Hi all. New to the site and looking for some advice on a rough itinerary my friends & I have put together for our first time to SE Asia. We've chopped out loads already, but I think we might still need to trim.... 3 of us going, two guys, one girl.
Any advice & tips you can give on the below would be smashing :)
24th Dec -Edi to Bangkok
25th Dec - Arrive Bangkok (am)
26th Dec - Overnight train to Chang Mai (10pm)
27th Dec - Arrive Chang Mai (pm)
28th Dec - CM
29th Dec - CM
30th Dec - CM
31st Dec - Flight to Hanoi (am)
1st Jan - Hanoi
2nd Jan - Halong Bay
3rd Jan - Halong Bay
4th Jan - Hanoi
5th Jan - Fly to Phenom Penh (am)
6th Jan - PP
7th Jan - Bus to Siem Reap/Angkor Wat
8th - AW
9th - AW
11th - Bus/Ferry to Ko Chang in Thailand
12th - Ko Chang
13th - Ko Chang
14th - Ko Chang
15th - Travel to Bangkok
16th - Fly home! (arrive 10pm)
#1 squaretiger has been a member since 2/8/2012. Posts: 2
Looks doable, but make sure your flights are locked in, especially during high season. Chiang Mai - Hanoi I'm sure you're aware there are no direct flights so go via Bangkok (Air Asia) or Vientiane (Lao Airlines). Hanoi - Phnom Penh direct (Vietnam Airlines) or via Bangkok (Air Asia). You should probably also reserve the overnight train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai on the 26th.
As Bob says, it's do-able, but there's fair bit of moving around. If I were to give you any advice, I would consider chopping out one destination. For example cut out Hanoi /Halong Bay. Don't get me wrong, I loved Hanoi - but you won't have much time in Hanoi itself: 1.5 days before heading off to Halong Bay, and maybe half to one day when you return, depending on flight time and by the time you phaff around getting to/from airports, checking in/out of hotels, etc. It'll be enough time to get a quick taster but you will be on the move quite a bit. Save costs of flights, airport taxis, visas, etc and look at adding at least one extra day to Phnom Pehn and maybe Siem Reap .
Alternatively, continue with your Hanoi plans but maybe fly direct to Siem Reap cutting out Phnom Penh (you're not there for very long anyhow). Having said that, I'm not sure what flights are available to do that these days.
Or look for other alternatives to cut out one place (depending on where your collective interests lie), and add those days into areas that you are already visiting.
Bottom line, yes it's doable. But it's alot of moving. Take into account the time you will spend getting through the airport, taxi from airport to/from the hotel, checking in at hotel, packing/unpacking, waiting for buses, etc. It's a high portion of what I call 'phaffing around' time - rather than being able to get out and see the countries that you are visiting. When your trip is of a reasonably short duration it's not difficult to keep up the stamina, but I've found that you're whizzing through places without having enough time to appreciate them.
Thanks guys, much appreciated. We'll have a chat and maybe replan some stages.
#4 squaretiger has been a member since 2/8/2012. Posts: 2