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Thailand-Laos-Malaysia in 3 weeks?!

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1. Posted by celeste123 (Budding Member 26 posts) 8y

Hi,

Im doing a bit of travelling this summer and 3 weeks of my trip includes flying into Bangkok and then out of Kuala Lumpur. However Im not sure what route to take. I fancy seeing a tiny bit of Laos but how long would I need to allow for that? I was also wondering, should I go north in Thailand to do the cultural thing, then return to Bangkok to get a long train to Malaysia, or should I just skip the north and gradually travel south through Thailand and see the beaches? Are the beaches in Malaysia nice enough that I could skip the beaches in Thailand? Im into more natural beaches, wildlife and local spots than party beaches.

Please help!

Celeste x

2. Posted by jokar (Budding Member 27 posts) 8y

Hi Celeste,

If you want to get to the really beautiful beaches, I recommend doing a bit of island hopping. In the summer, you would do well to stick to the east, since the monsoon will be coming for the west. The northern islands in Malaysia (Perhentian, Redang, etc.) will probably serve your interests more than those in Thailand.

If you want to see Laos, then I recommend going straight there from Bangkok. You can take a bus to Vientiane and then to Luang Prabang, stay a few days there, and then take a boat up the Mekong to Chiang Rai (Thailand). I would set aside about a week for that, but it really depends on how quickly you want to move.

From Chiang Rai you can move downwards, and do a bit of the cultural stuff, about a week will suffice if you're not doing any outdoor activities like whitewater rafting or trekking. Return to Bangkok and take a train to Kota Bahru in Malaysia, where you will be able to get to the northern islands of Malaysia, say, for another week. From there, it's easy to get to Kuala Lumpur.

So there's a possible 3 week itinerary. Hope it helps. :)

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

Hi,

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4. Posted by gandk (Full Member 100 posts) 8y

hi my advise would be try and fit laos in but 3 weeks is too tight really have you though about cambodia? cambodia and loas in 3 weeks is do able. If you go to loas it amazing the highlight of our trip and missing it is the biggest regret for people who missed it. way better than thialand people are nicer scenary is amazing Vang Vienne is awsome the best town i have ever been too.

5. Posted by opospa (Travel Guru 1837 posts) 8y

Quoting celeste123

Hi,

Im doing a bit of travelling this summer and 3 weeks of my trip includes flying into Bangkok and then out of Kuala Lumpur. However Im not sure what route to take. I fancy seeing a tiny bit of Laos but how long would I need to allow for that? I was also wondering, should I go north in Thailand to do the cultural thing, then return to Bangkok to get a long train to Malaysia, or should I just skip the north and gradually travel south through Thailand and see the beaches? Are the beaches in Malaysia nice enough that I could skip the beaches in Thailand? Im into more natural beaches, wildlife and local spots than party beaches.

Please help!

Celeste x

Islands and Beaches in Thailand are amazing. Try Huahin, Koh Phiphi and Koh Tarutao if you are interested in Natural Beaches and Islands.