo excited!
Yes, that is enough money, even if it is to share between u and your girlfriend. If u have that much each, u are rich in SE Asia.
Do u have a good travel book? It will give u good tips on where to sleep, where to eat, dangers, money matters, etc in SE Asia If not, I suggest u get one of the following. They are around 27 Euros, and are available in most bookshops around the world.
I suggest one of the following.
Lonely Planet South East Asia
Rough Guide to South East Asia
Lets Go for South East Asia
U need a few vaccinations. I presume u know this.
What to pack
Keep it light. It becomes a real pain, having to lug a heavy backpack from place to place, especially in the heat.
2 sets of clothes. Light shirts and trousers. Long trousers and light shirts with sleves will keep u from getting too burnt.
hiking boots and socks, if u like hiking
Insect repellant with DEET. If u cant get it where u live, then just wait until u get to SE Asia.
A few bottles of high factor Sun cream.
Whatever toileteries u need. Shampoo etc. Keep these to only the necessities.
Passport, money, ticket
Light sweater. It can be cold on planes, and in airconditioned places.
A few books in English
A pen and a paring knife a couple of sheets of paper.
A small first aid kit. Make sure there is an antiseptic in it, to treat any cuts and scratches u get.
Just buy most of your clothes in Bangkok , there is so much you can buy , its endless .
I regret buying clothes before i went because of the price of clothes in Asia are so cheap and really good quality (even though most of it is fake) but you cant tell , and for traveling its ideal because you dont care if it gets wrecked because its cheap. Don't buy on the koh san road though i found they try to charge you double because its so touristy , just get a meter taxi to one of the markets (there is a lot more selection) and its cheaper .
[ Edit: Edited on Jul 24, 2007, at 3:55 AM by paul j ]