i want to travel around asia and cambodia, vietnam, laos and singapore are places id love to visit, but im planning to stay in thailand for 3-4 weeks in january before coming home and saving for my next trip ..
does anyone have advice for somebody planning to travel in that part of the world alone? ..
id love to get in touch with people who have already been so that we can share experience and advice .. this will be the first of many trips and i cant wait ..
hey pablo, i reckon janurary is the best timing to visit thailand, it's the dry season and you don't get the freezing cold weather north in the mountain. In other words, if you plan to visit the mountains, you only need to pay the basic room, which is much cheaper. I was there once in jan and it's great. Also you don't get the pooring rain in the jumgle.
I've been to thailand 3 times and still loving the place. For 3-4 weeks you can do half of the time up north to ching Mai by the overnite train, not the top overnite i've had but it's definitely an experience, i reckon you should experience that. Don't worry, it's not as bad at all. but just remember when you buy the train tickets, ask for the lower bunk bed. It'll probably cost you a bit more (very little) but you get the window and don't have to worry about falling off the bed.
Get to Ching Mai and then explore the mountain areas around ching mai, perhaps trek into the mountains to visit some of the hill tribes. You can find the organised trekking tours pretty much everywhere in ching mai and they do tend to vary a lot so do check if it is what you want. I did a 4-day tour and went to visit 4 different not-so-often-visited tribes and that was great. But i did it in july which is the rainning season and it was a bit rough. YOu can find out about the tour by simply asking around or you can go to sta travel near you to find out some more info.
Then you can get back down to bkk for one or two days to get ready for the beach. Head down south to the islands (there are zillion of them), find the first island you want to visit, it can be quite hard as there are so many of them and they all cater for different travellers. I don't like the very-touristy ones so i went down to koh lanta, which at the time was pretty new to the tourists (not so sure now). But do a bit research and find out what you like and head to the island, then spend your time enjoying the beautiful beach and just chill on the beach or simply dive into the amazing, colourful sea. Basically you don't have to worry about travelling by yourself, you get to meet heaps of ppl on the island anyway and from there you can pick up some other places you want to visit. (you'll heard heaps of info regarding to other islands from other travellers..)
Anyway, like i said i've been there 3 times and still haven't seen the whole country. The country is actually relatively big and it'll be too much to try to fit everywhere in one month time. So do your homework and pick up the places you wanna go the most. I'm definitely going back for my 4th or 5th visit.
Anyway, would love to know how you are going with the planning. and let me know if you need some more help. cheers, G.
I'd reccomend Thailand around mid to end of April in time for the Thai new year. I've been a couple times, and that is when I've had the best time. Everyone is out enjoying life and welcoming in the new year with squirt guns. Hehe, don't go then if you have a water phobia. The whole country turns into a giant public waterfight.
Also if you're going to SE Asia, would be a shame to miss Malaysia. I have been all through the west penninsula of Malaysia and can't pick a favorite place as it might make the rest of that amazing country jealous.
If you like visiting cities opt for KL, if you like European history, colonization, old buildings etc. opt for Melacca(sp?), and if you like the Chinese culture/food, and beautiful scenery, buddist temples and the like you must see Penang... especially if you place food high on your list of favorite things.
anyhow, if you get a chance to go don't miss it. If I could pass myself off as Malay I'd go to stay there permanently