So im hitting up SE Asia as from September 14th (ish) .. initially im booked to land in Bangkok but am hoping to change it to Kuala Lumpur as it makes more sense to do Thailand last (November) for rain seasonal reasons ... now as it stands with a rough penciled itinerary im giving myself this:
Malaysia - 10 days to cover the City and head to either coast - east or west - which would be better for mid september (weather wise) ?? ... is 10 day enough to cover that comfortably?
then i fly to Singapore but after ready alot about it on here,. giving myself 4 days there - i know its twice as expensive as Malaysia ... but what i dont actually know is what are the main attractions to the place excluding retail therapy (no interest at all in that) ... so ?? am i wasting my time with it??
onwards to Vietnam (ho chi mihn) obviously by air ... which are the other 'must see's/do' in Vietnam - im a hugee fan of coastal regions (in good weather) ... are some of Vietnams coasts worth visiting - if so where?
then i'll fly to Siem Reab ... to visit the temples etc ... thats the major highlight for me (im guessing some airlines do this route? ... or is the airport to small?? ... apart from the temples - is thier anything else i should consider in Cambodia??
heres my main problem ... whats the easiest way to get to Vientane in Laos from the Angkor Temples in Cambodia? - maybe flying to Mang Aignabouri and coaching it from there? .... once again this is the only 'hotspot' i seem to read about on here ... i really want to get the most out of this trip hence not wanting to miss anything in these countrys .... so with Laos - i hear its amazingly beautiful - thier are more places then Vientane??
from Laos i plan to get a coach to Chang Mai ..... my plan is as good as set for Thailand.
one more question regarding visa's? ... is it just Laos & Vietnam that i have to apply for my Visa's in advance for? - the rest i can get upon entry.
sorry for endless amounts of questions ... hopefully not coming across to Naive - its a RTW trip and im at the stage now where i really need to plan for Asia
i look forward to the responses - many thanks
I'd recommend you either take the bus or a train from Malaysia to Singapore.. which will be cheaper though will take at least 6 hours from KL to Singapore...
For Singapore.. make sure you check out Sentosa, the Night Safari, the merlion at Marina Bay (which is Singapore's icon).. they also have a new attraction which is the Singapore Flyer, a version of the London Eye... and September time will be the same period Formula One (F1) will have it's race along the streets of Singapore... it will be very busy by them, I'm sure with all the F1 fanatics flying into the city...
In Vietnam, check out Halong Bay which is a few hours from Hanoi....
if you have time and budget to squeeze the Philippines in your itinerary, I hope you can...
thanks alot for the advise and a special thanks for the heads up on the new F1 race (night race) in Singapore, im extra lucky as it fitted in with my schedule, tho i did make a few minor changes - tickets bought and im ready to go!
with regards to the beaches off from Hanoi ... i actually didnt plan to head to northern Vietnam ... just ho Chi Minh & surrounding areas ... as my nxt stop would be Siem Reap (Angkor Temples etc) - is this a silly move or does northern Vietnam offer much more views/xperiences??
Makka, here's my take on your questions:
1) Malaysia: I think 10 days in peninsular Malaysia is fine. You could fit 2 days in KL, some beach on the eastern islands (Radang, Tioman), and maybe even a trip down south to Malaka or Penang.
2) Siem Reap: Absolutely must, the temples at Angkor are spectacular. Only 1 airline flies to Siem Reap and is obscenely expensive, so I'd suggest getting into to Phnom Penh (Air Asia flies in cheap) and bussing it from there (about half a day). Also, PP is worth a day's visit.
3) Laos: Laos is incredible! Probably best to fly from Cambodia, since overland to Vientiane will take you forever, and the roads are atrocious. Aside from Vientiane, Luang Prabang (the old royal capital) is a must see. En route to LP, you should also check out Van Viang - great backpaper hotspot, lots of fun river activities, and an ideal stopover on the route from Vientiane to LP.
4) Visas: I think you can get a Lao visa on arrival. I did at the Thai border. Not sure about Vietnam.
Hope this is helpful!