I am spending 14 full days in south east asia. I am landing in Bangkok and departing from there aS well!
I was wondering... Would I be able to see vietnam, thai and cambodia (top destinations only) In only 14 days? What would you recommend as top places to see?
#1 lavinia_g has been a member since 5/9/2013. Posts: 1
Only if you want to spend all your time on the bus and be moving all the time. I understand this is probably your 1st trip to SE Asia, and maybe the last time you'll come (?) but you won't get the most out of your experience if you try to travel like this. There is a possibility of seeing more if you fly often - but airports are often not conveniently located and you'll spend the better part of a day in transit that way anyway.
If you are flying into BKK (and out?) I'd recommend you stick to Thailand with a 3/4 day excursion over to Siem Reap, Cambodia so that you can see Angkor Wat - as that is probably a major reason you decided to visit SE Asia. For beaches then, depending on the time of year you could always go from Angkor Wat over to the island near Trat (Ko Chang, Ko Maak, Ko Wai, Ko Kut) for some beach time before returning to BKK at the end of your trip. Really, to get the most of the islands I'd recommend staying at minimum 3 nights in the same bungalow - so if you want to hop islands at all, that is an entire week right there. If just one spot, say on Ko Chang, then you'll be fine enough to have other time to visit some of the cities around BKK or make a quick jump up to Chiang Mai for 3/4 nights. This is still a rather hectic schedule, but better than trying to include too much Cambodia or any of Vietnam.
Also - when you say top destinations, I think this is very subjective. Some people MUST visit beaches while others think the mountain hikes are unforgettable, still others want museums or tourist invested towns.
A short list of TOP destinations:
Thailand: BKK itself, Chiang Mai, Islands, any number of places with a day of BKK
Cambodia: Siem Reap, Phnom Penh, Kampot/Kep and-or Islands
Vietnam: Phu Quoc Island, Delta town, HCMC, Hoi'an, Hue, Hanoi, Sapa, Ha Long Bay
I think you could squeeze in the Phillipines and Myanmar as well.
#8 chinarocks has been a member since 17/6/2011. Posts: 738