Almost a year ago i went on my first solo trip to Thailand and i really enjoyed it!
Now i'm planning to go again( planning to book my ticket amsterdam-bangkok retour 1 okt-1 nov), with a backpack instead of a heavily packed suitcase ;-) and plans to visit Ayutthaya and Chiang Mai. But now i have a ()bit more to spend and im thinking about doing a lot more than just Thailand, i would like to visit Cambodja (Angkor Wat) and Kuala Lumpur and would like to have some info about things i have to consider.
I prefer travelling by airplane, because of the reduction of traveltime and comfort.
Are there more places easy to fit in my plans and worth visiting?
Thanks in advance!
#1 Thailand2012 has been a member since 29/9/2012. Posts: 17
Kuala Lumpur is a little out of the way - and with the money you'd save on a ticket there and the price of accommodation in KL you could have a good time visiting more of Cambodia to get a better feel for the country. It may border Thailand, but it has its own unique culture and feel.
However, as you have only a month and will end up in Chiang Mai at first I'd have two options to suggest:
1) perhaps you would like to fly to Luang Prabang Laos for a few nights, then head south for a stop in the scenic surroundings of Vang Vieng as a way to break up the journey to Vientiane , capital of Laos. You could then catch a flight from Vientiane to Siem Reap and spend minimum 3 full days there exploring the temples. At that point - if you have any time left you have the option of catching some beach time in Ko Chang near the Thailand-Cambodia border, heading to the south coast of Cambodia for beach time, or just checking out Phnom Penh before a flight from there back to BKK.
2) just catch a flight direct from Chiang Mai to Cambodia - probably cheaper to fly into PP, but more convenient to hit Siem Reap first. Then check out all the usual highlights of Cambodia with your remaining time - probably ending in the south with first a stop in lovely Kampot/Kep before hitting some islands to end your trip with some relaxing time on the beach. A little less hectic as you can give yourself around 2 weeks general plan for northern Thailand and 2 weeks general plan for Cambodia.
I've booked my ticket!!! :-D
And my manager couldnt resist my begging so oct 1st till oct 31st it is!!!
And a friend is joining me so thats very nice, and besides that, its convenient for sharing hotel fees etc.
Im wondering which way its the best to fly? Cant find flights from chiang mai to siem reap or pp...
Still very happy with my booking and countdown has begun, only a 100 days left1
#3 Thailand2012 has been a member since 29/9/2012. Posts: 17
Have you looked on Bangkok Airways? They have a stop in BKK on the way. Otherwise you can probably find other airlines that'll do the same thing - not a direct flight, but a short layover in BKK.
Thank you so much caseyprich, your replies are so helpfull!
Bangkok Airways even offers multi trips, thats very convenient!
I would like to ask you the following: imagine 2 women, used to luxurious stays not the hostels type and they want to see the main highlights of Cambodia and Vietnam, after a short trekking in Chiang Mai and end their stay with beach and (half/full) moon party and final shopping in BKK. What would you recommend? What is the way to go?
Thanks in advance!
#5 Thailand2012 has been a member since 29/9/2012. Posts: 17
Luang Prabang is one of the most beautiful places in Asia (that I have found, so far). Great hotels of all prices, excellent food at all prices (I love the pizza at Scandinavian Bakery), fun places to go (great waterfalls) and bike. I would check it out if I were you.
Leaving in 7nights!
Excitement is kicking in!
Going alone after all, friend isnt going anymore!
For the first two nights covered in a hotel near KSR, meet awesome people, eat the streetfood etc!
Got plans on Koh Chang, what is the best way to go from there considering my wishes to see tempels in Cambodia and northern part of Thailand and perhaps some beachtime to end near BKK.
Love to hear your recommendation as the replica are very helpfull! :-)
#7 Thailand2012 has been a member since 29/9/2012. Posts: 17
Are you going from BKK directly to Koh Chang first? If so, you'll be close to Cambodia and could cross overland to stop in Siem Reap and Battambang for some temples. If you do that, your best bet is going to be flying up to Chiang Mai and then working your way back down (you can see some more temples on the way between Chiang Mai and BKK if you want to do it overland).