I am male first time planning to do backpacking all by my own by land from Malaysia to BKK, then to Pattaya then to Angkor Watt and finallyo Saigon and return to Malaysia via plane (Air asia).
Can anyone advice how to plan my route from BKK onwards and also places that I should not miss seeing on my travel venture. Also is thats safe to travel alone to all these places.
I am flexible in term of days in each location but just wanted to make the maximum sight seeing in my trip.
If there is better alternative suggestion please do as this is my first time.
Take the bus to Pattaya from either Ekamai (Eastern) or Morchit (Northern) bus stations. Decide which is closer for you. DO NOT take the minivan the travel shops push. Uncomfortable and not as safe. In SEA, you want as much metal around you as possible.
After Pattaya you have several options. I will suggest options that go from best (IMO) to worst.
1. I would fly Air Asia BKK-SGN. Use the 'visa on arrival' system. This way you are working your way back to BKK. After SaiGon, bus to Phnom Penh. My blog covers our experience a few years ago. Perhaps a few days on the beach in Sihanoukville. Many GHs & companies to choose from. 4 hours and just $2-3 to visit the beach? Go & enjoy a few days swimming. After PP, bus up to Siem Reap (SR). 3 day pass at Angkor. Add Banteay Srei if you want a less visited ruin. Air Asia back to KUL.
2. Use one of the 'visa run' companies in Pattaya. Price includes bus to the border & Cambo 30 day visa. At Poipet, bus or taxi to SR. Read about the route here. After Angkor, bus to PP. Bus to HCMC. Fly to KUL.
3. Bus back to BKK. Then one long day overland to SR. DO NOT use the KSR travel shops, they are rip-offs. After Angkor, bus to PP. Then bus to HCMC. Fly Air Asia to KUL.
Good luck with your planning.
Vegasmike6 gave you the best tips you can get.