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Posted by greektraveller on 26/2/2011 at 04:37

I am going to SE asia for 11 weeks. I wanna visit
5.thailand islands

I had a look at the 4 country itenary on this website. Do you think it would be wiser to skip southern laos since i have only 11 weeks and would like to spend at least 2-3 weeks in the thai islands at the end before i leave.

bangkok - cambodia - southern vietnam - northern vietnam - nothern laos - northern thailand - bangkok - islands

or do the trip of the 4 country itenary fly from hanoi to bangkok then to the islands

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Posted by Thomas922 on 26/2/2011 at 15:28

You could do it all. It just depend on how long you want in each place and what you want to do and see. If you schedule it too exact you won't have any flex time if you really want to chill a little more at a certain place. If you are an over organized person than just schedule it. What do you really want to see in each place. Think of your highlights first and then work around those.

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Posted by caseyprich on 26/2/2011 at 17:45

I just came back from Southern Laos - as can be expected I had a wonderful time. Many people who go to SE Asia for the first time end up with the best impression of Laos, often saying it was the highlight of the trip. Having been a few times Laos was the first place that I returned to for a second visit.

It also depends on what you want to do. The three highlights of Southern Laos are probably Si Phon Don for the traveler scene and relaxation, Champasak for Wat Phu, and a motorbike trip on the Bolaven Plateau. I would say that the Bolaven Plateau should not be missed - but for some Wat Phu is not spectacular (I rather liked the village of Champasak though).

If you want to spend three weeks in the islands you'd have to speed up your pace through Northern Thailand and Northern Laos - do it in three weeks. Then, Southern Laos in a week, two weeks in Cambodia down to HCMC - that leaves you only two weeks for Vietnam, maybe cutting it close . . . it's hard to say, the decision is maybe best made once your in Laos.

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Posted by greektraveller on 26/2/2011 at 18:46

thank you very much Ill probably know when I am there.

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