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South East Asia- Itinerary Thoughts?

  • cgamon

    Joined Travelfish
    1st January, 2014
    Posts: 8

    Hi All,

    I am planning 22 day trip to South East Asia. I realize 5 of the days include flights but let me know if you think it is realistic.

    Thank you!

    May 30:
    Begin flight from NYC to Hanoi , Vietnam with a layover in Taiwan.

    May 31
    Arrive in Hanoi around 10am. Take taxi to hotel and get settled. Explore till we're tired.

    June 1:
    Explore Hanoi.

    June 2nd:
    Depart Hanoi for Halong Bay where we will be catching a boat for a two day two night boat tour.

    June 3rd:
    Hang out in boat ride all day. Overnight.

    June 4th:
    Depart Halong bay after boat ride concludes and ride back to Hanoi.

    June 5th:
    Take taxi to airport and depart for direct flight from Hanoi for Siem Reap , Cambodia.

    June 6th:
    Explore Siem Reap

    June 7th:
    Head to Angkor Wat and explore temples.

    June 8th:
    Do some more exploring at Angkor Wat.

    June 9th:
    Depart Siem Reap and fly to Chiang Mai via transfer in Bangkok.

    June 10th:
    Explore Chiang Mai

    June 11th:
    Explore Chiang Mai

    June 12th:
    Travel to elephant camp day for one day

    June 13th:
    Depart Chiang Mai for Ko Sumai - beaches. Direct flight Chiang Mai to Sumai Airport.

    June 14th:
    Relax on Thai beaches (Ko Sumai, Ko Phangan, Ko Tao) etc...

    June 15th:
    Relax on Thai beaches

    June 16th:
    Relax on Thai beaches

    June 17th:
    Relax on Thai beaches

    June 18th:
    Relax on Thai beaches

    June 19th:
    Relax on Thai beaches

    June 20th:
    Depart Ko Sumai and head back to New York via stops in Bangkok and Abu Dhabi.

    #1 Posted: 28/1/2014 - 23:18

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  • chinarocks

    Joined Travelfish
    17th June, 2011
    Posts: 740

    I've seen crazier itineraries but this is still a lot of travelling in three weeks and in three different countries. This is quite a bit of checking in and out and lugging backs to airports etc.

    My initial thoughts are that you have very little time in Hanoi, one of the best cities in SEA. Would you consider spending more time in Vietnam or are you set on Thailand? Three weeks is a great amount of time to explore Vietnam and have some relaxation time. If it is beaches and culture you are after then Hoi An is a great little town to relax in for a week.

    #2 Posted: 29/1/2014 - 03:35

  • LeonardCohe-

    Joined Travelfish
    24th July, 2012
    Posts: 2148
    Total reviews: 11

    Looks ok. Id drop Chiang Mai. City isnt much. Bangkok is more interesting.

    #3 Posted: 29/1/2014 - 08:31

  • cgamon

    Joined Travelfish
    1st January, 2014
    Posts: 8

    Thank you so much for your feedback! I am always so impressed with this forums knowledge and that people actually take the time to respond :)

    Based on some opinions, I think I will add a day in Hanoi in the beginning and only do a one night/one day halong bay cruise. This will also allow us to settle into the time change at the start of the trip.

    Any other recommendations for tours or hotel accommodations in the locations? My hotel budget is $30-40 range and at the beaches I'm willing to go up a bit in price.

    Thank you!

    #4 Posted: 29/1/2014 - 08:54

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