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£1500/2000 and 4/6 weeks in SEA - What would you do?!?

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1. Posted by notting (Budding Member 13 posts) 8y

Finally saved enough cash to go travelling.

I want to party for 25% of the time and spend the rest of the time seeing wonderous stuff with new people.

Budget: £1500/2000
Time: 4/6 week (Either August or second half of July and August)

I need some suggestions and where I should start with this.

South East Asia seems like it has a wealth of opportunities for the type of things I want to do and see

But I really want to hear your ideas!! This is a big chance for me so I really want to get out of it as much as I can.

Suggestions on a postcard please!! :)

Notting

2. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1993 posts) 8y

Sounds like fun! First you need a cheap ticket - go to STA Travel for student fares or check out lines like EVA or Asiana (both have good fares and are very good overall). I'd get an open jaw ticket (into Bangkok and out of Hanoi or Saigon for instance). Places that I think are interesting:

Bangkok/Krabi/Phuket/Chang Mai - THAILAND
Luang Prabang/Vang Vieng - LAOS
Siem Reap/Phnom Penh - CAMBODIA
Saigon/Hoi An/Hue/Hanoi/Sapa - VIETNAM

don't make definite itineraries, just travel by open bus/sleeperbus from town to town and enjoy! (train only Hanoi-Sapa)

strudents can travel much cheaper than us geezers (I spent about $50. a day, but I'm sure you can do it for $30.)

3. Posted by Seany (Respected Member 268 posts) 8y

Easy peasy!

Last year, July to September I stayed in Thailand for 2 weeks and went on to Vietnam for 2 months and cost me £1,800.
If you take £1,500 for for six weeks, thats £250 week. Thats a very comfortable budget!

Enjoy the partying!

Sean

Looked again....does this include your flight???

[ Edit: Edited on Jun 4, 2008, at 1:17 PM by Seany ]

4. Posted by bwiiian (Travel Guru 768 posts) 8y

Why not try Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia? Everyone does Thai-Camb-Viet-Laos, so why not try somewhere different. Although if this is your first time to SEA then Thailand is always a good starting place as it is so easy, it is all set up for tourists. You can fly cheaply around Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, China and Hong Kong with Cebu Pacific.

5. Posted by bennnn (Inactive 93 posts) 8y

Quoting Daawgon

Sounds like fun! First you need a cheap ticket - go to STA Travel for student fares or check out lines like EVA or Asiana (both have good fares and are very good overall). I'd get an open jaw ticket (into Bangkok and out of Hanoi or Saigon for instance). Places that I think are interesting:

Bangkok/Krabi/Phuket/Chang Mai - THAILAND
Luang Prabang/Vang Vieng - LAOS
Siem Reap/Phnom Penh - CAMBODIA
Saigon/Hoi An/Hue/Hanoi/Sapa - VIETNAM

don't make definite itineraries, just travel by open bus/sleeperbus from town to town and enjoy! (train only Hanoi-Sapa)

strudents can travel much cheaper than us geezers (I spent about $50. a day, but I'm sure you can do it for $30.)

Hi Daawgon,

How long do you think it'll take to do Luang Prabang / Vang Vieng / Vientiane in Laos? I plan to have a week, but fear it may be too short!

thanks,
ben

6. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1993 posts) 8y

Quoting bennnn

How long do you think it'll take to do Luang Prabang / Vang Vieng / Vientiane in Laos? I plan to have a week, but fear it may be too short!

thanks,
ben

I agree, perhaps you could do only Luang Prabang if you only had a week. The trouble with Laos is the lack of inexpensive air travel* and total lack of train. Right now, I'm re-evaluating my own trip, and while I would like to see Laos, Malaysia is so much easier to navigate!

  • to edit my own info, Air Asia does now fly into Vientiane from KL

here's a link to Air Asia's interactive route map:

http://www.airasia.com/site/my/en/page.jsp?reference=routemap

[ Edit: Edited on Jun 10, 2008, at 11:47 AM by Daawgon ]

7. Posted by Redmundial (Budding Member 47 posts) 8y

Hey Bennn

Are you planning on doin Thailand then Laos? I travelled bangkok, chang mai, Hua xai, Louang namtha (laos), Louang prabang and then flew back to bangkok in about 10 days. that was 2 years ago and im sure the roads in northern laos are better now. id say in 3 weeks you could maybe get on to vientiane and back to bangkok.

As mentioned before, the prob with laos is that short distances take a long time because the buses are pickup trucks and the roads are mud tracks, but its a real experience, it opened my eyes i'll tell you that!

Eddie

8. Posted by bennnn (Inactive 93 posts) 8y

Quoting Redmundial

Hey Bennn

Are you planning on doin Thailand then Laos? I travelled bangkok, chang mai, Hua xai, Louang namtha (laos), Louang prabang and then flew back to bangkok in about 10 days. that was 2 years ago and im sure the roads in northern laos are better now. id say in 3 weeks you could maybe get on to vientiane and back to bangkok.

As mentioned before, the prob with laos is that short distances take a long time because the buses are pickup trucks and the roads are mud tracks, but its a real experience, it opened my eyes i'll tell you that!

Eddie

Hi Eddie,

Yes, i'll be starting in Thailand - Bangkok, Koh Pha Ngan, back to Bangkok and up to Chiang Mai. Then I fly to Laos where I have week, starting at Luang Prabang, and (hoping to), bus down to Vientiane passing through Vang Vieng. Then fly from Vientiane back go Bangkok.

But seems i may have to give a city a miss in Laos? I do'nt want to though :(

Ben

[ Edit: Edited on Jun 10, 2008, at 9:02 PM by bennnn ]