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Thailand/Cambodia/Laos Itinerary

Posted by luciehayes on 14/3/2006 at 19:51


I'm planning on travelling to Thailand, Laos and Cambodia with my soon to be husband on a honeymoon trip in Nov-Dec this year. Could you recommend an itinerary for us (starting and finishing in Bangkok)? We only have 5 1/2 weeks and don't want to spend the whole time travelling so we need to find a route that will give us enough time to see the countries but not spend our lives on a bus!

Thanks in advance

#1 luciehayes has been a member since 14/3/2006. Posts: 4

Posted by somtam2000 on 15/3/2006 at 12:38 admin

Hi Lucie,


5 1/2 weeks should be long enough to get a good taste of the three countries. Here's one sample itinerary:

Bangkok -> Sukhothai
Sukhothai -> Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai -> Pai
Pai -> Mae Hong Son, fly back to Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai -> Chiang Rai
Chiang Rai -> Chiang Khong
Chinag Khong -> Huay Xai
Huay Xai -> Luang Prabang (by boat, with an overnight stay in Pak Beng)
Luang Prabang -> Vang Vieng
Vang Vieng -> Vientiane
Vientiane -> Pakse (long trip, overnight bus)
Pakse -> Si Phan Don (Four Thousand Island)
Si Phan Don -> Kratie (Cambodia)
Kratie -> Phnom Penh
Phnom Penh -> Siem Reap (For Angkor Wat)
Siem Reap -> Ko Chang/Ko Kut/Ko Maak (Thailand)
Islands -> Bangkok
Bangkok ->Krabi (fly)
Krabi -> Ko Phi Phi/ Lanta/ Raileh Beach etc
Beaches back to Bangkok and depart.

That has a lot of travel in it -- you could cut out the Pai/Mae Hong Son loop bit to save some time, or chose just one set of islands rather than two.

If you give me an idea on budget I can give you some suggestions for hotels that may be nice for a splurge...it is a honeymoon afterall!

#2 somtam2000 has been a member since 21/1/2004. Location: Indonesia. Posts: 8,093

Posted by ahteck81 on 1/4/2006 at 13:05

Hi, I am planning on travelling to Thailand, Laos and Cambodia but only in 13 days.

Flight Info :
Depart from Kuala Lumpur to Bangkok at 20-5-2006 8:25am
Depart from Phnom Penh to Kuala Lumpur at 1-6-2006 4:35pm

Day 1
-Arrive at Bangkok, Thailand.
-Visit Bangkok, Thailand.
-Stay overnight in Bangkok, Thailand.

Day 2
-Leave Bangkok and take train to Ayuthaya, Thailand.
-Visit Ayuthaya, Thailand.
-Leave Ayuthaya, Thailand at night. Take train to Phitsanulok, Thailand. Spend night in train.

Day 3
-Arrive at Phitsanulok, Thailand. Take taxi to Sukhothai, Thailand.
-Visit Sukhothai, Thailand.
-Stay overnight in Sukhothai, Thailand.

Day 4
-Visit Sukhothai, Thailand.
-Leave Sukhothai, Thailand. Take bus to Phitsanulok, Thailand.
-Leave Phitsanulok, Thailand at night. Take bus to Nong Khai, Thailand.

Day 5
-Arrive at Nong Khai, Thailand.
-Visit Nong Khai, Thailand.
-Cross Thailand – Laos border.
-Stay overnight in Vientienne, Laos at night.

Day 6
-Visit Vientienne, Laos.
-Stay overnight in Luang Prabang, Laos at night.

Day 7
-Visit Luang Prabang, Laos.
-Cross Thailand – Laos border.
-Leave Nong Khai, Thailand at night. Take train to Bangkok, Thailand.

Day 8
-Cross Thailand – Cambodia border.
-Stay overnight in Siem Reap, Cambodia at night.

Day 9
-Visit Siem Reap, Cambodia.
-Stay overnight in Siem Reap, Cambodia at night.

Day 10
-Visit Siem Reap, Cambodia.
-Stay overnight in Siem Reap, Cambodia at night.

Day 11
-Visit Tonle Sap, Cambodia.
-Stay overnight in Siem Reap, Cambodia at night.

Day 12
-Leave Siem Reap, Cambodia.
-Visit Phnom Penh, Cambodia
-Stay overnight in Phnom Penh, Cambodia at night.

Day 13
-Visit Phnom Penh, Cambodia
-Arrive at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Does it sound possible for us to stick with this plan? We are just concentrating ourself in those historical site. Thanks :)

#3 ahteck81 has been a member since 5/1/2006. Posts: 1

Posted by exacto on 11/4/2006 at 22:52

Dear Ahteck81,

Hi! Since you asked, I think you are trying to fit far too much into your 13 days. I don't know how much money you have to spend, but I think you'd be much better off with something like this. You'll need to fly most of the time to be able to see all the things you want in such a short period. That will be expensive. Check out the travel pass options on Bangkok Airways. That might make it a bit more affordable.

Return to Bangkok airport for flight to Luang Prabang.
Fly to Chiang Mai.
Fly to Sukhothai.
Fly to Siem Reap (via Bangkok)
Bus to Phnom Penh for return to KL.

This means you would skip Nong Khai and Vientiane, but even doing your trip this way I think you'll be spending too much time travelling and not enough sightseeing and enjoying yourself. Good luck.

#4 exacto has been a member since 12/2/2006. Location: United States. Posts: 2,841

Posted by exacto on 12/4/2006 at 10:36

As a follow up to the above, I see that Siem Reap Airways (essentially the same as Bangkok Airways) lists 3 flights per week on their website from Luang Prabang to Siem Reap (but oddly enough none in the other direction). Because of that, a better itinerary for you might be Bangkok, Ayutthaya, Luang Prabang, Siem Reap, Phnom Penh. If you really wanted to see Sukhothai, you could pop up and see it from Ayutthaya and then either return to Bangkok or continue to Chiang Mai for the flight to Luang Prabang. It used to be that Siem Reap Air had a flight from Sukhothai directly to Luang Prabang, but that doesn't seem to be the case anymore. Still, worth checking into when you are in the area. Regards

#5 exacto has been a member since 12/2/2006. Location: United States. Posts: 2,841

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