hi everyone, my wife and i are firstime backpackers and hitting asia first.
We are flying into bangkok 28th sept this year then flying out to australia on 27th nov from bangkok again, so it gives us roughly 2months to travel southeast asia.
We'd like to do do both the jungles and the islands of thailand then move our way through cambodia seeing as much as possible like wise in lao then north to south in vietnam. Our plan is to flyback to bangkok so we dont have to backtrack overland anywhere and it gives us as much time to see as much as possible but other route suggestions are welcome. thanks
It's possible to do that route without flying back to BKK. You can do BKK & the Thai Islands first, then head into Cambodia to Siem Reap, go down to Phnom Penh and work your way into the Mekong Delta to HCMC (Saigon). That could take you 2-3 weeks depending on how much time you want to spend in places (4 weeks if you really want to relax in the islands).
You could then work your way up Vietnam in 2 weeks - and spend some time in Hanoi /Halong Bay, if you save time somewhere even going out to Sapa. I highly recommend flying from Hanoi to Luang Prabang to save time. You could then see Luang Prabang, Vang Vieng, Vientinne in Laos - if time allows you would have two options:
Either fly to Chiang Mai and spend time there before heading down to catch your flight in BKK.
Or, if time allows you could work your way upriver to Huay Xia or up the roads to Luang Nam Tha in Northern Laos and cross into Thailand overland there. Then you can work your way over to Chiang Mai and spend the remainder of your trip there, either flying to BKK or taking an overnight bus that will get you there the next day.