I'm heading to Bangkok four weeks from today, got two months to explore seasia. im sure everyones sick of dishing out itenary advice but i'd be eternally grateful for any thoughts...
bangkok- 2 nights
chiang mai- 4/5 nights
slow boat- 3-4 nights
luang prabang- 4/5 nights
heading south through laos- 10-15 nights, stopping on the way (obviously..)
south into cambodia, heading to angkor wat-10-15 nights
poss fly to ko tao? From bkk? Help pleaseeee-1 night
ko tao- 4/5 nights
up to Bangkok- 3-4 nights (inc travel)
this is a really rough plan but i still feel its a bit too rushed, cant imagine what id cut out though? i think i might just make it up as i go along!
thanks so much everyone
#1 andrea13 has been a member since 5/5/2010. Posts: 31
This seems totally reasonable, you haven't done a day-to-day itinerary, which is a good idea. When you get there just set a date for yourself to get out of Laos and into Cambodia (easily use a standard +/- 2days or something) and that way you won't linger too long or take too many side trips and find you don't have enough time left. You of course won't have a lack of places to see, and a lack of places to skip, but you can certainly see some good highlights and allow yourself some easy days in a few spots.
I'd recommend taking the overnight bus from Vientiane to Pakse so that you split your time in Laos between Luangprabang-VangVieng-Vientiane and Pakse-Champasake-4,000 Islands. That would give you a couple nights in each location and set you right at the border of Cambodia.
Don't know about flights to Ko Tao (Ko Samui), sorry. But if Siem Reap is your only must see in Cambodia you could also go to Phnom Phen of course (as I'm sure your planning) and last I heard there are flights from PP to Ko Samui, but they probably aren't very cheap - so budget for that if you want. Depending on the time of year you are going you may find Ko Chang area a nice island - there are 3/4 nice islands to hop around actually and its right on the border with Cambodia. You could spend your two weeks circling around Cambodia and then cross into Thailand at Trat going to Ko Chang instead of trying to get to the other side of the Gulf.
casey pretty much summed up what i had to say too. your itinerary doesn't seem too rushed to me either. if anything, the 10 to 15 days in cambodia might be more than you need for those stops, but it is great to have a few extra days built into your itinerary in case you linger elsewhere.
thakhek or savannakhet are decent enough overnight stops in laos if you choose not to take the overnight bus from vientiane all the way to pakse. but i definitely agree that luang prabang or vientiane or pakse/champassak/4000 islands/bolevan plateau are the better places to spend your time in laos.
if you found you had extra time at the end of your trip you could always add ayutthaya or kanchanaburi to your plans, although it would be just as easy to spend the last of your time relaxing on some beach somewhere. if you do visit ko chang as casey suggests, trat is a great little town to visit too and a good stop to reorganize after crossing back into thailand. have fun. regards.
I agree with everyone above. You've got a good plan. Have a great time.
#4 MADMAC has been a member since 6/6/2009. Posts: 6,957