My family -2 couples in their 50s/60s (we're going for my mom's 60th bday), 28yr old girl, 23 yr old girl, 18yr old girl, 13 yr old boy- is traveling to Asia for 2 weeks end of dec-beg jan. We are flying into Bangkok (1/2 of us have been there) planning to spend a few days there and then travelling to Vietnam & Cambodia. We might also want to visit Chiang Mai. We are looking to do a somewhat luxurious trip, nice hotels and especially great (authentic) restaurants are important. Wondering if anyone has any suggestion of itinerary. We would like to go to Hanoi, and Angkor Wat as well as visit a beach. We are not sure about Chiang Mai, Saigon or other places. We do not want to spend too much time traveling. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
#1 kendall has been a member since 1/4/2006. Posts: 1
That is an awful lot to try and fit into a two week trip. I'd really suggest trying to limit your trip to just a few things. Otherwise, you'll be spending a big chunk of your two weeks travelling, which is exactly what you said you didn't want. In any case, it looks like you'll need to fly from Bangkok to Vietnam, and then travel again by air to Angkor Wat, before returning to Thailand.
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Thailand,Vietnam and Cambodia in two weeks -- that's a lot of travel in a short time! Realisticly I'd suggest flying some of the legs to keep the travel time under control. Here's one sample:
Bangkok -> Hanoi (flight - Airasia)
Hanoi -> Hue (overnight train)
Hue -> Hoi An (bus/taxi/minibus)
Hoi -> Da Nang -> Saigon (backtrack to Da Nang then fly to Saigon (Vietnam Airlines) -- teakes one hour instead on 24+)
Saigon -> Phnom Penh (bus)
Phnom Penh -> Siem Reap & Angkor (bus/boat/fly)
Siem Reap -> Ko Chang (Thailand) (bus)
Ko Chang -> Bangkok (bus)