SE Asia Travel Advice

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    May 08, 2014 7:58 PM GMT
    Hey guys! I'm heading to SE Asia this summer, could use some advice on how to formulate the trip. I'll be there for 6 weeks, and have narrowed things down to the following two options:

    option a: 2 weeks in Thailand, 1 week in Laos, 2~ weeks northern Vietnam, ~5 days Ankor Wat
    option b: 3 weeks Thailand, 2~ weeks northern Vietnam, ~5 Days Ankor Wat

    The question then, is if adding Laos in becomes too ambitious or not. There's this thing called the "Gibbson" experience in Huay Xai (Laos) that sounds unbelievable (one of the main reasons I want to stop over there, along with Luang Prabang and Vientiane), but I wouldn't want to do it at the expense of the Thailand experience as a whole.

    I should also mention that I'm taking a series of one-way flights, so I 'wont' be heading back home from Thailand, but from my last stop, Cambodia. As such, I'd want to do all of Thailand in one go - meaning I won't be flying 'back' into Thailand after Cambodia or Vietnam or anything. I'll be working either N->S or S->N and moving on to the next country once I've reached the end. That leads me to my next question: What's the best city to fly into? Again, I've narrowed things down to two options:

    Option a: Fly into either Phuket/krabi, explore the beaches and islands, fly out to bangkok and then take a series of trains up to Chiang Mai, exploring various places along the way. I would then either Fly from there to Hanoi or Luang Prabang or take a bus towards Huay Xai.

    Option b: I fly into Chiang Mai and work my way down towards Bangkok via train, again stopping by at villages and cities along the way. I would then take a flight out from Bangkok to Phuket or Krabi, explore the beaches/islands and fly out from there (or from Bangkok, whatever's cheaper) to Vientiane, Luang Prabang or Hanoi.)

    Hope that made sense, I tried to keep things as concise as possible, haha. Any tips would be great, friends. Thanks!

    EDIT: Could have sworn I posted this in the Travel section...
  • Karl

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    May 08, 2014 8:17 PM GMT
    Hmm 2 weeks northern Vietnam?
    There's a lot of interesting places to visit.
    The only tip I would say is that always keep the eyes on your assets and use money wisely because they often make the price double or even triple to tourists.
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    May 09, 2014 3:57 PM GMT
    From California friends who had gone to Luang Prabang, I was told it cost more than Bangkok. If you are into nature, I wouldn't recommend Bangkok. (Tip: Check travel warning to Bangkok as there is currently a major protest to topple the government. The unrest might to be over by mid May, but that's not a guarantee). If you want to go to the beaches, I'd think Phuket is too touristy.

    Taking the train or bus to the provinces is relatively safe in Thailand. The train is all right, but restrictive, compared to the bus routes.

    What kind of traveler are you? (Backpacker, Low budget, mid range, etc.) You can send me a message with your questions about Thailand, so I can help you with ideas.

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    May 10, 2014 6:32 AM GMT
    Thanks for the tips guys; I'll send you a message with a few detailed questions later Homerk icon_smile.gif