I'm just starting to think about travelling in Asia in the summer.
I think I maybe want to go for 2-3 months. I just want to know how much money I would need for maybe 3 weeks in Thailand, a week in Laos, 2 weeks Cambodia, and 2 weeks in Vietnam. i have no idea about the cost of travel, accomodation etc in these places, so any advice would be greatly appreciated!!
Also,do you think this is too much in such a sort time? is it best just one or two countries?
you can get accommodation for as little or as much as you are prepared to spend (you really can eat and sleep for just a few pound a day if you want). 2-3 months is plenty of time to see all the countries you have listed. Personally, i would just do a week in Cambodia (visiting Angkor Wat and Phnom Penh), and then allow 3 weeks for Vietnam (taking in Saigon, Nha Trang, Hue, Hoi An, Hanoi, Sapa and Halong Bay.) Travelling around by bus and boat is very, very cheap as well. Hope this helps.
Thanks Dave! thats a great help.
Im assuming the best thing is to fly to Bangkok,and then go from there,is this right?
A few more questions! - Whats the weather like in July/August in those countries?
Also,is between 1500-2000 pounds enough money for a trip like this? It doesnt sound like much to me, but I wont have much chance to save.
Also, where would you recommemnd in Thailand? I have already spent a few days in Bangkok, and loved it! Went to Pattaya for a couple of days and couldnt wait to leave!
Yeah, bangkok is definitely the best (and cheapest place) to fly into. 1500 - 2000 pounds will be plenty. My advice is take travellers cheques (Pounds) and then change them over there (in Bangkok). You get a better exchange rate for Thai baht in Bangkok than you would here. Take US dollars (TC, or cash whatever your preference, but i seem to recall a 1.5% charge on TC transactions) for vietnam, but change them to dollars in the UK as once again the exchange rate is better. Pattaya is a bit 'in your face' i agree. My favourite island is Koh Chang in the north-east. If you're going trekking i would recommend you do it in Sapa, Vietnam and not Chang Mai, Thailand. Krabi and the surrounding area i've heard a lot of great things about as well so that might be worth checking out.