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a few questions about south-east asia if you don't mind

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1. Posted by alextravel (Full Member 75 posts) 8y

a hoi hoi,

I wanna hear about some real sweet places in Malaysia, Laos, Thailand and Cambodia I can hit up during June, July and August.

Malaysia - I'm keen to go diving in Malaysia, can anyone suggest some nice islands to visit on a budget. I dont mind staying in cheap as accomodation and would like to be in places at least a little nightlife.
Also, what are some other things to do in Malaysia eg. good jungle, waterfalls, mountains, hot springs etc.

Thailand, can anyone suggest hippy type towns or islands where you can just chill out in a hammock and drink or swim most of the day?? any good trekk people can suggest or just crazy activities that thailand seems to specialise in

Laos, here is probably where I need information the most. Should I bother with Laos, i've heard mixed reports but somehow think it would be my kind of place.....any suggestions will be appreciated!!!

and Cambodia, aside from Ankor Waht, what other amazing places are worth it? Suggestions on good beaches to visit, temples, river towns, places with nightlife.....

One last thing, I am keen to do trekks to the highest points in each of the countries above, can anyone paint a picture of what they are like, how difficult they are to organise/complete and whether they are places that you watch a sunrise from and it takes your breath away!??!!

cheers peeps, chuck in anything else you may consider useful or worthwhile

alex

2. Posted by awal (First Time Poster 1 posts) 8y

hey alex,
Thong noi bay on koh phagnan is a grouse secluded spot to stay in thia. bann pan burri village has bamboo bungalos on the beach for @$8.00 per night. no hot water but you don't need, there is also the star huts which are cheaper, very basic accom, but clean and tidy with beautiful surrounds. to get there you need to catch a ferry from koh samui and then a road taxi or longboat. a few cruzy little bars and restaraunts,beach volley ball, along the 1km stretch of beach and a small village just off the beach. locals friendly, as they are all over thialand. I'd recommend @ 5 days on this island, so you can see some of the sights, this is the island they have the full moon party on, my opinion is that it was totally over rated, 2-3kms of beach, with bar after bar, all playing there own music which tends to all run into each other, we heard everything from phil collins to hip hop to phsy trance intermingled with around 8,000 farrang (tourists) all getting rather blind on the local """Buckets"". The worlds largest buddah foot print is also on htis isalnd, a great place to meditate. Pie which is up north in the hills past chaing mia is a great palce to,during the day it's quite sleepy, but night time it has a great vibe if your into music, rather a hippy vibe.they have afew aussie expats residng there. Based along the river, where you can get bungaloos very cheap, in the town is also cheap. I think the only way to get there is buy bus from chaing mia, cost @ $3.00 one way, although there may be other means of getting there, researc on the net may help???? Always take plenty of liquids and food with you if you are doing a lenghty bus trip. and don't expect 5 star comfort!!!
I found the north of Thia to be alot more subdue than down south where all the beaches and tourist seem to go. Mae Hong Song, close to the mynamar boarder is worth a visit, many hilltrbes around, mud spa/health retreats. It is an extremely long and very windy trip to get there, but truely worth it.
Thialand is an awesome place.......
hope this helps.:)

[ Edit: Edited on Apr 2, 2008, at 4:36 AM by awal ]

3. Posted by steff (Travel Guru 1160 posts) 8y

Quoting alextravel

Malaysia - I'm keen to go diving in Malaysia, can anyone suggest some nice islands to visit on a budget. I dont mind staying in cheap as accomodation and would like to be in places at least a little nightlife.
Also, what are some other things to do in Malaysia eg. good jungle, waterfalls, mountains, hot springs etc.

Thailand, can anyone suggest hippy type towns or islands where you can just chill out in a hammock and drink or swim most of the day?? any good trekk people can suggest or just crazy activities that thailand seems to specialise in

Laos, here is probably where I need information the most. Should I bother with Laos, i've heard mixed reports but somehow think it would be my kind of place.....any suggestions will be appreciated!!!

hey alex,

is there a particular reason why you want to go diving in Malaysia and not in Thailand? In Malaysia a good spot to go diving are the Perhentian Islands and in Thailand I recommend Ko Tao and if you're more advanced you can do the most amazing diving at Similian islands.

Great places to hang out and chill for a few days in Thailand are the islands of Ko Lipe and Ko Muk in the South. Pai in the north apparently is a Thai version of the Australian Byron Bay in the mountains ;). Plenty of great trekking nearby and lots of interesting culture in Chiang Mai.

Lastly, your question whether you should bother with Laos. Big time! So far, it's my favourite country in SEA because it's still somewhat remote, the people are lovely and the travelling there was a real adventure for me.
Definitely want to go back sometime. If you want to know more about feel free to pm me and I can give you more detailed info.

Steff

4. Posted by Budai (Respected Member 506 posts) 8y

Hey,

Laos is my favourite as well - laidback, friendly locals, plenty of fun activities, top of which is tubing, which really is part of the backpacking Southeast Asia experience. Plenty to see/do in Laos, chilling out in Vang Vieng, a backpacker town of sorts, going up to Luang Prabang, very very atmospheric former royal capital, tranquil and lined with frangipanin trees and numerous wats .Going south you can explore Wat Phu Champasak, Bolaven etc, and up north theres some great trekking to be done near the China border, which can include visits and even homestays in ethnic minority villages.

Cambodia - for beaches you might want to head to Sihanoukville - happening night scene, but the beaches aren't as good as Thailands/Malaysias. Kampot near Sville is a quiet river town, a fishing village that sees few visitors - the nearby Bokor Hill Station is worth a visit if you have the time - Try to spend a night at the Hill Station.

Malaysia - Most people head to the Perhentians. Diving - some excellent diving in East Malaysia, if you want to consider flying over to Borneo, you could also climb Mount Kinabalu and explore the national park there. for the jungle experience, Taman Negara is the place to be.

5. Posted by pau_p1 (Respected Member 214 posts) 8y

You may want to consider diving in the Philippines or trekk our high peaks... I see that you have 3 months to plan.. so you may want to have a side trip..

I'd say you can dive in the islands of Palawan... El Nido, Busuanga, Puerto Princesa are good dive spots and has beautiful beaches and usually experience good weather even during the monsoon season... Tubbataha Reef is also reacheable from Puerto Princesa..

The island of Luzon has Mt. Pulag as its highest peak, but Mt. Apo is the highest in the country in Davao city.. Davao also experience good weather even during monsoon.. anyways, that's just my two cents.. hope you can consider our islands.. hehehe ;)

6. Posted by ekay (Full Member 23 posts) 8y

Hi Alex,

Quote - whether they are places that you watch a sunrise from and it takes your breath away!??!! Unquote.

Phu Chi Fa - is in Chiangrai, north Thailand. You stand on a high cliff as early as 5 am to witness the breadth taking sunrise. This place is famous for this phenomenon, you also have the feeling that you are standing on the clouds. Need more info PM anytime.