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Itinerary Advice - Thailand, Cambodia, Laos

Posted by sandy_28 on 4/7/2007 at 03:54

Hey Everyone,
Would really really appreciate some advice on my itinerary. I'm leaving shortly for a 30 day trip and have come up with the following itinerary. As a side note, would also like to add that i am on the fence on wether to go to Chiang Mai for the 'tribe trekking' experience versus Northern Laos. I've heard Laos is more authentic but more rugged, while Chiang mai has more commercialized and so might be easier. Any advice on this would be appreciated. To this extent, my itinerary includes Laos and not Chiang Mai.

day 1 - bangkok
day 2 - bangkok
day 3 to day 9 - fly from bankgok to Ko Tao..Ko Tao/Ko Pha Ngan/Koao Sok National Part
day 10 - fly from Ko Tao to Siem Reap
day 11 - Siem Reap
day 12 - Siem Reap
day 13 - Siem Reap
day 14 - fly to Luang Prabang
day 15 - Luang Prabang
day 16 - Luang Prabang
day 17 - Vang Vienne
day 18 - Vang Vienne
day 19 - Vientienne
day 20 - Vientienne
day 21 - fly to bangkok
day 22 - bangkok

I have an additional 5 days or so..i'd love to do a hill trek trip in laos - any recommendations? how much time should i allocate? Also, anything else to do around bangkok before i head south to the islands (need the islands to be then because of full moon). Also, should i do laos or cambodia first?
thanks everyone!!

#1 sandy_28 has been a member since 4/7/2007. Posts: 2

Posted by zarlceiss on 4/7/2007 at 12:22


We took up a 2D1N trip (with Tiger Trails, around US$55) while in Luang Prabang, and a hiking trip to the Khamu and Hmong villages was included. We also stayed a night at the Khamu village. There were maybe 5 of us in the group. The visit to the hilltribes was an eyeopener.

We stayed 5 days in Luang Prabang, and personally, I like the place more than Vientiane or Vang Vieng or anywhere else. I've never been to Chiangmai, so I can't say which is better. There are numerous travel agencies along the main street of Luang Prabang, so you definitely won't miss it. If you are looking for a similar but cheaper trip to the hilltribes, email me. If you have more time, I think going to Nong Kiaw or Muang Ngoi are excellent ideas too. Cheers.


#2 zarlceiss has been a member since 18/6/2007. Posts: 1

Posted by indravarman on 8/7/2007 at 20:31

Hi everyone,

Does anyone know Kata beach Phuket well enough to know what's now built on the site where the old Tropicana bungalows used to be? My daughter was born in Phuket in 1980, when we were staying at the Tropicana at Kata beach, and I am planning a return trip with her for her birthday in December this year. We stayed at the Tropicana in 1983, as well, and I was back in Kata 2006. The place has certainly changed, nothing like the jungle paradise it was back then when there were only a couple of bamboo restaurants on the beach. But I'm still hoping to locate the spot somewhere in the hill behind Club Med. If anyone knows the name of the hotel or shop now built over the old Tropicana site that would be a great help.

#3 indravarman has been a member since 8/7/2007. Posts: 6

Posted by AmandaJordan on 9/7/2007 at 21:59

Hi sandy

We did a 3 day/ 2 night trek out of chiang mai and really enjoyed it but didn't trek in laos so not sure how it compares. Trek in chiang mai was touristy in the sense that included elephant riding and bamboo rafting but trekking through jungle was amazing and stayed with interesting hilltribe village. We booked our trek through julie's guesthouse (highly recommended).

Also on your itinerary you need to consider travel time between places. ALthough my memory is hazy I think the bus from luang prabang to vang vieng was at least 6 hours so thats kinda a day in itself and the bus to vientiane was 5 hours. Personally, although it has received a lot of negative reviews I thought vang vieng was beautiful and very relaxing. Tubing down the river was tons of fun and we also did a great kayaking/caving trip. Vientiane is a bit of a sleepy town and theres really not much to do there. We only spent one full day and it felt like plenty.

Also just a warning that certain flights don't fly everyday e.g. siem reap to luang prabang so you may have to plan around that. We flew vientiane to siem reap and that flight only runs three times a week.

Feel free to ask more questions!

#4 AmandaJordan has been a member since 15/1/2007. Posts: 12

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