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11 weeks in SE Asia - help/advice on itinerary please!!!

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1. Posted by ginger_mat (Budding Member 12 posts) 7y

Hi all,

planning a RTW trip at the moment (starting in SE Asia) and so far we've got the below itinerary for an 11 week stay - any advice on whether this is not enough time for any particular segments, or anything we're missing out, or any general advice would be super-appreciated!!!

Bangkok/Kanchanaburi/Kwai/Lopburi ...................... 10 days
Chang Mai/Rai/Laos Border ..................................... 8 days
Mekong Slow Boat ................................................... 2 days
Luang Prabang/Vang Vieng/Vietienne ..................... 8 days
Southern Thailand/Islands ....................................... 14 days
Langakawi/Melaka/Kuala Lumpur ............................. 11 days
Hanoi/Halong Bay/Hoi An/Nha Trang/Ho Chi Min ...... 16 days
Phonm Phen/Siam Reap ........................................... 7 days

Leaving in November, so the aim is to be around the Southern Islands/Malaysia for Xmas and NYE

Thanks!

2. Posted by 2004ts (Budding Member 31 posts) 7y

my 2 pence advise, i think you should go to bali island, indonesia. it's one of the best in the world.

3. Posted by fenda (Budding Member 5 posts) 7y

Sounds fantastic, we do the southern Thailand Islands for 10 days, we have done that for 3 years, it will be enough time to appreciate its custom and beauty, and enough to get its claws in to drag you back. Bangkok is great but a few days there is enough so good that you are doing a wide area. As for Vietnam we are going there for 3 weeks in September to do Vietnam and Cambodia so I have no idea. Happy travelling.

4. Posted by mecun8 (Inactive 2 posts) 7y

I think that you have a long-time in SE Asia. With these countrise that you intend to visit that it's very reasonable and i can tell you why reason.
You will spend 2 weeks in Vietnam to visit every where: Ho chi minh, Nha trang, Hoi An, Halong,... is very sensible. Beacause all location is line the north to south therefose you will move quite more to discovery and because of these other location is very different about the colture, lifestyle, people...But all those is very beautiful and it's symbolic for peaceful country.
When you visit my country you will have peace of mine.
And i can build itinerary for 2 weeks that you will com in Vietnam:
- Hanoi-Halong-Sapa for 5 days includes: 1 days for hanoi daily; 1 day for visiting in Halong; 3 days 2 night for sapa trekking tour.
-Hoian-Myson-Hue for 3 days includes 1 days for each location.
- Nhatrang for 2 days includes Nhatrang daily tour; Island and Snorkeling tours;Fishing tours in island Mun
- Ho Chi Minh-Cuchi Tunnel- Mekongdelta for 4 days.

[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please. ]

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

Quoting ginger_mat

Hi all,

planning a RTW trip at the moment (starting in SE Asia) and so far we've got the below itinerary for an 11 week stay - any advice on whether this is not enough time for any particular segments, or anything we're missing out, or any general advice would be super-appreciated!!!

Bangkok/Kanchanaburi/Kwai/Lopburi ...................... 10 days
Chang Mai/Rai/Laos Border ..................................... 8 days
Mekong Slow Boat ................................................... 2 days
Luang Prabang/Vang Vieng/Vietienne ..................... 8 days
Southern Thailand/Islands ....................................... 14 days
Langakawi/Melaka/Kuala Lumpur ............................. 11 days
Hanoi/Halong Bay/Hoi An/Nha Trang/Ho Chi Min ...... 16 days
Phonm Phen/Siam Reap ........................................... 7 days

Leaving in November, so the aim is to be around the Southern Islands/Malaysia for Xmas and NYE

Thanks!

I see a slight problem ahead for the Southern Thailand/Islands to Malaysia leg of your holiday. You're presumably arriving by air into Bangkok which will give a 30 day stay under the terms of the Visa waiver program and the northern planned trip, but once you re-enter Thailand via a land border, you'll only get 15 days stay.

Now then, your 14 planned days in the south fall within that restriction, but how do you plan to enter Malaysia? By train? If so, you should take note of the insurgency which is active in that part of Thailand. The rail service between the two countries was suspended for 13 days recently due to an attack on the train to Sungai Kolok near the border crossing. Two border policemen were killed yesterday in the same area, see two-police-killed-in-south

You can fly from either Phuket Airport or Krabi to Kuala Lumpar and that might be your best bet if the situation worsens in the south. Here's a list of airports in Thailand and the airlines which fly those routes which might be useful to you: Wikipedia - List of airports in Thailand It also includes a link to road & rail transport.

But if you are impeded by the insurgency from crossing the border, you run the risk of overstaying your 15 day allowance which will result in a fine of 500 Baht a day. More info on that particular subject here: Overstay penalties

Good luck!

6. Posted by ginger_mat (Budding Member 12 posts) 7y

Thanks for all the advice, much appreciated, definitely lots to think about still!

2004ts - i do like the look of Bali, and the Gilli Islands, it's just a case of trying to fit it all in somewhere ... if only time/money weren't an issue :)

Fenda - happy travelling in September, i'm personally really looking forward to Cambodia, Angkor Wat temples look amazing.

Blinq - yes, we were planning to get the train into Malaysia, was aware of the Visa issues but not aware of the separatist fighting, so massive thanks for the heads up. Will take a look and see what the costs are of flights to KL or Singapore. We're flying out of Malaysia to Hanoi so was keen to avoid anymore flights where possible, but the southern region of Thailand sounds pretty unstable at the moment! I suppose we'll just have to see what the situation is like in Dec/Jan when we're there and make a judgement call about whether to jump on an Air Asia flight or not.

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