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1. Posted by cat.n. (Budding Member 32 posts) 8y

Hello, i´m thinking of going away next year and really want to go some where in south east asia (to narrow it down a bit). I know i want to go to thailand and may be laos, but can anyone suggest a good plan, only thinking of a month so a short stay. any suggestions????? Cat x

2. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1652 posts) 8y

Quoting cat.n.

Hello, i´m thinking of going away next year and really want to go some where in south east asia (to narrow it down a bit). I know i want to go to thailand and may be laos, but can anyone suggest a good plan, only thinking of a month so a short stay. any suggestions????? Cat x

Not everyone likes the same things, even men and women may have different ideas of what makes a trip more enjoyable. Even younger travelers and older travelers have different ideas on what they want to see, not to mention different amounts of money they can spend.

First, my advice is to book your flight to Bangkok. You have to start somewhere so why not in Bangkok. Spend a few days there, perhaps 3 or 4. While in Bangkok you can either book a cheap flight to Laos or start there for arranging rides to other places. Schedule your final night in Bangkok again so you will be set up for your flight back home. This final night will allow you to do some last minute shopping for souvenirs or some bar hopping - what ever!

Women seem to like Chiang Mai and Phuket. Some men like barhopping in Bangkok or Pattaya. For Thailand you can sign up for tours through travel agencies. There are lots of travel agencies with a menu selection of interesting tours you can take. Read up on Thailand and see what interests you and tailor your trip check out those interests.

Thailand has excellent bus and train service and at reasonable prices. You can very easily use buses or trains to get you to many places if you are on a tight budget. Even taxi cabs are pretty cheap in Bangkok if you only pay the meter charge.

Laos is okay, you can fly to Vientiane or Luang Prabang to get started. You can also go overland to Nong Khai and cross the Friendship Bridge to Laos. Read up on Laos and see what interests you. Return to Thailand so you will have it easier to fly back home.

Plan your budget. Figure out how much you can afford to spend on a hotel each night. When you need advice on hotels say "I have X dollars or baht that I can spend per night and what recommendations do you have for that price?" When we know how much you want to spend it is easier to make hotel recommendations.

If you do not have a passport by now - get it! Photocopy the information page in your passport and put that copy in different locations in your luggage. This may help you when your passport becomes lost when you go to your embassy. You can save "need to know" info in email form and save that email into memory. When you need info just pull up that saved email and you have it! You can even save flight schedules, confirmations and itineraries on the internet - just save it in email form. Lots of internet shops in Thailand so you do not really have to lug a laptop with you on your trip unless you need it for business. Internet shops are cheap in Laos and Thailand.

Google up "Things to see and do in Thailand or Laos" for more info. Change your money over after you get to Thailand for the best rate. US dollars can be used in Laos. Don't leave Laos with their currency - no one wants to change it back to something useful in other countries. Many Western countries can get a free 30 days on arrival at Bangkok. For Laos you will have to pay for a visa. Check to see what applies to visitors from your country. For Thailand (if you are from the right country) you get the free 30 days at the airport but when you return to Thailand you only get 15 days overland. So, plan your trip accordingly.

Good luck.

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3. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1652 posts) 8y

Quoting cat.n.

Hello, i´m thinking of going away next year and really want to go some where in south east asia (to narrow it down a bit). I know i want to go to thailand and may be laos, but can anyone suggest a good plan, only thinking of a month so a short stay. any suggestions????? Cat x

Now is the time to plan on how to handle your money. There are a few banks and lots of credit unions who who have low or in some cases no ATM fees for cash withdrawals. When I use my credit union debit card in Thailand and The Philippines I can make withdrawals in which the credit union pays the fees on. I opened this credit union account years ago just for my overseas trips. I use this same CU and bill pay to schedule paying bills when I am out of the country. I keep a low amount in this account but when needed I can transfer money from my bank to this CU account using the internet.

My credit union even sells travelers checks to its members without any commission. If you bring travelers checks bring the largest size to cut down on what you pay in cashing fees. For Thailand it is 33 baht each, you don't want to pay lots of fees for $5 and $10 travelers checks. Same for ATM withdrawals in Thailand, take out the most you can so you don't have lots of fees for small withdrawals. Pay cash for cheap purchases, especially in restaurants and from street vendors to cut down on potential credit card fees.

Wait until you get to Thailand to change your money over to get the best rate. For Laos, in the border areas you may be able to use a little Thai baht. US dollars are widely accepted. You will still need some Lao money for cheap purchases or lots of 1 dollar bills.

Good luck.