So me and my best friend are following our dreams to travel for three months around Southeast Asia. We are planning to leave at the end of this year 2014, aiming for the 27th of December and returning 22nd of March next year 2015. We want to fly to Bangkok first and stay there for around a week before moving down south for the full moon party on the 4th of Jan. We plan to spend around a week and a half in this area before starting our journey along the east coast until we get to the north. From here, we plan to move on to Cambodia spending a month travelling around the country before then entering Vietnam via the south and travelling gradually through the country before ending our adventure in the north.
As we are both first time traveller's, we are anxious to know whether this route would be the best to take in order to see as much as possible in each country, whilst getting the best out of the weather? We plan to spend a month in each place or as close to as we can. Also, we are aiming to save around Â£3000 each (not including flights) does anyone know whether this amount will be enough for us to get by in three months? we are aware living expenses are very cheap once you arrive and have no problem eating street food and sleeping in budget accommodation. We aren't really there for the party scene, we are much more interested in the culture side of Southeast Asia and want to get as much out of our trip as possible.
Based on the dates we are aiming for, can anyone advise me on the best time to book flights? (we were thinking around late May/early June?)
Also, during our research we noticed that you need Visas to enter each country. Would it be best to get a Visa to Thailand when we book our flights? and is it possible to get Visas for Cambodia and Vietnam once out there?
We are already so excited about our adventure and have already begun planning where we would like to go and what not to miss, but if anyone could give us some tips about experiences they have had and where to go in each country we would really appreciate it.
What you have in mind is a popular route - should be a great trip.
Visas first. I'm assuming you are Brits, so you'll get 30 days visa free stay on arrival when you fly into Bangkok, so no need for a visa. Entering Cambodia you can get a month-long tourist visa on arrival at the border, so you're fine there. For Vietnam you will need a visa beforehand -- it is easy to get in both Bangkok and Phnom Penh,
Weather -- should be very good, especially for the Thailand and Cambodia bits.
Flights inbound from UK, as soon as you are settled on dates, I'd book them.
Money: That is loads.
Some other stuff may be of interest:
Do I need reservations
SiemReap to KoChang (You'll need to read this one backwards) or Bangkok to SIemReap while this goes through KoChang all the way to Phu Quoc in Vietnam (the prices in some of these will be somewhat out of date, but should be useful for route planning etc.
4-5 weeks in Thailand
Vietnam top to tail
There's lots more, but the above should get you started.
It is quite cheap to get Vietnam embassy visa at the Embassy of Vietnam in Phnom Penh, cambodia (address: 436 Monivong Blvd., Khan Chamcarmon, Phnom Penh).
If you want to enjoy street food, it is great to come Vietnam with famous street food as Beef noodles "Pho bo", "Bun dau mam tom",Broken rice, Saigon baguette,Fresh spring roll etc., it all delicious and worth tasting.
#4 Grunberg has been a member since 3/3/2014. Posts: 20
If you want to stay in Thailand for more than 30 days when you arrive then best to get visa in advance.
if you are going through Sianoukville (Cambodia) this is the best place to get you Vietnamese visa very quick and friendly service
Yes book flights as soon as you can
Also book trip to the South of Thailand ASAP as well because peak time and new year
If you are flying home from Bangkok there is an arguement to say go to Cambodia and vietnam before the north of Thailand perhaps either going through Laos (transiting or spending some time there) or flying back to Thailand
Thanks Grunberg and amnicoll for your advice
Could anyone tell us what we do with our money whilst we are there as we will be travelling for three months and don't really feel comfortable carrying Â£3000 around with us for the whole duration?
The main thing is to have alternatives. Make sure you have some $US. When you arrive in Thailand just cash some Â£ at the airport. Thailand is simple there are lots of ATMs (debit cards by the way not credit cards) and also cashing travellers cheques is very easy and cheaper than using the ATMs. and in Cambodia again you can use ATMs but not tried travellers cheques there for a while. Not sure what is best these days in Vietnam