Hello! I have never traveled to SE Asia, but I'm planning a solo trip there for July and August, where I'd like to spend roughly eight weeks - a majority of which will probably be spent in Thailand. I'm trying to plan a fairly relaxed paced trip and not include too much, as I don't want to be rushing around the entire time. I'm also trying to mix in some volunteer work along the journey. Here's what I'm thinking about so far. Please let me know if this makes sense/if I'm planning too much time in certain places/not enough time in other places, etc. Any suggestions/recommendations are welcome!
Week 1 - Bangkok and surroundings
Week 2 - East Coast Beaches -- Ko Pha-Ngan, Ko Tao, Ko Samui (I've heard the weather is better on the East Coast in July)
Week 3 - Chiang Mai and surroundings
Weeks 4-6 - Chiang Rai - Volunteer Work/English Teaching, etc.
Weeks 7-8 - Cambodia and then possibly finish in Ho Chi Minh City for a few days
#1 travelingalpaca has been a member since 3/4/2013. Posts: 4
For week 2, I'd focus on one island, or two max. All 3 are quite large and you'll have more than enough to keep you busy on any one of them. Just saves the hassle of checking in/out of accom, waiting for boats, etc. KPN is my favourite (and I am definitely not a Full Moon party girl!) - esp in the North East corner. I didn't think much of Koh Samui, but I was only there for 2 days in one of the popular touristy area. Perhaps my view would have been different if I stayed on and explored the wider island.
I think the rest looks fine.