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Travelling SE Asia from Jan 2011

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1. Posted by jake85 (Budding Member 7 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Hello everyone,

This is my first travelling adventure that im going on and only have my lonely planet book to guide my journey of discovery :) So any advice would be great :)

Im leaving the UK in Jan to Bangkok. My plan is to spend a few days in Bangkok in a hostel where i can meet fellow travellers and check out the city before heading up north towards Chiang Mai. Does anyone know any good hostels that i can meet fellow travellers?

Im then going to head into Laos, were i heard the Gibbon experience is a pretty cool thing to do, but apart from that, i have no idea what things i should do. I heard elephant riding is supposed to be awesome. Also, any good suggestions on hostels?

After Laos i want to head into Vietnam and check out whats there. Then head towards Angkor Wat before travelling down towards Singapore.

Does anyone know any good trekking or walking tours in these places so i could expereince the culture and people.

I know i sound like i dont have much of a plan going into this trip, but people tell me that planning too much can often ruin the experience. So my aim is to plan a general route that i want to take, make a small list of places i was to see, like the Angkor Wat and etc then hit the road and let the road guide me..with my lonely planet book :)

I have my jabs appointment this week, booked my ticket, got my travel insurance, got a reasonable budget and have till the end of March to experince this trip. Keeping in mind that my next question will be on spending at least 3 weeks island hopping towards singapore, but id love to get an idea of what i can do whilst travelling in the north. Kinda, want to get the hiking and trekking outa the way can relax at the beaches in the last 3 weeks or so.

So ANY advice or tips would gladly be welcomed.

Thank you for reading :)

Jake :)

2. Posted by HarryFew (Budding Member 2 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Hi Jake,

Sounds like a good trip Northern SEA is a beautiful part of the world! If you are looking of traveller in Bangkok you'll find tonnes of them (and cheap places to stay) around the Khao San road. But I wouldn't worry about meeting people you'll meet people everywhere.

Laos is a very chilled out place, very relaxed lovely people。

If you have the time while in Vietnam rent a motorbike out and tour around the north for a couple, it is truly amazing and defiantly worth every second, you'll see the country in such a better light than sitting on buses or trains!

enjoy the trip!

[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please. ]

3. Posted by sepilokfui (Budding Member 75 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

The Gibbon experience is more than 2 thumbs up :=), one of my best experiences.

Try to take the over night boat ride in Tonle Sap in Cambodia after Angkor Wat.

Backpacking in SEA, no plan is a good plan:).

You should be fine from Bangkok down south all the way to Singapore, road/train/flight are all pretty easy and good here.
In Malaysia, try the jungle railway from Kota Bahru to Gemas before going to Singapore.

Enjoy your travel.

4. Posted by rasheeed (Full Member 75 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Just go slow. Breathe. Take it in. I see to may travelers in a rush, when they're already where they want to be...

5. Posted by jake85 (Budding Member 7 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Hey there sepilokfui and rashreeed,

Thank you for your advice :) Sorry about my slow responce, i havent manged to log in for a week or so. Been doing research and talking to people who been giving me tips and etc.

The Gibbon experience sounds awesome. Do i need to book it before i go or can i just turn up and pay for it? Also how long is it?

I have till the end of March to experience the culture, people and the stunning land, it should be enough time to see everything i want to see. Are there any similar things out there that i could do?

I want to do a few hikes and treks whilst im there, and so far the gibbon experience is the only thing i have found. What can i do in Cheing Mai?

And thank you rushreeed, i been travelling with my family before, and it was always rush rush rush, im gonna take it easy :)

6. Posted by tomtvl (Budding Member 26 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Just make the best out of your travel and please do keep safe. Have a nice trip. :)

7. Posted by rasheeed (Full Member 75 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Good to hear jake. Have fun. If you make it through banlung in northeastern cambodia (good trekking, nature, and stuff here...) gimme a shout.


8. Posted by sepilokfui (Budding Member 75 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!


"Flight of the Gibbon" is very special, ecotour on top of the un-touched rain forest, unspeakable :-). Somemore, 10% of the profit go to wildlife conservation. Since you are going Mae KamPong, which is in Mae On district, you could stay at a Homestay design and built by a British guy named John. His wife run a place called John's House (mid price) or John's Hut (budget). It is absolutely beautiful house they built. From their house, you can actually walk to the Gibbon place.
I didn't pre-book the Gibbon when I was there in Dec 2008, but told them I was coming. You have to be there early, before 8.30am for the morning session. The duration was 3 hours. If you miss the morning session, you would have to wait for the afternoon one. I think morning is better because the rain forest was beautiful in morning sun.

In ChiangMai, I will recommend you
- the Night Safari, better than the one in Singapore.
- the Micro Flight run by ChiangMai Sky Adventure in Doi Saket. I love it!
- The Doi Ithanon (the highest mountain in Thailand) National Park. There is relaxing nature trails for trekking and very beautiful waterfall.

Don't forget to walk the night market, especially the one on Sunday night. I was in Thailand 8th time, for all the night markets I went, the ChiangMai Sunday night market was the best one.

Good Luck and have lot of fun!

9. Posted by RogerLong (Budding Member 21 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Asia travel is really good and fantastic experience. Cheap travel with nice views. Even I’m traveling in Europe now, I still can't forget the Asia Experience. I've been in Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Philippines. Cultural and adventure in the place is really priceless!

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