I'm planning a trip beginning November to end of December (2 months) to travel through the above countries. I have been looking for the least expensive country to fly into from LA and so far, Bangkok seems to be least expensive. Can anyone recommend, the easiest and least expensive to get from one country to another? What what would be the best order? I originally thought to fly in to Cambodia, then travel to Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore and back to fly out, but Cambodia is more expensive to fly into. Any recommendation who to plan these four countries? I think, we will spend 3 weeks in Thailand, 2 in Cambodia, 2 in Malaysia, and rest in Singapore or maybe just 4-5 days in Singapore then return to rest for couple of days in Thailand.
I think you're right about the cheapest flight into BKK. It usually is the main hub for this region.
Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore sounds like a sensible route. Especially if you travel overland. Getting into Cambodia shouldn't be so expensive. The (connecting) flights with Bankok Airways to Siem Reap are expensive though (roughly $250 or so).
Your alternatives are Air Asia (or another budget airline) but while they are cheap they tend to give some hassles sometimes (read posts here). You could try to get a last minute ticket or go overland which isn't that bad.
Some people take a train through NE Thailand. Buses cover the distance between BKK and Siem Reap as well and even a private taxi is affordable and possible.
Probably best to aim to enter Cambodia via Poipet and on to Siem Reap. Then from Siem Reap head south to the coast and follow the coast back into Thailand. A pleasant route with plenty of opportunities for nice breaks along the coast in both Cambodia and Thailand.
From BKK it's all the way down then.
Hope this helps
Thank you for your response. I found airfare to Cambodia for just $25 more, which may be worthwhile paying considering I won't have to backtrack into Thailand, as I think it might take too much of our time to get to Malaysia by land from Cambodia. However, I'm looking at options to getting back to Cambodia from Singapore, it seems the only way to get back would be by plane? At the same, time I see I can purchase an airfare arriving in Cambodia and returning home from Singapore for just under $200, which seems maybe to be the best option. Any thoughts?
I fount a website that states the train in Cambodia in not running anymore so I guess we would travel by bus or any other option available by land.
Any recommendations as far as which places to stay? Thank you. Ania
Ah, now I understand. If it's only $25 more to start in Cambodia it sounds good. That explains the flying back to Cambodia. From Singapore there are several budget airlines that fly to Cambodia for cheap prices but it's best to check while on the road.
Early bookers for very cheap flights might be bumped or flights cancelled if they haven't sold enough tickets. There are no alternatives for flying Singapore to Cambodia. Boats are out of the question and overland you've done on the way down.
I would definitely take the fly into Cambodia - fly outof Singapore option if that's available for $200. Even if you find a very cheap flight, you still have to consider extra transfers, extra airport (departure) tax and then it won't make much difference budget wise and it is a lot easier.
Trains are definitely NOT running in Cambodia. Buses are a good way to get around if you travel between the main towns.
Places to stay? Can you be more specific? Are you referring to countries, regions, towns or guesthouses?
So much planning comes into a trip like this.
After much planning I bought a ticket into Bangkok and will return from Bangkok. But I will start by traveling north by train. So far, I plan on the following stops: Ayutthaya (2 days/1 night), Lopburi (1 day), Sukhotai take bus from Phitsanulok (will stay 1 night/1 day), Chaing Mai and Chiang Rai- have not yet decided how many days to spend in each.
Ideally, I'd like to come down from the Northeastern region all the way to Cambodia, but I noticed that the train doesn't go to the Northeast region? What is the best way to go to Cambodia from North to Northeast and what places would be worth seeing? (I guess I'll just read on)