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1. Posted by jordana (Budding Member 20 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hi everyone

Its not long now to we head of on our round the world trip (Sept).. First stop is Thailand, We have three weeks there.

I was just wondering if anybody had been there before and if so what was there route around the country. I know I want to go to all the islands, well as many as possible!!! Would also like to go to Vietnam as well. Whats the best way to travel around these places? plane, train??????

Any help would be great

J x

2. Posted by ukmassage (Inactive 1052 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

for islands - more probably boat or ferry as non of them (with an exeption of Phuket and Kho Samui) don't have airports.

Be aware there are a few hundred of them - maybe not enough of your 3 weeks stay

3. Posted by mim (Travel Guru 1276 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

why not start at the top and work your way down? North for jungle trek, around Bangkok then to the Islands for a relaxing/wild party time??

Where are you goin after thailand that might have some bearing on which way round you do it, i.e north south, or south north?


4. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru 1027 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Bus is the easiest and cheapest way to travel around Vietnam. An open ticket from Saigon to Hanio will cost about 20 dollars US, you can stop at Mui Ne, Nha Trang, Hue, Hoi An and Hanoi (maybe a couple of other places too). Air travel doesn't cost too much either (Saigon to Nha Trang i recently paid 39 US dollars one way).

5. Posted by jackboy (Inactive 350 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Me again!!!!!!!!!!,bus is the easest and quickest and cheapest method of traveling Asia and starting from Khao San Rd;Bangkok you can travel great distances in short time by bus as they are state of art bus's and great roads.
I start appox 0800 and travel 2-3,max 4 hrs then jump off to explore!!, so?? in 3-4 days you will be at Hat Lek;Cambodia Border;then jump a boat to Sikanoukvlle for a few days!!! then Phnom Penh by Minibus then a Minibus and boat to HO Chi Minh City;Veitnam and explore Veitnam then back to Phnom Penh and upto Angkor Wat on the dusty road then into Laos and into the top half of Thailand and you can have day trips into Burma and make your way down to Phuket and more Islands and into Malaya and Singapore all dirt cheap and fast by bus.
Lonely Planet South East Asia has all the info so wishing you a great trip and have lots of fun.
al de bes

6. Posted by AlexT (Respected Member 245 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

DEfinately taking the bus is the easiest way around asia and you can sort out most of your visa's through travel agents or on arrival in some countries. I recommend a visit to Laos as well. As was previously mentioned, the open bus tour is a good cheap way to get around vietnam although not for the faint hearted at times. You might also consider taking the train for some of the legs between saigon and hanoi...

7. Posted by ukmassage (Inactive 1052 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Quoting AlexT

the open bus tour is a good cheap way to get around vietnam

wouldn't you bake yourself on the top deck within a few hours? Not my type of fun

8. Posted by AlexT (Respected Member 245 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I was surprised at how comfortable they were, and at times just sitting on that bus could have been classed as adventure travel of the highest order, I think our bus alone knocked over 2 cyclists going through the mountains... I mean they were all air conditioned...

9. Posted by sugarhigh (Full Member 25 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

hey there, ive been living in Bangkok for the past 2 months and i found my way easily enough. you really wont know where to begin, and im glad you have 3 weeks or else you'd be crying all your life wondering why you didnt stay longer. First off you should see the temples dotting the banks of the River, and the skytrain then boat route is best (unless youre staying right beside the river) from there, on foot everything is pretty much within walking distance. then on the weekend, its a cardinal sin to miss the chatuchak weekend market on the Mo Chit station (last station of the skytrain sukhumvit line). also do check out the markets near patpong in Sala Daeng. Markets are everywhere and its part of the fun in thailand, the things you shop for here will be enough for the entire tour. Im sure youll fall in love with it, as i did. enjoy!

10. Posted by jordana (Budding Member 20 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Thanks everyone, you've been a great help.

One more question; how long do I need in Vietnam? remember i've only 3 weeks before I leave for Hong Kong!!