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Travel route advice please! Thailand / Cambodia / Vietnam / Laos

  • IndiaGabrie-

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    Helloo travellers,

    I'm flying out to Bangkok at the end of July and plan to spend around three months travelling SE Asia. My budget will be around £2,500 - 3000 (not including flight from UK to Bangkok).

    Would love to hear some reccomendations on routes to take - i.e. Start from Bangkok, go through Cambodia, up Vietnam, through Laos and back down Thailand - or perhaps the other way round?

    Would be great to hear your stories - I want to optimise my experience to maximum potential!

    Thanks :)

    #1 Posted: 14/6/2013 - 04:28

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  • IndiaGabrie-

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    Also open to suggestions of other places - Singapore is on my radar!

    #2 Posted: 14/6/2013 - 05:09

  • jdpearce

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    I am also planning a trip, though I'm starting in Saigon. My suggestion is to buy map of the area (I found one for Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam for less than US$18) and start reading blogs and web sites for recommendations.

    My trip will be via motorcycle, so bought individual maps of each country. Then I searched for "SE Asia Motorcycle" and got tons of sites, many with good information that would help regardless of how you travel.

    Some of the must-see places seem to be:
    Vietnam--Hanoi, HaLong Bay, SaPa, Dalat, Hoi An, and Hue
    Cambodia-- Angkor Thom, Angkor Wat (still searching)
    Thailand--Chiang Khong, Chiang Rai, Mae Salong (on Myanmar border), Chiang Mai, Sukkhothai, and Ko Lipe
    Laos--Vientiane, Vang Vieng, Luang Phabang, Houaykai (across from Chiang Khong)

    You might also want to include Myanmar if you're adventurous.

    #3 Posted: 14/6/2013 - 10:49

  • chopin

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    For 3 months, probably like this:

    Bangkok, Central & North Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Southern Vietnam, Central Vietnam, Northern Vietnam, fly back to Bangkok, (optional at this stage: some Burma experience), Southern Thailand islands.

    Details on each sub-region can be worked out more, but generally I'd do it this way. For Burma, it all depends on whether you can spare 2 to 3 weeks from your schedule. Singapore: not too keen. How about adding Penang (for about 3-4 days) at Northern Malaysia? I feel it is more worthy than Singapore.

    #4 Posted: 15/6/2013 - 03:53

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