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6 weeks in SE Asia - Itinerary advice for a rookie plse :-)

  • simons104

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    Hello everyone!

    I’ve been reading through lots of posts here recently and you guys have already been a great help – thanks a lot for that!

    I’ve been trying to put together an itinerary for my trip to South East Asia (Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia). As it’s my first backpacking trip ever, I would greatly appreciate any comments and "expert" advice.

    I’ll be in SE Asia for 42 days, before heading to Oz, starting in Bangkok on November 1st at 4pm and ending in Bangkok on the 13th of December (have to catch a flight that night).

    So far, I came up with the following itinerary:

    day 1 (Nov 1, Sun) – 4.00 pm: arrive Bangkok (Thailand)
    day 2-3 – Bangkok
    day 4 – Travel to Ayuttahya
    Day 5 – Ayuttahya

    day 6 – Train to Vientiene (Laos)
    day 7-10 - Vientiene
    day 10 – Travel to Tha Khaek
    day 10- 11 –Tha Khaek
    day 11-13 – Savannaket

    day 13- travel to Hue (Vietnam)
    day 14-17- Hue
    day 18 travel to danang
    Day 19-24- danang & hoi an

    Day 24 - Flight/train to Saigon
    Day 24-28 Saigon
    Day 28 travel to phenom penh
    Day 28-31 phenom penh
    Day 32 -36 travel to siem reap and Angkor Wat
    day 36-39 ko chang (fancy some chillout time)
    day 39-42 Bangkok
    Day 42 Leave for oz





    I’m aware that this might be too much to fit into 6 weeks, but I’m really unsure about what to leave out or what I may be missing out on.


    I would really appreciate some comments and suggestions on my plans!


    Thanks a lot for your help in advance!!!!

    Cheers
    Simon

    #1 Posted: 21/10/2009 - 03:57

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    Hi Simon,

    Looks good to me.

    From Tha Khaek, consider doing a sidetrip to Konglor cave.

    For Siem Reap to Ko Chang, take a look at this story: http://www.travelfish.org/feature/111

    If you can grab a day or two, Nong Khai (on the Thai side of the border from laos) is well worth it -- a very relaxed and interesting spot with loads to see and do.

    have fun!

    #2 Posted: 21/10/2009 - 09:01

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    Hi Simon,

    You may wish to consider taking an overnight train from Ayutthaya (night of Day 5) to Nong Khai/Vientiane. They are a fun experience in themselves, and a good way to save time by travelling in relative comfort while you would have been sleeping anyway. If you do go by sleeper train, try to book as far in advance as you can.

    Also, good move planning to have a few days in Bangkok at the end of your trip. This will give you a bit of wiggle room if you want to spend an extra day somewhere, plus leave time for shopping without having to haul stuff around the entire trip.

    Nice looking itinerary. Cheers.

    #3 Posted: 21/10/2009 - 11:48

  • simons104

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    Hey Guys,

    Sidetrip to Konglor cave has been noted cheers.

    Exacto i didnt realise that the trains would be so busy id need to book, thanks for the heads up. Overnight sleeper sounds good alright, where can i book this from again? (cn it on another post a while ago but cant rem which 1!)

    Thanks a million for your comments, am happy u've given it the thumbs up :-)

    #4 Posted: 21/10/2009 - 21:46

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