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Thailand-Laos-Vietnam-Cambodia-Malaysia- 3 1/2 months...NEED HELP With a guidline Route?????!!

  • kgroarke

    Joined Travelfish
    12th February, 2011
    Posts: 17

    Hi Guys,

    Me and my girlfriend are flying to bangkok at the start of August 2011 where we intend on spending 3 and 1/2 months in SE Asia. We were advised by a travel agent that it would be best to travel the above route clockwise and so we are arriving in bangkok on 7th August and working in that order. We will be flying from Singapore to Oz in the middle of November. does this initial plan sound good??

    Ive read alot of the posts and to be honest we are not all that familiar with a lot of the places that are mentioned,as they are quite detailed!! Has anyone any suggestions on a rough guideline route to cover these countries..ending in singapore ??? has anyone done this route before??

    Were simply looking to plan a rough route which covers the main intresting sites along the way and approx how long to spend in each country.... and then maybe we can start to reasearch in more detail around this

    Thanks in advance for any advice you may be able to give

    #1 Posted: 12/2/2011 - 21:05

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  • busylizzy

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    I think your best plan of attack is start looking through the 'suggested' itinerary sections of this website. (Click on Planning button/link at the top, and then on the 'Where to go' link.)
    Or click here: All the info that you are asking for can be found there, as a starting point.

    This will give you some basic suggestions and from there you can start researching into specific areas. I know it can all be overwhelming at first, especially when dealing with place names that you don't recognise. As you find areas that interest you, then start looking up those areas in the forum for more anecdotal opinions and views about that area.

    As a high-level indication, your 'clock-wise' plan makes sense. But it's potentially a lot to cover in 3.5 months, so I would be prepared to grab a few flights along the way to reduce some of the travel time for the long distances. One lesson that many of us have learned: do not underestimate the travel distances between cities! Yes, it may look like 100km on a map but because of road conditions, it could take you 4-6 hours to travel that by bus than the expected 1-2 hours! My general rule is to not spend more than 6 hours on a bus. I'll either fly or break it up. The exception may be if it is an overnight train/bus where I can try to sleep.

    #2 Posted: 13/2/2011 - 04:18

  • kgroarke

    Joined Travelfish
    12th February, 2011
    Posts: 17

    cheers for directing me to that link, its exactly what i was looking for!! it is a bit overwhelming and hard to get the head around but im sure once i research more il understand possible routes more
    some good advice... i agree that we may need to use some flights along the way.. although we will be trying to keep costs down so wel just have to see how things go

    #3 Posted: 14/2/2011 - 00:39

  • peejglynn

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    10th August, 2010
    Posts: 10

    Hi Kgroarke,

    Myself and the girlfriend are thinking of doing a very similar trip but over 2 months around the same time as you. We also intend to end the trip in SE Asia in singapore and fly to Oz then. We both were in Thailand so might cut that that out a good bit. Im looking at flying into BKK and get a connecting flight to chiang mai and start from there basically. Maybe work across to Hanoi into through Laos then all the way down through Vietnam and Cambodia. Let me know how you get on with your itinerary, id be intersted in seeing it as I am also a little overwhelmed!! thanks

    #4 Posted: 1/3/2011 - 05:02

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