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Help please! 6 week journey

Posted by Leandra on 23/4/2012 at 14:32


me and my friend are planning on travelling SEA for six weeks but as we backback for the first time in Asia, we are not sure how much time we need for everything and which places are a must see.

We will land in Bangkok beginning of June and thought about staying there one night and day and then travel up to Chiang Mai with the night train. Stay there 3 days to do some excursions and move on to Chiang Rai for two more days. Then over the Mekong with the Slowboat to Luang Prapang. We expect to be there on day 12.
Stay there 3 days and then move on to Vientiane for 2 more nights.
First over plan was to go down to Siem Reap , but then we decided it´s not enough time, as we want to see a lot of the southern islands and it seems not enough time in Laos and Northern Thailand. We thought we could fly from Vientiane to KL, stay there 3 days and then fly to Krabi to see the islands in the last 10 days before we head back to Bangkok with the night train.
What do you think is realistic? Which excursions are a must see and where do we not need so mcuh time? Is there any chance we can see Siem Reap and the 4000 Islands?

Thanks so much and pls excuse my not perfect English, as it´s not my native language!

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Posted by altmtl on 23/4/2012 at 17:00

Keep in mind that you will only have a 15 day visa exemption when you return to Thailand from Laos by land... you get 30 days free when you arrive in BK by air.

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Posted by Captain_Bob on 25/4/2012 at 12:29

Angkor is really worthwhile, but between Vientiane and a southern Thai beach it's either time-consuming (overland) or expensive (flight). However there can be cheap flights from Udon Thani (1 hour south of the Friendship Bridge) to Phuket on if you book well in advance. Then ferry to some of the islands and back up to Bangkok for flight out. Time for you to drill down on the details.

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Posted by MADMAC on 25/4/2012 at 14:10

If you've got the cash, fly from Laos to Cambodia and Cambodia to Thailand. If you do that, this itinerary is reasonably pleasant.

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Posted by caseyprich on 25/4/2012 at 23:09

Vientiane to KL? Kuala Lumpur? Don't do that. Cut out KL and you could more easily/cheaply fly down to Siem Reap for those 3 days (just the right amount of time for Angkor Wat) and then fly from Siem Reap directly to Phuket . . I believe there is a flight that does that, if not, just get a connector SR-BKK-Phuket. Then you can bounce around those islands as stated above.

You'll be spending some time in Northern Laos and that will give you a nice feel for the place, so maybe save Southern Laos for if you ever return to the region, it isn't the most convenient place to get to for a rushed itinerary. In which case though, if you may come back to do that keep in mind you could also skip Siem Reap and save it for a Southern Laos/Cambodia/Ko Chang (Thailand) trip in the future.

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