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1month-6weeks.thailand and loas or thailand/cambodia?

Posted by leavingsoon on 29/3/2011 at 14:58

Fellow Travelers Please Advise. Im headed to thailand in a couple weeks and not sure where to spend my time. I don't want to do too much in too little time but would rather take my time (enjoying islands and magical places) along the way. Where are some of the best places you've been in thailand, laos, cambodia? and if you had to choose either laos or cambodia which would you choose? Also, mixed reviews of Phuket? I like to party, but not everyday and don't like real real touristy places. Any recs for low key islands and get aways?
Thanks!

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Posted by mikethediver on 12/4/2011 at 05:23

Hi,
Trouble with magical places is they are full of tourists!!!
Both Cambodia & Laos have their good points. Cambodia obviously has the Angkor Wat which, if you don't intend coming back this way again you should take time out to see. Both countries have party places Vang Vieng for Laos & Sihanounkville for Cambodia.

If you've never been to Thailand before you have to spend a few days in Bangkok and then I would consider Kanchanburi (Bridge on the River Kwai) for a few days and then Koh Chang which is no where near as touristy as Phuket. From Koh Chang you can easily move into Cambodia - Sihanoukville, PP and Siam Reap for Angkor Watt. You could even cross into Laos and try the 4,000 islands - very laid back and peaceful (no electric when I was there).

Or you could join the hordes and do northern Thailand - Chang Mai & Rai and enter Laos from there and end up in Vang Vieng.!
Up to you!
Have fun
Mike

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Posted by caseyprich on 12/4/2011 at 14:33

I don't know how long you have in total, so it isn't as easy to advise. Overall, I really enjoyed Southern Laos - Pakse/Champasake/4,000 Islands, and if it isn't too rainy you could motorbike up to Tad Lo for a dip in the water falls.

However, if you really like Islands and magic, perhaps a few days going through the temples of Angkor Wat is a good idea, and then you could go down to the Cambodia coast for some non-Thai island experience. I think mikethediver lays out a good plan to hit some Thai islands, center in on Cambodia, and if time dip into Laos (though Si Phon Don certainly has power now).

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Posted by magoo23 on 12/4/2011 at 16:25

If your after magic i dont think you can go past the Phi Phi islands (seen in the movie the beach) , yes they get flooded with tourists but you'll soon work out why, We payed more for our tour so we didnt end up crammed on a boat with 50 other people and also made sure we left very early in the morning so we beat most of the other boats to the famous sights.

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Posted by magoo23 on 12/4/2011 at 16:29

If your after magic i dont think you can go past the Phi Phi islands (seen in the movie the beach) , yes they get flooded with tourists but you'll soon work out why, We payed more for our tour so we didnt end up crammed on a boat with 50 other people and also made sure we left very early in the morning so we beat most of the other boats to the famous sights.

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Posted by MADMAC on 12/4/2011 at 16:55

Mike hit it on the head - if you want that wonderful, magical, beautiful place then you got to share it, because Thailand's communication infrastructure is so robust that everyone can and does go to these kind of places.

There are some places in the South Pacific that are "magical" with few people, but they are very hard to reach and expensive (because it's expensive to transport goods to them). That's why they have few people. Thailand has some 70 plus million people living there now, plus God knows how many tourists... so that magical secret place doesn't exist. There might be a place that is magical to you that you might find (I have a place like that), where you find it enchanting but it's appeal is not general. But you don't find those places on the net.

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Posted by Rufus on 17/4/2011 at 12:42

Go to Niue. It truly is magical.

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