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S.E Asia Feb 09 - Where to go and what to do?

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1. Posted by Novice09 (Budding Member 2 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!


I've booked my flights and arrive in Bangkok on the 16/17th Feb and leave on 18th April to travel round Australia. Currently i have no set plan as to where and when I am going to go but would like to visit Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam.

Any suggestions as to what i should do would be greatfully received. I wish to see the sights as well as find places to socialise at night time.

I am travelling alone so if anyone is travelling at the same time and wants to meet up let me know.


2. Posted by Telli (Budding Member 6 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!


I'm arriving in bangkok on 23rd Feb and pretty much doing a similar trip! I'm also going alone - little scary but hey it's got to be done :)

If your around bangkok or the islands at that point let me know ... im prob staying in bangkok for 5 days before heading to islands for sun and beaches for a few weeks then travelling mainland, laos, vietnam, cambodia, back to thailand then kuala lumpar, singapore, jakarta and bali before heading to oz

How long you going for?

May see you out there


3. Posted by laos_info (Budding Member 42 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

2 months and so much to see. You could easily several weeks to a couple of months in each country. Would highly recommend spending a fair bit of time in Laos - travelling from the north down through Luang Prabang, Vang Vieng, Vientiane, Savannakhet, through the Four Thousand Islands from where you can cross into Cambodia would make a nice 2-3 week trip.

4. Posted by stretchy (Budding Member 6 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

im not gonna write out in detail cos it'll become apparent when u get talkin to ppl abou these places-but for me these are d highlights;

nothing here for me, did bit shopping-camera etc, but reckon prices here now arent that cheap...

ko tao-place for diving and to recuperate after full moon party, not to be missed
ko phangan-full moon party once a mth
ko phi phi- savage party island-not to be missed
chang mai- cool lil town-go trekking here if u want-trekkin was pretty rubbish imo

vang vieng -tubing-not to be missed
luang prabang- bowling, waterfalls etc

Vietnam, (kinda rushed this so didnt c enough)
halong bay close to Hanoi - 2/3 day boat trip

siem reap -ankor wat
phnom penh -killing fields
sihanoukville -laid back beach resort

Perenthian islands- Pula Kecil-savage lil island overlooked alot, prob what ko tao looked like 10-15yrs ago-not to be missed
Kuala Lumpur- cool city, cheap and good at wkds.

5. Posted by lilabegley (Budding Member 2 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!


if you are dropping by to Singapore, please do let me know. I could show you around the island and probably you can go Sentosa island for sight seeing, nature attractions and learn about the World War 2 - the Japanese occupation in Singapore. You can drop me a message if your interested. :)

6. Posted by Novice09 (Budding Member 2 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Thanks for the replies people!

Telli - Completely agree with you there, it does have to be done!! I haven't got a set plan as to where i'm going to go when, just hoping to go with the flow and do whatever i feel at the time. Ive got just over 2months in S.E.A and then doing at least 8 months on a working holiday visa in oz. Would meet u in bangkok but doubt i'll be there for whole week which is when u arrive, maybe see u along the way somewhere!

Stretchy - Cheers for that, all looks good to me. As u say im sure there's much more as well as this, just hope ive got enough time for it all. Can't wait to get started.

lilabegley - Unfortunately my plans do not involve a trip to singapore (except the airport) else i certainly would have been interested.

My plans are very much open to further suggestions so if anyone has anything else to add or any tips i should take on board i'm all ears!!


7. Posted by LadyCroft (Budding Member 41 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

I did about the same amount of time and feel like i rushed it.

Next time I'd leave out Veitnam and spend more time in Laos and Cambodia and N. Thailand. All amazing!!! Siam Reap cambodia, Vang Vieng Laos and Pai Thailand are all must-sees!

I recommend reading thru N. Thailand and take the SLOW BOAT to Laos. You'll Meet SOOO many people and after having spent 2 days on a boat with them you'll see them again and again on your trip. As a solo traveler, it is the bees knees!!

have fun!!

I posted pretty extensively on all these places in my travel blog. check it! and lemmi know if you have any questions!

8. Posted by laos_info (Budding Member 42 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

can't believe someone's highlight of Luang Prabang was bowling! There's a lot more to Laos than that - I promise.