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Travelling South East Asia in April 2014

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1. Posted by jojo.steinbergs (First Time Poster 1 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

Hi all,

I am planning a trip to South East Asia in April of next year.

Travelling with 3 other girls and we are all 22/23 from London.

Will be there for 24 days and want to fit in as much as possible.

What places would you say are a must?

Hoping to fly into Bangkok Thailand, Travel there for 6 days
Then onto Cambodia for 5 days
To Vietnam for 5 days
To Borneo for 5 to see the orangutans ect
Kuala Lumpa for 1 or 2 days
Then to Singapore for a day or 2 and Fly Home from there

Need advice as 4 peoples places lists are huge.. what do you think is doable in just under a month


2. Posted by vaibhavm23 (Budding Member 93 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

6 days in BKK are quite less, can't advice you really on Vietnam & Cambodia since I hvnt explored it yet.

in 6 days of tym, if you want to spend it all in BKK? The nearby is pattaya, which would take around 2-3 hrs of travel by road, BKK itself is a huge city and good for shopping stuff.. etc.

You can plan to go to phuket and koh samui , and krabi but each place atleast requires 2 days of stay.

So probably you would need 9-10 days for Thailand, and in that case also it won't be possible for you to explore it 100% and you may miss..

It would be advisable if you stick to 2-3 countries and spend some time in each country to explore the culture and see some places around....:)

3. Posted by nursejek (Budding Member 9 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

I am also planning to travel in Singapore on April..
I am looking for companion/s.

4. Posted by PompeyPete (Budding Member 30 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!


I think you're trying to fit in far too much. 24 nights will fly past and too much travelling will wear you out.
6 days in Bangkok is too long imo. 3 nights max to take in the must-see sights.

It's a complete waste of time trying to see Cambodia or Vietnam by allocating only 5 days to each. Choose one of them, but you'll still only scratch the surface.

Borneo is a bit of a let down compared to the rest of SE Asia. If all you want to do is see the Orangutans then it's really not worth the effort getting there, and tbh if you want to see them in the wild then there's no guarantee they'll turn-up for you.

What you plan on doing is so rushed that the only possible way of achieving it is to fly everywhere. That'll mean a heck of a lot of hanging round airports, and flying = missing all the life on the ground.

Personally with only 24 days and being your first time in SE Asia, I'd stick to Thailand, taking in Bangkok, Kanchanaburi (World War II history, and beautiful area), Ayutthaya (Old capital of Siam), Chiang Mai (and the north), and a bit of beach.

You could also perhaps do a 3 /4 night side-trip to Cambodia, flying with Air Asia from Bangkok to do either Siem Reap (Angkor Wat) or Phnom Penh/Kampot.

[ Edit: Edited on 06-Mar-2014, at 22:31 by PompeyPete ]

5. Posted by Degolasse (Travel Guru 823 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

I agree with PompeyPete. You are thinking about doing waaayyyyy too much for such a short time. With only 3 weeks, pick one, maybe two countries and stick to them. I agree that your best bet is to spend it all in thailand - a week in the South, a week in the North, a couple days in Bangkok, and if you have time, take a side trip to Cambodia.

Vietnam is worth a month on it's own, but you could maybe do a combo trip of Southern Vietnam and Cambodia in 3 weeks.

6. Posted by nganhafdt (Inactive 5 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

Hi there,
I think with 5 days you can’t travel all Vietnam. Because Viet Nam has a lot of famous travel places. 5 days, you just can to visit North, Central or Southern Vietnam.
Visit North Viet Nam: Ha Noi Capital, Ha Long Bay, Sapa, Ninh Binh with Tam Coc.
Central Viet Nam: Phong NHa Cave & Thien Duong Cave of Quang Binh, Hue, Da Nang, Hoi An ancient town,...
Southern Viet Nam: Nha Trang Bay (one of 29 most beautiful bays in the world), Mui Ne (Phan Thiet), Sai Gon, Mekong Delta, Phu Quoc island, Con Dao island,...

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