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1. Posted by Marty 6 (Full Member, 45 posts) 9 Dec '04 03:11

Hey all,

I have six weeks in which to travel around SE asia (flight into Bangkok on 26th Feb and out of Singapore on 9th April). Where should i go? Would quite like to do Cambodia and Vietnam (as well as Thailand) but am aware that I have to get down to Singapore too and don't want to just rush about without properly experiencing the places.

Also, I am an 18 year old (never travelled solo before)-is it safe enough to travel through places such as Cambodia?

What route would you do, and what methods of travel are best between the various places.

Any help would be very much appreciated

Thanks- Martin

2. Posted by boomink (Full Member, 17 posts) 9 Dec '04 03:56

Do travel to Malaysia before going to Singapore...BTW, what's ur budget like?

3. Posted by Marty 6 (Full Member, 45 posts) 9 Dec '04 06:34

Budget is looking like it might be fairly reasonable- can prob afford to get a couple of flights if thats the best thing to do.How much would you think to not be too worried about finances for 6 weeks?

Is Malaysia well worth doing then? What country would you do that overland from? or would you fly into a specific place and go from there?

Cheers for your reply

Martin

4. Posted by chorpet (Inactive, 110 posts) 9 Dec '04 20:15

Hi Martin,

Since you will start the trip in Bangkok, then you just explore Bangkok for about a couple of days ( Grand Palace, Emerald Buddha Temple, Floating Market, Thai Boxing , Ancient City etc ) and then head to North of Thailand ( Chiang Mai & Chiang Rai to visit hilltribe , do some trekking, elephant at work , white water rafting , Visit highest peak of Thailand at Inthanon mountain etc ) either by low cost flight or classic way of going north by overnight train.

From Chiang Rai, you may catch a flight by TG to Hanoi and visit Vietnam for a week and cross border from Vietnam to Cambodia. Then catch a flight from Siem Riep back to Bangkok before heading to South of Thailand to relax on nice beaches for example Surin Island , Similan Island or Phuket. From Phuket, you can take low cost airline to Singapore easily.

This is my idea. What do you think?

5. Posted by Marty 6 (Full Member, 45 posts) 10 Dec '04 02:01

Appreciate the reply. Sounds good.

Would you just book flights and stuff while you were out there? Turn up on the day? How much for flights between Chiang Rai and Hanoi and Siam Reap and Bangkok?

Just thinking about this trip is crazy. Looking forward to it so much.

Marty

6. Posted by Marty 6 (Full Member, 45 posts) 10 Dec '04 02:01

Appreciate the reply. Sounds good.

Would you just book flights and stuff while you were out there? Turn up on the day? How much for flights between Chiang Rai and Hanoi and Siam Reap and Bangkok?

Just thinking about this trip is crazy. Looking forward to it so much.

Marty

7. Posted by boomink (Full Member, 17 posts) 12 Dec '04 19:08

Hi! Marty,

Check out the websites for the following airlines:

=> Air Asia
=> Value Air

These are the budget airlines that flies within the route the you will be taking. They start from as low as RM9.90 thats about US$2.60. You can check out the topic that was posted by -travelem- on 7 Dec for quick links to the budget airlines websites.

From Bangkok, you can also take a train to Singapore via Malaysia if you're keen on seeing countrysides and to see the laidback lifestyle of these places.

Suggest you check out Thailand's Tourism Board website for info so that you can plan it to coincide with any festivals that will be happening when you're there.

My friend went backpacking in Thailand and Vietnam recently and he said that it's fun and safe.

Sorry, no details on Cambodia though.

8. Posted by niclee (Budding Member, 8 posts) 13 Dec '04 19:25

Hi Martin,

I agree - it would be quite an experience to travel from Thailand to Malaysia to Singapore, on land. You get to see much more of the local folk, though at a much slower pace.

Phuket, is a MUST when you are in Thailand. You have to go diving or snorkelling.

Malaysia is huge, so you have 9 big states to visit. I guess Boomink would be able to advise you as to which is the best place to go to...

Also, it depends on what your interests are - history or shopping, resort living or bustling city life...

As for Singapore, try this link:
http://www.travellerspoint.com/forum.cfm?thread=6343

I hope this helps. If not, drop me a mail as I don't check the threads as often as I'd like to....

9. Posted by Marty 6 (Full Member, 45 posts) 14 Dec '04 04:37

yeah cheers for your help.

Its all useful advice.

10. Posted by YerMan (Full Member, 66 posts) 14 Dec '04 05:30

Just a couple of brief tips Martin.

If you are in SEA at all, you simply have to go to Angkor. There is no question about this. It's the most amazing place I have ever seen in all my travels. I like Cambodia generally, and Laos is a great place to travel too. I've never been to Vietnam so I can't comment on that.

I also particularly liked the trip down the Mekong from the Thai / Lao border via Pakbeng to Luang Prabang - the scenery is amazing. Take the slow boat, though, as opposed to the fast (long-tail) one. you'll see so much more and it's a great two days. Luang Prabang itself is worth seeing. The entire town is a world heritage site.

Personally, I was slightly disappointed in Malaysia, as I found it a bit too Westernised for my taste, but I did ony spend a short time there on the mainland and Penang. The Cameron Highlands are good for trekking and scenery though.

If you have any more specific queries send me a post. have a great time, it's a brilliant part of the world.