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3-week SEA itinerary

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1. Posted by roz (Budding Member 5 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi everyone,

Haven't been on here for quite some time, but remember these forums as a good source of advice.
So....I'm off to South East Asia for around three weeks starting at the very end of April. I wish it could be longer, but I time and funds are unfortunate constraints. I have looked into the Bangkok Air Discovery Pass, which allows three international flights for approx 170 pounds incl. taxes. Based on this, my planned itinerary is:

April 28 - Arr. Bangkok
29 - Bangkok
30 - Bangkok (overnight train to Chiang Mai)
May 1-2 - Chiang Mai
May 3 - Chiang Mai - Luang Prabang (fly)
May 4-6 - Luang Prabang
May 7 - Luang Prabang - Siem Reap (fly)
May 8-9 Angkor
May 10 - Siem Reap - Bangkok (fly)
May 11 - Bangkok - Ko Phangnan (or other island)
May 12-14 Ko Phangnan
May 15 - Back to Bangkok
May 16 - Bangkok - Singapore (morning flight)
May 17 - Singapore - get late night flight to Brisbane, Australia

What do you think? Is it too much? Any opinions on the destinations? (btw, I'm a 22 y.o. woman travelling solo).

Thanks v. much, Roz x

[ Edit: Edited on Mar 27, 2007, at 1:43 PM by roz ]

2. Posted by Degolasse (Travel Guru 823 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Its definelty a pretty busy trip, but if you get all your flights booked, there's no reason you can't do it.
I think its too bad though that you feel the need just to pick out the one highlight of each country, spending a really brief time at each. Though you might miss sometime, I really think you'll enjoy yourself more if you spend longer in fewer places. Chiang Mai for example - you only have two days planned there. While the city is nice in it's own, the real highlight of the region, and the reason most tourists go there, is to get into surrounding hills for some cultural treks and smaller towns like Pai. With only two day however, you'll really just get to stroll around town and check out a few sites. Doing this I'm not too sure you'll get too much out of your trip up there. You'll have enough in Luang Prabang itself, but its ashame to miss some of the other highlights of the region like Vang Vieng. So I really think you would be better off picking either Chiang Mai or Laos and doing just one.
I would also consider heading to an Island closer to Bangkok like Chang or Samet. Koh Phagnan takes a bit of time to get to, something that you don't really have to spare.

3. Posted by Mohammad_Amir (Inactive 160 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!


a little too much of planning ... :) well i did so too, but endin up doin quite differently, coz u like some place or u meet someone and u wanna stay a lil longer, but then u have flight to miss that u already paid for,

then sometime u dint like the place, and u wanna move on but u cant coz u have to pay extra to get an early flite .... :)

agree with Deggolasse, if u wanna relax and enjoy then u mite want to revisit ur itenrary,
BUT BUT BUT ........ if u wanna c whole of the world in 3 months, like me, just do it ...

Cheers and have a safe trip ... :)


4. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hello Roz

I think your itinerary is too tight, for my taste.
I would either go North, or go South.
If u do too much rushing around, u might miss out on feeling the Thai atmosphere. Hope that makes sense.
I think, when people try to see too much, they miss out, in other ways. I tend to meet the most interesting people, when I am just sitting around, being lazy.


5. Posted by roz (Budding Member 5 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Thanks very much everyone for your advice...Aargh!! I don't know what to cut out, that's the problem. I suppose my number one destination (in terms of daydreaming :) ) is Laos...And Angkor... Maybe if I cut Chiang Mai, fly to Luang Prabang, travel down to Vientiene (via Vang Vieng) and then fly to Siem Reap??

Or maybe I could cut going to the south altogether, leave that for another time, and just spend more time in Chiang Mai, Laos, Angkor. I have to book the airpass v. soon, and I'm feeling a little

It looks like a choice between a more substantial trip to Chiang Mai and going to any southern beaches at all - what would be your preference?

Thanks again. R x

[ Edit: Edited on Mar 29, 2007, at 4:06 AM by roz ]

6. Posted by Degolasse (Travel Guru 823 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Sorry, it took a couple days to get back to this post.
I think it's good that you are considering limiting your trip.
Personally, I would do something like this:

April 28th - 30th Bangkok (overnight bus or train to Chaing Mai)
May1-2 - Chaing Mai
3-5 -Hill tribe trek
6 - Chaing Mai (I recomend taking a cooking course)
7th - fly to Siem Reap
8-9 - Angkor
10 - Back to Bangkok
11 - Bangkok to either Koh Chang or Koh Samet
12-14 -Island
15 - Back to Bangkok
16 - Fly to Singapore
17th - Fly home


April 28th - 30th Bangkok (overnight bus or train to Vientiane)
May 1 - Vientiane
2 - Vientiane to Vang Vieng
3 - 4 Vang Vieng
5 - Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang
6-8 Luang Prabang
9th Fly to Siem Reap
10-11 - Angkor
12 - Back to Bangkok
13-15 - Kanchanaburi (close to Bangkok [2 or 3 hrs], a great town, and you can do a short hike as an alternative to Chiang Mai)
16 - Bangkok to Singapore
17 - Home


April 28th - 30th Bangkok (overnight bus or train to Chaing Mai)
May1-2 - Chaing Mai
3-5 -Hill tribe trek
6 - Chaing Mai (I recomend taking a cooking course)
7 - Fly to Luang Prabang
8-10 LP
11 - LP to Vang Vieng
12-13 - VV
14 - VV to Vientiane
15 - Vientiane (night bus back to Bangkok)
16 - Fly to Singaore

Basically, you are choosing between Northern Thailand and Laos. I really don't think you have time to do both and actually make it worth while unless you ditch Angkor. If you head to Laos, then you don't need a beach because Vang Vieng is a good alterntive. I know it's not quite the same as a Thai beach, but a couple days tubing down the river, or just sitting reading a book by the river is just as relaxing.