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1. Posted by aremadeofthis (First Time Poster 1 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!


I'm flying into Singapore in mid-April and will be flying out three-and-a-half weeks later. I don't have a fixed itinerary yet and I am currently researching various places to go. I am interested in going to:

+ Thailand: Bangkok, Ayuthaya, and maybe Chang Mai

+ Cambodia: Siem Reap for Angkor Wat

+ Vietnam: Ho Chi Minh

+ China: Hong Kong

+ Malaysia: Kuala Lumpur

I don't know whether to fly from place to place or take other transportation. I've had a look at Air Asia, Jet Star Asia, and Tiger Airways and flights are rather cheap one-way. I take it flying will be easier to get around, but it won't be much of an experience.

I'm on a budget, and would like to make the most of my time there. I feel like that about two-to-three days in each place should be enough. Is three-and-a-half weeks a realistic timescale for visiting all of these places? I'd like to visit ruins and monuments, and walk and take photographs. I'd like to go scuba-diving somewhere, but I'm not keen on spending long periods lounging on a beach.

Thanks for any advice.

2. Posted by toothache (Full Member 82 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!


You can purchase a bus ticket from Singapore.. Its cost only about S$40 to S$60. The place to buy ticket is at "Golden Mile Complex". There's rows of ticketing counters. :) Its an 8 hour trip.

About 3 to 4 days stay in KL is good enough.
KL is similiar to Singapore, Bangkok and Hong Kong.
Shopping, Nightlife... Cosmopolitan places...

From KL... You can purchase budget flight tickets to Thailand or whichever place you prefer. Its cheaper. KL has AirAsia.. :)
Just that in KL, becareful when getting around in taxis./. They may charge different. Always initiate to charge by METER.
Be Cautious.

The rest of the places, you should try to stay longer. :) Cuz.. they are bigger and just more breathtaking... ;)


3. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru 1027 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I know plenty who have done Angkor Wat in 3 days. You can do HCMC in 3 days too. It only takes a day to walk around the main sites in the city, plus half a day for the Cu-Chi tunnels. Obviously there is a lot more to see and do than that. I think your schedule is really tight taking into consideration travelling time between places as well. I think your Thailand plans need at least a week if you do decide on Chang Mai,then you have 2 1/2 weeks for everything else, including your time in Singapore. Good luck.

4. Posted by robertson (Full Member 53 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Except if you don't go to KL you can fly from singapore on tiger airways - I got a REAAAAAALLLY cheap flight to vietnam, straight from Singapore. Then you are quite conveniently located to go straight to Cambodia (PP) and up to Siem Reap to see Angkor. You would be able to fly from SR to BKK, and get a flight back to Singapore on either Air Asia or Tiger.

Compared to other discount carriers, tiger airways is great though! Clean, very punctual, very helpful, nice planes... Plus, not much to see in KL and not very nice places to stay compared to guesthouses in other cities (ie: stay at the Marriott if you don't like roaches or bed bugs).

5. Posted by Janeuk24 (Budding Member 4 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!


Does anybody know of anyone who will be in SIngapore between 28th April and May 1?
am travelling alone first time and bit nervous....

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

you might ask that question in 'travel companions'

7. Posted by Janeuk24 (Budding Member 4 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

thanks for that reply smartass.... 371 posts ehy? a big fan of this site then........hmm.

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

there is only a small chance that somebody will be at that particular place and that particular (short) time.

You might want to ask locals who post here for some companionship

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