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Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Malaysia in 3 months? help!

  • chaplins1980

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    Hi Everyone

    I am plotting our trip around SEA and have come up with what I think is a reasonable route! (he says...!) I just wondered what other people thought about the possibility of it being done in 3 months. My itinery is:

    Thailand: Around 4 weeks

    Mae Sot
    Chiang Mai
    Chiang Rai

    Laos: Around 3 weeks

    Luang Prabang
    Don Khong
    Don Det

    Cambodia: around 1 - 2 weeks including Thailands Islands

    Siem Riep

    Maybe go down to some of Thailands Islands before heading to Bangkok, any suggestions would be great :)
    Then travel to Bangkok and get the train to Butterworth.

    Malaysia: Around 2-3 weeks

    Travel from Butterworth by bus to Kota Bahru and travel on the jungle rail to Gemas (if anyone has any personal experience of the jungle rail please let me know, thanks)

    From Gemmas we will travel to Singapore for our connecting flight

    What do you think?

    #1 Posted: 2/8/2012 - 09:54

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  • Captain_Bob

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    Three months is plenty of time to get a good dose of the region and it's helpful to have mentally laid it out with place names and approximate timeframes. In reality most people's plans change as they go. Fall in love with somewhere and decide to linger, meet interesting people and hear intriguing tales and decide to change course, etc. Also nice to get off the beaten path to places like Mae Sot, Nan, Phrae, etc. You might similarly appreciate further north Laos such as Luang Namtha, Muang Sing or even up to Phongsali then work your way to Luang Prabang via Muang Khua, Muang Ngoi, Nong Khiaw then boat to LP.

    If it's during dry season Nov-April consider island hopping from Phi Phi or Ko Lanta down to Ko Lipe and Langkawi on Tigerline. Then ferry to Penang and onwards south from Butterworth, etc. If you have time (without rushing) do a side-trip to Malaysian Borneo, climb Mt. Kinabalu, see the orangutan, check out Kuching and the Niah and Mulu caves. Maybe that's too much.

    #2 Posted: 2/8/2012 - 14:42

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