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Intro Itinerary Advice

Posted by azular on 6/4/2013 at 00:00

I'm planning a first trip, with backpack, to Asia for next winter and will only have close to a month to travel. I've traveled enough to know it's a bad idea to rush around / country count, and have read this is especially true in SE Asia, but I am hoping for a good "overview" trip which hits some key places while allowing for enough time in each spot to not feel too rushed.

The following itinerary is more like a sketch / initial draft. I don't want to have a set-in-stone plan. Does this seem practical for an overview trip? I eliminated Vientiene though would love to see Buddha Park. Hanoi may seem tacked on but is somewhere I'd really like to go.

Thanks for any suggestions!

1 - Bangkok
2 - Bangkok
3 - Bangkok
4 - Siem Reap / Angkor Wat / Cambodia
5 - Siem Reap / Angkor Wat / Cambodia
6 - Siem Reap / Angkor Wat / Cambodia
7 - Back to Bangkok
8 - Ayutthaya
9 - Chiang Mai / N. Thailand
10 - Chiang Mai / N. Thailand
11 - Chiang Mai / N. Thailand
12 - Chiang Mai / N. Thailand
13 - Chiang Mai / N. Thailand
14 - Overland Laos (slow boat?)
15 - Overland Laos (slow boat?)
16 - Luang Prabang
17 - Luang Prabang
18 - Luang Prabang
19 - Luang Prabang
20 - Fly to Hanoi
21 - Hanoi
22 - Hanoi
23 - Hanoi
24 - Hanoi
25 - Hanoi
26 - Depart

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Posted by caseyprich on 6/4/2013 at 00:42

I think it looks like a fine plan. I'd maybe take a day off Hanoi and add it to Siem Reap though, as the first day in Siem Reap is obviously travel from BKK to there (are you flying or overland?).

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Posted by azular on 6/4/2013 at 08:57

Thanks for your reply. Good point about Siem Reap. I was planning overland assuming that's practical.

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Posted by caseyprich on 6/4/2013 at 09:30

Yeah - there is plenty of information on that option you can find on the website.

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