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South east asia, 6 weeks – Thailand, Laos Cambodia

  • kayjaydesign

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    Hi everyone,

    We are traveling to SEA for our honeymoon in September
    We have decided we would rather backpack for the 5 weeks and have one week or a few days at the end of relaxation.
    I was wondering whether you think this is too much to for 6 weeks in Thailand, Laos and Cambodia?

    Thailand
    Bangkok (1) (Explored bangkok on previous trips) (may fly Bk to chaing mai)
    Chaing Mai (3)
    Chaing Rai (1)
    Cross border to laos (1)

    Laos
    2 day slow boat to Luang Prabang (2)
    Luang Prabang (3)
    vang vieng (2)
    Vientienne (2)
    Pakse(1)
    Si phan don- 4000 islands (3)

    Cambodia
    Cross border into cambodia (1)
    Kratie(1)
    Kampong cham (1) (found there is a bullet boat between kratie and kampong cham (3hrs) and Kampong cham to phnom phen (2hrs))
    Phnom Phen (1)
    silhounoukville and islands off the coast inc. bamboo island (4)
    Phnom Phen (1)
    Siem Reap (1) (explored all the temples last trip)

    Thailand
    Bangkok (1) (may fly from siem reap to BK then to Phuket)
    Phuket (5)


    What do you think?
    We are happy to fly some parts to save some time traveling.

    Cheers
    Kay

    #1 Posted: 13/8/2013 - 16:34

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  • LeonardCohe-
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    If you did the Cambodia temples before not sure why you're going back to rush around. I'd add those days to Laos and northern Thailand including Mae Hong Son or a trek.

    I'd also choose Krabi over Phuket at the end.

    #2 Posted: 13/8/2013 - 18:25

  • Captain_Bob

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    Don't forget to include travel times between places, and allow for the occasional delay. For example Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng by local bus can take up to 6-7 hours, then by the time you've arrived in the town and found somewhere to stay you've effectively consumed one day. Also in rainy season northern Laos roads can be slightly dodgy with increased damage from heavy trucks and possibility of landslides/mud and temporary blockages. Also from Vientiane to Pakse is a minimum 10-hour bus ride.

    Since you've been to the Angkor sites already, maybe just fly Phnom Penh - Bangkok - beach destination. Air Asia booked online is usually cheapest. That route overland would take you about 20 hours in a series of bus rides plus delays. Not fun. Maybe check weather conditions last-minute and decide whether to hit the east vs. west coast beaches. September weather is usually better on the east side (Samui, etc)

    #3 Posted: 14/8/2013 - 09:40

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