I am travelling around the world and have about 7 weeks in SE Asia. I have one week in HK visiting a mate and one weekend at the end in Singapore visiting more mates.
I had planned the below; please tell me what you think or any other spots to check out given my route and time frame
Laos: 2.5-3 weeks checking out Luang Prabang, Viang Vien, Vientienne, want to make my way leisurely through the country.
I was then going to make way over to Cambodia to see Angkor Wat for 2 days or so. From there I am going to Ko Chang to relax for 2-3 weeks. I wasnt sure where else to go in that area...
Does that seem a reasonable plan and a good pace? Everyone says 'less is more' so hopefully the above subscribes to that idea.
Thanks - Jamil
vientiane 1 day - if you have to
angkor - up to 5 days
what about chang mai, bkk, penang, KL?
I just had a coffee with my friend caoming back from Thailand - Sukhotai, ayuthaya, Chiang Mai and Bankok would be the main attractions in Thailand; if you come to Malaysia - i mean Peninsular Malaysia - you can either take the East Coastal way or West Coastal way; East Coast parts consists of Terengganu, Kelantan and Pahang where the beaches are the most famous (that's why Mid-club chose Cherating in Kuantan, Pahang) and they are the biggest population in Malay ( each state with different accent and vocabs, hard to comprehend) ; west coast is touring along the more developed cities and towns - from Perlis ( the best port to get to Lengedary Island Pulau Langkawi: recommendation from our former Prime Minister) to Kedah and the Pearl Oriental - Penang where this is the food paradise of Malaysia!!! Penang Asam Laksa, Penang Chaw Kuay Teow and many more - the most packed population of Chinese in Malaysia!!! Down you'll pass Perak state - Bidor, Taiping, Teluk Anson and Ipoh - this is another place with lots of chinese food and even desserts and cookies!!! (biscuit of wife) Low Poh Piang - In UK, we call 'cent' in penny right? In other parts of malaysia, we call sen or 'cents' in english, but here the Ipoh people they call 'qian' ( sounds like 'qian' - money in Mandarin!!!)
Ipoh has a lot of caves tho lmost of them looks quite artificial! coast off Perak would be my favourite island - Pulau Tioman - tho it has big change now as one of the fre--duty island after Langkawi Island in Perlis...
Down again you'll reach Selangor - the biggest state and the most 'developed' state of Peninsular Malaysia - too many things to see in this state ( dont forget the famous chinese food - Bak Kut Teh on Klang and the most famous seafood site in Port Klang )but our capital- Kuala Lumpur is at the centre (almost) of Selangor - the best place for clubbing and night life! You may visit the landmark - Petronas Twin Tower and if you have time - you can pay a visit to Cyberjaya/Putrajaya - our satellite city!!! ( I worked in headquarter before and that's why you can see i am very clear of every detail of my country)
Down you'll my state - Negeri Sembilan and the place which I'm staying now. (natural site a lot man! ) and down again - you'll find an ancient state - Melaka or Malacca in English; a tower and food of paradise. Here you'll find trishaws and Baba-Nyonya - an etnic encompasses Malay and Chinese ( the one and only in the world! Malacca's proud, i think..hehehe) and a lot of local food. I worked here for six months and I was so surprised that almost everyday I tasted different foodlet and still there are many special food and cuisine to explore (Oh! My God!)...
Down again would be Johor, a quite big state. Here you'll find a different cooking style of bak Kut Teh (it's black here and white in Klang)...many many things... and you'll reach at Kastam before you straight forward to Singapore.
My hards are pain...c'est tout!
Last Nov I expressed thru Laos in 10 days: Huay Xai, Luang Phrabang, Nong Khiaw, back to LP, then Vang Vieng, then Viantiane. So I think your Laos itinerary sounds very doable.
I also think you need more than 2 days in Angkor Wat. Depends on how much you like ruins of course, but these are some of the very finest. Maybe 4 or 5 days?
Good luck & enjoy yourself