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1. Posted by Buffalo (Full Member 120 posts) 7y

Hey everyone,
Holiday time approaching and as usual i'm turning to TP for advice!! As part of my trip I'm planning to do a loop from Bangkok, up to Laos, down through Cambodia and then back to meet a friend in Bangkok. I'll have about 18 days to complete this trip, is that a realistic time limit?? Could anyone please advise me on a possible itinerary for this route? (places to go/not to miss, things to do, etc.) I can't wait for this 'tubing' Ive heard so much about!!
Thanks,
Ian

2. Posted by Blinq (Inactive 341 posts) 7y

Hi Ian,

If by "tubing", you mean the activity described on Wikipeida, I haven't heard of it in Thailand: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tubing_(recreation)
The nearest thing to it would be para-gliding whereby you dangle at the end of a parachute towed by a speedboat, but watching a tubing video (link at the foot of the Wikipedia page), that might seem a bit tame in comparison.

But here's a site which lists all the festivals due to take place in Thailand which you might want to incorporate into your itinerary:
http://www.whatsonwhen.com/sisp/index.htm?fx=location&loc_id=131131

The Cambodian/Thailand border crossing at Aranyaprathet would enable you to take a train to Bangkok via the shortest route. Alternatively, you can compare the Thai rail network map @ http://www.railway.co.th/English/network.asp with other border crossings here: http://www.canbypublications.com/cambodia/overland.htm

But there have been some tensions between Thailand and Cambodia just recently due to a dispute of concerning a Hindu temple, see: http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1850442,00.html so it will probably be wise to check in advance before you decide where to cross the border.

3. Posted by Buffalo (Full Member 120 posts) 7y

Blinq thanks a million for the info and useful links! Could anyone give me an itinerary for the trip I have planned?!

4. Posted by Dodger (Inactive 875 posts) 7y

I'm guessing your talking about the tubing in Vang Vieng Laos. As far a as an itinerary. Sorry I can't really help. I'm terrible at trying to plan in a short space of time. And since I have no idea what you like, how you like to travel, how much money you want to spend, its difficult to even know where to begin.

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