I will be traveling from India around May-June to Phukut and from there I plan to backpack for a couple of weeks in Thailand and maybe Vietnam. What I want to know is can I cover any other country? Or maybe go to Vietnam and some other country if not Thailand?
And yes. Where all to go?
Thanks a ton.
A couple of weeks? 2? Then I'd stick to Thailand . 3? Still might be best to stick to Thailand as there is a lot to explore . . . If you're already in Thailand no reason to jump off to Vietnam and another country before you've explored it thoroughly. You'll be leaving Phuket in June? or India in June? Keep in mind that parts of Vietnam get very wet in July and August.
@ tyler: Thanks for for reply. I can extend my trip for up to 3 weeks. I don't want to stay in a 5 star and lounge around the pool or something like that. I want to explore the places, the markets, the food, the night life and yeah, if possible do some extreme sports/hike/trek, etc. Thats all. A better answer would be: Just take my bag and go from place to place, exploring, eating, meeting people, etc.
@ caseyprich: Thanks for for reply. I would love to be in Thailand but I figured, since i am taking a break from work, i can check out someother country. I can extend the time upto 3 weeks. I would be leaving india in May i guess. Ok Vietnam would be wet in July and August.What about May? and would Thailand be hot and humid too?
Sure, everywhere will be hot and humid, I mean rains. So you work in Thailand? May is the start of the summer heat in Vietnam, but the tourist crowd is supposed to be waning and I've been told that is a nice time to visit when the weather across the country is amiable enough.
I have been in Thailand in April the past few years. If you live in India I doubt you'll find it too hot. 3 weeks? Starting in Phuket ...
Traveling south by ferry/speedboat is a great way to see the south islands. Maybe Phuket - Lanta - Lipe...? And you can return by bus or train to Krabi . You'll have to connect through BKK to fly to Siem Reap or Phnom Penh but it is simple to do. I'd suggest flying to either Cambodia or Vietnam from Thailand to save some time. And fly back to India via PP and BKK...
Check out Preah Vihear near Siem Reap to get away from the tourists...some snorkeling, diving, beaches (Thailand), nightlife (Thailand, SR and PP), night markets, killer sunset on Lipe, scenery on the train, bus and boats...extreme sports - try some rock climbing near Krabi - some might not consider that extreme though :)
I can't comment on the weather after May as I have already headed home by then! Hope this gives you some ideas. Poke around on the site some more, you might find some other islands you'll want to see. But I think the route makes sense and is manageable timewise.
My experience in Vietnam is very limited so I'll leave that to other more experienced people.
Hello everyone! I am a Filipino working in Thailand for 6 years now. I will be traveling by train from Bangkok to Singapore. I absolutely do not have any problems with anything because I have been a backpacker for quite sometime now.
My real deal now is a bit different. I will be traveling with a 17-year old Thai. I have a lot of Thai friends and one of them asked me if their son can go with me to Malaysia and Singapore. So I said "yes" until realizing that he was still 17 years old.
Would it be an issue if I will be traveling with him? I am 31 years old. Would there be any problems in the borders of Malaysia and Singapore? I tried to find some information on the internet but the more I browse, the more I get so confused... I hope somebody could give me some enlightenment... Thanks a lot!
By the way, we will be traveling on April 18-23...
@ Abishek... you could definitely go backpacking covering Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam in a week... I live and work here in Thailand for 6 years now and as far as weather is concerned, it seems like most of the time, it is hot in Thailand... most tourists here in Thailand said that there are 3 seasons in this country - hot, hotter, and hottest... lol... anyway, May would also be a good month to stay in Thailand... coz it would still be sunny and hot all throughout the month...