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October in SEA / 26 Day Itinerary Critique Please

  • SupremoSkel-
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    I’m planning a 26 day trip to Southeast Asia.
    My priorities are:
    1. Angkor Wat (3 days)
    2. Thai Beach (3 days)
    3. Luang Prabang (2 days)
    4. Gibbon Experience (2 days)
    5. 4,000 Islands (2 days)
    6. Trekking (1 day)
    I tried to link it together counter clock-wise on the map, ending with the beach in late October. I have two unplanned days. Any advice? Comments? Concerns?
    1- Bangkok
    2- Sukhotai stopover [bus]
    3- Chiang Mai
    4- Chiang Mai based trek
    5- Chiang Rai stopover [bus]
    6- [Bus to] Huay Xai
    7- Gibbon Exp
    8- Gibbon Exp
    9- Slow boat to LP
    10- Slow Boat to LP
    11- Luang Prabang
    12- Luang Prabang
    13- [Fly to] Pakse, [bus to] Don Det
    14- 4,000 Islands
    15- 4,000 Islands
    16- [bus to] Pakse
    17- [morning Fly to] Siem Reap – Angkor W
    18- Angkor Wat
    19- Angkor Wat; [evening Fly to] Bangkok
    20- [Fly to] Phuket
    21- Phuket
    22- Phuket
    23- Phuket; [fly to] Bangkok
    24- Cushion Day
    25- Cushion Day
    26- Depart
    Should I go from 4,000 Islands to Siem Reap by land, stopping in Kratie and Phnom Penh?
    Any advice? Comments? Concerns?

    Thanks!

    #1 Posted: 5/9/2012 - 05:31

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  • Nokka

    Joined Travelfish
    6th April, 2009
    Location United Kingdom
    Posts: 259

    I think you're trying to do way too much. At the very least drop the bit from day 13 (fly to Pakse) to day 17. ie the southern Laos bit. Use those extra days spending a bit more time in the places you really wish to see.

    #2 Posted: 6/9/2012 - 09:05

  • chinarocks

    Joined Travelfish
    17th June, 2011
    Posts: 681

    What you say makes some semse but I would agree Nokka - less is more. Focus on your six priority places and add more time on to them.

    Two days in Luang Prabang is not enough - think 4 or 5 minimum.

    Also, take more than 3 days on a beach at the end - why not 5 or 6 days of bliss before heading home?

    Including getting a flavour of Siem Reap, you will need 4 or 5 days for Angkor and SR.

    Add on trekking and the Gibbon Experience to that, as well as travel in the region, particularly Laos, and you have more than enough planned. I think even skip Si Phan Don (4k Islands) as it is hard to get to.

    Plan:
    Bangkok-SR (bus or fly); try spend some time in Bangkok seen as you land there.

    Then fly SR-Luang Prabang (Vietnam or Lao Airlines)

    Then up to Luang Nam Tha or Muang Sing for some trekking and on to the Gibbon Experience then.

    Then get back into Thailand and fly down to the islands (via BKK if necessary).

    Trust me, this is more than enough in less than 4 weeks.

    Enjoy, relax and soak up the places you go to.

    #3 Posted: 6/9/2012 - 09:52

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