Hello fellow travelers -
I'm thrilled to be embarking on my first backpacking trip and my first journey to Southeast Asia in two weeks. I'm traveling with my boyfriend who plans NOTHING and - while I'm envious of his laid-back attitude and aware of the fact that little goes to plan when traveling in Southeast Asia - I would like to have some semblance of an itinerary to help guide us on our way. We'll be arriving in Bangkok late at night on the 17th of March and leaving from Bangkok early on May 1st. I have done a great deal of research and read about so many places that I'd love to see. The problem is that with just 7 weeks we'll be stretched thin seeing all the cities, towns, and landmarks I'm interested in.
I'm looking for beautiful scenery, culture, and an adventurous trip. I'm interested in the following (please forgive my spelling):
Thailand - Bangkok, Kanchanaburi, Chiang Mai, Pai, Krabi
Cambodia - Angkor Wat
Vietnam - Sapa, Hanoi, Halong, Ninh Binh, Hoi An, Dalat, Mekong River
Laos - Luang Prabang, Vien Vang
My question is has anyone done a similar trip and have an itinerary to offer up? If you had seven weeks what would your route/itinerary look like?
Thanks a lot for your help!
I know how you feel- i have a VERY laid back boyfriend and have done most if not all of the organising of our round the world trip which includes most of the places you want to go.
We've decided to fly into hong kong and then join a tour with a backpacking group to go through vietnam, cambodia and into thailand and then doing malaysia on our own before flying out to oz. i realise tours seem to be frowned on on this website but its taken so much stress out of getting it all sorted.
try this website http://www.intrepidtravel.com/trips/VSV - i think its most of the places you wanna go so you don't have to organise the whole thing!
Hope this helps and good luck!
Thanks, Sam! Glad to know I'm not alone and I'll take a look at your itinerary. Have a great trip!
What a shame you have not included the wonderful Indonesia into your itinerary- You have no idea what you will be missing.
Hi there everyone,
Me and two friends are embarking on our round the world trip in April/May. Asia is the first leg of out journey but is proving to be the hardest to plan. We are looking to do a tour due to it being our first time and wouldn't really know what to do and here lies the problem. Originally we thought it would be the cheapest part of the rtw trip but the tours that cover the places we want to go seem to be as expensive as the one we are planning to do in America that takes us from the west coast to the east coast!
My mate who has taken on the role of trip organiser informs me that the places to go, and as a result the core of our asian tour, are Bangkok, Vietnam and Cambodia. I have found a tour that goes from bangkok to singapore http://www.statravel.com/cps/rde/xchg/us_division_web_live/hs.xsl/2320.htm for a lot cheaper than the one we are planning to do which is this one: http://www.intrepidtravel.com/trips/VRK. However my mate tells me this route would be boring compared to the other one. As i do not know a lot about any of these places i want to see what more informed people think about them.
So basically what tour do you think looks better and are malaysia and singapore boring?? Also if you have any tour suggestions i would be very interested in hearing them.
Thanks fellow travellers
one of the best things i did in vietnam was sapa, beautiful place
You HAVE to include at least 3-4 days in Chiang Mai to get a real feel for the place, I live there and have built a website & blog recently crammed full of useful information about both the city & the surrounding areas.
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you have to include the Philippines i you itenerary.
Its such a very beautiful place.
gotta visit it.!
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