Four budget backpackers need to know where to go...
Will be arriving in bangkok on the 5th of May and flying out on the 6th of June, what would you recommend for the month,
Was thinking: head to ankor watt and then down to the islands for some sea, beach huts and exploring, but what do you think.
Also interested in less touristy places, where we'll get a real feel for the country, and any hints on travelling from place to place.
#1 tomandsophie has been a member since 1/3/2006. Posts: 1
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OK, so you want to see Angkor and beaches. The most convenient Thai islands to Angkor are the islands off Trat -- Ko Chang, Ko Maak etc etc. Bear in mind by the end of May you'll start to see some rain there.
Soooo, given you're on a tight budget, and taking the weather into consideration, maybe do it in reverse... something like:
Bangkok -> Trat/Ko Chang, Ko Maak, Ko Kut etc (public bus then boat)
Leave the islands, back to mainland then get the songtheaw down to Hat Lek (the coast border crossing with Cambodia) and cross over to Ko Kong (I'd suggest you have your visa in advance as the border guys at Ko Kong can be a bit dodgy). Overnight in Ko Kong, then take the boat which runs to Sihanoukville, but get off at the half-way point Ko Sdach -- nobody ever gets off here, but it is super local, and there are some excellent and totally deserted beaches and islands around here...don't forget your phrasebook! For more info, see my travel blog -- see the entries for 2,3,4 of Feb for some info and pics
When you're done on Ko Sdach, jump back on the boat and continue to Sihanoukville for more beaches. Then head north to Phnom Penh hang out there for a day or two then head west to Angkor Wat. Once you've had your fill of monuments, head back into Thailand and then, if you want head back for another dose of islands around Trat, or else back to Bangkok and departure.
So that's one way of doing it, but there are loads of others...