I've spent way to long in each place I have been to in Thailand so far so I'm weeks behind on my schedule, I had 10 days in koh Phangan, 10 in Koh Tao, 6 in Lanta... you get the picture. I'm currently on Phi Phi and want to do the above mentioned countries but my flight is currently booked for the 16th of april out of Singapore. I am goin to delay it for two weeks and reduce Aus from 6 to 4 weeks.
Will I have enough time to do these places? Also I dont have a visa for Laos, how long will I have to wait for it in Bangkok?
Laos wasn't on my original plan but seems like a must see place from what I've heard. I will only have a week or so to see it though. Any thoughts are appreciated.
You spent a lot of time in islands and you skipped Phuket. So maybe you'll love Laos.
So would you enjoy Laos and is it worth it?
a. Vientiane is the capital- go there if you want to make a statement that you have been to Laos. It can be a good break from the touristic islands of southern Thailand. It's is extremely laid back. It's worth it. But I got to warn you about Luang Prabang, it aint as fantastic as what other travellers and guide books would tell you. As for Vang Vieng, you get to go TUBING with lots of Drunk caucasian tourist and watch reruns of Friends in all restaurants. Does that sound interesting?
I personally liked it. But that is the essence of Vang Vieng.
If you are not really interested in collecting stamps for your passport, skip it. Especially if you are sick of Temples.
b. Cambodia- every should see Angkorlandia. So go cross the border.
and rush to Malaysia.... Aren't you sick of beaches? Penang is beautiful and if its your 1st time, KL is definitely worth a lot of time.
You can get your Lao visa on arrival. Most enter at the Friendship bridge, Nong Khai. Or fly in. $35 for 15 days. I would budget 2 weeks in Laos, 1 week in Cambodia for Angkor (get the 3 day pass) and Phnom Penh. Then you can fly to KUL on Air Asia. 1 week in Malaysia and get to Singapore for your flight out. Good luck with your trip.
[ Edit: Edited on 28-Mar-2009, at 18:27 by vegasmike6 ]
Just to clarify - visas are now for 30 days on arrival and will vary from USD20-42 depending upon your nationality.
A month is not enough in my opinion, but it is still viable. It depends if your into collecting passport stamps or not. I think you would be better off staying in less countries for longer, since you can route out the less touristy areas and get off the beaten track. Malaysia is a fairly large country (including Borneo) in terms of things to do/see and is quite diverse. Mountains, Jungles, beautiful islands and large interesting cities. Do some reading about which country you'd prefer and go there.
I arrived in Laos today at 3pm after a journey that started at 430am in Bangkok yesterday morning. A German girl that I am travelling with Train ticket booked to Ubon. I didnt have one but was told it would by a guy in the tourist office but when we got there the train was fully booked so we booked the next one which only had 3rd class and took an extra four hours (12hours) meaning we had to spend a night in Ubon.
I didn't have a Visa upon arrival and when I asked the officers about getting one they just told me to go, so I didnt have to pay a thing.
I'm in Paske in the south, which means I'm travelling North even though my next destination is Cambodia.
People are very friendly